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We had an incredible Sunday night at Daniel Taylor Photography, watching Octavia Spencer win the Oscar for best supporting access and our groom, Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse, win with Chris Hastings on Iron Chef–the first Alabama team in the show’s history.

This morning we got our own little piece of news that one of our photos, of a gorgeous wedding cake with ivy leaves made of frosting on it, had been chosen and the Brides.com cake of day!

 

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Dreamcakes Bakery wedding cake green ivy leaves

 

Our dear, dear friends at Dreamcakes Bakery in Homewood were behind that gorgeous creation and it was at a Sonnet House wedding where we’d tagged along to photograph for Dreamcakes. This was a couple of years ago, right as I left the newspaper and took over the wedding photography business full time, and Sonnet House would quickly become one of our favorite wedding venues in Birmingham.

So honored to be featured on Brides.com, which is such a great resource for brides and the rest of us who love weddings! Thanks, Heather Lee and Brides.com!!

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Have an Iron Chef Wedding with Our Groom from SpringHouse

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Chef Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse at Lake Martin in B-Metro magazine, article by Kelli Hewett Taylor and photos by Daniel Taylor. Rob was part of Team Hastings' win on Iron Chef last night.

Sunday night was the night we here at Daniel Taylor Photography had been waiting on for months. One of our November grooms, Chef Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse at Lake Martin, competed alongside Chef Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club on TV’s Iron Chef and WON it, y’all. It was a good night for Alabama!

SpringHouse and its sister properties at Lake Martin near Alex City just happen to among our very favorite wedding venues, and newlywed Rob’s awesome wife, Emily, coordinates weddings and events at the Russell Land Properties. Check them out!!

The Iron Chef episode was filmed in early July, where Sedesh Boodram, former chef de cuisine at Hot & Hot, rounded out the team. Rob gave away no hints of the win during all these months, which has driven everyone crazy — but proves the man can keep a big ol’ secret.

The Food Network favorite had Team Hastings choosing to compete against Bobby Flay in Kitchen Stadium, with a selection of gorgeous sausage creations that showcased their Southern heritage. Gulf shrimp, rabbit, and a highlight, peach moonshine poured from a Mason jar. This was the first culinary team from Alabama to compete on Iron Chef and we couldn’t have been better represented as to the culinary treasures we have down South.

Quote of the night: “Hey baby, I ain’t afraid of no Mason jar,” said Iron Chef guest judge Anthony Anderson, reaching for more peach moonshine from Hastings during the judging. Other judges were Donatella Arpaia Stewart and Simon Majumdar.

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Rob McDaniel of Team Chris Hastings gets his first close-up on the Food Network's Iron Chef. Daniel Taylor Photography

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One of many shots of Chef Rob McDaniel during Iron Chef. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The famous peach moonshine by Chris Hastings and Rob McDaniel on Iron Chef. Daniel Taylor Photography

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From left: Sadesh Boodrum, Rob McDaniel and Chris Hastings on Iron Chef. Daniel Taylor Photography

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One of the winning Team Hastings masterpieces on Iron Chef. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Southern bouillabaisse on Iron Chef, with Chris Hastings and Rob McDaniel.

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Lamb sausage crepinette on Iron Chef. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Team Hastings wins Iron Chef. Daniel Taylor Photography

Team Hastins celebrates a win over Bobby Flay. Daniel Taylor Photogrpahy

 

We were so impressed with Rob’s cooking when we first had it that I  profiled him and Daniel photographed him for the always food-savvy B-Metro magazine. Rob shared his love of regional, season and fresh food that is interpreted in a sexy Southern culinary style. Folks, SpringHouse has an incredible Sunday menu, so make the drive 90 minutes southeast on 280 and check it out, like his signature grown-up s’mores. Be safe, though, and make a reservation; I have a feeling things will get even busier at SpringHouse, especially for the awesome Sunday brunch.

What does an Iron Chef serve at his own wedding? A highlight was the maple bacon groom’s cake that stole the show at his wedding to Emily Lewis. You can see more of Rob’s wedding at Canterbury United Methodist and wedding reception at Inverness Country Club here, and their fantastic Southern wedding rehearsal dinner at Stone’s Throw in Mt Laurel.

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Rob's delicious Maple Bacon groom's cake from Dreamcakes Bakery caused quite a stir among guests. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Rob and Emily share a quiet moment, in the limo from Coats Classic Cars.

 

I’m ecstatic to tell you that Rob can be part of your wedding event at SpringHouse, along with several other gorgeous properties nearby for weddings. His bride, Emily, can help you organize a gorgeous and flavor-filled wedding there. And this is one of the prettiest places we’ve photographed, the epitome of upscale rustic chic. Check out Paige and Brent’s gorgeous wedding rehearsal dinner at SpringHouse, where we first met Rob last summer.

Congrats, Rob, on an incredible win. We’re so proud to know you and to have experienced your genius firsthand.

