Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Congrats Devon and Collin from Atlanta Artistic Weddings

Congrats Devan and Collin!

They are getting married at the Payne Corley house in October. They are a really sweet couple who have been together for over 3 years and are deeply in love. They were so thoughtful to each other. The most important thing too was that they knew how to make each other laugh!
We meet early in the morning at Piedmont park for their engagement photo shot. I love Piedmont Park! It is a Atlanta land mark and has so many wonderful places to shoot. You get a lot of variety of photos when you get there

You are the last thought in my mind before I drift off to sleep and the first thought when I wake up each morning.

Engagement photos by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AtlatnaArtisticWeddings
Engagement photos by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AtlatnaArtisticWeddings

History of Piedmont Park

The Piedmont Park of today began with the “Cotton States International Exposition of 1895.” The land, purchased from the Gentlemen’s (now Piedmont) Driving Club, was first used for a local event. “The Piedmont Exposition” in 1887 prepared the way for what became a world’s fair.
In 1909, the City elected to transform the decaying fairgrounds into a park and enlisted Olmsted Brothers, pre-eminent landscape architects of the time, (and sons of Frederick Law Olmsted), to develop a master plan for the park. Due to budget limitations, their plan for Piedmont Park was not fully implemented. Nevertheless, the Olmsted Brothers’ 1912 plan greatly influenced the development of Piedmont Park. In fact, the current master plan, adopted by the City of Atlanta and Piedmont Park Conservancy in 1995, honors the brothers’ original vision for the park.
In 1989, unwilling to accept the decline of their beloved park, a small group of concerned citizens and civic leaders joined together to form Piedmont Park Conservancy, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Piedmont Park. In 1992, The Conservancy established a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Atlanta, making official the public–private partnership and mutual goals to rehabilitate and maintain Piedmont Park.
Through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual contributions, Piedmont Park Conservancy has raised more than $66 million in private funds as it works to complete the Master Plan including the renovation of Oak Hill, Lake Clara Meer and the Meadow. Through its member support, Piedmont Park Conservancy helps to keep Piedmont Park safe, clean and beautiful, and offers a variety of educational programming.
Engagement photos by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AtlatnaArtisticWeddings
Engagement photos by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AtlatnaArtisticWeddings
We started the engagement photography in the morning. I have always liked shooting in the morning when it is cooler and the couple does not get too hot. Also as a photographer the light is best early in the morning. Looking at the photos you can see the back lighting and that early morning glow. It is like a natural rim light made with the early morning sun.
Engagement photos by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AtlatnaArtisticWeddings
Engagement photos by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AtlatnaArtisticWeddings
Devan and Collin were a hoot through out their shoot. I always suggest a engagement photo shoot to get to know the couple. As we walked around the park I got to know the couple. They meet at restaurant while they were in school. They started dating a few years after they meet again. Collin told me it was love at first sight. I just loved the way they looked each other. I could tell they really loved each other very deeply.
Engagement photos by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AtlatnaArtisticWeddings
Engagement photos by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AtlatnaArtisticWeddings
We went all over Piedmont Park and got a lot of variety. We went to the lake Clara Meer and the dock there for some great photos! We also went to Oak hill to get the Atlanta skyline. We also went to Mayors Cove and the Active Oval to get another Atlanta skyline. For a short amount of time we get a lot of locations in for little effort. By shooting in the morning we were done by 9:30 am when most people were starting out.
Engagement photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AtlatnaArtisticWeddings
Engagement photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AtlatnaArtisticWeddings
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Friday, May 31, 2019

