How To: Wedding Vows | Arden Photography

Probably coming in second of importance after saying, “I do,” wedding vows should be made a priority to create the perfect beginning of a life together with your partner. They should be personal, yet easily understood. Sophisticated, yet light-hearted. Realistic, yet present the dream you're willing to offer to your love. Wedding vows should be a balanced proclamation of your uniting love and forever future, but if you need a little nudge to help get you on track, here are a few tips to get your William Shakespeare on.

  • Punctuality

    • Start early, and don’t wait till the last minute. Vows are meant to be personal and created with care.

  • Talk to your partner

    • Establish a tone, structure, and word limit so that no one is being taken too seriously or not seriously enough and so that they don’t last for more than a couple of minutes.

  • Reminisce

    • Think back on memories you have with your partner, the good and bad, to appreciate where you came from and how you have evolved into who you are now.

    • Look back at old pictures, trinkets, and experiences to become inspired and possibly include in the anecdotal portion of your vows.

    • Avoid anything too personal, embarrassing, or cryptic. Your vows should be unique, but they should also be understandable to your audience.

  • Unsure of where to start or how to get out of writer’s block?

    • Make a list. This way you’ll be able to stream-of-consciousness write, convert those words into sentences, and then simplify and edit out anything unnecessary.

    • Look at other couple’s vows to get ideas and to reignite your inspiration.

    • Simply take a break. Sometimes we overthink too much and don’t allow ourselves the opportunity to enjoy the experience of celebrating our partners through our vows. Take a step back, breathe, and resume when you feel the time is right.

  • Promises

    • Come up with several you can make to your spouse that you know you can keep and our realistic.

    • Avoid anything too cliché.

  • Editing

    • Have someone you trust to read over your vows to make sure that they make sense and are easily listened to.

    • Simplify. We all want our vows to be perfect, but perfect does not equate to longwinded. Save intense proclamations for a private time to make it more personal.

    • Practice makes perfect. Practicing out loud will help you avoid any slip-ups and helps you understand how the audience will process your words.

    • Make a clean copy for yourself.

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Five Ways to be a Good Bridesmaid | Arden Photography

  • Pay attention

    • Listen: The less times something has to be repeated the more laidback the experience is.

    • Body language: If someone, or, more importantly, the bride looks uncomfortable automatically see what can be done to take away any negative feelings.

    • Offer help if someone appears they are struggling.

  • Be a team player

    • Not everyone in the bridal party may get along, but it’s your job to be civil. The bride wanted you and everyone else to be specifically involved for her special day, so put aside any hostility.

    • Be open-minded and understanding toward other’s special needs and personalities.

    • All bridesmaids should have a basic understanding and leniency of catering toward the bride’s needs and requests.

  • Don’t share every opinion

    • When asked for, answer honestly but respectfully. Remember that although something may not be up to your standard, each wedding is individualized and unique to a couple, and they should be the ones happy with the outcome.

  • Plan bachelorette party accordingly

    • Time can get away from the bride and her bridal party when planning for the big day. Make sure to take time to sit down and converse about date, location, and budget so that everyone can experience some fun R&R before the b ig day.

  • Set boundaries

    • Sometimes requests and needs may be completely out of your control. If the bride gets upset or is asking for a lot of your time, respectfully address it and designate when you can be available. It’s okay to confront possible conflict before it gets too out of hand.

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Exiting in Style | Arden Photography

It’s down to the final minutes of your wedding festivities, but there’s still ONE more hurtle before being full-fledged, independent newlyweds… the exit. There are many takes on exiting the reception and that primarily depends on venue rules and regulations and the overall theme of your wedding. So, whether you want to be showered in luxurious rose petals or be picking glitter confetti out of your hair for the next month, here’s some creative exits depending on your personality and theme.

  • Classic

    • Flower Petals

    • Dried Lavender

    • Vintage Car Getaway

    • Rice

    • Candles

  • Fun

    • Glow Sticks

    • Confetti (check for eco-friendly)

    • Feathers

    • Paper Airplanes

    • Flags

    • Light Sticks

    • Ribbon Wands

    • Streamers

    • Balloons

  • Glamourous

    • Feathers

    • Rose Petals

    • Sports Car Getaway

Quick Note: Be sure to check in with your venue to see what is allowed or not allowed for send-offs.

