Know the Pros: Meet Phil Markham Photography

Meet Phil Markham. Phil is a sweet-hearted Aussie that moved to Birmingham (of all places!)

He is loving the southern hospitality that The Magic City Brides bring <3


Let’s break the ice – -

Paper or Plastic?


Coke or Sweet Tea?

Coke but only before 3pm else I won’t sleep!

Beach or Mountains?


Chocolate or Vanilla?


TV or Radio? TV.

I devoured ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Sherlock’ lately. I’m open to suggestions on the next series to get addicted to!

Listener or Talker?


Auburn or Alabama?

Foreigner! My wife is from Baton Rouge so I’m a fare weather LSU fan.

Where are you from? And what brought you to Birmingham?

Australia. Adventure!

How long have you been in the wedding business?

5 years. I started assisting a few different wedding photographers while I was in school. After a few years I fell in love with photography and documenting a couple’s wedding day.

Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere. Other photographers and artists of all kinds. My faith. My family. My friends. Nature. Great leaders both alive and dead like Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill.

What is your favorite moment about the wedding day?

That’s a tough one because there are two moments I love. First, I love the Bridal portraits. Bride’s are so full of excitement and anticipation and look so incredible. It’s such a privilege to get a quiet slice of time with the bride on her big day. Second, I love the moment the couple exits the ceremony and we snap a few intimate photographs out the front of the church or in a side garden or outside the reception venue. The couple forgets I’m there in the moment. This is where I get some of the most natural and unguarded images of the whole day. These photographs usually capture the DNA of the couple better than any others.

Advice to future MRS.

Don’t let your husband’s hand go after the ceremony. Experience the reception together. If that means you don’t get to talk to every guest that’s okay. Your guests are there for you. They’ll be happy just to see you both having a great time even if they don’t get to talk with you.

What is in your iPod right now?

Cold Play, Alabama Shakes, Bon Iver.

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If you could be the photographer for one celeb, who would it be?

Someone with presence like Al Pacino or Clint Eastwood or Morgan Freeman. I’d photograph them doing something they love doing whether it was an ordinary thing like reading the morning newspaper or something more adventurous like going hunting. Whatever it was I’d want it to be something they actually do, something natural for them.

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April 18, 2014   No Comments

E-Session with Liza & Freddy at Windwood Weddings




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Engagement shoots are always a fun way for you and your groom to start getting comfortable in front of the photographer and the camera. Let’s face it, we are not used to posing with a camera in front of our face. . .this takes some getting used to! We are happy to feature this sweet couple: Liza & Freddy. The shots were taken at the ever-so-beautiful location of Windwood Weddings and photos were captured by the talented: Arden Photography. Enjoy :)

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April 17, 2014   No Comments

Get to know your Birmingham Wedding Pros . . .Jessica of HotHouse Design Studio


We all know and love Mandy Majerik from HotHouse Design Studio, so we’d like to introduce Jessica, their newest addition!!

Paper or Plastic?  Paper, for sure!  Plus, I may be able to use it for something else!

Coke or Sweet Tea?  COKE.  Hands down.

Beach or Mountains? Mountains, I am a Kentucky girl, after all!

Cake or Ice Cream?  Both, please. Preferably chocolate for both!

Wine or Beer?  Wine, preferably but I love a good Jack Daniels and Coke

Listener or Talker?  Both!  Depends on the situation!

Auburn or Alabama?  Oh, that’s a tough one… not really a sports fan and I’ve yet to choose my loyalty to one, since moving to Alabama!

Where are you from?  Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.

And what brought you to Birmingham?  The opportunity to work in the Wedding/Event Industry with one of the best around – who wouldn’t?


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April 10, 2014   No Comments

Get to know Birmingham Pros . . . Meet Leigh Ann of L.A. Photography

Let’s break the ice – -

Paper or Plastic? Plastic.. I can carry easier, more durable and great to reuse for around the home!

Coke or Sweet Tea? Sweet tea for sure!!  Southern bred and southern born!

Beach or Mountains?  If I had to choose just one.. the beach because I love warm summer days.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla because it is a smooth base flavor so you can add to coffee, cooking, fruit.. it goes with everything.

TV or Radio? Radio helps time pass by during my edits

Listener or Talker? I enjoy both.. but I always heard we have two ears and one mouth..

Auburn or Alabama? I am an alumni of U of A.. so Alabama is where my heart is.


