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Best Birmingham and Alabama Wedding Venues for Beautiful Photos

In 2012, Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography had the privilege to capture weddings at some of the best Birmingham and Alabama wedding venues in the state.  Great venues with plenty of natural light and beautiful settings produce gorgeous photos, time after time. And we love when couples inject their personality into their venue choice, whether it’s the Southern outdoors or somewhere that highlights their faith.

Take a look at some of our best wedding venue photography from 2012.

1. Point Clear Wedding Venue: The Grand Hotel . One of our favorites in Alabama for weddings because of the terrific service and incredible photo spots, including the bay, the lagoon, the beach, the marina, the patios and The Grand Lawn.

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Holly and Murray chose to have their gorgeous destination wedding at The Grand Hotel and Resort in Point Clear, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Holly and Murray’s elegant wedding invitation was lovely with Mobile Bay as a backdrop at The Grand in Point Clear. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple had their pre-wedding first look at The Grand Hotel’s dreamy lagoon  in Point Clear, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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We just loved this romantic wedding ceremony  at The Grand in Point Clear, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Holly and Murray’s outdoor wedding reception at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The bride and groom, in sunset silhouette, reflect on their wedding day at The Grand in Point Clear, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

2. Samford University Wedding Venue: Reid Chapel.

Both Danielle and Stephen and Alan and Allison held their wedding ceremonies at Samford University’s beautiful Reid Chapel. We love the picturesque, light-drenched chapel and Samford’s gorgeous grounds.

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Danielle and Stephen share a laugh on the steps of Samford University. They were married on campus at Reid Chapel. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Pink, green and white floral decor on the doors of Samford University’s Reid Chapel. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Stephen and Danielle at their pre-wedding first look at Samford University’s Reid Chapel. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The two darling flower girls head down the aisle at Reid Chapel at Samford University. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The bride and groom exit Reid Chapel at Samford University under a pastel floral arch. Daniel Taylor Photography.

Alan and Allison share a kiss before their wedding in Birmingham at Samford University’s Reid Chapel. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

One our favorite candid moments between the bride and groom. Photographed at Samford University’s Reid Chapel. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

The wedding ceremony at Reid Chapel, Samford University. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

 

The Stables and SpringHouse at Russell Crossroads wedding venues.

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The Stables at Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin is one of our new favorite wedding venues. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ashton’s stunning bridal gown hangs next to a stable resident at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ashton and Ryan share a loving moment at their pre-wedding first look at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The bride and groom leave their bluff wedding at Heaven, part of the Russell Crossroads development at Lake Martin, Ala.. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The bride and groom took a horse-drawn carriage to their wedding reception at The Stables at Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

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The Stables at Russell Crossroads reception was filled with pretty rustic details. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The bride and groom share a quiet moment at sunset during their wedding reception at The Stables at Russell Crossroads, at Lake Martin, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

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Ashton and Ryan share a dance in the beautiful barn at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

3. The Tutwiler Hotel and Wedding Venue. 

Bailey and Brett prepared for their big day at the historic Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham. The classic location has great service and provides luxurious accommodations for the bride and groom.

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The bride at the balcony of Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey and Brett enjoy champagne on the balcony of The Tutwiler Hotel after their wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

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Bailey and her bridesmaids, in navy dresses, got ready at the Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Birmingham.

We love a grand church for wedding ceremonies, especially when they have plenty of natural light. The traditional feel and lovely exterior were perfect for photos.

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Kellie’s stunning wedding gown hanging at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Kellie walks with her bridesmaids outside of St. Mark the Evangelist Church Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Kellie makes her way down the aisle with her dad at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Kellie and Dan say their wedding vows at St. Mark the Evangelist. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Wedding at The Stables at Russell Crossroads Lake Martin

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The bride and groom take a pre-wedding walk at their ceremony site, Heaven, at Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

Daniel Taylor Photography is so stoked that we got to be a part of Ashton and Ryan’s big day, their rustic chic wedding at The Stables at Russell Crossroads Lake Martin, part of the wonderful Russell Lands developments. This was one of the most elaborate, love-laden DIY weddings we’ve ever seen. There were literally truckloads of meaningful family belongings for both the ceremony and reception decor. Wow.

