Favorite Wedding Venues: The Stables at Russell Crossroads
The Stables at Russell Crossroads near Lake Martin were a gorgeous setting for romantic wedding bouquets by Lillie's. Daniel Taylor Photography.
A little while back, Daniel Taylor Photography wanted to scout a fairly new wedding venue at Lake Martin, The Stables at Russell Crossroads. We’ve got a wedding there in September, so we’re not going to show you all the photo ops just yet, but we decided to do a little photography with some help from our wonderful friend Carol Harris Riley of Lillie’s Flowers. Y’all who follow us will remember that the wedding event goddess for The Stables and other Lake Martin Russell Lands venues, Emily Lewis McDaniel, was one of our November 2011 brides. Her husband, Rob McDaniel, is the executive chef at the sister property, SpringHouse restaurant, which is one of our favorite places EVER for wedding events. We’re even fortunate enough to be featured in Emily’s brochures for Lake Martin-area brides! So appreciative of Emily and Michelle at SpringHouse for their support of us.
The view of SpringHouse from The Stables at Russell Crossroads--gorgeous wedding and event venues next to each other at Lake Martin. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography
If there’s one name among Birmingham wedding vendor professionals that is synonymous with romantic, dreamy florals is Carol Harris Riley of Lillie’s. Whether it’s vintage, country Southern, or English countryside, Carol’s wedding bouquets are always a hit with brides and their bridesmaids. I knew Carol would be great for designing bridal bouquets that were a perfect fit for color and texture at The Stables and I was right. Her taste in color and texture for these kinds of venues, especially, makes her in hot demand, especially for these kinds of venues.
Another reason so many people love Carol is that she is genuinely, totally and completely into her clients’ weddings and her excitement is simply contagious.
And instead of just one bouquet, Carol loaded me up with two gorgeous creations. Then she proceeded to share some wonderful secrets for “styling” a bouquet photo session. Long story short, I left with a trunk full of gorgeous rustic chic props, a lace tablecloth, a lovely wire basket of pastel-colored eggs from J&D Farms in Pelham, spritzers bottles and a primer on keeping the blooms fresh for the 90-minute drive. How can you not love that??
Confession: I did not realize the eggs were real until two days later on another photo shoot. I drove around with eggs in my trunk for about four days. Thankfully, none of them cracked!!
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The wagon wheel at The Stables at Russell Crossroads was a perfect rustic chic element for a romantic Lillie's wedding bouquet in pastel pinks, blues, whites, lavenders and greens. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
The Stables at Russell Crossroads has so many cool rustic elements, like this basket of cotton, a sweet spot for the white, green and blue wedding bouquet by Lillie's. Daniel Taylor Photography.
Aren't these subtle, natural elements pretty for a country, barn or rustic chic wedding? Daniel Taylor Photography. Florals by Lillie's. Emily from The Stables really liked the bouquet in the basket of cotton.
No, I didn't realize those eggs behind the pastel bouquet were real until about four days after this photo shoot. Sigh. Daniel Taylor Photography. Florals and styling props by Lillie's.
The view from The Stables up to SpringHouse at Russell Crossroads on Lake Martin. Daniel Taylor Photography.
Pastel wedding bouquet by Lillie's, The Stables at Russell Crossroads in the background. Daniel Taylor Photography.
Ribbon light fixture wedding accent, a wonderful contrast to the manly elements of The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Daniel Taylor Photography.
The view of SpringHouse restaurant from it's sister venue, the The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Both are fantastic wedding and event venues at Lake Martin. Daniel Taylor Photography