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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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New Orleans Destination Engagement Photos: Heather, John and Dog Tugger

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Heather and John’s engagement photo session in the French Quarter of New Orleans, with a special appearance by Tugger the dog. Images by Daniel Taylor Photography.

 

Daniel Taylor Photography is always thrilled to hit the road for our signature destination wedding and engagement photography sessions. This trip took us from our home base in Birmingham to New Orleans, where we photographed Heather and John’s fantastic engagement photo session in the French Quarter and Garden District.

UPDATE: Check out Heather and John’s dreamy New Orleans destination wedding at New Orleans City Park!

How awesome is their planner, Meghan Cease of M Elizabeth Events here in Birmingham? She came for the trip and we got to talk business over brunch at the to-die-for Commander’s Palace restaurant. Brides, that’s the kind of effort you want from your planner. Thanks, Meghan, for referring us! We’re stoked to be returning for the wedding in October, also in the Garden District of New Orleans.

Was it hot? Heck yes, heat indexes of over 100. You’d never know it from this gorgeous couple, though, who were an absolute delight to spend the day with. I think this couple will now attest that an engagement session with the team who will photograph your wedding is an incredible bonding experience that leads to comfort and much more relaxed wedding day photos. The percentage of great images is so much higher when we’ve spent time with the couple before the big day! We just loved Heather and John’s choice of engagement photo session outfits. Great cuts, timeless fabrics and wonderful, flattering pops of color.

We were also tickled that they read our engagement tip sheet and then changed their plans to bring along their dog, Tugger, to join in some of the engagement photos! Tugger can drink straight from a sports bottle, so we kept him cool and comfortable for all his close-ups! He even got the treat of sitting on a sofa in the New Orleans French Quarter Hilton on St. Charles. Tugger normally isn’t allowed on the furniture at home, but photo sessions are special occasions!

Also, a special thank you to Park View Guest House in the the Garden District, for allowing us to use their gorgeous bed & breakfast for some engagement photos.

Can’t wait for the wedding, y’all! Thanks for choosing us to share your amazing wedding.

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Heather and John’s engagement photo session in the French Quarter of New Orleans, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Heather and John’s French Quarter engagement session in New Orleans, by Daniel Taylor Photography

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Heather and John’s engagement photo session at the Park View Guest House in the Garden District of New Orleans, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Heather and John’s engagement photo session in the Garden District of New Orleans. Photographed at Park View Guest House bed & breakfast, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Heather and John’s engagement photo session in the French Quarter of New Orleans, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Heather and John’s engagement photo session in the Garden District of New Orleans, by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Tiffany hughes - June 9, 2011 - 8:13 am

Drooling! So beautiful!

Kelli Hewett Taylor - June 9, 2011 - 8:30 am

Thanks for the inside compliment! :)

KERRI KELLEY WEDDINGS - June 9, 2011 - 9:40 am

Umm…two words – Pretty Awesome!

Kelli Hewett Taylor - June 9, 2011 - 9:49 am

Thanks so much, Kerri! Look forward to seeing you soon!

David - June 9, 2011 - 10:17 am

Great stuff!!

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Sonnet House Wedding in Birmingham: Anne-Michelle and James

The Sonnet House wedding of Anne-Michelle and James. Daniel Taylor Photography

Anne-Michelle and James are one of those couples that vendors just love. These two adorable BBVA Compass bankers had it all for their Sonnet House wedding and reception: style, elegance, creativity and fun.

Ah, the wedding day. It began with Anne-Michelle’s Monique Lhuillier gown from Ivory & White in Mountain Brook. The wedding and reception were at the gorgeous and versatile Sonnet House, where wedding photography is a dream and the service is incredible. Have both events in one scenic location makes for so many more wedding photographs, and the guests love the convenience.

Cafe Iz handled the catering, with Cajun specialties in honor of Anne-Michelle’s Louisiana roots. The cakes were from our dear friend Jan Moon of Dreamcakes bakery in Homewood. And as always, people couldn’t stop talking about how pretty and delicious the cakes were. The lovely florals were from Flowerbuds in Cahaba Heights. The photo booth was from our friends at Total Entertainment.

A great team of bridesmaids and groomsmen, as well as tons of loving family and friends,  helped make the day even more special. Pastor Joshua Canizaro, from Church of the Highlands’ Greystone campus, delivered a heartfelt and hilarious wedding ceremony. We’ve done ceremonies with several Church of the Highlands pastors and they all seem to share the same great combination of reverence, warmth and humor.

Anne-Michelle surprised James by changing into a jaw-dropping going away suit, a modern Kay Unger number that she paired with a hat, leather gloves, pumps and hangbag that were a modern spin on Old Hollywood, perfect for their classic  getaway car from Vintage Auto. Owner Ron Marko, one of our favorite vendors, whisked the couple off to Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort in Hoover, where the couple spent their honeymoon night as a gift from Daniel Taylor Photography.

Anne-Michelle and James, we are honored to have captured your special day and we wish you happiness beyond your wildest dreams.