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Five Ways to be a Good Wedding Guest | Arden Photography

  • RSVP

    • ASAP: This will give the couple/planner time to plan accordingly to guest influx.

    • “Officially”: Usually on invitations there is information to RSVP officially so that you don’t keep the bride and groom on their toes with a simple verbal response.

  • Be positive

    • Avoid comparing and criticizing details: Each couple’s wedding is individual and unique to their own preferences. Save your opinions for your special day.

    • Share your excitement: Ultimately, the. couple wants you to be just as excited as you are about their long awaited day. If you’re excited, let them know you’re having a great time.

    • Mingle: Get to know those around you, and make friends and connections.

    • Offer to help: If you see someone or something not going as planned, offer to aid in making things go smoother… but, only if you mean it.

    • Be present: Weddings are meant to celebrate the happiness and love caused by the unity of two individuals, so celebrate… don’t worry about trivial conflict that can wait for another day.

  • Check before you ask

    • Plus-one: Unless if other wise stated, don’t bring a plus-one that may or may not be welcome.

    • Don’t assume children are welcome: Sometimes children cause distractions, and sometimes that’s unwanted during a wedding ceremony. Make sure children are allowed and plan accordingly.

    • Dress: Dress for the occasion. Most of the time the invitation will state dress code ( if anything, it’s always better to dress up then dress under).

  • Bring a gift

    • Registry: Check the couple’s registry so that you are gifting something that they need and will use.

    • Mail: Consider mailing your gift so that the couple doesn’t have to worry about gathering up and possibly misplacing your gift.

    • Card: Can’t/don’t want to bring a gift? Consider giving a card to show your appreciation toward the invite.

  • Be considerate

    • Venue: Understand and follow the rules of the venue. The owners put a lot of effort to maintain their venue, and they don’t want to cause conflict by getting onto a guest that isn’t respecting their property.

    • Arrive on time: Be punctual. There is a designated time for a reason. Don’t interrupt something important.

    • Drink responsibly: Look, we all want to have fun and enjoy ourselves, but it also needs to be taken in moderation. Don’t cause other guests to be uncomfortable.

    • Silence your phone: One of the worst things would be for your phone to go off during an important speech or during vows… don’t be that person.

    • Talking during ceremony: Most ceremonies last between 30-45 minutes, allow the couple to take in everything without mindless chatter in the background.

    • Food allergies: If you have specific allergies, let the couple/planner know so that they can plan accordingly.

    • Respect the photographer: We all want to document this special day for our own memories, but it is very important for the hired photographer to be the front-runner in capturing the couple’s special moments. We want the newlyweds to have quality content to reminisce over.

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How to Pack for Your Honeymoon | Arden Photography

Don’t get me wrong, your wedding day is DEFINITELY something to look forward to and enjoy, yet the (hopefully) slight stress and nerves that culminates into one day can pass by like a blur if you don’t take care to breathe it all in. Receptions usually do the job of loosening everyone up after a long day of hair and makeup, photos, tending to guests, you know… the works, BUT, where you FINALLY get to relax is during your honeymoon. One on one time with your new partner in life is high on the list of priorities after months of planning and waiting to officially call each other yours.

So, for that much deserved R&R, I’ve culminated a list of how to efficiently pack for your honeymoon, no matter the location. It’s much better to be over prepared than to be franticing last minute during an experience where you should be able to slow down and focus on your significant other.

