25 Oct The Rings!!!!

There’s a super special, symbolic, and gorgeous piece of every wedding that adds a little (or a lot) of sparkle. Its’s the first thing people ask to see after somebody pops the big question: a ring! Wedding rings are absolutely gorgeous, and a piece of jewelry every little girl dreams about from the moment she learns about “prince charming.” There are so many different types, styles, and shapes of rings, and every bride can find one perfect for her! Some brides may lean towards more traditional, classic rings with a white diamond set in the middle, but others may want a different style! Other precious jewels and varying colors of diamonds all make amazing rings. Some examples of more unconventional ring stones are black gold, morganite, opal, rubies, sapphires, or emeralds. Remember to thing long term, though: What ring do you want to have on your finger for the rest of your life? Which one looks best long-term? Another pointer for picking out your ring is to set a general price range and keep it while you look for possible choices. Start by browsing big, then begin narrowing down your choices until you decide on the one! Some brides may want to be completely surprised with their engagement rings, which is an exciting addition to the already magical event of getting engaged. Whatever you decide, we’re sure the ring will be perfect for you, and we can’t wait to see it! Here are a couple of our favorite rings we’ve seen here at Windwood:

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13 Oct Getaway Cars

Everyone’s seen them before sometime or another, whether in the movies, cruising down the road, or as you’re waving goodbye to newlyweds: Getaway cars! They’re the perfect conclusion to a perfect event, and a romantic addition to any wedding. Just picture it: driving away into the sunset with the love of your life, waving goodbye to your friends and loved ones as you start a new chapter of your lives. Getaway cars are so fun to decorate and make your own. Some couples may want to lean towards a more classic look, tying cans and old shoes to the back of the car and hanging a big “JUST MARRIED” banner in celebration. Others may want a more natural vibe, opting for elaborate bouquets of flowers and greenery. One thing to keep in mind as you design your dream getaway car, though: safety! Make sure to have everything laid out and ready before decorating the car, and then once you are all done, check that there’s nothing unsafe or illegal with the decorations (getting pulled over on your special night would not be very fun).Just get creative, and have the bridesmaids and groomsmen decorate the car as a surprise! Most of the time, limousines are used as getaway cars, but virtually any kind of vehicle can be used! Limos, trucks, old fashioned cars, motorcycles, and even helicopters or planes! Balloons are always fun additions to getaway cars, or even colorful streamers (you can tie them to the antenna)! Some other creative ideas to personalize getaway vehicles include silly string, window paint, or shaving cream to write on the windows of the car, or a basket of champagne and snacks for the newlyweds couple to enjoy on their way out of their wedding. Whatever you decide, we know it’ll be absolutely lovely. Have fun!

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11 Oct From Head to Toes

If there’s one thing a girl loves, it’s shoes. They’re some of the most personable, fashionable, and useful items we own. Cute, comfortable (well, sometimes), and collectable, they’re the perfect addition to every outfit! Each pair of shoes carries it’s own sort of memories with them, too. A baby’s first steps, a high school senior’s graduation, and (of course) a bride’s walk down the isle. Choosing your special pair of shoes for your wedding can definitely be difficult at times, but it’s always exciting to browse and search. There are so many styles to choose from, with endless options of colors, height, and material. Some brides may want two pair of shoes on their special day, one for the ceremony and one for the reception. Or maybe that first pair is just too perfect to take off.Brides, make sure to choose a pair of shoes that make you feel amazing! Remember, you have to wear them down the isle, pose for pictures in them, and dance as well (unless you change)! Some advice for future brides: get your shoes worn in! It makes a huge, wonderful difference in comfort if your shoes aren’t stiff straight out of the box, and instead have stretched a little for your feet. Remember to take the weather into consideration when choosing your shoes, too. A rainy day (or recently rainy venue) might mean that the ground is muddy or soft. Flats or wider heels may be a better choice for the day of, if so! Either way, shoes are an absolutely magical part of every meaningful experience, especially one filled with love and unity. So what shoes will you choose? We know they’ll be perfect, and compliment you and your dress in every way! Here are some of our favorite wedding shoes (and socks!!!) we’ve seen at Windwood:

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06 Oct Autumn Weddings at Windwood

It’s September, school has started back, and the Pumkin Spice Latte has returned to Starbucks. You know what that means- it’s Fall! Time for sweaters, hot chocolate, cooler weather, and boots! One of the very best parts of the Autumn season is the beautiful color of all of the changing leaves. Oranges, yellows, and reds splash onto trees, making the most beautiful settings all year. All of these colors would be amazing additions in the flowers on your bouquet, setting a lovely tone for the event. Another fun part of the Autumn season is the food. Here’s what we love: pumpkin pie, cinnamon spice, turkey, sweet potato casseroles, steaming hot coffee, and of course apple cider! All of these fall foods would be delicious additions to the menu at your wedding reception. Out here at Windwood, Fall is one of the most gorgeous times ever, and we feel like it gets more and more breathtaking every year! Weddings in the fall are absolutely breathtaking here. The cool contrast of cold weather and warm colors is absolutely gorgeous, creating the perfect setting for a celebration of love between two people. Whatever time of day you choose to have your wedding, it will be stunning. Whether it’s a bright sunny morning or a night lit up by the stars, Windwood has all of the perfect elements needed to make the most special day of your life perfect. Getting married in the fall is absolutely magnificent, especially in a setting as wonderful as Windwood. In honor of the gorgeous colors of the season, the cooler weather, the yummy food, and the beginning of something special, here are a couple of our favorite photos of fall weddings here at Windwood.


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21 Sep Happy Anniversary William and Arden

Today is a very special day here at Windwood- it’s William and Arden’s third anniversary!!!! Time to celebrate! We’re so thankful for both of them and for the huge amount of love and respect they share for each other. Windwood is such a spectacular place because of their hard work, and it’s an absolutely wonderful gift to be able to enjoy it with them. William and Arden were married on September 21, 2013 at the most beautiful location in the South (Windwood, of course!). The wedding was gorgeous, classic and elegant, and the night was topped off by the newly-weds departing on glamourous helicopter ride after the reception. We have so much love and appreciation for William and Arden, and to celebrate their wedding, we’re posting a couple of our favorite photos from their special day. William and Arden, happy happy happy anniversary!

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15 Sep Congratulations, London!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

We have a very special blog post today in honor of one of our students in the Windwood lesson program, London Walker! She is the daughter of Ashley and Eric Walker. London just turned five and was surprised with every little girl’s dream, her first PONY! His name is Snow Day, and he is a beautiful white Welsh show pony. “Snow Day” is an experienced show pony who has competed and won many competitions, including winning a 14th place ribbon at the National Pony Finals Small Pony Hunters Championships, where he competed against hundreds of other ponies from across the nation. London is absolutely thrilled to have her very own pony, and the two of them are already inseparable! If she isn’t in the saddle, London’s feeding the ponies down at the lesson barn sweet treats, or curry-combing her new pony’s beautiful white coat! London is currently working in lessons at the walk trot level and absolutely loves taking care of her pony. We are so happy and excited to see where this adorable pair will go!

If you’re interested in the perfect “dream pony,” Windwood is the place for you! We would love to have you come here and ride. You can ride one of our wonderful lesson horses, or we can help you find one of your own! Here at Windwood we teach at all levels of experience, from lunge line, to walk trot, to the grand prix ring! You’re welcome to come and lesson with us at any age, too. Windwood is the perfect place for you to grow and thrive in your skills, athletics, and character while you participate in the best sport in the world! Winston Churchill once said, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” We couldn’t agree more. Come out and ride with us!

London Walker and “Snow Day:”

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08 Sep Bouquets: What’s Your Pick?

One of the most special parts of every bride’s wedding day is the beautiful arrangement of flowers she carries down the isle: her bouquet! Bouquets add the perfect pop of color and elegance to the bride’s gorgeous ensemble of hair, make up, shoes, dress, and veil. Your bouquet is a special piece of the wedding you’ll never forget. It can be absolutely any combination of colorful flowers and greenery! The flowers you choose to be in your wedding set the perfect color scheme and mood of the whole event. Bouquets and flowers can correspond also to what season or month your wedding will be held in. If you’re planning on holding your wedding in the warmer months of Spring or Summer, bright pinks, greens, whites, and yellows would give the event a wonderful sunny flair. During Autumn or Winter, deeper, warmer colors like reds, oranges, or blues make beautiful bouquets. A bride can do anything she wants with the flowers for their wedding, and her bouquet is the most beautiful piece of all! The type or types of flowers brides choose for their bouquets is an important part of the accessory. There are endless different styles and species of flowers and plants to choose from, all of them equally as stunning! Some brides may want to have a more classical feel, and choose elegant flowers like roses, hydrangeas or tulips. Other brides might want to go with a more eye-popping style, using a variety of  beautiful wildflowers or unique grape hyacinths! Whatever you decide to choose, we are sure your wedding flowers and bouquet will be truly lovely! Here at Windwood we have seen so many different styles or arrangements, all of them so beautiful we couldn’t help but take some photographs! These are a couple of our favorite bouquets we’ve seen so far:


01 Sep Arthur Kottas

This past weekend, we had a special guest visit Windwood! Arthur Kottas, who is a dressage LEGEND, came over and gave us some great tips! We absolutely loved having him here and everyone had a wonderful time meeting and speaking with him. Mr. Kottas was born in Vienna in 1945, and went to elementary and secondary school there as well. When he was nine years old he received his first horse, and developed his passion for horsemanship and riding. He studied at the oldest riding school in Austria (operated by his parents) and began competing in jumping and dressage at a young age. At just fourteen years old, Arthur won the Austrian Junior Dressage championship and at sixteen the Jumping championship. He joined the prestigious Spanish Riding School as a teenager. After only eight years, Arthur became the Spanish Riding School’s  “Bereiter” at the early age of twenty five. Eight years is the shortest amount of time any rider has ever made the step up to Bereiter. As Arthur got older, he continued to work hard until he became Chief Rider and finally First Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School, which is a huge honor and achievement. Since then, “The Master” has trained and mentored many skilled riders, working on levels all the way up to the Olympics! Arthur has had an amazing career in the riding world, and is one of the best dressage riders of all time. What an awesome experience it was to have a dressage “celebrity” come and hang out with us here! We were so delighted to have Arthur come and visit us at Windwood, and we hope to see him again very soon! Here we have a couple of our favorite photos from Arthur’s visit with us. Thank you so very much, Mr. Kottas!AAK 113160 AAK 112755 AAK 112514 AAK 112474 AAK 112292 AAK 112438 AAK 112297 AAK 112759

30 Aug We Say Yes To All These Dresses

Now for the most important piece of the wedding: YOUR DRESS! Just kidding, we know love is #1, but wedding dresses are right behind that. They’re the perfect outfit for brides, pretty and white and lacy and long. The best part about picking out your wedding dress is that there is so much to choose from! You can find a dress made perfectly for you in every way. There’s a style for everyone! These gorgeous dresses are the perfect items to make you feel like a princess on your wedding day. Shopping for a wedding dress is so much fun (even though it may be tough to narrow down so many beautiful choices). It’s always nice to look at photos and browse online for inspiration on colors, patterns, materials, and shapes. Some brides may want a classical look, while others may gravitate toward more modern looks. Whether your style is more A-line, sweetheart, tunic, empire waist, or princess cut, there’s  no wrong choice you can make. Here at Windwood we’ve seen so many absolutely stunning dresses, and every bride has had her own personal, unique look. Wedding dresses can also be selected based off of what season your wedding will held in. Weddings held during the Fall or Winter months of the year will be a little chillier, so a bride may want sleeves on her dress. During the Spring or Summer, she might opt for a lighter look, strapless or short sleeves. What do you have in mind for your own special day? We know whatever you choose will make your wedding even more special and perfect, and you will look absolutely beautiful! Don’t stress about finding a dress, brides, the perfect fit will most definitely be found! Your wedding dress is a gorgeous memorabilia of one of the most important days of your life, and will be remembered by generations to come! Here are a couple of our favorite dresses and patterns we’ve seen here at Windwood:


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25 Aug Cake Toppers! What’s Your Style?

Showing off your individual style at your wedding is important, and also so much fun! From the ceremony itself to the bridesmaid dresses, almost everything about your wedding can be your own idea! One of our favorite parts of the event that’s personal and customizable to every couple is the wedding cake topper.   They’re a special flare to add on to the already gorgeous desserts, a finesse that sets the mood of the wedding itself! There are so many different types of toppers to choose from, whether it’s the classic bride and groom figurine, beautiful flowers, or even feathers. Cake toppers are memorable and beautiful. Each one is unique in it’s own special way, just like every wedding is! They can be elegant and classic, like a small arrangement of flowers or greenery.  They can be funny and colorful, or a reference to some of your favorite things! Places, movies, books, characters, shows, memories- any of these would be wonderful. Some brides choose a family heirloom to put on top of her wedding cake, or a special object she holds dear. Others bring something back from college, or even high school! If a couple chooses to have a groom’s cake as well, they can personalize it to whatever represents the groom best!  We’ve loved the hunting feathers, mini fish figurines, and monograms on our groom cakes! There’s so much to choose from, it’s definitely a tough decision to make (but a super fun one, of course)! Here at Windwood, we really enjoy seeing what each couple decides on.  Although they won’t be the very most important part of your wedding, your cake toppers are details friends and family won’t forget! There’s no wrong path to take, many brides and grooms find something fun and new to try.  So, what’s your style?


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19 Aug It’s all in the Details: Flashback Friday!

It’s Friday, so that means we’re flashing back to one of the most amazing weddings at Windwood!  It’s been two years since Jamie and Andrew tied the knot but we’re still having sweet dreams about how gorgeous the details of this wedding were!  “It’s all in the details” is not just a phrase, it’s something that actually sets your wedding apart from everyone else’s.  Whether it’s personalized napkins or cute charms added to the bouquet, your wedding details speak volumes about you as a couple and the tone you intend to set for the day.  Some details are handmade with love.  Our couples often call on aunts, grandmothers and even uncles to help with details by doing things such as sewing heirloom lace around the brides bouquets or building a keg! Jamie and Andrew’s wedding was filled with so many personal touches.  We absolutely loved the monogram initial at the entrance of the barn doors.  Potted flowers lined the chairs of the ceremony area while a beautiful flower adorned cross accented the stone fireplace.  For the sign-in tableMJP  631907 MJP  631294 MJP  631330 MJP  631299 MJP  631316 MJP  631628 MJP  631295 MJP  631655 MJP  631895 MJP  631899 MJP  631749 MJP  631901 MJP  631748 MJP  631903 MJP  631918, the couple chose framed photos to display next to an arrangement of baby’s breath and simple roses.  There are so many different ways to make every wedding a memorable one!  You really want your guests to leave and still talk about your wonderful details for years to come.  Whatever details you choose, make sure they’re a reflection of you as a couple and you can always make it a family or friend affair.  Have a get together with your bridesmaids to choose photos for the slideshow or just spend the day with nana going through family heirlooms that you can incorporate into the day!  We can’t wait to see what awesome details are in store for our Fall 2016 wedding season!  Happy Friday and cheers to the weekend!

19 Aug Windwood Intern Opportunities!

Windwood Equestrian has 2 openings for working students! If you love horses and want to pursue a career in a competitive equestrian field come learn with us! We are seeking a great individual who wants to learn first hand experience at one of Alabama’s finest equestrian centers.

Work with top level competition horses in the fields of hunters/jumpers/dressage. (eventers welcome this is a great place to work on skills needed to get the scores to win in dressage and jumping)
Weekly lessons will be provided
Opportunity to ride horses at all levels of training
Monthly opportunities to go to USEF or local shows in our area

Grooming horses
Mucking stalls
Assisting Trainers during lessons and training rides
General barn duties

Great attitude
Team player
Amazing work ethic
Love of animals
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09 Aug Kulture City Dinner: Windwood Equestrian

This past Friday night, Windwood had the pleasure of hosting Kulture City.  It was the kick-off to a fun-filled and celebrity spotting weekend!  Kulture City has been doing amazing things in the community and we were so exited to be apart of this wonderful weekend.  The organization was founded in 2013 and it provides needs for children living with autism.  The event allowed the founders of the organization, Julian and Michele Maha to shine a little light on those people in the community who are also doing amazing things for kids living with autism.  Friday night was a star-studded event!  Guests wined and dined on awesome food provided by Brick and Tin.  Cece Designs brought a little glamour to Windwood with beautiful florals and designs.  After the presentation of awards, there was a huge surprise in store- fireworks!  The main barn was illuminated by every color in the rainbow with a dynamic fireworks show to close out the event.  This was our first year hosting the pre-party for Kulture City and I have to say, it was a huge success.  Thanks to all the vendors who came together to make sure everything went off without a hitch.  Thanks again to Kulture City for this wonderful opportunity to witness first hand what an amazing organization you have!


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01 Aug Farm Wedding Glam: Windwood Weddings

Some people actually think that every farm wedding has to be boho chic or farm to table.  That’s not necessarily the case with Windwood weddings!  We’ve had some of the most glamorous weddings at Windwood.  From chandeliers to seated dinners, this space definitely isn’t lacking in any of the glam wedding requirements.  We love to see how each bride pushes the decor to the next level.  One weekend we may have beautiful streamers hanging from the trees and the next week we may have beautiful chandeliers suspended from the trees.  It all depends on the personality of each of our couples.  Every wedding is different because every Windwood couple is different.   Everyone loves a little sparkle, even our horses!  Crystal chandeliers, with crystal champagne flutes along with a little bling added to the bridal bouquet always make a for a great combination.  We’ve had a lot of styled shoots at Windwood just to give brides an opportunity to see the amazing and endless possibilities.  We are always at a lost for words when everything comes together on wedding day and those tiny decisions that our couples make have made a dramatic impact on the style of their wedding.

