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After Alys Beach: Panama City Doggie Beach and Rosemary Beach

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Scarlett, left, and Jenna, right, at Panama City's doggie beach. By Daniel Taylor Photography

After Emily and Blane’s gorgeous Alys Beach wedding last month, the entire Daniel Taylor Photography team, two legged and four legged, hit the beach, too. Scarlett and Jenna couldn’t wait to show off their new bikinis, from ThePetBoutique.com.  Needless to say, they got a little bit of attention at the doggie beach in P.C., which is right across the street from the Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville restaurant.

They also got pretty comfy in Rosemary Beach, a dog-lover’s heaven, full of kids and where so many restaurants bring out a dedicated doggie water bowl for the pooches while you dine.

Jenna got into a minor incident with the bulldog whose daddy owns the Rosemary Beach snow cone stand. Apologies for any part Jenna may have had in the skirmish. Sigh. And we had several great meals at Wild Olives market and restaurant in Rosemary Beach, where dogs are treated like family, down to their own designer water buckets.

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Jenna, left, and Scarlett, right, got lots of love at Wild Olives market and restaurant at Rosemary Beach.

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Dogs get designer water buckets at Wild Olives market and restaurant at Rosemary Beach.

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Jenna got some love from this little cutie pie and her dad at Wild Olives at Rosemary Beach.

The pooches travel with us as often as possible, especially for our popular destination wedding photo or engagement session. The girls don’t come to the actual wedding events or engagement sessions (they stay a local doggie hotel), but you’ll likely run into the four of us after the photo shoot. Most recently, Scarlett and Jenna also came along to New Orleans for Heather and John’s destination engagement session in the French Quarter and the Garden District , which included their adorable dog, Tugger.

Awesome planner Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events, who organized the stunning Alys Beach wedding, even had doggie treats in our welcome bucket at our hotel. I’m told her BF Jonathan was behind the idea–so, so cool.

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Another adorable M. Elizabeth Events welcome bag, complete with doggie treats.

And BTW, we don’t charge you for the extra doggie costs–that’s just something we do to keep the family together when we’re on the road!

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Jenna shows that even full-figured girls can rock a great bikini with vertical stripes. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Scarlett shows off her ruffled bikini bottom at the Panama City doggie beach. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Scarlett, left, and Jenna, right, at Panama City's doggie beach. They're straight from a Gidget surf movie, aren't they? By Daniel Taylor Photography

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Alys Beach, FL.,Wedding Photography, Fonville Press

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Destination wedding photography at Alys Beach, Fla., by Daniel Taylor Photography. Emily and Blane.

Daniel Taylor Photography fell in love with Emily and Blane within minutes of meeting them. They are crazy dog people like we are (check out their Auburn engagement photos with dogs Lola and Amber ), and they wanted incredible  photography.

Southern to the core and impeccable in taste, we knew these two Auburn students would have an unforgettable destination Emerald Coast wedding. And it was. Have you experienced an Alys Beach wedding? Or a Fonville Press wedding reception? Oh. My. Word. Alys Beach is a new, chic development about 30 minutes west of Panama City Beach that is one of the most photogenic I’ve seen, ever. My friend Tara called it “photographer’s eye candy.”

This is wedding photographer’s heaven, Alys Beach is. And neighboring Rosemary Beach, too.

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Emily’s bridal bouquet of pink tulips and Blane’s khaki suit were great for an Alys Beach wedding. Daniel Taylor Photography.

Emily and Blane  had a fantastic team of Birmingham vendors for their Florida fete, lead by wedding planner Meghan Cease and the wedding divas of M. Elizabeth Events. Gorgeous florals and designas were by Kathy Mezrano herself and sought-after wedding floral designer Andy Hopper of KG Designs. This team worked like crazy to make Emily’s beach wedding dream come true, setting up everyone on the beach in time for a photo shoot, then relocating the entire decor to nearby Fonville Press when storms rolled in. Folks, that’s service.

