Sunday, September 28, 2014

I always feel the love at the Braselton Stover House | photography by

What a weekend! Shot two weddings at the Braselton Stover House.  It just reminds me how much I love the people there!  It is a great facility in Braselton, Georgia.

The historical Braselton-Stover House located in downtown Braselton, Georgia. Built in 1916 by Green Braselton, the second son born to the town’s founder, William Harrison Braselton, the house was purchased in December 2000 and faithfully restored to its current beauty and charm by Mary and Marvin Stover.
In addition to the historical house with its inviting wrap-around porch, is the 6,000 square foot banquet facility that was completed in November 2008. The new space combines old Southern charm with today’s conveniences, perfectly conceived and designed for not only the modern bride, but also for corporate functions, business meetings and special events. Like the house, the new facility features period furnishings and is beautifully decorated, creating a sophisticated but warm, inviting ambiance.
French doors open from the banquet hall onto the veranda overlooking the garden area. This is truly an enchanted setting for life’s most important events where family traditions are honored and memories created.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Doctor Who Daleks Wedding Cake Topper by

Dr. Who Dalek Wedding Cake Topper by Atlanta Wedding Photographer
Well folks I don't know what it is but I get to work for the best bride and grooms!  This week I had another Dr. Who fan! They choose the Mr. and Mrs. Dalek wedding cake topper.  As some of you know that I am a huge Dr. Who fan!  I did not know that they were such a fan.  When I came in to the reception hall to shoot the detail shots I saw the cake and almost died.  It was so cute and so them.  I just love it when a couple expresses them selves.  The Daleks are such a rocking statement to have on your cake.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Catholic Wedding Terminology from Atlanta Artistic Weddings

As a Atlanta wedding photographer I have had the honor of shooting weddings of many different cultures.  I really want my blog to be helpful to brides and guests.  When shooting weddings I find a lot of guests come from a diverse background and do not always know the customs of the church or temple where the wedding is taking place.  In the last couple of blogs I have covered Indian and Jewish weddings.  Today I am going to share the customs of a Catholic wedding.  You may not see all of these things at a Catholic wedding but at least you will be exposed to the terminology. 

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Considered one of the seven sacraments, or channels to God's grace, the wedding ceremony is a serious affair in the Catholic Church full of deep spirituality and rich symbolism. Here's what to expect (rituals and readings may vary depending on your church).

Introductory Rites

Catholic weddings begin with an opening prayer by the priest, naming the couple and asking for God's blessings on their wedding day.

Liturgy Of The Word

The readers (often family members) read Biblical passages selected by you and preapproved by the priest, followed by a short sermon about marriage given by the priest.

Rite Of Marriage

The entire congregation stands as the couple takes their vows, declaring their commitment to each other. Actual vows vary between churches, but the basic wording is: "I (groom's/bride's name), take you (bride's/groom's name) to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times, in sickness and in health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life." The priest then blesses the couple, joins their hands together, and asks, "Do you take (bride's/groom's name) as your lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish until death do you part?"

Exchange Of Rings

After the couple (hopefully) responds, "I do," to the vows, the best man gives the bride's ring to the priest, who blesses it and hands it to the groom to place on the bride's finger. Then, the maid of honor hands the groom's ring to the priest, who blesses it and hands it to the bride to place on the groom's finger. Each may say, "I take this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

Mass Or No Mass

If the ceremony takes place without a Mass, the ceremony concludes with nuptial blessings and a final prayer from the priest. He then tells the congregation, "Go in peace with Christ," to which they respond, "Thanks be to God." If the ceremony includes Mass (which adds only 15 minutes to the service), the priest asks for the "sign of peace," in which everyone shakes hands with their neighbors. Holy Communion follows. Finally, the priest recites a concluding prayer and nuptial blessing asking for strength and protection for the couple.


In some Catholic weddings, the bride places flowers on the shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary as musicians play "Ave Maria." This rite can be done either before the processional or after the recessional.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Victora Belle a Great Historic Wedding Venue

This week I got to shot at a great wedding venue Victoria Belle. It is a wonderful historic wedding venue.  As some of you may know that I work for historic preservation company during the week.  I just love the historic venues around Atlanta.  The Victoria Belle is a real treat to shoot at.  The owner of the venue is Vickie Belle.  Her and her team were just awesome to work with and made the wedding just awesome.  It was a perfect fit for the bride and groom.

Here is a Brief History of the Venue I got from their website.

