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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?