Must-Haves/Carry-On

  • Airline tickets/e-ticket confirmations

  • Passport, visas, driver's license

  • Credit cards 

  • Reservation confirmations

  • Important phone numbers

  • Copies of the above

  • Prescription medicine/Aspirin/Ibuprofen/Tavel-sickness pills

  • Contraception 

  • ID tags for luggage

  • Camera

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Small bag of makeup

  • Brush 

  • Valuable jewelry

  • In-flight reading

  • Light sweater

  • 1 change of clothing

  • Travel pillow/blanket

  • Sewing kit

  • Headphones 

  • Chargers for electric devices

Her Checked Bag

  • 2 pairs of pants/jeans/leggings

  • 1 light jacket/pullover

  • 2-3 skirts/dresses 

  • 1 cardigan

  • 4 casual shirts 

  • 2 blouses

  • 2 pairs shorts {warm destinations}

  • Swimsuit {if appropriate for destination}

  • 1 swimsuit cover-up

  • 2-3 pairs of sneakers/sandals/heels

  • Evening wrap/jacket

  • 1 evening purse/clutch

  • Socks, underwear, & bras + extras {dependent on length of trip}

  • Accessories

  • Lingerie

His Checked Bag

  • 2-3 pairs jeans/khakis/slacks

  • 1 light jacket/pullover

  • 4 casual shirts

  • 2 pairs shorts {warm destinations}

  • 2 button-down short-sleeve shirts

  • 1 sports jacket

  • Swimsuit {if appropriate for destination}

  • 2-3 pairs of sneakers/sandals

  • Socks/underwear + extras {dependent on length of trip}

Essentials/Toiletries

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen/lip balm

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun hat/baseball cap

  • Band-Aids

  • Tampons/pads

  • Tote bag

  • Electrical converter/adapter

  • Makeup remover/face cleanser/soap

  • Cotton balls/swabs

  • Hair gel/spray

  • Nail file/clippers

  • Shaving cream

  • Razors

  • Contact lenses, re-wetting solution, & storage case

  • Hair accessories

Optional 

  • Shampoo/conditioner

  • Body lotion

  • Hair dryer

Tropical Add-ons

  • Aloe vera/after-sun cream

  • Beach bag

  • Sun hat

  • Flip-flops

  • Water shoes

Cold Add-ons

  • Waterproof ski pants & jacket/snowsuit

  • Heavy sweaters

  • Underlayers

  • Gloves/mittens

  • Warm hat/headband

  • Scarf

  • Goggles

  • Skis, poles, ski boots

  • Waterproof socks

  • Hand & foot warmers

  • Waterproof boots

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

  1. California

  2. Fiji

  3. Paris

  4. Walt Disney World

  5. Bali

  6. Italy

  7. Japan

  8. Bora Bora

  9. Greece

  10. Hawaii

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Fave Birmingham Eats 2019 | Arden Photography

Botegga

Go-To Meal: Beef Carpaccio

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Chez Fon Fon

Go-To Meal: Trout Almondine

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Gianmarcos

Go-To Meal: Fiocci

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Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Go-To Meal: BBQ Pork Sandwich with Coleslaw

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Big Bad Breakfast

Go-To Meal: Pancakes

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Ocean

Go-To Meal: Lobster Pot Pie

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Chezlulu

Go-To Meal: Crepes

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Taco Mama

Go-To Meal: Chicken Quesadilla

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Automatic Seafood

Go-To Meal: Oysters

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Steel City Pops

Go-To Meal: Chocolate



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Hot and Hot Fish Club 

Go-To Meal: Pan-Seared Scallops

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Flat Lay Build, Workshop, & Styled Shoot Deal | August 21-22, 2019 | Arden Photography

The flat lay build/workshop and styled shoot sessions can be purchased individually, or you can get 10% off of your purchase if you book both days collectively! On August 21st you will create your very own styling mat and backdrop that will be custom painted by YOU! We will work on canvases in the a.m., and then during lunch we will chat about photography and its creative processes. After lunch, we will design flat lays to photograph, as well as discussing appropriate compositional choices and lighting of flat lays and still-lifes. I will also be giving you a list of my go-to details to photograph during weddings!

The following day, August 22nd, you will shoot alongside myself and CeCe Todd, owner of CeCe Designs, on a styled shoot to make an impressive presence in your portfolio! This opportunity includes photographing a reception tablescape, wedding setup, and our very own ceremony with a model bride. Also, bring five of your favorite images for an art critique during lunch so that we can learn about our individual styles as well as evolving into better artists. CeCe will also be guests speaking during lunch.