"The Late Victorian Period covers the second half of the 19th century, for a portion of the true reign of Britain's Queen Victoria(1837-1901) for which this era is named. This was the time period in American architecture known for intricate and highly decorative styles such as the Second Empire, Romanesque Revival, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, Stick/Eastlake, Shingle, Renaissance Revival and Chateauesque. All of these styles are often described as "Victorian" and indeed many buildings of this era borrowed stylistic elements from several styles, and were not pure examples of any. The Late Victorian Period was a time of growth and change in America. Building advancements made it possible to be bigger with more complex decorative structures.[1]An example of this architectural surge is Victoria Belle Mansion; located in the small historic town of Hogansville Georgia, which was once a booming railroad town. The expanding railroad system during this time period allowed for more products to be transported across the country at a more reasonable cost. Once unattainable luxury items could then be employed in a wide variety of more modest buildings. It was an expansive time in American culture and the buildings of this period reflect this.[2] Victoria Belle Mansion remains true to it’s Victorian roots inside and out. Victorian stain glass windows through out the mansion are just one of those details."

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Wedding Cake Decorator in Atlanta, Georgia

As a wedding photographer in Atlanta you never know who you will meet.  Recently I was shooting a wedding in the East Atlanta area near Grant Park Zoo.  I was meet a very talented bridesmaid!  She is a great cake decorator and owner of  Here name is Shelly Jones and she made the cake for her friend the bride.  Besides being a very talented cake decorator she is a great person.

When I got to the Solarium  which was the venue for the reception I made a bee line to the wedding cake.  Man, I was sure impressed.  I took some detail shots of the wedding cake and while I was there many guests came by and were in awe of her talents and the beautiful wedding cake.

I would highly recommend her for your wedding cake needs. 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Make up artist for your wedding

As a Atlanta wedding photographer you appreciate the professional team that makes a great wedding.   One the first things I do when I get to a wedding is introduce myself to the wedding team. I like to meet the officiant to see if they have any photography rules I need to be aware of.  I love meeting the hair and make up team.  This particlar wedding Coriannne Elizabeth was the make up artist.  She is a very talented and wonderful make up artist.  She was aware the tight schedule that a wedding day has.  If you are looking for a make up artist I would recommend her and her talents.

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Jewish Weddings Terminology by Atlanta Artistic Weddings

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As a Atlanta wedding photographer I am honored to shoot so many different cultures and religions.  So I am always researching different religions and cultural ceremonies.  I know that a lot of people go to weddings and don't know intricacies of the ceremony.  So I have been posting different terminology for different weddings.  I hope that you find this hopeful.

Aidim – (also spelled Eidim) – Witnesses. Plural of ‘Aid’ – Witness.
Aidei Kesuba (Aidei Ketuba) – Witnesses on the Kesuba.
Aidei Yichud – Witnesses that remain by the door of the seclusion room after the Chuppah.
Aufruf – The Shabbos that immediately precedes the wedding during which the groom is called for an honorary ‘Alliyah’ to the Torah.
Badeken – Veling ceremony prior to Chuppah.
Birkas Erusin (Birkat Erusin) – Prenuptual blessing recited by the officiating Rabbi over the first cup of wine.
Chosson (also Hatan) – Groom.
Chuppah – (also Huppah) – wedding canopy
D’vai Haser – a poem attributed to Rabbi Dunash ben Labrat that is inserted into the Zimun right before Birkas Hamozon (Grace after Meals) after the wedding and during Sheva Berachos.
Eidim – (also spelled Aidim) – Witnesses. Plural of ‘Eid’ – Witness.
Eidei Kesuba (Eidei Ketuba) – two witnesses that sign on the Kesuba. Eidei Yichud – two witnesses that remain outside the seclusion room following the chuppah.
Erusin (also Kiddushin) – betrothal, the first part of the Jewish wedding ceremony.
Hachnasas Kallah – 1. Accompanying the bride to the wedding ceremony. 2. The charitable act of helping to arrange for wedding needs of a needy couple.
Huppah – (also Chuppah) – wedding canopy.
Kabbolas Ponim (Kabalat Panim) – reception prior to the ceremony when the bride and groom receive their guests.
Kallah – Bride.
Kesuba (Ketuba) – Marriage Contract.
Kiddushin (also Erusin) – betrothal, the first part of the wedding ceremony whereupon the groom places a ring on the brides finger.
Kittel – a white robe worn by the groom during the wedding ceremony. Kinyan – a formal acceptance of an obligation of the Kesuba and the Tannaim usually done by taking an object such as a pen or a napkin and lifting it.
Mesader Kiddushin – lit. arranger of the betrothal, i.e, the Rabbi that performs the wedding ceremony in accordance with Jewish Law.
Nesuin (lit. lifting, taking) – marriage. The second stage in the Jewish wedding ceremony.
Ponim Chodoshos (Panim Chadashot) – (lit. new faces) Two ‘new’ guests at the Sheva Berachos party that were not present at the wedding ceremony.
Sheva Berochos (Sheva Berachot) – lit. Seven Blessings. These blessings are recited under the Chuppah and for seven days after the wedding after a festive meal in honor of the new couple if ten men are present. Thus the party meal also became to be called by the same name.
Shoshbinin – close Family and Friends that accompany the bride and groom to the wedding canopy.
Shtick – props and other objects used to bring joy to the bride and groom. Simcha – Happiness.
Simchas Chosson Vekallah – (loosely) the dancing part of a wedding when the guests entertain the bride and groom.
Tabaas (Tabaat) – wedding ring.
Tannaim – lit. conditions. Originally a separate ceremony that served as a formal announcement of the engagement when the wedding date would be set as well. Now, only a formality; a Tannaim contract is signed and usually read aloud prior to the Badeken.
Tish – (lit. Table) – A place where the groom receives his guests; the signing of the Kesuba takes place here.
Vort – lit. ‘word’ (Yiddish). An engagement party to announce a couple’s engagement.
Viduy – Confession prayer recited in many communities by the groom and the bride on the day of their wedding just as it is said on Yom Kippur.
Yichud – Seclusion. Several minutes immediately after the Chuppah when the new couple is left to be alone in the Yichud room.
Zimun – introduction to the Grace After Meals where a leader calls out for others to say Grace.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Indian Wedding Highlights and Insight to Terminology and

