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Kelli’s Article and Photos for B-Metro Magazine

One of the most interesting articles I’ve written in recent months was called Boss Lady, about five young, established businesswomen, age 30 or under, who are making their marks in central Alabama. It ran in B-Metro magazine in March 2010. Two women are involved in weddings: indie pastry chef Katie Moon, co-owner of Dreamcakes Bakery in Homewood,  and Arden Ward of Arden Photography, also in Homewood. Here’s the web-version of the entire Boss Lady article.

B-Metro magazine featuring Boss Lady, written and photographed by Kelli Hewett Taylor.

Kelli Hewett Taylor for B-Metro magazine. Pictured: Wedding photographer Arden Ward.

A behind-the-scenes details: I’m not sure why, but Katie’s uber-cool wrist tattoo was airbrushed out of the photo! I’d like to say it was controversial, but it was an artistic peace dove!

Kelli Hewett Taylor for B-Metro magazine. Pictured: Pastry chef Katie Moon of Dreamcakes in Homewood.

Kelli Hewett Taylor for B-Metro magazine.

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Wedding at The Oaks Plantation | Montgomery, AL | Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography

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The Oaks Plantation, Pike Road, Al., Daniel Taylor Photography

Sometimes there’s an extra special feeling of love surrounding a wedding, and that was definitely the case with Becca and Dusty, who married last month at  The Oaks Plantation in Pike Road, just outside Montgomery. I won’t soon forget the attentive, supportive team of bridesmaids. In addition to being beautiful, they were also excellent singers, who blew us away with their rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody after the rehearsal dinner. So cool! And with their help, Becca was able to stay calm and actually enjoy the day–more of a rarity than you might think in the world of weddings! That serenity makes for so many more beautiful wedding photographs.

Becca and her mom, Tina, found us through one of our recent brides, Jennifer Collins Armstrong, who recommended us before we even completed all her photographs. How’s that for a compliment? It felt like we were destined to be part of this adorable couple’s wedding.

Becca and Dustry, we were so thrilled to capture your wedding photography! We love you and we love your friends and family! We hope you love these photos as much as we do!

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Becca’s bridal session, The Oaks Plantation, Pike Road, Al. Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation Wedding

Becca’s bridal session, The Oaks Plantation, Pike Road, Al. Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation Wedding

Becca’s bridal session, a view through the Mamiya. Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Becca’s bridal session, The Oaks Plantation, Pike Road, Al. Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

The Oaks Plantation, Pike Road, Al., Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

The Oaks Plantation, Pike Road, Al. Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Becca and her mom are both teachers, but if they ever decide on a career change, they could definitely make it in wedding planning. We knew things would be amazing from the moment we met for Becca’s bridal session. Every detail was carefully and creatively planned: the hand-painted signs directing visitors to the wedding, the colorful lanterns hanging in the moss-drenched oak trees, the oh-so-photogenic monogrammed robes for all the girls, the chic bridesmaids’ dresses with pockets, the vivid colors of the bouquets and the horse-drawn carriage made for a photographer’s Southern wedding dream.

Other terrific vendors included: Food from A Catered Affair, lovely flowers from K&H Florist and the beautiful cake from McKinney Cakes.

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

Oaks Plantation wedding

Daniel Taylor Photography

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Canterbury United Methodist Wedding and Rosewood Hall Reception

Canterbury United Methodist wedding

Jaime and Taylor’s classic wedding at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook, Ala. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

One of our most elegant events of the summer was Jaime & Taylor’s wedding at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. This adorable couple nailed every detail for a photogenic wedding event: great locations, beautiful colors, and great details, like Jaime’s satin bow on her wedding dress, florals from Vince Gray of Flower Stems, incredible cakes from Olexa’s and a beautiful vintage getaway car from Coats Classic Cars. I am a huge fan of white wedding cars and I’m in love with the blue interior!

Canterbury United Methodist wedding

Jaimes beautiful textured pastel wedding bouquet at Canterbury United Methodist Church, Mountain Brook, Ala. Flowers by Vince Gray of Flower Stems. Daniel Taylor Photography

Canterbury United Methodist wedding

Groom Taylor puts on his cuff links before his wedding at Canterbury United Methodist Church, Mountain Brook, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Canterbury United Methodist wedding

Jaime and Taylor’s wedding first look at Canterbury United Methodist Church, Mountain Brook, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Canterbury United Methodist wedding

Jaime and Taylor’s wedding first look at Canterbury United Methodist Church, Mountain Brook, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Canterbury United Methodist wedding

A must-have wedding photo through the cross-shaped window at at Canterbury United Methodist Church, Mountain Brook, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Canterbury United Methodist wedding

Bride Jaime and her father prepare to walk down the aisle at Canterbury United Methodist Church, Mountain Brook, Alabama. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

Canterbury United Methodist wedding

From the balcony: Jaime walks down the aisle during her wedding at Canterbury United Methodist Church, Mountain Brook, Alabama. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

Canterbury United Methodist wedding

Jaime and Taylor’s left their wedding at Canterbury United Methodist in Mountain Brook in a gorgeous white vintage car with blue interior.  Daniel Taylor Photography

The fantastic reception was at Soho’s Rosewood Hall, where the catering from Imperial Catering was a huge hit. I’m still talking about the shrimp and grits bar. Olexa’s provided the gorgeous cakes. Can anyone say enough about Olexa’s buttercream frosting?!  Jaime and Taylor’s family and friends were so much fun, dancing for hours to the oh-so-fun Motown/funk band The Brothership.