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SoFlo Bridal Shopping Guide | Arden Photography

Bridal Couture Palm Beach

  • Dresses

    • Bridesmaid, Flower Girl, Wedding

  • Services

    • Alterations, Dry Cleaning & Preservation, Plus Size, Private Appointments

  • Gown Collections

    • Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Chic Parisien

  • Dresses

    • Flower Girl, Mother of the Bride, Wedding

  • Services

    • Alterations

  • Gown Collections

    • BLISS Monique Lhuillier

    • Hayley Paige

    • Ines Di Santo

    • Lazaro

    • Romona Keveza

    • LIANCARLO

    • Monique Lhuillier

Ever After

  • Dresses

    • Mother of the Bride, Wedding

  • Services

    • Alterations, Bridal Stylists, Private Appointments

Bridal Solutions

  • Dresses

    • Mother of the Bride, Wedding

  • Services

    • Alterations, Bridal Stylists, Custom Designs, Dry Cleaning & Preservation, Plus Size, Private Appointments

  • Gown Collections

    • Alyne by Rita Vinieris

    • Anna Maier

    • Azul by Liancarlo

    • BLISS Monique Lhuillier

    • Erin Cole

    • Ines Di Santo

    • Lela Rose Bridesmaids

    • Lela Rose Wedding Collection

    • LIVNE WHITE

    • Lo’ Adoro

    • Netta BenShabu

    • Reem Acra

    • Rivini by Rita Vinieris

    • Suzanne Neville

    • Tara Lauren

Bergdorf Goodman

  • Dresses

    • Wedding

  • Services

    • Accessories & Makeup, Personal Styling, Salon, Personalized Stationary

  • Gown Collections

    • Ines Di Santo

    • J. Mendel

    • Jenny Packham

    • Marchesa

    • Monique Lhuillier

    • Naeem Khan

    • Oscar de la Renta

    • Reem Acra

    • Ulla Maija

    • Vera Wang

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Best Wedding Dresses for Palm Beach 2019 | Arden Photography

Berta

If you like:

  • Whimsical

  • See-through

  • Ethereal

Style 20-17

Style 20-17

Style 20-03

Style 20-03

Elie Saab

If you like:

  • Elegant

  • Classic

  • Timeless

Look 15

Look 15

Look 7

Look 7

Galia Lahav

If you like:

  • Glam

  • Avant-Garde

  • Unique

Arden

Arden

Amaya

Amaya

Ines Di Santo

If you like:

  • Simple

  • Clean

  • Classic

Finch

Finch

Robin

Robin

Jenny Packham

If you like:

  • Classic

  • Simple

  • Whimsical

Rosa

Rosa

Angelica

Angelica

Lela Rose

If you like:

  • Elegant

  • Sophisticated

  • Graceful

The Inlet

The Inlet

The Ashton

The Ashton

Marchesa

If you like:

  • Delicate

  • Unique

  • Eccentric

Robin

Robin

Haven

Haven

Naeem Khan

If you like:

  • Glam

  • Old Hollywood

  • Sexy

Hollywood

Hollywood

Virginia

Virginia

Paolo Sebastian

If you like:

  • Sexy

  • Unique

  • High Fashion

PS-SS19-4

PS-SS19-4

PS-SS19-5

PS-SS19-5

Vera Wang

If you like:

  • Unconventional

  • Haute Couture

  • Unique

Ceres

Ceres

Camellia

Camellia

Zuhair Murad

If you like:

  • Lace

  • Extravagant

  • Glam

Look 11

Look 11

Look 8

Look 8

Livne White

If you like:

  • Classic

  • Bohemian

  • Chic

Kylie

Kylie

Shannon

Shannon

Arden's 12 Artists to Watch | Arden Photography

  • Sarah Soule Webb

    • Sarah Soule Webb is a Pensacola native but is currently located in Birmingham, Alabama. Her art work is described as “photo-surrealistic” paintings of the coastal environment. Much of her pieces feature graphic depictions of how light interacts with water “evoking a dreamlike experience.”

    • If you are all for supporting local artists and you also have a love for tropical sentimentality, Sarah’s pieces are exactly what you need for a current or growing collection. They will be sure to liven up any display with their graphic quality.

