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Birmingham and Alabama Wedding Trend: Outdoor Southern Weddings

Half of Daniel Taylor Photography hails from Birmingham, Alabama, or ‘Bama as we say down here. The other half is an adopted Southerner via Australia, and we couldn’t love it more. That being said, we work with lots of fabulous Southern clients! From elegant Spanish Moss in New Orleans and Mobile, to DIY details with fresh cotton and monograms, to cowboy boots galore, these modern-day Southern belles know how to put on a beautiful wedding that shows their roots with their own personal style.

We’ve had the privilege to photograph a number of gorgeous outdoor Southern weddings and engagement sessions. We love the rustic feel they have while still being elegant. Southern affairs also seem to let the couple’s personality shine through. It gives a true reflection of what they care about, where they came from, and shows their love is just as strong in a casual environment.

Take a look at some of our favorite outdoor Southern weddings:

Heather and John

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New Orleans City Park’s gorgeous Spanish moss in the oak trees created a perfect setting for John and Heather’s wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

What’s more Southern than a lowcountry New Orleans wedding? Heather and John’s wedding came complete with a parasol for the bride and banana pudding served at the reception. See their Terrell House and NOLA City Park wedding and New Orleans engagement session.

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What’s a New Orleans wedding without a lace parasol? Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Tori and Mitch

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Tori and Mitch stand underneath Rosewood in Pinson’s gorgeous outdoor chandelier at their wedding.

Tori and Mitch had a quintessential Southern wedding at Rosewood in Pinson and a gorgeous rustic engagement session at Old Baker Farm. We love the cotton ring detail and the outdoor chandelier.

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Tori’s sparkling engagement ring in fresh cotton at the couple’s engagement session at Old Baker Farm in Harpersville, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

Anne-Michelle and James

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A beautiful Southern mansion like The Sonnet House in Leeds, Ala., is a great choice for a spring wedding, complete with dogwoods. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A wedding portrait on a white front porch? Yes, please. Photographed at Sonnet House by Daniel Taylor Photography in Birmingham, AL.

Anne-Michelle and James had a dreamy sunset wedding at The Sonnet House in Leeds, outside Birmingham, Ala. Dogwoods in bloom, pine trees and plenty of porches were just a few of the elements that made this wedding so special.

 

Mattie and George

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Mattie and George stand under gorgeous tea lights at their Rucker Place wedding.

Mattie and George’s wedding at Rucker Place in Birmingham was bursting with Southern details. We loved the floating tea lights in the garden, and the pair even served fried green tomatoes to their guests. Doesn’t get much more Southern than that!

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The wedding table centerpieces were pretty re-purposed tree trunks with vintage bottle vases filled with flowers. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A Southern favorite: fried green tomatoes cooked in an iron skillet at Rucker Place, by Savoie Catering. By Daniel Taylor Photography.

Holly and Murray

Holly and Murray took their Point Clear, Ala. wedding at The Grand way down South to the beach. It was a perfect day for an outdoor ceremony and The Grand hotel has picturesque landscapes. The couple had a rustic Southern engagement session as well. We loved their matching cowboy boots!

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The couple had their first look in The Grand’s gorgeous surroundings, complete with Southern Spanish moss. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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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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Silhouetted against a gorgeous sunset, Holly and Murray reflect on their wedding day. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography, at The Grand in Point Clear, Ala.

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Sweet tea is a must at any Southern wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Holly and Murray incorporated their charming, Southern cowboy boots into their engagement session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Paige and Brent

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The couple’s adorable flower girl was wearing a monogrammed sash. Doesn’t get more Southern than that!. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Paige and Brent held their outdoor wedding at the stunning Lake Martin. The day was filled with lots of pretty details. We especially loved the flower girl’s monogrammed sash and photo opportunities by the dock.

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Paige and Brent stroll along the dock at their Lake Martin destination wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Groom Brent chose a classic Southern seer-sucker suit for his wedding to Paige at Children’s Harbor, Lake Martin, AL, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The ring bearer also wore a seersucker suit for the wedding at  Children’s Harbor, Lake Martin. And we were crushing on all the gorgeous stationary. By Daniel Taylor Photography in Birmingham, AL.

 

 

Alex and Ben

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Every Southerner knows how beautiful hydrangeas are! Alex’s pretty bridal bouquet perched on a white picket fence at American Village, one of our new favorite wedding venues. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Alex and Ben’s American Village wedding was definitely sophisticated Southern. Alex toted hydrangeas down the aisle in her bouquet and the couple had nature-themed details throughout the affair.

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The cocktail napkins featured a bird, going along with the nature wedding theme. Photographed at American Village by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Ryan and Ashton

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Ryan serenades Ashton with his guitar on his front porch near Lake Martin during their engagement photo session. Check out the boots!  Daniel Taylor Photography.

Ryan and Ashton had a fabulous Southern engagement session near Lake Martin complete with boots, trucks and guitars. We can’t wait for their wedding. We’re sure it will be filled with lots of Southern goodness!

