an organic & polished experience

our approach

Approachable, easy-going, and, most importantly, always professional, you could call Arden a wedding connoisseur on a mission to search for revealing moments. With over 900 weddings photographed and 1200 slices of cake eaten, Arden, and her professional team, arrives prepared to all weddings. Your love story is documented with exceptional portraits, timeless candids, and no detail left unexplored when you place your trust in Arden Photography.

Within days of your wedding, you will receive a sneak peek of your images (maybe even before you return from your honeymoon); and after thoughtful, personal editing, in house (only our personal process), your curated story unfolds in an online gallery where your images will be preview ready to cherish and share right away. The online gallery gives you the option to download directly from your computer or request a USB of images for more tangibility.

Since 1999, Arden Ward Upton and her team have been thoughtfully and creatively capturing weddings.

Arden is now a master printer using modern technology with tried-and-true, old-world flare to create your keepsakes. For 20 years, she has maintained a home darkroom. Not only has she processed black white film, she has also worked at a lab from a top large-format photographer on how to shoot and process color and slide film. This wealth of knowledge gives her an edge unlike any other photographer in the current market that shoots hybrid. She has shot large format, medium format, slide and 35 mm with the ability to work from capture to print to presentation.

Photos are hand printed with white-glove service in our studio. They are trimmed and prepared to perfection using our state-of-the-art, archival process to print and preserve your images for a lifetime of enjoyment. Furthermore, for the past 20 years, Arden Photography’s legendary wedding albums have been meticulously detailed in true artisan format, and we still continue that elaborate tradition today.

Arden began her career shooting, processing, and printing film self-taught at first and then studied fine art at university.


The Arden Photography Experience is organic and polished, which is quite possibly the South’s best-kept secret for authentic wedding moments. If you know Arden personally, this is only an extension of her natural way. She is a classically trained artist with a refined service style; and if you get to know her through your wedding process, your experience will aid you in understanding how she seamlessly puts everyone at ease all while being the epitome of a southern lady.

the real experience

authentic wedding moments


Whose specialty is, natural, inviting, relaxed yet refined photography. We pledge to provide you with five-star service and capturing your magical moments is our forte. We will provide the finest personal service. Our genuine love for our clients and for photography shows within the edges of each print. We masterfully execute each step of the photography process with your specific vision in mind. We strive to fulfill all your expectations even your unexpressed wedding desires. We take it upon ourselves to create unique and memorable photography experiences. You’re important to us and we look forward to knowing you from the wedding aisle and beyond

We feel that albums are your first family heirloom and we deeply believe that weddings are meant to be shared. Whether it’s sharing with your guests on wedding day or with friends through your album in the future, we want you to be able to relive each moment with our imagery. We custom make each album to your desire. Our standard album is anything but standard. It is hand crafted in our studio digitally and then brought to life by specially selected master book makers. We feel so strongly about your family legacy being a treasure for years to come that an album is included in every package.

Arden Ward Upton is the sole primary photographer and she will attend all weddings with her team.

a boutique luxury wedding studio

Our packages start at $8,800 and we offer film and digital options.

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elegant & timeless photography

I will capture and tell your personal story, emotions and energy, through elegant and timeless photography.