Delectable cupcakes were from Dreamcakes. The wonderful Lamb Family violin ensemble was stellar, and people are still talking about the hair and make-up team from the always incredible Joyce’s Formals salon (even if you’ve never set foot near a pageant). Every moment was captured by the fantastic video stylings of Lance Holloway Productions. From the beach area several fantastic vendors rounded out the team, including  Emerald Coast Catering, who fed the hungry wedding guests with beautiful food.

Some brides rely on a total team of local vendors for destination weddings, but plenty bring in trusted wedding pros from home. Why would a bride bring in an entire time? For peace of mind. Some wedding vendors who work in sought-after wedding destination locations are fantastic, no doubt about it. But there are also those who are moderately priced and moderately talented, with a moderate approach to service — or even worse, cheese and cookie-cutter. You’re going to be hundreds of miles away, right? How effectively can you coordinate with and get to know them them beforehand? Or really make your point from another state if you’re unhappy?

Local vendors? We’re right here with you. We meet with you beforehand, learn about your vision, coordinate with the other vendors (for free).  And we’re going right back home where your circle of influence is strong. In short, we want your expectations exceeded. And because we’re there only for you, you won” suffer from our lack of attention or from competing weddings on the same day. It’s all about you, baby!:)

Every one of the wedding vendors  who made the trip to Alys Beach was just mad about Blane and Emily, and their families, including Emily’s mom, Jan or “Mimi” as she is known. Mimi poured her heart and soul into her baby girl’s wedding and it was one for the books.

Emily and Blane, we hope the roughest waters in your life have passed and that your journey together is filled with joy, laughter and blessed time. It was our profound pleasure to be part of your exquisite Alys Beach wedding.

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Emily’s beautiful one-shouldered wedding dress, perfect for her destination wedding at Alys Beach, Fla., by Daniel Taylor Photography. 

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Emily looks regal relaxing on the couch in Alys Beach, Fla., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Destination wedding photography at Alys Beach, Fla., by Daniel Taylor Photography. Emily and Blane.

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A boardwalk wedding kiss at Alys Beach, Fla., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Destination wedding photography at Alys Beach, Fla., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Kissing balls were a favorite accent for the Alys Beach, Fla., wedding. Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Steve Madden pink sandals finished off Emily’s wedding attire at Alys Beach, Fla. Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Alys Beach, Fla., Fonville Press, by Daniel Taylor Photography. Emily and Blane’s wedding.

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Emily says her vows at the Alys Beach, Fla.,  wedding at Fonville Press, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Destination wedding photography at Alys Beach, Fla., Fonville Press, by Daniel Taylor Photography. 
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Destination wedding reception photography at Alys Beach, Fla., Fonville Press, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Personalized wedding cake forks, photographed by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Wedding cupcakes by Dreamcakes in Homewood, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Destination wedding photography at Alys Beach, Fla., by Daniel Taylor Photography. Emily and Blane.

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 Fonville Press by night, Alys Beach, FL Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Destination wedding photography at Alys Beach, Fla., by Daniel Taylor Photography. Emily and Blane.

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Mr. and Mrs. luggage tags for the newlyweds, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

 

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Birmingham, Al., Wedding Photography at Carraway Davie House

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A kiss in front of the wedding limo at Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography. Sheena and Nick’s Southern wedding.

 

Sheena and Nick had a simply beautiful Southern wedding at Carraway Davie House in Liberty Park, Ala. Sheena is one of the most Southern girly girls I’ve ever met, and she chose my favorite color, pink, for her big day. Nick is her tall, dark and handsome prince, who was just plain dashing in his khaki suit.

This was our first wedding at Carraway Davie, which is such a pretty venue.  And we can’t say enough about the catering and the flowers–simply great.

What I appreciate about all-inclusive venues is that if there’s ever a problem, it can usually be solved within minutes. If a boutonniere isn’t the right color or happens to snap off (guys can be tough on florals), the designer can whip up a new one with no dramas. And Carraway’s Corretti Catering also passed my toughest test–yes, there was good food available right till the end of the reception.

