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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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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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Pakistani wedding mehndi

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

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Pakistani wedding mehndi

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Pakistani wedding mehndi stage

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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