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28 Jul Let’s Get This Party Started! Windwood Weddings

Everyone knows that the reception is my favorite part of the wedding!  I can’t help it, I’m a music lover and it’s always nice to see what selections our couples have chosen.  Whether it’s a band or a DJ, the music choices can make or break a wedding reception.  This is the time when you can really get to know your couples!  When that one song comes on and your sweet little bride breaks it all the way down, shock value takes a totally different meaning!  Some couples choose a DJ that plays music familiar with the music they’ve grown up on.  For example, it’s always fun to hear a little Brittney Spears or we can take it all the way back to my era…. Run DMC!  Some couples would rather opt for a band that starts with a little traditional music and by the end of the night everyone is rolling on the river.  Music brings everyone together!  Whether your five years old or seventy five years old, the dance floor is the one place where age doesn’t matter.  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen parents start a Soul Train Line and that line gradually changes to the Wobble right before your eyes!  Whatever type of music a couple chooses, the reception is the place where they can surely let their hair down and dance the night away.  The hard part of the day is over, you’re officially married so why not join in on the Cha Cha Slide!

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21 Jul Reasons to Love a Farm Venue: Windwood Weddings

There are so many advantages to having a farm venue.  We have those couples who visit Windwood and they actually have grown up on farms or they currently live on a farm.  Then we have those couples that have never even visited a farm before who fall in love with Windwood. Either way, you will find that there isn’t anything like having your wedding amongst some endearing four legged friends.  Windwood has some of the most beautiful horses around.  We love the fact that guests have an opportunity to interact with our horses while celebrating the marriage of their friends and family.  There have been numerous times during the ceremony when our couples have officially been announced as husband and wife and the guests erupt in applause.  The applause generally causes our horses to cheer as well!  I can’t tell you how many guests have asked whether or not that’s something we’ve trained our horses to do!  Our couples also have a chance to have their wedding portraits taken with our horses.  Whether they’re engagement photos of portraits taken the day of the wedding, these are some of our best moments at Windwood.  We would like for every couple to have an experience here that they can’t have anywhere else! We prides ourselves in the beauty of Windwood and the overall experience of having an amazing farm wedding.  What are waiting for?  Hurry and book your Windwood wedding today!

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19 Jul Personal Touches: Windwood Equestrian

We love when our brides and grooms add personal touches to their wedding day.  This is the best day of their lives and it’s always fun when you see intimate details that show the personalities of our couples.  I really love it when a bride chooses to share memories of their families through photos.  One of the best ways to do this is the small picture frames that brides attached to their bouquets.  The photos could be memorandum pictures of loved ones that have actually passed on or they could be fun-loving photos of the couple and their friends.  Mothers normally give their daughters beautiful handkerchiefs for their wedding day to dry those tears of joy.  Wrapping the handkerchief around the bottom of the bouquet is such an amazing way to keep those mothers close to heart, especially during the walk down the aisle.  Every bride and groom are different and every Windwood wedding is different.  We’ve had some of the most awesome events here and it always amazes me to see the creativity of these couples every weekend! KAM 8681 CAM 9858 MHA  727377 MKS 46540 MCS 44306

14 Jul Bohemian Chic: Windwood Weddings

The wedding day style is usually a reflection of the bride and groom’s personal style.  I must admit, Windwood has some extremely trendy and hip couples.  There’s a style that has taken the wedding world by storm.  Some people call it “bohemian or “boho chic”.  When people think of the word “bohemian”  the one thing that normally pops in their head is a beautiful barefoot, flower-crown wearing bride.  That’s not necessarily the case for all weddings.  There are many different options to having a “boho” themed wedding.  This was probably one of my favorite Windwood weddings over the years.  It was so full of personal style and the couple chose options that didn’t stray too far from a comfortable, laid back but glamorous wedding theme.  From the food choices to the small plants that Rachel and Eric gave as wedding favors, this day was filled with intimate touches that made you feel like you’ve lived in the same home with the couple their entire lives.  I remember a time when a groom wouldn’t think about not wearing a formal tuxedo for a wedding that was after 6pm.  Well, Windwood doesn’t have your average grooms.  Our guys are just as stylish as our brides!  Here are a few of my favorite moments from Rachel and Eric’s wedding!

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08 Jul The Seasons of Windwood: Windwood Weddings

There are so many advantages to having an outdoor venue!  One of the main reasons we love Windwood is the fact that  you actually have an opportunity to witness true seasons.  What a difference three months can make!  From the wisteria of Spring to the colorful hillsides of Fall, we have a chance to see the ever changing colors of the entire year!  One of my favorite seasons is Spring.  Trying to describe Windwood in the Spring  to someone is nearly impossible!  If you closed your eyes and opened them, you could easily mistake this place for Ireland.  I’ve never seen grass so luscious and green!  It is truly one  of the most remarkable times to get married at Windwood!  Anyone who knows me could tell you that Fall is my favorite time of year!  One of the advantages to having a wedding here in the Fall is the scenery.  We often tell people that all you have to do is bring your wedding dress and God does the rest.  The hillsides are absolutely breathtaking and it’s the perfect time of the year to light up the fireplace in the courtyard! We can even provide the marshmallows!  Whatever season you choose, you can’t go wrong with Windwood.  It’s such a beautiful venue and we’re so lucky to have a chance to share this place with so many of our amazing clients!

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05 Jul Cameron & Andrew: Windwood Weddings

This past weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting Cameron and Andrew’s black tie wedding.  From the beginning planning stages, the bride and groom both knew they wanted a formal affair. We were so excited because it was the first time a couple had chosen this option for a Windwood wedding!  I had so many conversations with the bride and her mother about their vision for this day.  It was amazing to see it all come together.  We all wanted the perfect wedding for Cameron and Andrew and that’s exactly what we got! With blue hydrangeas and flowing dresses, Cameron and and her bridesmaids were simply stunning!  The ceremony was held at the School Barn facing the dock.  Windwood’s wooden cross crafted from Andrew Jackson’s barn, was a beautiful focal point during the ceremony.  Cameron works in sports marketing for the Alabama Crimson Tide.  She wanted to somehow combine her love of sports with her wedding.  So she had the team’s mascot, Big Al stop by during the reception.  One of the funniest moments was when Big Al and Windwood’s mini-horse Phoenix, were introduced to each other.  What an amazing day!  I wish we could actually do it over again this weekend!  Congratulations to Cameron and Andrew, we wish you many Alabama football seasons together and thank you so much for allowing Windwood to be apart of this special day! MCB 101077 MCB 101235 ACB 100275 MCB 101262 MCB 101400 ACB 100523 ACB 100639 MCB 101598 MCB 101876 MCB 102089

20 Jun Hannah & Jared: Windwood Weddings

We met Hannah and Jared back in February.  I remember thinking that they were such a cute couple and I was really excited when they decided to have their wedding at Windwood!  Hannah has that sparkly and perfect personality and Jared seemed so laid back.  I really got to know Hannah and her mom because we spoke so often about their wedding possibilities at Windwood.  I think this will be one of those “wow” weddings that is talked about for years to come.  Arden Photography photographed the lovely couple for their engagement portraits and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome!  Beautiful people are captured beautifully!  We are so excited about November and we can’t wait to see this couple photographed again, but this time it will be for their wedding day!  AHS 94779 AHS 94786 AHS 94843 AHS 94874 AHS 94902 AHS 94912

13 Jun Kelly & Ross: Windwood Weddings

I remember the first time I met this couple, I actually thought they were both Ralph Lauren models!  I think the word “striking” is a bit of an understatement when it comes to Kelly and Ross.   It’s just as exciting when a couple’s inside beauty matches their outward beauty.  These two people were definitely made for each other.   I love it when we’re there from the beginning planning stages of a wedding.  From conception to fruition, everything came together just as we planned.  I couldn’t think of any two people who were so perfect for each other.  On May 15th, these two lovely people combined each of their parties of two into one blended family.  That’s right, we now have a part of four!  Tears definitely flowed throughout the day and who knew Kelly could be even more beautiful than the previous times we’d met.  She was stunning in a gorgeous lace gown.  This was such a simple, fun and family-oriented party; exactly the way the couple wanted it!  After the ceremony, guests were welcomed into the main barn while the couple slipped away for a few sunset photos.  Windwood Weddings would like to congratulate Kelly and Ross on a beautiful wedding and a beautiful marriage.  May all of your days be filled with breathtaking sunsets and the love you felt throughout the entire day! Thank you for allowing Windwood to share this wonderful time with both of you!  AKR 88581 MKR 89336 MKR 89305 MKR 89402 AKR 88638 AKR 88640 AKR 88669 MKR 89517 MKR 89551 MKR 89494 MKR 89521 MKR 89714 MKR 89729 AKR 88962 MKR 89770 MKR 89785 AKR 89163 AKR 89187 MKR 89691 MKR 89698 MKR 89796 MKR 89982 MKR 90129

01 Jun Flower Girls: Windwood Equestrian

The bride is always the most beautiful girl of the day but sometimes the flower girls definitely steals the show.  They’re adorable, they’re cute and whether or not they actually walk down the aisle is a total gamble!  From temper tantrums to complete meltdowns, these sweet little angels can determine a perfect or imperfect ceremony.  On the other hand, what’s not to love about a tiny, two foot perfect faced toddler.  They love the attention of walking down and they’re often tiny replicas of our brides of the day.  Pretty in white and halo-adorned, the sweet moments between flower girl and bride are the most picture perfect!  From sweet hugs and kisses to actually throwing the flowers down the aisle,  we love the reactions from our guests.  Windwood has some of the most beautiful flower girls on the planet and they never seem to disappoint when it comes to stealing a moment from the bride.  It’s always hard to chose our favorite memories but I think we’re off to a good start!  Here are some of our amazing flower girls over the years and they all get an A+ in the cuteness category.  We’re off to a fantastic start to this year’s wedding season and we can’t wait to make more memories with these tiny little angels!


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24 May Amanda & Bryan’s Wedding

We always love when we first meet our Windwood couples.  They’re so excited about their weddings and we can’t wait to start the planning! They all have different personalities and different visions for their wedding days.  When I first met Amanda, I knew I wanted to work with her.  It was such an awarding experience to be there from the beginning planning stages.  This past weekend was a little bittersweet.  Amanda and Bryan’s day had finally arrived but I knew that the text messages and emails would no longer be.  We form such an amazing bond with our couples and it seems like weddings days get here just way too fast!  I’m so excited for Amanda and Bryan and their wedding was everything I thought it would be.  Amanda was such a beautiful bride and we couldn’t wait to share photos of this wedding.  With perfect weather, the perfect groom and the perfect venue- this page of their lives was torn straight our of a fairly tale.  Thank you for allowing us to be apart of you lives throughout this entire process.  Congratulations to Amanda and Bryan!

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17 May Sneak Peek: Natalie & Tyler

I guess it’s safe to say that Spring is the Season of Love!  We’ve been so busy and wedding season has just started! I knew from the moment Natalie told me she was an artist, her wedding was going to be awesome!  She has such an amazing vision for her artwork and it really showed throughout the entire planning process.   Her wedding started as a blank canvas and I watched it transform into something we haven’t really seen at Windwood.  The ceremony took place before a gorgeous backdrop that Natalie created herself.  The painting  contained bright colors of pinks and blues.   She and Tyler trusted their vendors to make this day the picture perfect painting!  It’s always exciting to see a couple’s ideas become a reality.  This wedding definitely contained some “pinch me, I’m dreaming ” moments!  We’re always sad when a wedding is over because we work so closely with the couple and you miss the day to day conversations that you have with them.  We get to know their families and their closest friends.  I guess we’ll have to get Natalie to paint some artwork for Windwood to brighten our days!  Congratulations to Natalie & Tyler!  It was a pleasure to spend this wonderful day with you!


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11 May Happy Anniversary Audrey & Wilson!

I can’t believe it’s been three years!  I still remember meeting Audrey for the first time.  She was so sweet and so excited about her upcoming Windwood wedding.  This was one of our first weddings at Windwood and it could not have been more perfect! This couple’s wedding has been featured everywhere!  Thanks to the planning and design guru Christopher Confero, this simple glam wedding featured some of the best vendors in the business.  Everyone that visits Windwood has seen Audrey and Wilson’s wedding.  We’ve seen future brides at bridal shows who know every detail about this May 11th extravaganza! They sometimes use a few of their details for their own inspiration.  We could not be more excited about wishing this amazing couple a very Happy Anniversary!  We were there from the beginning and we’re still here wishing you the very best in life!  We hope everyday that the two of you have spent together has been as magical as your wedding day!  We can’t wait to see what the next 50 years will hold!

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10 May Sneak Peek: Kaci & Jordan

I’m not sure who ordered the weather for this past weekend but whomever did it- order it again for this weekend, and the next!  Beautiful is simply an understatement when it comes to our real life Barbie and Ken!  Straight from your local toy store, these two perfect and gorgeous people were literally made for each other.  Kaci and Jordan exchanged vows in the presence of family and friends this Saturday.  A group of amazing vendors came together to create a magical day!  With amazing florals from Cece Design and Ashley Stork leading the planning, the entire day went off without a hitch!   These are the weddings Windwood was made for.   With a bridal party as beautiful as our bride and groom, every moment was a photo straight out of a magazine!  The ceremony was held right before sunset where around 200 guests gathered in front of the School Barn.  The reception followed where guests mingled and danced the night away!

We couldn’t be more thrilled about Kaci and Jordan choosing to spend their day with us at Windwood. It’s such an honor when couples put their faith in you and trusts that you have their very best interest at heart!  We pride ourselves on making sure we have the happiest brides and grooms in the world!  Congratulations to Kaci and Jordan!  We wish you the very best!

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06 May Party Favors and Details:

Every wedding couple that we see at Windwood is different.  They have different styles and different personalities!  We often have a chance to see their personal styles come through when it comes to details and party favors.  We all want our guests to feel appreciated for attending the most important day our lives.  So, why not send them on their way with a small token to say thank you! We’ve seen things such as gourmet coffee, donuts and keychains as favors.  These are small items that mean the world to someone who attends your wedding.  Most guests that attend the weddings don’t expect to leave with gifts. It is truly a thought provoking gesture for the bride and groom to not only receive gifts, but to give gifts also.  That goes to show you that you never outgrow good old “Southern Hospitality!”

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04 May Let Them Eat Cake!

Being around wedding cakes every weekend is the best way to satisfy an extensive sweet tooth! I must admit, I was never really a “cake” person until I started photographing weddings and tasting all of the various layered choices.  I mean, these are not your average wedding cakes!  Yes, there are some brides that are sticklers for the traditional vanilla cake with buttercream icing(which is still one of my personal favorites).  But lately, we’re starting to see a trend in those rebellious brides that choose to add a little “flavor” to their lives by choosing cakes with a little more pizzaz!  From lemon cream cheese to pecan praline buttercream,  gourmet wedding cakes have become more and more popular!

I remember the first time I saw fondant icing.  I actually thought to myself “this is a fad that will quickly fade!” For some odd reason, I didn’t realize that under the fondant were layers of coconut, pumpkin and moist chocolate filling.  The idea of using fondant has taken over the cake world.  Mainly because of the smooth texture that creates a blank canvas for cake decorators to showcase their artistic abilities!  I love to see the different colors and variations that brides and bakeries design  for wedding day.  If I could bake the perfect cake, I think it would contain every flavor known to man!  The next time you’re at a wedding, eat the cake!  I’ve never been disappointed in wedding cake and I’m sure you won’t either!

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03 May AHJA Lachlan Horse Show

Huge turnout of 96 horses at the AHJA Lachlan Farm hosted at Windwood Equestrian.  William Upton Madeline Reich & Jill Dean are super proud of all our team from Leadline to big time jumps!
Congrats to Izzy Simpson aboard Wish & Dutch for winning Champion & Reserve in Schooling Hunter & Modified Hunter & great success & top honors in her 2nd time ever moving up to Children’s Hunters!  Jordan Keay Dillenberg had beautiful rides &  great success in jumpers in .95 meter classes & had plans to go 1.0m & up but then thunderstorms came so it was a wrap on jumpers for the day.  Lucy Reich did a great job piloting Bubbles to Children’s Pony-Reserve Champ! Chloe Marsh overcame a missed lead in her under saddle class & listened to her coach to let it go (have sports amnesia & go forward to fix it in the next ride😊)& ended up “slaying” the Cross Poles o/f and ended up Champion on Bubbles. MV pony piloted Just A Splash to Crosspole Reserve Champion, and had just a couple lessons to get to know this pony, just wait until she really gets to know this pony! Erica Dillion won Top Honors in a very competitive Xpole Hunter division!
Megan Seidel was Hopeful Hunter Emma Whited & Farnley Belle won lots of 2nd & 3rds /Top Honors in a HUGE walk trot division!  Charlotte Miller & Overlord won the Walk Trot Under Saddle & lots of 2nds/3rds again against kids in their 2nd year of walk trot & this was Char’s 2nd show since Kickoff! Megan Seidel was Champion on Wanderlust & moved her 3 1/2 year old up to the Starting Hunter division with lots of progression in her training. Brandi Corbett and Belle Of The Ball, won 2nd in their Equitation O/F & Top ribbons in Pre-Adult & Modified, again in VERY competitive divisions & Brandi  just started riding as an adult about 3 years ago, she’s getting ready for her USEF show debut soon!

Lucy Reich won Jr Am Champion on Rutchspin. Adrienne Scott wowed us for the 2nd show in a row to win Long Stirrup champion aboard Thunderstruck & then earned a Reserve Champion in a very competitive Starting Hunter division! Melissa Durbin Welch won the hack laid down beautiful trips o/f to win Reserve Champ on Blame It On Vegas. Lucy Reich also won Low Hunter champ on  Rutchspin. Claire Newsom pony piloted Bubbles to Walk trot Reserve Champion and she just competed in her first show at the AHJA Kickoff show!  Lilly Uber won TOP honors on Simply Star winning a 2nd & 2 3rds in her 2nd time ever showing in Walk Trot! We also had Academy students earn top honors at their first or 2nd show ever. Congrats to Isabelle Morrisse aboard Grandpa Parker earning 2 firsts in her first show ever! Lily Bush & Polkadottin & Ella Carr on Simply Star both won blues in Academy Walk! Yasmine Ferzli won Champion on Belle in Academy Walk Trot, and it was her first real show ever! Sydney Porter was a superstar in her first show aboard Mr Irresistible in Academy Xpoles!  So proud of all of you, & thank you so much to all the Mom’s & Dad’s that volunteered to work & to all who came to enjoy an AHJA show at Windwood, we loved having each and every one of you. And, thank you to Anna O’Walls and Lachlan Farm for choosing Windwood to host your show! Great teamwork!