Where are you from? And what brought you to Birmingham? I’m a small town girl.  I grew up in Mt.Olive, just 15 miles north of Birmingham.  I moved to downtown Birmingham for the convenience & experience of city living for singles.. When I married, I returned back to Mt. Olive for more space and family.

How long have you been in the wedding business? I have been a full time professional for 7 years

Where do you find inspiration? Everyday life.. I love realism and the beauty of finding perfections in real life imperfections.

What is your favorite moment about the wedding day? Prewedding for sure.. so much energy and anticipation awaits.

Advice to future MRS… allow your wedding day to take a life of its own.  You can never really truly enjoy the moments if you are too busy with worrying.  That is our job!!  Take it all in and trust your professionals!!

What is in your iPod right now?  Lana Del Ray, London Grammar and any other chill or eclectic tunes to help slow me down.

What is the one thing you cannot make it throughout the day without? Coffee!! I look forward to it every morning.. it’s the little things that excite me!

If you could be the photographer designer for one celeb, who would it be? I love working with other creative and innovative individuals who go against the norm..  I’d have to say Lady GaGa or Bjjork.  These ladies go against the norm and would inspire me to see things differently.






To see more from Leigh Ann visit: L.A. Photography




April 4, 2014   No Comments

Save the Date : : SoHo Bridal Show / August 3, 2014

SOHO Save the Date

Engaged Wedding Library and Perfect Wedding Guide will be hosting their 7th annual SoHo Bridal Show on August 3, 2014 at Rosewood Hall at SoHo Square from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

SoHo Bridal Show is a fresh but familiar approach to the wedding planning process.  Being Birmingham’s premier boutique bridal show, the show focuses on the needs of the “Over the Mountain” bride.  Rosewood Hall at SoHo in downtown Homewood is completely transformed to provide inspiration for every bride’s wedding style.

Wedding professionals go all out for this bridal event showcasing all the latest trends in the wedding industry.  “By allowing local floral designers to sponsor the venue décor, it gives the show the energy and excitement of an actual wedding” says show producer Stephanie Whitaker.  She continues “Brides leave this event inspired and ready to plan their perfect day.”  We even had a mascot from Windwood Weddings . . .

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More than 50 of Birmingham’s elite wedding professionals will be on location offering delicious cake and food tastings, amazing wedding gowns, and trends in invitations, floral design, and gift registry.

Every year, brides are given the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in giveaways.  Diamonds Direct is giving away $500 towards the purchase of wedding bands!  The first 100 brides to pre-register online at will receive a wedding day swag bag filled with goodies and coupons!  Discounted tickets are also available through pre-purchase online.

Along with Perfect Wedding Guide and Engaged, other show sponsors include Mr. Burch, Total Entertainment, Pearly Whites Dentistry, Design Productions, Rosewood Hall, Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market, Norton’s, Event Rentals Unlimited, Alabama Weddings, and Diamonds Direct.

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SoHo Bridal Show is a “can’t miss” for every over the mountain bride!  For details on booth reservations or tickets please contact Katie Calhan 205.637.0735 or or visit

all photos by: Arden Photography


April 2, 2014   No Comments

Real Wedding Feature: Casey + Austin

Engaged Real Wedding Feature:

Casey Brooke Byrom & Austin Graham Hooper

 November 16, 2013

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What was your favorite moment about the wedding day?

My favorite moment was the ceremony. Our wedding was all outdoors so the weather was a major factor in pulling it all off. With weather being as unpredictable as it is, we weren’t sure what to expect. Our rehearsal was rained out, so we didn’t practice walking down the isle, I never heard any of the sermon or music before hand – it was all a surprise to me as I began to walk down the aisle with my dad. It also made my husband and me acutely aware of what the pastor was saying, because we weren’t sure what was coming next!

It was a special 20 minutes; one was captured by my videographer so I can enjoy over and over again!


What would you do different?

Since the ceremony and reception were at the same location; the whole wedding party also got ready there. There was a 30min window in which I was alone – after wedding party pictures, before the ceremony and as guests were arriving. I had all my bridesmaids head down to the ceremony site when I should have made them stay up at the main barn with me! It was nerve wracking to be alone for so long – I kept thinking I was missing my own wedding!


What is the one piece of advice you would give a current bride-to-be?

