Happy One Year Anniversary | Arden Photography

Wendy and Shane were married one year ago on a perfect day at First Lutheran Church. The couple's simple and classic style was perfect for the June wedding day, and the timeless feel of the day was accompanied by an intimate ceremony full of close family and friends. 

They adorable couple danced and dined at Windwood Equestrian for their reception, where guests enjoyed a surprise appearance of "Phoenix", the farm's miniature pony! Congratulations Shane and Wendy!! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and laughter from Arden Photography! 

Jamie and Alex's Wedding | Arden Photography

My favorite thing about Jamie when I first met her to talk about her wedding day was her confident, girly style. I loved that she wanted to incorporate that all throughout her details from her color palette and even to her bridesmaids' dresses! When everything came together on the wedding day, everything could not have looked more perfect!  The couple was so photogenic, they were the picture perfect bride and groom! 

Congratulations Jamie and Alex!

Happy Anniversary Maye and Clark | Arden Photography

Two years ago we had the priviledge photographing these two on their special day, and boy was it a dream! With the white on white decor and sweet treats, we did not want the day to end! Thank you for letting us be apart of your day and we wish you many years of laughter! 

Congratulations, Maye and Clark, we wish you many more from Arden Photography!

Jeannie & Ryan's Wedding | Arden Photography

Jeannie and Ryan were wed on a gorgeous spring day at the farm. The weather could not have been more perfect, and Jeannie looked absolutely stunning. Jeannie and Ryan exchanged vows at the school barn in front of their closest friends and family. As soon as they were pronounced husband and wife, we took some priceless photos of just the two of them of their first couple minutes as a married couple! The couple and their guests spent the rest of the night dancing the night away with Feel the Beat Entertainment. Guests enjoyed a delicious menu from Happy Catering, and my personal favorite part of the night... the cake! Jan O'Donnell provided two gorgeous cakes for the couple and they were delicious! 

Congratulations Jeannie and Ryan! We loved being a part of your day and wish you all the best from Arden Photography! 

Happy One Month Lauren and Graham | Arden Photography

It has been one month since this beautiful couple tied the knot at Windwood Equestrian, and we can't help but reminisce on this gorgeous day and wish this couple a happy one month! The farm looked more beautiful than ever. Thorne & Thistle decorated the farm beautifully! The couple exchanged vows under the trees in the field surrounded by their close family and friends. Lauren and Graham spent their first few minutes together as husband and wife taking some special shots as the sun went down! The timing could not have been more perfect! Guests danced the night away after enjoying Savoie's, delicious dinner! The day went perfectly thanks to Handley McCrory and her team! 

Congratulations, Lauren and Graham! We loved being apart of your special day! 

Happy Wedding Anniversary | Arden Photography

Happy one year of marriage to Hollace and J.R.!  For the beautiful couple's wedding day, Hollace could not have chosen a more gorgeous color palette! It made shooting their wedding so easy! With a Moroccan rug aisle, and peony accents the farm was looking better than ever! 

The couple was all smiles throughout the day, and we loved being a part of it. Congratulations Hollace and J.R., we wish you a lifetime of joy from Arden photography! 

 

WEDDING RINGS: GETTING THE SHOT

Some of our favorite wedding photos to shoot are the ring images. Probably has something to do with all the sparkly bling, right? There are so many interesting and unique details personal to each wedding, and we love to incorporate those into the shot. While the rings speak for themselves in beauty and value, it is often those small details that really make the image! Often times, the ring photo says everything about the wedding ceremony - classic, elegant, whimsical, rustic, charming - you can see that in the details! 

Tell us what you think! Do you like the simplicity of the rings by themselves, with the bouquet or flowers, or showing off one of your favorite (and often overlooked) features of the day - like the shoes? Got any ideas for beautiful ring detail shots? Let us know! 

