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ChezWedd.com features NYC Engagement from Daniel Taylor Photography

We were happy to learn today that our recent New York City engagement session of S. and T. is one of several included in a ChezWedd.com blog post about destination engagement sessions! It’s a new service we began offering in November.  Here’s the link to the full article, which includes some gorgeous engagement photography, or scroll down to see full post below right here. Thanks so much to the cool ladies at Chez Wedd for thinking of us! It’s an honor to be on such a terrific blog!

Here’s our photo from the original blog post.

NYC Engagement Photos

What engagement session is complete without a dip in Times Square? Daniel was lying on his stomach on the pavement, I was keeping him from getting stepped on, an NYC police officer who said he's been in a lot of weddings helped move people along!

New York City is one of the most romantic places on earth, so what better location to have your engagement session? From the tranquility of Central Park to the sweeping skylines and quaint restaurants, this city exudes glamour and romance. So if you live in the New York area or are lucky enough to go on a little vacay for your session, here is some inspiration.

Central Park Engagement Photos

Times Square Engagement Photos

Subway Engagement Photos

Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Photos

City Engagement Photos

If a flight to New York City is not in your budget, check out some amazing locations in Austin to have your pre-wedding love photographed.

NYC ENgagement Photos
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Cities on the Move

By Kelli Hewett Taylor

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Paper: Birmingham News (AL)

Title: CITIES ON THE MOVE / BIRMINGHAM

 

A ‘best-kept secret’ emerges

City’s successes getting national attention from various sectors

Date: January 8, 2006

When University of Nebraska Medical Center leaders were pursuing role models for economic and research success, it didn’t take long to settle on Birmingham.

”It has been a major inspiration to us, where a medical center can bring it to a new level economically,” said Tom Rosenquist, vice chancellor for research at the Nebraska Medical Center. ”Forty years ago, Birmingham had an irons-melting economy. Now it’s moved to a research-based economy.’

Magic City residents don’t always hear about it, but cities and organizations around the country are looking for the formulas that led to some of Birmingham’s successes.

Birmingham has drawn attention for UAB’s new Shelby Biomedical Research Center, the city’s growing technology and business start-ups, the downtown loft district and the city’s attraction for young professionals, among other things.

”I think we sell ourselves too short sometimes on the good things that are going on in this community,” said Guin Robinson, former executive director of Region 2020, the nonprofit, multicounty planning group. ”Many communities have some of the exact same problems – education, issues between suburbs and cities.”

Despite disagreements among political officials and what many call a self-image problem, the city manages to move ahead.

”I don’t think you can point to one bold step Birmingham has taken in the last 10 years to distinguish itself, but I think there have been a series of very, very solid accomplishments in the past and some encouraging trends,” said Ed LaMonte, political historian and professor at Birmingham-Southern College. ”We have not been able to figure out how to put the pieces together.”

‘We were impressed’

A number of those accomplishments attracted attention.

The new Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage researched Birmingham’s Civil Rights Institute to develop its own center, choosing the same architect and some of the same exhibit designers.

President Clest Lanier calls the Civil Rights Institute the top black history center of its kind in the United States.

”We were impressed with the exhibits, the quality and the compelling story,” as well as the location near Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park, Lanier said. ”I hope we can emulate the Civil Rights Institute.”

In November, the Birmingham metro area was named one of the Top 5 midsized cities for ”Hot Cities Entrepreneurs,” according to Entrepreneur magazine. The list was based on the percentage of young businesses with rapid growth.

”Birmingham actually ranked No. 1 for new start-up businesses, with 3,176,” said Justine Walden of the National Policy Research Institute in Washington, which calculated the data for the magazine.

Walden said the cities that did well shared traits such as busy airports, good university networks, a focus on cyber infrastructure, diverse population and a strong mix of cultural offerings.

‘We don’t have that’

Last year, leaders in Dayton, Ohio, commissioned a study of growing metro areas of similar size. The Birmingham metro area was among those singled out for its regional planning efforts through Region 2020 and the Regional Growth Alliance, a team including Region 2020, the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham.