Atlanta wedding photographers | atlantaartisticweddings

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AtlantaArtisticWeddings is just not a group of wedding photographers. It is a group of artists that have a passion for photography and people. If you look at the wedding photo at the top of the blog you will notice the light. That is on purpose. We look for the best light to capture you. A photographer friend of mine once said “David a amateur photographer talks about his equipment, A professional photographer talks about how much he got paid but a true artist talks about the light”. That is where the “Artistic” in Atlanta Artistic Weddings comes from.
It is an honor to be a wedding photographer. I never take that for granted. I take this honor very seriously. From the first meeting when I tell the couple it is “their wedding and never lose site of that” to when I am giving them the images that capture their wedding day.
What I look for when I am shooting a wedding are genuine moments between the people at the wedding. Moments are fleeting but hopefully we can capture some of moments with wedding photography that you will cherish for a life time. May it be when the bride sees her fiance in her wedding dress for the first time. Or the proud father as he walks his daughter down the isle. These are the moments we look for and we are honored to be there, and yes I still cry at weddings
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that you enjoyed my insight on wedding photography and that you come back often. Please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you! Please go to the contact page and drop me a line. I promise I will get back to you promptly.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Recap: Payne-Corley House's Open House & Trunk Show

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AAW

Last Saturday, Feb. 2, Atlanta Artistic Weddings participated in the Payne-Corley House’s Open House & Trunk Show in Duluth. From exquisite floral centerpieces created by Abby’s at The Cottage to delectable cake samples from The Baking Grounds Bakery Café to other top Atlanta-area wedding vendors, the two-hour event was a success. Around fifty guests toured the historic wedding venue’s grounds, sipped champagne and browsed stylish jewelry as well as elegant wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses featured by Natalie’s Bridals by Blue Bloom. 

AAW, a co-sponsor of the event, had the pleasure of mingling with potential brides and grooms and discussing all things documentary wedding photography. The relaxed meet-and-greet also included photographs of previous weddings captured at the Payne-Corley House as well as other venues in and around Atlanta. Alongside the Open House & Trunk Show, AAW photographed three stunning models—Abi, Rianna and Tessa—showcasing the trendy bridal fashions from Natalie’s Bridals and bridal bouquets from Abby’s. 

What made the Payne-Corley House’s Open House & Trunk Show so extraordinary was the comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere. Wedding planning can be quite intimidating and taxing with numerous options available and decisions to be made. However, events such as this take all that unwanted pressure and toss it away. Future brides and grooms can actually love and appreciate the planning process without resentment. 

AAW was delighted to be a part of this event and can’t wait to photograph more special wedding days ahead at the Payne-Corley House. 


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Payne-Corley House's Open House & Trunk Show

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AAW
This Saturday, Feb. 2, Atlanta Artistic Weddings and other talented wedding industry professionals will be partnering up with the Payne-Corley House in historic Duluth to host their Open House & Trunk Show. Since the late ‘90s, the Payne-Corley House has been acknowledged as one of Atlanta's premiere wedding venues with offerings that include planning and event coordination, catering and bar services and floral and event design. While this gorgeous farmhouse is home to some of the loveliest weddings and special events set in the southeast, the Payne-Corley House is dripping with rich history.

Known as the oldest standing home in Duluth, the Payne-Corley House was built in the early 1870s by David Little. Throughout the years, the property has had its fair share of various owners including Little, the Respess and Moor families, Lee Payne, Frances Payne and Minor Corley and eventually Corley’s second wife, Winnie Guthrie Cain. Following her husband’s death, Cain continued to preserve the remarkable Payne-Corley House and it’s antiquity. She often welcomed family, friends and neighbors into the home throughout the early ‘80s and late ‘90s.

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AAW
According to the Payne-Corley House’s website, when Cain was set to sell the house, five of Cain’s stepdaughter’s friends—and Duluth natives—purchased the property and officially named it the Payne-Corley House. Together, the five women—Jane (Lynott) Wilson, Judy (Mulkie) Burel, Annette (Knox) Summerour, Margie (Tonge) Ross and Emma (Bray) Deavours, also known as the ‘Dreamkeepers’—transformed the treasured family residence into an extraordinary locale for special events. The ‘Dreamkeepers’ devoted themselves to sustaining the house’s celebrated charm and splendor while making refurbishments for future clients.

And then in 2008, Duluth native and one of the ‘Dreamkeepers’ daughter’s, Krista Summerour Ganley, along with her husband, Michael Ganley, bought the Payne-Corley House and “launched a major facility expansion with upgrades across the property, providing enhanced services for weddings and special events.” The Ganleys possess an immense talent and creativity and well-rounded knowledge that makes for a perfect event, especially weddings.

