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?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
2014 was a big, big year for Arden Photography; so many exciting things, beautiful weddings, the Equus collection. It was filled over with such gorgeous imagery, smiling couples, close friends, and new chapters that we are beyond excited for the new beginnings in 2015. We are so very lucky to have such a wonderful and embracing community and many friendships. We hope you are as ecstatic about 2015 as we are! We cannot wait to take you along for the ride next to us, and to allow us to capture all of your beautiful memories and stories for 2015! In the meantime, here is a look-back at a few of our personal favorite images from 2014.
Harrison and Matt had a gorgeous wedding day, perfect conditions for some of my very favorite wedding photos. St. Mary's Church is architecturally divine, and the ivy crawling up the walls is reminiscent of Oxford. This didn't feel like a Birmingham wedding, but, rather, one fit for the royal family. Mariée Ami Wedding Planning Studio was the perfect choice for such an elegant affair. The reception was held at The Club with stunning Birmingham city views and an explosive display of fireworks resulting in dazzling images of the newlyweds. Such a rapturous event to be part of!
We are so looking forward to this sweet couple's 2015 Windwood wedding. An October fall wedding, actually, which aligned perfectly with these beautiful fall engagement portraits! We can already tell that it will be a beautiful ceremony, with a very beautiful bride!
We were so excited for this wedding to finally arrive! We had such a great time with this little family at their engagement shoot and all the corresponding in between. It was a sweet ceremony, emotions abound, and a closeness with this family. And talk about a gorgeous dress! Congratulations Brittney and Cory!
We are so excited to be featured on Knotsvilla, and mainly because it is such a beautiful wedding to be featured. Darcy and Seth's intimate ceremony at the Sonnet House was filled with such delicate, romantic details and absolutely overflowing with vibrant flowers arrangements that just steal the show! Check out the link at Knotsvilla to see this dreamy ceremony, especially if you are looking for your own DIY ideas!
We have been there through it all with Billy and Dawn, and we are so happy to finally meet baby William! We just recently shot Dawn's maternity photos, and it was so easy to see how excited these soon-to-be-parents were. Now that he is here, these are the happiest parents in the world, and we felt privileged to photograph the love between these three. We cannot wait for the next chapter in your book Dawn, Billy, and William - congratulations!
Casey and Matt's wedding day was one filled with small details that made the event so big. From the strand of pearls, to the bouquets hanging beneath the altar, and the wine glass center pieces, nothing was amiss. While the ceremony was classic and beautiful, don't let that fool you! This couple was one that knew how to have fun as well! Their reception, with all its beautiful touches, was also filled with dancing, laughter, and bottles of champagne bubbles!
You will be seeing more of this adorable couple soon, as they are one of the THREE (!) weddings we are shooting tomorrow! Very excited to be part of this big day for Stephanie and Eric
Weddings are celebrations, parties filled with laughter, dancing, and love. Each couple is different though, and they all celebrate in different ways. Claire and John? They were party animals! And wow - was this one fun wedding and reception! There was never any doubt about that though as this couple was one for the books: sweet, kind, and a whole lot of good time! Claire had incorporated many beautiful details from the rich red bouquet, the garland wreath above their nuptials, the deer antlers on the groom's cake, and of course, the glow stick accessories at the reception! DJ CoCo played house music, they inflated a giant whale pool toy, brought out the broomsticks turned make-shift guitars - add it all up, and it makes for one unforgettable wedding!
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 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!
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!
Everyone has their own definition of photography and what they like to capture best. To us, it is truly about capturing life happening - life stories in progress. Dawn and Billy have allowed us into their life for all of their biggest moments. We photographed their engagement portraits, their wedding day, and now she is pregnant with their first child! We have never not seen this couple quite literally glowing with happiness - we've seen it, we've captured it, we love it. We cannot wait to photograph the new baby, and to be there for another important and happy life story! Thank you allowing us to be there with you Billy and Dawn!
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!