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DTP Best of 2012: Make the Most of the Outdoors

Daniel Taylor Photography has the fun job of  photographing some of the best outdoor wedding venues in Birmingham and around the state. The beautiful Southern landscape is perfect for a wedding and allows for pretty details that wouldn’t translate indoors. Folks, there’s just no substitution for the feel of natural light in wedding photography. Even if you have an indoor ceremony and reception, make time for some outdoor photos.

Take a look at some of our best Birmingham and Alabama outdoor wedding moments from 2012.

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Beautiful bride-to-be Lindsey at her Cameron Oaks Farm bridal session in Wilsonville, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ashton and Ryan take a pre-wedding walk in Heaven, a beautiful bluff available for weddings through The Stables at Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin. Daniel Taylor Photogrpahy

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The view at Heaven, the newest wedding location from Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A wedding kiss in the field between SpringHouse restaurant and The Stables at Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Sam and her father walk toward the altar at her outdoor wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Sam and Adam are officially husband and wife! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The gorgeous couple at their Carraway Davie House nuptials. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Staci and Jay’s wedding after-session at the Ross Bridge Hotel. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

Wedding at The Grand Hotel Point Clear, Ala.

Murray kisses his bride under the floral wedding arch at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala.. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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It was easy to see how in love Holly and Murray are. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The happy couple at their Point Clear, Ala. destination wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Wedding at The Club in Birmingham.

The balcony at The Club is a beautiful spot for a view of the Birmingham skyline, or some wedding reception fireworks. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The newlyweds at their Matt Jones Gallery wedding reception by Go-Pro Events in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Alan gives Allison a pre-wedding kiss outside Reid Chapel at Samford University, before their wedding. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

 

 

 

 

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Birmingham’s Best Personal Wedding Photo Touches

We at Daniel Taylor Photography love it when couples put meaningful and personal touches on their wedding day. And it’s even more special when those touches were made by friends and family. The end result is wedding photos that are uniquely your own, and not the latest fads from magazines or Pinterest. Check out some of the best of DIY wedding touches of 2012.

Brett and Bailey were an adorable couple, and they made sure that their dogs were a big part of their wedding photos. We were so thrilled that they wanted to include their sweet pups.

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Brett and Bailey’s cute pups had their own special wedding attire. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography. Florals by FlowerJoy in Riverchase.

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We loved that this couple included their their dogs in their wedding photos, too. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography. Florals by FlowerJoy in Riverchase.

 

Bride Lindey wanted to translate her love of the cult sci-fi TV show Dr. Who into a personalized wedding guestbook cover inspired by the TARDIS journal in the series. Daniel Taylor Photography was thrilled to create it for her.

Daniel Taylor Photography created a wedding guest book inspired by the TARDIS journal from the British sci-fi TV show Dr. Who. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

Rob and Katie incorporated lots of beautiful and personal details into their gorgeous wedding. For their first dance, the two took dance lessons and Katie bought a special dress. For Rob’s daughter, they provided a fun kid’s table during the reception, and Rob’s groom cake was a nod to his profession as an ophthalmologist.

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Katie and Rob choreographed their first dance at their wedding reception, complete with a spinning lift! Katie even picked out a special dress just for the performance at The Club in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Adorable, family-made  jam favors in Mason jars, for the couple’s last name of Mason, for guests at their wedding reception at The Club in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple gave delicious jam in Mason jars, for their last name of Mason, as wedding favors.  Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The kids’ candy table at Katie and Rob’s wedding reception was perfect and featured fun activities to keep them busy, like adorable custom coloring books. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography. Design elements by M. Elizabeth Events and Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market.

 

Alan and Allison had a rehearsal dinner at Park Lane in Mountain Brook, which was filled with meaningful and personal touches. The couple had a custom monogram featured throughout the night, served guests a signature cocktail and provided homemade baked goods as favors that were Alan’s grandmother’s recipes.

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An elegant sign from Alan and Allison thanks their guests and offers homemade banana bread from Alan’s grandmother’s recipe. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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We love homemade favors. And the banana bread was yummy too! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography. Design elements by M. Elizabeth Events. Calligraphy and monogram design by Allison Banks

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The couple had a beautiful custom monogram, created by Allison Banks, that was featured throughout their wedding rehearsal dinner. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography. Event design by M. Elizabeth Events. Calligraphy and monogram by Allison Banks.

 

One of our favorite parts of Staci and Jay’s big day was the custom cake, filled with a yummy guava filling, which was a nod to Staci’s father’s Cuban heritage.

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Staci and Jay cut their guava-filled wedding cake at their B&A Warehouse reception. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography. Cake by Jan O’Donnell.

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The wedding cake had a yummy guava filling, which was a nod to Staci’s Cuban family heritage. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography. Cake by Jan O’Donnell.

 

 Ashton and Ryan had one of the prettiest weddings we’ve seen in a while with lots of personal details at their Russell Crossroads event at Lake Martin. At the ceremony at Heaven, guests sat on homemade quilts. At the wedding reception at The Stables at Russell Crossroads, the couple used family-owned dishes, tablecloths and other design touches. Southern bride Ashton also made sure she had her cowboy boots!

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Ashton and Ryan share a moment on the hay bales their guests sat on, covered with homemade quilts. Wedding ceremony at Heaven, part of the Russell Crossroads development at Lake Martin, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple’s reception at The Stables at Russell Crossroads was filled with pretty rustic details like glass serving ware and family dishes. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

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The bride shows off her super cute cowboy boots at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Lindsey and her mom pinned Lindsey’s christening bonnet into her wedding dress slip for a beautiful, sentimental touch. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

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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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