Maestro's Ball 2016: Arden Photography

We're always excited when this time of year comes around.  The Maestro's Ball was held on Friday night and Arden Photography was front and center.  We absolutely love photographing this event because every year  the tent always holds a huge surprise for us.  Sybil Sylvester of Wildflower Designs, definitely outdid herself this year!  The florals were absolutely amazing and thanks to the team at Event Rentals Unlimited, the tent was just as fabulous!  Chris Hastings started the dinner with his famous tomato salad. The Maestro's Ball benefits the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and guests are treated to a concert before the party begins!  This year, there was an after party held at the Alumni House.   Here are a few of my favorite photos from the night!  There were so many great moments and we're already counting down until next year's event!  For more photos, click the link below!  http://ardenclients.instaproofs.com/enterEvent.php?id=1401301

 

 

Happy Anniversary Meagan & Bly! Arden Photography

This week we're celebrating the anniversary of one of our favorite couples, Meagan and Bly!  A year ago this week, a vendor dream team came together and created one of the most magical days in Arden Photography history!  It was an incredible ceremony in Culllman, Alabama followed by a glamorous farm reception at Windwood Equestrian.  Thanks to the lovely ladies of M. Elizabeth Events, this entire day was perfection from start to finish.  An abundance of cascading orchids and timeless florals filled the courtyard while a floating coat was the focal point of the barn area.  We can't believe it's been a year already!  We were hoping for a one year anniversary soirée to commemorate this day but I guess we're counting down to the 10 year mark so we can do it all over again!  Happy Anniversary Meagan and Bly!  We wish you many more years of happiness and cheers to one year!

Arden Photography 2016 Intern Opportunity!

Arden Photography is taking applications for our fall 2016 INTERNSHIP. Internships are a great opportunity to bridge the gap between school and a great job in the field of photography or any other creative field. The intern will gain a well rounded experience in public relations, print media and the inside workings of a photography studio. 

If you would like first hand experience in the full operations of a boutique photography studio look no further.

AS AN INTERN YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK with Arden Photography clients on photoshoots and at events. As well as learn editing and photoshop skills needed for your future career. 

INTERSHIP REQUIREMENTS:
Positive Attitude, detail oriented, team player, willingness to learn, good work ethic, great people skills, great communicator. 

BASIC KNOWLEDGE NEEDED:
Mac OS
Adobe PS CS6
Adobe InDesign
Blogging
Social Media

Kulture City Ball: Arden Photography

Last weekend was such a memorable time especially for an amazing local charity.  We had such an awesome time celebrating with the Kulture City organization.  Celebrity sightings, great food and wonderful entertainment are always the perfect combination for a successful event!  Events at Haven is the newest space in Birmingham that has taken the event world by storm and they had the wonderful role of being the host for the night.   The Ball raised over $100,000 for Kulture City, which provides assistance for autistic children.  There was a live painting demonstration by the dynamic David Garibaldi.  The proceeds from those paintings went directly towards the Kulture City foundation.  We're so grateful to be apart of such an inspiring night.  Thanks to all the vendors and the organizers, I can truly say that the event was a success and we can't wait until next year's!  For more photos from the event, be sure to click the link below!

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New Year New You: Arden Photography

Once again, it was time for one of our favorite parties of the year!  The annual New Year New You party was held at Iron City this past Thursday night.  The party was just a celebration of something that started way back in January.  Every year, Matt Crane of Meta Fitness choses a winner to partake on a seven month weight loss and life changing journey!  This year's winner, Derek had such an amazing transformation!  We are so proud of everyone at Meta Fitness who is making a difference in so many lives!  Every year, the event gets bigger and better!  So many sponsors come together to make sure each year is more successful than the previous.  I'm not sure how we're going to top next year's but thank you so much for allowing Arden Photography to capture these amazing moments!

The Cotney Family: Arden Photography

The first time I spoke with Vickie, the only thing we talked about were her kids and how amazing they were!  From that moment, I couldn't wait to meet the Cotney family.  We spent some time at her daughter's home and I got a chance to meet her wonderful grandkids.  This was such an awesome group of people and I really wanted to photoshop myself in the middle of the family.  I could only imagine what holidays and football games in this household are like!  All of the grandkids were so close and got along so well.  They knew what photos they wanted and didn't mind asking for them specifically! I'm so glad that I had an opportunity to meet the Cotney family and I hope we'll have many more memories together!  Here are a few of my favorite photos!

