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Birmingham Wedding at Dawson Memorial and the Botanical Gardens

 

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

It’s always a pleasure when Daniel Taylor Photography gets to be a part of a beautiful, classic wedding. Erin and Christopher’s elegant, timeless style made for a gorgeous wedding at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, with photos that will be just as stunning in 30 years as they are today. Erin was so great to work with because of her genuine appreciation for great photography. We love it when clients appreciate the details as much as we do!

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Erin’s gorgeous wedding dress at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Erin’s incredible earrings were family heirlooms that dated back to before the Civil War. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Erin made an absolutely radiant bride with help from hair and make-up guru Melissa Moore Bogardus of Joyce’s Formals Salon. The bride’s lovely bouquet and those striking red roses adorning the iron crosses on the church doors were created by our friend J. Ross of Norton’s. The couple held their reception at the church with a beyond delicious menu from Cafe Iz featuring several recreated Louisiana family recipes! Needless to say, the food didn’t last long. The couple’s elegant cakes, including the bride’s cake decorated with their monogram, was from Magnificent Cakes. At the end of the night, the always terrific Ron Marko of Vintage Auto helped Erin and Christopher escape in a rockin’ getaway car, and our friends at Main Street Productions captured the day’s memories in a heartfelt video.

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Christopher before the ceremony at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Erin chose a lovely peacock blue for her bridesmaid’s dresses. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The bride receives help from her maids before the ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Fabulous red roses from Norton’s decorated the iron crosses on the church’s doors. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple’s wedding rings dazzled outside of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Erin becomes emotional before holding hands with Christopher around the door before their wedding ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Erin and Christopher share an around-the-door moment while still choosing not to see each other before their ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Christopher gives Erin a pre-wedding kiss around the door at Dawson Baptist, without seeing her.. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Two adorable additions to Erin and Christohper’s ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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An emotion-filled sister-of-the-bride, Elizabeth, moments before the ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple’s cute flower girl and ring bearer make their entrance. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Erin and Christopher say their vows at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A classic black-and-white photograph of the happy couple. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple’s lovely cake adorned with fresh flowers was by Magnificent Cakes. Flowers by Norton’s. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Erin and Christopher’s cake by Magnificent Cakes was topped with gorgeous fresh flowers from Norton’s. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple’s reception was catered by Cafe Iz. They served classic Coca-Cola bottles. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Tasty Louisiana meat pies from an old family recipe, re-created by Cafe Iz, were a hit at the reception. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The happily married couple left their wedding reception under a sea of football shakers at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A classic getaway car from Vintage Auto whisked the couple away after their Dawson Memorial Baptist Church wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

One of our favorite parts of the day was shooting an intimate after-session at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens with Erin and Christopher. The photos turned out absolutely gorgeous, if we do say so ourselves :). Erin was inspired by an after-session we did with Brian and Rachel, so we tailored a session to her style. You’d never know it from the photos, but it was pretty frigid weather that day! We were trying our best to wrap her up between shots, but Erin was a fabulous trooper. We honestly don’t think whining is part of her vocabulary. Congratulations to Erin and Christopher! We were so honored to be part of your big day.

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Erin and Christopher had a gorgeous wedding after-session at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Pink and purple rose bushes at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens made for a perfect spot at Erin and Christopher’s wedding after-session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Erin and Christopher shared a sweet moment at their Birmingham Botanical Gardens after-session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A candid moment of Erin and Christopher at their wedding after-session at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple admires Erin’s wedding ring at their Birmingham Botanical Gardens after-session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Erin and Christopher share a sunset kiss at their wedding after-session at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Vestavia Country Club Wedding Reception with M. Elizabeth Events

 

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Nancy and Tyler share their first dance at their Vestavia Country Club reception. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

Daniel Taylor Photography could not have been happier to capture the day as Nancy and Tyler tied the knot at Mountain Brook Community Church and celebrated with a gorgeous reception at Vestavia Country Club.

Nancy was referred to us by our August bride and dear friend, Victoria, whom we appreciate so much!

The day was absolutely perfect for the couple’s heartfelt, intimate ceremony, shared with family and friends. Nancy and her bridesmaids carried soft, pretty bouquets by FlowerBuds in Cahaba Heights. And boy was their reception a party! The Vestavia Country Club showered the couple with fantastic service. Thanks to the club’s amazing special events coordinator, Christiane, every detail was taken care of. Don’t even get us started on the delicious food! The dazzling wedding cake was by our new friend, Jan O’Donnell, adorned with a delicate lace design inspired by Nancy’s dress from our friends at The White Room. Make-up was by our always terrific friend Louise Bodine Robertson.

The cake also featured one of this season’s hottest trends–cake jewelry. Twinkling rhinestones echoed the satin and rhinestone belt worn by the bride.

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Nancy’s dress featured a gorgeous rhinestone belt. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Nancy’s mom and sister help her get ready for the ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Nancy receives a helping hand from her mom before her ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Nancy and her mother on her wedding day. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

The couple departed the celebration in style, through a shower of Flutter Fetti, which is engineered to stay in the air longer, and made their getaway in a stunning vintage limo from Coats Classic Cars. Our favorite stiletto-wearing chauffeur, Diana, was behind the wheel.