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02 May The Colors of the Season

With Spring coming to an end and Summer quickly approaching, we’re starting to see a shift in the upcoming wedding season trends.  One of the trends that we are seeing is the bold color statement.  With various hues of purple and pink, more color is definitely making it’s way toward the summer months.  From the flowers to bridesmaids bouquets we love seeing the splashes of bright hues everywhere.  Brides are leaning toward less traditional colors and choosing colors that leave a lasting impression!  I absolutely love the way bright colors photograph and I’ve always been a fanatic of anything relative to the purple family.  Besides dresses and bouquets, brides are also adding more color to their bridal shoes and table scapes.  With every new Season, a new trend makes an appearance.  We’re so excited for warm weather and warmer color tones!  We can’t wait to see the other trends that follow suit but in the meantime, take a look at some of our past seasonal favorites!

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29 Apr Windwood Horse Show

Once again, it’s time for one of our favorite events at the farm! We love Horse Show weekends and getting a chance to meet all of the wonderful riders and their four-legged friends!  Windwood has always had such a great turnout for the event and we could not be more excited about this weekend!  We love all the activities that we have this weekend and it’s always a family affair.  Bring your lawn chairs and friends and come on out to Windwood for a spectacular time!  This is one of four Horse Show’s that we have for the year and we’re excited to start off with a bang!  We can’t wait to see how much everyone has improved from last year and we’ll post more photos of our ribbon winners!

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27 Apr Emily & Joey Windwood Spring Wedding!

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20 Apr Alex Senior Portraits

The month of May is just around the corner and you know exactly what that means, it’s almost graduation time!  Toddlers, teens and young adults are getting ready to take that stride across the stage.  This past weekend we photographed one of our favorite girls from one of our favorite families! Alex is a senior at Vestavia High School and she came to Windwood for her senior portraits.  With an infectious smile and bubbly personality, Alex definitely made the day enjoyable.  I’ve known her family for many years and there aren’t enough kind words to say about them.  It’s always a pleasure to work with such sweet people and we’re always excited to see our clients as they journey through life’s milestones.  We couldn’t be more proud of Alex and all of her accomplishments!  You have such a bright future and we hope we’re there every step of the way.  Congratulations and thanks for making us smile!


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18 Apr Katie & Lacy’s Wedding Feature: The Knot

We absolutely love when we have weddings that are featured on different blogs and publications.  This week ,we’re excited to announce that Katie and Lacy’s Spring wedding is featured on The Knot!  Amazing vendors and a wonderful  bridal party are always the key factors in having a featured wedding!  It really does take a team effort to make sure the day is perfect in every aspect of the word.  From florals to photography, all vendors play a huge role in assuring that the entire planning process is a success.  There are so many different things to think about when the planning starts but at the end of the day we all provide the best service possible and we hope for moments like this.  Congratulations to Katie and Lacy and to every team member that made this wedding a success!  Be sure to check the link below to see more from this spectacular day!



15 Apr Hannah’s Senior Portraits

I met Hannah at our Windwood Open House where we invited some of our amazing vendors, potential brides and some great people in the Pelham community.  We walked around the property and her mom sent me a text a few days later thanking us for inviting them. I learned that Hannah is a senior in high school and heading to South Alabama to study radiology in the Fall.  She comes from an amazing Italian family and her grandmother makes the best spaghetti in the world!  She asked if we could shoot her portraits for her senior profile and we jumped at the opportunity.  She is such a sweet girl and we had an awesome time this week.  We chose a few of her favorite locations in the barn and outside in the field.  She looked simply beautiful and we so excited that she asked us to be apart of her senior year.  Good luck to Hannah in all of your future endeavors and we can’t wait to shoot your college graduation photos at Windwood!  Study hard at South Alabama and have a little fun…not too much fun!


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14 Apr Emily & Rustin’s Fall Wedding!

It’s throwback Thursday and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than Rustin and Emily’s amazing Fall wedding at Windwood.  With a bold and beautiful color scheme, this was definitely one of our favorites of last year!  We’ve always had true Seasons at Windwood and the Fall colors and leaves made their appearance the entire weekend.  Bridesmaids were beautiful in flowing crimson dresses and Emily was simply stunning.  The weather was perfect and it’s always a tear jerker when we have the opportunity to witness a couples first look.  Both bride and groom were so overwhelmed with pure emotion and we’re so thankful for the opportunity to witness that amazing display of love! We live for a wedding with an awesome array of guests who know how to get a party started.  With a great band on the largest stage around, everyone danced the night away.  Rustin & Emily even rocked it out on stage with the band by singing a few of their favorite songs.  To the surprise of guests, Rustin really knows how to entertain a crowd!  All weddings should be a reflection of a celebration of the couple and this wedding proved to be just that. If you ever wanted to know what love really looks like, we have a few pictures below to show you! We couldn’t help but to smile when this couple had their final send off into a world of marital bliss.  It was such a joy to work with Rustin and Emily and to get to know their families and friends better. Congratulations again to this wonderful couple and thank you so much for allowing Windwood’s venue to be apart of your special day!  We wish you many many years of happiness and you are the true definition of the perfect couple!

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05 Nov AHJA’s Year End Show

Windwood Equestrian has a team of riders competing in the AHJA’s Year End Show at H&G Horse Quarters in Auburn. We would like to wish the team Good Luck!

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04 Nov Behind the Barn Door – Windwood Equestrian Hosted the Hunter Creek Horse Show

The fall leaves are bursting with color, the temperatures are cooler, the days are shorter and Halloween is behind us. Sadly, these things also mean one thing: that the 2015 horse show season is quickly coming to an end. It’s difficult to believe that there are only two shows left in the Alabama Hunter Jumpers Association (AHJA) season, ending nine months of horse showing.

Windwood Equestrian hosted the Hunter Creek Horse Show on Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st.

Windwood Equestrian extends its congratulations to its equestrains who competed in the Hidden Hills and Vintage Creek Horse shows hosted by Westminister Farms in Tuscaloosa on October 16th and 17th    Please see the photos from the said shows hereinbelow. Great job, team Windwood!

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26 Oct Top Tips to Help you Choose the Perfect Wedding Cake!

Let the cake tasting begin! One of the most fun aspects of planning a wedding is choosing, and of course, getting to taste all of the wedding cake! After all, what could be better than sampling slice after slice of delicious cake? Since, ideally, you should order the cake six months before the wedding, it’s best to start considering what you would like soon after you’ve chosen your reception site and the style of your wedding.

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Choose a Reputable Bakery

Brides-to-be should absolutely do some research to find the ideal wedding cake. Visit the bakery’s website to view images of their work. Next you should visit the bakery in person and meet with the staff. It’s important to walk out of the bakery with an image of the cake — either drawn or rendered via computer — so that there aren’t any surprises.

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Choose a Style

Consider your venue, the time of year and, of course, your personal sense of style. A formal wedding generally calls for a structured, multitier cake; it can be elaborately or simply decorated, so long as its style implies something ceremonial and grand. Some couples might choose a less traditional style for their wedding, cupcake towers, mini dessert buffets, dessert shooters or pastries are just a few options for couples today. Once you’ve decided what style of wedding cake you want, you’ll be ready to get started!



Select a Design

Many brides bring their color scheme (wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses) into the design of their cake. Think of your wedding cake as a blank canvas- it can be kept simple and minimalist or decorated with different colors and designs. Consider whether you want your wedding cake to fit in with any color themes you have (such as with tablecloths, flowers, etc.) or whether your cake will have its own design. Coordinating with the bakery making your cake can help you with these decisions of the design process.



Figure out the Size

Depending on the number of guests you will have at your reception, you will need a specific size cake. Lots of couples request something quite grand.  They generally require their cake to be a real centrepiece and for it to be the focal point of the room. There as so many things to consider, so when speaking to your cake designer make sure he or she is aware of not only your design requirements but your cake requirements.  An experienced cake designer should always advise you on portions and ensure that you have more than enough cake for the day.

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Eat a Piece of Your Own Cake!

You’d be surprised how many couples don’t get a chance to eat their own wedding cake — don’t let that be you! If you don’t have time to sit down at the reception and enjoy a slice, ask your caterer to save some for you.

19 Oct Finding the Perfect Honeymoon Destination

The “I do’s” are over and it is time for you to relax and take off on your honeymoon! Your honeymoon will be one of the most important trips that you will ever go on. You want it to be memorable, so it is important that you find the perfect place to spend it. The following takes a brief look at how to find the perfect honeymoon destination.


Decide On It Together

If you’re having trouble narrowing down the choices, you and your fiance should each write a list of your top five dream destinations and compare notes. You might find that one place appears on both, so start there. For your honeymoon to be perfect it needs to be exactly what both you and your partner want it to be. You will both want to be involved in finding the ideal location.  By working together you will be able to check out far more options and increase your chances of finding something truly unique.


Compare Pricing

The perfect honeymoon destination will need to be one that you can reasonably afford—there is nothing romantic about starting off your married life together with a large honeymoon related debt. An easy way to find the best location at the right price is to make use of online price comparison websites; they can make it extremely easy to narrow down your search so you can focus on choosing between those finer details and touches. Once you have found that perfect honeymoon destination, use price comparison sites to line up the best deals on all those other important elements of the trip, such as tours, hotels and even cheap travel insurance.


Research Destinations

There are several things you need to consider to make your location ideal for you, ranging from the hotel to the climate.  It is crucial that you do plenty of research into any honeymoon location you are considering. The earlier you start your search, the more time you will have to research all of those little finer points that often make or break a vacation. Having this knowledge will also make it easier to plan for things such as what to bring and what level of travel insurance to get. One of the best ways to research any honeymoon destination is to read the reviews written by couples that have been there already.


Consider Less Conventional Options

While some parts of the world have become well known as dream honeymoon locations, the world is full of incredible places that would make for the perfect honeymoon. If you choose a lesser known place, you might be able to afford to stay for a longer period of time.  If you and your partner are the adventurous types then going somewhere less ordinary may be the perfect way to start your new life together.


When you decide on a Destination

Make sure you buy theater tickets, arrange passes for special art exhibits, and make reservations at popular restaurants well in advance. Consider if it will be warm enough for hiking or cold enough for skiing? If you are thinking of visiting a national park, remember that some of the biggies, like Yellowstone, get so much snow that some roads are closed well into April. And national-park lodges fill up months in advance, so reserve early.



Having a great honeymoon is an important way to get your married life off to a good start, so make sure that you and your new husband or wife find the perfect spot to spend this special time together!

14 Oct How to Kickstart your Happily Ever After with a Grand Exit!

Make your exit just as exciting as your entrance with a little help from your guests! Use rose petals, glow sticks, sparklers or pom poms from your favorite team to help send you off in style.  If you have access to some sort of awesome transportation, this is the time to use it! Vintage Cars, Limousines, a Rolls Royce or even a Taxi help to make your exit leave a lasting impression on your guest. Whether you say “I do” in a church, barn or a garden, the close of your ceremony is the perfect time for your guests to shower you with love and send you on your way!

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09 Oct What’s Lurking Behind the Barn Door This Halloween?

Fifteen hundred pounds of horseflesh is galloping across the 36,000 square foot ring with its many obstacles. Thundering hooves in the soft footing, with the massive horse’s muscles protruding and veins pulsating with every stride. Sounds of awe and excitement fill the air, as the scent freshly cleaned leather is everywhere. Pelham resident, Christine McClurkin, leans forward and urges her precious mount with a big kiss, the extradordinary beast gracefully conquers the 4 foot jump with ease.

Welcome to the Windwood Horse Show for the Alabama Hunter Jumpers Association (AHJA). Come watch the excitment as riders from all over the state, both novice and experienced, will compete for points as the show season nears its end. Nearly 100 pampered and gregarious horses and their riders will convene on the 150 acre farm on Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st.

A special costume contest will be held for horse and rider on Friday evening. Showing begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, with registration starting at 3:30 p.m. Showing begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. All competitors are encouraged to preregister online at alabamahunterjumpers.org.

Come and see what a horse show is all about. There is no admission fee for spectators. Sneaky Petes will be onsite for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Windwood Equestrian is located at 4848 Highway 11 in Pelham. Should you have any questions, call or text Windwood trainer, Jill Dean, at 603.6166.

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07 Oct Wedding Etiquette – Who Pays for What?

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Forget the rule that says certain people have to pay for certain things! You no longer have to stick to certain outdated rules when it comes to weddings, such as the bride’s parents footing the bill for the majority of the wedding.  These days, many couples are splitting the costs evenly among themselves, with and without their parents.Take a look at the traditional cost breakdown of a wedding for reference, but keep in mind that no one is required to follow these rules — it all depends on your own situation.
Old Rules: Wedding and reception expenses for a first marriage are traditionally the sole responsibility of the bride’s family. When paying, they get to determine the size and style of the wedding and reception. The groom’s family may offer to share in the cost of the reception, and the bride’s family may accept in order to accommodate a larger wedding.
New Rules: Both families may divide the expenses as their budget allows, or each family can contribute a set amount to the total expenses. Take a look at the traditional cost breakdown, listed below for reference. Keep in mind that no one is required to follow these rules — it all depends on your own situation.

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The Bride’s Family: 
-Church and reception site rental
-Cake, catering and beverages for the reception
-Invitations, announcements and stationery
-Services of a wedding consultant
-The bridal attire
-Photography for the engagements, bridal portraits, ceremony and reception
-Flowers for the church, reception and the bridesmaids
-Corsages for special helpers
-Music at the ceremony and reception
-Limousine for the bride and family to the church, and cars for transportation
-Lodging for out-of-town bridesmaids or arrangements with friends
-Security and insurance
-Wedding favorsAKD  728952The Groom or His Family:
-The bride’s engagement and wedding rings

-Marriage license
-Officiant’s fee and travel expenses
-Bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage
-Corsages for the mothers and grandmothers
-Boutonnieres for the men of the wedding party
-Wedding gift for the bride
-Limousine expense leaving reception — or for the day
-Wedding night accommodations
-Honeymoon trip
-Gifts for the best man and groomsmen
-Lodging or arrangements for out-of-town groomsmen
-Rehearsal dinner
The Bride:
-Groom’s wedding ring

-Groom’s gift
-Gifts for the bride’s attendants
-Thank you gift for parents
-Bridesmaid’s luncheon (optional event)

Other Expenses:
-Engagement parties may be hosted by each set of parents or friends

-Groom’s family or engaged couple may co-host or host the entire wedding event
-The groom’s family or friends usually give the bachelor dinner or party

30 Sep Creative Wedding Favors for Your Guest!

It’s time to celebrate with your guests! The wedding favor is the one part of the wedding which your guests will take home as a reminder of your Wedding Day. Favors for guests are made to be small tokens of appreciation for attending the wedding and they also serve as souvenirs from the wedding as well. Check out the favor ideas below, your guest will love them!

Mini bottles of liquor – such as wine, champagne, whiskey, or tequila – can make really cute favors if you package them up right!

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Jars of honey, jam, or pepper jelly are the perfect thank-you presents for wedding guests. They all have long shelf lives and are such a treat!

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Flip-Flops make a great gift that your guest can enjoy long after the wedding. On wedding day, ladies can kick off their heels and men their tight shoes to dance the night away!

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Koozies make great wedding favors that can be personalized with your wedding date. Your friends will always think of you and remember your wonderful celebration every time they use them!

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How much fun would it be to hand out sunglasses at your summer wedding! You know your photographer will be able to get some great shots of your guest in their shades!wedding gifts 8



These mini lanterns are so cute! Your guest will be thrilled to receive this adorable reminder of your special day!

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Give your guests a s’mores kit complete with chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows, and you will give them a fun reminder of their childhood!

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And finally, a candy or cookie bar is so much fun!  Let your guest fill up their goodie bag or box to take home with them. What a treat that would be!

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28 Sep Just Engaged? How to get started planning!

He popped the question. You said yes! Now, how do you start planning for the big day? What should you do first? Here are some pointers to show you where to get started and how to let your “style” come through on your special day!


Call Your Family Members and Friends

First things first! You want to share your wonderful news with your family and closest friends! Make sure you’ve told, texted or called anyone in your family and inner circle of friends that you want to be the first to know. Next you can jump on social media and announce the news to the world!

Set a Timetable

The minute you get engaged, everyone will be asking you about the date. First, select a range of dates that you feel will work for you.  A typical engagement lasts anywhere from six months to a year and a half or more, but also think about what season you’d prefer, any major holidays or family events you’d like to avoid conflicting with, and how long you predict you’ll need to plan.

Book your Venue

Before making any other decisions about your wedding, you will want to decide on a venue and what style you want to set for your wedding. Things to consider are, what size wedding you would like, big (everyone you know) or small (just close friends and family)? Would you like the ceremony to be indoors or outdoors? What is your style– modern, classic, romantic or rustic? Remember that your venue will be the backdrop in your photos and it will influence everything about your day. You can get plenty of wedding inspiration from bridal magazines, blogs and Pinterest, so make sure to check them out!

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Ready to get down to the nitty-gritty? Settle on a rough guest list and budget, without them, you can’t book the right venue and vendors. Sit down and decide on an amount that you want to spend.  This number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so be sure to work out your budget before you start planning.

Make a Guest List

When you begin to make your guest list, make sure you consider where your ceremony or reception will be held. Consider how many people it can accommodate. Do you want to have a small intimate celebration or do you want to throw a once-in-a-lifetime party for all of your friends and family? In addition to location, your budget will have a big influence on the size of your guest list.


