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Callanwolde Fine Arts Wedding - Portrait Session

Deciding to have a Callanwolde Fine Arts Wedding is… probably one of the easiest decisions to make when it comes to planning your most amazing wedding. Seriously – if you’d like a classic, traditional and almost fairytale look to your wedding – well there are very few places in the Atlanta area that can fulfill your fantastical dreams like a Callanwolde Fine Arts wedding.

Not only that – but the venue has plenty of room for all of your guests. Whether you want your ceremony outdoors in the garden, or in the main hall with the grand staircase – or out on the patio – you have a lot of options for different configurations both during your ceremony and your reception. 

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AND – your photographer will love being able to walk you all over the property, to make some unique, artistic and creative photos. Trust me – there are few things that photographers hate more than having to work with a boring venue that just doesn’t have much to work with then it comes to making amazingly beautiful photos. This is not a problem when you have a Callanwolde Fine Arts wedding. 

Callanwolde Fine Arts Wedding - portrait session

We’ve photographed many weddings at Callanwolde and not only do they always go off perfectly – they go off EASILY. As in – we see the behind the scenes and what it takes to make sure a wedding and reception go on with no problems. Sometimes the planning crew is running around behind the scenes fixing everything you can think of – and sometimes it’s just ALL GOOD. Weddings at Callanwolde seem to just always be on the ALL GOOD SIDE of things. 

And that’s important. Because while you want a wedding team that will handle ANYTHING that comes up – you always want to know that there just won’t be too many problems from the outset anyway. I mean I’ll be honest – some places, some venues, some people are just… it’s… it can be a sh*t show. That may or may not be visible or noticeable to your guests – but it’s best to avoid the situation all together – and I’ll tell you – for whatever reason, Callanwolde Fine Arts weddings are THE BEST and they just go off perfectly. Literally every single wedding we’ve photographed there – was brilliant.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Wedding - exchanging rings

Now whether it’s personal preference or for whatever logistical reason – choosing this venue is basically, always a great idea. You know what I mean? It’s centrally located and you can easily get to anywhere else you need to get to. PLUS… the grounds just look amazing and parking is easy. Ha you laugh when I talk about easy parking – trust me – if you’ve ever had to deal with a nightmare or difficult parking situation – well, you basically end up paying one way or another. 

But we don’t need to dwell on things like that! We can dwell on the fact that Callanwolde Fine Arts Weddings are the bomb and yours will be too! Right? RIGHT.

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Need even more help? Try our friends at A Practical Wedding for some great wedding planning advice!

How to Plan an Elopement Wedding

You need an elopement checklist. Here’s the thing with elopements – people usually elope and get married quick(ly)(er) specifically because they don’t want to deal with actually planning a WEDDING. So when you ‘plan’ your elopement – you generally want things to be as simple as possible.

Wait. No. You want things to be SIMPLER THAN POSSIBLE. (At least that sounds cool right?…)

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How to Plan an Elopement Wedding (with an elopement checklist)

Okay! So you don’t really want to PLAN plan your elopement – but you want a few things to actually happen and generally not have it be some kind of sh*tshow right? Yes. Right. Probably. I hope so.

SO first – what do you need for your elopement?

  • Rings! – it’s nice to still exchange wedding bands/rings – so have some and bring them to your ceremony
  • Vows – even if you’ve chosen a super simple courthouse wedding, it’s nice to be able to say a few words of your own to the person you’re promising all your love.
  • Photographer – Amazing photographers are super easy to find now – and there are millions of them. Literally, millions. And TBH you can always find one that will work with your budget and still do a great job. Especially if you’re eloping on a weekday. Seriously – email your favorite wedding photographer and see if they’d be interested in photographing your ceremony, some family formals, and a short portrait session of the two of you – and they’ll give you their fee – which should be considerably less than their full day wedding package. (So you’l want to ask for 3 hours of coverage tops, and during a weekday.)
  • Hair & Makeup – hey you still want to look GREAT
  • Outfit! – See above – you still want to look GREAT – and your photographer will appreciate it!
  • Travel Plans – now that you’re saving a ton by not paying to feed and entertain 150 people – you can spend that money on a great TRIP. So get that wedding ceremony out of the way and plan a great honeymoon – or just get married ON that trip.
  • Flowers! If you want flowers – just go buy flowers. Seriously. I know you were already going to do that anyway. Grocery store or actual florist shop – just go buy a bundle of flowers you like, wrap the stems in some ribbon and pins and DONE. (but don’t tell any florists I said this.)
  • A plan to party with everyone later… – oh yeah – so tell people that you’re eloping right now but you plan on having a BIG actual party with everyone later. That’ll make most people feel better (because you know, what they think about YOUR wedding is Soooooooo important…) and then you’re actually off the hook for the most part. I mean… you don’t actually need to have that big party 6 months down the line. You’ll have been married for 6+ months at that point and you’ll have other things to spend money on/do than feeding and getting 150 people drunk. Or not. Whatevs. It’s cool.

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And there you go! A perfectly sensible elopement checklist. How to plan-ish your elopement! Done. Now go do everything else.

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Georgian Terrace Wedding | Atlanta is Amazing

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

How about a Georgian Terrace wedding? Sounds great right? Planning a wedding in Atlanta while you live in New York can be very challenging – ha – it’s probably closer to being difficult than challenging. BUT – it can be done! What’s great about Atlanta is that there are SO MANY wedding vendors (well, that’s good and bad for different reasons) – which means that you CAN find all of the people and help that you need; even if you don’t live here.

Georgian Terrace Wedding

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

That’s what Sadio and Siedric did – and wow did they plan a great wedding day. They started their day getting ready at the Georgian Terrace hotel – and then we did their first look/portrait session at Ponce City Market – AND THEN the ceremony took place at Agnes Scott College AND THEN back to the Georgian Terrace for the reception at the Livingston restaurant. SO yeah – we made a good trip around Atlanta and back that day.

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

Among all the things that they did right was that they made PLENTY OF TIME for their photography and videography. I know – of course I’m going to stress making time for your photographer (since you know – I’m a wedding photographer) – but really – if you’re planning a big day, with several locations – AND you want it documented well along with your own portrait photos; definitely schedule enough time for the photography. I’m not talking about hours and hours (because come on) but enough time. That will vary depending on who you hire for your photography but also on what you’re planning for your photos. Georgian Terrace wedding.

Ponce City Market Atlanta Wedding

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

For example – even if you’re not going to multiple locations across town – say you’re at a farm or country club with 50 acres of lush land and gardens and fields. If you don’t want all of your photos to take place 10 feet from your ceremony location, MAKE TIME to travel out to the fields, or hills, or rivers or whatever. If you have to walk – make sure you bring along some flats to walk in so that you’re not hiking in high heels the entire way. Your photographer can absolutely help you out with the logistics (and if they can’t – well, fire them.) Georgian Terrace wedding.

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

But YES. This wedding was GRAND. And these two were great the entire day. I’m not even saying that through gritted teeth – they literally were GREAT the entire day. Putting up with me, with my crazy ideas, but also having their own ideas as well. Because you know – at this point, 8 years into this wedding photography thing – I’m totally open to any and all ideas for the photos as long as we have time for it (cause you know, time is the most valuable resource we have and it’s the only thing that’s limited and blah blah blah).

Agnes Scott College Julia Thompson Smith Chapel Wedding

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

Now – small segue – I’ve noticed as a general rule – the smaller the wedding party (bridespersons/groomspersons/ wedding party persons) – the more flexibility or even open time you have for other things like photos, or relaxing. It’s just easier to have to hang out with 3 close people as your wedding party than 10. And you don’t have to split your time with as many people during the getting ready process. Having said that – sometimes I’m completely wrong and it’s absolutely AMAZING having a big wedding party getting ready with you and celebrating your morning. It just depends on the people, your schedule, and other things that I couldn’t even quantify that probably don’t matter in the end anyway. Georgian Terrace wedding.

Right? Right. Yes. 

Ponce City Market Wedding | Georgian Terrace Wedding

But these two? Seriously, considerably, absolutely, full of Awesome.

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Best Wedding Songs to Dance to | 2018

The amazing team at A Practical Wedding just published their list of the best wedding songs to dance to in 2018 – and it’s ridiculously good. Covering a range of speeds from slow to fast to party to chill and then back around again – you’re bound to find at least 1 or 10 good songs to play at your own wedding? Need a first dance song? Could you ever go wrong with Ed Sheeran and Beyonce singing a duet?!
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Best Wedding Songs to Dance to

Or what about a rocking, toe tapping party starter? Brian Fallon’s got you covered with his song If Your Prayers Don’t Get to Heaven. It’s GOOD. So Good.
There are of course a couple of wedding regulars in there  with Bruno Mars and his 24K magic, James Arthur with Say You Won’t Go, but the new stand outs include Rewrite the Stars from the Greatest Showman soundtrack, and There Are Many Ways to Say I Love by Sylvan Esso. SYLVAN ESSO GUYSSsssssssss.

The team at APW have been really putting together some impressive wedding song playlist lately – did you see this one for wedding exits? BRILLIANT. It’s like they know what people need for their wedding and they just GIVE IT TO US.

Check out the list of songs down below:

  1. Die With You – Beyoncé
  2. If Your Prayers Don’t Get to Heaven – Brian Fallon
  3. Perfect Duet – Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé
  4. You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me – John Mayer
  5. Sweet Creature – Harry Styles
  6. Chained to the Rhythm – Katy Perry
  7. There Are Many Ways to Say I Love You – Sylvan Esso
  8. Rewrite the Stars – Zac Efron, Zendaya
  9. So Good – Zara Larsson
  10. Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man
  11. Havana (remix) – Camila Cabello
  12. Unforgettable – French Montana
  13. I’m the One – DJ Khaled, Justin Beiber
  14. Despacito (remix) – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee
  15. Anywhere – Rita Ora
  16. Him & I (with Halsey) – G-Easy
  17. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
  18. All Night – The Vamps, Matoma
  19. What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) – Maroon 5
  20. Feels Great – Cheat Codes, Fetty Wap, CVBZ

Check out the FULL List over at A Practical Wedding!
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The Number One Tip to Personalizing Your Wedding

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I know. If you’re reading this then you probably know how I write and I probably know that some of you just wanna say F*ck all the wedding decorations! No one remembers the chairs/ the flowers/ the centerpieces! I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about everything else and that.

When you start thinking about what it means to personalize your wedding – most people think about how they’re going to decorate their reception. Or make their wedding cake special and specific to them. Or what colors they should use. Or the food. Going down the list of things and seeing how they can make it more “personal”. Whatever that means.

Atlanta New Year's Eve Wedding | NYE 2017 | Wimbish House

What does it mean to personalize your wedding? Does it mean going through a catalog of things, or collection of Pinterest boards and finding the items that could mean something about the two of you? Finding the items that somehow randomly relate to what you and your partner are?

You really want to personalize your wedding? Tell your story. Share your story with all of your guests.

That’s where you begin. That’s the core of how you go about personalizing your wedding. You can pick things, colors, and decorations you like – but you should also find different ways to show your guests aspects of your relationship with each other. Your history together. Meaningful items that show where you come from, or tell how you came together – and that show your lives and adventures together up to this point. Your wedding isn’t just a celebration of this one ceremony, or day. It’s a celebration of the time you’ve spent together, the time you will spend together – and your love.

This might require some extra work that you hadn’t thought about (I’m sorry – but it’s true). You may have to sit down together and actually write out the story of YOU (you both) and go over your history together. Right from when you met, to when you broke up that first time (or 2nd, or 3rd time) to when you supported each other through the really difficult moments. And all of your successes along the way that led you to this point. Let’s be clear – beyond all the cheese and annoying wedding industry marketing – you’re making history. Your wedding is a historical moment in your lives.

No matter how cynical I might be at times – I realize how special weddings are – and I’m reminded of their importance during every. single. ceremony. Getting married is an amazing thing – the culmination of a relationship up to this point in life – and at the same time just a marker on the way to greater things. Another event to add to the story of you two.

How do you personalize your wedding? Find ways to share your story with your guests.

(and make sure your photographer takes photos of EVERYTHING.)

 

Wedding Day Schedule Driving You Crazy?

Creating a Wedding Day Timeline isn’t nearly as difficult or challenging as people think it might be.

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Whether you’re having a large wedding or a small wedding – a lot of the same stuff will happen. You get dressed, you have a ceremony, you have a party – and the entire time you have a photographer following you around and even directing you sometimes for your amazing wedding photos.

If this is your first wedding (insert some kind of joke here) – then you might not know how a regular wedding day goes down. Well that’s why we’re here! To help you out with that! Below is a regular, traditional, awesome wedding day schedule and timeline. This example is partly from your photographer’s point of view and covers an 8 hour timespan. During your planning, START with this wedding day timeline and then MAKE IT YOUR OWN. Seriously – jack this thing up. Twist it around, turn it inside out – it doesn’t matter – it’s YOUR WEDDING RIGHT?

Just don’t touch the allotments for photography… just kidding… no really… don’t touch them.

SAMPLE WEDDING DAY TIMELINE (8 hours of coverage)

1:00 PM                YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS ARRIVE & BEGIN MAKING AMAZING PHOTOS

Your wedding photographers will photograph details such as the dress, shoes, jewelry, bouquet, and of course cover all of your preparation process such as getting your hair & makeup completed, and having a great and relaxing time with your bridesmaids as they get ready as well.

2:00                        BRIDE GETS DRESSED

Now is the time to finish getting ready. Don’t worry, your photographer doesn’t have to photograph EVERY part of putting on the dress. What we like to tell brides is “We’ll be right around the corner. Go ahead and put your dress on, but the moment you feel comfortable and covered enough – but not finished – let us know and we’ll come in and start photographing.” What is comfortable is different for everyone, some people are VERY comfortable and others want to be more covered. We leave it up to the bride to decide.

3:00                        GROOM MAKES FINAL PREPARATIONS

It’s at this point that we’ll move over to the groom’s side of things. Since we generally don’t need or want photos of the groom and his groomsmen literally putting their pants on, we’ll arrive when they’re nearly finished getting dressed and just start photographing everything – quickly. Same as the brides side, we’ll capture all of the details and then also group photos of all of the groomsmen.

3:30                        FIRST LOOK (and then bride & groom portraits)

You won’t have to worry about planning this at all. We’ll find the location, set the groom up in position, and then bring the bride in to surprise him. We kick everyone out of the area so it’s a private moment between the two of you and your photographers

4:00                        WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS

After your first look and portrait session, we’ll bring in your wedding party to complete all of the wedding party photos with the two of you.

4:30                        HIDE THE BRIDE & GROOM

Of course – the groom doesn’t always stay hidden and often times will walk around greeting guests – but generally this is the time for the entire wedding party to relax, get a drink, or cool off/warm up if the weather’s being crazy. Your photographers will take this time to finish photographing the ceremony site and ceremony details. They may also sneak in and photograph the reception space if it’s ready as well.

5:00                        CEREMONY

This is where you get married!

5:30                        FORMAL FAMILY PHOTOS & COCKTAIL HOUR BEGINS

We RUN the family formal session like we’re on a crazy mission to get them finished in record time. We do this EVERY TIME too. Literally. I don’t care if you have 100 people or 10 people for the family photos – we will GET. THEM.DONE. and then you can still get to the last part of your cocktail hour. We want you to be able to spend as much time with your guests – this is about you and not us stealing you away just for our amazing photos (well, it’s not ONLY about that)

6:00                        PHOTOGRAPHERS PHOTOGRAPH RECEPTION SPACE (before guests enter!)

6:30                        RECEPTION BEGINS!

6:45                        GRAND ENTRANCE ANNOUNCEMENTS & First Dance

7:00                        DINNER IS SERVED

7:30                        SPEECHES & TOASTS

7:45                        SPECIAL DANCES (Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, etc.)

8:00                       OPEN DANCING

8:15                        CAKE CUTTING

8:30                        BOUQUET TOSS

9:00                        PHOTOGRAPHERS CONCLUDE THEIR COVERAGE

Wedding Day Timeline | Couple in the Mountains

Of course this is just a sample wedding day timeline – but it should give you a good idea of how your wedding day can be scheduled – and you can see how all of that time just literally disappears. Sure – when your photographer tells you that their base package starts at 8 hours of coverage you think to yourself 8 hours is plenty of time! But when you actually write it all down from start to finish – 8 hours of photography coverage can seem like just enoughor not enough to cover everything.

Sample Wedding Day Timeline 

Something to note – your reception can happen ANY WAY YOU WANT. Sure there needs to be some sort of ‘dinner’ portion for your guests – but other than that – the order is UP TO YOU. You can do all of the things DURING DINNER if you’d like (special dances, toasts, etc.) or you can space them out as the reception moves along. You can skip them. You can have a 30 minute hora dance spectacular if you’d like (totally had that happen – and it was AMAZING.)

Questions? Ask us. Need more help? Check out our good friends at A Practical Wedding.

 

So when you’re making and creating your wedding day timeline – just think about how awesome and beautiful and easily your day will flow!

Callanwolde Fine Arts Wedding Venue & Weddings

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Callanwolde Fine Arts Center | Wedding | LeahAndmark & Co.

A Callanwolde Wedding at Callanwolde Fine Arts is a great wedding venue because it has the ability to transport you to a different place – in a good way. The grounds have a certain feeling to them that isn’t like any other venue in Atlanta. I’m not sure what it is exactly. But it’s not any one thing individually. It’s the combination of everything that’s there. From the gardens, to the grassy areas, and the trees and flowers – to the building facade that’s reminiscent of a castle but not exactly. To the side patio area that almost feels like you’re in the French countryside. Or the grand staircase with the back lit stained glass windows. Or the classroom feelings of the up stairs getting ready spaces. All of it. It all transports you to a place that doesn’t feel so modern, or even so Southern the way that so many other wedding venues in the South tend to do. 

Callanwolde Wedding Fine Arts Venue

Callanwolde Wedding Fine Arts Center

Callanwolde Wedding Fine Arts as a wedding venue lends itself to your creativity. You can really set it up to go in a few directions. Classic and timeless. Or a little big magical and fairy-like… or even medieval and whimsy if you like. Or just plain, flat out elegant (that’s a thing right?)

Your photographer will definitely have an endless supply of ideas at Callanwolde as well. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate and it’s raining – there’s a good bit of cover to work with around the building – and you can always sneak a few minutes outside when the rain does take a break.

We’ve photographed several weddings at Callanwolde Fine Arts and they’ve literally always, always, always been amazing. 

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Why You Should Consider a Destination Wedding

Playa Del Carmen; Mexico; Destination Wedding Photographer; LeahAndMark & Co.

There are many reasons why you should consider a destination wedding and also hiring a destination wedding photographer. The Caribbean? Playa del Carmen? Mexico? Jamaica? Cancun? The first and most obvious one is because you want to get married at some amazing or specific location, but you happen to not live there. See? Simple. Because you want it that way. 

Playa Del Carmen; Mexico; Destination Wedding Photographer; LeahAndMark & Co.

Another reason is convenience. Maybe it’s convenient for the two of you. Maybe it’s convenient for one side of your family. Or just for the most important person other than the two of you (like for example if your mother/father/relative that you MUST have at your wedding, can only travel so far/has travel restrictions – then you definitely want to do what you can so they may attend.) That might include having the wedding closer to that relative. Which may mean that you are traveling to them. 

Why You Want to Have a Destination Wedding Photographer

Playa Del Carmen; Mexico; Destination Wedding Photographer; LeahAndMark & Co.

OR. You happen to live someplace that you don’t like that much. And no one else lives there either. So you pick a different place. One that’s in the middle of everyone. 

Whatever your reason – along with all of the usual logistical concerns – you will want to consider how easy it will be for everyone else to attend your wedding. If everyone is having to fly into town – is it nearby a decent airport? If everyone can drive – is it a 2 hour drive or a 8 hour drive? That changes things dramatically. Think it through for your guests (at least the ones that you WANT attending your wedding ha.)

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Playa Del Carmen; Mexico; Destination Wedding Photographer; LeahAndMark & Co.

Still. Having a destination wedding can be as easy or as difficult as having a wedding down the street. Literally. Think about it in the same way as moving houses. Whether you’re moving down the street or across town – you still have to move ALL THE STUFF. Whether you’re getting married down the street or across the country – many of the same wedding things and parts still have to happen. Like a ceremony, and reception, and parking, and bathrooms, and food… all those same things. Right? Right. 

Reasons for having a Destination Wedding Photographer in the Caribbean or Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen; Mexico; Destination Wedding Photographer; LeahAndMark & Co.

Basically – have the wedding where you want to have the wedding – where you REALLY want to have the wedding. And if that means you’re getting married in the Caribbean then oh well I guess that’s what you’ll have to end up doing!

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Biltmore Ballrooms Atlanta Wedding Venue Weddings

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Biltmore Ballrooms | LeahAndMark & Co.

A Biltmore Ballrooms Wedding in Atlanta is amazing because of the spaces’ ability to transport you to a place that’s elegant and unique and unlike many of the other ballrooms or event spaces in Atlanta. Elegant, classic, aristocratic – those are some of the words that would appropriately describe the Biltmore Ballrooms. Especially that feeling of aristocracy and elegance. Contrary to what their brochures might tell you – you cannot achieve that same atmosphere at any hotel ballroom here in Atlanta. 

Biltmore Ballrooms Wedding | Atlanta Georgia Photographer LeahAndMark

Biltmore Ballrooms Wedding Venue

And of course – not only are the actual ballrooms an amazing feature of the wedding venue – but the front entrance facade is spectacular. With high 50 foot columns and that old-money richness to it – your wedding portraits will look like they couldn’t have been made anywhere else but at the Biltmore Ballrooms. 

Biltmore Ballrooms Wedding | Atlanta Georgia Photographer LeahAndMark

Obviously – once people see the ceiling of your ceremony or reception space, they’ll immediately recognize where your got married. Because that ceiling is iconic, famous, and a landmark in Atlanta. 

We’re often hard pressed to truly recommend certain venues – but recommending the Biltmore Ballrooms for your wedding is absolutely of a required consideration at the very least.

Here’s the thing about a Biltmore Ballrooms Wedding. It’s A LOT OF CLASS right in the middle of Atlanta. You’re transported to a different location. You don’t feel like you’re in a modern city full of glass and steel. You may feel like you’re far away on a grand estate – maybe even the actual Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. Yeah it’s that amazing in the ballrooms which is crazy when you think about it because it’s literally just one large room. Oh, but what a large room it is. You won’t regret having your wedding there. Trust us. Trust yourself. 

 

Biltmore Ballrooms Wedding. Atlanta Wedding Photographer.

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C & R | Wimbish House NYE Wedding | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

Wimbish House; Wedding; New Year's Eve; NYE; Atlanta Wedding Photorapher LeahAndMark

Having a Wimbish House Wedding? On New Year’s Eve?! I’ve said it before and I’ve said it over and over again – when you have a New Year’s Eve wedding you are deciding to host a New Year’s Eve PARTY. Don’t try to be low key about your wedding if it’s on NYE. You’re asking people to spend a party holiday with YOU – so you need to put on a party.

Wimbish House; Wedding; New Year's Eve; NYE; Atlanta Wedding Photorapher LeahAndMark

I mean you don’t HAVE TO – because I’ll never say you HAVE TO do anything for your own wedding (but seriously – if you invite more than 10 people then… don’t be lame and have a party.)

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Wimbish House; Wedding; New Year's Eve; NYE; Atlanta Wedding Photorapher LeahAndMark

I’ve photographed several new year’s eve weddings and fortunately – they’ve all lived up to the hype – they’ve all had crazy crazy great parties for the reception. It’s simple really. In fact it’s almost easier to have a great party reception on New Year’s Eve because people are in the mood to party. That’s not always the case with other wedding receptions. Sometimes people are just like… laaaaaaaaaaaaaame. And then other times they’re just tired. But on NYE – they won’t be. 

Plus – all you really need to get the party going is a decent DJ, party hats, and some noise makers. Seriously – if you have party hats all of a sudden it’s a CRAZY party. In fact – if you want to have a great party reception at your regular, non-NYE-wedding – then just make sure you have enough fun party hats. And Sunglasses. AND alcohol. 

Wimbish House Wedding

Wimbish House Wedding Photos

I know I know – alcohol is not a must have – but if you want to play percentages and just have a better chance at a better party… do not have a dry wedding. A dry wedding is a 100% reason for guests to leave your reception early – like right after the cake cutting early – or even right after dinner. Because damn if most people are gonna hangout with you til midnight without any alcohol. What are they? 12 years old? I mean… okay unless it’s a religious decision then just label your wedding reception as a ‘lock-in’. You know, like back in your Christian teen youth group days. Remember those? A “Lock-In” and you raised money by saying you were going to talk or dance or sing the whole time/every hour or something. And you were raising money for your youth group to go on some missionary trip to help indigenous peoples of wherever with their poor lives and poor living. 

Oh – but your NYE wedding. Right. 

New Year’s Eve Wedding in Atlanta

Wimbish House Wedding; New Year's Eve; NYE; Atlanta Wedding Photorapher LeahAndMark

So what else do you need? Food. Snacks. Well – at least a great dinner. This is not the time for one of those receptions where you just serve heavy appetizers and think that people will be satisfied. F*ck that. You need to serve them dinner and have a decent amount of dessert. Now you don’t need to buy the $1,000 cake – just have more than enough cheap cake and spend the money on the alcohol – cause then that cheap cake will TASTE AMAZING.

In conclusion, Caroline and Ryan are AMAZING and Full of Awesome. 

Wimbish House Wedding; New Year's Eve; NYE; Atlanta Wedding Photorapher LeahAndMark

Wimbish House Wedding; New Year's Eve; NYE; Atlanta Wedding Photorapher LeahAndMark

Atlanta Wedding Photographer. Wimbish House wedding. New Year’s Eve Wedding. LeahAndMark & Co.

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Roswell River Landing Wedding Venue Weddings

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Your Roswell River Landing Wedding Photos will be amazing! It’s a great wedding venue for a couple of reasons. It’s relatively affordable; it’s relatively close to Atlanta; and they’re very friendly and easy to work with. Oh – and they have that amazing river dock that allows for some amazing photos that you can’t really get anywhere else in Atlanta. I mean it. Sure Piedmont Park has a coupe of docks around their lake – but you’re always having to battle the throngs of park visitors – and the docks are pretty high off the water. So you don’t get that at the river’s edge feeling that you do when you photograph at Roswell River Landing.

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Roswell River Landing Wedding Photos 

OH. AND THE CEREMONY location is also quite excellent. 

But the simplicity of the whole venue is what will also give you good reason to consider having your wedding there. It’s an easy space and you can bring in all your own vendors. (Whereas more and more venues are requiring that you ONLY use their approved vendors (and approved higher costs too.))

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Roswell River Landing. Right. Oh yeah – and you have the option of having your guests hangout outdoors, or indoors, or both. So depending on whether it’s raining, or it’s cold, or it’s hot – you’re pretty much covered and your guests will be comfortable. AND there’s parking. Like easy parking. Ha. You think that’s not a big deal – until it IS a big deal when there isn’t any parking or your guests have to valet and ride a shuttle or some other considerations – considerations that you don’t want to have to consider. 

But seriously – if you’re looking for a budget friendly, open option wedding venue in Atlanta – this is a place you should really, really, REALLY consider.

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Roswell River Landing Wedding Photos.

Check out the Roswell River Landing website here.

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The Chimneys at Big Canoe Wedding Venue Weddings

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What’s great about a Chimneys at Big Canoe Wedding is that they basically give you the keys for the entire day and let you get down to business. Decorate, party, finish up. Oh. AND It’s BEAUTIFUL there. The outdoor patio area ceremony site with the golf course and lake backdrop is stunning. You’re surrounded and embraced by the forest canopy while you’re getting married and everyone is there to watch you profess your love for each other. What more could you ask for????

Chimneys at Big Canoe Wedding Photos - Ceremony Location

With a large wrap around covered deck – rain is no problem either! Because you can have your ceremony indoors if you want, or if it doesn’t start raining until your reception – people can STILL be outdoors enjoying the spectacular North Georgia forests. 

We may be a little biased too – because this is where Leah and I got married – so yeah – we think it’s all kinds of great because we ourselves have AMAZING memories from our own wedding that took place there.

Chimneys at Big Canoe Wedding Photos - Groom Shot over the brides shoulder

Oh yeah! And one of the best parts is that it’s pretty easy to just rent several large homes down the street to house all of your friends and family and wedding party guests. So you’re never too far from the venue and the party can continue long after you’ve made your exit from the reception!

Granted – I have a bit more knowledge about a Chimneys at Big Canoe wedding because we had OUR wedding there – but also because I’ve photographed weddings there as well. It’s an amazing venue and the layout really lends itself well to serving your guests a good sit down dinner while also making it so that they don’t just stay in their seats. They will want to walk around and mingle and dance! 

Definitely consider them for your wedding!

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