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! ūüėČ

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

Film Images from The Hybrid Collective Workshop Hosted by Lauren Fair in Nashville, TN

Last month I invested in me. I invested in my business. I surrounded myself with hundreds of incredibly talented photographers from all over the world. I met with owners of film labs to learn more about their processes and how I can deliver the best images to my clients. I met with print labs to discuss new partnerships for the fine art prints I have always offered my clients, since the beginning of my business over 16 years ago.

It’s always important to me to attend at least one industry conference each year. Continuing education is invaluable. I never want to feel like I’ve learned everything there is to know. I want to always be a student, honing my skills. Conferences are always a shot in the arm of inspiration, but sometimes they can also make you feel ‚Äúless than‚ÄĚ or overwhelmed with information and how to apply it to your business right away. As soon as those feelings creep in I try to realign them with the truth that I am enough. My worth is in Christ and I am created to be me, not anyone else. I do me. I stay true to my style, my goals and my desire to keep learning and pursuing the best ways to serve my amazing clients. Then I stop for a minute, take a deep breath and realize how deeply grateful I am that THIS is what I get to do every single day. It brings me so much joy.

I already shared the shoot hosted by the talented Eric Kelley and you can see that post here. Now, I want to share some of the film images from an inspiration shoot and workshop hosted by another leader in the wedding photography industry, Lauren Fair, who has been named Top Wedding Photographer in the world by BRIDES and The Knot. I enjoyed meeting her after following her work for a while now. She and her husband Tim are kind people and wonderfully humble educators. I love how this shoot turned out because of the efforts of an incredibly talented vendor team. My business started with film¬†exclusively over 16 years ago. After a long sabbatical, it feels good to slowly weave film back into my workflow as a hybrid shooter, which just means that I’m an artist who chooses the medium (film or digital) that best suits the client, the situation and the light. I hope you enjoy this lovely wedding inspiration shot on film…

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Nashville Wedding Styled Shoot at Green Door Gourmet Farm by Heather Durham Photography Hosted by Lauren Fair

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Credits/Vendor Team + Instagram Accounts:
Workshop: The Hybrid Collective @TheHybridCo
Workshop Host + Lead Photographer: Lauren Fair @laurenfair
Photographer (Images shown here): Heather Durham @heatherdurhamphotography
Film Lab: Photovision @photovisionprints
Creative Direction: RSVP Events @rsvpeventdesigns
Floral Design: Melissa Broadwell @melissabroadwell
Venue: Green Door Gourmet @greendoorgourmet
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier @moniquelhuillier, @moniquelhuillierbride
Hair & Makeup: Erin Ryser @erinvryser
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes @bellabelleshoes
Paper Goods: Ink & Press Co @inkandpressco
Lingerie: Girl & A Serious Dream @girlandaseriousdream
Garters: The Garter Girl @gartergirl
Jewelry: Walton’s Antique & Estate Jewelry¬†@waltonsjewelry
Menswear: Street Tuxedo @streettuxedo
Tabletop Rentals: White Glove Rentals @whitegloverentals
Linens: La Tavola @latavolalinen
Cakes: Copper Whisk Cakes @copperwhiskcakes
Styling Surfaces: Locust Collection  @locustcollection
Mixology: Bar Magnolia @barmagnolia
Ribbon: Tono & Co @tonoandco
Furniture Rentals: Please Be Seated @pleasebeseatedrentals
Candles: Creative Candles @creative.candles

Colorful & Modern Wedding Inspiration Shoot at the Hybrid Collective Workshop Hosted by Eric Kelley

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Hybrid Collective High Fashion Editorial Shoot by Heather Durham Photography with Eric Kelley in Nashville TN

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Credits/Vendor Team + Instagram Accounts:

Host Photographer: @erickelley 

Photographer: @heatherdurhamphotography

Producer and Set Designer: @type_a_society 

Floral Designer: @melissabroadwell 

Wardrobe Styling: @lexfordays 

Hair: @locksbyleslie 

Makeup: @jordanbyers 

Cake: @trouvaillebakery 

Jewelry: @sarahojewelry + @trumpetandhorn 

Couture Bags and Jewelry: @mindylamjewelry 

Shoes: @badgleymischka 

Earrings: @jenniferbehr + @lili_claspe 

Backdrops: @telicialee styling mats @jrd_artshop 

Rentals: @maykercreative 

Plates, Silverware and Glasses: @greystonetable 

Stationary: @yonderdesign + @aerialistpress 

Ring boxes: @voeu_du_coeur 

Floral Pedestal Columns: @lavendersflowers 

Jane Elizabeth & Taylor’s Cocktails and Rehearsal Dinner at Moonshine at the Elyton and Caf√© Dupont, Birmingham AL Wedding

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Virginia & Matthew’s Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art Wedding

My first wedding of 2019 was Virginia and Matthew’s beautiful Birmingham, AL wedding planned by M. Elizabeth Events in shades of smoky blue, white and greenery.HDP-Tracy-15_-WEB.jpg

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography=

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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