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
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
Megan & Andrew’s Rehearsal Dinner at Haven was beautifully designed by Hothouse Design Studio & Prophouse Birmingham. It was a wonderful celebration of time-tested, lifelong friendships and the adoration of close knit families. I was blessed and inspired by the kind words I heard spoken about Megan and Andrew. They are wonderful examples of true friendship. It was a lovely evening.
Thank you to The Birmingham Bride for the kind feature last month, which you can read here. If you are getting married, or have a daughter or friend getting married, this is the best inspiration and resource blog for local brides. It’s a wealth of information and wedding loveliness gracing each post. You can also find them on social media.
I’m always grateful for the opportunity to partner with other talented creatives in this town. Birmingham truly is a great place to live, work…and get married!
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.
I’m so excited to finally share the Hunting Lodge Inspired Wedding Shoot I photographed last November at Sawtooth Plantation near Auburn, Alabama. The inspiration for this styled shoot begin one year prior, when I photographed Sawtooth for Birmingham Magazine’s November 2013 issue. The moment I drove through the plantation’s grand gates, I saw a bride and groom strolling throughout the property. The vision for this shoot begins with the groom, a southern gentleman and an avid outdoorsman, who has expressed to his bride that he wants to be married in the great outdoors, surrounded by the peaceful beauty of nature he so enjoys. She happily agrees.
The long country road that led me to Sawtooth, revealed sprawling land, trees full of fall color and glimpses of deer and turkey peaking through the hardwoods. I immediately had ideas for a refined woodland wedding theme, guest tables by the lake, deer antlers and pheasant feathers mixed in with the floral design, and a nod to southern cuisine, with a dinner menu including wild game. When I contacted the owner, John Cassimus, he graciously agreed to host our shoot at Sawtooth.
Over the next several months, the vision continued to unfold as the most amazing team of creatives was gathered to make my dream become a reality…and even better than I could have ever imagined. The team included the talents of Invision Events, Lisa Thorne of Thorne and Thistles for floral design, Laura McCarty of Marked for the paper suite, and Robby Melvin (Southern Living Test Kitchens Director) for the menu creation, among others. I hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed creating them, and maybe you will be inspired for your upcoming wedding or gathering.
You can also see this shoot featured on Weddings Unveiled and Who What Wear.