My story started like many others in 2020. In the height of the pandemic, I was burned out and unfulfilled from my 8-5 job. I could not imagine that this was the life I was meant to lead. While in quarantine, I realized I could not continue to hold myself back because of doubt and fear of the unknown. Which brought me to the dilemma, ‘What do I want to do with my life?” I thought of the things that brought me joy in everyday life; creating, traveling, genuine connections with people, LOVE, and capturing life’s little moments (Thanks Mom!) and it clicked. 

 I picked up my outdated 10 year old camera with no knowledge of settings, editing, or marketing and started taking photos of any and everything! My husband and my dogs were my main subjects until I learned basic camera settings and the rest is history! I jumped in with both feet and my whole heart, which brings us to today! 

I'm Courtney 

 I'm so happy
you're here!

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Why Ardent + Elm?


ARDENT /ˈÄRDNT/ • ENTHUSIASTIC OR PASSIONATE.

 Pride and Prejudice is my favorite love story. I have read the book and watched the movies (2005 version is the one for me) an embarrasing amount of times.  “I love you, most ardently” is a famous quote from the Pride and Prejudice movie. It hangs above our bed and has always been special to my husband and I. It was even in his wedding vows to me.

Elm /elm/ • A tall deciduous tree that typically has rough serrated leaves.

Elm trees are extremely resilient and can grow almost anywhere. It is a symbol of hope,resilience, and wearing your heart on your sleeve.

Fun Facts

NOTHING MAKES MY HEART HAPPIER THAN A SMALL COFFEE SHOP WITH COZY CHAIRS AND A GOOD TRUE CRIME PODCAST.

I'M AN ENNEAGRAM 6 

I WANT TO BRING HOME EVERY DOG I MEET.

CAN YOU GUESS MY SIGN?

I BLAME EVERYTHING ON MERCURY BEING IN RETROGRADE.

 I realized I could not continue to hold myself back because of doubt and fear of the unknown. Which brought me to the dilemma, ‘What do I want to do with my life?” I thought of the things that brought me joy in everyday life; creating, traveling, genuine connections with people, LOVE, and capturing life’s little moments (Thanks Mom!) and it clicked. 

 My story started like many others in 2020. In the height of the pandemic, I was burned out and unfulfilled from my 8-5 job. I could not imagine that this was the life I was meant to lead. While in quarantine,

Hey Loves!

of my favorite things

These are a few

Travel Schedule

+ Bucket List

Redwood National Forest
Yosemite National Park
Banff National Park
Italy
Greece
Maine

April        21-24           Asheville, NC 

August   12-14           Rosemary Beach, FL

September   21-25          New Jersey/New York

OCtober  1-4              Las Vegas, NV

Bucket List Locations

Wedding Day  Details 

Session Guide 

Wedding Day Timeline

morning routine

my fav gear

resources