* You can see their awesome highlights from their engagement photos at Tannehill State Park and their awesome wedding rehearsal dinner at Ted’s Garage!

The Sonnet House in spring, one of our favorite wedding venues in the Birmingham area. Daniel Taylor Photography

Anne-Michelle’s bridesmaids help her step into her blue wedding shoes. Photographed at The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography

The flower girl puts on her own shoes for Anne-Michelle’s wedding at The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

An elegant bridal portrait at The Sonnet House. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

 

The Sonnet House has tons of photogenic wedding details, like this chandelier.  Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

 

The bride and groom’s first look at The Sonnet House in Birmingham. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

 

A blue, white and green boutonniere from FlowerBuds. Photographed at The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

A bridal portrait on the porch of The Sonnet House. The wedding of Anne-Michelle and James. Photo Daniel Taylor Photography

Blue bridal shoes, photographed on the porch of The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

A pre-wedding kiss in the field outside The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

A wedding portrait at The Sonnet House barn. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

Wedding photos in black and white: The bride and group walk outside the The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

A violin at the wedding of Anne-Michelle and James at The Sonnet House in Birmingham. Daniel Taylor Photography

The white and blue wedding bouquet from FlowerBuds at The Sonnet House. Daniel Taylor Photography

The bride slips on the groom’s ring at the outdoor wedding ceremony at The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

An emotional moment during the outdoor wedding ceremony at The Sonnet House wedding of Anne-Michelle and James. Daniel Taylor Photography

The wedding rings, photographed at The Sonnet House. Daniel Taylor Photography

Elegant blue wedding guest gift boxes at The Sonnet House. Daniel Taylor Photography

Fleur-de-lis wedding guest gift bags at The Sonnet House. Daniel Taylor Photography

Yummy Cajun food at the The Sonnet House wedding reception of Anne-Michelle and James. Daniel Taylor Photography

White and green wedding cake at The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

James’ hunting-inspired groom’s cake at The Sonnet House. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

A sunset first wedding dance at The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

A sunset wedding dance at The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

Sonnet House outdoor wedding reception by night in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

A quiet moment at the Sonnet House’s outdoor fire place after the wedding. Photographed in Birmingham, Ala., by Daniel Taylor Photography

A wedding portrait with the vintage getaway  car at The Sonnet House. Daniel Taylor Photography

A vintage-inspired wedding departure suit, photographed atThe Sonnet House. Daniel Taylor Photography

The vintage-inspired wedding getaway suit at The Sonnet House in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Anne-Michelle Dodd - May 31, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Love, Love, Love yall!!

Anne-Michelle Barnett - May 31, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Whoops! Meant Barnett! : )

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Published: Daniel Taylor Photography Featured on National Floral Blog

Daniel Taylor Photography is so excited to be featured on the national floral design blog, Flower Factor blog at AboutFlowersBlog.com. This is from an inspiration wedding photography session we created in February, with Mandy Majerik of Hothouse Design Studio in Birmingham, Ala. Mandy also wrote the article on composite bouquets.

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This Daniel Taylor Photography photo of a bouquet by Hothouse Design Studio is featured on the national floral blog Flower Factor at AboutFlowersBlog.com.

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Composite Bridal Bouquets Make Comeback

by Mandy Majerik on April 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

Composite bouquets are the perfect option for brides who desire a vintage-style bouquet. Several flower blooms or even just a few petals are used to create beautiful, composite bouquets that are so very eye-catching going down the aisle and will look classic in photographs years to come.

During wedding consultations, I show composite bouquets. I want brides to see how beautifully it photographs and what an impact it makes in front of the camera.

Recently, I created a composite bouquet for a photo shoot. I took this opportunity to introduce a unique interpretation of this classic, vintage bouquet. I used one stem of green cymbidium orchids to create a composite orchid bouquet.

I tested this unique bridal bouquet at a recent bridal show in Birmingham, Ala. The response was incredible. Even in a Southern, traditional environment, brides are thirsty for something different – something unique!

I find the history of composite bouquets interesting. Popular in the 1940s and 1950s, they’re also known as malmaison roses, fantasy flowers, rose duchesse and most commonly, glamelias. Back then, they were created from gladioli petals or rose petals designed in concentric circles creating one large bloom. Glamelia was the common name derived from the final “flower” made of gladioli petals together resembling a camellia – hence the name.

Constance Spry, a famous mid 20th century British floral designer and educator, was known for her devotion for roses. It is claimed that Constance Spry perfected the malmaison rose bouquets regularly for women attending society gatherings. A fun fact: The first David Austin Garden Rose was named Constance after her!

Katherine Heigl, famous for her roles in the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” and movie “27 Dresses,” carried a composite bouquet designed by Mark’s Garden in California, of white roses and pine in her 2007 winter wedding to singer Josh Kelley.

I find the composite bouquet to be one of the most comment-provoking bouquets in my portfolio. What do you think of it? Is this style of bouquet making a comeback?

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