Megan & Andrew’s Country Club of Birmingham Wedding

Every beautiful detail of Megan and Andrew’s Birmingham, Alabama wedding was perfectly curated by the talented planning team at Mariee Ami. Megan’s gown was by local Alabama designer, Heidi Elnora, and her blush Amsale bridesmaids dresses were some of my very favorite this season.

I’ve known Andrew’s Mom, Sharon, for years, so I was thrilled their families wanted me to photograph the wedding. I first met Megan and Andrew on a beautiful spring day for their Engagement Session at Andrew’s family’s home on Smyer Lake. After spending a short time with them that afternoon, I knew it was going to be a fun wedding day! And, although they didn’t think so, they were very much naturals in front of the camera.

The details of this wedding are truly gorgeous, but my favorite takeaway from this wedding was the way their families stayed together to celebrate. It’s very easy for the families of the bride and groom to get pulled in different directions at the wedding reception: but somehow they made sure to visit with and enjoy guests, while still staying together. I’m not sure I’ve ever shot a wedding where I was able to get the bride, groom, both families and best friends on the front row dancing together in reception shots. And, instead of them using their iPhones all night, the chose to just live the day and let me preserve the moments for them. What a gift to each other and to me! Their love and adoration for each other, being present in every moment, was the theme throughout the day. These families were such a joy and pleasure to work with!

Please excuse this lengthy post, but there’s just so much to share from Megan and Andrew’s absolutely perfect day, that even the rain couldn’t change. One of my favorite shots of them is under an umbrella. “I’m just a fella, a fella with an umbrella, looking for a girl who saved her love for a rainy day.” — Frank Sinatra

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Photographer: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographer: Emily Kicklighter | Planner & Invitation Suite Design: Mariée Ami | Floral Design: Hothouse Design Studio | Props: Prophouse Birmingham  | Wedding Gown: Heidi Elnora | Groom’s Tux: Mr. Burch | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids | Cake Artists: Bride’s Cake: Magic Muffins and Groom’s Cake: Olexa’s|Hair & Make Up: Celine Russell | Entertainment: Big Blast and the Party Masters | Videographer: StoryLive Productions | Event Design: Design Productions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Julie & Derek’s Surprise Wedding at a Friend’s Private Home in Mountain Brook, AL.

 

Julie and Derek disguised their wedding as an Engagement Party and surprised all of their family and guests when they revealed the real reason for the gathering at their friends’ home. And, we made our own sunshine for their portraits outside late into the evening. It was fun keeping their secret and capturing their nuptials. Such a sweet couple and I wish them the very best!

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Photographer: Heather Durham | Floral Design: Mary Cox Brown | Hair & Make Up: Stephanie Brooks + Angela King | Cake Artist: Olexa’s | Caterer: Shindigs

 

 

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Birmingham Magazine Summer/Fall 2017 Issue [Published]

Loved working again with an amazing team of friends/talented creatives on a fashion cover story in the current Birmingham Magazine Weddings Summer/Fall 2017 issue. Brides…need some inspiration for your wedding style? Pick up a copy on new stands now for ideas for every occasion, and where to get the looks… from the Engagement Party to Bridesmaids Luncheon, Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding.

Here are some of my favorite images from our shoot in the studio…

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Photographer: Heather Durham | 1st Assistant: Andi Rice | Art Director: Laura Buchanan | Stylist: Mary Beth Wetzel | Hair & Make Up: Kerri Bunn of Boma Beautiful | Models: Anna Kathryn Fitch and Ellie Martin | Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon: Leslie Nunnelly, Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Floral Design: Lisa Thorne, Thorne & Thistle

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Sarah Corrine & David’s Vestavia Hills, AL Wedding [Avon Theater Reception]

David’s Mom, Cindi ,and I have known each other for years. She owns a pilates and cycle studio in Birmingham where I used to teach. So, I was so excited when I was asked to photograph her son, David’s wedding. It was such a lovely wedding in shades of white with powder blue bridesmaids dresses by Amsale. Sarah Corrine’s custom wedding gown by Birmingham’s own Heidi Elnora, was classic and timeless, created to give Sarah Corrine two slightly different looks for the wedding ceremony and the reception.

It was obvious that Sarah Corrine and David adore each other! I wish them all the best for a lifetime together of health and happiness.

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Photography: Heather Durham Photography | Assistant Photographer: Emily Kicklighter | Floral Design: Susan G. Huff | Wedding Gown: Heidi Elnora | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids | Tuxes: Joseph A Bank | Caterer: Cafe Iz | Cake Artist: Pastry Art | Invitation Suite: William Arthur-Crane & Co. | Videographer: Four 10 Films, Evans Smith | Ceremony Venue: Vestavia Hills Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Avon Theater | Entertainment: Creativity Band

Melissa & Paulk’s Wedding Day on the Plains of Auburn

I met Melissa and Paulk for the first time over coffee at Octane in Birmingham and immediately liked them. I loved that they both came to meet with me so that Paulk could also be a part of the decision making, and they were so real, warm and kind. I was thrilled when Melissa called me a few days later to let me know that I would be the one to tell their wedding day story, which would take place at Auburn United Methodist Church and Moores Mill Club, with planning by Invision Events. But first, I would spend an afternoon together with them for their Engagement Session and then later, a Bridal Session with Melissa. Three opportunities to get to be with this sweet couple! What a privilege for me!

In addition to forming a friendship, I’d like to tell you another beautiful result of my getting to know Melissa. She is a nurse at Children’s of Alabama and is passionate about her job helping children. Just a few weeks ago, our dear family friends’ 6th grade daughter underwent open heart surgery. The night before her surgery, I texted Melissa to see if by some crazy chance she would be working the next morning. She immediately texted back that she was. God is faithful as always, and Melissa was there that morning, provided support to our friends and took great care of their sweet girl, even making sure she had some of her favorite treats. I love seeing the beautiful webs God weaves between people to carry out His purpose for His glory. I hope Melissa and I will always stay in touch. She’s a gem! Paulk knows it too!

Here’s some of my favorite images from there wedding day. Enjoy…

 

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