Ellen Hunter NYC

Ellen Hunter, designer and creator of Ellen Hunter NYC, specializes in unique one-of-a-kind hair accessories. Reminiscent of ancient Greece, the flexible wreathes, combs, and headbands have become celebrity and fashionista favorites across the globe. Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Nicole Richie, and Nicky Hilton have all been spotted featuring pieces from the collection. Several of our brides here at Arden Photography have displayed the designs as they walked down the aisle.

Ellen Hunter got her start close to our home here, at the University of Alabama where she studied apparel design. She began creating the pieces in her dorm room for friends and family. Upon graduating, Ellen moved to Manhattan to work in the fashion and wedding industry at Nicole Miller. “While I loved what I was doing there, I still felt the need to create,” comments Hunter. She struck out on her own, and Ellen Hunter NYC was born.

Her company has since expanded, and will be offering new products in 2015 featuring jewelry, beaded sashes, and belts. Ellen’s passion of working with clients to create unique and meaningful pieces is on going. She can be spotted at the prestigious retailers where her product is launched in stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Kleinfeld Bridal, and Gus Mayer where we caught up with her to try on the exclusive pieces for ourselves. 

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Ellen gave us a one-on-one demonstration and tutorial on how to style her Mollie combs, personal favorites of ours! 

After seeing all the quick and easy ways to style these combs, I had to get them!

Be sure to check out her website www.ellenhunternyc.com - they make for beautiful Christmas gifts or as an addition to your New Year's party dress!

Endearing Smiles | Arden Photography 2018

2017 was an exciting year for Arden Photography! We photographed many weddings at multiple locations, but there is no doubt we are thrilled to be heading into 2018 with Blake Jefferson and his finance Katie Merkl! Their wedding will be in October of this year and we can't wait to be a part of their big day. The couples intimate engagement session was filled with endearing smiles and loving embraces. Just seeing the visible romance between the two makes us want to snuggle up and enjoy a relaxing evening with the ones we love. We are so excited to be heading into 2018 with such fun and warm hearted couples! 

Happy Tuesday and be sure to stick with us through 2018 so you don't miss out on the chance to see what beautiful moments this year has to offer! 

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The Best Of | Arden Photography 2017 | Bridesmaids

When the big day finally comes and everything is falling into place, it is reassuring to know that there is a loving group of bridesmaids there to wipe away any tears that you may have and make you smile until your cheeks are sore. At Arden Photography 2017 was filled with smiling faces and new beginnings but we know there is nothing like the times shared between close friends. Our Best Of 2017 Bridesmaids showcases groups large and small gathering together to celebrate new chapters and reminiscing on cherished past times. We hope you will check back with us soon for Arden Photography's next Best Of 2017 post! Share with us a comment about a memory you share with your bridesmaids! 


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Best Of | Arden Photography 2017 | Shoes

We may be heading into the second month of 2018, but we are still in love with 2017's shoes! Take a peek at Arden Photography's best of 2017 shoes! We love a good pair of decked out sneakers, but you can never go wrong with a glamorous pair of classic high heels. You are sure to find some inspiration from these stylish picks to walk you down the aisle on your big day. Be sure to stay with us for more of our 2017 Best Of posts. 

Like Marilyn Monroe said, "Give a girl the right pair of shoes, and she can conquer the world." We hope you enjoy our top selections; let us know which pair, or pairs caught your eye in the comments! 

Take it from Christian Louboutin, "I would say that a good shoe is exactly like a good wine. These shoes are going to stay and last for a long time."

Take it from Christian Louboutin, "I would say that a good shoe is exactly like a good wine. These shoes are going to stay and last for a long time."

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The Best Of | Arden Photography 2017 | First Dance

Whether your first dance as newly weds is slow and romantic or you're breaking it down on the dance floor, it is a memory that will last a life time. We wanted to share some of our top picks from our 2017 weddings. Take a moment to check out our best of first dance photos. At Arden Photography we see many first dances but these are sure to melt your heart and sweep you off your feet.  Also be sure to check back in for our next 2017 best of post coming soon! If you see something you like, please share it with us in the comment section. 

Happy February and may 2018 be filled with sweet memories and great dance moves!


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Happy One Year Wedding Anniversary EMMA & JOEL! | Arden Photography

I would like to wish my sweet sister and her husband a very Happy Anniversary. We photograph a variety of beautiful weddings but I have had the privilege to not only photograph my little sister's wedding but also to help plan her big day. 

Emma and Joel were married Jan 28, 2017 in North Carolina. Emma was ahead of the Pantone color palette and selected "ultra violet" for her 2017 wedding before the color scheme was announced as the Pantone color of 2018. Emma's wedding dress was from one of our favorite wedding dress shops in Birmingham, Carriage House Weddings.

Cheers to the two of you and may 2018 be as fun and exciting as your wedding day!

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The Best Of | Arden Photography 2017 | Wedding Cakes

2017 was one of our best years! At Arden Photography we photographed many weddings and in lots of locations. As many of you have heard usually straight from my mouth, "I'm a cake connoisseur". Over the 19 and 1/2 years I've been photographing weddings I have tried countless wedding cake slices, in 2014 I stopped counting at 1600 slices. My favorite for years was vanilla buttercream but, for the last five years or more I have turned to all chocolate. 

