Earlier this summer I had the honor of photographing Brooke + Bailey’s Alabama Wedding at The Barn at Shady Lane in Birmingham. I was thrilled when Brooke reached out to me about photographing their engagement and wedding as she is the sister of Tyler, one of my former grooms! You can read more about Tyler and his wife Emily’s Park Crest Wedding here. I loved seeing familiar faces as I captured Brook and Bailey’s gorgeous wedding day at the Barn at Shade Lane!
The Barn at Shady Lane
Brooke and Bailey’s Alabama wedding took place at The Barn at Shady Lane. It is a stunning country location nestled in Birmingham. You’d never know you were just minutes away from the fast-paced life of the city!
Brook and Bailey have laid back personalities and they both took time to really soak in the day and enjoy each moment. They chose not to do a first look. However, they decided to exchange gifts together while staying hidden. It was a sweet, tender moment as he gave her a gorgeous diamond necklace and she gifted him a watch.
Brooke did do a first look with her dad which was a super sweet moment that I know meant the world to them both! The groom had his own moment with his parents before the ceremony! I loved watching the families interact. You could see how strong the bond was between the family on both sides. Brooke’s two brothers, Tyler and Justin, surprised Brooke with gifts that they exchanged prior to the wedding ceremony. One brother gave her a white gold and diamond bracelet, and the other a pearl bracelet. How sweet is that?! She has two of the most thoughtful brothers, as they did this all on their own! It was such a sweet moment between the three siblings!
The Bridal Party
The groomsmen showed off their fun, printed socks as I photographed them on the beautiful grounds of The Barn at Shady Lane. I enjoyed watching the bride and her girls get ready! They had the cutest matching outfits they were as they pampered and primped each other before the ceremony. A few of Brooke’s best friends are incredibly talented hair and makeup artists, who also happen to be sisters! These talented sisters were not only Brooke’s bridesmaids, but they also did her hair and makeup for the biggest event of her life!
Alabama Wedding Reception
Another lovely moment from Brooke and Bailey’s Alabama Wedding happened during the reception on the dance floor. During the couples dance, Brooke’s grandfather and grandmother came out to the dance floor. Her grandfather hasn’t been in the best of health recently, so it was very emotional for everyone in the family to gather with them on the dance floor. While it was emotional, I know it will be a moment in time that Brooke and the rest of her family will always cherish!
Brooke and Bailey are blessed with truly wonderful family and friends, who made everything surrounding their wedding day extra special. Jordan’s brother-in-law, Hunter, is an incredible pastry chef who made the bride’s cake. To cut the amazing cakes, they used Bailey’s grandmother’s cake knife. Brooke’s sister-in-law, Emily, was the matron-of-honor and we celebrated with many of the same vendor’s from her and Tyler’s wedding day!
They had such a fun reception! DJ Prez kept the party going the whole night! Everyone had a blast dancing and waving their glow sticks around! The entire wedding day was a fun, joyful and love filled day. Not only am I thankful for the opportunity to capture such a special and beautiful moment in Brooke and Bailey’s life, but their wedding day was extra special to me as it was also my anniversary! I love that I share this special day with them! Congratulations, Brooke and Bailey!
You can view Brooke and Bailey’s Engagement Session at Oak Mountain State Park here!
Wedding Dress Place of Purchase: www.bridalsbylori.com
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: @rachaelcmilner
Hair and Makeup: www.dearlybelovedandco.com