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Ashton and Ryan hang out in the bed of his truck at their Lake Martin engagement session, boots and guitar included. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

Lindsey and Brandon

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Is there anything more Southern than bride- and groom-to-be with a quilt and a dog in their engagement photos? We just loved Lindsey and Brandon’s session, including dog Stella. Photographed at Old Baker Farm by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

Lindsey and Brandon chose Old Baker Farm for a truly Southern engagement photo session, complete with cotton and corn fields, dirt roads, a quilt, and their dog, Stella. Classic Southern chic!

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The couple walked the dirt roads of Old Baker Farm during their Southern engagement photo session in Harpersville, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

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In sepia: Brandon sweeps Lindsey off her feet during their engagement photo session at Old Baker Farm. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

 

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Birmingham, Ala. Wedding and Matt Jones Gallery Reception

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Kellie and Dan share a heartfelt moment on their wedding day. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

This was a fun first for Daniel Taylor Photography. We, Kelli and Dan Taylor, were so privileged to photograph Kellie and Dan’s wedding! How funny is that, y’all? Kellie (the bride) was just tickled, and so were we!

The gorgeous couple had their ceremony at St. Mark’s Evangelist Catholic Church in Birmingham and a laid back, lovely reception at Matt Jones Gallery. The Gallery is now unfortunately closed, but its fabulous owners are opening a new venue downtown, Bridgestreet Gallery and Lofts, which has a similar feel. Kellie looked beautiful in a dress by Birmingham’s own Heidi Elnora, and the ceremony and reception was filled with stunning flowers by our dear, dear friend at HotHouse Design Studio, designer J. Ross Railey.

The couple’s delicious cakes were by Olexa’s and we photographed the lovebirds during a wedding after-session at Mt Laurel Grocery and Deli between the ceremony and reception. Thanks for letting this Kelli and Dan be part of your day, Kellie and Dan! We wish you all the best!

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

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Kellie was glowing on her wedding day. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Kellie and her maids prep for the wedding ceremony at St. Mark’s Evangelist Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Kellie checks her wedding gown train on the stairs at St. Mark’s Evangelist Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple holds hands around the door before their wedding ceremony at St. Mark’s Evangelist Catholic Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple didn’t do a first look, but held hands around the door instead. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A portrait of the groom, Dan. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Groom Dan sees his bride for the first time. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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

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The glowing bride with her father. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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

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The couple had a sweet wedding photo after session in between their wedding and reception at Mt Laurel Grocery and Deli. We love the vintage sodas. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A sweet moment between the newlyweds. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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In black and white: A beautiful photo of the new husband and wife in Mt Laurel. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Kellie and Dan share a wedding dance at their Matt Jones Gallery reception in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple shares their first dance. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The wedding reception was held at Matt Jones Gallery in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A look in from outside Matt Jones Gallery in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

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Birmingham, Ala. Engagement Photography with Dogs: Amanda & Allen

 

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Amanda and Allen share a kiss at their Railroad Park engagement photo session in downtown Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

We were extra excited to be able to photograph our much-loved veterinarian, Allen and his bride-to-be, Hoover librarian Amanda, for their engagement photos! We combined it into a family session, with Allen’s gorgeous daughters, Sophie and Madeline, and the family’s three dogs, Sam, Frodo and Charlie.

Allen owns at Galleria Animal Clinic, where he and his staff do an unreal job of taking care of our basset babies, Scarlett and Jenna. Y’all, our dogs go nuts to get out the car and run IN to Galleria Animal Clinic! Amanda is Hoover’s coolest librarian. The day began at the cool, industrial Sloss Furnaces and ended at Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham.

Congratulations to Allen and Amanda! We can’t wait to be a part of your big day this month!

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Amanda, Allen and their family (including the dogs!) celebrate the couple’s engagement at Railroad Park in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

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We love moments like these. Allen and Amanda at their Sloss Furnaces engagement session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Amanda and Allen share a hug during their engagement session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Allen’s daughters, Sophie and Madeline, as well as their precious dogs, Sam, Charlie and Frodo,  joined in the engagement-family photo fun at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Allen’s gorgeous daughters, Sophie and Madeline, at the couple’s Sloss Funaces engagement and family photo session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Amanda’s stunning engagement ring surrounded by beautiful fall leaves at Sloss Furnaces. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Allen, who is Birmingham’s most awesome veterinarian, pets his cute dog Sam. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The family brought their trio of pups to the engagement session, from left, Charlie, Sam and Frodo. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The engagement and family photo session fun moved over to Birmingham’s Railroad Park. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Allen’s daughters just had to do a jumping picture at Railroad Park in Birmingham! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The pups, Charlie, Frodo and Sam,  loved Railroad Park. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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How adorable are those furry faces? From left: Frodo, Charlie and Sam. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Madeline cuddles with Sam at her dad’s engagement session with Amanda, which was also a combined family photo session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Sophie and Frodo at Railroad Park in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A formal portrait of Amanda, Allen and his daughters at Railroad Park in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Husband-and-wife-to-be Allen and Amanda at their Railroad Park engagement session in downtown Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple, and Sophie and Madeline hang out on Railroad Park’s jungle gym. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The beautiful and happy family at Railroad Park in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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B&A Warehouse Wedding Reception| Mariee Ami

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Staci and Jay share a moment during their first dance at their B&A Warehouse wedding reception. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Daniel Taylor Photography was delighted to photograph Staci and Jay’s wedding ceremony and wedding reception at B&A Warehouse because we knew it would be just as awesome as their engagement session.

