Hotel Finial :: Old Hollywood Glam

Our Hotel Finial Styled Shoot continues! If you missed Part 1, check it out here. Today, we're revealing the final images of Look 1 - along with a few of our favorites from Look 2 and Look 3! 

The word we used as our inspiration for this shoot was TIMELESS. As we worked to style each of the 3 looks, we went back again and again to timeless dresses and vintage accessories and props. We wanted to focus on the 128 years of memories our beautiful venue held. Hotel Finial was built in 1888, and we wanted our models to look as if they would fit into multiple time periods throughout the hotel's history.

We finished shooting our first look in the McKleroy Suite. We just couldn't resist a few shots with this gorgeous champagne and gold decor!

Once we pulled ourselves away from this beautiful room - it was time for a quick change into our second look. For our next two looks, we dug even deeper into "Old Hollywood Glamour"! 

Look two was a Private Collection, fitted ivory satin gown, with a sweatheart neckline and plenty of bling! The groom stayed in his charcoal gray tux, but changed his tie and boutonniere. Both the bride & groom's gorgeous threads were once again provided by Alexander's Prom & Bridal Shop in Anniston, AL. 

We switched to deep red roses for our boutonniere and bouquet, and added some additional roses as decor. These were provided by Alexander's Flowers and Gifts in Anniston, AL. 

Our hair and makeup artist, Christin Ray, took the bride's updo down, and pinned loose curls swept to one side. She also deepened her eye shadow and liner, and added a beautiful red lip to complete Beth's "glam" look!

We started our 2nd shoot in the Kirby Suite - where Modern meets Old Hollywood Glamour! We love how these turned out! They were the perfect play on the "past-forward" style of the hotel.

Then we went downstairs for another mini-reveal with the bride and groom. These two are just the cutest... we loved working with an actual engaged and in-love couple!

And before we knew it - it was time to move to our final look of the day! This gorgeous red peplum Tony Bowls dress was a showstopper! For this look we shifted to a high-end, glamour engagement shoot. 

We ended the night by clearing one of the gorgeous dining rooms so this lovely couple could dance beneath the light of the chandelier. If that dress doesn't deserve to be danced in, I don't know what does!

Just look at the way these two look at each other. Congratulations Beth & Paul on finding the one your heart loves! We are so looking forward to your actual wedding day! 

*Stay tuned for one more blog featuring a video of our gorgeous Hotel Finial Styled Shoot! But until then, be sure to check out all of the incredible vendors who made this shoot possible!

Credits - [Photographer :: RJackson Media | Venue :: Hotel Finial | Decor :: Patsy McKinney, Above & Beyond | Stylist :: Ericka Jackson, RJackson Media | Hair & Makeup :: Christin Ray | Wedding Gown & Tux :: Alexander Formals | Florist :: Alexander’s Flowers & Gifts | Models :: Beth Milam & Paul Sewell ]

Matt, Kristian & Parker

This past Saturday we made our way out to the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a custom family & engagement shoot. Normally we do one or the other... but there's a story behind this sweet (soon to be) family and their custom shoot!

Kristian has been my wife's best friend for 18 years. They were both friends with Matt back in high school, but unfortunately lost touch with him after he graduated and went off to college. They couldn't have guessed that they would reconnect more than 10 years down the road... but life has a way of taking you on twists and turns you never could have imagined. About a year ago Matt & Kristian found their way back into each other's lives, fell in love, and got engaged! Matt has an adorable little 7 year-old daughter named Parker, and once Kristian & Matt tie the knot - these guys will be a precious family of THREE!

We wanted to capture plenty of photos of the two of them, engaged and in love... but it was a real honor to also take their first family photos together!

The Botanical Gardens were the perfect backdrop for this photo shoot. We were surprised to find greenery there, even in the winter! It allowed us so many different background options for family and engagement photos. We took the majority of our photographs in the Japanese garden.  The scenery made for some gorgeous images!

Parker was such a sweetheart throughout the whole shoot. We really enjoyed photographing her! I hope she will look back at these images when she's all grown up and remember this as a fun and special day with her family!

I work hard to capture the true essence of each couple and family. Everyone is unique, and our goal at RJackson Media is to bring that uniqueness out in each photograph. Kristian and Matt - we are so happy for you two, and we hope that you will cherish these images for years to come! Thanks for choosing us for this special shoot!

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