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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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Groom Farhan enters with his friends, and he’s carrying a professional weightlifting belt for fun. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Farhan’s friends dug up his junior high picture and teased him by making fans out of the photos. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Getting ready for the bride’s entrance for the Pakistani mehndi at the Wynfrey Hotel, 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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The bride makes her entrance for the Pakistani wedding mehndi. Photographed by Daniel Taylor Photography at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala.

 

 

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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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Family and friends posed for photos on the lovely pink, green and gold mehndi stage at the Wynfrey. Stage decor by Fifth Season of Atlanta. 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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Loved ones put on comic skits portraying Farhan (left) and, yes, Maryam, right. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A celebratory dance for the bride- and groom-to-be. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A Pakistani wedding mehndi performance included a solo by Maryam’s father, who got his groove on for the performance. Daniel Taylor Photography

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

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A long night of celebrating left some of the young guests a little sleep. 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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Maryam’s mother holds the microphone during the singing portion of the mayun (uptown) ceremony at Embassy Suites in Hoover. By 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

tray for the mayun rituals. Daniel Taylor Photography
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Maryam poses for photo on the stage with close family and friends. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A favorite part of the mayun celebration was dancing by the adorable and talented little girls. By 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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Hindu Engagement at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham: Pinal & Keval

 

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A quiet moment on the belony of the Wynfrey’s Presidential Suite before Keval (left) and Pinal’s gorgeous Hindu engagement. By Daniel Taylor Photogrpahy

We get all excited here at Daniel Taylor Photography whenever we get a wedding referral from the Wynfrey Hotel (soon to be the Hyatt), especially when it’s for an Indian or Pakistani wedding event. Our good friend Heather Dill referred Pinal and Keval to us for their gorgeous Hindu engagement ceremony. We’ll just tell you, you won’t find a better venue in town for South Asian wedding events. It’s always a highlight whenever we visit and the brides, grooms and their families are always thrilled.

We first got the call from Sheetal, the sister of the groom, about Keval’s  engagement to the lovely Pinal. There was a great team of vendors, most of them from Atlanta, including planner Nalini Gandhi and incredible lighting and furniture from Indaglow Productions of Atlanta. We were so honored to be involved.

We wish the bride- and groom-to-be a lifetime of happiness!

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A quiet moment before the Hindu engagement festivities at the Wynfrey Hotel. By Daniel Taylor Photography,

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Keval looks for his initials in Pinal’s engagement henna mehendi. Photographed at the Wynfrey Hotel by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A close-up of the bride-to-be’s necklace, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Pinal’s engagement ring, beautiful on her engagement mehendhi, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The Wynfrey Hotel ballroom sign for the Hindu engagement. By Daniel Taylor Photography. 

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The gorgeous, color-drenched Wynfrey Hotel ballroom before Pinal and Keval’s Hindu engagement. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Gifts for the engagement party guests. By Daniel Taylor Photography

 

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The groom’s mother awaits the arrival of her son’s fiancee. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Pinal could barely contain her excitement during her Hindu engagement ceremony at the Wynfrey Hotel. By Daniel Taylor Photography 

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One of many engagement ceremony rituals, photographed at the Wynfrey Hotel by Daniel Taylor Photography

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The groom’s family was all smiles. By Daniel Taylor Photography

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Stunning Hindu engagement ceremony at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala. By Daniel Taylor Photography

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Keval slips on the ring of his bride-to-be during their Indian engagement ceremony at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. By Daniel Taylor Photography

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Pinal slips the ring on her fiancé, by Daniel Taylor Photography

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The bride’s family shares a smile during the Hindu engagement ceremony. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Mini fruit parfaits were a hit with the guests. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Guests danced the night away after the Hindu engagement ceremony at the Wynfrey Hotel. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Traditional dancing after the Hindu engagement ceremony. By Daniel Taylor Photography

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The groom dips his fiancee. Daniel Taylor Photography

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The bride and groom on the shoulders of family and friends after their Hindu engagement. Daniel Taylor Photography

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