The fun and elegant affair was filled with a fresh yellow and white color scheme, and lots of excited visitors from out of town. The couple held their wedding ceremony at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Hoover, Ala. and the reception was at one of our favorites, B&A Warehouse. We recommended our new friend Nellie Kirk Butler of Mariee Ami  wedding planning studio in Mountain Brook to help Staci plan the big day, and let’s just say Staci and her mother were more than thrilled with Nellie’s fabulous work.

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The bride walked down the aisle in pretty white wedding shoes. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A rustic display of the gentlemen’s yellow and white boutonnieres. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The bride gets a little help with her veil. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Andy Hopper of KG Designs provided the gorgeous flowers, while Jan O’Donnell was responsible for the scrumptious cake. The inside of the cake had a yummy guava filling, which was a nod to Staci’s dad’s Cuban heritage. We always love those small personal touches that make a wedding even more special. Staci was stunning in her wedding gown by Bridals by Lori of Atlanta–you know, the Say Yes to the Dress TV show salon. Wedding band Azz Izz electrified the crowd, with the highlight of the night being when Jay’s dad jumped on stage doing the Dougie!

Guests had tons of fun in the photo booth at the reception by Total Entertainment, and at the end of the night, the newlyweds were whisked away in a glamorous car from Vintage Auto. We took photos at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Hotel for their beautiful after-session.

Congratulations Staci and Jay! We had so much fun celebrating with you and wish you all the best!

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Staci and her bridesmaids in pretty dark teal dresses. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The groom and his groomsmen make their way to the ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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This couple’s adorable red-headed flower girl. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple’s ring bearer prepares for his walk down the aisle. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Staci was glowing as her dad led her down the aisle. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A very excited Jay seeing Staci for the first time. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Jay and Staci share their first dance. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Staci’s gorgeous dress had delicate buttons down the back. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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

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Wedding band Azz Izz had the crowd dancing all night long. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The excited bride gets ready to toss her bouquet. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Jay throws Staci’s garter back toward the crowd. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The single guys dive for Staci’s garter. How funny is this picture?! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The lucky guy shows off Staci’s Alabama garter. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A great candid photo of the happy couple. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Wedding guests get down on the dance floor at the couple’s B&A Warehouse reception. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Staci and Jay exited their reception in this fabulous getaway car from Vintage Auto. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple is showered with rice as they leave B&A Warehouse. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Staci and Jay share a kiss in the gorgeous vintage getaway car. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A post-reception kiss for Staci and Jay in the vintage Bentley. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The beautiful vintage getaway car at the couple’s Ross Bridge Hotel wedding after-session. 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.

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The Stables at Lake Martin Wedding Bridal Session: Ashton

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Adorable bride Ashton with one of the fainting goats at The Stables at Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Take it from Daniel Taylor Photography, there is nothing cuter than a bride in cowboy boots! Add a guitar, some fainting goats, and an incredible location, and you’ve got yourself one beautiful bridal session. We had an awesome day with Ashton, who is married her Southern hubby, Ryan, last night. The family is dedicated to fantastic, authentic DIY details, making the day super special, and definitely one to remember. We would put this in one of our top three weddings over eight years of doing this. We also loved the couple’s sweet, rustic engagement session from earlier this year, which was also near Lake Martin.

We are beyond appreciative to Emily Lewis and Linda Ingram, two awesome wedding folks from The Stables at Russell Crossroads, for recommending us to Ashton for their drop-dead gorgeous venue that has quickly become one of our favorites. We’re convinced you won’t find a prettier spot to get married than the Alexander City part of Lake Martin, and the service is second to none y’all! Take a behind-the-scenes look at our session with Ashton, complete with goats on the loose!

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

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Beautiful bride Ashton had fun up on the bar at The Stables at Russell Crossroads for a candid bridal photo. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The bride shows off her super cute wedding cowboy boots while she sits on the bar at The Stables at Russell Crossroads. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A stunning silhouette of the bride during her bridal session at  The Stables at Russell Crossroads, at Lake Martin. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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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’s gorgeous all-white bouquet. The goats liked it too! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The Stables at Lake Martin have great spots for photo opportunities. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Ashton strums her guitar at her Lake Martin bridal session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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How cute is this Alabama bride? Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The gorgeous barn at The Stables at Lake Martin just lends itself to a photo like this. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The day couldn’t have been more gorgeous for Ashton’s bridal session at The Stables at Lake Martin. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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