• Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographers

    Welcome to our website! As Birmingham Alabama wedding photographers, Janet and I have been photographing weddings in central Alabama and around the southeast for many years. As a husband and wife team we are very lucky to have turned our passion for wedding photography in to a very successful and rewarding career! Take a look at our GALLERIES at the top of the page. Scroll down through the blog for our most recent work. We capture images that you will love to look at in 20 years just as much as you do now! Please 101,109,97,105,108liame us or give us a call. We would love to meet with you and discuss your wedding plans! We also photograph weddings in Auburn, Alabama as well as weddings in Alexander City, Alabama with no travel fee. Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter to keep up with specials and promotions. 205-602-0858

Rules For Your Reception Dance Floor, Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographers

From Bride Magazine

It’s time to party! Here’s how to make your wedding dance floor a happy place – blisters be damned…

#1 Plan your playlist in advance

Your DJ will come with his own music, but if there are specific songs you want played at specific times – hello, first dance – make sure he knows in advance.

#2 Judgeth not other people’s dance moves

What happens on the dance floor stays on the dance floor.

#3 Dance-offs are to be encouraged after 10pm

The marital equivalent of Step Up, the wedding dance-off is tedious and terrific in equal measure. It’s irritating if you’re not involved (‘why are these people dancing as if they’re in Step Up?’) but if you are, you will feel god-like. No word of a lie.

#4 If someone doesn’t want to dance, that’s fine

For one thing, not everyone likes dancing (we know, right), and for another – their feet might be hurting. It’s going to have been a long old day, and chances are the last thing they fancy doing is twirling around the dance floor.

#5 The dance floor should always be occupied

Is there anything quite so sad as an empty dance floor? Keep one of your bridesmaids on dancefloor duty: if it’s starting to empty out, get her to ask the DJ to put on the Macarena. Because no one can ever resist its siren call…

 

 

Botanical Gardens Engagement Session, Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographers

Loved working with Megan and Cody on their engagement photos! We photographed her sister Ashley’s wedding a couple of years ago. Looking forward to working with the family again! Botanical Gardens was beautiful. Cherry trees were in full bloom. Megan and Cody’s wedding will be at The Sonnet later this year. Can’t wait!

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Distinguished Young Women Program, Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographers

Had the opportunity to photograph the contestants from the Jefferson County Distinguished Young Women program over the weekend. We have been doing this for years and we feel very privileged to be a part of it. Here are a few previews. For more info on the program email Jefferson@distinguishedyw.org

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Budget Busting Flower Ideas, Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographers

Want beautiful big-day blooms without blowing your budget? We asked a host of experts to share their top tips…

Go for a retro vintage theme and you can use a mix of second-hand containers. “I raided my mum’s cupboards for old-fashioned china jugs which we used as shabby-chic vases,” says real-life bride Emily. “We also had a good rummage at car boot sales and charity shops – both great places to look if you’re after lots of inexpensive, mismatched china.”

Before you start spending, carefully plan your budget and decide where flowers rank on your list of wedding priorities. If you’d rather spend more of your pennies on food and drink than decorating the venue, look to spend less on flowers, but if you want to create a beautiful space for your reception, allocate a larger portion of the budget to flowers.

Be upfront about how much you have to spend. “Your budget is one of the first things you should discuss with your florist,” says Cindy Kirkland. “The average spend is 10-15% of the overall cost of the day but this is not a realistic option for everyone. Be clear about how much you have to spend and your florist should have the experience to rise to the challenge.”

Choose a florist who is happy to work within your budget. A florist who encourages you to spend more than you can afford isn’t the right person for the job. You may have to compromise on the specific blooms or the types of arrangement you want in order to stay within your financial limits but your florist should be able to suggest alternatives that will look just as good at a lower price bracket.

Choose seasonal flowers grown locally. This will cost you much less than flying in exotic blooms from abroad.

Bridesmaids’ bouquets can really add up so be inventive. Think about giving each bridesmaid a single statement bloom to carry down the aisle, or opt for just having flowers in their hair or on a wrist corsage. If you’re set on bouquets, consider using them as table centers at your reception afterwards.

“Concentrate your budget on the areas that guests will spend the majority of time in and where lots of photographs are going to be taken,” says florist Gary Cooper. “If you want to get a real wow factor at the reception make the flowers totally different to the ceremony it will make everyone gasp especially going from country chic to modern funky!”

Instead of having expensive flower arrangements on every table you can alternate tables with displays of candles, which you can get for a fraction of the cost from Ikea.

“Be a little indulgent,” says A-list florist Mathew Dickinson.”If you’ve got your heart set on an expensive flower, use it but do so sparingly. Lots of brides love Lily of the Valley but used in abundance, it can break the bank. Instead, just have a little in your bouquet then you’ll feel like you’re surrounded by it all day.”

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