Savannah & Chris: Arden Photography

I knew I would love Savannah and Chris from the first moment we met!  They were both so quiet and when they did speak, it was so so-spoken.  The one thing I did notice was how sweet they both were!  From the engagement portraits to the wedding day photos, we could not be more pleased that we were apart of this wedding!  Thanks to Kalee Baker events, the entire day went off without a hitch!  Savannah and Chris were married at Windwood Equestrian on a gorgeous Summer day.  The couple knew they wanted their guests to enjoy the entire Windwood experience so they had a Windwood rider throughout the ceremony.  White dresses and white horses are things that little girls dream of and Savannah got both on her wedding day! We are so happy for this amazing couple and we can't wait to see what your future holds.  Thank you for allowing Arden Photography to be there from the beginning!

 

 

Maye & Clark: Arden Photography

The Grand Bohemian is quickly becoming one of our favorite new spots to photograph.  This was definitely the case for Maye and Clark's glamorous wedding!  Beautiful white orchids and crystal chandeliers always seem to make the perfect combination.  Thanks to the lovely team at Mariee Ami, everything was simply picture perfect!  The wedding and the ceremony both took place at the Grand Bohemian, where close friends and family gathered to watch this sweet couple exchange vows.  Maye was such a stunning bride in a gorgeous lace dress.  There are so many amazing places at the hotel to photograph a gorgeous couple and I think we took advantage of nearly all of them!  Here are a few of our favorite moments of the day and congratulations to Clark and Maye!

Carrie & Brett: Arden Photography

My colors aren't pink and pink, they're blush and bashful!  That's probably one of my favorite lines from Steel Magnolias and this is probably one of my favorite weddings to date!  I love color, especial when that color is pink!  Carrie and Brett sprayed the city of Birmingham pink, pink and more pink for their amazing wedding!  The ceremony took place at St. Pauls and reception followed at The Club.  Thanks to the lovely ladies of Mariee Ami and a stylish mother of the bride, this wedding was one for the books!  Carrie looked absolutely beautiful in a lace and beaded Monique Lhuillier gown!  I had a preview of her dress during her bridal portraits and I didn't think she could look more beautiful.  I was wrong, she was simply stunning and even more beautiful than I could have imagined!  This wedding has been the talk of the town!  Over 600 guests were invited to be apart of Carrie and Brett's special day.  Here are a few of our favorite photos and thanks to this amazing couple for letting us share this time with them!

 

 

Amanda's Bridal Portraits: Arden Photography

Sometimes we actually forget how amazing some of our bridal sessions are!   That's mainly because we can't publish a photo of the bride in her gown before the wedding.  Some brides choose a bridal session, while others choose engagement portraits.  Whether displayed at the reception or given to the groom as a wedding day gift, we love photographing both bridal and engagement sessions!   Bridal sessions are always fun because it gives us a preview of how beautiful our brides are going to look on their wedding day.  We photographed Amanda a few weeks before her wedding at The Clubhouse on Highland.  The home has so much character and it was the perfect place for bridal portraits, thanks to the beautiful natural light.  With huge windows and mahogany wood, we scouted some awesome places for portraits.  Here are a few of our favorite photos! 

Amanda & Bryan: Arden Photography

Amanda and Bryan were married on a beautiful day at Windwood Equestrian.  We met Amanda last year during the beginning planning stages of her wedding.  I remember thinking how gorgeous her eyes were and how I couldn't wait to see her as a bride!  The wedding took place at the School Barn where family and friends gathered to watch this adorable couple exchange vows.  I remember asking Amanda to describe Bryan to me.  She mentioned that he loved the outdoors and that definitely showed with his choice for a groom's cake.  The couple welcomed guests into the reception where they wined, dined and partied the night away.  I can truly say that Amanda and I will be friends for years to come!  We grew extremely close during the planning process and  I can't wait to see what the future holds for this couple!  Congratulations and thank you for choosing Arden Photography to share this amazing day with you!

KaRita & Fred: Arden Photography

Everyone loves a surprise!  For the past few months I've been trying really hard to keep one of the best secrets ever. From the engagement shoot, to the invitation delivery- there were so many opportunities to actually spill the beans.  KaRita and Fred invited their closest friends and families to a huge a party to reveal a new business venture that the couple decided to start.  You can imagine the shock when their guests realized that these two would actually be renewing their vows!  No detail was spared in the production of this amazing party.   From the lighting to the florals, everything was picture perfect!  KaRita has one of the best bakeries around so she opted to bake every single desert herself, including her wedding cake!  We're always excited when we're apart of a project that is executed flawlessly.  Congratulations again to KaRita and Fred!  We can't wait to see what other surprises you have on the horizon!  

