Birmingham, AL wedding & portrait photographer Kelly Cummings

Featured :: Southern Living Weddings :: Clay and Bryan

Cake Cover Photography by Iain Bagwell; Flowers cover by Kate Headley

Southern Living Weddings 2012 Spread Spindle Photography

Clay Fuller and Bryan Ziegler

A few months ago I got a very exciting email, and until I got home from a North Carolina Christmas last week to two copies of the 2012 Southern Living WEDDINGS issue in print I really couldn’t be sure it was really happening. Being published is every photographer’s dream, and Southern Living is a publication that has been a part of most any Southern girl’s life as long as they can remember. Being selected for their annual Weddings issue is so huge for me, really and truly.

The wedding itself was so deserving of being published, Morgan and I were standing with mouths agape when we walked into the backyard of Clay’s parents’ house to find “Southern wedding” come to life.  We had no idea how absolutely magical, (seriously) the wedding would be. We’re talking a wedding day brunch at an old mill with the best Southern breakfast foods you can imagine and a bluegrass band, a magnolia for the bride’s hair, sweet tea, a vintage get-away car, little girls in frilly dresses playing in a hammock, a big backyard tent reception in a field behind the bride’s parents’ gorgeous plantation home. Sweeter than tea.

Starting today (assuming you’ll read this after I post at nearly midnight), January 6th, the issue hits newsstands. I can’t wait for you to get your own copy, there is so much to love inside!  The issue is overflowing with eye-candy with 25 real weddings in the issue. It’s so amazing to see my work in the same magazine as photographers I’ve long admired like A Bryan Photo, Kate Headley, and Our Labor of Love!  This issue is undeniablylovely, this is no fluffy book of ads disguised as a magazine, it is full of clean layouts with gorgeous content and ideas from real brides. I will direct you to page 62 first, but you’ll surely pore over the rest of the pages so not to miss any of the beautiful inspiration inside!

Thank you to Bob Vardaman for his hand in making this event so magical, and of course to Clay and Bryan (for being in love and so amazing and kind), and their families for their unbelievable hospitality, (Mrs. Fuller is the epitome of a Southern lady and we could not have felt more welcome in Selma)! I’ll be posting some of my favorites from the weekend in the next few days, sorry to keep you waiting so long but hopefully the magazine is a sweet surprise!

A big thank you to Paden Reich from Southern Living for her part in making this issue a reality as well and to Morgan Trinker for assisting me on Clay and Bryan’s wedding day! And, Kinora Films for making the most beautiful film of their day that kept everyone who saw it in tears (I haven’t met one person who has seen it with a dry eye).

Love, (because I’m feeling it so much right now!),

-Kelly

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4 responses

  1. That is so awesome Kelly! Congrats!

    January 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

  2. Bryan

    Awesome Kelly! Congratulations! Thanks so much for all your help. We love the work you did and have so many great images to share with our families. You are really, really good at what you do. It’s always easy to tell when someone is going to be a big success, your passion for your work is unmistakable.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

  3. Stephen Clark

    Wow, Kelly! That’s great. Congratulations! When I go to people’s houses I’ll pick up the issue and say, “I know this photographer… she does great work.”

    January 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

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