”You have a regional group that has leadership at the table from a variety of sectors of the community: economic development, human services, government, the private and public sector,” said Ron Budzik of the Dayton Business Committee, a group of regional business executives assisting Dayton with its budget and growth challenges. ”You have a mechanism to . . . discuss important issues in the area. We don’t have that.”

Budzik said that while such groups don’t solve all regional problems, they are a place for progress to begin.

The Environmental Protection Agency co-sponsored TechBirmingham’s Ecycling Day and sent six staff members to study the model for collecting old computers, cell phones, printers and other equipment.

Delores Rodger-Smith of the EPA in Atlanta called it a huge success, and the event inspired a similar program in Florida.

Better than you think

Birmingham area leaders say the out-of-state calls and visits happen all the time.

”The only thing other cities have done better than us is they’ve sold us on the idea that the North or the Northeast is better than the South,” Jefferson County Commission President Larry Langford said. He says he often gets questions from other cities that want to model area projects or initiatives. ”We have to say to the world, ‘We are nowhere near what you think we are.”’

Other successes that have received attention are the regional cooperation to attract Honda and Mercedes assembly plants, the establishment of major bank headquarters, the development of Vulcan Park atop Red Mountain, low unemployment, relatively low cost of living and record homebuilding.

”One of the things said by people is that we are the bestkept secret in the Southeast,” said Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid.

Kincaid wants to share the story. He says he plans to do a better job of promoting the big picture because he believes many residents perceive Birmingham as a stagnant city

Expanding central city

The central city is experiencing millions of dollars in new projects, including federal, residential, commercial and publicprivate efforts.

In Southside, UAB’s $90 million Richard C. and Annette N. Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building is scheduled to open this year. It is expected to generate a $50 million payroll, of which the city gets a 1 percent tax, and at least 1,100 new jobs and new research grants.

New headquarters are under construction for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A new $150 million Social Security

building is also under way downtown. The new $34 million FBI headquarters opened in August.

The Alabama Symphony, McWane Science Center and a cultural arts master plan are considered strong points for the city

Local squabbles

Political disputes sometimes hinder development. Officials have been unable to resolve whether and how to expand the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, and the community has been unable to come up with matching money to collect $85 million in federal funding to expand public transit.

BSC’s LaMonte, who was part of ex-Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington’s administration, says that’s due in part to Birmingham’s lingering civil rights era wounds. He also says the region lacks a central leadership figure such as Arrington.

Arrington was credited with establishing strong ties between city government and predominantly white business leaders downtown and with annexing areas that became The Summit and The Colonnade, which now generate a substantial portion of the sales tax revenue as the downtown core grows.

”I’m not the darling of the business community like Arrington was,” Kincaid said. ”But they understand I’m honest, and I’ll take that any day.”

Railroad Park issue

The proposed Railroad Reservation Park in the central city is one development that has run into difficulty as the City of Birmingham and the Friends of Railroad District negotiate control of the $30 million project.

Kincaid and Langford are confident the project will survive the disagreements.

”It takes us a long time – sometimes too long – but we do address our problems,” Langford said.

LaMonte said some of Birmingham’s weaknesses have also become strengths. Although many buildings downtown stood vacant for years, the result is a lot of promising, historic properties that are beginning to be redeveloped.

Robinson, the outgoing leader of Region 2020, said political bickering isn’t unique to Birmingham. Residents of cities all over the country complain that their governments don’t work well or quickly enough, he said.

”We are on a path to progress,” Robinson said. ”It’s rocky and there are setbacks. But the bottom line is, ‘Do I want to live anywhere else?’ And I think most people feel the same way or else they wouldn’t be here.”

 

EMAIL: ktaylor@bhamnews.com

 

Some indications Birmingham is a city on the move

A consultant for regional executives in Ohio praises Birmingham’s Region 2020 and the Regional Growth Alliance as models of cooperation and influence.

The city’s network of neighborhood associations fosters highlevel participation at the grass roots.

Unlike many struggling charities, United Way of Central Alabama consistently meets its fund-raising goals.

Entrepreneur magazine named Birmingham one of the top three midsized cities for entrepreneurs and first for start-up companies.

Expansion Management magazine named the metro area No. 15 among ”America’s 50 Hottest Cities” and No. 8 in company site selection.