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I love Indian weddings!  I just love all the color and pageantry.  I was trying to explain all the cool things that happen during a Indian weddings and I just couldn't. The ceremony and the days leading up to it are full of details.  I am going to share some the Terminology and different part of the ceremony.

This is a great resource for the different ceremonies

Tilak Ceremony
One of initial wedding ceremonies in India is the Tilak ceremony. It was initially held one month before the actual wedding day, but with changing times people have become quite flexible.

Engagement Ceremony
Indian weddings are known for their elaborate ceremonies and opulent celebrations. Besides, they are held in a very traditional manner, commemorating numerous rituals as per the ancient Vedic era.

Sangeet Ceremony
Sangeet ceremony as the name suggests is all about dance and music. It is one of the most enjoyable ceremonies before the wedding and is exclusively for women.

Mehndi Ceremony
Mehndi is yet another traditional yet exciting pre wedding ceremony. In India, a lot of emphasis is given on customs and rituals. Indian people are ardent lovers of beauty and elegance.

Var Mala Ceremony
Var Mala ceremony is an important main wedding day ceremony. It is also known as Jaimala and basically involves exchange of garlands between the bride and the groom.

Mandap Ceremony
Mandap ceremony holds utmost importance on the day of the wedding. This is because all the significant rituals are performed during the mandap ceremony.

Vidai Ceremony
Practically everyone dreams of getting married someday to someone. After an individual attains maturity the wait for that perfect individual starts. Some people are lucky to be blessed by the feeling of love.

Reception Ceremony
Indian weddings have a charm of their own. As per the tradition the wedding is primarily organized by the bride's family, however, the reception might be an exception. 

Below are some the terms I got from

 Jaimala (Exchange of Garlands)
The couple exchanges garlands as a gesture of acceptance of one another and a pledge to respect one another as partners.

Madhupak (Offering of Yogurt and Honey)
The bride’s father offers the groom yogurt and honey as the expression of welcome and respect.

Kanyadan (Giving Away of the Bride)
The father of the bride places her hand in the groom’s hand requesting him to accept her as an equal partner. The concept behind Kanyadan is that the bride is a form of the goddess Lamxi and the groom is Lord Narayana. The parents are facilitating their union.

Havan (Lighting of the Sacred Fire)
The couple invokes Agni, the god of Fire, to witness their commitment to each other. Crushed sandalwood, herbs, sugar rice and oil are offered to the ceremonial fire.

Rajaham (Sacrifice to the Sacred Fire)
The bride places both her hands into the groom’s and her brother then places rice into her hands. Together the bride and groom offer the rice as a sacrifice into the fire.