“Baptismal Font”

“Baptismal Font”

  • Suzy Spence

    • Suzy Spence’s work largely consists of painterly depictions of women haphazardly painted in close quarters to the viewer or in monumental scale. The viewer is mostly faced with portraits decorated with a dead-pan stare that would stop any one in their tracks.

    • A show-stopper for sure, Spence’s pieces cater to those who enjoy the more abstract ambiance of the painting community and those who will want their guests entranced and curious about their peculiarity.

“Widow VII (Bowler)”

“Widow VII (Bowler)”

  • Vincent Xeus

    • Vincent Xeus vacillates between figuration and abstraction in his pieces while simultaneously challenging traditional art practices with contemporary ideologies.

    • Xeus’s works are likened by those with an affinity toward history and how the past adjusts our perceptions of the future.

“Bite the Apple”

“Bite the Apple”

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  • Liz Lane

    • Liz Lane is a Birmingham native and current local. She paints an array of subjects including fashion, florals, landscapes, figures, and abstraction with watercolors, oils, and just about any medium that’s within her grasp.

    • If you are one for the abstract genre, Lane’s pieces are inspired by color, line, and depth to achieve the perfect sense of order and chaos.

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“conversations in yellow”

  • Tony Hernandez

    • My interest for encaustic paintings brings me to this next talented creative, Tony Hernandez. His art features simple, yet conceptually challenging subject matter with no clear agenda of the figuration being depicted yet leaving an impressionable impact on the viewer.

    • His works are definitely for those that find pleasure in simplicity and delicacy with no distinct prophetic message, and those that appreciate the work, toil, and uniqueness that goes into creating encaustic pieces.

“Girl”

“Girl”

  • Charlie Mackesy

    • Charlie Mackesy is a multimedia artist with talents in drawing, painting, sculpture, and lithographs. His works are open and loose with reoccurring themes of the jazz scene and heavenly bodies. Amongst those redundancies are random narratives of everyday life and thoughts.

    • ‘Personal’ is the word I think of when describing Mackesy’s art. Anyone who appreciates a clear motif of self-discovery will surely enjoy how he has analyzed the world around him and how that has effected his work.

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  • Arthur Price

    • Also an Alabama native, Arthur Price studies past and present myths of different cultures. His work is created on un-stretched canvases that are stained with muted, monochromatic washes to create abstract, figural beings that emerge from the process.

    • If you enjoy nature and its unpredictable forces, Arthur’s work is meant to deliver a harmonious balance between the order and chaos presented by the rejuvinational qualities of nature.

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  • Kurt Pio

    • Kurt Pio is an artist currently residing in Cape Town, South Africa. What initially drew me to his artistic style is his ability to move between artistic genres so easily. From graphic, hyperrealism to abstract lines to loosely painted portraits, his artistic identity is constantly something that keeps you on your toes.

    • If you’re in search of someone that gives you a little bit of everything, Pio is the artist for you. With his latest hit of painting monumentally-sized gemstones that look so tangible you could walk straight into one of their sharp edges to his splatter-painted wine and champagne bottle paintings, the graphic nature of his art serves the purpose of grabbing your attention and wildly holding onto it.

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  • David Yarrow

    • Yarrow is a primarily monochromatic photographer of the natural world. His work is clean, classic, and conveys its intended message with sharp clarity.

    • Not only is Yarrow an extremely talented photographer, he is also an ambassador for several wildlife/environmental foundations. His love for nature is endearing and showcases his intellect toward the preservation of our natural world. I think his work is perfect for large format printing and is a welcomed addition to any sophisticated collection.

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  • William McLure

    • McClure resides in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an interior designer as well as a self-employed artist with a drawing and painting style that can flip on a dime from realism to abstraction and back again.

    • Already with an acute awareness of how a space can harmoniously be set up and decorated, McClure’s pieces accent and accentuate the environment it is placed within. William’s work is so hot on the market you will have to get on his list.

“The Crying Game”

“The Crying Game”

  • Cathleen Naundorf

    • Naundorf is an art director and world-renowned photographer well-known for her haute couture photography. She primarily works in negative film and polaroid cameras.

