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.

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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.

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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 CafĂ©, 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