Register (Before Your Engagement Party!)

It is perfectly acceptable to register as soon as you get engaged. This gives guests who’d like to purchase a gift for you for any pre-wedding parties — including engagement parties, showers, or brunches, some guidance when buying. The fact that you are registered does not mean that guests must buy a gift from your registry, it simply gives your family and friends some options, so go ahead and register for those items that you love!

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Insure Your Engagement Ring

No matter how careful you are, the peace of mind that engagement ring insurance will give you and your fiance is worth it. There are two basic ways to do it: As an extension of your renter’s or homeowner’s policy (which would reimburse you for a set amount of cash if you lose the ring), or through a company that specializes in jewelry insurance (which might offer more coverage than a standard homeowner’s policy by replacing a lost or stolen ring).

Choose Your Wedding Party

You can have as many (or few) bridesmaids and groomsmen as you like. This should be an exciting task — a chance to round up your very favorite people to surround you on the happiest day of your life. You are making memories and they come from the love that you want to share with friends and family, so again follow your heart while choosing your bridal party.  There are a number of ways to have those you love participate in the wedding without having them in the bridal party. Giving people special assignments or tasks for the ceremony a special reading, or ushering guests to seats, or greeting guests and handing out ceremony programs –- are always ways that make loved ones feel a part of the big day.

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Consider a Consultant

If you are very busy, have demanding jobs or have big dreams for your wedding weekend, then you should hire a full-time wedding planner to help you prepare your entire event, from the announcement to the honeymoon. You can also hire a part-time consultant to devise a wedding blueprint — including budget, schedule, and lists of good vendor and site choices, also some venues provide a day-of coordinator, who will assist you and make sure everything goes smoothly on your wedding day.

Hire Priority Vendors

You will want to act fast when booking your wedding photographer, officiant, band or DJ. Some of these in-demand vendors are hired more than a year in advance, so you need to book them as quickly as you can.

Shop Dresses!

Take cues from your venue, the season and the time of day you’re getting married to help narrow down your dress style.Don’t eliminate anything at first glance. If the salesperson brings you something she says you should try, try it—even if you don’t initially love it or think it’s “you.” It’s possible to fall for a wedding gown you didn’t think you’d like or want. While most salons will have shoes and a slip on hand for you to try on with your gown, you should still come prepared with a nude bra and underwear for the fittings. Your dress is just one part of the whole picture, there’s also jewelry, your veil, hair pieces and shoes to consider. Wedding dresses come in hundreds of shades of white, you’ll find “diamond white,” also known as “silk white,” and light, medium, and dark ivory, but these vary quite a bit depending on the designer. This is a time in your life when you get to try on as many exquisite and expensive dresses as you want so enjoy! When you find the right dress you will know it! We hope this list will help you started planning one of the happiest days of your life! Have fun!

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23 Sep Wedding Wednesday – Arden and William’s Wedding

We are celebrating! This week Arden and William celebrated their 2nd Wedding Anniversary! The beautiful wedding took place at Windwood Equestrian in Pelham. We have been reminiscing about the day they married, the ceremony was spectacular! Following the ceremony, guests ventured out onto the porch for cocktail hour and later dined on a delicious meal inside the Main Barn among the horses. To bring the celebration to a close, Arden and William flew off in a helicopter as guests wished them well. We wish we could live it over again, it was so much fun! So many talented people worked together to make the day unforgettable! After you check out the photos, make sure you watch the wedding video by Holloway Productions, it shows the full day as well as many scenic shots of Windwood. Happy Anniversary, Arden and William! We wish you many years of happiness and love!

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21 Sep Ready, Set, Go! Tips for Getting Ready on the Big Day

Here it is…the day has finally arrived! You are about to get ready for what is sure to be one of the most memorable days of your life. Planning out the details of your wedding morning is an important, and often overlooked part of creating an enjoyable and stress-free wedding day.  We want to give you some simple tips that will make your wedding morning more enjoyable and relaxed. This is your day! Have fun and celebrate!

  • Wake up refreshed! Go to bed at a decent hour the night before so you can be your best.
  • Eat a breakfast that is high in protein. This food will keep you going, which is important since brides and grooms can go long periods of time without eating.
  • Give yourself enough time for everything so you can enjoy and savour every second. If you are having a professional doing hair and makeup, you will need to allow plenty of time for each Bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride and of course, the Bride. Speak with the professionals in advance to plan out a timeline that works well for everyone.
  • Plan ahead for what you will be wearing while getting ready. You want to be comfortable! Matching robes or shirts are a cute idea for you and your bridesmaids, you can have them monogrammed and they make wonderful gifts that your friends will cherish. What a great way to bring everyone together and show them you care!
  • Pack a survival kit. These “just in case” items have been known to save the day on more than one occasion! Items such as aspirin, needle and thread, deodorant, safety pins, hair pins, hair spray, super glue – great for repairing nails, broken heels, decorations and even jewelry.
  • And…most importantly, remember to keep in mind the importance of enjoying your wedding day. It only happens once and it goes by very fast! Make sure that on the big day, you stop and look around. These are the people you love the most in your life. Take these memories, and cherish them!

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18 Sep Farm Friday! Getting ready for our upcoming Horse Shows!

We are counting down the days!  It is almost time for our upcoming Horse Show here at beautiful Windwood! We will have a show taking place on September 25th and 26th:

Schooling Hunter, Starting Hunter, Schooling Pony to begin at 4 pm. With every AHJA recognized jumper heights to follow and Hunters all day Saturday.

We will also have another horse show coming up on Halloween weekend, be sure and stay posted for more information!

We hope to see you on September 25th and 26! Come on out to Windwood and join in on the fun!  For more info. text Jill (205) 603-6166.

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16 Sep How to Take the Best Engagement Ring Selfie!

You said yes! Now you are engaged and we know you are ready to announce it to the world! Now that you have shared the happy news with family and friends, it is time to get THE picture to make the important social media announcement. Read these tips on how to best capture that bling, then hashtag #engagementringselfie and watch the likes roll in!

1. Catch the light!

Lighting is everything. Filtered light is very flattering. Make sure you head to a window with some sun shining through and move your ring around to capture the light.

2. Put an exciting background in the shot.

A cloudless blue sky or beautiful landscaping can become a wonderful backdrop for your photo! Add a prop or rest your hand on your fiance’s arm for a great shot.

3. Get the right angle.

Experiment with the angles of your shot. A shot from above is visually appealing. Hold your hand over a beautiful pillow, throw or a vintage rug. The possibilities are endless!

4. Make sure your nails are done!

Rule number one. Get your nails done or do them yourself. Posing for an engagement ring selfie with chipped nails is not going to let your ring shine.  You will want to stay pretty basic with your nails in order to let your ring be the center of attention.

5. Don’t Zoom
You’ll compromise photo quality by using the zoom feature on your phone. Instead, hold the camera at half an arms length to get the best shot, then crop it closer after you’ve taken it. We hope this gives you some bling bling inspiration!

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14 Sep Love Blooms Here!

“What’s your favorite flower?” A gorgeous bouquet of flowers can add the perfect touch to your wedding day! Each couple wants to bring elements that are special to them and helps them express their own special style so they can share that with their guests. Flowers play a very important role in the decoration and the ambiance of your wedding day. We just love to see our Brides and Grooms vision come to life, from tables that are overflowing with gorgeous arrangements to the fireplace and fountain being adorned with greenery and flowers. Take a look at some of the beautiful blooms our couples chose for their special day!  “More than anything, I must have flowers always, always.” Claude MonetAWR  333613 William_Upton _ Windwood_ Weddings MJH  611649 MJH  611477 KRA  627959 Hot & Hot Fish Club _ Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography KLS  654985 MML 34485 ACB  507516 Hot & Hot Fish Club _ Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography

10 Sep 15 Popular First Dance Songs for Your Wedding

Need a great song for your first dance as husband and wife? Check out this list of some of the most popular tracks couples pick for their first dance! Not only does music have the power to tell the story of a couple’s relationship, it also encourages guests to get out onto the dance floor! We love taking a look back at some of our gorgeous couples out on the dance floor, enjoying their first dance. We hope this list gives you some inspiration!

  • “At Last” by Etta James
  • “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  • “Everything” by Michael Buble
  • “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Grow Old With Me” by John Lennon
  • “In My Life” by The Beatles
  • “If I Aint Got You” by Alicia Keys
  • “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  • “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
  • “Marry Me” by Train
  • “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney
  • “All of Me” by John Legend
  • “Fade into You” by Mazzy Star
  • “Then” by Brad Paisley”
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08 Sep Windwood Equestrian Horse Show


We are so excited about our upcoming Horse Shows here at Windwood! We will have a show taking place on September 25th and 26th.

Schooling Hunter, Starting Hunter, Schooling Pony to begin at 4pm. With every AHJA recognized jumper heights to follow and Hunters all day Saturday. We will also have information on a horse show that will be coming up on Halloween weekend, so stay posted!

Come out to Windwood and join the fun! For more info. text Jill (205) 603-6166.

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03 Sep Wedding Wednesday – An Elegant Reception for Meagan and Bly!

Every detail of Meagan and Bly’s wedding and reception were just perfect! We were amazed with the floating cake by @barbs_cakes! The ornate cake was surrounded by hydrangeas and orchids, it sat on a swing suspended from the ceiling. Lush floral designs adorned the estate tables and fountain. Guest lounged on elegant french sofas around the fireplace. Meagan was stunning in her dress by Heidi Elnora and Bly looked dashing in his navy tuxedo with a black lapel from Mr. Burch.

Everyone enjoyed delicious food catered by D’Armond Catering. Later in the evening, guest danced the night away with the band, Rivertown,  and were treated to Sonic burgers and drinks, by servers on roller skates. Meagan and Bly were showered with rose petals as they made their way to their classic car for a grand exit. We were honored to be a part of their special day. Their wedding day was unforgettable!

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01 Sep Happy Fall Ya’ll!

We are so ready for Fall here at Windwood! We have so many exciting events coming up, with two horse shows, and all of our upcoming weddings, we have so much to look forward to!

Our horse shows are always a fun and exciting way to not only let our riders show their talent, but also to see other riders from around the state compete at the farm. This year Windwood Equestrian and Jill Dean will be hosting two shows in September and October so there is no excuse to miss out on a fun filled weekend this fall.

Not only are we looking forward to hosting riders and equestrian fans at events this fall, we will also have a very busy wedding schedule! Windwood is going to really come to life as the leaves begin to change and the air gets cooler. We are look forward to enjoying the crisp autumn air and the warm colors of the season!


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28 Aug Flashback Friday – Aaron and Todd Wedding

Today we are going back to May 3rd of 2014, to remember the wedding of Aaron and Todd. The wedding celebration took place at School Barn and it was an absolutely beautiful day! After the ceremony, the bride and groom enjoyed a beautiful reception in the courtyard. The guest received a sweet treat of honey, which were displayed adorably on a table labeled “Love is Sweet”. After a night of dancing, the Bride and Groom made their exit while their guest showered them with bubbles. We were thrilled to get to work with Aaron and Todd. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

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27 Aug Throwback Thursday #TBT: Jenna and Andrew

We are throwing it back to May of 2014 for Jenna and Andrew’s fabulous day! Jenna looked absolutely exquisite on her special day. We loved the beautiful soft pastel shades in the bridesmaid’s dresses and the floral arrangements. After a fun night of live music and dancing, the Bride and Groom made their grand exit in a classic car, while surrounded by family and friends. Thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding. We had so much fun!

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26 Aug Meagan & Bly: Counting down the days!

We are so excited about this upcoming weekend!  We’ve been counting down the days until Meagan & Bly’s amazing wedding!  Arden Photography spent some time with the couple this summer shooting their engagement portraits at Old Overton Country Club and Saturday, we have the opportunity to share the entire day with them.  With help from M. Elizabeth Events and Hot House Designs, I know this will be a wedding to remember.  Congratulations to this wonderful couple and we’re only 3 days away!  Be sure to check back for a preview of their wedding photos.

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19 Aug Windwood Weddings: Adrienne and William

Months ago when we met Adrienne and William, we knew they had a special vision for their wedding. Both are such creative individuals, its no surprise they came together to make a wedding that was as fun to be a part of as it was emotional and heartfelt to watch unfold.

Adrienne spent the first half of her day at Windwood as so many of our brides do, with her bridesmaids having their hair and makeup done. Adrienne also spent some quality time walking through the barn visiting every one of our horses in their stalls and watching decorations go up as the ceremony drew closer and closer. William also got to spend time with his groomsmen at the school barn while getting photos made and getting dressed in their tuxedos. His groomsmen sported purple ties and vests to match the bridesmaids dresses while William himself mirrored his brides white dress with a white vest and tie.

By the time of the ceremony in early afternoon, every member of the bridal party was eager to process down the isle and watch as Adrienne and her father do the same in front of their friends, family and loved ones. They got their wish as William and Adrienne were united for the first time that day at the alter.

After the ceremony, guests got to enjoy a lovely reception in the barn. The food was delicious and the cake was savory, the dancing was fun and energetic and seeing Adrienne and William spending their first hours together as a married couple was as much a gift for us as we’re sure it was for their loved ones. In the end this couple got to live their reception to the fullest and make an exit before sundown. This made for quite a grand exit as guests got to enjoy the classic car and shower of white rose petals that ushered the happy couple off to their honeymoon, all before sunset. We loved working with Adrienne and William and enjoyed every minute of their beautiful wedding. We hope you enjoy these photos provided by Arden Photography!
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15 Aug Something Blue

Today we look at one of the most famous and recognizable traditions in weddings; the poem something old. The poem tells us that if a bride wishes for good luck on her big day and in her married life she should include something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue in her wedding. While this admittedly can begin to be somewhat of a task to plan around, consider one of the easier aspects, something blue.

Adding a little something blue can be a fun call back to the famous poem and an excuse to break away from your weddings color scheme. Anything as simple as an accent in a bouquet to navy bridesmaids dresses will do the trick, all that matters is the sentiment behind it.

We love seeing traditions like this one living on here at Windwood as well as many other  like it. For more inspiration and ideas about what to include in a wedding you might be planning, check out some amazing photos from Arden Photography!


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13 Aug Weddings at Windwood: Jessica and Andrew

This weeks wedding was one of our favorites and closed out the mid summer season with elegance and class. Jessica and Andrew were truly a pleasure to work with and we loved getting the opportunity to spend the weekend with them and their family.

There was so much to love about this wedding as a whole that talking only about the decor or details wouldn’t do it justice. It was how well every aspect of the ceremony and reception played off one another to create an event right out of a fantasy. From the cool mint green and ivory colors featured on tablecloths, centerpieces and florals to the arrangement of the buffet, seeing it all come together that beautiful night is one of the things we truly love most about weddings here at Windwood.

By the end of the evening the newlyweds were ready to make their departure. As they made their exit in a very stylish classic car family and guests waved them off with hundreds of colorful glow sticks. Every minute we got to spend with Andrew and Jessica was colorful and memorable, their love for one another and attention to detail made this wedding unforgettable.

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07 Aug Wedding Invitations

People say first impressions are the most important, why wouldn’t this apply to weddings as well? Elaborate entrances, gift tables, and valet parking aside, your wedding’s real first impression will be the invitations. For anyone other than brothers, sisters, and best friends an invitation might be the first news of the big day they get, so it’s always important they reflect the look and feel of the wedding on top of providing the when and the where. That being said, there are a number of different ways to make sure your wedding invitations are as perfect a fit for your wedding as you and your soon to be significant other are for one another.

One option that is always fun and easy on any budget would be DIY. A quick search on Google or YouTube will yield no less than thousands of options for every creative skill level. Not only will these invitations be something worth holding on to for years to come, not just because you paid top dollar for them, but for the memories you will undoubtedly make with your family creating each one together.

For those who want a less hands on approach but still want a personal touch, a professional calligrapher is a great alternative. Calligraphers are artists who specialize literally in the written word. Though most have applied their skills to graphic and digital design, many still create hand written wedding invitations that are in and of themselves a work of art.

In the end, no matter how they’re made or what they look like, a good wedding invitation is one that reflect the time and care a couple puts into the details of their wedding. For more inspiration please take a look at some invites we have seen at Windwood provided by Arden Photography.

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06 Aug Erin and Joshua: Banquet in the Barn

What is there to say about a wedding that blends so much of what we love into one amazing night? A wedding that mixes the fun of summertime, the elegance of a black tie dinner and the warmth and intimacy of a wedding in the barn. We would call it unforgettable.

Erin and Joshua were more than just the center of attention on saturday night, they were the life of the party. With Joshua and his best men sporting white converse tennis shoes at the reception, they really added a kick of vintage style to the timeless appeal of a black and white tux. Erin was not to be upstaged however as she danced along side her guests and family in a dress that suited her beautifully.

When guests and family weren’t trying to keep up with Erin or Joshua on the dance floor, they got the chance to enjoy some of the most gorgeous decor we’ve seen at Windwood. Streamers to the sealing inside the barn, fresh bouquets atop tall glass centerpieces and a cake adorned with roses just to name a few.

In short we simply loved sharing the weekend with this lovely couple, the love they share with one another was reflected beautifully in every detail of their gorgeous and unforgettable ceremony and exciting reception.

Please enjoy these photos of Erin and Joshua’s day at Windwood provided by Arden Photography!

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31 Jul Behind the Barn Door – Hot Summer Show Days

Taylor Ridge Farms hosted their show at Westminster Farms in Tuscaloosa this weekend. Windwood Equestrian had 9 students to show in the sweltering summer heat on Saturday, July 25.   The day was met with anticipation and high expectations. Special congratulations go to first time ever CHAMPION, Adrienne Scott and One More Time, in the Crosspole Division.   Ava and Just A Peanut won top honors in Walk/Trot. Julia and Farnley Belle won Champion in Walk/Trot; Gracie and Farnley Belle won top honors in Short Stirrup; Melissa and Blame It On Vegas won Reserve Champion in Long Stirrup; Megan and General Patton’s Champagne won Champion in Children’s Hunter; Lauren and General Patton’s Champagne won top honors in Pre-Children’s; Izzi Simpson and Double Dutch won Reserve Champion in Pre-Children’s; Megan and Silver Bells won top honors in Ponies; and Christine and Mogidashu won 1.0 Jumper II class. Congratulations to each student and their horse, for riding your best and giving it your all. We are proud of you!


