Jen & Chris | Downtown Birmingham Engagement Session

Railroad Park Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Deborah Michelle

This Alabama Wedding Photographer met her husband at a wedding of all places! And I love hearing how other couples find their way to each other. For Jen & Chris, they met at church here in Birmingham, Alabama. After several conversations, they discovered that they had many things in common like their careers, interests, & values. They spent many weekends going on outdoor adventures, brunch dates & seeing shows at local theaters. Jen mentioned in our initial email that, “It was such an amazing year getting to know each other more.”

After nearly two years, Chris purchased a ring that he just had to give to her. Like absolutely couldn’t wait to give it to her. So within a few days he had asked everyone for their blessings. Chris proposed in Atlanta, Georgia in front of the Fox Theater. Talk about the most thought out, perfect proposal for these two!

I admit I was a little anxious about showing up to this downtown Birmingham engagement portrait session, but after nearly 10 minutes I felt like an old college friend. Jen went to the University of West Alabama (Go Tigers!) & Chris went to that other university in the state….Auburn. (My husband is an AU alumnus too!) Their smiles are contagious & their love for one another is evident in how they serve one another. He supports her dreams, while she does the same.

One thing that I absolutely loved about their portrait session was how Chris could not wipe that grin off of his face when he looked at his girl. And I love how Jen laughs from deep within her soul. In our chats Jen mentioned that they were both nurses & love the arts. So I jumped at the chance to plan out their unique engagement portrait session. Railroad Park provided the best cityscape for their scrubs - which I adore BTW! Aren’t they so stinking cute in their Converse, too?! And then we ending the evening in the Birmingham Theater District with the lights of the Alabama Theater marquee sign adding a little sparkle to their already incredible love story.

Without further ado, I present to you one of my favorite engagement portrait sessions since moving to my new city. Let me know in the comments which set of portraits is your favorite! Team Scrubs or Team Theater?

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Ok - fine we may have laughed some during this session. And by some I mean a lot. So much so, my cheeks were sore too!

Deborah Michelle Photography Railroad Park Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Railroad Park Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session Jen & Chris
Deborah Michelle Photography Railroad Park Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

Ah! The most perfect springtime blooms! Thank you Railroad Park for welcoming the new season so well.

Deborah Michelle Photography Railroad Park Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Alabama Theater Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

Ya’ll, I just adore these two so much.

Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

Jen! You look absolutely stunning in that dress, girl! I can only imagine how beautiful you will be in your wedding gown this fall. And Chris, you are so dapper!

Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session
Deborah Michelle Photography Downtown Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

To the soon to be Martins, thank you for allowing me to serve you well during this exciting season of your life. I wish you the best as you begin this new adventure - trust me, it’s one of the best!

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Vendors to thank for their awesomeness:

Photography: Deborah Michelle Photography

Makeup: Made by Jhae

Dress: Lulus

Hair: Erica McNeil of Integrity Salon Spa

Venues:

Railroad Park & Alabama Theater - Downtown Birmingham, Alabama

Kasey & Dylan | Moss Rock Preserve Birmingham Alabama Engagement Session

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Two years and thousands of long-distance miles later, these two are getting married this fall. Kasey & Dylan are planning a destination wedding in the mountains of Tennessee, so I found the perfect little location for them. The Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover, Alabama gave us an outdoor element along with a quaint little neighborhood tucked away from the bustle of the city.

Upon getting to know Kasey, who won my New City New Year Giveaway on Facebook, she told me that her & her fiance LOVED adventures. So it was no surprise to me when they agreed to go hiking through boulders for their engagement portrait session.

Dylan loves Kasey’s spontaneity. And Kasey adores how well Dylan cares for her & her family. I only spent a couple of hours with these two, but I witnessed how well they complimented one another. I consider myself lucky to have clients that trust this Birmingham, Alabama Wedding Photographer to document their season of life. Do you care to join me on an exploration of Kasey & Dylan’s Moss Rock Preserve engagement session in the images below, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Bonus: there’s a waterfall involved!


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I don’t know who’s more smitten, Kasey or Dylan?! I’d say it’s a close tie!

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Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Deborah Michelle Photography
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Engagement Photographer

Kasey & Dylan are planning a destination wedding in the mountains of Tennessee this fall, so I found this second location at the Moss Rock Preserve perfect for them. They also LOVE adventures & nothing says adventure like hiking through boulders to discover a waterfall!

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Moss Rock Preserve Engagement Session Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama
Deborah Michelle Photography Birmingham Alabama Moss Rock Preserve Engagement Session

Shout out to Kasey for hiking through the rock preserve in wedges! What a champ!

Kasey & Dylan, thank you for trusting me with your love story.

I am excited to watch ya’ll move mountains over the years together. It’s going to be the best adventure yet!

Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer Moss Rock Preserve Deborah Michelle Photography

Engagement Session Location: Moss Rock Preserve | Hoover, Alabama

Engagement Ring: Diamonds Direct

Kasey’s Black Dress: Two Sisters Boutique | Marion, Alabama

Kasey’s Pink Blouse: Lavish | Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Anna & Adam | Downtown Tuscaloosa Engagement Session

Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Wedding Photographer Anna and Adam

Who would’ve guessed that as we stood in line as kindergartens that one day I would become her Alabama Wedding Photographer as she marries the love of her life.