The gorgeous wedding cake was from Dreamcakes, and is one of my favorites to date from our friends Jan Moon and her daughter, Katie Moon. We capped off the night with a short wedding photo after-session at the Tutwiler Hotel. We were blown away.

You’ll remember Sheena and Nick had one of the most memorable engagement stories I’ve heard–they unintentionally found themselves in the middle of a Zombie crawl. Intrigued?  Read more and see their beautiful engagement photos at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Sheena and Nick, thank you for giving us such a fantastic wedding to photograph. We wish you both a lifetime of joy, happiness and wonderful photo memories!

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The wedding invitation for Nick and Sheena’s big day at Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography. 

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Breathtaking pink and yellow wedding door wreaths. Wedding photography at Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography. 

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Sheena’s pink wedding shoes in the bridal room of Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Sheena steps into the bride’s room at Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography. Sheena and Nick’s beautiful Southern wedding.

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Sheena’s Chanel perfume bottle at Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Groom Nick reads a wedding day card from his bride. Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography. Sheena and Nick’s beautiful Southern wedding.

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The pre-wedding first look at Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography. Sheena and Nick.

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Dreamy blue and white clouds for the wedding at Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography. 

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 A A wedding portrait of the bride and groom at Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography..

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A fairy tale pink wedding cake at Carraway Davie House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography. Sheena and Nick’s beautiful Southern wedding.

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A night-time bridal portrait at the Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography. 

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A kiss in the moonlight. Wedding photography at the historic Tutwiler Hotel, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Lake Martin Wedding: Children’s Harbor Lighthouse-Ridge Club

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Bride Paige and groom Brent near the lighthouse at Children’s Harbor after their Lake Martin wedding in Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Daniel Taylor Photography was so, so stoked to photograph Paige and Brent’s Lake Martin wedding at Children’s Harbor lighthouse and wedding reception at The Ridge Club, also at Lake Martin, in Alexander City and Auburn. The wedding sneak peek debuted on the cover of Over the Mountain Journal newspaper, whose editor is my former Birmingham News colleague, the awesome Laura McAlister.

We knew from the minute we met Paige’s mom, Vicki — the creative mind behind the wedding, that this would be one to remember. The upscale DIY online shopping paradise Etsy was the source of many of the day’s awesome details, including great paper products and gorgeous vintage nature details. Vicki teamed up with wedding planner Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events for a all-out gorgeous affair, with floral design by the inimitable Mandy Majerik of  Hothouse Design Studio, Catering was in the good hands of our friends at Kathy G. and Co., and Barb’s Cakes delighted the whole crowd, including these photographers.

Paige’s jaw-dropping wedding gown was from designer Amsale, from The White Room bridal salon in Cahaba Heights and her hair was the work of Hair by Jessica Lazarus. I have never seen guests clamor over a dress like they did this one. Everyone came up to the bride and wanted to touch the skirt, thinking it would feel like chenille, but it felt like sculpted silk. It was also worn by TV character Sarah on the show Brothers and Sisters during May’s wedding episode. Frankly, I think Paige wore it better!

You can also take a look at Paige and Brent’s exquisite wedding rehearsal dinner at SpringHouse Restaurant at Lake Martin, which was simply incredible.

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After their wedding ceremony at Lake Martin’s Children’s Harbor, Paige and Brent kicked of their shoes for a stroll on the boardwalk. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

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At the destination wedding at Lake Martin’s Children’s Harbor, the ring bearer holds the wedding program. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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The wedding invitation to the Lake Martin destination wedding at Children’s Harbor. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Bird’s nest flower girl basket by HotHouse Design Studio. By Daniel Taylor Photography.