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30 Jul The Beauty of Black and White

Picking photos to print from a recent wedding? Why not consider printing in monochrome or black and white! Monochrome photos are photos featuring different shades of just one color, think sepia-tone for instance. Photos like these have been around since the dawn of still photography and chances are, you’ve seen at least some vintage wedding photos in black and white.

But a vintage look is by no means the only thing that brides love about seeing some of their photos in b&w. In an image driven world we are constantly seeing videos, pictures, gifs and more every time we turn on a computer or use our phones. That’s why when it comes to sharing pictures from their weddings, many brides opt for the timeless appeal of a photo in black and white. Without color distracting the eye, viewers can focus on what were really the most important parts of the wedding; the newlyweds sharing a kiss, the gorgeous day they spent with friends and family, celebrating their love together and so much more.

Take a look at some of these lovely black and white photos provided by Arden Photography!

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23 Jul Katie and Lacy: A Wedding Under The Summer Sun

Katie and Lacy knew their wedding was meant for summertime and after spending a warm sunny weekend with them this May we could not agree more. From a colorful wall of streamers behind the alter to fresh bouquets and centerpieces every detail in this couples wedding accentuated what we love about summer beautifully. Their unforgettable ceremony was followed by an equally memorable evening, full of dancing and savory food.

These photos provided by Arden Photography show the pastel shades and soft tones that play so well with the brighter greens of the fields and grass and the amber and brown of the barns. Also the fun the newly weds got to share with their family and friends at an exciting reception. We loved getting to share the weekend with Katie and Lacy and we hope this gorgeous wedding is an inspiration to brides planning their weddings for summers to come!

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21 Jul Pole Painting Pictures

We hope everyone had a great time last week at our pole painting party! It was a joy hosting a BBQ at the farm and even more fun getting to see our riders of all ages  smiling and laughing through the summer heat. The food was delicious and the fresh coats of paint on our jumps look great! We hope everyone likes these photos taken by Jill during the party.



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09 Jul Grooms Cakes

A wedding party and a tasty cake go hand in hand without a doubt so its no wonder that cakes of one kind or another have been a part of wedding ceremony and tradition for a very long time. One of the more recent changes to that tradition is the addition of a groom’s cake.

Grooms cake which was originally a party favor or a treat that would be divided up and given to guests at the end of a wedding  has now become so much more. It’s not uncommon to see cakes lavishly decorated or made to look like a football teams logo, a life sized fish or for the grooms “cake” not to be a cake at all. At Windwood we continue to be impressed by the unique ideas for cake stand-ins we see such as donut and coffee bars in the winter and ice cream bars in the summer. Even holiday themed desserts like kings cake or fruitcake often take on the roll of the grooms cake depending on the season.

In short the grooms cake is a fun way to add a memorable detail to any wedding and make it a delicious one at that!

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07 Jul Behind the Barn Door: The 2015 Show Season

As the first half of the 2015 show season comes to an end, the Windwood Equestrian Farm (WEF) riders have had a great season thus far! The season has seen growing families: Christine McClurkin with the purchase of Mogidashu; Emma Smith with the lease of Farnley Belle; Melissa Welch with the purchase of Blame It On Vegas; and Ava Messer with the purchase of Just A Peanut.

It’s been a season of learning and growing as many of the longtime students advanced in their divisions. Windwood Equestrian Farms students have excelled in their classes under the instruction of Jill Dean, 2014 AHJA Trainer of the Year. Her students are ranked as some of the top riders in the state in the Alabama Hunter Jumpers Association. “Perfect practice makes perfect” is Jill’s philosophy. It’s not about the ribbons, but about getting into the show ring and doing your very best.

Equestrians Izzi Simpson and Melissa Welch recently showed at the USEF show in Conyers, GA. Melissa stepped up and won first place in Long Stirrup/US. Izzi brought home top honors in the Children’s Hunter 2’6” classes. We are so proud of all of our riders!

We are looking forward to a great second-half of the show season as the WEF riders participate in the AHJA and USEF shows.

Be sure to check out this awesome slideshow from Denise Michard!

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01 Jul Pole Painting and BBQ Party at Windwood

Here’s hoping a full weekend of eating barbeque over the holiday won’t ruin anybody’s appetite because come the 14th we’re expecting a barn full of hungry guests to enjoy a BBQ party at Windwood! Cost of admission? Just come ready to eat and in some clothes you don’t mind getting a little paint (or sauce) on.

Between riding camp in the summer and lessons year round, our jump poles get a lot of use. Now its time to give them a fresh coat of paint which is why along with savory food, we’ll have paint stations at the barn where everyone can help us repaint them to keep our poles looking as good as new. Be sure to keep up with us on social media as the date gets closer for more updates!

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30 Jun Windwood Horse Show

Attention all riders, jumping fans and horse lovers! We at Windwood are happy to announce that we have been selected to host an AHJA  horse show this September 25 and 26. At the show our talented rides will get a chance to show their skill in numerous classes in both hunter and jumper devisions, fans will also be welcome at Windwood to enjoy a weekend full of world class equestrian entertainment. More information will be coming out as September gets closer but if you are curious about what a show is like at Windwood, take a look at these photos of our riders from previous shows provided by Arden Photography!

For specific questions please call Jill Dean at 205.603.6166

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25 Jun Throwback Thursday: April Dream Wedding

Some say the old ways are best, others think the only good traditions are those you start yourself. As we found after spending a gorgeous weekend this April with Heidi and Joel, sometimes with a bit of both you can’t go wrong.

This couple truly made the most out of an elegant and traditional ceremony. With aisles lined with white blooms to programs awaiting guests on every chair, this picture perfect scene was certainly unforgettable. To finish off the evening after serving a lovely buffet from the barn, we got to watch as Joel and Heidi started their new life together amid a flurry of white rose petals.

In short it is always a gift to take part in a wedding like this one. A wedding where no subtle detail is gone unnoticed and the love two people share for one another always shines through.

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23 Jun Summer Décor at Windwood

Summer has always been a popular time for a weddings so why not let the colors and feeling of summertime shine through! That’s why for anyone who loves summer weddings as much as we do will always adore gorgeous nature inspired décor. No matter if its burlap over table clothes or wildflower bouquets, there should always be a splash of summer a bride and her guests can remember for many seasons to come. At Windwood any decorations will only be complemented by the timeless look of our hardwood barns and lush green landscaping.

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27 Apr Windwood Summer Camp 2015

Windwood is getting ready to start our summer camps and we want your child to be involved! These two camps are open to all riders- beginners or advanced. Registration and June deposits are due soon, so be sure to sign up today! We can’t wait to see you at our 2015 summer camp.
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06 Apr Windwood Equestrian: Congrats Team Windwood!

Our Windwood riders recently wrapped up their 2014 AHJA Show Season. We are absolutely thrilled with their results and so proud of them! Way to go Team Windwood! Check out all the results from the season below. Special thanks to our coach, Jill Dean, for all that you do! We are so excited to see what this amazing team does next.

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30 Mar Windwood Weddings: Julie & Paul

Julie and Paul was one of the sweetest couples we had the privilege of working and planning with this year. Their wedding had just the right amount of small sweet details like the jam and marmalade bar, mixed with larger than life elements like their grand exit aboard a helicopter! They said their vows on our beautiful patio with a floral splay of color on the fireplace mantle. It was absolutely breathtaking (and Arden Photography took the pictures to prove it!). We are so thankful we were able to be apart of your day, Julie and Paul! We know you will have a lifetime full of love and laughter.


29 Mar Windwood Weddings: Brittney & Cory

This wedding was every bit magical as it was beautiful. Brittney looked truly breathtaking in her stunning gown, and her bridesmaid’s pretty pink dresses complimented the bride so well. We had such a great time with this little family at their engagement shoot and all the corresponding in between. Brittney and Cory had the picture perfect day at Windwood. The weather could not have been more gorgeous. It was a sweet ceremony, emotions abound, and a closeness with this family. The reception has cheerful, with a lot of dancing and even more smiles and laughs! Congratulations Brittney and Cory! We wish you a lifetime full of happiness!

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26 Mar Windwood Weddings: Claire & John

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! Congratulations, Claire and John! We were so honored to be apart of your big day!


25 Mar Windwood Weddings: Casey & Matt

Casey and Matt’s wedding day was one of the most beautiful days of the year. The weather could not have been more perfect, and the stunning greenery throughout Windwood made this fairytale wedding picture perfect. Arden Photography captured gorgeous photos throughout the day (Just feast your eyes on the pictures below!). This couple was all about the intricate details that made the whole wedding come together flawlessly. 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! The couple was surrounded by friends, family, and a lot of bubbles as they were whisked away to start their lives together. Congratulations Casey and Matt, we loved being apart of your very special and beautiful day!


01 Oct Windwood Weddings: Laura & Zechariah

Love at first box jump? Now thats something you don’t hear every day… Laura & Zechariah met at a local Iron Tribe and knew that they had found their soul mates. Not only were the bride and groom avid Iron Tribers, but most of their bridal party AND their families were as well. Needless to say, I was a little envious of their muscle definition…but it didn’t keep me away from the cake!

Laura & Zechariah were married at Windwood in a very intimate ceremony. Zechariah’s father married the couple underneath an arbor that the bride’s father built for them. After the wedding, the arbor will be placed in their backyard for a swing—what a great memento! The couple was beaming with joy all day long! Even our barn cat Edgar was thrilled for this marriage (he sat right next to Laura during the ceremony). After the ceremony, guests went to our courtyard for a night of dinner and dancing. The crowd had a blast celebrating the couple and the bride and groom even made their way on stage. Laura & Zechariah, we loved being a part of your special day and we wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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30 Sep Windwood Equestrian: Westminster Horse Show

This past weekend, our Windwood Riders competed at the Westminster Horse Show. We are absolutely thrilled with their results and so proud of them! Megan and Mr. Irresistible were Champion in Pre-Child Hunters, and Reserve Champion in Schooling Hunter. Izzi and Double Dutch were Champion in Short Stirrup. Lauren and General Patton’s Champagne were Champion in Crosspole Hunter. Katherine and Best Around were Reserve Champion in Pre-Child Hunter. Emma and Olympian’s Dainty Rose were Reserve Champion in Children’s Pony Hunter. Gracie and Farnley Belle were Champion in Walk Trot Hunter, and Reserve Champion in Crosspole Hunter.

WOW! Way to go team Windwood! Special thanks to our coach Jill Dean for all that you do! Excited to see what they do next!

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27 Sep Windwood Weddings: Tara & Eric

Every bride dreams of getting married under sunny blue skies, fair conditions, with a warm breeze – but rarely does it work out so perfectly. Tara and Eric must be two lucky people because that is just what Mother Nature delivered for them! And when weather conditions are perfect, there really isn’t anything to complain about. These two were incredibly laid-back, relaxed, and all about that “go-with-the-flow” mentality. Tara was a vision in her gown and veil, while her groom was dapper and composed. Smiles and laughs were plentiful with this group, and the celebration continued on late into the night! Windwood Equestrian was alight with soft candle flames and twinkling lights as the couple made their exit and said their farewells on their way to wedded bliss!

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21 Sep Happy Anniversary Arden & William!

We can’t believe its been a year since their wedding! Happy First Anniversary to Arden & William! We wish you many more years of happiness!

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20 Sep Kylee and Jay

Can you tell we loved this wedding?? I mean come on, you know it is going to be awesome when you walk in to find a bunch of bridesmaids, hair in rollers, champagne flute in hand and cheering on their favorite football team! Kylee and Jay married beneath streamers blowing in the wind at Windwood Equestrian. Who doesn’t love a groom in a bow tie and bridesmaids in mismatching dresses? We had such a great time capturing this wedding!

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19 Sep Farm Friday: Brownland Farms Fall Series

This past weekend our rider Wimberly competed at the Brownland Farm Fall Series. We have been so happy to have Wimberly and her family at Windwood, and we are thrilled to see how she does this upcoming show season. Wimberly and her horse Billy were Reserve Champion in the Modified Junior Jumpers. Also, they were third in the 1.20 Open Jumper Class. Congrats Wimberly!!




17 Sep Wedding Wednesday: The Little Ones

Happy Wedding Wednesday! What would a wedding be without the little ones? Whether they wake up from their naps in time for the ceremony, don’t drop one petal, haphazardly object to the marriage, or don’t even make it down the aisle–these little humans make the day cuter { and funnier}  to say the least!

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13 Sep Austin and Jake

The fall wedding season is in full swing here at Arden Photography! But who could complain when you’ve got such beautiful people to photograph?! We often say that a happy bride makes all the difference when it comes to the wedding photos. Austin was more than happy – she was absolutely beaming! She smiled and laughed all day – we don’t have a single photo of her where she isn’t. Their wedding was full of elegant charm, pops of vibrant color, and handmade tokens that made it all the more intimate. Thank you Austin and Jake for letting us be part of your big day!

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10 Sep Wedding Wednesday: Austin & Jake’s Wedding Week!

This week is Austin & Jake’s Wedding Week!!! We are so excited to celebrate this sweet couple this weekend. As we are preparing and finalizing all the little details, we decided to revisit their engagement photos taken by Arden Photography. Not only do they make us CRAVE fall, but it just made us giddy that they decided to share their big day with us at Windwood. Austin and Jake are such incredible people, and the planning process has been nothing but a joy! Three days left guys!!

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Wedding Wednesday: Austin & Jake's Wedding Week

Wedding Wednesday: Austin & Jake's Wedding Week


03 Sep Wedding Wednesday: Farm Cat

Windwood is an oasis for animals of all kinds. Our property is home to 35 horses, a mini horse, a doberman, 4 ducks, and more deer and turkey than I can count. BUT I have a soft spot for our farm cats. Ask anyone, I am a bonafide “cat-lady” after I took home a kitten that used to live at Windwood. During weddings, two of our farm cats usually flee the premises, but Edgar always sticks around. Edgar mingles with all the guests. He can even be spotted in some of the large group formal photos from time to time. I mean, we think that he just loves the attention from all of the ladies, but really it might be the good food at the receptions. We can’t quite tell… Next time you attend an event at Windwood keep an eye out for Edgar by the bar, trying to catch the garter, or even nuzzling a flower girl.




02 Sep Windwood Weddings: Liza & Freddy

This wedding blog, our Senior Event Coordinator Handley shares her memories from a special August wedding…

Liza & Freddy were married at Windwood this August. From the moment I met Liza and Freddy, I knew that they were a special couple. Liza was a member of the Auburn Equestrian Team so it was only natural that she choose Windwood as her wedding venue. Through the planning process, not only did we form a friendship but I developed an enormous amount of admiration for the love the two of them shared. On the wedding day the couple wanted to do a “first look.” Most couples that get married at Windwood choose to do a first look, and usually as I watch them embrace I get sentimental. But Liza and Freddy’s “first look” was different. We did their first look on the road alongside the rolling hills and horse paddocks, and as I fluffed Liza’s gown and she approached Freddy I found myself just grinning from ear to ear. I was so excited for this couple! And then something happened… Freddy turned around and saw Liza and she squealed and immediately hugged him and said “I can’t wait to marry you.” Y’all I can’t describe the giant tears that formed in my eyes and the feeling that was felt by those observing this moment. Even though its a simple sentence, that sentence right there is what a wedding is all about. It was very refreshing.

Sadly, Liza’s father passed a few years ago and therefore was not able to be with them on the wedding day. A note found on his office desk was put on the back of the ceremony programs. Other sentimental touches were sprinkled throughout. The love of both of these families made the day absolutely incredible. As guests arrived, one of our Windwood riders jumped a few jumps to pay tribute to Liza’s equestrian side. The toasting goblets were Liza’s parents’ and Freddy’s cousin sang “Oh Tonight” for the first dance. To say the least, a good time was had by everyone in attendance!

From everyone here at Windwood, we wish the couple a lifetime of love and happiness!

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29 Aug Windwood Horse Show 2014

Last weekend Windwood hosted our annual Windwood Summer Breeze Horse Show! We were honored to host over ninety horses and riders. The weekend was filled with laughs, ribbons (of both the hair and award variety) and lots of horsey fun. Phoenix even made some new friends. We are so proud of all of our Windwood Students who were all either champion or reserve champion!! We hope everyone enjoyed their time at Windwood as much as we enjoyed having you here!

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28 Aug National Bow Tie Day

Not only is today the start of SEC football…but its also National Bow Tie Day y’all! On wedding day, the men’s fashion is often overlooked, but in the South we love a good man with a bow tie!  Of course all of our grooms at Windwood are dapper, but today we are highlighting the bow tie wearing boys. We hope you enjoy looking through these during commercial break of the Ole Miss vs. Boise State game tonight (willing to bet our bottom dollar that plenty Ole Miss fans are rocking a bow tie)!

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28 Aug Brad & Angelina…MARRIED!

In case you live under a rock and missed the BREAKING news this morning…Brad & Angelina got married! Now, if you have to wonder to yourself “who are these Brad & Angelina you speak of” then you probably shouldn’t be reading this blog….BUT if you’re like us, you’ve been tracking this couple ever since the Mr. and Mrs. Smith days. The couple wed at their Chateau Miraval estate in France in a small service attended by family and friends. Their kids (or should we say little league team) were part of the ceremony. Angelina’s older sons walked her down the aisle, and the girls tossed flower petals. Awwwww 

Conveniently enough, their wedding came just in time for a throwback Thursday, so in honor of the new Mr. and Mrs. Pitt, lets take look at some of our favorite memories!