Gath Bandhan (Tying of the Nuptial Knot)
The scarves placed around the bride and groom are tied together symbolizing their eternal bond. This signifies their pledge before God to love each other and remain faithful.

Mangalphera (Walk Around the Fire)
The couple makes four Mangalpheras around the fire in a clockwise direction representing four goals in life: Dharma, religious and moral duties; Artha, prosperity; Kama, earthly pleasures; Moksha, spiritual salvation and liberation. The bride leads the Pheras first, signifying her determination to stand first beside her husband in all happiness and sorrow.

Saptapardi (Seven Steps Together)
The bride and groom walk seven steps togehr to signify the beginning of their journey through life together. Each step represents a marital vow:

First step: To respect and honor each other
Second step: To share each other’s joy and sorrow
Third step: To trust and be loyal to each other
Fourth step: To cultivate appreciation for knowledge, values, sacrifice and service
Fifth step: To reconfirm their vow of purity, love family duties and spiritual growth
Sixth step: To follow principles of Dharma (righteousness) Seventh step: To nurture an eternal bond of friendship and love

Jalastnchana (Blessing of the Couple)
The parents of the bride and groom bless the wedded couple by dipping a rose in water and sprinking it over the couple.

Sindhoor (Red Powder)
The groom applies a small dot of vermilion, a powdered red lead, to the bride’s forehead and welcomes her as his partner for life. It is applied for the first time to a woman during the marriage ceremony when the bridegroom himself adorns her with it.

Aashirvad (Parental Blessing)
The parents of the bride and groom give their blessings to the couple. The couple touches the feet of their parents as a sign of respect.

Menhdi (Henna Ceremony)
The traditional art of adorning the hands and feet with a paste made from the finely ground leaves of the Henna plant. The term refers to the material, the design, and the ceremony. It is tradition for the names of the bride and groom to be hidden in the design, and the wedding night is not to commence until the groom has found both names. After the wedding, the bride is not expected to perform any housework until her Menhdi has faded away.

Mangalasutra (Thread of Goodwill)
A necklace worn specifically by married women as a symbol of their marriage.
Welcome the Baraat – the arrival of the groom and his family. Traditionally, the groom arrives at the wedding on a horse, accompanied by his closest friends and family members. The large procession includes lots of singing and dancing. This signifies the groom’s and his family’s happiness in accepting the new bride.

    Certain, more unconventional and modern, weddings will have the groom arrive in a cavalcade of cars.[1]

Spruce yourself up for the Haldi ceremony. This ceremony takes place two or three days before the wedding. During Haldi, a paste made of turmeric, gram flour, curd, sandalwood and rose water are applied on the hands, feet and face of the bride and the groom. The yellow color of the paste is believed to brighten the skin color before the wedding ceremony and bring good luck to the bride and the groom.

    Hindu weddings are full of color and vibrancy. A canopy of flowers will go up during this time in the house where the wedding will be and color will seem to pop up everywhere.

Get your hands ready for the Mehndi Ceremony. The bride and all of her close family members get the palms of their hands and feet decorated by a professional henna artist. The henna is believed to enhance the bride’s beauty. This ceremony usually takes place a day before the wedding.

    This is similar to a bachelorette party, but without the antics and alcohol. It’s more about a celebration of the journey to marriage than the decoration or getting crazy.

3  Welcome the Baraat – the arrival of the groom and his family. Traditionally, the groom arrives at the wedding on a horse, accompanied by his closest friends and family members. The large procession includes lots of singing and dancing. This signifies the groom’s and his family’s happiness in accepting the new bride.

    Certain, more unconventional and modern, weddings will have the groom arrive in a cavalcade of cars.[1]

Have Milni – the meeting of the bride and grooms' families. The bride’s family, armed with garlands and traditional Indian sweets, then welcomes the groom and his family. Milni is an important tradition where the groom’s family is honored by the bride’s family.

    This is generally done at the house where the wedding is taking place. A red kum-kum (a powder) mark is applied to everyone’s foreheads. The members of each family are introduced to one another, encouraging peace and acceptance.

Welcome the bride through Graha Pravesh. With her right leg, the bride kicks the kalash (a pot) usually filled with rice. This kalash is kept at the door of the groom’s house. After the kicking takes place the bride walks her first steps in the house of the groom.

    This is believed to bring about an abundance of food, wisdom, and wealth and be a "source of life." In old tales, it was viewed to contain the elixir of immortality.[6]

 I hope you find this information helpful.

I hope that you enjoy photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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David Diener