William Upton is the visionary and founder of Windwood Equestrian, Weddings, and Events. William found his passion for horses at an early age when watching the Atlanta Olympics, and it’s only grown. Windwood is one of the country's most respected training and KWPN Dutch-Warmblood breeding facilities. William is what you would call a modern-day renaissance man. You are just as likely to find him in a tux at a black-tie gala supporting our community’s charities, as you are to find him operating excavation equipment, a tractor, or tending to the horses. He’s a creative spirit at heart and a practical problem-solver. William is a dreamer, and he always sees the bigger picture, which is how Windwood came to fruition. He loves opening his estate and home to others for them to enjoy and learn. He has used Windwood to share his love for equestrian sports and the great outdoors with the community.
When William and Arden became engaged, he built the courtyard and wedding amenities you see today for their ceremony and celebration at the estate. As they planned their wedding, they realized a new direction for the property would be events. This has grown into the primary business at the estate all while maintaining their prestigious reputation in the world of equestrian sports. Weddings have become William’s major focus and passion. Every year, William adds to the property and looks for improvements to enhance the experience for Windwood couples. Windwood Wedding and Event clients become extended family. William and Arden are passionate about everyone feeling welcome and at home on their property.
Arden Upton came to Windwood through love. She became an active part of the Windwood team when she married her beloved, William. Together William and Arden have one son, Wills, and many four-legged babies as well. She has been photographing weddings since 1999, and truly believes they are her calling. Initially, she was attracted to weddings because she fell in love with the idea of sharing one of the happiest days a couple will experience together. She started as a fine art film photographer and has photographed weddings all over the world as a destination photographer (everywhere from California to St Barths to Japan), but her favorite is always Windwood Equestrian.
Her style is refined, polished and timeless. She always seeks a genuine connection with couples, whether they connect over a cup of coffee or a glass of champagne! Over the years, trends and styles have changed, but her photographs have withstood the test of time. Her photography is timeless, natural, and beautifully curated through unforgettable moments. Her goal is not to create memories, but to document them as truthfully and gracefully as possible. You will see her images and quotes as an expert in the wedding field in magazines such as, Martha Stewart Weddings, Inside Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Southern Living, Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Good Grit and too many more to name. She is a sought-after industry speaker and mentor, but most importantly she is a mother and a wife to her two Williams.
Our passion for our clients and love for our community
What makes Windwood Equestrian unique
Windwood’s state of the art facility offers many amenities for both horse and rider. We offer over 200 acres of rolling hills perfect to house your FEI level horse or your young developing horse and all levels in between.