Back at the end of this summer, I received an email from Jill Bonilla seeing if I was free to second shoot a wedding with her one Friday in October. I was really happy it worked out, and within five minutes of navigating our way to the venue together, I knew we were going to get along great. This wedding was unique in that the bride and groom, Ambreen and Matthew, actually live in south Florida and were getting married here in Birmingham, where the groom is from. It was an intimate wedding, with no bridal party and guests from all over! They did an amazing job of planning the wedding and reception at the gorgeous Tutwiler Hotel so their guests could come into town and stay in the same place as the wedding and reception. It was perfect weather in the courtyard for the ceremony just before sunset, and for bride and groom photos in Lynn Park before they could join their guests at cocktail hour. Ambreen was one of the most stunning brides I’ve ever seen. Her long sleeve lace gown could not have been more perfect, and that showed on her groom’s face at their first look. The reception upstairs, complete with a delicious setup from Happy Catering Company, and a full bar, had such a fun DJ with the whole crowd dancing and the two families celebrating becoming one. Here are a few of my favorite images, edited in my style. A big, huge thank you goes out to Jill for teaching me so many great new things about off camera flash and giving me the artistic freedom to share these images.
December 1, 2017