Take a look at Arden Photography's best of 2017 cakes. We will do a "best of" category every week in Jan and Feb. Be sure to stop by for weekly inspiration. If you would like to see something in particular please leave a comment. Southern weddings are known for great hospitality but all Southern Weddings have an amazing cake, we certainly know how to feed our guests. 

Happy New Year! We are glad to be back in the office after a chilly Christmas and holiday season in general.

I think 2017's most popular cake was the deconstructed cake! What do you think?

I think 2017's most popular cake was the deconstructed cake! What do you think?


A good wedding has a great reception. After a day filled with laughter and love and to dance with your closest friends and one does just that a reception. It's a party to celebrate the bride and groom but it is also a time celebrate everyone around them. The couple is surrounded by their closest friends and family so it's no wonder why receptions are so fun. A lot can happen at a reception and we were glad we caught some amazing moments and moments where everyone was on their feet and dancing with the couple. 


The Accessoires

Every bride has their own unique flare that they put on their dress. It could be small things like a simple necklace or they can be very ornate pieces that add to the dress. Rings, bracelets, the shoes, they all come together to complete the look and make the bride feel beautiful. Some brides make their accessories personal and add trinkets of their late family members which makes the day only that much special.

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The Reveal

Weddings can be very emotional. However you are connected to the bride or groom, it can be emotional watching someone you care about make a vow to the person they love for the rest of their lives. A beautiful moment that never astounds us is the reveal of the bride in her dress. It could be her parents first time seeing their daughter in the dress or it would be the groom taking a first look at his bride; either moment is still magical. Tear of joy and surprise are a common theme when they take their first look and it has been an honor to capture yet another precious moment in their lives. 

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Like Father Like Daughter

Fathers do a lot for their daughters. They help raise us, they protect us and they teach us. Daughters, from the day that they are born, have their father wrapped around their small fingers and it is a beautiful relationship. The father holds an important role in the daughter's life so it's only natural that the father gets to walk the bride down the aisle to another man who will protect her. Fathers are their daughter strong rock through the ups and the down, he is there for her so today we would like to honor the many fathers who have been their for their daughters. 



It's The Shoes

Shoes are a wonderful accessory that often gets glanced over. They give the bride stability as she walks down the aisle but who says stability can't be stylish? Brides who wear long dresses may not be able to show off their stylish choice but they know that they are wearing some amazing heels. Some brides add a little extra detail to their shoes or they prefer to go with a more subtle look and brides could go with either heels or flats but what ever the choice we cannot get enough of our brides shoes! They love wearing them and we love showing them. Never underestimate a good pair of shoes!


Bridesmaids' Dresses

Everyone understands the importance for the bride to find her dress but another thing the bride must do is pick out the dress or dresses that her bridesmaids will wear. If she has many bridesmaids then she needs to pick a color, style and length that fit all of the girls. It can be a hassle to pick that right dress. Most weddings have a color scheme and keeping to that color scheme can prove difficult when you have different skin tones. The bride knows what she wants and her bridesmaid are with her every step of the way and they get to wear gorgeous dresses! Whether the bridesmaids wear the same dress or completely different dresses from the next girl, they all look radiant because the bride knows best!


The Styling

The perfect hairstyle is hard to come by. Stylist have to take into account their hair texture and length to get that perfect braid or twist for the bride. The hair finishes off the overall look and beauty of the bride and that hair needs to stay well in place for the pictures, the ceremony and the reception afterwards. It's a wonder how stylist do it but we all know that a few pins can go a long way. The hair may look soft and flawless but we girls know the amount of hairspray that went into that hair and we know for sure that it is not moving anytime soon. If the hair is finished and looking flawless the bride can now slip into her lovely wedding dress with a care because she knows her hair looks amazing!


Boys and Their Boutonnieres

No tux is complete without the Boutonniere! They're beautiful, little flowers that add just a small dash of beauty to the men's suits. They can be subtle or they can be loud, either way we enjoy the lovely little things. 

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Have Some Fun

Weddings are beautiful and a beautiful celebration for two people starting out on a grand journey together. Truthfully, weddings can be a bit hectic while planning and creating such a tremendous  moment so we at Arden Photography try to keep everyone laughing on a day that will be forever remembered. Here are some highlights of the best bloopers of our weddings!

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It's the Little Things

There is a lot that goes into creating a wedding. We like to slow down and enjoy the little things that happen. One small thing that means a tremendous amount is when the bride and groom exchange gifts or letters. The love they have for each other are represented by the carefully thought out words on the page or the meaningful gift that they pick out for each other. Whichever they do we love capturing the tender moment between the loving couple.

All Mighty Mother

Mothers do a lot. They're the strongest, kindest and most dedicated people we know. She goes through thick in thin for her daughter or son so it is only natural that the mother gets a special role during a wedding. We would like to thank all the mothers of the brides and grooms out there who do anything and everything for their child. 

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A Man's Best Friend

We love our brides and we love their dresses but we also love the accessories that each bride adds to their dress. Every bride adds a little something whether it be a momento from a parent or grandparent, a gift from the groom, or a beautiful piece of jewelry they found that completed the dress. What ever the reason we still love every bit of it. 

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Flower Girls and Ring Bearers

If you are like us then you have a soft spot for the little ones. We can't help but love them! Flower girls and the ring bearers are the cutest thing and we just want to share the adorable faces so everyone can have a little smile.

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