    • If you have a love and appreciation for the art of fashion, old-style photographic technology, and classic elegance, look no further. Her contrasted images depict narrative utilizations of ornate garments on ethereal models.

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  • Ellen von Unwerth

    • Ellen is a photographer and director with a specialization in the feminine erotic.She creates fashion, editorial, and advertising photographs with a feminist approach to make all of the women she photographs to feel beautiful and powerful.

    • Unwerth’s photography is raw, real, and powerful with the desire to make every one of her subject’s feel self-assured and sexy. She primarily photographs celebrities in a graphic and unfiltered-esque fashion.

Kali & Keaton Styled Shoot Sneak Peek | July 2, 2019 | Arden Photography

Here’s a sneak peek of the styled wedding shoot I did with Kali and Keaton in early July. We started off at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens to take advantage of the beautiful summer blooms that were on display, and then we ended at William’s mother’s lovely home to finish off the day. What’s even better is that my models are an actual couple, their chemistry is undeniable in the precious moments I captured!

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Tips for Getting Your BEST Wedding Day Photos | Arden Photography

If you’re a soon-to-be bride or a newlywed you know how much time and effort goes into wedding preparation. One of the many things that is or has been on your mind is: photos. Photography is the one of the only mediums that will allow you to reminisce and visually share this special day of yours, so on the day of your wedding the last thing you want to overthink is how your pictures are going to turn out. Below are a few tips to consider when preparing for your wedding celebration to ensure that your pictures look like they came straight out of a page in a magazine.

  • 3-6 months before:

    • Diet and Exercise Regimen: If you feel you need to get “more in shape” before your wedding, allow yourself ample time to adjust to a healthy, regulated lifestyle. Don’t rush this process, as long as you feel your very best on your wedding day, that’s all that matters.

    • Schedule: Finalize a wedding day schedule so that everyone including the wedding planner, hair and makeup team, photographer, florist, and vendors are all on the same page. This will keep the day going smoothly without any hiccups.

    • Know Your Angles: Being comfortable in front of the camera is a MUST when aspiring to have amazing pictures. We ALL have a side we favor when taking pictures. Make this known to the photographer so they know to photograph you in a way that makes you feel confident. It’s also not a bad idea to practice taking photos to learn what poses flatters you best.

    • Hair and Makeup: If you're hiring a hair and makeup artist, utilize the months leading up to your wedding to do a trial run. Not only will this ensure that you love how you will look on your special day, but you can also plan to get your engagement session done after being glammed up to knock several things off of you to-do list.

  • 1-2 months before:

    • Hair: Get your hair trimmed and colored a couple months leading up to your wedding. This will make sure that your hair looks fresh and healthy on your wedding day, and it will also ensure that if any mishaps occur that you can get it fixed in plenty of time,

    • Teeth: Just face it, you will be smiling A LOT on your wedding day which makes having pearly whites an essential! Go to your dentist or purchase whitening strips to keep your smile bright and fresh.

    • Facial: Getting a facial done will allow your skin to be smooth, clear, and refreshed in your photos. Giving enough time in between your facial session and the photographs is a must, though. This allows time for any possible reactions or flare-ups.

    • Special Picture Requests: By this point, you should have a pretty good idea of how your wedding day schedule will encompass your picture spots. Have some good ideas in mind? We want to know! Set the expectation for us because we want your visual memories to be unique and personal to you!

  • The week of:

    • Manicure: Having your nails nice and neat ensures those desired ring shots are satisfactory and on point!

    • Ring Cleaning: We want your ring to shine on your hand and in your pictures. You’ll take everyone’s breath away with a fresh, shiny ring.

    • Wax/Shave: Wax and shave any unwanted hair from your body. We have professional cameras for a reason: to pick up EVERY detail. Don’t want it in your photos? Get rid of it.

    • Don’t Pick: What could I possibly mean by this? You’ve been planning your wedding for awhile now and have picked or assisted in picking out everything. What I mean is: don’t pick your face. Plain and simple. Makeup artists are there for a reason, and swollen faces should not be a prerogative. If you have a flare up try a trusted topical treatment you’ve been using, ice it, or stay away from mirrors to avoid the compulsion.

