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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The Difference Between

Everyone knows and has seen a traditional wedding. The 'traditional' wedding is rooted in Christian traditions but not everyone follows those traditions. Everyone is different in their own beautiful way. So today we would like to celebrate the weddings that are different because of either faith or culture. The ceremony is for the couple to showcase their love and devotion to one another so as long as they are happy, we are happy to help photograph the truly special moment in their lives. 

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Make It Shiny

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. Whatever the reason we still love every shiny bit of it. 

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Besides the Cake

We all know that the cake is the main event at the wedding, you know, besides the actual ceremony. We've seen many beautiful cakes but let's take a look at the other fun desserts that grace the tables at the reception. 

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The Groom

When you think of weddings what is the first thing that comes to mind? Flowers? The color white? Cake? Normally you would think of the bride, right? Let us not forget someone who is just as important, the groom. He too get to dress up and look his best so let us take a moment to celebrate the men who do the waiting at the altar! It's their day too. 

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We at Arden Photography love weddings, obviously, but there is always a certain charm that each couple brings to their wedding. It could be the arrangement of flowers or the color palette they choose. Whatever the case, we love it but there is one small detail that not every wedding has. One thing that is custom made for that couple. Personalized Koozie! It's just a little cute keepsake that the guests get to cherish long after the wedding is over and we love them!


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