Thursday, December 27, 2018

Nisha + Jigar

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From all of us at Atlanta Artistic Wedding Photography, we hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas filled with joy, peace, happiness and of course, love.

Last Saturday, I had the unique opportunity of photographing a surprise proposal for a sweet Atlanta couple. Talk about the perfect gift this holiday season. Jigar contacted me recently, explaining how he was planning to propose to his girlfriend, Nisha, and wanted a photographer present to capture the moment. I was more than happy to oblige because who doesn’t enjoy true love combined a wildly romantic gesture? Because I wanted to document such a special moment from all angles, I contacted a former student of mine, Tara, to help me photograph.

The day of, Tara and I met Jigar at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Buckhead. Alongside Jigar’s sister and brother-in-law, we all arranged decor and candles and rose petals, setting the stage for the ideal proposal. Jigar’s and Nisha’s family arrived later that afternoon and hid on the second floor so they could catch a glimpse of the special moment. When Nisha arrived, she was certainly surprised. Jigar got down on one knee and proposed. She said yes and checked her response on the sign he had made. He said he wanted her answer in writing. Once their families arrived, we celebrated the newly engaged couple and took more photos. Following a gorgeous sunset, Tara and I shot a few photos of the couple before they headed to a surprise engagement party held at Nikolai's Roof at the Hilton Atlanta.

Congratulations, Nisha and Jigar. We’re beyond happy we could be a part of your special day!

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Thanks,
David

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Kelli + Todd

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Several weeks ago, we had the pleasure of snapping Kelli and Todd’s early morning engagement shoot at the remarkable McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth, Ga.

McDaniel Farm Park is a gorgeous piece of property located on an early 1930s cotton farm with numerous historic structures and three miles of paved and unpaved trails. Since it’s drawing in the 1820 land lottery, the actual farm has remained moderately unchanged, maintaining it’s original character. However, its functions have changed throughout the years, transitioning from a flourishing farm in the early 1900s to a home for sharecroppers. McDaniel Farm had also faced many hardships during the Great Depression and boll weevil epidemic. This much-admired historic acreage includes a fully furnished farmhouse, the original barn, blacksmith shed, chicken coop, carriage and tenant house and many modern amenities for visiting guests. It was an ideal location for a late autumn engagement shoot.

We arrived early and walked around the park with their family dog trotting alongside—a sweet and photogenic pupper, who was a great addition to some of the photos taken. To give you some history on the newly engaged, Kelli and Todd had met each other while teaching and working at a local Catholic high school—she coaches volleyball while he coaches football. Todd had proposed to Kelli at Anna Ruby Falls in north Georgia earlier this year. With loved ones in attendance, the couple will exchange vows on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the beautiful and historic Naylor Hall in Roswell, Ga. We’re thrilled about this upcoming spring wedding. Naylor Hall is one of our favorite wedding venues to photograph because not only does it have southern charm and unmistakable beauty, but also it’s rich with Georgia history.

Congratulations, Kelli and Todd! We can’t wait to a part of your big day.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and continue checking out our website and social media. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Thanks,
David

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aliza + Daniel

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Classic crooner Andy Williams sang it best; “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” From gingerbread cookies to glistening white lights and hints of spruce to uncontrollable laughter of all ages, I adore everything about the holiday season. In fact, I could probably write a long list of even the most minor parts that make my heart smile. While I won’t bore you with the details, I do want to share one of my favorite aspects of the holidays, and that’s the outpouring of love. I still tear up over Hugh Grant’s opening monologue of Love Actually because like he said, “love actually is all around.” And not just during the holidays. No matter the season, it’s there. It’s present. And being a wedding and engagement photographer, I can attest to that.

Several weeks ago, I had the honor of photographing Aliza and Daniel’s early morning engagement shoot in beautiful Piedmont Park. Aliza, who grew up in Atlanta, had met Daniel while attending school in Florida. The newly engaged couple will tie the knot on June 23, 2019 at The Temple. For those who aren’t familiar, The Temple, “originally founded as the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation in 1867, was Atlanta’s first official Jewish institution.” This place of worship has a lot of rich history hidden beneath the walls. And to make these upcoming nuptials even more special, Aliza’s brother, who’s a rabbi, will perform the ceremony. My team and I are looking forward to this summer wedding.

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Though I’ve photographed at Piedmont Park on numerous occasions, this scenic green space offers many unexpected sights and surprises. We were blessed with this particular shoot. Not only did we have brilliant rays of warm, golden sunlight, but also the backdrop was nothing short of magical. Typically, this time of year, most autumn foliage has fallen and remains scattered along sidewalks and in piles. While there was an abundance of orange and copper and gold sprinkled beneath our feet, several of the maples continued gleaming with the brightest colors late fall had left untouched. The best part about this engagement shoot happened towards the end when Daniel started kicking and tossing some of the fallen leaves around. These unexpected, yet colorful props were immediately incorporated into the shoot. It was so much fun.

We can’t wait to document Aliza and Daniel’s big day. Congratulations on your engagement!

I hope you enjoyed this blog and continue checking out our website and social media. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Thanks,
David

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Alison + Brett

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And just like that, we’ve reached December. What an amazing year it’s been for Atlanta Artistic Wedding Photography. We’ve captured so many beautiful couples’ big days and shared their stories of true love and unadulterated happiness. Though 2018 may be winding down, we still have more weddings to share.

On Saturday, Nov. 24, we had the wonderful opportunity to document Alison and Brett’s lovely autumn wedding at the gorgeous Payne-Corley House located in historic Duluth, Ga.—an emerging area just northeast of Atlanta. This sweet couple had first met in grade school, but had only reconnected 20 years later. How’s that for a love story!

In addition to working with such a kind couple as Alison and Brett, another aspect of this wedding I enjoyed was working with the venue. Being a wedding photographer, I often meet other industry professionals and vendors, who become life long friends. That can be said for the owners of the Payne-Corley House. Krista and Mike Ganley have been very kind to AAW and me through the years. Their immense talents and well-rounded knowledge makes for a perfect wedding event. And their staff is no exception. Everyone demonstrated the finest creativity mixed with hospitality.

The weather couldn’t have been more ideal, either, for Alison and Brett’s big day. Alison and her bridesmaids spent time reminiscing and getting ready in the private bridal suite, while Brett and his groomsmen enjoyed downtime at the venue’s groom house. The couple opted for a memorable first look, which was emotional and captured near the gazebo. We got very lucky with some of the nearby maple trees blossoming and showcasing their best and brightest fall foliage. Not to mention the Payne-Corley House was adorned in its holiday best. We also shot some more rustic photos by the railroad tracks running in front of the main house.

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The ceremony was held indoors with a reception following. The stunning fall bouquets, boutonni√®res and all other various floral arrangements were designed and created by Abby’s at The Cottage—the Payne-Corley Houses’ exclusive florist—and the music was provided by Black Tie Events out of Norcross, Ga. Towards the middle of the reception, the couple and their guests lined up, and everybody belted the lyrics to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” All night, the dance floor remained packed. These wedding guests knew how to party.

One of the coolest, and sweetest, highlights of the night, though, was when Brett’s father asked to see a show of hands of how many had known the newlyweds for more than 15 years. Nearly everyone attending raised his or her hands. It was great to see such a large group of old friends.

There was lots of singing and dancing and good fun and entertainment all around. It was such a splendid evening in Duluth. Congratulations again, Alison and Brett!

I hope you enjoyed this blog and continue checking out our website and social media. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Thanks,
David