We cover weddings in lots of places: churches, farms, islands, beaches, wineries, state parks, botanical gardens and on private properties.
Occasionally, we find ourselves in a place that makes us wonder what compelled our clients to say, “This is it!!” And sometimes we find ourselves in a venue that’s a standout mix of character, spaciousness, flow, and light — a combination that screams great photos! Maybe it’s because we’re photographers, but it would seem to be that a big driver in venue choice has to be the photos it’ll render. Because the human memory is a faulty thing, and that makes photos so important. So this blog tackles the venue question from that perspective. We’ve selected a short list of Atlanta venues that worked particularly well for photography. As we highlight each, we’ll explain what made them so great not just for photography but for the wedding, and we’ll also point out any downsides that stood out for us.
Primrose Cottage, Roswell, GA
- beautiful inside and out
- an abundance of windows bring natural light into the bridal suite, groom’s quarters and reception area
- the large bridal suite features a red claw-foot tub that makes for artsy photo-moments for a saucy bride
- ceremonies are performed outdoors in a lush, shaded amphitheater-like setting.
- a large reception hall offers high, white ceilings that are great for the bounced light that we like for candid dance and guest photos.
- a beautifully lit garden shed on the property makes for wonderfully romantic photos
Dekalb History Center, Decatur, GA
- situated on the square in downtown Decatur with lots of photo spots in the surrounding area.
- the center’s second-floor ceremony and reception space is all white plaster and marble with a 16-foot ceiling and massive windows on side walls. Beautiful and super-great for photography!
- the building is accessed via massive sets of stairs on the east and west sides of the building.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Atlanta, GA
- while restrictive in what photographers are allowed to do and shoot in the sanctuary during a wedding mass, and quite challenging from a lighting perspective, the Basilica is one of our favorite ceremony venues because of its majestic beauty.
- from the high-ceiling nave (the central section of the sanctuary) to the ornate apse (the dome-like space behind the pulpit), from the organ loft to the stained glass windows lining the aisles, the Basilica is a regal setting for any wedding.
Flint Hill, Norcross, GA
- hands-down one of the most elegant wedding venues in Greater Atlanta
- every aspect of the white-trimmed property evokes antebellum aristocracy. If that’s vibe you want, this is the place.
- the layout is designed for a romantic outdoor wedding with up to 275 guests, with the reception ballroom being the rain-plan alternative.
- the bridal suite is roomy, well-lit and elegant — great for prep photos.
- the north-facing front lawn is perfect for a romantic first look and for formal photos after the ceremony.
Trolley Barn, Atlanta, GA
- a former garage-of-sorts for the electric streetcars that roamed Atlanta in the late 1800s, the Trolley Barn since has served a variety of purposes, and now is a wedding and event center.
- its expansive main floor with 20-plus-foot ceilings and factory-style windows create a spacious, airy atmosphere for a reception, and all that’s a plus for photos, too.
- a mezzanine affords photographers a great bird’s-eye perspective of your reception.
- a brick courtyard, garden and lush lawn at the rear of the building form a wonderful backdrop for an outdoor ceremony, formals and couple photos.
Fendley Farmstead, Canton, GA
- new-ish venue with a great back-story: owner Dena Milner was raised across the street and bought the property from her childhood best friend with an eye toward creating a wedding venue. Dena’s daughter Brannigan was the first bride to marry there, in 2009.
- it’s a rustic and large property featuring an open-sided ceremony barn, a large reception hall finished in knotty pine, a bridal cottage, a groom’s hangout, and an active pasture.
- the ceremony barn is conducive to great photos thanks to ample natural light and a layout that permits the photographer to move about quickly and easily
- the reception space is large with high ceilings, which is great for photos
- the property has a variety of photo-op spots, including a white wrought-iron Cinderella carriage, vineyard, and a chandelier hanging from a tree in the pasture.