Kali & Keaton Styled Shoot Sneak Peek | July 2, 2019 | Arden Photography

Here’s a sneak peek of the styled wedding shoot I did with Kali and Keaton in early July. We started off at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens to take advantage of the beautiful summer blooms that were on display, and then we ended at William’s mother’s lovely home to finish off the day. What’s even better is that my models are an actual couple, their chemistry is undeniable in the precious moments I captured!


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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Look Who's Going to the Chapel! Arden Photography

Dylan popped the question, and now Aimee is a beautiful bride-to-be! The happy couple made it official on a perfect autumn day, and we had so much fun capturing the moment. Aimee was serenaded by musicians as she followed a trail of love notes left by Dylan, until she found him, ready and waiting, on one knee! It was such a special day for the happy couple. It is obvious that the two are head over heels for each other! We wish Dylan and Aimee all the best as they prepare for their upcoming wedding and their future lives together. 

Cari & Bobby: Arden Photography

Cari & Bobby kicked off their engagement with gorgeous pictures at Shoal Creek. Cari's radiant smile shined brighter than the sun that was showering them in warm, summer light. The couple is looking forward to getting married and are soaking up every second of this sweet season of engagement. We can't wait for you guys to tie the knot on October 24! Best wishes! 

Laura & Brooks Engagement: Arden Photography

Southern winters are characterized by rain, fog, and long nights. As photographers, this is not such a bad thing. Clearly exemplified by these absolutely beautiful and intimate engagement portraits we shot in Selma, Alabama. This is their family property which is obviously a wonderful setting for photos, but what make these favorites is the soft, quiet romance so visible between these two - aren't you just daydreaming of cuddling up on a rainy Sunday, coffee in hand, bundled up in a blanket with lake views now? Who better for this stylish couple to be represented by than Mariée Ami Wedding Planning? Maybe rainy winter days aren't the absolute worst after all? 


Barrow & Michael: Arden Photography

Night-time in downtown Birmingham means you've never seen a city more brilliantly lit up. Bridges, ballparks, fountains all bright with vibrant splashes of colors and cobbled streets glowing with soft lamps. Barrow and Michael simply trusted us when we planned for them a night-time engagement session in downtown Birmingham, promising them a beautiful array of bright, colorful, and romantic images. I don't think we disappointed. I am so in love with these city images: the light-installment bridges with so many colors filling the scene turning it into a wonderland of sorts, the city-proud Birmingham sign in the background leaves no room for question, and especially the black and white images that feel so soft and romantic. There is nothing better than a couple that just trusts your creative intuition, and Barrow and Michael did not fail! If this is any indication of what their wedding will be like, we could not be more excited! 

Morgan & Patrick: Arden Photography

Morgan and Patrick walked hand in hand the entire time we shot their engagement portraits at Windwood Equestrian. They are another one of those couples who are just so happy in love and cannot wait to be married to one another - our favorite kind of course! Windwood has become quite the popular engagement shoot location, which is easy to understand - it is such a beautiful location with a multitude of different backdrops for your portraits! 2015 really is shaping up to be our favorite wedding season yet!

Can't Wait for Katie's Big Day: Arden Photography

A late fall afternoon at Windwood Equestrian makes for gorgeous images! Especially when you've got such good-looking subjects to photograph! Katie is one of our 2015 brides, and it is shots like these that are making us so excited for the new year to come! 2015 is just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited for this couple's big day! 

Erin & Josh: Arden Photography

Erin and Josh aren't tying the knot until June, 2015. But as you can tell, they are incredibly excited to spend the rest of their lives together! Newly engaged couples are so easy to photograph - they are practically glowing and so sweet on each other, this couple specifically though. It might have something to do with the fact that Josh had been away in the military and now Erin is finishing school in Memphis. No wonder they couldn't let go of each other! Now we are already looking forward to next summer's weddings! Congratulations you two! 

Julie & Paul: Arden Photography

We loved shooting these engagement portraits out by Regions Field and Railroad Park! That Birmingham emblem blazing in the background makes for great photos! It seems so urban and modern and then you turn the corner and you have the lush green grass of Railroad Park - way to go Big Ham! Julie and Paul blended seamlessly into this landscape with their pet pup! This couple was so cute and affectionate - we can't wait to shoot their wedding in a few weeks! 

Lacey & Ben Engagement Portraits: Arden Photography

As far as engagements go, I've never heard a story of how the question was popped that went according to the plan. Something always happens that puts a kink in the whole design. In Ben and Lacey's engagement story it was the weather, of course! Ben had originally planned to propose to Lacey at Railroad Park, but his schemes were thwarted - and he would have gotten away with it had it not been for that pesky Alabama weather! So to commemorate that effort, we headed to Railroad and Vulcan Park to snap their engagement photos - no bad weather in sight! 

Engagement Flashback: Anne & Sage

Anne and Sage had Arden take their engagement portraits at Sage’s farm last July and we love the way they turned out! The rustic setting was so personal to the couple and the two of them look so comfortable and in love. Anne and Sage wed on November 21, 2009.

Carter & Robert

So this is a long overdue post for Robert & Carter. Brett shot these images locally here in Birmingham. As far as our bride relationships we have had a great opportunity to get to know the families of Carter & Robert. Her brother (Nelson) who you will see in several wedding photos (once they are posted) lives down the street from us which just tickles me pink to have such great neighbors. Also we had an amazing time (Brett & I) photographing Mrs. Carter’s New York fashion bridal portraits. Literally she was in time square with taxi cabs and people rushing past, calmly standing in the middle, IN A WEDDING DRESS! OMG it was awesome!

This shoot was retro old Hollywood think Grace Kelly….

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Grace Kelly meet your match. Jessica Brooks had an awesome portrait session with Arden last week, although Brett will be her wedding photographer. Pre Wedding portrait sessions are a great way to get comfortable with the camera before the big day! Arden Photography is pleased to now offer studio sessions in addition to our environmental photography sessions we already do so many of. Look for Jessica’s big day in August.