Nancy and Tyler’s elegant nuptials caught the eye of Birmingham magazine as well! We were so honored when they chose a few of our photos to feature in their January 2012 wedding issue. There’s also a great interview in the feature with Nancy and Tyler’s planner and one of our dear friends, Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events.

Congratulations Nancy and Tyler! We wish you all the best!

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Nancy’s dress featured a glitzy rhinestone belt. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Nancy steps into her elegant wedding shoes. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The beautiful bride before the ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Tyler excitedly awaits his bride. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The groom wears a classic white boutonniere from FlowerBuds in Cahaba Heights. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Nancy and her bridesmaids were glowing at the Mountain Brook Community Church ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Tyler helps Nancy with her dress after the ceremony. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The flower girls wore sweet crowns of flowers. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Nancy and Tyler share a moonlit kiss. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple held their reception at the fantastic Vestavia Country Club. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple’s reception was filled with elegant details. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Nancy’s dress inspired the stunning cake’s lace detail. Cake by Jan O’Donnell. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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We love this trend! The couple’s cake was adorned with dazzling rhinestone jewelry. Cake by Jan O’Donnell. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The night wouldn’t be complete without a champagne toast to the couple. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple made a grand exit through a shower of Flutter Fetti tossed by family and friends. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

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Pakistani Wedding Mehndi at the Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey in Birmingham

Without a doubt, Maryam and Farhan’s four-day Pakistai wedding was one of our favorites since starting Daniel Taylor Photography . We were welcomed so warmly by family and friends, and let me tell you, the food by Sabri Nihari of Chicago was simply incredible. It was a magical weekend.

Day 2 was the wedding mehndi party, at the always fantastic Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala. Decor was by Fifth Season, in Atlanta’s Global Mall. Maryam’s lovely make-up was by Jackie Robinson and video by Gary Rush.

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Gorgeous pink, green and gold Pakistani wedding mehndi stage at the Wynfrey Hotel, by Daniel Taylor Photography. Decor by Fifth Season of Atlanta.

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We were drooling over these rich, festive, multi-colored chair covers for the wedding mehndi at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Decor by Fifth Season of Atlanta. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bride-to-be Maryam wears traditional orange for her mehndi, and enters under a pink and gold canopy. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

 

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Bride-to-be Maryam is a little surprised by Farhan’s weight lighting belt at their wedding mehndi. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Gorgeous yellow and red mehndi flowers. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The bride- and groom-to-be. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The couple with the bride’s family, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Maryam and Farhan share a laugh during the mehndi skits. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Maryam’s parents got their boogie on at the mehndi. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

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New Orleans Wedding: Terrell House and NOLA City Park

We’ve had some super-cool weddings here lately at Daniel Taylor Photography. One of our faves was undoubtedly  John and Heather’s destination wedding in New Orleans, referred to us by the always awesome M. Elizabeth Events. Y’all know we love us some Meghan and Ellen! And this wedding is slated to be published on the awesome Glamour and Grace wedding blog a little later this month! So excited to share this! And yes, this is our biggest wedding post to date! UPDATE: Feb. 21, 2012, this Daniel Taylor Photography New Orleans wedding is featured on Glamour & Grace blog!

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A wedding kiss in New Orleans City Park, photographed by Daniel Taylor Photography

Family and friends convened from all over the country in a weekend just brimming with love and emotion. Heather and John couldn’t have been more gracious, with every their concern for making their guests comfortable and happy. We just loved their sign-in table with wedding photos from their families, John’s banana pudding groom’s dessert, the elegant white florals and the dreamy vintage getaway car. Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events worked with Heather and John for a great team of vendors for their wonderful I Dos. The venue was the lovely New Orleans City Park/Pavilion of Two Sisters, which also handled the yummy catering. We had so much fun photographing Heather and girls getting ready at the beautiful Terrell House in the Garden District, where this adorable couple also had their first look. Heather’s elegant lace wedding gown was Melissa Sweet from Priscilla of Boston and those little shoes were from Mr. Jimmy Choo. Well-known New Orleans floral designer Meade Wenzel, 504-289-9883, created the dreamy flowers, and New Orleans’ Nlegendary Haydel’s Bakery made the wonderful cake. And the limo was from A1 Worldwide Transportation.

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Jimmy Choo wedding shoes with a classic New Orleans wedding mask. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Heather’s Melissa Sweet wedding gown outside the Terrell House in the Garden District of New Orleans. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography. 

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A custom monogram stitched inside Heather’s lace wedding gown. Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Terrell House in the Garden District of New Orleans is a great venue for wedding events. Daniel Taylor Photography 

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Bride Heather’s sister helped the bride-to-be get ready at Terrell House in New Orleans. Daniel Taylor Photography

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White and purple bridesmaids’ bouquet by Meade Wenzel.

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Heather’s romantic white wedding bouquet by Meade Wenzel, by Daniel Taylor Photography. 