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Spring 2018 | Arden Photography

Spring of 2018 has finally arrived and Arden Photography is welcoming it with open arms. Spring of 2017 was a blast for us, it was filled with bright beautiful colors and fun loving couples. These are some of our favorites from Spring of last year. We are so excited to embark on new journeys this year filled with such loving couples. Like Lao Tzu said "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." 

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"The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends." -B. R. Ambedkar
 

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Happy Wedding Anniversary | Arden Photography

Arden Photography would like to wish the Batten's a very happy wedding anniversary! We had so much fun photographing this winsome wedding! We photograph many weddings, but the Batten's wedding was one to remember with all the smiles and sweet memories! Amber's bouquet was filled with an assortment of vivd colors and the lace detailing on her dress looked stunning! 

Cheers to the two of you! We hope that 2018 brings you both joy and laughter! 

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The Best Of | Arden Photography 2017 | March

Heading into March of 2018, it only seemed fitting for this weeks Best Of post to be a Best Of March 2017! March of last year was an exciting month at Arden Photography. We had the opportunity to photograph beautiful weddings and have some fun while we were at it! We had a blast getting to know these awesome couples and being there to celebrate the new chapters unfolding in their lives. We are so thrilled to be heading into 2018 with more fun loving couples and we can't wait to see what else the new year has planned for us! We hope you enjoy! Happy March! 

 

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Alabama Ballet Pointe Ball 2018 | Arden Photography

Photographing The Pointe Ball is always a highlight at Arden Photography! After all, we can always count on there to be some amazing dance moves. Alabama Ballet held its annual Pointe Ball at The Club and we were thrilled to be included in such a beautiful event. The room was sprinkled with feathers and gorgeous white florals by Ray Jordan. The Alabama Ballet treated its guests to elegant performances by the company. After indulging in the show, guests moved to a room more suitable for dining and dancing! This event is always one we look forward to and is always a blast to attend! We are counting down the days until next years. We hope you enjoy the photos! 

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Happy Wedding Anniversary RANDY & LAUREN! | Arden Photography

Arden Photography would like to wish Randy and Lauren a very happy wedding anniversary! We had the opportunity to photograph this heartwarming wedding filled with sweet smiles, precious moments, and beautiful details. Lauren's bouquet of all white consisted of many beautiful flowers, including white roses, which complemented her lovely engagement ring. Though this is just a glimpse, we relished in the opportunity to photograph such a delightful and elegant wedding!

Happy Anniversary Randy and Lauren, may 2018 be filled with love an laughter!

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EXPERT ADVICE: THE SCENT OF A WOMAN

My mother used to say that a real woman needs a signature scent, something she can always be recognized by, a fragrance that will remind people of her, even if someone else is wearing the scent. 

I love this ideology. It is so reminiscent of Old Hollywood, when women never left the house without a good shade of lipstick, their heels, and a beautiful fabric hat. This was the dawning of the era of the celebrity fragrance endorsement. 

No one can forget the infamous words of the iconic Marilyn Monroe when after being asked what she wore to bed, giggled, smiled demurely and whispered in her breathy voice, "Why, only Chanel No. 5 of course!" No doubt that was the chart topping Christmas gift that year. The unforgettable Elizabeth Taylor created the fragrance White Diamonds though it is rumored that her personal signature scent was actually Bal A Versailles by Jean Desprez. 

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A few of my favorite scents are Un Jardin en Mediterranée by HermèsCleopatra by Tocca and Vintage Gardenia by Jo Malone (click the links to find out more information). 

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Tips to Leave Your Scent Lingering: 

Spray your scent on your bed pillows, or your man's so he is reminded of you and will drift to sleep with sweet dreams of the two of you. Spritz any cards, letters, or invites you are sending out. Your friends and family will begin to relate the scent to you without even realizing it! Spray the perfume in your hair when you are getting ready in the morning. The scent will stay with you all day, and will linger in your wake as you walk away! 

Need some help discovering what your signature scent should be? Try this quiz to find out which fragrance tones suit you best: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/best-perfume-scent-quiz

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!