Ardor Rental Boutique l A furniture and prop rental company in Hattiesburg, MS for weddings, photo shoots, and events » Ardor is a prop and furniture rental boutique based out of Hattiesburg, MS that offers vintage and antique rental pieces and styling services for photo shoots and events

New Seasons

As fall approaches I know I can’t be alone in welcoming the new season with open arms. The past few days the crisp air and faint sound of falling leaves has reminded me change is on the way. Some people fear change, while others embrace it. I find that I have always been one to run towards it. If I am not changing my hair, I am changing the furniture around in my home, my style, or what I want to be when I grow up. When I really think about it nothing in my life is ever allowed to stay the same for far too long. I suppose there is excitement with uncertainty and newness.

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Photographed by: Micah Nelson Photography

One of the biggest seasons of change in my life began in March 2014 when my very best friend Misty Merrill and I decided to start a business. We were told it was not wise to go in business with your best friend. We had to explain the concept of a boutique furniture rental company again, and again, and again, and well again. Looking back now when we ask the question, “Would we change anything about the journey of business ownership?” The answer is and will always be, no.

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Photographed by: Starling and Sage Photography

In 2 years we have met people that will forever change the course of our life. Artist, creatives, photographers, moms, daughters, wives, business owners, Christian mentors, and the list goes on. We have poured our heart and soul into Ardor and all along the way tried to uphold the highest standard of professionalism and class. Every client received every ounce of our attention, and at the end of the day our desire for their session or event to be a success was just as much or greater than their own.

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Photographed by: Micah Nelson Photography

We have built relationships that turned into friendships and poured into this community that we love so very much. While building Ardor, encouraging others was at the top of our priority list in an industry known for putting one another down. Along the way Misty and I have a friendship stronger than it has ever been and we have memories that can never be replaced. Misty is my very best friend as she always will be. We have laughed, we have cried, and we have both become stronger in our faith along the way.

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Photographed by: Lauren Liddell Photography

With all that said, there has been an inkling in our hearts. God has lead Misty and I in a new direction. Business ownership has been all kinds of amazing, yet family has been put on the back burner a little more than we can say we are happy to admit. Over the past two years Misty’s sweet baby Hollis has become older and my maternal instincts have started to kick in. We have come to the realization that perhaps a furniture rental company does not always lend itself well to the most important job of all, simply being a mom.

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Photographed by: LB Studios

In a world where being busy is praised we have decided we are going to swim against the current. We are going to be as non busy as possible while pouring into our families. Misty and I are embracing a new concept and that is the season of being still.

Misty Merrill Ardor Rental Boutique Downtown Hattiesburg ms

Photographed by: Starling and Sage Photography

In the spirit of all this change it seemed fitting to announce a secret we have had for several months. Misty and I happily and with extreme excitement would love to announce that Ardor Rental Boutique has been purchased by Cheryl Fletcher. Cheryl is the current owner of Forrest Paper and Bridal Co.. On Sept 1, 2015, we will be passing over the torch to our neighbor who we have grown to love dearly since our move to downtown Hattiesburg. Forrest Paper and Bridal Co. was established in 2000 and is Mississippi’s premiere stationery and bridal boutique. Ardor will be the perfect addition to an already outstanding local business.

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Photographed by: Maria Newman Photography

On Sept 4, 2015, there will be a relaunch party you will not want to miss. Here we will have a meet and greet with the new ownership along with some great music and food from some of our favorite local vendors. Misty and I are excited about the places Ardor will go under the new ownership we have so much faith and respect for.

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Photography by: Maria Newman Photography

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing journey you have followed us on. Thank you downtown Hattiesburg for the outstanding support and sense of community. Thank you to our clients for being simply amazing and for all the photographers that pushed us to explore our creativity and do what we do best. We love you all and stay tuned because Ardor is on to even bigger and better things and the experience will now be even more amazing for current and future clients.

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There are a few questions we would love to clear up before they are asked.

Will the services provided by Ardor currently still be provided? YES

Did moving downtown affect your business? YES for the better. Our business increased after relocating downtown. 

Will any deals offered at special events be honored by new owners? YES

Are you and Misty still friends? YES, she will never escape me lol 

Will the new owners be just as awesome? YES, even more awesome!

Will you still be doing wedding or events? YES we will be consulting. Aka we pick and choose what projects we take on. 

Will the contact info be the same? YES

 

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