The beautiful ceremony was at a new site at the venue called Heaven, with jaw-dropping views, and the reception was at the rustic chic location, The Stables. The tablecloths, dishware and serving pieces were brought in from family, which gave such a warm, personal feel to the whole evening. At the ceremony, the handmade quilts that covered hay bales for guests to sit on were a huge hit!

A huge thank you to the amazing Russell Lands wedding team for a fantastic day and for recommending us. We could never get tired of this amazing location! Congratulations to Ashton and Ryan.

We wish you all the best!

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This little cutie introduced Ashton at the couple’s Stables at Russell Crossroads wedding ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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This adorable DIY reception sign outside The Stables at Russell Crossroads set the tone for the day. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ashton’s stunning bridal gown hangs next to a stable resident at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The glowing bride’s mom puts her veil on her. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ashton was ecstatic on her wedding day at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Beautiful, rustic white, purple and green flowers at the stunning Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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These white, purple and green flowers went perfectly with the rustic chic feel of the day. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ashton walks toward Ryan for their pre-wedding first look at Heaven at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ashton and Ryan are so in love. We loved capturing this emotion during their pre-wedding first look. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ryan wipes a tear of joy from Ashton’s face at their pre-wedding first look at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A wedding portrait at SpringHouse restaurant at Russell Crossroads, Lake Martin, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

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A wedding kiss in the wildflowers at The Stables at Russell Crossroads, Lake Martin, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Ryan waits for Ashton at the altar at their Stables at Russell Crossroads wedding ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

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Ashton and Ryan celebrate their marriage at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

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Ashton and Ryan share a moment on the hay bales their guests sat on, covered with homemade quilts. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Tables at the reception were draped in lace and decorated with pretty green and purple floral centerpieces. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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This little one was loving the reception at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bride Ashton joined in the fun at her Stables at Russell Crossroads reception. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ashton and Ryan share a dance in the beautiful barn at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Love these two! The beautiful married couple at their Stables at Russell Crossroads reception. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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We absolutely love this venue! The stunning Stables at Russell Crossroads at night. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Birmingham, Ala. Surprise Wedding Proposal: Paige and Erin

 

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Erin surprised Paige with an engagement ring and a house! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

This was one exciting photo shoot for Daniel Taylor Photography y’all! A surprise wedding proposal in Birmingham!

We first met Paige and Erin last summer at Emily and Blane’s Alys Beach wedding and thought she they were cute as a button, so we were beyond excited when Erin enlisted us for his surprise proposal. And not only did Erin propose with a gorgeous ring, but a key to a house that Paige was in love with, but had never been inside! It was seriously amazing. One of the sweetest gestures we have ever seen! And Paige’s expressions were just  priceless.

Kelli was hidden across the street in true paparazzi fashion with a long camera lens, trying not to look like a stalker. Erin drove Paige to the house, pulled a sold sign from his trunk, and told her to put it on the the for sale sign. When she turned around, he was down on one knee with the ring. When she said yes, Kelli jumped out for a photo session in their new home!

After the awesome proposal, the couple headed to Saw’s Juke Joint in Crestline to celebrate with family at dinner. We loved capturing Erin and Paige’s proposal and wish them all the best in their new life together.

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In black and white: Paige and Erin just moments after his surprise wedding proposal in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Paige’s reaction was priceless when Erin surprised her with a proposal and a house. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Erin proposed with a gorgeous ring and the key to the couple’s new house! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Adorable bride-to-be Paige after the surprise proposal. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Paige’s ring was absolutely stunning. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Erin and Paige share a kiss in their brand new house. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A toast to the surprise engagement. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Paige and Erin were just too cute in their brand new house that Erin surprised Paige with. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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We’re so excited for this couple’s wedding! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Paige and Erin share a kiss in their new home, which he surprised her with during the proposal. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

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In black and white: Paige and Erin look at her new engagement ring. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Paige and Erin’s families were waiting at a nearby restaurant for a celebration after the surprise wedding proposal. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Trend: Pre-Wedding Birmingham Bridal Portraits in Birmingham, Ala.

