Birmingham, Ala. –– Back in April, I had the privilege of photographing a beautiful downtown wedding. I had previously taken engagement photos for the same couple, and their love was so beautiful to see again. Just recently, I discovered that the bride submitted my photos to the wedding and lifestyle blog Spoken Bride! Another popular wedding blog, The White Wren, had featured this same couple’s engagement photos earlier in the year. Honestly, it kind of feels like this says more about the couple! I mean, look at them. They’re just gorgeous!
In all earnestness, it truly humbles me to see another blog feature my work. It was such a privilege to be a part of this wedding in this incredible city of Alabama, and it makes me so happy to see that it touches others as much as it touched me.
Click here to see the blog post on Spoken Bride!
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St. Paul’s Cathedral
“The Cathedral of Saint Paul — informally known as Saint Paul’s Cathedral — is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Alabama. Designed by Chicago architect Adolphus Druiding, the Victorian Gothic-style brick building was completed as a parish church in 1893.
St. Paul’s was originally a parish church of the Archdiocese of Mobile, later the Archdiocese of Mobile-Birmingham, with St. Paul’s becoming a Co-Cathedral. On December 9, 1969 the Holy See erected the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama from territory that previously was part of the Archdiocese, and designated St. Paul’s as the Cathedral Church of the new Diocese. Bishop Joseph Vath was the first Bishop and served until his death in 1987 (his grave is located in the Cathedral courtyard). He was succeeded by Bishop Raymond Boland (1988-1993), for whom there is a marker next to Bishop Vath’s grave.
The Bishop’s cathedra (or throne) is located in the sanctuary on the left side. It is surmounted by his coat of arms and only he may use this chair, which he does whenever presiding at a Cathedral liturgy.”
The Cathedral of St. Paul is a historic Episcopal cathedral located in the Five Points South neighborhood. It is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and is known for its beautiful architecture and rich religious history.
The construction of the Cathedral of St. Paul began in 1890 and was completed in 1893. It was designed by the renowned architect Richard Upjohn in the Gothic Revival style, which was popular for religious buildings during that era. The cathedral’s architecture features pointed arches, intricate stone carvings, and stained glass windows, which contribute to its grandeur.
The cathedral is constructed primarily of local Alabama limestone, giving it a distinctive appearance. Its soaring spires and intricate detailing make it one of the most visually striking landmarks in Birmingham.
The interior of the Cathedral of St. Paul is equally impressive. The nave is adorned with beautiful stained glass windows that depict biblical scenes and saints. The cathedral also features a stunning rose window, which is a large circular stained glass window located above the main entrance.
The Cathedral of St. Paul has a rich religious and community history. It has served as a place of worship, spiritual guidance, and community engagement for over a century. The cathedral hosts regular worship services, including Sunday services, as well as special ceremonies and events.
Today, the Cathedral of St. Paul continues to be a vibrant and active faith community. It offers various ministries, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives. The cathedral also hosts concerts, lectures, and art exhibitions, further contributing to the cultural life in this city.
The Cathedral of St. Paul stands as a testament to the city’s rich religious heritage and architectural legacy. Its majestic presence, notable history, and ongoing commitment to faith and community make it a significant landmark in the city.