A Birmingham Zoo Wedding

When Mandi first messaged me about her and Steven's wedding, I knew it was going to be such a fun opportunity that I could not pass up! Not only do they have a wonderful family, but I LOVE getting the opportunity to shoot at new places! I've known Mandi for a long time, but this was my first time meeting Steven. He was just as kind and down to earth as Mandi, and they compliment each other SO well!

Another bonus to this wedding day was the weather. In Alabama you can never bank on temperature or humidity level, but this was an amazing fall weather day! This wedding was supposed to take place in April, but as we all know, COVID has a way of changing everything...

One of my favorite things to capture in any session is raw and genuine emotion, but it's even more special on wedding days! The love that emanated from this family was so evident and it was an absolute joy to document a day that was poignantly sweet in so many ways.

Chronicling the details is also a huge passion of mine. Each wedding has its own unique set of items and heirlooms that make the day special and specific to each couple. Whether it's a grandfather's handkerchief or matching socks, the little things do so much to give depth and a sense of timeless love to each special day.

And now on to what may have been the sweetest part of this part of this day...Steele (Mandi & Steven's precious 3 year old son)! Near the end of the ceremony he had his own special ring for Mandi to wear along with her wedding bands. This was such an important part of the ceremony and one that I know Mandi will cherish forever.

I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from this amazing day! It is such a delight to deliver images with so much joy.

Mandi & Steven, I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and blessings! Thank you again for trusting me to capture your special day. I hope that the love I saw so clearly behind the lens is made evident in these photos. Congratulations!

Vendor list:

Venue: Birmingham Zoo & Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Wedding dress shop: Bridals by Lori

Wedding dress designer: Bliss Monique Lhuillier

Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal

Tux rental: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair/Makeup: Glow (Birmingham)

Florist: Rachel Barrentine

Cake: Olexa’s

Caterer: Taste (through the zoo)

Linen/lights/tables/chairs company: Decor to Adore

Band: Emerald Empire