Kelly & Ross: Arden Photography

I remember the first time I met this couple, I actually thought they were both Ralph Lauren models!  I think the word "striking" is a bit of an understatement when it comes to Kelly and Ross.   It's just as exciting when a couple's inside beauty matches their outward beauty.  These two people were definitely made for each other.    I couldn't think of any two people who were so perfect for each other.  On May 15th, these two lovely people combined each of their parties of two into one blended family.  That's right, we now have a part of four!  Tears definitely flowed throughout the day and who knew Kelly could be even more beautiful than the previous times we'd met.  She was stunning in a gorgeous lace gown.  This was such a simple, fun and family-oriented party; exactly the way the couple wanted it!  After the ceremony, guests were welcomed into the main barn while the couple slipped away for a few sunset photos.  Congratulations Kelly & Ross!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

Hannah & Jared: Arden Photography

Who likes a stroll in the park on a Sunday afternoon?  I do!  It's always fun when leisurely time turns into a photoshoot!  It was just an ordinary walk in the park and some photos in between.  We're so excited about Hannah and Jared's Windwood Fall wedding!   We met the couple back in February and they're just as adorable today as they were then.  We spent the afternoon downtown among some popular Birmingham attractions:  I've always loved this city and it seems like every week, there's a new space waiting to be photographed.  Hannah and Jared's photos are absolutely stunning, but who could expect less from a stunning couple?  We're counting down the days until November 19th!

Kaci & Jordan: Arden Photography

Kaci and Jordan are real life versions of Barbie and Ken!  They both have that beautiful blonde hair and that perfect smile!  Every single photo from this wedding was just as gorgeous as the next.  Thanks to the wedding planning of I Do I Do, everything was perfect! The wedding took place in front of the School Barn at Windwood Equestrian.  Guests gathered to watch the two lovebirds exchange vows on the anniversary of their grandparents wedding.  This was such a touching moment as the two recognized the many many years of marriage between Kaci's grandparents.  After the ceremony, the guests wined and dined while the newlyweds made a grand entrance.  After a quick wardrobe change, the bride made her debut back on the dance floor with a cute little white halter dress.  Kaci and Jordan made their grand exit through a tunnel of cheering fans! Congratulations to this amazing couple!  We wish you many years of happiness together!

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Emily & Joey: Arden Photography

I remember the first time I met Emily and Joey.  I immediately began to think about how tall and gorgeous their kids are going to be! This is probably one of the sweetest and most beautiful couples that I've ever met!  Their wedding seemed to get here overnight!  It seemed like yesterday when we photographed their engagement portraits and now their officially married!  We absolutely love all of our brides and Emily is no exception!  She was the picture perfect bride and the entire wedding party couldn't have been more fun! Thanks to the team at M. Elizabeth Events, we had a fantastic day!  Emily and Joey's Windwood wedding was the party of the decade!  The weather was amazing, the guests were awesome and our couple of the day stole the show!  All eyes were on this gorgeous pair as they danced the night away!  Congratulations to Joey and Emily!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

Vendor of the Week: Mariee Ami

Amazing vendors make amazing weddings!  I'm pretty sure most of you have seen the movie "The Wedding Planner".  It's based on a fictitious character who lives and breathes weddings!   It seems to be the real life autobiography of the ladies of Mariee Ami.  We were fortunate to have two back to back weddings with them and it's always a pleasure to be in  the presence of industry greatness.  Every little minor hiccup that seems to be a disaster in waiting is always demolished at the surface when these ladies are around.  Professional perfectionists is a nickname I've given these ladies over the years.  With every singly wedding, that phrase never seems to lose it's authenticity!  This is one of the many reasons this team is our vendor of the week.  So, cheers to an awesome start to this year's wedding season and it's always a pleasure to work with the dream team of Mariee Ami!

Happy Anniversary Jenna & Andrew Arden Photography

It's amazing how fast the years are flying by!  It seems like yesterday when we photographed Jenna and Andrew's beautiful Windwood wedding.  I can't believe it's already been two years!   Arden Photography and Windwood Weddings would like to take this time to wish a very Happy Anniversary to Jenna and Andrew!  Your wedding will always be one of my favorites!  I knew when I photographed your bridal portraits that your wedding would be awesome and it did not disappoint!  We wish you so many more years of happiness and before you know it, we'll be blogging about your 50th anniversary!  Cheers to the two of you and thank you for choosing us to share your wedding day with you!  

 

 

Megan & Dan's Wedding Wire Feature: Arden Photography

Congratulations to Megan and Dan for being featured on Wedding Wire!  We've had several weddings featured with Wedding Wire but we're always grateful when our work is chosen to be publiished!  We absolutely love working with amazing vendors and the hard work really does pay off when one of our weddings is published.  Megan and Dan were married at the Sonnet House on a perfect Sunday evening.  Megan chose a bouquet of bright yellow sunflowers and the cute couple exchanged vows in the presence of family and close friends.  The grooms cake, which was a rack of barbecue ribs definitely stole the show during the reception.  We would like to thank everyone involved in this magnificent day and congratulations again to Megan and Dan.  Apparently, we weren't the only ones who thought your wedding was perfect!

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