Anna Ruth and I basically grew up together. She shared the love of softball with me & I gave it my best attempt. We cheered underneath the Friday nights lights together for 6 years. We shared many joys but also stood side by side during life’s toughest days. I am thankful for her caring nature & it seems someone else has also grown attached to the sweet blonde who once adorned pigtails & a homemade pink watermelon dress.

Adam & Anna both serve the City of Northport as police officers. They met at work one day…and that’s when the chase began. What started out as a friendship turned into something much more. One of the things that Adam loves most about his fiance is that she loves passionately & holds tight to her family. So much so that Adam included all of her nieces & nephews in their proposal! Anna was completely shocked as the kindest man she’s ever known pulled off the best moment of their lives.

She said YES & now they’re planning a Spring wedding. I loved every moment of catching up with one of my longtime friends & getting to know the man who treats her how she deserves.

Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Wedding Photographer Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Wedding Photographer Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Wedding Photographer Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Alabama Engagement Session Anna and Adam

Ya’ll their outfits choices paired with the stone of the Tuscaloosa City Hall was a photographer’s dream. Oh & Anna did her own makeup. Sign me up for a tutorial please!

Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Alabama Engagement Session Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Alabama Engagement Session Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Alabama Engagement Session Anna and Adam
Deborah Michelle Photography Tuscaloosa Alabama Engagement Session Anna and Adam Capital Park

Engaged & planning a wedding?

Let’s grab coffee & chat! I would love to capture your love story just like Anna & Adam’s.

Based in Birmingham, Alabama but eager to travel!

The Taylors | 07.15.17

Sydni and Colton Birmingham Alabama Wedding June 2017

Sydni became Colton's wife in the church where he grew up. These two met in college & on this very warm day in July they decided to embark on a new journey as husband & wife. Family & friends traveled to a small town on the outskirts of Birmingham to share in the joy of their wedding day.


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Goodness - I LOVE a first look with the girls. One of my favorite moments from the day!


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Sydni & Taylor agreed to travel to downtown Jasper after leaving their reception for a few "Just Married" bride & groom portraits. And yall taking these few moments to let the events of the day soak in were something special.


Many don't realize the number of people that work behind the scenes to make a wedding day, here are a few of the unsung heroes from the Taylor Wedding.

Bride's Dress: David's Bridal

Ceremony & Reception: Parrish First Baptist Church

Cake: Deb Deason

Catering: Michelle's Bakery

Invitations: Shutterfly

The Mynards | 04.29.17

Chandler & Nathan Birmingham Alabama April Wedding

Clouds rolled in as the music began & everyone took their places on top of a bluff overlooking a part of Alabama I never knew existed. The moment Nathan's bride would make her journey down the aisle to become his wife. Big inhale, huge exhale as that moment covered in prayers is finally here.

One look at you; my whole life falls in line.
I prayed for you; before I called you mine.
I can’t believe it’s true, sometimes.
I can’t believe it’s true.

I get to love you, it’s the best thing that I’ll ever do.
I get to love you, it’s a promise I’m making to you.
Whatever may come; your heart I will choose.
Forever I’m yours, forever I do.
I get to love you, I get to love you.

The way you love, it changes who I am.
I am undone and I thank God once again.
I can’t believe it’s true, sometimes. | I Get To Love You, Ruelle

*Hands down my favorite wedding song to date. But I'm getting ahead of myself, let's journey back to the beginning of the day & then we will get to more of the ceremony pictures! Ok fine, here's a sneak...


"I want my wedding day to be filled with laughter and love with all of our amazing family and friends. Low on stress and high on memories," remarked Mrs. Mynard a few months prior to her April wedding date.

And I can confirm that it was all of those things mentioned above.

Chandler spent the morning getting ready with her best girls by her side. Katie Hodges helped bring forth the girls' natural beauty (seriously she's the best, check her out). And Nathan calmed his nerves by playing ping-pong with his guys.

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Chandler & Nathan's bridal party was so much fun as you can probably tell. They kept me laughing & were there to lend a hand if needed.


Y'all, their first look was breath-taking.


I believe in marriages that reflect the church. Love built upon the truth that Christ died for us, so that we may have ever lasting life. For better or for worse. In sickness & in health. A union of two selfish people, choosing to seek God first above themselves & one another.

Chandler & Nathan's ceremony was performed by one of his spiritual leaders. Surrounded by God's beauty, they stood hand in hand & exchanged their vows.

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Ephesians Farm was the perfect venue from the large getting ready lofts to the stunning bluff to the intimate barn for a night full of dancing. It was just the right fit for Chandler & Nathan's wedding day.

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Chandler & Nathan Birmingham Alabama April Wedding Ephesians Farm

All the wonderful vendors who made this an absolute dream for the bride & groom:

Hair & Makeup: Katie Hodges

Bride's Dress: Bella's Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff, Bella's Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse

Band: Z and the Party Faktory

Coordinator, Caterer & Florist: Sherri Shaw, Ephesians Farm


*Ah! I've got one more surprise for ya. After their bridal party portraits & family formal time, we had a little break before the ceremony & I asked Chandler & Nathan if they'd be up for an adventure. Much to my surprise they agreed & ventured out on top of a rock in the middle of a creek bed for these awesome bride & groom portraits.