About two weeks ago we had the privilege of working at a new venucalled Ashton Gardens. This venue has only been open for about 6 weeks and it is already getting lots of brides and grooms and planners taking notice. It has a beautiful glass chapel complete with the feel of a small chapel in the woods yet big enough to accommodate a large group of guests. Just adjacent to it is a wonderful reception hall with the same similar glass walls overlooking the wooded area it is nestled in. The reception hall is not a good description, it is more like a ballroom with a beautiful staircase that the bride and groom make their entrance from as the DJ or band announces their arrival. It is arrayed with elegant chandeliers that photograph very warm and beautiful. The ball room has a duplicate room that mirrors it on the other side of the wall which can be removed which is perfect if your wedding is very large. This is the third location for Ashton Gardens and it is quite obvious that these folks understand how to plan a beautiful event for today’s bride. As many brides today either do not have a church home, or perhaps attend churches that are not ideal for the dream wedding like the locations of some of our mega churches or churches that meet in non-traditional settings Ashton Gardens is a perfect solution. Take a look at the images for yourself. This sweet couple is Danielle & Kerrick Osburn.
I know many of you have seen the popular photo booths at some weddings in Atlanta. I think it appeals to our sense of nostalgia and a wish to go back in time to a simple era of being a kid at a dime-store or local mall to get a cute candid image of oneself and a friend. Sometimes a group of friends all cram into the photo together, making an instant candid keepsake. Recently we have begun offering the photo booth option for our wedding packages. It has been interesting to see how people interact with the fun props, hats, pretend mustache or red lips on a stick. This is an image from a recent wedding at my church. What I find fun and interesting is that often times it is the 40+ crowd that has the most fun with this. It takes very otherwise serious middle aged adults and transforms them into little kids again having fun. If you have not thought about adding a photo booth coverage to your wedding, think again. It will keep your crowd around, engaged and having fun. Your wedding will become one of those memories where people say “remember how much fun we had at so and so’s wedding” comments.
This bridal portrait above will probably go down in my book as one of my favorite bridal portraits ever. There are so many elements that I love about this portrait. We had a great small area to work with over by the side doors of this local wedding venue. They had these majestic looking doors and I had the privilege of working with a beautiful bride named Kristen. I just loved the back of Kristen’s dress. The extra long veil really added to the dress nicely. I had Kristen turn her head and arms slightly to the left and we opened the doors behind her so that the closed doors did not give you that “post coming out of the head” look. This way the slight opening of the doors draws the viewer eyes directly to the subject. The lighting was close to middle of the day and brightness of that time helped to reflect a lot of light on the surrounding objects like the table and the sofa. Simply a wonderful keepsake. A great day for wedding photography in Lawrenceville.
If you are looking to book a great venue for either your wedding or the reception anywhere in the Gainesville area you may want to consider the Chattahoochee Country Club. As an Atlanta wedding photographer and wedding photographer in North Georgia I have seen several events at this location. This particular location is located right on the banks of Lake Lanier and has great facilities. They can accommodate a small gathering or a party up to 600 people. They have a great outdoor covered patio with a beautiful fountain as well as an adjoining ballroom for dancing and dining. It is also one of those places that I have seen the same wedding management in place for years. This means the staff knows what they are doing and they enjoy what they do. As wedding photographers in Gainesville,Ga, this is a great venue for you to choose. Here are a few images from events we have done there. If you are interested in a consultation simply call them at 770-536-4461 and ask for Whitney Wiggins.
We have all seen engagement sessions with neat locations, scenes, poses and even props. Speaking of props, how about considering your pet as part of the engagement session? Many couples will be preparing to enter married bliss with a four legged furry friend as part of that mix. What better way to enjoy an engagement session than with your furry friend? Pets not only add some great images to the session but they add a level of comfort and fun all at once. Any nervousness you or your fiance’ may have is quickly dissipated with the fun of a pet included. I love this image above of this dog running out ahead of his family to be to make sure all is well.
So before you make your engagement session appointment,consider that sweet new addition to your family to be!