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Luke and Kristen and Married (Part Two)

– Huntsville, Alabama Wedding Photographer -

In keeping with all of the “do it yourself” ideas that Kristen had for her wedding was the way the flowers were put together.  They used fancy umbrella handles and attached the flowers to them for the bride and the bridesmaids to carry.  They looked great and would also double as good protection to guard against a mugging.

Do It Yourself Wedding Ideas

Bruce Roy at Belle Fleur provided the cake.

Huntsville Wedding

I have never known another photographer who makes me feel like more of a slacker than Jonathan Palmer.  He shoots all the time.  “Working” or not.  JP’s wife Danielle was a bridesmaid in the wedding so he was lurking around the reception with his camera (see below).  I’ll come back to this at the end…

The music for the reception was some of the most fun and unique I have ever heard.  The Two Gentleman Band out of New York City are great!  I would try to describe their style of music to you but just take a look at them….they sound exactly like they look.  You might not think that a two man band would keep the dance floor full but they certainly did!  They were really fun and could play the heck out of a kazoo.

Madison Wedding Photography

Back to those cool DIY ideas from Ms. Kristen….this photo by Cosby.

Alabama Wedding Photographer

Their first dance…

DIY Wedding

Monte Sano Mountain Wedding

…and the Father/Daughter dance.

Decatur, Alabama Wedding Photography

The bride and groom on the dance floor with the aforementioned Jonathan Palmer in the background.  He proved once and for all that he is a better photographer than dancer.


Then it was time for the traditional groom and brother of the groom dance.  Is this not a normal tradition?


I braved the cold and lack of tripod for a quick shot of the city after the sun went down.



Then they ran through sparklers and headed towards the honeymoon……oh wait….


This amazing finale was a surprise to Luke from his new Mrs.

How to depart from a wedding reception | Part 1 from Jonathan Palmer on Vimeo.

Thanks to JP for this video!

There was no way I was leaving that reception without getting my picture with The Almost King of Pop.


BETH - lol the MJ dude is hilarious! i hired the same guy to surprise my best friend on her 30th bday. GREAT!!!! i have LOL so hard over this!April 17, 2010 – 9:51 AM

Christy MacKenzie - David– You are HILARIOUS :)May 9, 2010 – 11:36 AM

perfektphoto - What a fun wedding! Liked their color scheme.June 12, 2010 – 3:24 AM

Luke and Kristen are married (Part One)

– Huntsville, Alabama Wedding Photographer –

Cakes and Catering:  Belle Fleur Catering
Music:  The Two Gentleman Band
Flowers:  Nana  ;)
Invitations:  Enfin, La Voila!

There is so much to talk about and show from this wedding that I didn’t want to try and cram it all into one post.  I know it’s been forever since I posted those two previews but I didn’t want to post anything else until I had the time to do it right!

Kristen and Luke were married in the chapel at The Burritt Museum on Huntsville’s Monte Sano Mountain.  It was a day filled with numerous rain showers and we could watch every one of them roll through the valley before they got to us.  Luckily the timing worked out pretty well and the rain didn’t affect the wedding or the reception!

Kristen told me several weeks before the ceremony that this was mostly a DIY wedding.  Knowing Kristen I knew this meant it was going to be really cool.  One of the best “do it yourself” parts of the day was the bride’s dress.  Kristen’s “Nana” made this beautiful dress for her and it turned out so great!

North Alabama Wedding Photography

Monte Sano Mountain Wedding

Burritt on the Mountain Wedding

This shot below was shot by Gary Cosby Jr. who (as almost always) was there to be my second photographer.  This would be the groom…Luke.

DIY Wedding ideas

The two decided to see each other beforehand and the chapel made for a perfect setting for this meeting.

Homemade Wedding Dress

Every time a bride and groom choose to see each other beforehand it is different and special in it’s on way.  But almost everyone has a moment similar to the one below.

