Thursday, September 27, 2018

Jenni + Justin

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at Atlanta Artistic Weddings
"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Shelley made me no mistake when he highlighted fall’s undeniable accord. Have you ever watched and listened as a passing breeze forces copper and auburn leaves to dance about on a crisp afternoon? While Shelley references autumn’s physical beauty in comparison with summer, I look at the season’s mention with a more profound significance. Perhaps that’s the secret romantic in me. Fall is such a comfortable time of year. I often associate it with authentic peace and multiple gatherings of all shapes and sizes and unrestricted love. This past Saturday was the first official day of fall, and what better way to welcome such a cozy, yet imaginative season than by celebrating the union between two wonderful individuals. 

We had the pleasure of photographing Jenni and Justin’s sweet rustic wedding at The Hunt’s Barn in Dacula, Georgia. Though only minutes away from Highway 316 and Atlanta’s outer perimeter, this lovely wedding venue delivered an ideal locale for such a simple, yet well-designed country wedding. Jenni and Justin exchanged their solemn vows in a lush field next to the horse pasture. Let’s just say the horses wanted to be a part of the wedding day action. We, including the beautiful couple, were more than happy to oblige. 

At the reception, which was held underneath an outdoor pavilion decorated with floral arrangements, warm lighting and lightweight draped fabrics; Jenni and Justin celebrated with close family and friends. They even participated in an amusing, post-wedding ceremony version of the newly wed game, using their shoes as props. And we just love Justin’s socks. Go Dawgs!

It couldn’t have been a more idyllic fall wedding day.

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Thanks,
David

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Rachel + Alfred

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at Atlanta Artistic Weddings
Despite the continuing humidity, the days are growing shorter, and the air slightly crisper, especially in the mornings. Fall’s in the air, and so is unmistakable, genuine love.

Over the weekend, we had the honor of photographing Rachel and Alfred’s classic romantic affair at the celebrated Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. This wedding was one I had been looking forward to for a long time. As most of you know, I’m a sucker for timeless Atlanta landmarks, especially those rich in history. Callanwolde was originally the home of Charles Howard Candler, an American businessman and author most notably known for succeeding his father, Asa Candler, as president of the Coca-Cola Company. Built between 1917 and 1921, the gorgeous mansion is considered a simple, yet more contemporary approach to late Gothic Revival-style architecture. Callanwolde continued to be used as the Candler family home until 1959. Since the late 50s, it has served as the First Christian Church of Atlanta’s educational program and an artist studio, and is currently a non-profit community fine arts center. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center offers workshops and classes in literary, performing and visual arts as well as special events like concerts, art exhibitions, fundraisers and weddings. And man, what a lovely venue to celebrate love and new life.

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at Atlanta Artistic Weddings
Prior to the wedding ceremony, Rachel and Alfred opted out of a first look, but did express their wish to pray together without seeing each other. This was something both of them wanted to experience as well as have documented. I found an area in Callanwolde where they could both hold hands and pray, but not be able to see one another. I placed Alfred first, and then brought Rachel down. He extended his left hand, and she held it with her right. As soon as the two made a connection, Alfred started to cry and pulled away to wipe his tears. However, it wasn’t long before the pair reconnected, holding hands and crying as they prayed and shared their love for one another. I can’t put into words how special and touching it was to witness such a scared moment with unadulterated emotions. It was one of the most beautiful wedding moments I’ve ever photographed. I’ll never forget it.

Family and friends gathered downstairs in the main room by the grand staircase where the beautiful couple recited vows and declared their love. There was a unique addition included in Rachel and Alfred’s nuptials—the love letter and wine box ceremony. Tucked away in a locked wooden box was a bottle of wine and two sealed love letters written by the bride and groom. As mentioned during the ceremony, the box will serve as a continuous reminder of Rachel and Alfred’s love and commitment to each other. And on their fifth wedding anniversary, they will open the box, relishing in the delicious wine and reading each other’s heartfelt letters. However, if there should come a time when the couple experiences struggles in their marriage, they can open the box, which will remind them of the reasons they chose one another. Such a romantic sentiment!

Following the ceremony, we photographed the bride and groom in Callanwolde’s lush garden and on the patio and veranda. My favorite shooting location at this enchanted venue was the main ballroom. Rachel and Alfred danced in front of large windows with dramatic curtains and lots of mirrors. It was truly a fairytale. As was the reception.

Amongst the warm company and endless exchanges of affection, there were elements of pure magic. Literally. The couple hired a magician, who performed many magic tricks, including a straightjacket escape. I thought this was such an entertaining and extraordinary element to a reception. There was lots of dancing and laughter and all around enjoyment until Rachel and Alfred’s whimsical bubble exit.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

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Thanks,


David

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mattie + Vince

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at Atlanta Artistic Weddings

While Atlanta’s surplus of ideal engagement and wedding locations are a local photographer’s ultimate muse, sometimes, a change of scenery can be agreeable and worthwhile. I relish in leaving the hectic roadways and soaring skyscrapers and bright city lights behind for more rustic and natural backdrops. And a much peaceful and slower pace of life, if you will. Journey north on U.S. Highway 400 and you’ll soon discover winding two-lane roads, rolling foothills and small mountains nestled beneath tree silhouettes concealed by thick foliage gearing up for a colorful costume change.

Labor Day weekend, we had the pleasure of documenting Mattie and Vince’s north Georgia wedding at Frogtown Cellars Vineyard and Winery in Dahlonega. Though the foliage hadn’t transitioned into vibrant golds and auburns and crimson shades just yet, the backdrop for this charming couple’s union was nothing short of breathtaking. Mattie and Vince exchanged their whole-hearted vows underneath Frogtown’s gorgeous lakeside pavilion, which overlooked the property’s pristine three-acre lake. It was the picture-perfect locality for such a romantic gathering.

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During the ceremony, Mattie and Vince participated in a meaningful wine ceremony. Much like lighting unity candles or pouring sand, combining two different wines into a decorative carafe signified blending two lives into one. By blending Frogtown’s 770 and 404 together—premium white and red wines produced on property—the couple created something together that can never be separated.

Besides working with such a sweet couple, what I treasured most about photographing this late-summer wedding was the lovely landscape. Who knew Georgia had such a thriving and enchanting viticulture region that could easily outshine California’s Napa Valley. Following the nuptials, we walked through Frogtown’s vineyards. Positioned over 44 acres of land, the winery has 23,000 grapevines that grows 25 different wine grape varieties. Though it was harvest time, we got lucky and were to able capture some pretty incredible shots before the crop disappeared. With deep blue skies and brilliant sunrays beaming through the vines, it was an unforgettable golden afternoon.

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at Atlanta Artistic Weddings

Back at the reception, which was held at Frogtown’s onsite bistro, wedding guests enjoyed mouthwatering cuisine, including fried green tomato appetizers, prepared by Frogtown’s culinary staff. There was also an open bar with several wines from the winery. And before the happy couple jetted off for a blissful honeymoon, Mattie tossed her bouquet from her family’s convertible, which is typically a difficult reception ritual for photographers to capture.

All in all, it was a wonderful day.

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Thanks,
David

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Colleen + John

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at Atlanta Artistic Weddings

Over the years, I’ve photographed more than a hundred different types of wedding ceremonies and receptions. From swanky country club soirees to quaint floral garden gatherings, I’ve photographed them all.

A little over a week ago, I had the honor of capturing a cozy, romantic Lawrenceville wedding between Colleen and John. The beautiful couple exchanged their heartfelt vows on Colleen’s grandmother’s front porch with a handful of close family members sharing in their bliss and affection. Following the nuptials, everyone gathered at Wahoo Grill in Decatur—a laidback, European-inspired eatery with delicious cuisine and an inviting ambiance. It was in that lovely private dining room the bride and groom and loved ones swapped stories from the past. There were many contagious smiles and uncontrollable laughs. As I documented these beautiful moments, I was once again reminded of why I enjoy photographing weddings; I love people and the importance of family.

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Thanks,

David