 

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Allison looked elegant and gorgeous at her bridal session at Shoal Creek. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

Along with beautiful weddings, fun engagement sessions and family photos, Daniel Taylor Photography loves getting to capture the beauty of a blushing bride in pre-wedding bridal portraits in Birmingham, Ala.

Whether they are elegant and formal, or relaxed and fun, bridal portrait sessions are always exciting experiences for a once-in-a-lifetime event that allow for gorgeous photos in a more relaxed setting. For the bride-to-be, it’s an ideal trial run on hair, dress, make-up and shoes. Brides can feel confident that the choices they’ve made are perfect, or tweak a few details that can make good choices even better.

How do you choose the perfect location for a wedding bridal photo session? Make it personal. A family home or the home of a friend can be more relaxed, with all the necessities close at hand. Some brides love their wedding venues so much that they want that extra time in a beautiful location. Others simply choose a location that just seems like a cool location. And how much fun to bring your adorable dog, or a guitar, or anything else to make the session uniquely you?

Always remember, though, that even the most pristine of bridal photo sessions is likely to leave a little bit of dust on the edges of a wedding dress. Make sure to to talk with your bridal salon professionals beforehand about spot cleaning options so your dress is as gorgeous as you want it to be.

Take a look at some of our favorite photos from many fabulous bridal sessions:

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Allison poses at her Shoal Creek bridal session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Allison’s elegant bridal session was held at her mother-in-law’s beautiful home in Shoal Creek. The venue couldn’t have been more perfect with a gorgeous spiral staircase and landscaping.

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Ashton is a true Southern bride. We loved this picture with the stable’s horse. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ashton looked gorgeous against The Stable at Lake Martin’s landscape. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Ashton’s Southern bridal session was at the breathtaking Stables at Lake Martin. We loved seeing her in her true element with the four-legged guests.

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Angela poses with her dogs, Ally and Shelby, at her B&A Warehouse bridal session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Angela was glowing at her B&A Warehouse bridal session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Angela held her bridal session at one of our favorite Birmingham venues: B&A Warehouse. The warm, wine-bar feel makes it perfect for bridal portraits.

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The bridal session was inspired by beautiful vintage portraits. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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We just adored this picture of Mary Katherine holding her mother’s wedding photo. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A gorgeous bridal session in Mountain Brook, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

We love when brides do their own thing, and that was definitely the case with Mary Katherine’s vintage-inspired bridal portraits. The session, held at her family home in Mountain Brook, was formal, old-fashioned and beautiful.

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The bride wanted to go for Hollywood glamour at her Tutwiler Hotel bridal session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The lovely bride at her Tutwiler Hotel bridal session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

For Abagail’s bridal session at the historic Tutwiler Hotel, we went a little old-fashioned glamour. She looked beautiful against the gorgeous setting of the hotel.

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Weddings at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church | Venue Spotlight

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Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church in Birmingham is one of our favorite venues for a wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Daniel Taylor Photography has a handful of venue favorites, and weddings at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church top the list as some of the most sweet and charming. The quaint venue lends itself to timeless wedding photographs.

We were lucky to be able to photograph Rachel and Brian’s sweet wedding and Victoria and Daniel’s winter wedding affair at the church. Take a look at some of the beautiful photos that were the result.

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Victoria’s gorgeous wedding dress hangs in front of a picturesque window at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Victoria and Daniel share a wedding kiss on the beautiful landscape of Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The fun-loving couple take a candid wedding photo of themselves before their ceremony at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The large windows with lovely natural light at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church in Birmingham were a perfect backdrop for Rachel’s wedding shoes. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple stands outside of Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Rachel and her beautiful bridesmaids at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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