Plan. Plan. Plan. The more you plan, the better prepared you are and fee; not just on your wedding day, but the entire week leading up to it. The week before my wedding I was calm, relaxed and even took several naps! I knew it was going to be a busy day, full of blurs and tears and the last thing I wanted to think about was something I forgot to do! But that’s me, I’m a planner – literally, by occupation.

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V E N D O R S:

Venue (ceremony & reception): Windwood Equestrian

Wedding Planner / Coordinator: Shelley Schneider, Trinity Church

Wedding Gown: Ivory & White

Photographer: Arden Photography

Videographer: Clay Carroll

Cake: Carol Latner

Caterer:  A Social Affair

Florist: Hot House Designs

Invitations: Weddings, Etc.

Rentals: Events Rental Unlimited

Transportation: Birmingham Yellow Cab

Hair: Floyd Cherry, Hopson James Salon

Makeup: Mary Jane Clements

Officiate: Pat Murphy, the groom’s uncle

Music / Entertainment: Fountain City Players

April 1, 2014   No Comments

Real Wedding Feature Vanessa + Ronald

Engaged Real Wedding Feature     

by Jayna Goedecke Designs:

Vanessa Marrero & Ronald D. “Scott” Williams

August 24, 2013



What was your favorite moment about the wedding day?  Relaxing at the end of the night after all the festivities were over.

What would you do different?  Wear a more comfortable dress.

What is the one piece of advice you would give a current bride-to-be?   Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Remember that your wedding is a temporary event, but your marriage is a lifetime.







V E N D O R S:

Venue:  Rancho de las Aguilas

Planner:  Jayna Goedecke

Wedding Gown:  Admiring Glances (Enterprise, AL)

Photographer:  EQS Photography

Cake:  Olexa’s Bakery

Caterer:  Echelon Catering

Florist:  Ricky Whitley

Invitations:  David’s Bridal

Rentals:  Men’s Warehouse

Transportation:  Terry King

Hair:  Nancy Pardo

Makeup:  Laura Eason, Laura Eason Artistry

Honeymoon: Turks & Caicos

Travel Agent: Beth Flowers, Brownell Travel

March 26, 2014   No Comments

Weston + Lauren Real Wedding Feature Video!

To bring the real wedding feature we had the other day (Weston + Lauren) ‘to life’ we have a special treat for you! Our friends at Project Media are sharing the video from the BIG day <3  e n j o y


March 25, 2014   No Comments

Real Wedding Feature: Lauren + Weston

  Weston & Lauren Weller

September 29, 2013


What was your favorite moment about the wedding day? Our first look was my favorite part of the day. It was a special moment just the two of us got to share together. It calmed my nerves to get to talk to him before I walked down the aisle.

What would you do different? I wouldn’t have stressed over the little things. I was so caught up in trying to make everything perfect when in reality everything may not always go as planned.

What is the one piece of advice you would give a current bride-to-be? Try not to lose site in the real meaning of the day. Don’t stress and enjoy celebrating this new chapter of your life with family and friends.







V E N D O R S:

Venue: J&D Farms

Planner: Rachael Grammer, Two Hearts Weddings and Events

Wedding Gown: Bella’s Bridal & Formal

Photographer: David Boyd Photography

Videographer: Project Media Productions

Cake: Evelyn Criswell Catering

Caterer: Kathy G. & Company

Florist: Rita Weller, Norton’s Florist

Entertainment: Amerson Events (DJ & Photo booth)

Invitations: Stationary Studio (Fairhope, AL) Owner: Kristen Laraway

Rentals:  Cover Ups Specialty linen rentals

Bridesmaids: Bridesmaids Inc.

Groomsmen: Mr. Burch Formal Wear

Hair: Melissa Moore Bogardus (Joyce’s Boutique & Salon)

Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus (Joyce’s Boutique & Salon)

Honeymoon: Ross Bridge

March 23, 2014   No Comments

Real Wedding Video from Main Street Productions

If you have met with us here at Engaged Wedding Library then you KNOW how we feel about Video! I am so happy to present you one of the latest creations from Main Street Productions <3 The moment bride, Katherine and her Daddy see each other is

P R I C E L E S S . . .you be the judge!

Katherine and Michael from Main Street Productions on Vimeo.

v e n d o r s  : Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham Country Club, Mr. Burch, Tiffany Hughes Photography, Mariee Ami Wedding Planning , Buffy Harget Flowers.

March 20, 2014   1 Comment