  • Night before/Day of:

    • Sleep: It’s hard. Excitement and nerves are coursing through your body, but a good night’s rest (7-8 hours) will keep the dark circles, stress, and exhaustion from creeping in.

    • Hydrate/Snack: So many brides forget to stay hydrated and eat on their wedding day. Whether that be from pure forgetfulness or refusing to do so, it is SO important to drink water and eat to avoid headaches, nausea, or even passing out. We want you to stay happy and healthy on your special day!

    • Take a Peek: Unsure of how pictures are turning out or out of pure curiosity, if you want to take a look at what we’re capturing, it’s okay to ask ever so often.

    • Timeliness: Make sure to stick to the planned schedule. We don’t want you to feel rushed and we also want to be able to capture everything we and yourself had planned.

During getting ready moments make sure you’re happy with the final outcome of your hair and makeup and take time to sip on your preferred beverage and grab a snack.

During getting ready moments make sure you’re happy with the final outcome of your hair and makeup and take time to sip on your preferred beverage and grab a snack.

Angles. Are. Everything. Look at how beautiful these brides are! Their posing is so elegant and flattering.

Angles. Are. Everything. Look at how beautiful these brides are! Their posing is so elegant and flattering.

Special picture requests can include anything from special loved one group shots to fur baby photo-ops. Also, take a look at how beautiful these rings are! A cleaning goes a LONG way in photos.

Special picture requests can include anything from special loved one group shots to fur baby photo-ops. Also, take a look at how beautiful these rings are! A cleaning goes a LONG way in photos.

What to Consider for Your Wedding Day: Special Picture Requests | Arden Photography

More often than not, couples depend on their photographer’s expertise when picture time comes around on their wedding day. Poses, who’s photographed with who, location, and time of day are a few of the many things photographers take into consideration when directing their photographs to make sure that the day goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

But what happens when you trust your photographer’s routine, yet you want to make sure they capture a specific moment during your special day? You ask, of course. Special picture requests are not uncommon, and they are also a way to give your wedding memories a unique and personable vibe.

Now you’re probably wondering, “What could be considered a special picture request?”

Well, as mentioned earlier, most photographers have a routine or timeline they follow for weddings. Getting ready photos; pre-ceremony photos that include the first look (if you’re into that), bridal party, groom’s party, and immediate family pictures; ceremony photos; post-ceremony photos if you didn’t do a first look (or just want more couple portraits) that can also include friend and family group shots; and, lastly, reception photos.

Photographers usually do the basics of formal posing of the bride and groom while incorporating family and friends to record who was a part of the celebration, as well as detail shots of the floral arrangements, invitations, food, jewelry… you know, the works.

If you have something in mind that doesn’t fall into the realm of the aforementioned categories, that's when you request for a special picture.

Examples of special picture requests are listed below to give you an idea of what might take your wedding photographs to the next level; and as said earlier, if it’s not mentioned… just ask. We want to make your day as special as you have always dreamed it to be.

  • A location that the photographer and you didn’t previously discuss

  • Personal trinkets

  • Family Memories, photos of grandparents

  • Specific poses

    • Silly, high-fashion, meaningful, etc.

  • Specific people

    • Those that might fall outside of immediate/close family and the bridal/groom’s party

  • A specific act

    • Usually asked when the act is outside of “normal” wedding routine

  • A specific setting

    • Sunsets, fireworks, snow, etc.

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What to Consider for Your Wedding Day: Weather | Arden Photography

We all know weather in Alabama is bipolar to the nth degree. So, here is a list of considerations you should make for your special day, whether in Bama or not, to make sure it remains special and stress-free.

  • Temperature

    • Hot, cold, in between, make sure you know the general whereabouts of where the temperature is going to be on your special day so that you can plan accordingly on beauty and attire.

    • Small, portable fans are a mindful consideration just in case you're stuck outside taking pictures in the heat.

    • Blankets and shawls on hand are also something to consider to walk around with during the cooler degrees.