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AAW
If you’re a bride or groom looking for the perfect venue and/or to assemble your wedding day dream team, look no further than the Payne-Corley House’s Open House & Trunk Show. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., guests will be able to tour the venue and enjoy champagne and fine cuisine while meeting an elite group of wedding professionals, including SE Events, Salon Greco, The Baking Grounds Bakery Café, Abby’s at The Cottage and of course, AAW. Attendees can also take part in an informal trunk show featuring bridal gowns from Natalie's Bridal by Blue Bloom as well as receive floral and design ideas from Abby’s. The wedding planning process can be quite daunting and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re interested in attending, click here to reserve your spot today.

Congratulations on your engagement – AAW can’t wait to meet you!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Liz + Jeff

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AAW
On Saturday, Jan. 19, Atlanta Artistic Weddings had the pleasure of capturing Liz and Jeff’s romantic wintertime wedding at Ashton Gardens in Sugar Hill. The pair met through their church and Liz’s grandmother. It was an ideal match from the beginning.

Ashton Gardens is one of AAW’s favorite wedding venues to photograph. The gorgeous chapel on property has ivory pews and multiple wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide a scenic woodland backdrop. The venue also has a large fully furnished bridal suite, a separate groom’s lounge and a grand ballroom with Austrian crystal chandeliers, more floor-to-ceiling windows and a grand staircase. Though this Atlanta wedding locale’s beauty speaks for itself, what’s unique about Ashton Gardens is the featured amenities available for couples, including experienced event and wedding coordinators. Celita Fritch, director of sales and planning, and Jazzmyne Wages, sales and event coordinator, made Liz and Jeff’s perfect wedding possible. Their hospitality and expertise allowed for a smooth and stress-free day despite chilly temperatures and persistent rain.

For their first look, Liz and Jeff chose to write and read heartfelt letters to one another before the big reveal. It was a private tender moment AAW was thrilled to capture. Some other adorable shots AAW photographed were of Liz and her father, the flower girl and ring bearer—Esther and Charlie—the classic Packard automobile groom’s cake and of course, the enchanted bubble send-off to an old Cadillac car.

AAW would like to congratulate Liz and Jeff and wish them a lifetime of happiness and love.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Toni + Nick

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AAW
On Saturday, Jan. 12, Atlanta Artistic Weddings had the honor of photographing Toni and Nick’s gorgeous winter wedding at the beautiful Conservatory at Waterstone in historic downtown Acworth, Ga. Nick, an Atlanta native and University of Georgia alumnus, met Toni, a Texas-born, tattooed beauty, while working and visiting his brother in Huntsville, Ala. The pair began dating shortly after meeting, and when Nick moved back east to his hometown, Toni did too. And rest is a sweet love story filled with laughter, tenderness and two adorable pugs.

Toni and Nick’s wedding day was an undeniably touching day. The bride, a vision in a white ball gown, sported a classic black leather jacket and a beautiful linked bracelet made with her parents’ ashes. Toni’s brother escorted her down the aisle while loved ones and dear friends witnessed with delight and affection. At the reception, which followed the ceremony, many guests, including Nick’s brother and Toni’s friends, gave great toasts the newlyweds will never forget.

What also made this couple’s big day even more extraordinary was their chosen venue. The Conservatory at Waterstone is an eclectic wedding locale where modern meets rustic French country. The historic building has high ceilings and many exposed brick walls and a brick walkway extending throughout the entire building. The interiors made for incredible photo opportunities for AAW, including some candid shots taken of the entire wedding party and wedding guests dancing the night away.

On the Conservatory’s main level, there’s a large open room with multiple seating areas as well as a room specifically created for wedding gifts and the guestbook. Owner and President of Waterstone Events, Inc. Joanne Tubo has such a passion for historic venues and obviously, weddings. Besides the Conservatory at Waterstone, she oversees operations at The Grande in Kennesaw and The Rosabelle Manor in Adairsville.

AAW would like to congratulate Toni and Nick and wish them a lifetime of happiness and love.

Photography by the Atlanta wedding photographers at AAW