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Brad & Angelina…MARRIEDAhhh just so much beauty in one couple! Now please excuse us while we pop a bottle of their Chateau Miraval Rose..Cheers!

21 Aug Windwood Summer Breeze Horse Show

Our Windwood Summer Breeze Horse Show is taking place this weekend August 22-23. We are so excited to host all of these riders! Riders aging from 5 years to adult are coming from all over Alabama will be coming to Windwood to show. Arden Photography will be around taking photos as well. So parents–be on the lookout for them to make sure they capture any photo you may want to get! Posted Below is all the information that you might need, but for more please contact Jill Dean at 205-603-6166 or info@windwoodequestrian.com.

Windwood Equestrian Horse Show

4848 Highway 11 Pelham, AL 35124

Judges: Trey Lawson and Rose Marie Lawson

Conditions of Entry

1. Pre-entry fees are $15.00 per class. Pre-entries will be accepted through on-line registration until Thursday,August 21. Register online at www.alabamahunterjumpersmobile.com All other entries shall be treated as post-entries and accepted at $17.00 per class. An AHJA administrative fee of $10 per horse is required for all recognized classes. An additional $10 fee will be charged for all non AHJA members. AHJA membership forms will be available at the registration desk. A $10 secretary fee will be added to each entry and a $10 fee for each warmup.

2. Limited stalls ($45.00 per night) and paddocks are available. Contact Jill Dean 205-603-6166

3. Academy Classes will run Friday starting at 4PM. Schooling will be available on Friday. Schooling allowed Saturday until 15 minutes before ring start time.

4. Hard hats must be worn at all times by all riders when mounted, including schooling. Junior riders must

wear ASTM-approved helmets.

5. The management reserves the right to refuse, accept conditionally, or cancel any entries, disqualify

exhibitors, prohibit showing of entries, and cancel awards of prizes without claims or damages.

Management will abide by the AHJA rules where it concerns combining divisions. The management

reserves the right to cancel any classes with insufficient entries or because of weather.

6. Due to August heat, coats will be waived and polo shirts encouraged but not required.

7. Current AHJA rules will be available at the secretary’s desk.


From Birmingham, I-65 S to exit 242. Once exited, turn left and cross back over the interstate. Continue on this road (highway 52) until it ends at a traffic light. Turn left, this will be Highway 11. Windwood is located 2 miles down on the right. Gate code #0822



Friday – Saturday August 22-23, 2014

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Friday August 22

Ring 2 – Small Ring- Starting at 4:00 PM


  1. Academy Walk-Trot U/S A
  2. Academy Walk-Trot O/P A1
  3. Academy Wall-Trot O/P A2
  4. Academy Walk-Trot Eq On the Flat A
  5. Academy Walk-Trot Eq O/P A
  6. Academy Walk-Trot U/S B
  7. Academy Walk-Trot O/P B1
  8. Academy Walk- Trot O/P B2
  9. Academy Walk-Trot Eq on the Flat B
  10. Academy Walk-Trot Eq O/P B
  11. Academy Cross Pole U/S
  12. Academy Cross Pole I
  13. Academy Cross Pole II
  14. Academy 18” – 2’ U/S
  15. Academy 18” – 2’ I
  16. Academy 18” – 2’ II

 Saturday August 23

*Warm up rounds may be purchased from the show secretary for $10 each.


Ring 1- Large Ring- 8AM warmup

17. Schooling Hunter Under Saddle

18. Schooling Hunter I (2’3”)

19. Schooling Hunter II

20. Children’s Hunter Under Saddle

21. Children’s Hunter Equitation on the Flat

22. Children’s Hunter I (3’)

23. Children’s Hunter II

24. Children’s Hunter Equitation O/F

25. Adult Hunter Under Saddle

26. Adult Hunter Equitation on the Flat

27. Adult Hunter I (3’)

28. Adult Hunter II

29. Adult Hunter Equitation over Fences

30. Junior/ Amateur Hunter Under Saddle

31. Junior/Amateur Hunter I (3’3)

32. Junior/Amateur Hunter II

33. AHJA Junior/Amateur Medal

34. Regular Working Hunter Under Saddle

35. Regular Working Hunter I (3’3- 3’6”)

36. Regular Working Hunter II

— 15 Minute Schooling Break —

37. Pre-Child/Adult Hunter Under Saddle

38. Pre-Child/Adult Hunter Equitation on the Flat

39. Pre-Child/Adult Hunter I (2’3” – 2’6”)

40. Pre-Child/Adult Hunter II

41. Pre-Child/Adult Hunter Equitation O/F

42. Baby Green Hunter I Under Saddle

43. Baby Green Hunter I (2’6”)

44. Baby Green Hunter II

45. Modified Hunter Under Saddle

46. Modified Hunter I (2’6”)

47. Modified Hunter II

48. Low Hunter Under Saddle

49. Low Hunter I (2’9”)

50. Low Hunter II

51. Schooling Pony Under Saddle

52. Schooling Pony I (2’)

53. Schooling Pony II

54. Children’s Pony Hunter Under Saddle

55. Children’s Pony Equitation on the Flat

56. Children’s Pony Hunter I (2’ SM-M/2’6” L)

57. Children’s Pony Hunter II

58. Children’s Pony Equitation O/F

59. Pony Hunter Under Saddle

60. Pony Hunter Equitation on the Flat

61. Pony Hunter I (2’3” / 2’6” / 2’9”)

62. Pony Hunter II

63. Pony Hunter Equitation O/F



*Warm up rounds may be purchased from the

show secretary for $10 each.

Ring 2 – Small Ring –Starting at 8:30 AM


64. Walk/Trot Hunter I (Cavaletti)

65 Walk/Trot Hunter II

66. Walk/Trot Hunter Equitation over Fences

67. Walk/Trot Hunter Under Saddle

68. Walk/Trot Hunter Equitation on the Flat

69. Cross Pole Hunter Under Saddle

70. Cross Pole Hunter Equitation on the Flat

71. Cross Pole Hunter I (Crossrails)

72. Cross Pole Hunter II

73. Cross Pole Hunter Equitation O/F

74. Hopeful Hunter I

75. Hopeful Hunter II

76. Hopeful Hunter Under Saddle

77. Short Stirrup Hunter Under Saddle

78. Short Stirrup Hunter Equitation on the Flat

79. Short Stirrup Hunter I (18” – 2’)

80. Short Stirrup Hunter II

81. Short Stirrup Hunter Equitation O/F

82. Long Stirrup Hunter Under Saddle

83. Long Stirrup Hunter Equitation on the Flat

84. Long Stirrup Hunter I (18” – 2’)

85. Long Stirrup Hunter II

86. Long Stirrup Hunter Equitation O/F

87. Starting Hunter Under Saddle

88. Starting Hunter I (2’)

89. Starting Hunter II




19 Aug Windwood Weddings: Arden & William

Good Afternoon! We hope everyone is getting in the groove of their work week. If you’re like us, you’re still kind of recovering from a busy work weekend…whew! So after your survived your Monday, did you get a chance to tune into Bravo last night to catch episode three of Jersey Belle?! We did! Arden & William’s wedding was featured last night and not to brag (too much) but Windwood looked amazing! It was so much fun to see how Bravo edited the wedding day for television. We are very proud how all of the elements of the wedding really came together to look great on screen. Many thanks to Sybil Sylvester of Wildflower Designs for the ceremony flowers, Carole Sullivan of Lagniappe Designst for the reception flowers, Kathy G & Co. with all of the catering, Gia’s Cakes, Olexa’s CakesFlavor Big Band, Design Productions, Arden Photography, Carriage House, Ivory & White, Event Rentals Unlimited, and Christopher Confero of Christopher Confero Design who designed the wonderful event. Check out the wedding video by Holloway Productions. It shows the full day as well as many scenic shots of Windwood.



06 Aug Wedding Wednesday: Favorite Photo

This photo might be our favorite from Aaron & Todd’s May wedding. We love how they are leaning into each other while they listen to their friends and family share their favorite stories about the couple. Thank you Arden Photography for capturing this moment.


01 Aug Farm Friday: New Addition by William Upton

Many people come out to Windwood and admire the beauty of the architecture, but what most people don’t know is that all of Windwood was designed by our owner William Upton. William built Windwood from a vision he had inside of his head, and today it is a place where adults and children alike enjoy the fun filled days riding horses or dancing the night away at a wedding reception. Recently, William renovated another barn on the property for his uncle. We just can’t get over how he continues to execute these visions so well and with so much detail! Good job William, we can’t wait to see what you build next–hint hint 😉 

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31 Jul Windwood Weddings: Jamie & Andrew

Jamie was the picture of bridal beauty at her’s and Andrew’s June wedding. From the beginning, we knew that we wanted to mix it up for their ceremony. So…we decided to have their ceremony in front of our fireplace on the courtyard.This turned out to be one of my favorites! Celebrating alongside their family and friends, this night was nothing short of the best party ever. After leaving in a helicopter–Andrew’s surprise to Jamie— the couple honeymooned in Antigua.

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Jamie Patterson_ Windwood Weddings _ Windwood Equestrian_ Weddings _ Alabama _ Birmingham Weddings

Jamie Patterson_ Windwood Weddings _ Windwood Equestrian_ Weddings _ Alabama _ Birmingham Weddings

Jamie Patterson_ Windwood Weddings _ Windwood Equestrian_ Weddings _ Alabama _ Birmingham Weddings

Jamie Patterson_ Windwood Weddings _ Windwood Equestrian_ Weddings _ Alabama _ Birmingham Weddings

Jamie Patterson_ Windwood Weddings _ Windwood Equestrian_ Weddings _ Alabama _ Birmingham Weddings

Jamie Patterson_ Windwood Weddings _ Windwood Equestrian_ Weddings _ Alabama _ Birmingham Weddings

All Photography Arden Photography.

25 Jul Windwood Weddings: Rachel & Eric

Rachel & Eric’s unique style came to life at their May wedding at Windwood. After hearing their engagement story in Paris, we knew that this couple was full of romance. Rachel was very detail oriented in the planning process and it all came together just right. Congratulations you two!

Windwood Weddings _ Alabama Wedding _ Birmingham Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Alabama Wedding _ Birmingham Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Alabama Wedding _ Birmingham Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Alabama Wedding _ Birmingham Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Alabama Wedding _ Birmingham Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Alabama Wedding _ Birmingham Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Alabama Wedding _ Birmingham Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

All Photography Arden Photography


23 Jul Windwood Weddings: Rogers-Clark Rehearsal Dinner

This week for Wedding Wednesday, we are sharing with you the rehearsal dinner of Mary Coleman Rogers and Charlie Clark. This dinner was one of the most beautiful events we have had at Windwood yet. With the floral talent of Leah Hazzard and culinary expertise of Chef Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club–how could you go wrong? Every detail of this evening was planned out meticulously and executed flawlessly. We are so happy to share these photos with everyone! Many thanks to Mo Davis at Arden Photography for capturing these photos.

Rehearsal Dinner _ Windwood Weddings _ Handley McCrory _ Chef Chris Hastings _ Leah Hazzard _ Windwood Equestrian

Rehearsal Dinner _ Windwood Weddings _ Handley McCrory _ Chef Chris Hastings _ Leah Hazzard _ Windwood Equestrian

Rehearsal Dinner _ Windwood Weddings _ Handley McCrory _ Chef Chris Hastings _ Leah Hazzard _ Windwood Equestrian

Rehearsal Dinner _ Windwood Weddings _ Handley McCrory _ Chef Chris Hastings _ Leah Hazzard _ Windwood Equestrian

Rehearsal Dinner _ Windwood Weddings _ Handley McCrory _ Chef Chris Hastings _ Leah Hazzard _ Windwood Equestrian

Rehearsal Dinner _ Windwood Weddings _ Handley McCrory _ Chef Chris Hastings _ Leah Hazzard _ Windwood Equestrian

Rehearsal Dinner _ Windwood Weddings _ Handley McCrory _ Chef Chris Hastings _ Leah Hazzard _ Windwood Equestrian

Rehearsal Dinner _ Windwood Weddings _ Handley McCrory _ Chef Chris Hastings _ Leah Hazzard _ Windwood Equestrian

All images Arden Photography.

18 Jul Farm Friday!

Last week, Lacy and Skyscraper were phenomenal at the USEF Auburn show! Lacy won first and second in the Children’s Hunter; she placed fifth in her FIRST EVER USHJA Hunter Derby. Also, Sky was reserve champion in the Performance Hunters. AND she won the NAL/WHS Child/Adult Classic as well as the Taylor Harris Medal! Way to go Lacy, we are so proud!

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Also going on this week at Windwood was our second session of the Summer Camp. About 20 campers came out to enjoy days filled of horseback riding, lessons about the horse, and even some water activities. We love having all of the children at Windwood–its so much fun!


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Windwood Equestrian _ Windwood Horse Camp _ Windwood


Windwood Equestrian _ Windwood Horse Camp _ Windwood


Windwood Equestrian _ Windwood Horse Camp _ Windwood

10 Jul Claire & John

Claire & John are getting married at Windwood in October so recently they came out to take their engagement photos. Y’all–I can’t even get over how cute they are!! They’re love radiates off the screen. We are so excited for them and can’t wait until their wedding!

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All photos Arden Photography


09 Jul Wedding Wednesday!

With just a month until Liza & Freddy are married at Windwood, we thought we would share a photo of them from their engagement photo shoot. We are so thrilled for this sweet couple and couldn’t be more excited for their big day! Many thanks to Mo at Arden Photography for capturing this.

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25 Jun Wedding Wednesday!

This Wednesday we are throwing it back to the Alabama Weddings photo shoot we had last summer. How gorgeous are these images taken by Arden Photography?! The day could not have been more perfect. Styling by Kathy G and dress by Heidi Elnora. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Alabama Weddings Magazine to see the full spread!

Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory

Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory



18 Jun Wedding Wednesday!

We are still on such a high from how beautiful Jamie & Andrew’s wedding turned out this past Saturday. So while we anxiously await the photos from the wedding, we are left to admire how stunning her bridal portraits were. Shot by the talented Mo of Arden Photography, Jamie glows from the inside out. Don’t y’all agree?? Stay tuned for more photos!


Jamie Patterson _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory _ Windwood Weddings _ Windwood Equestrian

Jamie Patterson _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory _ Windwood Weddings _ Windwood Equestrian

Jamie Patterson _ Arden Photography _ Handley McCrory _ Windwood Weddings _ Windwood Equestrian

15 Jun Happy Father’s Day!

Windwood would like to wish all of the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day! We have the privilege of being a part of some amazing weddings and working with fantastic dads. Thank you to Arden Photography for capturing these special moments!

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13 Jun Farm Friday!

Its Farm Friday again! And this week we are re-capping our Windwood Horse Camp that took place this week. Eight girls of various riding abilities participated this week and had so much fun! Each day there was instruction and water fun in the afternoon. For more information about how to participate in Windwood’s Horse Camp in July, call Jill Dean at 205-603-6166 or email info@windwoodequestrian.com


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Windwood Horse Camp _ Windwood Equestrian _ Windwood

Windwood Horse Camp _ Windwood Equestrian _ Windwood

Windwood Horse Camp _ Windwood Equestrian _ Windwood

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11 Jun Wedding Wednesday!

This Wedding Wednesday–Rehearsal Dinner fun at Jenna & Andrew’s wedding weekend. We love rehearsal dinners at Windwood! The environment at Windwood is so relaxed and fun so when wedding parties come on Fridays for their rehearsal they always leave wishing that the dinner was there as well. Jenna & Andrew had the most fun wedding party and everyone really enjoyed sharing special memories and funny stories at the dinner. They certainly had us laughing more than a few times!

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06 Jun Farm Friday!

This week for Farm Friday we are showing off our achievements at the Germantown Charity Horse Show this past week. Lacy Smith and her horse Skyescraper  won the Taylor Harris Medal. She ALSO won the 12/14 Equitation over fences out of 31 other riders! She was also in the ribbons in the children’s hunter division out of twelve. Way to go Lacy, we are SO proud of you!!

Lacy Smith _ Windwood Equestrian

04 Jun Wedding Wednesday!

This week for Wedding Wednesday we are taking a moment to highlight the most important part of picking an outside venue: the rain plan. Not only is weather in Alabama the most unpredictable,  but in the spring and summer–the middle of wedding season– afternoon showers pop up out of no where! When planning a wedding there are many details that the bride and groom organize and pick out. From flowers to cake to the attire, everything is planned. But what is all of that without the peace of mind that the weather will not infringe upon your big day? And you only get married once! So lets take a moment to say cheers to the beautiful tents that have shielded wedding-goers from afternoon showers. The photo below is a the tent on our courtyard for Jenna Hopper’s May wedding, Event Rentals Unlimited worked with us the whole time to achieve this vision. So amazing!

Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography

Arden Photography 


30 May Farm Friday!

This week’s Farm Friday is dedicated to showing off our new lounge furniture! The new cushions are a definite upgrade from what we had previously. And how cute are the horse bit patterned pillows?! Now everyone come out to the farm for summertime grill outs and enjoy our furniture as much as we are!

Farm Friday

28 May Wedding Wednesday!

Wedding Wednesday is here again! This week we share with you a photo of our May 10 bride Jenna and her groom Andrew. From the minute Jenna stepped foot on the property, she has been nothing but a joy to work with. The excitement from both families surrounding this wedding was unlike any other. After dating for 6 and a half years, Andrew finally tied the knot with Jenna. We wish them a lifetime of happiness!

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23 May Farm Friday!

Happy Farm Friday! This Friday we are featuring sweet Amzey, our five year old lesson student with our pony Belle. Farm Fridays will feature different aspects of our farm. From horses, rolling meadows, ducks, the gardens—we will share with you every beautiful detail of this equestrian farm life we lead. Enjoy!


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Arden Photography 

21 May Wedding Wednesday!

Every Wednesday we will be highlighting some of our favorite moments from Windwood Weddings AKA Wedding Wednesday. This week, we are featuring our May 3 bride Aaron Davis—now Aaron Fobian!

