Aldridge Gardens was boasting its amazing fall color display for Lyndsey and Phillip’s Engagement Session in Birmingham, AL a few weeks ago. Such a fun couple and I can’t wait until their May wedding at beautiful Lake Martin & Springhouse with M. Elizabeth Events.
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!
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.
Mary Joyce asked me to shoot her wedding alongside her cousin Russell, a talented L.A. based wedding photographer who flew down south to capture her wedding day at Lake Martin’s Children’s Harbor. It’s always fun to collaborate with other photographers, especially ones from different areas of the country. We exchanged stories about how our shoots are similar and different from the west to the east coast. I know I’m a little bias, but I think Russell fell in love with all of our trees and open spaces here in the south, since he’s used to shooting in more urban settings. He exclaimed about how peaceful it was being in the country and I completely agree. Every single time I’m at the lake, all stress seams to just melt away.
Mary Joyce and Britt met when they were kids, so their wedding day was a beautiful celebration of their already time-tested love. Their color palette of coral and khaki was perfect for a June nuptials! I loved the bridesmaids one shoulder dresses, and the boys looked dapper in their polka dotted bow ties. Mary Joyce and Britt were blessed with sunshine, blue skies and fluffy clouds as they said their vows in the Children’s Harbor Chapel, then moved outside to have their first dance on the dock near the lighthouse. Later, family and guests were treated to lawn games of bocce ball, croquet, ladder golf, horseshoes and corn hole before the bride and groom’s sparkler departure by boat. Such a sweet couple and I enjoyed spending the day with them. Best wishes to these Auburn grads…
May you always walk in sunshine
Slumber warm when night winds blow
May you always live with laughter
For a smile becomes you so
May good fortune find your doorway
May the bluebird sing your song
May no trouble travel your way
May no worry stay too long
May your heartaches be forgotten
May no tears be spilled
May old acquaintance be remembered
And your cup of kindness filled
(“May You Always” by The McGuire Sisters)