Rosewood Hall wedding reception

Jaime and Taylor’s wedding cake from Olexa’s. Wedding reception at Rosewood Hall at SOHO, Homewood, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Rosewood Hall wedding reception

Sharing a bit of wedding cake at Rosewood Hall at SOHO, Homewood, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Rosewood Hall wedding reception

There was plenty of dancing at Jaime and Taylor’s wedding reception at Rosewood Hall at SOHO, Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

Rosewood Hall wedding reception

The bride and groom departed under a sea of bubbles from Rosewood Hall at SOHO, Birmingham, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Jaime and Taylor, we wish you happiness beyond your wildest dreams. It was our pleasure to photograph your wonderful wedding day!

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Tuscaloosa, Ala., wedding at Battle-Friedman House: Tara + Josh

Tara and Josh had a beautiful sunset wedding at the historic Battle-Friedman House in Tuscaloosa, Ala. It was a pleasure for Daniel Taylor Photography to photograph. Choosing a beautiful location with plenty of light and lovely natural surroundings really elevates wedding photos to the next level. Battle-Friedman offers a ton of different looking photo ops all within a few steps. Tara, Tara’s dad and Josh added special touches by hanging lights and lantern in the trees. A little extra thought on lighting can result in wow wedding photos like these gorgeous images.

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Josh and Tara’s wedding reception, Battle-Friedman House in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Battle-Friedman wedding

Tara in the front parlor of the Battle-Friedman House, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photgography

Battle-Friedman wedding

Tara and Josh’s Battle-Friedman House wedding, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

It Takes the Cake in Northport created a gorgeous cake, a cool tier of Oreos for the groom’s cake (complete with a cooler of mini- milks) and the wonderful food. We’re so honored that owner Libby Hosmer would use several of our photos for her ad in the next Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory!

Battle-Friedman wedding

This gorgeous, tasty little number was from It Takes the Cake in Northport. Battle-Friedman House wedding in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

One of my favorite details of the day was Tara’s gorgeous Kate Spade wedding shoes. If they were a half-size smaller, I’m afraid those shoes would have gone missing–right in my camera bag. And Tara had two of the cutest flower girls, who looked to me like they came to life from some 17th century oil masterpieces.

Battle-Friedman wedding

White Kate Spade wedding shoes. Photo Daniel Taylor Photography

Battle-Friedman wedding

Tara gets a few last-minute touches before her wedding to Josh at the Battle-Friedman House in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Battle-Friedman wedding

What better color for a wedding in Tuscaloosa than red bridesmaids’ dresses? Tara and Josh’s Battle-Friedman House wedding. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

Battle-Friedman wedding

The flower girl in ivory with red roses in her hair. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.

Battle-Friedman wedding

Another adorable flower girl. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

Battle-Friedman wedding

The outdoor wedding ceremony at the Battle-Friedman House in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Battle-Friedman wedding

The happy couple walks up the aisle after their wedding at Battle-Friedman House in Tuscaloosa. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography

Tara and Josh, thank you so much for inviting us to be party of such a wonderful wedding! It was truly an honor.

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Farm Engagement & B&A Warehouse Wedding Reception

Note: Check out more Riverchase United Methodist wedding and B&A Warehouse reception photos here.

Choosing a meaningful place and details can make all the difference in the world in wedding and engagement photos. And they will mean a lot more to your children and grandchildren if there is a story to go along with your wedding photographs.

For Lindsay and Justin, it all started with those unforgettable sunflowers. Justin had  planted them at the family farm in Selma, Ala. He and Lindsay wanted to incorporate them into their engagement session and we couldn’t have been more tickled. The last time we saw sunflowers like that was when we photographed a wedding in southern Spain. Simply gorgeous. We also used a quilt from Lindsay’s family as another special touch. Our photo session guest star was Joboo, Justin’s beloved black lab, who sat in for a few of the engagement photographs.

Lindsay and Justin’s engagement photos, Selma, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s engagement photos in Selma, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s engagement photos in Selma, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photogrpahy

Lindsay & Justin’s engagement photos in Selma, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s engagement photos in Selma, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s engagement photos in Selma, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s engagement photos in Selma, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Justin, Joboo and Lindsay in Selma, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s engagement photos in Selma, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Later, we had an absolute blast photographing Lindsay and Justin’s Birmingham-area wedding. The ceremony was at Riverchase United Methodist and the reception was at one of our favorite places, B and A Warehouse, where everything was gorgeous, as always. The gorgeous cake was from Angels Cake and Confections in Birmingham. These are two of the most laid-back folks we’ve had the pleasure of working with.  Meredith Brown of One Fine Day Artistry did a great job on Lindsay’s make-up, polished but still very natural. The bride, who isn’t a big fan of cosmetics, was most pleased! Groove Factor from Atlanta kept the party going for hours.

Thanks to Lindsay and Justin and your amazing families for allowing us to photograph such a wonderful wedding day. We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Lindsay and Justin share a moment before the ceremony without spoiling the surprise. Riverchase United Methodist Church, Hoover, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s wedding photography, Riverchase United Methodist Church, Hoover, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s wedding photography, Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s wedding photography, outside B and A Warehouse, Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Wedding Photography Birmingham

Riverchase United Methodist Church, Hoover, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

wedding photography Birmingham

Justin sees Lindsay. Riverchase United Methodist Church wedding, Hoover, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

A kiss in the limo, en route to the B and A Warehouse reception, Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

The wedding reception at B and A Warehouse, Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s reception at B and A Warehouse, Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s reception at B and A Warehouse, Birmingham, Ala. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and her dad, B and A Warehouse reception, Birmingham, Alabama. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin’s reception at B&A Warehouse. Daniel Taylor Photography

Lindsay and Justin. Daniel Taylor Photography

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