Aaron and her lovely bridesmaids are shown in the main hall at Windwood. For those of you wondering what that amazingly large flower is in her bouquet, it is a King Protea. Through the planning process, Aaron kept telling us about this flower that would be in her bouquet. As she was describing it, honestly I was envisioning something similar to a venus fly trap, but on wedding day when this lovely pink flower arrived I was pleasantly surprised!

Aaron and Todd’s wedding was accessorized with memorabilia from their courtship. Todd is a biologist so he frequently dives in the Alabama rivers for research and often finds old glass bottles. It was Aaron’s clever idea to incorporate the mixed bottles into the centerpieces for their seating tables.

Although this photo is just a taste of her beautiful day, don’t worry we will share the rest later!

Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone!

Aaron Davis _ Windwood Weddings _ Arden Photography _Handley McCrory _ Arden Ward Upton

16 May Expert Advice: Bella Bridesmaid

Last week, we stopped by Bella Bridesmaid in Homewood to visit with Charlotte and talk to her about this year’s trend in bridesmaid dresses. As usual, we were in awe of all of the beautiful dresses. Can’t wait to go back and get one (or three…) for parties this summer. Sisters Charlotte and Jeana Lee are fantastic at matching girls to the dress that is right for them. Whether it is for debutante balls or weddings, every girl leaves Bella Bridesmaid looking amazing.

Handley: What is your favorite style of bridesmaid dress?

Charlotte: I am more bohemian. I love flowy. So as far as that goes, I love Amsale and Joanna August. Joanna August has these cute two piece dresses with bustiers which is so fun.

H:What fabrics are in this year?

C: This year, lace and tulle are in.

H: If you were to style a wedding at Windwood, how would you do it?

C: The farm can really go either way–dressed up or down. You can wear sequins or jersey, thats the beauty of it. The nature at Windwood is a great background, you don’t have to do anything to enhance it. You can either go very neutral or do a pop of color.

H: I know that you love flowy silhouettes, but which line do you recommend for structured dresses?

C: For a good structured dress, I go to the short Lula Kate dresses. They are the “Build a Bear” of dresses. You can pick whichever top you want and match it with whichever bottom or color.

H: What colors should we expect to see?

C: This year, purple is coming back. Blush is holding on tight..mint is popular. White and ivory are still popular. And bling this year is really a hit.

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We would like to thank Charlotte (and Mr. Wilson ) for visiting with us! For assistance with all of your bridesmaid dress needs, visit Charlotte & Jeana Lee at Bella Bridesmaid located in Homewood on Broadway Street.

11 May Happy Mother’s Day!

Windwood would like to wish all of the mother’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day today! Moms, thank you for everything you do to make wedding days so special and memorable!

mother's day blog

All Photography Arden Photography

06 May Windwood Wedding: Brandi & Davy

Brandi & Davy celebrated their marriage April 12 with a ceremony at Samford University’s Reid Chapel and a reception following here at Windwood. The weather was absolutely perfect! Brandi is an avid equestrian, so it was only natural that she hold her wedding reception at an horse farm. Her beloved horse Chloe made the trip as well and visited guests from her  stall decorated with her very own floral collar made by Carol Riley of Lillie’s. Guests enjoyed dinner catered by Happy Catering and danced along to the Nick Carver Band as the sun set over the paddocks. The couple departed in a helicopter and enjoyed a week long honeymoon at a ranch in Montana. Brandi and Davy, we wish you a lifetime of happiness! Enjoy these beautiful photographs by Arden Photography. 


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24 Apr Biggest Trends from New York International Bridal Week with Ivory & White

Earlier this week, we were able to sit down with Brooke Mason, owner of Ivory & White, to discuss trends from this year’s New York International Bridal Week. Ivory & White is a bridal shop located in Crestline Village–right next door to our favorite photographer Arden Photography! When we can, we love to stop in their shop to see what gorgeous gowns they have recently gotten in and catch up about which Windwood Brides they have been working with. When Brooke returned from New York, we knew we had to pick her brain of her favorite trends. So here is what she had to say:

Handley: So..how was it this year? I’ve been dying to hear!

Brooke: Amazing as always!

H: What would you say are the top five trends we will be seeing walking down the aisle this coming year?

B: Well, the first trend I noticed were the extremely low backs on the gowns. They were very daring!

Windwood Weddings _ Ivory & White

Alvina Valenta

Windwood Weddings _ Ivory & White

Alvina Valenta

B: Next, the beading this year was very striking. It wasn’t as bling-y. This year it was tone-on-tone beading. We have seen this trend for the last four seasons and it is getting stronger and stronger.

ML Beading

Monique Lhuillier

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Monique Lhuillier

ML beading

Monique Lhuillier

B: The third trend, jackets over dresses. Or more of an overlay or shirt style. This was a new trend for me to see and I feel like next market there will be even more. The jackets can be removed for a transition from ceremony to reception–very versatile.

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Lela Rose


Lela Rose

B: A-line gowns are also big this year. Monique Lhuiller featured an A-line gown with a jacket as well which I thought was really cool.

Monique A-line

Monique Lhuiller

Romona Keveza A-line

Romona Keveza

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H: I love everything about these trends–so excited to see our brides make it their own. Thank you for giving me a recap of Bridal Week, I always love seeing you!

B: You’re welcome! You know I love to talk about gowns.

Many thanks to Brooke Mason and the girls at Ivory & White for sharing these trends with us!

17 Apr Gone to the dogs…or horses?

Everyone has that one love in life that they’ll always remember. The one companion who is always there for you, always loyal, has your back when no one else does….and no, I’m not talking about your husband or wife. It’s your pet!! On wedding day, we have seen an increasing trend of people wanting their pet to be in on the action too. Check out these precious photos taken by Arden Photography of Windwood couples with their beloved pets!



02 Apr Katherine Bramlett Art

Today we are proudly featuring an up and coming local artist. Allow us to introduce you to Katherine Bramlett. Katherine was born and raised in the Birmingham area, and after attending Vanderbilt for college she decided to come back to her hometown. Currently, she is working as an interior designer with Marjorie Johnston & Co. It was through her work in design and her love of all things beautiful that Katherine discovered her passion for painting. Handley and Katherine attended high school together, so Handley was really excited to get together to hear more of her story!


Handley:  I am so excited to be talking to you about your passion—painting!

Katherine: I know! Thank you so much for this opportunity. I am thrilled to be able to talk to you about my paintings!

H: Ok so I know that you have a creative soul, but how did you get into painting?

K: I started painting with my Dad when I was young when we would go to the beach. It was just something that we did together. He always used so many different colors and mediums, so it really sparked my interest. I definitely have my Dad to thank for getting me started.

H: Where do you pull your inspiration?

K: I love design and art and I feel so blessed to be able to combine my passion with my job! I am daily surrounded by creative people, color, fabric, and beautiful images. Every day is a joy, and I am constantly inspired! So I would say my inspiration comes from my dad to day. Whether that is fabrics or the sunset; I feel like my eye is constantly looking for new combinations of color and movement. I’d say lately i’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from sunsets. It sounds so cliche but there is truly nothing more beautiful or inspirational than the colors in nature. God is the greatest artist! I would also say that past experiences from painting with my dad to my art history classes in school also influence my work.

H: How would a bride or someone searching for a hostess or wedding gift go about commissioning your pieces?

K: I have grouped my pieces into small, medium, and large and once someone contacts me we can work together to determine which size would work best for your space or for whatever gift you have in mind. We will then figure out what style and look you would like based on styles of my work that you have seen or if you have something in mind color wise. It’s a conversation process and that way the piece that each person gets is very custom and not like any other piece.

H: So a bride could use her color scheme for her wedding for you to go by and do little paintings for her bridesmaids?

K: Exactly! I think paintings using the bride’s colors would be such a thoughtful and personal gift!

H: Well, I am so excited and proud of you for this new adventure you are on!

K: Thank you, I can’t wait to see where it takes me.


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For more information about Katherine’s work, visit her website.

31 Mar Liza & Freddy

Liza and Freddy were at Windwood last week for their engagement session with Arden Photography . We always enjoy spending time with Liza and Freddy, but on this particular day we got to meet their precious pooches! The photos turned out fantastically and if this is proper foreshadowing, their August wedding will be beautiful AND fun!


Liza Luker

25 Mar AHJA Kickoff Show 2014

The Alabama Hunter Jumpers Association (AHJA) kick-off show was held at The Auburn Horse Park in Auburn March 7 – 9, 2014.   Barns from all over the state were represented at the show.  The Windwood team took command of the show with 8 students cantering their way to 13 Champion titles and 5 Reserve Champion titles and numerous top honors at the end of the 3-day show.  Lacy Smith, riding Skyscraper, was crowned 4 time Champion in the schooling hunter and children’s hunter division; Gracie Michard, riding Farnley Clarabelle, was crowned 2-time Champion in the walk/trot division and Reserve Champion in the crosspole division; Julia Mitchell, riding Simply Star, won top honors in the walk/trot division; Izzi Simpson, riding Double Dutch, was crowned Champion and Reserve Champion in the short stirrup division; Megan Seidel, riding Mr. Irresitible, won top 5 honors in the schooling hunter and pre-children’s hunter division; Christine Moore, riding Mogidashu, was crowned 3 time Champion in the .75 meter thru 1.0 meter jumpers; and Lauren Nichols, riding General Patton, was crowned Champion in the crosspole division.   With the kickoff show under their belts, Windwood is looking forward to a great show season, with plans to participate in 18+ shows across the state.  The show season runs March – November.

AHJA show

20 Mar Pantone Colors for Spring

Spring is finally here!! After this brutal winter we have endured, the first day of Spring is upon us and there is no better way to celebrate that than to discuss spring FLOWERS! Every year, Pantone announces its colors of that particular year, and this year they have made their selection and some very lovely colors are included. Naturally, we like to think how these chosen colors will make their way into wedding trends this year. So lets take a look at some wedding bouquets that follow this color scheme. We’re really loving the cayenne and celosia orange, what are your favorites?!


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10 Mar Man Oh Man!

Today we’re mixing it up a little! On most wedding days, eyes are fixated on the bride. Her hair, makeup, dress, shoes… the bride is so much the center of attention that sometimes we forget to notice the groom. So today, we are giving our grooms a little love! Don’t worry boys, we do know that without you a wedding day would not be possible. Enjoy your “man crush Monday”! groom blog

Arden Photography

06 Mar Expert Advice: Carroll Production

Yesterday Clay Carroll of Carroll Production met me for lunch to catch up and talk about videography at Windwood. We have been lucky enough to work with him several times, most notably for Wynter&Rob’s wedding and Casey&Austin’s wedding. He was kind enough to share some stories of his early days in the business, and believe me he had me laughing pretty hard. Weddings can be pretty freaking funny y’all! During our lunch, we pretty much covered all topics. From the investment of a wedding to stories of dress disasters, Clay has seen it all.

Handley: So, how many years have you been in the wedding business?


Clay: This will be my fifth year—Wow!


H: How did you get into it?


C: I’ve always been a tech geek. It started off with my family, I was into photography and videography. I was always the one filming stuff. If I went on vacation with friends I would make highlight vacation videos just for fun. So I never went to school for it, I actually went to school for business. I then went into working in medical sales working all up and down the east coast and was gone from home all the time. After a while of doing that, I was in a phase in life where I decided to re-evaluate and decided to leave my job so I could be home with my kids more. During this transition period, my friend Wynter Ingram (a Windwood bride!) gave me the idea of getting into videography and Rob Ingram (her now husband) got me my first wedding job, and it just escalated from there. I did that first wedding for $200 just so I could have something to show people of my work. My first big wedding was a friend of a friend in Florida and that is where I got to know Molly Shook and that wedding alone has led to so many weddings—from the bridesmaids, friends, families everything. There hasn’t been one year where I haven’t had work that has spawned off from that Florida wedding.


H: That’s amazing that you’ve had such good business come from that one wedding! Why do you think brides should hire a videographer?


C: I’m a little biased, but the main reason is that this is the day that the bride has been dreaming of for her whole life. After all of the planning that goes into it, the only tangible thing that they have to take away are the photographs and the video. Everything else is just gone. Photos are great and I don’t think in any way that video takes the place of photos, but I think that there’s so much of the story that photos cant tell that you can only see with video. Like as far as the words that are spoken and things like that—video is the only way to get that. Videos are also so easy to share. With social media and everything, wedding videos can be shared with relatives that weren’t able to make it. And any bride will tell you, the day goes by in a flash and there is so much that day that they didn’t get to see. Video is a way for them to re-live the day over and over.


H: I definitely agree that photos and video are SO important. Now, what is your favorite part about wedding day?


C: I enjoy the whole setup of it honestly. If I had to pick, it would probably be the whole part leading up to the ceremony. Its fun because you get to experience a whole range of emotions when you’re videoing on camera, and if they have a first look—if you’re going to have nervous people its usually at that point. The bride is all nervous, the groom is sweating….And as long as its nothing that’s going to hinder the day, I love the drama. It makes for great video! Its fun because you aren’t bored and I’ve done it enough times to know that its going to work out and be fine.


H: Why do you love shooting at Windwood?


C: Just the environment. There’s really nothing like it in Birmingham, which is cool. I get tired of shooting in churches. Windwood is an experience—especially for guests—when someone drives through Windwood for the first time, you have time to take in the scenery. The way everything opens up is amazing. Its not far away, but when you get here you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. It’s the best of both worlds. Just being down there and surrounded by the trees, especially on the Bridal Path in the fall, there’s nothing like that anywhere else. There’s so many different places and ways to shoot all within a close proximity. Everything is close and convenient on the property. Plus, you can’t beat the horses. Having the guests walk around and see the horses is such an awesome thing. When you go from the ceremony to the reception with the whole entrance of the barn is just amazing. The uniqueness of Windwood can’t be beat. Most importantly, you and William are so accommodating. Unlike some venues where it seems like the staff wants to make my job harder, y’all always do anything you can possibly do, and I always am taken care of.


Thank you so much to Clay  for sharing his words of wisdom with us! For those of you who might have missed it, check out Clay’s video of Casey’s wedding day

14 Feb Valentine’s Day Feature: Gia’s Cakes

This week Gia’s Cakes brought back their famous cupcakes for Valentine’s Day! Personally, I was very excited to hear this news. So, we had to stop by and see what she had in store for everyone. When we went by to visit and snap these photos, we taste tested the strawberries and champagne and its safe to eat y’all, no worries! Haha! Feast your eyes on these treats and head on over to Gia’s Cakes in Crestline to get your very own. How cute are they?! Each one has their very own festive decorations.



14 Feb Top Weddings: Princess Kate & Princess Diana!

For our final Top Wedding of our  Top Weddings Series, I give you TWO royal weddings. The weddings of Princess Diana and Prince Charles & the wedding of Princess Kate and Prince William. Princess Diana and Prince Charles wed on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral and was viewed on television by an estimated 750 million viewers. Diana’s dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel. It had a twenty five foot train! She also wore her family’s heirloom tiara. Princess Kate and Prince William wed on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. There were 36.7 million viewers on television. Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, designed her gown. How fabulous are these two? I couldn’t end on a better note. Happy Valentine’s everyone!!! XOXO


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14 Feb Valentine’s Day Feature: Sybil Sylvester

The day is here! Happy Valentine’s Day to Everyone! A couple of days ago right before the big snow hit, Handley stopped by Sybil Sylvester’s house to chat about her Valentine’s Day plans and spy on her floral creations. Every Valentine’s Day, Sybil has the opportunity to create an arrangement for her toughest client–herself. When her husband Bill asked her a while ago who he should call to send her flowers, her response was automatic…HER! So now every year when the day rolls around, she designs something to fit her fancy. This particular arrangement included Yves Piaget Roses, Sweetheart Roses, Hyacinths, Anemones, and Berzillia. This year is the couple’s twenty-fifth anniversary, the silver anniversary! Bill gifted Sybil with a beautiful silver planter for the anniversary, so it was only fitting that they flowers were arranged in that. Sybil and Handley created a “date night” table setting with Sybil’s florals, champagne flutes, and Mercury glass candle holder, antique napkins, and her grandmothers lace table runner. Handley added her mother’s silver place settings, and Event Rentals Unlimited was kind enough to contribute the dishes and table linen for a festive touch. Take a look at the “date night” they created to go alongside Sybil’s arrangement.



13 Feb Top Weddings: Chrissy & John

We’re on the home stretch y’all! Tomorrow is the big day– Valentine’s Day! While we have lots of little surprises waiting for you tomorrow, today we will highlight the wedding of supermodel Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend. After dating for six years together, the pair wed in Lake Como, Italy on September 14, 2013. The model wore not one but THREE Vera Wang gowns. The ceremony ball gown, a mermaid style gown after, and a crimson red gown for the after party. While the event was a small gathering of friends of about 150, the guest list was stacked with celebrities! Legend’s good friend Kanye attended and surprised everyone when he walked Stevie Wonder to the piano so he could serenade guests playing “Ribbon in the Sky”.

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12 Feb Top Weddings: Audrey & Mel

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer wed in Burgenstock, Switzerland on September 24, 1954. The ceremony and reception were only attended by close friends and family. The couple was introduced by Gregory Peck, Hepburn’s costar in Roman Holiday. After she stared in ‘Sabrina’, she became close friends with Hubert de Givenchy. He designed her gorgeous dress highlighting her TINY waist. I hope everyone is safe and sound on this crazy weather day!



11 Feb Top Weddings: Ivanka & Jared

Rounding out the first WEEK of our top weddings is the wedding of Ivanka Trump and the New York Observer owner Jared Kushner. The lovely couple wed on Sunday October 25, 2009 at the Trump International Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ. The lavish celebration hosted 500 of the world’s most prominent people. Among the guests were Barbara Walters, Natalie Portman, Regis Philbin, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Ivanka wore a gown designed for her by Vera Wang that was made to emulate the gown worn by Grace Kelly (our Day 3). Their cake was made by famed baker Sylvia Weinstock and stood 70 inches on the table with thirteen layers. The Donald toasted to her daughter and her new groom by simply saying “Be happy and enjoy your life!”

