it’s totally honest for me to say that i’ve loved working with every single couple whose wedding i’ve been blessed to shoot; we laugh, we share inside jokes, and somewhere in our months of working together, we move from photographer/clients to friends. but every once in a while, i meet one of those couples. they’re the kind that make me come home from our first interview meeting and tell my husband, i really, REALLY want to shoot their wedding.

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molly and i sat in the cushy orange chairs of a local coffee house and talked about a little bit of everything – her life with hew new fiancé, paul, her recent career change from the ER to being an L&D nurse, the pain of losing her mother two years earlier, and some of her favorite things to do in her new home city of savannah, georgia. eventually we hugged goodbye and she said she would call after she’d had a chance to talk everything over with paul. and me? i went home and told my husband, i love her and i really, REALLY want to shoot their wedding.

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move the calendar forward eight months to this past saturday. the planning was complete, they were surrounded by a host of family and friends, and the day had finally arrived for molly to join her life with paul’s. the morning began with an almost-tangible excitement as molly’s best friends helped her dress for the fabulous day ahead.

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once they themselves were dressed, it was time for all of the girls to show their skills (of which they’ve got plenty!). i will neither confirm nor deny the rumor that i had serious shoe envy.

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but the girls weren’t the only ones with moves. paul and his groomsmen were fantastic in front of the camera (their awesome vintage putters helped).

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what came next was one of my favorite details of the day. molly had spent ages deciding how to honor her mother’s memory on such a precious day, and in the end, she chose to begin her life with paul in the same church in which her parents had done the same 34 years earlier.

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gracious, i love these people!

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ok brides, listen up. molly stumbled across one of birmingham’s best-kept secrets, and i’m officially smitten. i can’t possibly say enough good things about her reception site, woodrow hall. the staff was amazing, and i think it goes without saying that the venue itself is stunning.

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molly and paul ate in a private suite with an amazing sunset view and then joined their guests for the night’s first dances.

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the peace of those moments, though, quickly took a turn and headed straight for a full-blown party!

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their friends and family ate a delicious dinner by yellow bicycle catering and danced into the night. the hours flew by and eventually the time came for the bride and groom to leave in their gorgeous rolls royce by vintage auto chauffeur.  first, though, came what ended up being my very, very favorite part of the whole day.  as the guests made their way outside to prepare for the big getaway, molly and paul had an intimate and emotional last dance alone in the ballroom as music floated quietly around them.  swoon.

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molly and paul, i truly can’t thank you enough for asking me to take part in your perfect wedding day. every detail was amazing, and spending the day shooting with you was every bit as wonderful as i thought it would be. much love, my friends, and enjoy costa rica!!!

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special thanks:
reception venue – woodrow hall
caterer – yellow bicycle catering
cakes – magnificent cakes
flowers – irene pate flowers
car – vintage auto chauffeur
and as always, a tremendous thank you to anna wamsted for being the world’s best second-shooter. she blew it out of the park!!!!

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10 Responses to molly and paul {birmingham wedding photography}

  1. wow! she had such gorgeous colors!!

  2. Lauren says:

    Fabulous!! Love so many things about it all I can’t list them all!

  3. Kenny Tate says:

    I know I am prejudice but I think my baby made a beautiful bride.

    Allison, these pictures are fantastic, I can’t wait to see the rest.

  4. Jenna says:

    These pictures are beautiful! Such a fun and exciting night, and I agree with Mr. Tate.. Molly made a beautiful bride.

  5. Savannah says:

    Amazing picture! What church is that?

  6. Diane Duquette says:

    I am Molly’s cousin but was unable to attend the wedding. Thank you Allison for posting these beautiful pictures so I could see the love, the beauty and fun I missed.

  7. Amelia de los Reyes says:

    WOW!! I enjoyed all the beautiful, awesome pictures. Molly is so gorgeous and so beautiful. You are very right Mr. Tate. I hate that I missed the wedding. The Groomsmen were so handsome.

  8. Beth Hart says:

    Allison, You did such an amazing job! The pictures are beautiful and like others, I cannot wait to see more…Thanks for loving Molly and Paul, as we all do…it shows in the way you captured the day.

  9. Kenny Tate says:

    The Church was Wilson’s Chapel Methodist in the Roebuck area of Birmingham

  10. Molly says:

    Allison,
    Your talent shines in these photos. They are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for helping make our day so special!

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