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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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Cameron Oaks Farms Wedding Bridal Session: Lindsey

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The historic cabins at Cameron Oaks Farms in Wilsonville, Ala. were an absolutely beautiful backdrop for Lindsey’s bridal portraits. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Daniel Taylor Photography loves when we get to experience a new wedding venue, and Cameron Oaks Farms in Wilsonville, Ala., just outside of Birmingham, did not disappoint. The rustic chic location had historic cabins, a gorgeous lake and a beautiful garden, which were all so perfect for Lindsey’s bridal session. You might remember the Southern bride-to-be from the couple’s rustic DIY engagement session at Old Baker Farm.

We had so much fun photographing such a lovely bride, and think the venue is a fantastic, photogenic choice for a wedding, bridal session or engagement session.

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Lindsey’s Mrs. Hartley wedding dress hanger, at Cameron Oaks Farm in Wilsonville, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The rustic Cameron Oaks Farm was perfect for this purely Southern bride, wearing a gorgeous Vera Wang wedding dress. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Lindsey’s amazing wedding updo at her Cameron Oaks Farm bridal session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A Southern bride is nothing without her cowboy boots! Photographed on the cabin porch swing at Cameron Oaks in Wilsonville. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Lindsey was glowing at her bridal session at Cameron Oaks Farm in Wilsonville, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

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Birmingham Wedding Photo Trends: Pre-Wedding First Looks

 

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Holly and Murray had their first look in The Grand’s gorgeous lagoon, complete with Southern Spanish moss. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography in Point Clear, Ala.

 

Take it from Daniel Taylor Photography, wedding days can get emotional, and at times, a little hectic. OK, let’s be completely honest: Sometimes they get a little crazy. With all that emotion, one of the most amazing, calming things that can happen is a pre-wedding first look. It’s a chance to be alone, share your feelings, process through the emotion, and just be held by the most important person in your life before the biggest event of your existence.

Some couples worry it will take away from the big moment walking down the aisle. Nothing could be further from the truth, couples tell us. You can actually be more connected and more in the moment during that aisle walk, enjoy it more, and of course, get even more great photos! And yes, planners and others who love organizing will also tout how it speeds up the after-ceremony photo time (because more photos can be done beforehand) and gets you to your reception faster.

From our own personal experience, Daniel and I did a pre-wedding first look, and after the insanity of our wedding preparations, it was, and remains to this day, one of the most incredible moments between us. After seeing him, I felt love and confidence that translated into pure joy for the rest of our wedding day.

We’ve been so lucky to capture lots of first looks. Some emotional, some playful, all of them extremely meaningful. Take a look of some of our favorite pre-wedding first looks from The Grand in Point Clear, American Village and Samford University’s Reid Chapel and Tutwiler Hotel:

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Murray sees his bride for the first time before their wedding ceremony at The Grand in Point Clear. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The bride and groom share a moment of happiness together at their pre-wedding first look at The Grand in Point Clear. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A touching moment for Holly and Murray at their first look. They were melted in each other’s arms for about eight minutes. Photographer Kelli and wedding director Ellen were in tears watching. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography at The Grand in Point Clear.

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Alex and Ben’s pre-wedding first look at the American Village chapel in Montevallo. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The bride and groom’s sweet pre-wedding first look at American Village chapel in Montevallo, AL. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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

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The giddy couple get a first look at each other before their wedding at Samford’s Reid Chapel in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Groom Stephen becomes emotional after seeing his gorgeous bride. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Brandy and Scott’s pre-wedding first look at the Tutwiler Hotel in downtown Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A first look hug from Brandy and Scott at the Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

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Birmingham Wedding Photography Trends: Around-the-Door Moments

Daniel Taylor Photography sees lots of love in photographing weddings around Birmingham and Alabama. It’s one of the best parts of our job. Even though we adore capturing the first look of love between a bride and groom before their wedding, sometimes it can be even more meaningful when the couple doesn’t see each other before the ceremony. A sweet around-the-door moment is an amazing opportunity for the couple to connect and capture that emotion without actually seeing each other.

See some of the touching around-the-door moments we’ve been privileged enough to photograph:

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Bailey experiences excited emotion before the couple’s wedding ceremony during their around the door moment at The Summit Club in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Brett makes Bailey laugh from the other side of the door at The Summit Club. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Lindey and Marcus hold hands around the door before their wedding ceremony at Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Cathedral in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple exchange meaningful letters to each other before their wedding at Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Cathedral in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Marcus gives his bride a kiss on the hand at their pre-wedding around the door moment. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Lindey was filled with excitement after reading Marcus’ letter. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Lindsay and Justin share a moment before the ceremony without spoiling the surprise. Riverchase United Methodist Church, Hoover, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

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Erin and Christopher share an emotional around the door moment before their ceremony at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

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Wedding Venue Spotlight: Canterbury United Methodist Church

Daniel Taylor Photography has the pleasure of capturing weddings at lots of different venues. We can’t even tell you how great it is when you find one that effortlessly lends itself to so many amazing photo opportunities. Such is the case with weddings at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

The church has gorgeous stained glass windows, a pretty chapel and beautiful outdoor landscaping that is perfect for first looks or after-sessions. We spent the day there for Shannon and John’s wedding as well as Jamie and Taylor’s nuptials. Take a look at this wonderful venue that we’d be happy to recommend to any Birmingham couple!

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One of our favorite wedding portraits from Canterbury United Methodist Church in the Mountain Brook area of Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A pre-wedding photo at Canterbury United Methodist Church. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Taylor waits for his beautiful bride on the altar at Canterbury United Methodist Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Shannon’s mom helps with her necklace before the wedding at Canterbury United Methodist Church chapel in the Mountain Brook area of Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The couple has a pre-wedding first look outside in the courtyard of Canterbury United Methodist Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The courtyard is a favorite spot for wedding photos at Canterbury United Methodist Church in the Mountain Brook area of Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A photo through the cross-shaped window is a wedding photo favorite for Canterbury United Methodist Church and chapel brides. Photo By Daniel Taylor Photography

Shannon and John’s romantic, fun wedding ceremony was held at Canterbury United Methodist Church with a reception afterward at another venue we love, Park Lane in Mountain Brook. We had a blast photographing their day. You could just feel the love pouring out of these two!

 

Jaime and Taylor’s wedding was a truly elegant affair. The couple took full advantage of all the gorgeous spaces Canterbury United Methodist Church has to offer, and the photos turned out beautifully!

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