  • Rain/Snow… any type of precipitation

    • Have a backup plan for possible rainouts. Most weddings are not events to postpone, so if having a tent readily available is an option, make sure you have them on speed-dial.

  • Hydration

    • It is SO important to stay hydrated during your wedding day. Regardless if it’s hot or cold outside, water will keep any medical issues from occurring and it will keep you feeling fresh all day.

  • H&MU

    • Hair and makeup can be a huge issue if there is imminent weather on the way. Make sure your styles are weather-appropriate, and even have a possible backup. There are many products that are on the market to keep you looking and feeling your best, just ask your stylist what they recommend.

    • Argan and morroccan oil can prevent and reduce frizz.

    • Setting spray and waterproof makeup can keep your face in place all day.

  • Attire

    • Make sure your attire is temperature-appropriate for the time of year your wedding is scheduled for. There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable for a day that you are supposed to remember fondly.

    • If you want a short-sleeve dress during cooler weather, maybe opt for a fur shawl to place over yourself during downtime. Plus, they make for beautiful, classy pictures.

  • Guests

    • If you know there is a significant weather change on your wedding day, make sure to let your guests know so they know how to dress accordingly and schedule how they will arrive easier. They’ll surely be thanking you for your consideration.

Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

Happy Wedding Anniversary to Abigail & Mathew | Arden Photography

Abigail and Mathew celebrated their sunflower-filled wedding at Windwood Equestrian on May 27, 2018 with Arden Photography. We want to extend a VERY happy one-year anniversary to this sweet couple. We hope that love continues to grow and shine light upon you. Cheers to many more!

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Happy Wedding Anniversary to Larkin & Garrett | Arden Photography

Might be a little early in my timing, but that won’t stop Arden Photography from wishing Larkin and Garrett a magical one-year anniversary. We hope that the past year has allowed your love to grow and flourish between the two of you. We, also, hope that your future is filled with continual reminders of why each of you chose to become one together. Happy anniversary!

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Happy Wedding Anniversary to Hollace & J.R. | Arden Photography

Happy ALMOST two-year anniversary! I had the immense joy of spending May 13, 2018 with this amiable couple on their warm, summer wedding day. Arden Photography sends lots of love and well wishes to you both on your day of wedding remembrance. Cheers to many more!

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Met Gala 2019 Recap | Best Dressed | Arden Photography

This year’s Met Gala “Camp: Notes on Fashion” was co-hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. If you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘camp’ it is defined as “an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value.” This means more was more, and the eclectic style choices our favorite celebs made gave us mixed emotions of awe, wonder, and down-right shock. From Disney-inspired chic to the guests doing their own rendition of their celebrity aspirations to Las Vegas showgirl to the nth degree, I was not disappointed with the “lewks” that graced the 2019 Met Gala’s highly-esteemed red-carpet staircase. In no apparent order, here’s a few of my by-far faves that showed up and showed out at Monday’s event.

Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture (inspired by Priscilla Presley)

Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture (inspired by Priscilla Presley)

Candace Swanepoel in Atelier Prabal Gurung

Candace Swanepoel in Atelier Prabal Gurung

Kendall Jenner in Versace

Kendall Jenner in Versace

Ciara in Peter Dundas (inspired by Diana Ross)

Ciara in Peter Dundas (inspired by Diana Ross)

Emily Ratajkowski in Peter Dundas (inspired by Cher)

Emily Ratajkowski in Peter Dundas (inspired by Cher)

Céline Dion in Oscar de la Renta and Fred Leighton jewelry

Céline Dion in Oscar de la Renta and Fred Leighton jewelry

Madelaine Petsch in Jean Paul Gaultier

Madelaine Petsch in Jean Paul Gaultier

Florence Welch in Gucci

Florence Welch in Gucci

Bella Hadid in Moschino

Bella Hadid in Moschino

Kacey Musgraves in Moschino (inspired by Barbie)

Kacey Musgraves in Moschino (inspired by Barbie)

Gemma Chan in Tom Ford wearing Forevermark jewelry

Gemma Chan in Tom Ford wearing Forevermark jewelry

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci