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?

Going to the Chapel

A chapel wedding and farm reception make for the perfect Saturday. Wendy and Shane were wed at First Lutheran Church for the perfect summer wedding. Family and friends gathered at the gorgeous church for Wendy and Shane to exchange vows, and then danced and dined all night at Windwood Equestrian in celebration. The best nights are complete with a miniature horse, so "Phoenix" made his appearance to make sure everyone was having fun! Best wishes to the happy couple! 

Carter and Lacey's Farm Wedding

There is something about a farm wedding that we just can not get enough of. The southern charm and style is just so welcoming! Carter and Lacey's farm wedding was one of my favorite farm weddings to date. I knew from the moment I met Lacey she would be the most radiant bride! She had big brown eyes, and her smile was contagious. The adorable couple was married at Carter's family's riding farm, and it could not have been more perfect! The venue made the day extra special, and Heathermoor Farm provided the perfect backdrop for the couples' big day. Congratulations to the happy couple! 

Jessie and John Cameron's Wedding

We can not believe it has been one month since Jessie and John Cameron's wedding! Jessie and John Cameron were one of those couples you could just tell they were meant to be together. They were inseparable, and when they looked at each other you knew they were in love. They were married at Windwood on a gorgeous June day, and it was the perfect day for a wedding. The farm was looking more beautiful than ever thanks to Susan Huff and Beth Jordan who provided the gorgeous floral arrangements. Jessie and J.C. had an intimate ceremony at the school barn and a reception to follow up at the courtyard where guests enjoyed music and dancing for the night. Guests snapped photos all night in the photo booth, and the cake from Joe's Italian was, of course, one of our personal favorites of the night! Happy one month of marriage from Arden Photography! We wish you all the best!

Hollace and J.R.'s Wedding: Arden Photography

There are some weddings that rainy days just can not dampen, and this was one of them! The rain stopped just in time for Hollace and J.R.'s ceremony at the school barn, and it could not have been more perfect. We loved getting to know this couple throughout our time with them! Hollace and J.R.'s beautiful day was full of all the gorgeous details thanks to Hothouse Design Studio! We love a day full of pastels and lanterns, and that is just what Hollace and J.R.'s day was! Thanks to our friends at HotHouse Design Studio, Windwood was looking even more beautiful with all of the beautiful centerpieces and decor! Kathy G. Catering never disappoints, of course, and the guests could not stop raving! Hollace and J.R., thank you for allowing us to be apart of such a special day, we wish you all the best!

Frannie and Josh: Arden Photography

We knew Frannie and Josh would be a special couple when Josh said he was from Ireland! They were married at Windwood on a beautiful spring day in March. Their choice not the have a "first look", but instead to exchange notes before the ceremony made the day extra special and intimate. They made the day so easy with their lighthearted humor and laughter. We always look forward to tasting the cake, and Magic Muffins did not disappoint! We loved being apart of their day, and we wish you the best, Frannie and Josh! 

Wedding Expert Advice: Arden Ward Upton featuring Kathy G

I couldn't be more excited to have this guest interview with Kathy as our kickoff expert video for our new weekly series. Every week we will feature a wedding expert to help our brides make their big day the best one possible. 

There are few people in the industry with the amount of knowledge that Kathy of Kathy G and Co. has, she's been in the event and wedding world for over 30 years and always receives tons of awards and recognition. If you are planning your upcoming wedding you will want to listen to her insider tips for your big day.

Erin & Josh: Arden Photography

Erin & Josh were wed on June 27th at Windwood Equestrian. The wedding was glazed with beautiful details, joyful smiles, and bright shades of pink. The ceremony took place in the barn and a beautiful arch covered in roses and jewels hung above. Guests enjoyed a beautiful reception full of savory food, lovely flower arrangements, and some sweet cake. A light rain drizzled during the reception, creating a memorable moment of dancing in the rain. Congratulations Erin & Josh! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day! 

Morgan & Justice: Arden Photography

On June 13, 2015, Morgan & Justice were wed in Tuscaloosa, AL at Calvary Baptist Church. Morgan looked radiant in an elegant white dress that was beautifully paired with a gorgeous, long veil. Following the ceremony, guests headed over to The University Club for a classic wedding reception. Surrounded by their friends and family, Morgan & Justice celebrated the day by dancing the night away. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple!

Lacy & Katie: Arden Photography

On a sun-soaked day in May, Lacy & Katie tied the knot at Windwood Equestrian. Surrounded by her bridesmaids, in pretty pastels, Katie laughed and enjoyed the morning while she waited to greet her groom. Katie added a patriotic touch to the inside of her wedding dress by sewing in a small American Flag. Christopher Confero pieced together this wedding with beautiful design and unique touches. Between Lacy's fun cuff links, Katie's joyful laughter, and their exciting grand exit, the couple's wedding was bursting with personality. Congratulations Lacy & Katie! We hope you are soaking up and loving this season of being newlyweds. 

What you need to know about Wedding Cakes 2015: Trends

While pulling together the details of your wedding, you can't forget about the last sweet touch… the wedding cake. Between the creamy icing and the flavorful cake, it's sure to bring smiles to all of your guests. Narrowing in on inspiration can be a little overwhelming. So, we've pulled together a few trends for 2015 (with a little help from The Knot) to help you!

Naked: A naked cake is perfect for any summertime wedding. Just adorn it with some fresh flowers and get ready to surprise your guests with a new take on the "icing on the cake". 

Buttercream: This smooth and rich icing delivers simplicity to any wedding cake. The thickness of the icing allows for textured design, making it perfect for any wedding with a rustic vibe. 

White on White: The classic white wedding cake has always been in style; however, 2015 is imagining new ways to recreate this cake. Simple embellishments along the sides and uniquely shaped tiers are proving to be the new way to display "white on white" style. 

Ruffled: Giving off a "light and airy" feel, this elegant trend is perfect for any type of wedding. If your looking for a pop of color, think about showering the cake with dainty flowers or add a funky topper. 

Woodland: This ethereal theme gives a fairytale-feel to any outdoors reception. You can even carry on the theme by showcasing the cake on a wooden stand and surrounding it in a halo of branches. 

Monogrammed: We know that everyone in the south loves a good monogram, but 2015 greets this style with a fresh take. Why not showcase your new last name by highlighting it in your cake? We love the idea of showcasing your monogram with bright colors and fresh designs. 

Julie & Paul: Arden Photography

Julie and Paul was one of the sweetest couples we had the privilege of meeting and photographing with this year. Their wedding had just the right amount of small sweet details like the jam and marmalade bar. They said their vows on the patio at Windwood Equestrian with a floral splay of color on the fireplace mantle. Then they made their exit in a grand fashion aboard a helicopter, charting them off to their new life together! 

Judy & Michael: Arden Photography

Sometimes the smallest and most private weddings can be the most beautiful. There's something about being asked into a family's home to photograph a love story, especially at Christmas, that really puts into perspective our love of this art form. We aren't entirely ready to let the holidays go just yet, but who could blame us with such festive photos like these!

The White Room 2015 Bridal Fashion Show

When you walk in to The White Room, you are overwhelmed with the urge to start planning a wedding wherein you get to don every gorgeous dress they have hanging in the elegant salon. It is such a beautiful studio with the most lavish and dazzling gowns a bride could dream of; not to mention the outstanding women who are devoted to every bride that sashays through their door.

The White Room Bridal Salon is hosting a Bridal Fashion Show on January 23, 2015. Doors open at 6:15pm, and you do not want to miss this. The newest 2015 collections from some of the most prestigious designers on the market will be headlining this event. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. To purchase online please visit: