Thursday, August 30, 2018

Toni + Nick

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at Atlanta Artistic Weddings
As you may know from previous posts, I obsessed with lighting. I admire the way light casts shadows, accentuates surroundings and even emphasizes color. While the blue hour is still one of my favorite times of day to photograph, I also enjoy shooting during the golden hour. The golden hour, or magic hour, is best described as the first and last hour of sunlight when a distinct quality of light produces lovely, swoon-worthy pictures. It’s truly a magical time of day, especially when you pair it with a variety of picturesque locations and a good-looking couple.

This past Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of shooting engagement photos for Texas-born bride-to-be, Toni, and her Peachtree City fiancé, Nick. Staying true to Atlanta, I captured snapshots of the happy couple at some of the city’s one-of-a-kind landmarks, starting with the famous skyline from the 14th Street parking deck in Midtown. From there, we ventured south to Ponce City Market, located on Ponce de Leon Avenue. What was the celebrated Sears, Roebuck and Co. building is now a fully renovated and functioning marketplace that offers a versatile space for delicious cuisine, exclusive shopping and all types of gatherings. It’s modern, industrial facade made for great photographs. From Ponce City Market, we then traveled close to our third shooting location—the Atlanta Beltline.

Considered a premiere form of regional transportation, the Beltline is a sustainable, economic development, connecting in town neighborhoods by multi-use trails. These trails were created by former railroad corridors that once surrounded the city. Along the Beltline, we discovered multiple green spaces and stunning murals of creative intellect and talent—the ideal background for extraordinary engagement photos. My personal favorite was the floral mural located on the backside of Paris on Ponce, just steps away from the Eastside Trail.

Other unique aspects we found along the Beltline were the tiny doors created by Tiny Doors ATL—a local “art project bringing big wonder to tiny spaces.” While walking or biking, one may not notice these intricately designed, 6-inch tall doors placed in specific areas throughout the city, but they’re there, beckoning a small invitation to creativity and the imagination. 

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Our fourth and fifth stops were North Avenue and the blossoming Historic Fourth Ward Park. What used to be remnants of broken concrete littered with garbage is now 17 acres of green space with many amenities suitable for all ages, including a playground and outdoor theater. Looking back at Toni and Nick amongst the lush greenery and nature makes it hard to believe we were still within city limits.

And of course, an Atlanta photo shoot wouldn’t be complete without a final stop by the most recognized tunnel in the city—Krog Street Tunnel.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Darby + Nick

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This past weekend, we had the pleasure of shooting an intimate wedding in historic Virginia-Highland. If you don’t know much about this quaint Atlanta neighborhood, Virginia-Highland is an affluent, yet charming spot that allows patrons an escape from city life. On North Highland and Virginia avenues, visitors can relax and unwind while shopping for funky housewares, sipping coffee in a quirky cafe, or exploring green spaces nearby, including Orme Park. Virginia-Highland is also an idyllic location for a late-August marriage celebration.

Darby and Nick’s nuptials took place on the spacious front porch of the Whisenant Estate, the most recognized landmark in Virginia-Highland. The beautifully restored craftsman was built in April 1911 by E.W. Grove—the founder of the famous Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. The house included a manicured front lawn, large open kitchen, and several upstairs bedrooms, which were ideal for those candid “getting ready” snapshots. 

Family and friends gathered from around the world to celebrate this beloved couple, including a guest, who had traveled from Thailand. The wedding guest of honor, though, was the bride’s grandmother, Liz—a charming, quintessential Southern woman full of fun and sass. A Divine Event from Norcross catered and served a delicious four-course meal complete with appetizers and desserts. The best part about the food, though, was the bride’s dad’s homemade vanilla ice cream. Talk about a sweet moment.

Despite the gloomy weather, the day was full of bliss, camaraderie, and unconditional love. What I admired most about these clients were their families. If you combined the bride and groom’s parents’ years of marriage, you’d discover that, together, both couples have been married for over 80 years. How lucky are these newly weds to be surrounded by perfect representations of true love!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

8 Jewish Wedding Traditions You Need to Know

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It’s officially wedding season, and you’ve been cordially invited to your first Jewish wedding. Whether it’s reform, conservative or orthodox, there are many Jewish wedding traditions—some you may be familiar with, others not so much. However, recognizing them all and understanding their significance will prepare you for the celebration of the century. Here are eight Jewish wedding traditions you need to know.
1. The Bedeken
Prior to the actual wedding, the soon-to-be husband and wife participate in the bedeken, a small ceremony held in which the groom approaches his bride and veils her. It’s characterized as a special and quite emotional moment for the couple as this is sometimes considered their first look. This is a time-honored tradition originating from the Bible when Jacob was deceived into marrying Leah—the older sister of the woman he loved—because she was veiled. By unveiling his bride, the groom can confirm he is, in fact, marrying the right woman before veiling her himself. Typically, close family and friends are only involved in this ceremony; however, the bride and groom can choose to open the bedeken to all guests. 
2. The Signing of the Ketubah
The ketubah, the Hebrew term for “something written”, is the traditional Jewish marriage contract signed before the ceremony. The civil law document, often transcribed in Aramaic, details the groom’s responsibilities to his bride. This includes how the groom will provide and protect his bride in marriage, and the outline should the two decide to separate. The couple and two witnesses then sign the ketubah. During the ceremony, the rabbi reads the contract, permitting all guests to hear these commitments and understand them. Ketubahs can be personalized and decorated in a myriad of ways with detailed illustrations and colors chosen by the couple.
3. The Huppah
With its four corner posts and covered roof, the huppah, or wedding canopy, is the altar underneath which the bride and groom exchanges their vows. A focal point of the ceremony, this freestanding structure signifies sanctuary and the solitude of a home the couple is creating together. Throughout some ceremonies, family members and/or friends may hold up the huppah posts, establishing their unconditional support for the couple and their future. Huppahs are ornamented with beautiful flowers or branches, and the canopy is often created by a prayer shawl borrowed from either the bride or groom or a loved one.
4. Circling
Whether before or after entering the huppah, the bride circles her groom three or seven times. Some label this customary practice as the bride forming a hedge of protection around her groom, sealing him off from any evil and temptation. Others associate circling with the bride crafting a new family circle. Like many other Jewish wedding rituals, circling has taken on a more modern twist with the couple circling together or around one another.
5. Sheva Brachot
Derived from ancient philosophies, the seven blessings—Sheva Brachot—are recited by the rabbi in both Hebrew and English. These rather poetic, yet grand blessings emphasize companionship, happiness, love, merriment and peace. Family and friends are also encouraged to participate in this portion of the ceremony.
6. Breaking the Glass
Before the couple seals their marriage with a kiss, the groom—and sometimes, the bride too—breaks the glass, which is located in a cloth bag. This final ceremony custom has many interpretations. While some believe it symbolizes the Temple in Jerusalem’s ruin, others link it with the delights and troubles of marriage. By breaking the glass, the groom or couple finalizes their vow to stand by one another throughout life’s highs and lows. The cloth bag containing the shattered glass is then preserved as a wedding day keepsake.
7. Mazel Tov!
“Mazel tov!” is one of the most recognized Jewish wedding traditions. Meaning “congratulations” or “good luck”, wedding guests shout this celebratory phrase once the glass has been broken and the couple is officially married.
8. Yichud
Yichud, or seclusion, is a wedding custom in which the bride and groom spend a brief moment together alone following the nuptials. During this precious, private time, the couple reflects and rejoices over their new bond as husband and wife. It's also not unusual for the couple to share their first meal together during the yichud. This is a conventional, yet romantic way for the bride and groom to enjoy their first moments together alone before enjoying the festivities with guests.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Beauty of Blue Hour

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at Atlanta Artistic Weddings

In the early 1900s, American poet Robert Frost introduced the concept of the road “less traveled by”—a simple, yet influential phrase many have interpreted far beyond the literal. Though Mr. Frost had an intriguing perspective, and the poem’s various meanings have warranted excellent classroom discussions, sometimes, the road “less traveled by” is overrated, especially when it comes to photography. As an Atlanta wedding photographer, I thrive on taking roads often traveled. I recently had the opportunity to shoot on one of the South’s most prominent and heavily traveled roadways.
Peachtree Street is a true Atlanta symbol, and one of those roads you can’t help but love despite constant rush hour traffic, occasional jaywalkers and minor potholes. From Five Points to Buckhead, Peachtree Street has many notable landmarks along its route. They include, but aren’t limited to the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Bank of America (Atlanta’s tallest building), the High Museum of Art, and Phipps Plaza. My personal favorite section of Peachtree Street, though, is between the historic Fox Theatre and Georgian Terrace in midtown. With its exceptional architecture and rich history, this area was perfect for a bridal photo shoot.
Because I’m a photographer, I’m not only looking at location, but also light. Sunlight, streetlight, you name it. One of my favorite times of day to shoot is the blue hour. The blue hour, more commonly known as twilight, occurs for about 15 to 20 minutes before sunrise and after sunset. Though blue is a primary color and can be described as cold, photographing during the blue hour can be both beautiful and magical. Just look at how the color complemented this stunning bride’s complexion, creating a lovely photograph.
Besides the lighting, what I loved most about working with this bride was her unashamed confidence as she crossed Peachtree Street. She carried an irreplaceable aura as if she owned the road, as if she could stop traffic with her presence. Imagine exuding the same kind of poise on your wedding day.

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The second location we shot at was on top of the 14th Street parking deck. Once again, we utilized the beauty of twilight and added the diverse Atlanta skyline as a backdrop for some classic, romantic black and white photography as seen above. 
The third and final photographing locale we visited was Krog Street Tunnel. A direct link for the Cabbagetown and Inman Park neighborhoods, this popular passageway is known for it’s colorful and vibrant street artwork. Talk about the perfect artsy photo op.
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Three Alternatives to Wedding Cake

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Ask any former bride; her custom wedding cake, embellished with vanilla buttercream frosting, intricate piping and marzipan roses, is the epitome of individuality. Similar to vintage wedding gowns and off the beaten path venues, cakes represent character and style. Take Queen Elizabeth for example. Her Majesty’s sweet creation weighed 500 pounds and stood 9-foot tall in four tiers, and was ornamented with family crests and bride and groom monograms. Though cakes have been the quintessential headliner for wedding receptions, modern brides are forgoing traditional tiers for something different. Something extraordinary. Here are three cake alternatives to satisfy your wedding day sweet tooth.


Colorful, sweet and sour and fun to eat, candy transports even the most mature adults back to childhood. Besides the obvious, the beauty of this sugary guilty pleasure is it’s remarkable convenience, especially at receptions. Establish a charming makeshift candy shop with mismatched canisters, similar hued candies and trendy signage letting guests know what’s what. Also provide small gift bags or cartons so guests can scoop out treats as take-home favors.


Whether cake or yeast, jelly or crème-filled, sugared or glazed, donuts have traded their breakfast item reputation for wedding showstopper. And there’s a multitude of ways to make, garnish and present this simple, hand-held dessert in style. Give your guests options by creating a donut station that matches your reception theme. Attendees can choose from various flavors like chocolate frosted, powdered sugar and vanilla glazed, and add rainbow or chocolate sprinkles.

Old-fashioned Desserts

There’s a strong sense of nostalgia and comfort when eating a spoonful of creamy banana pudding or warm peach cobbler—the kinds that taste similar to secret family recipes. The once ordinary, after dinner desserts have made a powerful comeback with contemporary flair in the wedding world. Share your love of classic desserts with a traditional buffet. Include personal, and perhaps seasonal, favorites like strawberry ice cream charlotte, chocolate trifle, lemonade icebox pie, butterscotch pudding, and ambrosia.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Five Notable Wedding Venues in Atlanta

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One of the most important wedding planning decisions is choosing the perfect venue. Whether you visualize an intimate gathering or a grand affair, your wedding is a personal representation of your tastes and customs. Though this task may seem stressful and challenging at times, it doesn’t have to be, especially for those living in and around Atlanta. This concrete metropolis offers an assortment of exciting and picturesque venue options for all couples. Here’s a compiled list of the most notable wedding venues in Atlanta.

1. Georgia Aquarium
The largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Georgia Aquarium is an underwater playground for many colorful and unique aquatic species including belugas, jellyfish and more. You’ll soon discover this Atlanta tourist attraction is a truly wondrous place. The windows granting viewers access into under-the-sea realms make for breathtaking pictures in and of themselves. Not surprisingly, they also generate ethereal, yet stunning backdrops for wedding day photographs. This spacious venue produces general splendor and convenience with an optional, all-inclusive wedding package including catering services by Georgia Aquarium and Wolfgang Puck event planning professionals. They’ll even design a cake for your big day.

Fun fact: Since the grand opening in November 2005, more than 18 million guests have visited the Georgia Aquarium.

2. The Fox Theatre
The historic and eclectic Fox Theatre is a genuine Atlanta landmark. The ornate, mosque-style structure was originally constructed as the home of the Atlanta Shriners organization. However, it was later transformed into a premiere live entertainment venue, showcasing musicals, artists, and classic cinema. What’s extraordinary about the Fox is the décor. The building, including its two ballrooms, is adorned in true Far East fashion with towering columns, vibrant mosaics, and antique stained glass. This venue creates a fantastic romantic setting for your special day. The Fox provides catering services and list of approved vendors available. You’ll also have the opportunity to display a personalized message on their marquee.

Fun fact: One of the Fox’s famous ballrooms, the Egyptian Ballroom, has authentic hieroglyphics on the walls. However, the ancient written characters aren’t readable because of their placement.

3. Atlanta Botanical Garden
Adjacent to Piedmont Park is a picturesque 30 acres of lush floral gardens and thick woodlands known as the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Opened in the 1970s, this well-known Atlanta treasure was crafted to promote plant conservation and education as well as exhibit plant collections for pure enjoyment. With a multitude of photo-worthy outdoor spaces, you’ll have your pick of an ideal wedding locale. For a traditional, starry-eyed affair, exchange vows in the fragrant Rose Garden amongst landscape and old-fashioned roses and perennials. For a more natural, Bohemian gathering, select from one of four woodland spaces in Storza Woods. The Atlanta Botanical Garden also has a skyline vantage point for some incredible post-ceremony photographs.

Fun fact: The Atlanta Botanical Garden has a separate visitor location in Gainesville, Ga.

4. Atlanta History Center
Founded in 1926, the prestigious Atlanta History Center has cultivated into an Atlanta staple with its funded research center and history museum, which houses one of the largest Civil War artifact collections in the United States. The Atlanta History Center is also home to several historic gardens and house museums positioned throughout the 33-acre property, including the celebrated Swan House. The Renaissance revival-style mansion with its cascading fountain and manicured grounds is the supreme milieu for a lavish outdoor ceremony. Because the Swan House is a functioning house museum, events inside the mansion aren’t permitted. However, you and your guests can enjoy a lovely evening in the Swan House Gardens.

Fun fact: The Swan House was used during the filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

5. Fernbank Museum of Natural History
With a warm welcome from a family of bronze Lophorhothon atopus—Georgia, Haddie and Ferny respectively—the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a mecca for the curious. Visitors can discover prehistoric relics, cultures from around the world, and nature and science through permanent and temporary exhibitions, learning programs and films shown on the Giant Screen. What make this popular museum wedding venue material are the quirky event spaces available for rental. For dino lovers, celebrate your nuptials amongst the world’s largest prehistoric creatures from the Cretaceous Period, including the Argentinosaurus. For galactic gazers, relish in wedding bliss underneath the constellations of the Star Gallery.

Fun fact: Fernbank’s logo was designed as a spiral to represent a common pattern found in nature.

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