Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Gardens at Great Oaks by Atlanta Artistic Weddings

Wedding Photography by www.atlantaartisticweddings.com

This weekend was very busy!  I am so honored to be a wedding photographer in Atlanta.  I get to go to all these great places and take pictures!  This week I went to the Gardens at Great Oaks.  As some of you may know I have been working in the archaeology and cultural management field for over 20 years.  I have a deep appreciation of history and architecture.  This venue is to be admired for all the hard work they have done to preserve the integrity of such a historic gem.  The interior is literally a museum.   As part of the wedding package you can have someone dress up in dress of the period and give tours of the house.  I saw many people take the tour and they all enjoyed it.  What a unique little bonus for your guests!

I am going to to quote the history of this property from it's website. 

"Built in 1842 by Reverend Nathaniel Pratt , one of Roswell's founders and the founding minister of the Roswell Presbyterian Church, it was the manor house of a plantation that produced sorghum, corn, and wheat. The home was to have been built of lumber but the lumber was destroyed by fire. The Reverend, determined to build a home for his bride, Catherine Barrington King Pratt, resorted to brick. The bricks were made from Georgia clay and water from a meadow stream.

The Gardens at Great Oaks features an unusual divided "good morning" staircase, which has four separate flights of stairs leading from a common landing located between the first and second floors. Two flights  ascend, east and west, to the upstairs bedrooms. One flight descends east from landing to the center hall, while another goes north from the landing downstairs to the side entry. The arrangement affords privacy to a family member who might wish to go from the upstairs to the kitchen without facing possible guests in the parlor.

During the Union occupation of Roswell, The Gardens at Great Oaks was the headquarters for Garrard's cavalry. Prior to the arrival of troops, Reverend Pratt's sons ran the blockade to be sure everything was safe with their parents. Arriving home, they went into the third story of The Gardens at Great Oaks and loosened the wide pine boards leading to the eaves. They called the space on the south side of the house "Augusta" and the space on the north side "Macon". Everything of value was hidden there and then the boards were slipped back into place. The hiding places were never found during the two-week occupation. When asked about various items, their truthful response was always given: "It was sent to Macon or Augusta."
Structurally, the house has been altered very little. In 2002 , The Gardens at Great Oaks was sold to James Hugh and Linda Lively who are the current owners of this Roswell Historic District centerpiece. It is with pleasure that they are now able to make the house available for very special events. This significant historical landmark has been and should remain entwined with the life of Roswell and the surrounding area.
It has been suggested that no home in the South has extended more true and simple hospitality than The Gardens at Great Oaks. The 18 inch walls of solid brick and mortar are surely one of the reasons it remains standing after 160 years.
During renovation, several letters were discovered that had slipped under the floorboards! All are from the 1800’s and subject matters range from lumber bills during original construction to religious and political discussions."

 You can find out more about this great venue at www.historicgreatoaks.com.

I can't tell you how much I enjoy shooting at historic venues in and around Atlanta.  They give your wedding that charming character that makes your wedding a day to remember.


Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at:
(404) 578-6982
and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener
www.AtlantaArtisticWeddings.com 

Naylor Hall by Atlanta Wedding Photographer www.atlantaartisticweddings.com


I have to share with you the latest wedding I did.  As you may know that I work for a cultural resource firm.  I have a deep passion for history and architecture.  On Friday I shoot a rehearsal dinner at Naylor Hall in Roswell.

Let me tell you this is one beautiful event venue.  The first thing that you notice is the driveway and the stately columns.  They have a wonderful foyer for greeting your guests. Seperating the foyer is the bar and then you enter in the dinning room or ball room.  This area has hardwood floors and gorgeous windows. 

The venue has a rich history and I am quoting their website.
"The original part of the home, a four room clapboard cottage with a central fireplace, was built in the 1840's by Barrington King for H.W. Proudfoot and his wife, Euphemia. Mr. King, son of Roswell's founder, employed Mr. Proudfoot as a bookkeeper in his newly constructed Roswell Mills, which would later become famous in its own right for its production of Roswell Grey cloth used in Confederate uniforms.
Reportedly, in anticipation of Sherman's march, huge supplies of Confederate uniforms were taken from the mill and secretly stored at Naylor Hall. In the summer of 1864, the Proudfoot's home was heavily damaged by Federal troops. After occupation, Proudfoot began to rebuild. He remained with the mill, and in his home, until his death in 1871.
In the late 1930's Colonel Harrison Broadwell purchased the property, naming it Naylor Hall in honor of his wife's family. He also added the columns, the handcrafted woodwork, and the portico encompassing the original structure."

