Shelby | History Museum of Mobile Bridal Portraits

Shelby Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography History Museum of Mobile

A dream come true is what this Mobile bridal portrait session was. For years, Shelby has dreamed of a portrait on the grand marble staircase at the History Museum of Mobile in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Now you might be thinking, that’s an odd request…until you see it.

Shelby just received her education degree from Springhill College with a focus in history, so this session combined all of her worlds. And to top it off, All A Bloom made a stunning bouquet centered around the bride’s favorite flower - a sunflower.

Oh & her dress! Ya’ll, it’s what every Southern girl dreams of. Shelby, I had so much fun playing “dress up” with you before your June wedding day.

Shelby Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography

In case you were not aware, the History Museum has the cutest little courtyard that we just had to take advantage of. Hello white walls with greenery growing up it for days! #photographersdream

Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography
Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography

As we were about to make our transition to a new location, a small rain shower came out of nowhere. #soMobile We pulled together resources & umbrellas & made a move across town. Huge thanks to the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion for having one of the best covered porches in Mobile, Alabama. Eventually the rain stopped & we got a few more lovely bridal portraits along the oak drive.

Shelby Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Mobile Alabama Bridal Portraits Deborah Michelle Photography

Vendors for Shelby’s Bridal Portrait Session

Venues: History Museum of Mobile & Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Taylor Ladnier at Salon Whairhouse

Florlist: All A Bloom

The Hicks | 06.10.17

Kayla & Richie Hicks Mobile Botanical Gardens June Wedding Alabama

"Commit to love & speak truth daily" were the words spoken by the bride's father who also led the wedding ceremony for Kayla & Richie. I have been a part of countless wedding ceremonies but this one was special. Every moment pointed to Christ & the role marriage has in glorifying God's kingdom. From the bridal party showering the bride & groom with prayers before the ceremony to the tears shed as the bride in white walked towards her groom to all in attendance singing out 'Be Thou Vision' as an anthem for the rest of our days. This wedding day was special. Very special.


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...and then the groom showed us how it's done. Ok, sir. Ok.

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Of course Kayla is absolutely stunning too! She chose to remember her mother by wearing her veil for her very own wedding day.

*Here's a look back at her bridal portrait session at the Swift-Cole Historic Home.



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For the bride,  the music was her favorite part of the wedding ceremony. Kayla's late mother was a musician and so one of her favorite hymns was played during the ceremony & the newlyweds danced down the aisle to Earth, Wind and Fire, which was her favorite band.

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Kayla, I have enjoyed every moment spent with you during this journey to the alter. All the laughter shared made this photographer's job effortless. As your dad said at the close of the service, "you have found a good man." You did & I am so, so happy for you! Cannot wait to see how you & Richie take on this new adventure as husband & wife. Congrats Mr & Mrs Hicks!


It's no secret that weddings take a lot of teamwork.

Here are a few of the vendors that came together to make this wedding day special for Kayla & Richie:

Bride's Dress: David's Bridal

Floral Designer: Julie Northcutt

Wedding Coordinator: Morgan Kelley

Rings: Karat Patch

Ceremony Venue: Redemption Church

Reception Venue: Mobile Botanical Gardens

DJ: DJ Cole

Caterer: Tyner's Catering

Videographer: Israel Butts, Ash Tree Films - check out their video here!

The Hinotes | 06.03.17

Shelby & Brandon June Wedding Alabama Gulf Coast

Do you remember those late night phone calls? The long distance drives to visit during your college years. The laughter shared during road trips to the beach. Each one of those moments brought you here. Today is the day you marry your best friend & will be able to call him your husband, finally. Today begins your day one. Your forever.

Shelby & Brandon are two of the sweetest people I have ever worked with. So gentle & sweet & true. You might even remember their beach engagement session from this spring - here it is for a refresher. So when June rolled around, I couldn't wait to photograph their wedding day. A chance for 100% rain & severe weather turned into a perfect overcast day with a little rain at the reception for good luck of course. Enjoy a few of my many favorites from their day one.


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St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Parish provided the perfect location for Shelby & Brandon to become one. The grand architecture of the windows & wooden arches mixed with a simple shade of white made my photographer heart come alive. Not to mention the palm trees aligning the sanctuary reminding guests that you are near the coast. 

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The celebration continued over at the Five Rivers Delta Hall in Spanish Fort, Alabama with cake a dancing - my favorite!

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Weddings take a team & here's who made the Hinote Wedding possible:

Bride's Dress: Timeless Bride

Ceremony: St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Parish - Foley, Alabama

Reception: Five Rivers Delta - Spanish Fort, Alabama

Florist: Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts

Cake: Couture Cakes

Caterer: Tyner's Catering

Photographer's Assistant: Joanna Lee

Kayla | Bridals

Kayla Bridals Swift Cole Historic Home Alabama Gulf Coast Weddings

I was talking to a friend earlier this week about how my first year of business I basically did everything I could to keep afloat. And this second year I have really tried to find my voice, my tribe & serve them the best I can. I can honestly say that Kayla is one of those precious finds. We have laughed & laughed together. From dreaming about the choir in busting out in "Hey Ya" during her wedding ceremony to sending gifs back & forth via text, she gets me.

Kayla trusted me when it came to picking a spot for her bridals. So being the hopeless romantic Southern gal that I am, I decided upon one of my favorite best kept secrets in Baldwin County - the Swift-Cole Historic Home in Bon Secour, Alabama. *We just so happened to pick out the most humid day known to man to adorn a wedding gown & walk around. Between the sticky Gulf Coast humidity, gnats & sweat, she rocked it.

This girl put in countless hours at the gym with her personal trainer, Rita, & it shows. Hello tiny waist & curves!! Nothing like feeling your absolute best for your wedding day. You get it girl! You are absolutely stunning! 


Kayla Bridals Swift Cole Historic Home Alabama Gulf Coast Bride