Mary Wesley & Bradley’s Birmingham, AL Wedding at Cathedral Church of the Advent + The Club

I loved getting to know Mary Wesley and Bradley and their family from their engagement to their classic wedding day. And, since we are all University of Alabama alums, we bonded over fun college memories and football.

Mary Wesley and Bradley’s classic southern wedding was a dream and they looked at each other so sweetly all day long, fully invested in every moment together. This translated into me being able to create incredibly authentic images of their wedding day, beginning at The Tutwiler Hotel, to Mary Wesley’s parents’ ranch to Cathedral of the Advent and finally The Club. Their day was flawless. And, Mary Wesley looked absolutely regal in her 2-piece gown by Martina Liana from Ivory & White. She was able to have two different looks by just removing the lace bodice worn for the ceremony to reveal a simpler sweetheart neckline with banded waist.

M.Elizabeth Events and AG Event Design wow’d guests, transforming the ballroom for the reception at The Club. It boasted florals in shades of white with greenery, and so many orchids! Greige linen seating areas encouraged guests to sit, relax and stay a while. Mirrored tables reflected light from the flickering candles and offered a resting spot for drinks.

I’m so excited to share this October wedding with you. It was a sweet, southern stunner! And…sometimes in this industry we feel pressured to show only the pretty, perfectly styled images. I do love those (alot), but there’s SO much more to the story… family, friendships, laughter, hugs, tears, joy…that’s what wedding days are all about. Relationships and moments are what you want to remember and treasure for years to come. That’s what I want to share…the complete story. YOUR story.

(Sorry, not sorry for the lengthy blog post. I couldn’t help it. Let’s just say that when it comes to images, I’m better at novels than Cliff’s notes. ;))

M. Elizabeth Team in action with all hands on deck for help with the dress.
I loved the color edit AND the black and white edit of this shot! Couldn’t decide so I posted both! 😉

Mary Wesley & Bradley’s Wedding at Advent and The Club by Heather Durham Photography

Photographer: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographers: 1st Assistant Emily Kicklighter and 2nd Assistant Rizza Phillips | Planner: M.Elizabeth Events | Floral and Event Design + Rentals: AG Event Design | Wedding Gown: Martina Liana from Ivory & White Bridal Boutique | Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka |Tuxes: Joseph A. Bank | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids |Wedding Invitations: Annabelles Too| Hair & Make Up Stylist: Madeline Hulsey | Ceremony: Cathedral Church of the Advent| Reception Venue: The Club | Cake Artist: Pastry Art | Entertainment: City Heat

Wedding Gown Fashions [Birmingham Magazine Summer/Fall 2016]

I loved everything about this shoot and our amazing team. I’ve worked with Hair & Make Up Artist, Celine Russell, many times and it’s always a pleasure. Her work is flawless. This was my first time working with stylist, Mary Beth Wetzel and wow! Can’t wait to work with her again. She’s a mover, shaker and beautiful shoot maker! Getting the cover was just the cherry on top! Thank you Birmingham MagazineHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-107_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-139_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-140_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-91_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-35_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-40_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-6_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-163_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-173_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-69_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-63_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-198_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-159crop_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-193-2_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-146_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-190_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-160_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-197_-WEB

Published in Birmingham Magazine Weddings Summer/Fall 2016 issue | Photographer: Heather Durham | First Assistant: Andi Rice | Stylist: Mary Beth Wetzel | Makeup and Hair Artist: Celine Russell | Models: Anna Kathryn Fitch of REAL People and Sarah Holmes. Gowns by: Monique Lhuillier, Heidi ElnoraAnne Barge, and Catherine Deane from local Birmingham, AL bridal boutiques including Ivory & White, Heidi Elnora Atelier and The White Room. Diamond jewelry from Diamonds Direct and vintage custom jewelry from ExVoto. For more resources and detailed information see full story in the magazine on local newsstands through October 2016.

Springhouse Restaurant Wedding, Lake Martin [Inspiration Shoot]

This wedding inspiration shoot was inspired by the rich colors of an antique Italian painting — golds, azure blues, deep browns, burnt orange and reds. The modern but traditional European rustic architecture of Springhouse Restaurant was the perfect setting with its stone, wood and timber construction.

The bride wears a Monique Lhuillier three piece gown featuring a strapless sweetheart corset adorned with Chantilly lace. The corset is complimented with a removable caplet appliquéd with Chantilly lace and a hand draped trumpet skirt that flows into a beautiful chapel length train. The groom’s luxurious velvet tuxedo jacket is by Hugo Boss from Saks Fifth Avenue.

All florals include a variety of rich pink and gold garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, wheat stems and deep blue thistle. Additional texture and depth of color is added with cranberry cockscomb, pepper berry, amaranthus alongside several foraged varieties of greenery. Silk and willow cranberry ribbon is used on the grooms bout. Streaming taupe and blue silk and willow ribbons are combined with a beaded vintage Italian ribbon on the brides bouquet. The simple wedding cake is adorned with with creeping ficus, foraged abelia pods, and ranunculus.

An al fresco dining table is set with LaTavolas cut velvet damask kings drape linen, vibrant florals in rust Italian urns and traditional X back farm chairs. The table settings are classic Italian wares — gorgeous gold Arte Italica stemware and Richard Ginori estate dinnerware. Wax seals, vintage antique postage stamps and Roman numerals add an Italian touch to the paper goods. Springhouse’s renowned wine cellar and wine tasting turrent are featured as an additional location for the bride and groom’s wedding celebration. It’s also from where they make their departure.

Such loveliness! I hope you enjoy the images and get inspired for your own wedding day details!

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Photographer: Heather Durham Photography | Event & Floral Design: Thorne & Thistle, Lisa Thorne | Venue: Springhouse Restaurant at Lake Martin, Alexander City Alabama | 3 Piece Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Ivory & White Bridal Boutique | Fur Coat: Alice & Olivia from Gus Mayer | White Jumpsuit for Sendoff: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids | Velvet Tuxedo Jacket: Hugo Boss from Saks Fifth Avenue | Shirt & Bow Tie: Saks Fifth Avenue | MUAH: Brittany Massey | Wardrobe Styling: Fashion by Tracy, Tracy Richey | Engagement and Wedding Rings: Bromberg’s | China, Chargers & Stemware: Bromberg’s | Flatware: Williams Sonoma | Linens: LaTavola | Chairs: Special Arrangements | Models: Red Models Birmingham.