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At their Lake Martin outdoor wedding, Paige and Brent included tons of pretty wedding details, like this chalkboard in front of the Children’s Harbor Chapel. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

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Paige chose an Amsale wedding gown from The White Room in Birmingham for her destination wedding at Lake Martin, Alexander City, Ala. Photo Daniel Taylor Photography

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The bride’s father walks her down the aisle for her outdoor wedding at Lake Martin, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

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The outdoor wedding ceremony at Children’s Harbor, Lake Martin, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

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The bridal party, wearing purple and purple accents, at the Children’s Harbor lighthouse wedding, Lake Martin, Ala. Photo Daniel Taylor Photography

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The bridesmaids, in purple dresses, showed off parasols that matched the bride’s Amsale wedding dress. Photo at Children’s Harbor, Lake Martin, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography

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The flower girl work an ivory dress with a purple sash, monogrammed with the bride and groom’s initials. Photo by daniel Taylor Photography.

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The Ridge Club wedding reception

The Ridge Club on Lake Martin wedding reception of Paige and Brent at Lake Martin, Ala. Catering by Kathy G & Co. Floral design by Hothouse Design Studio. Daniel Taylor Photography

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A special touch included framed quotations about love, weddings and marriage. PhotoDaniel Taylor Photography

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By night: The Ridge at Lake Martin wedding reception of Paige and Brent. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Lake Martin Springhouse Wedding Rehearsal Dinner: Paige + Brent

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The delicious menu for the wedding rehearsal dinner at SpringHouse Restaurant at Lake Martin, Ala., Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Paige and Brent’s gorgeous destination wedding weekend at Lake Martin, Ala., kicked off with a wedding rehearsal dinner at the incredible SpringHouse Restaurant. Daniel Taylor Photography was thoroughly impressed. The restaurant’s chef,  Rob McDaniel,  actually competed on Iron Chef last month with his mentor,  Chef Chris Hastings (of Hot and Hot Fish Club fame). We understand how they made it to the cable cooking show–the SpringHouse food is gorgeous and incredibly delicious, some of the best we’ve had. Daniel and I have eaten a lot of average wedding food, but the SpringHouse rehearsal cuisine was to die for.

People still ask us sometimes if people really bring in photographers for the rehearsal dinner. The answer is absolutely yes. We do them a lot. Some of the best photos come from them because the wedding rehearsal dinner doesn’t have the stress of the wedding day, the out-of-town guests have just arrived, and it’s like Christmas Eve, in a way. We love how many families are adding so much creativity to the rehearsal dinners and many around Birmingham are beautiful enough to go straight into a wedding magazine.

We can’t say enough how honored we were that the families of Paige and Brent welcomed us like family. We even had our own hand-lettered place cards for the sit-down dinner at SpringHouse!

FYI, the Springhouse restaurant  property is also available for weddings. And since Paige and Brent’s wedding rehearsal, Rob and his fiancee, Emily, invited us to photograph their own wedding in November!

You can also see more photos of Paige and Brent’s outdoor Southern wedding at Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin, and their wedding reception at The Ridge Club.

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The elegant white and green table decor for Paige and Brent's wedding rehearsal dinner at SpringHouse Restaurant. Photographed at Lake Martin, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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A favorite detail at the rehearsal dinner at SpringHouse Restaurant at Lake Martin was the pinch of salt, pepper and herbs. By Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Every detail at SpringHouse was perfect for Paige and Brent's wedding rehearsal dinner at Lake Martin. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Wedding guests enjoyed the rustic elegance of SpringHouse Restaurant at Lake Martin. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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At SpringHouse Restaurant, a favorite of folks at Lake Martin, the food tastes as good as it looks. By Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Paige & Brent share a laugh during their wedding rehearsal dinner at SpringHouse Restaurant at Lake Martin. By Daniel Taylor Photography.

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SpringHouse Restaurant has signature homemade s'mores. They were a favorite at Paige and Brent's wedding rehearsal dinner at Lake Martin, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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One of the gorgeous views at SpringHouse Restaurant at Lake Martin, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography. Paige and Brent's rehearsal dinner.

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SpringHouse Restaurant by night, a terrific place for weddings and rehearsal dinners at Lake Martin. By Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

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