As a Atlanta wedding photographer I have a passion for historic wedding venues. There are so many classic wedding venues in Atlanta. You can go down Peachtree Street and see so many great venues. You have the Fox Theater, Georgian Terrace and Biltmore Hotel. Speaking of Biltmore there is even a Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles that is also a beautiful historic venue.
My passion for historic venues goes way back. As some of you may know I have been involved in cultural resources for over 20 years. You can see some of my work in the Library of Congress . I still work in the field and shoot large format photography. I still use the same cameras as Ansel Adams.
When I find out that a wedding is at a historic venue such as Callanwolde. I get really excited. One the faculty lends itself to some grand photos. The Callanwolde arts center has one of the most beautiful stair cases in Atlanta. It has been used in several movies and television shows that you can see now. I have shot there several times and each time it is an inspirational experience. The mansion was built between 1917 and 1921 and is considered a severe and modern approach to the late Gothic Revival style of architecture.
When you a talk about historic venues you have mention one of my favorites I have shot at is Peabody Hotel in Memphis Tennessee. The Peabody’s story as one of the grandest, most historic hotels in downtown Memphis dates back to 1869 when the original Peabody Hotel opened on the corner of Main & Monroe, immediately becoming the social and business hub of Memphis. In 1925 a newer, grander Peabody was built at its present location of Union and 2nd Street, continuing the legacy of the "South's Grand Hotel." It was 1933 when ducks were originally placed in the hotel's lobby fountain, setting in motion an 85-year tradition that continues today with the March of the Peabody Ducks.
Of all the historic venues is Naylor Hall. There are many reasons to love Naylor Hall. It is not only a beautiful historic venue that has a beautiful lawn and facade with the classic southern columns. The biggest reason I love Naylor Hall is the people. The are consummate professionals. Sunny Bailey is the owner and has a passion for making your wedding the day a day to remember. Built in the 1840’s by Barrington King for H.W. Proudfoot and his wife, Euphemia, the original part of what would later become Naylor Hall was built as a home featuring a four room clapboard cottage with a central fireplace. Mr. King, son of the city of Roswell’s founder, employed Mr. Proudfoot as a bookkeeper in his newly constructed Roswell Mills, which would later become famous in its own right for its production of Roswell Grey cloth used in uniforms.
The Millennium Biltmore in Las Angeles is another one of those buildings when you walk into it you say “they don’t build them like this any more!”. It is has several two story ball rooms on the entrance level of the building. The Biltmore has been host to some of the most influential meetings and events. The founding banquet of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was held in our magnificent Crystal Ballroom in 1927. The hotel went on to host eight Academy Awards banquets in the ‘30s and ‘40s. John F. Kennedy stayed at the hotel and spoke in our ballrooms during the 1960 Democratic National Convention.
It has the large hall way that is nearly 50 feet wide and 30 feet tall into the ballrooms. There is even a roman swimming pool in the lower level of the hotel.
I can not say enough kind things about the Fox Theater in Atlanta. That historic venue is where I proposed to my wife 30 years ago. The Fox theater is rich in details and Atlanta history. It was where the premier of Gone with the Wind was held. There are many intricate carvings in the walls and staircase. But my favorite part of the Fox is the ceiling! It is painted in this royal blue and has lights representing the night sky. So when you are inside the venue it is like it is bigger than life and full of royal grandeur.
In 1928, the Fox was originally conceived as a home for Atlanta’s Shriners organization. To create a headquarters befitting the group’s prominent social status, the Shriners looked to the ancient temples of the Far East to inspire a mosque-style structure befitting their stature. Storied architectural gems like the Alhambra in Spain and Egypt’s Temple of Kharnak heavily influenced the building’s elaborate and intensely ornate design. Bursting with soaring domes, minarets and sweeping archways, the exterior of the building gave way to stunning gold leaf details, sumptuous textiles and exquisite trompe l’oeil art (an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create optical illusions) inside.
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