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Chef Rob McDaniel in the community garden he helped organize near SpringHouse restaurant at Lake Martin. By Daniel Taylor Photography

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SpringHouse Restaurant wedding rehearsal dinner at Lake Martin, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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SpringHouse Restaurant wedding rehearsal dinner at Lake Martin, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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SpringHouse Restaurant wedding rehearsal dinner at Lake Martin, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The view at SpringHouse Restaurant at Lake Martin, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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SpringHouse Restaurant wedding rehearsal dinner at Lake Martin, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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SpringHouse Restaurant wedding rehearsal dinner at Lake Martin, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Grown-up s'mores, a signature dish created by Chef Rob McDaniel. Photographed by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Birmingham, Ala. engagement photos at Nana Funks: Bailey and Brett

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Nana Funks bar was such a fun place for Bailey and Brett’s e-session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

What a fun engagement session, y’all! Daniel Taylor Photography was ecstatic to be a part of Bailey and Brett’s laid-back session filled with personal touches. The couple’s pups were in tow (you know how much we love dogs!) since they’re part of the family and were happily included in the day’s festivities. We can’t wait for their wedding in May with wedding planner Ginny Au of Bits & Bobs.

Bailey and Brett chose their gorgeous home in Forest Park as the setting for their session, as well as Nana Funks bar in the Lakeview neighborhood of Birmingham, where the lovebirds first met. It was such a cool opportunity to capture those memories. We loved the trendy lighting, pool table, and of course, the Elvis statue at Nana Funks. We’re sure that these photos will be awesome keepsakes that even future grandkids will appreciate!

It’s such a treat when a couple has the chance to take photos at a location that means something to them. Memories of a specific spot can really bring out admiration and genuine feelings between two people, much more than a generic location. Which makes for terrific pictures!

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Fun-loving couple, Bailey and Brett, kicked off their shoes at their engagement session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey and Brett with their adorable pups in Forest Park. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey and Brett chill in their front yard at their Forest Park engagement session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

Bailey’s mom, who works at Riverchase Country Club, referred us to the couple. We’re always so grateful when vendors choose us for themselves or their families since they interact with pros on a daily basis and know firsthand who’s the best fit for them.

We had a blast photographing Bailey and Brett’s engagement and can’t wait for the wedding!

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The couple shares a laugh at their engagement session at their home in Forest Park. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A sweet kiss during Bailey and Brett’s Forest Park engagement session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey and Brett’s engagement session in the Lakeview neighborhood of Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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This painted-red wall was a perfect backdrop for Bailey and Brett. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Brett kisses Bailey’s forehead during the couple’s engagement session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey and Brett at their engagement session in the Lakeview neighborhood of Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey and Brett stroll down the street in the Lakeview neighborhood of Birmingham during their engagement session. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The couple met at Nana Funks bar in the Lakeview neighborhood of Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey and Brett remember their first meeting at Nana Funks bar. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey and Brett at Nana Funks bar. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey laughs with Brett at Nana Funks bar where the couple met. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey and Brett at their engagement session at Nana Funks bar. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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We loved the Elvis statue at Nana Funks bar.  Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Bailey and Brett toast their engagement at Nana Funks bar in the Lakeview neighborhood of Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Mariee Ami Wedding Planning’s Open House in Mountain Brook, Ala.

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Neillie's lovely French favor boxes that were handed out at the open house. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

One of the best parts of our job here at Daniel Taylor Photography is being able to connect with so many fabulous people in the wedding industry. We had the pleasure of spending Valentine’s Day at the wonderful open house of Mariee Ami Wedding Planning Studio in Mountain Brook, Ala., owned by Neillie Kirk Butler and Laurie Grantham.

We absolutely adore Neillie’s full-service bridal studio, perfect for brides with impeccable taste. We are even working with some of her brides this year, which we couldn’t be happier about. And not only does Neillie run a chic studio, but lately she’s been recognized for some lovely paper products as well, like the French favor boxes filled with chocolate that she handed out to guests at the event. Read more about a few of Neillie’s favorite products that they will be selling in the studio here.

Holly Hollon is the graphic designer behind the Mariee Ami look we just love.

Here are a few photos of Mariee Ami’s products and from the open house fete!

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A few of Mariee Ami's favorite products they will be selling in their studio throughout February. Photo: www.marieeami.com

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Bright red tulips for Valentine's Day at Mariee Ami's open house. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Pink, red, and white heart-shaped cookies at Mariee Ami's open house. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The team: Louise McClure, left, and co-owners Neillie Kirk Butler, center, and Lauren Sharps, right, of Mariee Ami Wedding Planning Studio in Mountain Brook. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Yellow roses at Mariee Ami's Valentine's Day open house. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The fabulous Neillie Kirk Butler of Mariee Ami, with Kelli, at the Mariee Ami Valentine's Day open house.

 

 

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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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