September 16, 2014

Surprise Wedding at Avondale Brewery : Shakeyta and Ray

I kept a secret! …a pretty big one. Every time someone asked me if I was going to Greece with Shakeyta and Ray for their destination elopement, I wanted to blurt out, “no!! they are getting married here.. but no one knows, so don’t tell, k?!” But, I resisted the urge and instead played my role as the heartbroken photographer, who wouldn’t be adding a European stamp to her passport. On the morning of the big day, I joined Shakeyta at the Tutwiler Hotel, to document her preparation. They planned to arrive at Avondale Brewery for their send-off party, but only after a first look and portraits. My favorite part about that time was Shakeyta’s energy. She was literally like a kid on a Christmas morning. I’m pretty sure that the only times she wasn’t smile was at my request. Birmingham Wedding by Elle Danielle Photography_0037Birmingham Wedding by Elle Danielle Photography_0038Birmingham Wedding by Elle Danielle Photography_0040Birmingham Wedding by Elle Danielle Photography_0039Birmingham Wedding by Elle Danielle Photography_0042Birmingham Wedding by Elle Danielle Photography_0044Birmingham Wedding by Elle Danielle Photography_0041Birmingham Wedding by Elle Danielle Photography_0090 Birmingham Wedding by Elle Danielle Photography_0045My absolute favorite Birmingham vendor, HotHouse Design Studio, decorated their space and provided the florals. They never, ever disappoint.

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  1. Adrienne Fowler

    September 16th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Oh my. I think my heart started beating a bit fast looking at these photos. Such a beautiful bride. I loved their engagement photos too. I remember the scene at El Bario. So glad you discovered your passion Latara and that God blessed us with such a talent. Lovely!!!

  2. Adrienne Fowler

    September 16th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I looked again….absolutely beautiful. Every guest seemed to be having a great time. Congratulations and blessings to the couple.

  3. Ahsila DivaDoc T-c

    September 16th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    This is pure awesomeness!!! Love it!

  4. Lauren Trethaway

    September 16th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    How cool!!!! Such a HUGE surprise to keep!! Great job, yet again !!

  5. Quiana R Wright

    September 16th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    This wedding was beautiful from start to finish and you captured it effortlessly Elle! You are truly amazing!

  6. Kimberly Murray

    September 16th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    How fun! So when were the guests clued in that they were actually attending a wedding? When she walked down the aisle? And how cool that an artist was there to paint the scene!

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