Daniel Taylor Photography can’t say enough good things about our wonderful hometown of Birmingham, Ala, but one of the absolute best parts of our job is getting to travel all over the Southeast and beyond to capture gorgeous weddings! Whether we’re headed to the bustling, soulful city of New Orleans, or an easygoing beach wedding on the Florida coast getaway of Alys Beach, we love seeing new places and using the surroundings to take fabulous photos. Destination engagements and weddings are tons of fun for the bride and groom, too! Some couples choose locations where they already had a connection to the city, while others pick places they’ve always wanted to go to. It can make an exciting wedding day that much more special and an extra treat for family. Truth be told, it’s also sometimes nice to pick neutral ground for families who live in different cities — takes away some stress.
Here’s a look at some of Daniel Taylor Photography’s favorite destination weddings and engagements:
What's an NYC engagement without a dip in Times Square?! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
We were beyond stoked to fly to the fabulous New York City for a destination engagement session with one of our 2011 couples, S.E. and T.Z. This travel-loving duo wanted an engagement session in NYC, but were married in Birmingham. They were such a creative pair, and a total pleasure to work with. We buzzed all around the big apple to find the perfect photo spots, and Daniel showed off some of his best skills with the night session. Pretty cool, huh?
High Line Park, a converted above-ground subway station was a perfect spot for S.E. and T.Z's session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
An engagement photo on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
A gorgeous day at the Central Park Conservatory Pond. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
The couple emerges from the Lincoln Center subway station at their NYC engagement session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Heather and John had their wedding ceremony and engagement session in historic New Orleans, La. The gorgeous engagement session was in NOLA’s famous French Quarter and Garden District, while the wedding was held at New Orleans City Park. Honestly y’all, it couldn’t have been more beautiful! Despite the heat, Heather and John were so great to work with, and we loved being a part of their wedding. The photos turned out great, and the couple’s lovely nuptials ended up on national wedding blog, Glamour and Grace.
Heather and John's French Quarter engagement session in New Orleans. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Heather and John brought their dog, Tugger, along to their New Orleans engagement session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Heather and John's gorgeous destination wedding at New Orleans City Park, complete with Mardi Gras masks. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
What's a New Orleans wedding without a parasol? Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
New Orlean's flowing Spanish moss in the Oak trees created a perfect setting for John and Heather's wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
For Emily and Blane’s wedding, we headed to Florida’s amazing Emerald Coast, to Alys Beach, which is about half an hour west of Panama City Beach. With the sprawling sand and crystal blue ocean, Alys Beach is a perfect spot for a beach ceremony, and Emily and Blane were such awesome clients. Even when a storm rolled in on their big day, it didn’t keep them from having fun and really enjoying themselves. And they’re crazy dog people, just like us! How could we not love them?! Their destination Alys Beach wedding and Fonville Press reception was published on the online version of Florida Bride Magazine!
We loved photographing Emily and Blane's destination wedding at Alys Beach, Fla. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Emily and Blane shared a kiss at their Alys Beach, FL, wedding on Gulf Green. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
The couple walks toward the sparkling ocean at Alys Beach, Fla. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Emily and her bridesmaids, wearing light blue cotton dresses, on Alys Beach in Florida. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Emily and Blane exit their gorgeous beach reception at Fonville Press. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Paige and Brent’s destination wedding in Lake Martin, Ala. at the Children’s Harbor Lighthouse was such a fun, easy celebration. The lake itself provided a prime backdrop for gorgeous wedding pictures. Paige looked stunning on her big day, and the couple’s lighthearted reception at The Ridge Club made the trip more than worthwhile!
Paige and Brent took a walk on the dock at their Lake Martin destination wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Paige's father walked her down the aisle at the outdoor ceremony at Lake Martin, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
The Children's Harbor lighthouse was a gorgeous scene for Paige and Brent's wedding photos. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
We loved Lake Martin's natural surroundings, like this abandoned bird's nest that was great to showcase the couple's rings. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Paige and Brent's wedding reception at The Ridge Club at Lake Martin. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
The most recent destination wedding for DTP was Holly and Murray’s fairytale ceremony and reception at The Grand Hotel and Resort in Point Clear, Ala. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the seaside soiree. Holly and Murray are so obviously in love, it made our job even easier to capture heartfelt, memorable moments of the lovebirds. The lush scenery of The Grand and the beautiful ocean in the background made for absolutely stunning images.
Holly and Murray's destination wedding and reception at The Grand in Point Clear, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
A beautiful and touching moment for Holly and Murray. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Have you ever seen such a dreamy pink and white outdoor ceremony? And how 'bout that bay view? Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Holly and Murray's reception at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Silhouetted against a gorgeous sunset, the couple reflect on their big day. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.