Madison County Alabama Wedding Photographer

Alabama wedding in March

This portrait was the first idea that came to me when I walked the grounds that Saturday.  As cloudy and crummy as it was the view to the city below was beautiful.

Huntsville, Alabama Wedding Photographer

The beauty of having a second photographer like Coz is when I set up a portrait…

Southeast Wedding Photographer

….he is always somewhere shooting something just as great if not better…see below.

Southern Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photographer

If sitting on the beds in the cabins at the museum is prohibited then I used Photoshop on the next image….if not…then she’s really sitting on it.

Decatur, Alabama Wedding Photography

Outdoor Wedding Portraits

This is the exterior of the chapel where the ceremony took place.

Mountaintop wedding

Rocket City Wedding Photographer

This is an example of a photographer who becomes obsessed with a view and the clouds that accompany that view.

Higginbotham Photographer

Kristen and her Dad walk down the sidewalk towards the ceremony.

Huntsville Photographer

I love the looks on both of their faces just after they were told it was there time to enter.

Huntsville Photography

Cosby captured this view from the front.

Alabama Wedding Photographer

This is another image that the Coz made during the ring exchange.  The reason it’s in here is because Kristen put Luke’s ring on the right hand.  Does that mean we have to do this thing all over again?  A wedding “do over” would be a first for me.

Huntsville Wedding Ring

I’ll post images from the reception and everything that went along with it in Part 2 tomorrow night!

How to pucker

– Huntsville, Alabama Wedding Photographer

I promise I’m not doing this as some kind of marketing ploy to string you guys along in order to keep you coming back to my blog.  I’m just crazy busy this week and haven’t had time yet to put together a full blog post on Luke and Kristen’s wedding.

However I was editing through their images and wanted to toss these up really quick.  I asked Luke to kiss Kristen on the forehead and when I said “…a little less pucker” Kristen felt the need to make fun of her husband to be for his over pucker.

I thought it was pretty funny.

Monte Sano Mountain Wedding

Wedding at The Burritt Museum in Huntsville, Alabama

The full post is coming soon….I mean it this time.

Danielle - OK, seriously David….let’s see the real post soon. You’re killing me ;)March 18, 2010 – 9:18 PM

Melanie - You are killing us with a couple of pictures at a time, but its fun! I cannot believe she is beautiful even when she’s making fun!! You did such an amazing job and we can’t wait to see the rest!!!March 19, 2010 – 5:35 AM

David Higginbotham - Ha…I am so sorry guys! I have had an extraordinarily busy past couple of weeks and I don’t want to post until I can do it right! I’ll do my best to have it up by or during this weekend! Thanks for the pressure! :)March 30, 2010 – 8:32 PM

Luke and Kristen…just a preview.

– Huntsville, Alabama Wedding Photographer

I have so many great images to share with you from Luke and Kristen’s wedding this past Saturday.  But for now…..I will just give you a brief preview of how the night ended.

Alabama Wedding Photography, Michael Jackson Wedding

Cosby did voice his concern when told that Michael Jackson would be near guests with sparklers but the exhibition went off without any injury….or Pepsi.

Much more to come…..

Vicki - David -

The pictures of Luke and Kristen’s wedding are awesome! What a cute couple and he looks like a “young Tom Hanks”.

~ V ~April 17, 2010 – 9:17 PM

A Great Wedding Coordinator

– Huntsville, Alabama Wedding Photographer

On one of my weddings a year or so ago I had the privilege of working with Calandra Terry at this beautiful wedding pictured below.

Mooresville, Alabama Wedding Photography

Calandra is a wedding coordinator who runs An Event to Remember based out of Huntsville, Alabama.  I subscribe to Calandra’s blog and really enjoy the content she puts up there.  She puts a lot of emphasis on tips to help us all keep our marriages working right!  You expect a wedding coordinator to care about making sure the wedding goes great but Calandra also wants your marriage to go great as well!

Click here check out her blog!

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