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.
In black and white: Paige and Erin just moments after his surprise wedding proposal in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography
Paige’s reaction was priceless when Erin surprised her with a proposal and a house. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Erin proposed with a gorgeous ring and the key to the couple’s new house! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Adorable bride-to-be Paige after the surprise proposal. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Paige’s ring was absolutely stunning. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Erin and Paige share a kiss in their brand new house. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
A toast to the surprise engagement. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Paige and Erin were just too cute in their brand new house that Erin surprised Paige with. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
We’re so excited for this couple’s wedding! Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Paige and Erin share a kiss in their new home, which he surprised her with during the proposal. Daniel Taylor Photography
In black and white: Paige and Erin look at her new engagement ring. Daniel Taylor Photography
Paige and Erin’s families were waiting at a nearby restaurant for a celebration after the surprise wedding proposal. Daniel Taylor Photography
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:
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.
Ashton is a true Southern bride. We loved this picture with the stable’s horse. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Ashton looked gorgeous against The Stable at Lake Martin’s landscape. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
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:
Murray sees his bride for the first time before their wedding ceremony at The Grand in Point Clear. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
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.
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.
Alex and Ben’s pre-wedding first look at the American Village chapel in Montevallo. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
The bride and groom’s sweet pre-wedding first look at American Village chapel in Montevallo, AL. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Stephen and Danielle’s pre-wedding first look at Samford’s Reid Chapel in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
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.
Groom Stephen becomes emotional after seeing his gorgeous bride. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Brandy and Scott’s pre-wedding first look at the Tutwiler Hotel in downtown Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
A first look hug from Brandy and Scott at the Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.