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10 Feb Top Weddings: Kate Moss & Jamie Hince

Happy Monday and cheers to day six of our top weddings! Today we spotlight the wedding of Kate Moss and Jamie Hince. The always stylish Moss wed her rocker husband on July 1, 2011. The ceremony was an intimate gathering at St. Peter’s Church Southrop in Gloucestershire. Kate had fifteen bridesmaids including her then eight year old daughter Lila Grace. Her groom opted against the traditional black suit and wore a light blue Stefano Pilati for YSL suit. Kate’s good friend John Galliano designed her wedding gown. The gown was a cream bias-cut dress with a sheer skirt and gold leaf embellishment. Manolo Blahnik even designed a special pair of shoes for Kate with a blue insole for her “something blue.” After the ceremony, guests went back to the bride and groom’s estate for a three day reception dubbed “Moss-Stock.” Some of the guests included Moss’ A-list friends Stella McCartney, Jade Jagger, Jude Law & Anna Wintour just to name a few. Also, the famed photographer Mario Testino photographed the big event!


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09 Feb Top Weddings: Priscilla & Elvis

Day five is dedicated to the ultimate rock and roll wedding: Priscilla and Elvis! After meeting a 14 year old Priscilla, the King of Rock and Roll was head over heels. They dated for seven years and finally tied the knot on May 1, 1967. Their wedding took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas at 11:45 AM with a breakfast reception following. Sounds pretty tame for a rock and roll wedding… Never the less it was beautiful. Priscilla looked ethereal in a white silk chiffon dress with a three foot tulle veil. Never to be out done, Elvis wore a black silk brocade tuxedo and a spiffy bow tie. What I love most about this wedding is how incredibly normal they look in the photos. Some celebrities (who am I kidding, MOST celebrities) look plastic and fake for their weddings, but these two just look sweet and happy. Take a look at some footage from their wedding ( a little blurry).  I hope you all are having a nice Sunday!

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08 Feb Top Weddings: American Royalty

Day Four is dedicated to American Royalty! Since we don’t actually have royalty in the great US of A, we have to create our own. And what would an American Royalty wedding blog be without Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie O?! Now…picking which wedding of Elizabeth Taylor’s to feature was a tough one (I mean she does have EIGHT)….so I just went simple with her first wedding to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton. She was stunning in a gown designed by Helen Rose, the same designer that designed Grace Kelly’s gown. Taylor’s dress was so intricate that it took fifteen people three months to create. The marriage between Hilton and Taylor only lasted a short nine months, but it holds its place in history as the kick starter of all of Taylor’s times down the aisle.

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Continuing on, our second American Royalty wedding is none other than that of Jackie O and JFK. Before all of the drama of Kennedy’s presidency and personal life took center stage, Jackie and Jack were just happy newlyweds–except they were bonafide celebrities. The pair was featured on the cover of Time Magazine only a few months before their wedding. They wed at his family’s estate on September 12, 1953, this year is the 50th anniversary! Jackie’s gown, designed by Ann Lowe,  contained more than fifty yards of fabric (imagine how heavy that must have been!). Their Catholic ceremony was attended by 750 people, and later for the reception an additional 450 people joined. The reception was definitely a party to remember. The guests danced to music played by the Meyer Davis Orchestra–the same Orchestra also played at Kennedy’s parents’ wedding as well as his inauguration ball. I hope you all have enjoyed reminiscing as much as I have!


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07 Feb Top Weddings: Grace Kelly & Prince Rainier III

American actress Grace Kelly headed to the Cannes Film Festival in April of 1955 as the head of the U.S. delegation. While she was there, she was a part of a photo shoot where she met Prince Rainier III the prince of Monaco. Later that year, it became public that if the Prince did not produce an heir, Monaco would revert to France. The Prince visited American where he met Grace Kelly with her family. Only three days later, they were engaged. The world waited patiently as the wedding “of the century” was planned. They had both a civil ceremony and a religious ceremony with the civil ceremony being broadcast all over Europe. The religious ceremony was the day after. The newly married couple celebrated with a whopping 600 guests among whom were some of the most high profile celebrities and European heads of state. The bride’s dress was designed by Helen Rose. To this day, Grace Kelly’s dress is one of the most sought after styles–it truly has withstood the test of time. This ceremony was watched by an estimated 30 million people! A little fun fact: Frank Sinatra initially accepted his invitation to attend but last minute decided not to because he didn’t want to upstage the bride.

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06 Feb Top Weddings: Portia & Ellen

Day two of our Top Weddings series is dedicated to the nuptials of Portia de Rossi and Ellen Degeneres. In contrast to most celebrity weddings, their day was very intimate with just their closest friends and family. For me, two things that stand out the most at the beautiful wedding are 1) Portia’s dress and 2) the floral design. Portia’s dress is the perfect marriage between bridal sexy and elegance. The plunging back coupled with the light pink tulle skirt is simply fabulous. Both ladies ensembles were designed by Zac Posen. Now those flowers…oh.my.gosh. The floral design by Mark Held of Mark’s Garden is so lush you would think you were inside a secret garden. For a more intimate look at their day, watch their wedding video. Enjoy!



05 Feb Top Weddings Of All Time

In keeping with the theme of romance, we are revisiting the top 10 weddings in history. From now to Valentine’s Day, we will share with you all of our favorite weddings. To start things off, let us all remember the roller coaster romance that was Carrie and Mr. Big on Sex and the City. From the back of a town car, to Paris, to a jaw-dropping penthouse–their love was definitely not boring. All of you girls out there that have been patiently (maybe not so much…) waiting for a ring on that special finger, just remember that Carrie waited 10 years. Now enjoy ogling over her lovely Vivienne Westwood dress for the almost wedding at the New York Library and also her simple successful wedding at city hall. Carrie and Mr. Big = the best romance of ALL TIME (Kanye West voice)!

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Keep in mind that since Arden didn’t take these photos, the quality is not the greatest.

06 Dec Casey & Austin’s Windwood Wedding

Casey & Austin got married at Windwood on November 16 in a very special worship ceremony followed by a magical reception that ended with a glow stick exit. From the beginning, we were so overwhelmed by how kind every member of both families were–there was no drama and no meltdowns..except for maybe a ring bearer. Casey, who has planned events for Conde Nast, was very hands on through the whole process and made it very enjoyable! During the reception, guests enjoyed custom cocktails, dined by the fire on both Texan and Southern fare, and danced the night away on the courtyard under the stars. Take a look at some of the photos of what is our favorite Windwood Wedding yet! Enjoy!




Photography: Arden Photography, Catering: A Social Affair, Cake: Carol Latner, Florals: Hothouse Designs, Band: Fountain City Players, Videography: Carroll Production, Bride’s Dress: Ivory and White, Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Their Own,

Venue: Windwood Equestrian

03 Dec Hill Family Holiday Portraits

A couple of weeks ago, the Hill Family came to Windwood for their Holiday 2013 portraits. We have been lucky enough to get to know Melissa through her business at Weddings Etc., but on this day we got to know the whole family — and what fun they are! The kids had a blast running around Windwood, and they even got to hang out with Phoenix. We hope you enjoy looking at a few of their photos, we sure did enjoy having them at Windwood.


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02 Dec Horse Show at Windwood

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All Photography Arden Photography.

12 Nov Brandi & David: Engagement Photos

Recently, our April 2014 bride Brandi and her fiancé David came to Windwood for an engagement portrait session with Arden. The day that Brandi walked into our Windwood office, I knew she would be such a joy to work with — and I was right! Take a sneak peak at some of the great photos!


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All Photography: Arden Photography 



11 Nov Expert Advice: Event Rentals Unlimited

This past week we managed to nail down Mike Pozowicz, from Event Rentals Unlimited, for a lunch meeting. If any of you know Mike, you know his schedule is crazy busy and catching him face to face is a little tough. During the transformation of Windwood from just an equestrian facility to a home for both equestrian activities as well as weddings, Mike has been there every step of the way to offer his advice and guidance. During lunch, he and I went over some of the key things that brides should think about related to rentals for their wedding at Windwood.

Handley: Thanks for meeting me today!

Mike: Anytime! I love coming out to Windwood.

H: Ok, so what would you say would be the first thing brides need to determine in the wedding planning process?

M: To start, you need to determine the number of people at the event. The number of people will determine the size of the tent, the number of chairs, tables, bars-  if you’re going to have a bar- food tables etc. Then you need to think about are you doing a sit down dinner? Do you need a large dance floor? At Windwood, you already have a stage built so that’s not a problem. The bride really needs to determine their vision based on the number of people. The beauty of Windwood is that its so versatile. You can have a wedding in the small barn and reception on the courtyard or you can have a large tented affair in one of the fields. All the planning begins with the number of people though…

H: You’re right that Windwood is really versatile for large and small events. Next, what would you say is the most common mistake you see brides make is?

M: Not planning early enough. As far as the rentals go, you have to reserve your stuff early to ensure that its available for your big day. So plan ahead!

H: Now for the tent… what are some pros and cons of having a tent and not having a tent?

M: Pros would be  that you have a peace of mind on your wedding day that your party will be safe. Next pro would be the obvious, that you’re protected from the elements. Then I would say that a tent adds an instant visual stimulation for your guests. We can drape and light the inside of the tent to turn it into a real spectacle. As far as the cons go, there really are none.

H:What is your favorite thing about working at Windwood?

M: Windwood is very versatile. There are multiple locations for your wedding setup. You have the small barn for your ceremony, you also have up top with the stage and the large barn. The large barn has a lot of indoor space and the great patio with the cafe lights that look wonderful under the night sky. You can also tent the courtyard in case of elements or if you just wanted to add another element to your wedding. The field options are also great if you want to put up massive tents, structures with twin pole peaks and create a whole different feel. Once you add a tent you can always make them as glamorous as you want. We can do the rustic farm look or you can transform it into anything just because Windwood has the space available to dream big. Windwood is very versatile for the space it has to offer and the free reign your clients get when they’re out there.

H: I agree– Windwood has many different options for weddings and parties! Thanks so much for sitting down and talking to me. I always appreciate your input!

M: Of course!


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William, Arden, and Mike at the Windwood Open House.

Photo: Arden Photography


As part of the Nation’s Zone 4 pony jumper team, Cooper Dean (age 13) and “American Hero”  were part of a historic Pony Finals feat, as all 4 riders on the team went clear in both rounds to secure Team Gold for Zone 4 at the USEF National Pony Jumper Championships held at the Alltech Arena at the Lexington Kentucky Horse Park.   The dynamic duo,  Dean and “American Hero”  fresh off the team gold with Zone 4 went on to dominate the USEF National Pony Jumper Individual Championship by winning the Individual Gold Medal!  Cooper is coached by his mother and Windwood trainer Jill Dean. Here’s a link to see him in action.

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08 Nov Arden & William: Bromberg’s Bridal Blog

This week, our friends at Bromberg’s featured Arden & William’s September wedding on their bridal blog.  Martie Duncan, a good friend of the bride and groom, shared a complete write up on the fairy tale romance. From the story of how they met to the details of the proposal–its all in the blog! Take a moment to check it out and see more photos from the big day. Enjoy!

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All Photography featured in the story is Arden Photography.

04 Nov Austin & Jake Engagement Photos: Windwood Weddings

Austin and Jake visited Windwood last week for their engagement photo session, and the pictures could not have turned out better! This time of year, Windwood is absolutely breathtaking. The leaves on the trees are all shades of gold and red and the sky rarely has a cloud in it. Austin and Jake have chosen Windwood as the location for their September 2014 wedding and reception — we are so happy they decided to share their day with us! Take a look at some of their photos!


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All Photography Arden Photography.

30 Oct It’s All in the Details…

Guests to a wedding arrive to the celebration (fashionably late usually) and see everything all put together and beautiful. What most of them don’t realize is that without all of the little details, the big picture would not be so perfect. At Windwood we love how our brides incorporate sentimental, equestrian, and personal details into the decor and ceremonies. Take a look at some of our favorite details…


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All Photography Arden Photography.

27 Sep Arden and William’s Windwood Wedding!

We are still glowing from Arden and William’s wedding last weekend! The Windwood Family is overjoyed for them and we all loved celebrating their marriage. The day was not without excitement thats for sure!  Just in time for the ceremony, the rain passed. Following the ceremony, guests ventured out onto the porch for cocktail hour and later dined on a delicious meal inside the Main Barn among the horses. Reception guests arrived just in time to feast on southern dishes as well as French cuisine underneath the magical sunset. Later in the night, everyone was surprised by a Michael Jackson performance! To bring the celebration to a close, Arden and William flew off in a helicopter as guests wished them well. We wish we could live it over again, it was so much fun! A&W Wedding Blog 3

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All photography Arden Photography.

27 Sep Hamptons 2013

Windwood had a great two weeks at The Hampton Classic this year! WEC L’Ami Noir won his first six year old championship young jumper class. L’Ami Noir jumped clean all three rounds. Damokles came in 6th place overall for six year olds, L’Ami was 5th overall for the six year olds, and Cairobi came in 9th overall for the 5 year olds! Thanks to everyone who came out and supported, it was so much fun!


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All photography Arden Photography.

16 Aug Kentucky and Pony Finals

For the first two weeks of August, Windwood Equestrian has been in Kentucky showing the horses. It was an exciting two weeks, and the second week wrapped it up with the Pony Finals.

We did very well the first week in Kentucky! Congratulations to Audrey Roell for winning the 12-14 equitation and pinning seventh and fourth over fences in the children’s hunters! WEC Damokles was first and fourth 5yo young jumpers, WEC L’ami Noir was first and seventh in 6yo young jumpers, WEC Coming up was double clean and 5 in the 6yo young jumpers, Midnight Dance and Sarah were double clean and fourth in the 1.40.

During the Pony Finals, our riders did their very well. A BIG congratulations to Cooper Dean and American Hero winning both team and individual gold as well as the style award at Pony Finals! You and your pony gave everything this week and deserved this win more than anyone. We couldn’t be more proud.

Congratulations to all of our riders!

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12 Aug SoHo Bridal Show

Last weekend we participated in the Engaged SoHo Bridal Show put on by the girls at Engaged Wedding Library. The show was so much fun, and we loved meeting other vendors as well as new brides! Phoenix loved meeting everyone as well. It was a good opportunity to check out new vendors and as well as familiar faces in the industry. Here are some photos from the event, thank you to Arden Photography for sharing them with us!

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10 Jul Windwood Horse Camp June

The Windwood kids horse camp that took place at the end of June was a huge success! We had a great group of kids ranging in age from five to fourteen. The activities varied from riding twice a day to a whipped cream eating contest! There was never a dull moment that’s for sure. During the camp, the kids rode twice a day, learned the fundamentals of horseback riding as well as parts of the horse and the saddle. They had a stable knot competition and at the end of the week there was a big closing ceremony for the parents where the kids got to show off their new skills! Awards were also presented to some outstanding campers.

Camper of the Week: Emily Medford

Parts of the Horse Champion: Lily Dupont

Stable Knot Champion: Gracie Michard

Congratulations to everyone who participated!

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03 Jul Blue Ribbon Vendor!

We are thrilled to announce that our listing on Southern Weddings as Blue Ribbon Vendor has gone live! Please check out our listing on their website! Big things are happening for Windwood Weddings–stay tuned..



21 Jun Kentucky Week Two

A great start to the second week of Kentucky for Windwood! All of the young jumpers were double clean in their respective division! Mia on Ruler and Madeline on Quest were also double clean in the 1.0! Windwood’s new stallion, WEC Damokles, won the 5yo YJC qualifier. Windwood won both the 5 and 6 year old young jumper qualifiers Thursday in Kentucky. All of the young horses jumped clean. The Windwood Group’s WEC Damokles and John Smith’s Cairobi rose to the top being double clean and the fastest. Cairobi won the qualifier two weeks in a row! Madison on Cammie won the Intermediate Child Adult Jumper Classic! Congrats to all of our riders!


19 Jun Father’s Day

With Father’s Day being last weekend, it made us think of all of the sweet Dads who participate in the weddings at Windwood. Dads, we appreciate all that you do for your daughters in making their day so special! So here’s to you Dads!

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All photography Arden Photography.

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10 Jun New Addition to Windwood!

Happy Monday everyone! This weekend was a big weekend for Windwood Equestrian at the horse show in Kentucky. The first day, WEC L’ami Noir, WEC Coming Up, KEC Mogidashu and Cairobi all jumped clean and Midnight Dance was clean and two out of 70 horses! As the weekend went on, William and Coming Up won their first blue ribbon together!  John Smith’s Cairobi and Sarah won the six year old YJC qualifier class with a fast double clear and WEC Coming Up was fourth with just two time faults. Audrey and Edeling started off Saturday with great trips in their debut in the children’s hunters. Katie Boehme and Mogi jumped clean in the high adults in the Rolex stadium! Joanne and Penelope jumped clean in the lows as well. As the weekend wrapped up, Madison Massey and Cammie won the low ch/ad jumper classic! Joanne Boyd and Penelope were fourth in the 3’6 classic. Audrey and Edeling were double clean in their jumper debut! We are so proud of our Windwood riders!!





Photography: Arden Photography

Last but certainly not least…we can’t forget about Windwood’s newest addition! Our new stallion, WEC Damokles, is from Holland and is five years old. When I tell you he’s a beautiful horse, he might be the prettiest I’ve ever seen! Brides, you definitely want to check him out next time you are at the barn, he photographs very well.

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07 Jun Deborah & John

Deborah and John’s May wedding was an intimate celebration filled with love and happiness. The morning of the wedding yielded a few showers, but just before the ceremony the clouds parted and sunshine spilled into the barn. The entire day was centered around Deborah and John’s appreciation of family — John’s daughter was even Deb’s Maid of Honor! Their day went off without a hitch, and we are happy that we got to share it with such special people!




All photography Arden Photography.