What really makes a great venue is the staff.  Their staff was top notch.  Everyone was so gracious and just made you feel at home.  If you are looking for a great historic wedding venue you must check out Naylor Hall.  You can visit their website at http://www.naylorhall.com .


I can't tell you how much I enjoy shooting at historic venues in and around Atlanta.  They give your wedding that charming character that makes your wedding a day to remember.


Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at:
(404) 578-6982
and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener
www.AtlantaArtisticWeddings.com 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Great Historic Wedding Venue and Staff at the Pace House in Vinings, Georgia | by Atlanta Wedding Photographer www.AtlantaArtsticWeddings.com

Historic Pace House located in Vinings, Georgia.  Photography by Atlanta Wedding Photographer www.AtlantaArtisticWeddings.com
As a Atlanta wedding photographer get to shoot at a lot of Historic Venues in the Atlanta Area.  This week I had the honor of shooting at the Historic Pace House located in Vinings, Georgia.  It is a wonderful historic venue with a hardworking and gracious professional staff.  Katie and Leigh were just awesome!  Leigh gave me a little tour of the property and gave me brief history of the property. It is a real gem of a venue!

You can learn more of the property at their website located at: http://vinings.org/our-properties/pace-house.  There you can learn about the history of the property.  The painstaking restoration of the historic property.  It is very insightful on how much the community has rallied around this historic resource.

I am going to share some quotes from their website.  They can tell you the history much better than I can. 

"If you're looking for the perfect place to hold your wedding, family reunion or celebration, look no further than the Pace House, Vinings' most historic and beautiful location. The Solomon and Penelopy Pace House and Old Pavilion offer an oasis of old Southern small-town charm right at the doorstep of Atlanta.

This historic house was built with the remains of the 17-room antebellum home of Vinings founder Hardy Pace. The house served as General Sherman's temporary headquarters where he planned the siege of Atlanta. Hardy's son, Solomon Pace, returned home after the Civil War to find the home in ruins. Sometime between 1865 and 1874, Solomon painstakingly rebuilt the home—albeit more modestly—from doors, windows and remnants of several small cabins that survived the fire of the main house.

Today, the Pace House consists of three rooms: a parlor, a dining room and a bridal room. The adjacent Old Pavilion, itself a Vinings landmark, offers ample event space bathed in natural light in a historic setting. The facilities include a catering kitchen complete with refrigerator, warming stove, and sink as well as moveable tables for food preparation and assembly. Two male and two female restrooms are provided on-site. A spacious open deck connects the buildings. Lush trees on the lawn provide shade during the day and at night choose the exterior lighting or the moonlight above.

As of May 2009, the Pace House has been added to the National Register of Historic Places."

I can't tell you how much I enjoy shooting at historic venues in and around Atlanta.  They give your wedding that charming character that makes your wedding a day to remember.


Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at:
(404) 578-6982
and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener
www.AtlantaArtisticWeddings.com 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Skype, Face to Face and Google Hangouts Bring Your Wedding All Over the World! | www.atlantaartisticweddings.com

Skype wedding to Israel and two other countries by www.atlantaartisticweddings.com.  Can see the bride and groom looking at the iphone and her Dad's face on the screen.
Well it is time to embrace technology!  As a Atlanta wedding photographer I privileged to see so many cultures and weddings.  A lot of my clients come from all over the world such as Israel, India, Germany and Japan.  It is very expensive to travel to the United States for a wedding but very inexpensive to share your wedding with friends and relatives all over the world with the technology you hold in your hand every day.  A few years ago it was very difficult to transmit a wedding but with wifi almost everywhere and the higher internet speeds on your phones now a days it is easy to transmit video to almost any where in the world!

In the picture above you see one of the guests holding her phone and using iphone's face time feature transmit the wedding to her father in Israel.  You can see his face in the phone and the couple and Rabi looking at him. I thought it was a great way to share their wedding with some one so far away in another country.  

What the person did was logged on to the local wifi and just transmitted the wedding.  With the wifi connection there was no delay in the video and no cost to the phone's data plan.  There are several programs to use for mobile devices to transmit your wedding.  On iphone and android devices you and use Skype.  It has been around a long time and is very reliable.  The advantage of Skype is even if the person in another country does not have a smart phone they can still log in to skype on there computer and see the wedding.  Iphones have the feature face time and if the other person has a iphone and wifi the video is almost seamless.  Android users can use Skype or Google Hangouts. The adavantage of Google Hangouts it that you can transmit the wedding to multipule people at once. 

In closing take advantage of today technology and share your wedding all over the world!

Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at:
(404) 578-6982
and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener
www.AtlantaArtisticWeddings.com