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John and Heather’s first look on the porch of the Terrell House, in the New Orleans Garden District. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The pre-wedding first look at Terrell House in New Orleans, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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

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Heather and John’s bridal party outside the Terrell House in New Orleans. Daniel Taylor Photography. Isn’t the bordeaux color of the bridesmaids’ dresses pretty?

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A fashion-inspired bridal portrait at the Terrell House in New Orleans. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A stunning black-and-white bridal portrait at the Terrell House in New Orleans. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Heather and her totally cool bridesmaids at the Terrell House in New Orleans. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Dying over this Spanish moss in the oaks at City Park in New Orleans. Heather and John’s romantic destination wedding by Daniel Taylor Photography

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Dying over this Spanish moss in the oaks at City Park in New Orleans. Heather and John’s romantic destination wedding by Daniel Taylor Photography

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A wedding kiss under the oaks at City Park in New Orleans, a terrific place for a wedding. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A formal wedding portrait, complete with Spanish moss and oak trees, at City Park in New Orleans. By Daniel Taylor Photography

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A sweet moment between the bride and groom before the wedding at City Park in New Orleans. Daniel Taylor Photography  

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A luscious white wedding cake with fresh white, pale pink and green flowers by Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans. Daniel Taylor Photography 

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A luscious white wedding cake with fresh white, pale pink and green flowers by Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The elegant wedding reception at Pavilion of Two Sisters at New Orleans City Park. By Daniel Taylor Photography

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City Park wedding reception in New Orleans, by Daniel Taylor Photography. Cake by Haydel’s Bakery. 

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Everyone loved John’s choice of banana pudding instead of a groom’s cake, at the wedding reception at City Park in New Orleans. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Timeless white, pale pink and green centerpieces for the wedding reception, by Daniel Taylor Photography. City Park, Pavilion of Two Sisters, New Orleans. 

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Timeless white, pale pink and green centerpieces for the wedding reception, by Daniel Taylor Photography. City Park, Pavilion of Two Sisters, New Orleans.

 

Pavilion of Two Sisters wedding reception at night

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Heather the bride, a few moments before walking down the aisle at City Park in New Orleans. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Heather and her father share an emotional moment seconds before walking down the aisle at New Orleans City Park. Wedding photography by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Beautiful white and green bridesmaids’ bouquets against bordeaux dresses. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Heather and John come back up the aisle after their garden wedding at New Orleans City Park. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The bride and groom after the ceremony, outside Pavilion of Two Sisters at New Orleans City Park. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A night-time kiss after the wedding at New Orleans City Park. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A quiet moment outside the wedding reception at New Orleans City Park. Daniel Taylor Photography 

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A masquerade wedding kiss at New Orleans City Park, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A view from outside the wedding reception at Pavilion of Two Sisters, New Orleans City Park. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The grand wedding departure from Pavilion of Two Sisters at New Orleans City Park. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The grand wedding departure from Pavilion of Two Sisters at New Orleans City Park. Daniel Taylor Photography 

We wishHeather and John a lifetime of happiness! And be sure to check out Heather and John’s destination engagement photo session, also in New Orleans, with their adorable dog Tugger. 

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Pakistani Wedding Mayun in Birmingham, AL: Maryam and Farhan

 

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Maryam’s elegant orange lengha for her wedding mayun (ubton) ceremony. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

We at Daniel Taylor Photography were so stoked to photograph a gorgeous, four-day Pakistani wedding last month.

Maryam’s parents couldn’t have been more excited about the wedding, and we had a blast working with them to coordinate complete wedding coverage. Maryam’s parents wanted to surprise her with a dance during the first night of the wedding events, the mayun (ubton) ceremony. That surprised smile on her face is when her parents, who rarely dance, burst into a full-tilt performance that delighted everyone in the room at Embassy Suites in Hoover. We enjoyed getting to know Gary Rush from Rush Videos, who handled the videography. Fifth Season event design in Atlanta created breath-taking decor throughout the weekend and DJ Jaz of Atlanta kept great music going for all the guests to enjoy.

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Intricate Pakistani wedding mehndi. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

 

Here are a few highlights from the first day of the wedding events, hosted by Maryam’s family. Isn’t she just lovely in her traditional orange dress? Orange is a popular color for the mehendi, which is when the women gather to sing and honor the bride and the upcoming wedding. Many families now combine the mehendi and include the men, too. It was truly an honor to share in the joy of the wonderful family and their loving friends.

A Pakistani bridal portrait, by Daniel Taylor Photography in Birmingham, Ala. 
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We love the fresh flowers and candles floating in water for the Pakistani wedding mayun (ubton) ceremony. By Daniel Taylor Photography in Birmingham, Ala.

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A lovely tray for the mayun ceremony. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A songbook for the Pakistani wedding mayun ceremony. By Daniel Taylor Photography

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A few of the younger guests take their turns on the drum after the ladies are finished. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Maryam’s parents surprised her with a special dance the first night of the wedding events, at the mayun. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Maryam, right, and her best friend, Farah, couldn’t stop giggling at Maryam’s parents during their dance. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

 

 

 

 

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