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Birmingham, Ala. Wedding Venues: Vestavia Country Club

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Ed and Abigail’s classic black and white wedding portrait in front of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

A lovely choice for a wedding venue in the Birmingham, Ala., area is Briarwood Presbyterian Church. We had the pleasure of photographing Abigail and Ed’s classic spring wedding there.  The bridal suite is one of roomiest, as well as prettiest we’ve seen, which is great for a larger bridal party. The front lawns are beautiful for lush outdoor photos, while the portico is just gorgeous, perfect for timeless bridal photographs. Briarwood also has wonderful wedding planners on staff to help keep things running smoothly. After Abigail and Ed’s wedding, guests were treated to a beautiful reception at Vestavia Country Club, which is full of light — a sure bet for terrific wedding photos. Flowers were by our friends at Norton’s Florist.

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Abigail’s slingback platform wedding shoes at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Abigail’s bridesmaids help her get into her wedding dress in the bridal room at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Bride Abigail’s mom adjusts her wedding veil at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Abigail’s sister touches up the bride’s lipgloss at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Bride Abigail’s white and green wedding bouquet, photographed at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Ed and Abigail’s classic wedding at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Ed’s green and blue boutonniere. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Bride Abigail and her father walk down the aisle at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Photo  

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

A candid moment during Abigail and Ed’s  wedding at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

The bride and groom recess up the aisle on the red carpet after their wedding at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

A wedding reception at Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

The wedding reception buffet at Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

The white wedding cake with initials and the purple bouquet on top. Photographed at Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

The bride and groom feed each other cake at Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

A stunning purple bridesmaid’s bouquet used as a wedding reception centerpiece, with white table linens. Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

A shower of bubbles for the bride and groom’s departure from their wedding reception at Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

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Birmingham’s Wedding Venues: Gabrella Manor

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Birmingham, Alabama has plenty of choices for great wedding venues. Another one of our favorites is Gabrella Manor in Roebuck. We had the pleasure of photographing Matt and Keri’s wedding there in spring of 2009. It’s a place that is full of beautiful architectural details and other special features that make for lovely wedding photos. It’s often featured in regional wedding magazines such as Alabama Weddings and Southern Bride, the Alabama edition. Some of the prettiest include arched doorways drenched in ivy, incredible stained glass windows and a grand staircase.

We’ve gotten so many compliments about Keri’s elegant personal style, the sleek hairstyle, the post-wedding hair flower, the gorgeous dress that suited her style, not the latest mass-produced trends. Finding the perfect wedding day style, one that reflects you instead of dominating you, always makes for more gorgeous photos.

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor, Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Gabrella Manor

Keri and Matt's wedding at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

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Auburn’s Best Wedding Venues: Fountainview Mansion

Fountainview Mansion

A terrific wedding venue is Fountainview Mansion in Auburn, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

One of our favorite Alabama wedding venues is in Auburn, at the gorgeous Fountainview Mansion. It’s an exquisite place with incredible service, as we have witnessed firsthand when we  photographed Mandy and Daniel’s wedding there. Mandy’s richly-colored bouquet was gorgeous, as were their wedding and groom’s cakes. Owners Gary and Julie provide impeccable service, tending to every detail you could imagine.

By day, Fountainview is an incredible mansion, nestled on 100 acres of countryside, full of old world charm. By night, it transforms into a color-drenched wonderland. As you are considering wedding venues, you can’t go wrong with Fountainview!

Fountainview Mansion

A terrific wedding venue is Fountainview Mansion in Auburn, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

Fountainview Mansion

A terrific wedding venue is Fountainview Mansion in Auburn, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Fountainview Mansion

A terrific wedding venue is Fountainview Mansion in Auburn, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Fountainview Mansion

A terrific wedding venue is Fountainview Mansion in Auburn, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Fountainview Mansion

A terrific wedding venue is Fountainview Mansion in Auburn, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Fountainview Mansion

A terrific wedding venue is Fountainview Mansion in Auburn, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Fountainview Mansion

A terrific wedding venue is Fountainview Mansion in Auburn, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

 

Fountainview Mansion

A terrific wedding venue is Fountainview Mansion in Auburn, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

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