Gwinnett Historic Courthouse Bridal Show - photography by

Come on out this Sunday January 7, 2014 from 1-4pm for the Bridal Show held at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Come by and say hello to Atlanta Artistic Weddings a down home wedding photographer.  It is located in downtown Lawrenceville, Georgia at 185 Crogan Street.  I have included a map of the bridal show here.

  A bridal show is a great one stop shop for your wedding needs you can find Wedding Cakes, Wedding photographers, DJ Services, Formal Ware, Floral Arrangements and other Wedding Ideas!  You can also tour a wonderful historic wedding facility in Gwinnett County.

Admission is $6 per person in advance and $7 per person at the door, and every registered bride who completes a bridal show passport will be eligible to win prizes. The first 30 brides will receive a welcome bag with brides t-shirt at check-in.
The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan St., in downtown Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-822-5450 or visit

Thank you so much for visiting!

Please feel free to call Atlanta Artistic Weddings at: (404) 578-6982
and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
Thanks again!
David Diener 
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The Gardens at Great Oaks by Atlanta Artistic Weddings

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This weekend was very busy!  I am so honored to be a wedding photographer in Atlanta.  I get to go to all these great places and take pictures!  This week I went to the Gardens at Great Oaks.  As some of you may know I have been working in the archaeology and cultural management field for over 20 years.  I have a deep appreciation of history and architecture.  This venue is to be admired for all the hard work they have done to preserve the integrity of such a historic gem.  The interior is literally a museum.   As part of the wedding package you can have someone dress up in dress of the period and give tours of the house.  I saw many people take the tour and they all enjoyed it.  What a unique little bonus for your guests!

I am going to to quote the history of this property from it's website. 

"Built in 1842 by Reverend Nathaniel Pratt , one of Roswell's founders and the founding minister of the Roswell Presbyterian Church, it was the manor house of a plantation that produced sorghum, corn, and wheat. The home was to have been built of lumber but the lumber was destroyed by fire. The Reverend, determined to build a home for his bride, Catherine Barrington King Pratt, resorted to brick. The bricks were made from Georgia clay and water from a meadow stream.

The Gardens at Great Oaks features an unusual divided "good morning" staircase, which has four separate flights of stairs leading from a common landing located between the first and second floors. Two flights  ascend, east and west, to the upstairs bedrooms. One flight descends east from landing to the center hall, while another goes north from the landing downstairs to the side entry. The arrangement affords privacy to a family member who might wish to go from the upstairs to the kitchen without facing possible guests in the parlor.

During the Union occupation of Roswell, The Gardens at Great Oaks was the headquarters for Garrard's cavalry. Prior to the arrival of troops, Reverend Pratt's sons ran the blockade to be sure everything was safe with their parents. Arriving home, they went into the third story of The Gardens at Great Oaks and loosened the wide pine boards leading to the eaves. They called the space on the south side of the house "Augusta" and the space on the north side "Macon". Everything of value was hidden there and then the boards were slipped back into place. The hiding places were never found during the two-week occupation. When asked about various items, their truthful response was always given: "It was sent to Macon or Augusta."
Structurally, the house has been altered very little. In 2002 , The Gardens at Great Oaks was sold to James Hugh and Linda Lively who are the current owners of this Roswell Historic District centerpiece. It is with pleasure that they are now able to make the house available for very special events. This significant historical landmark has been and should remain entwined with the life of Roswell and the surrounding area.
It has been suggested that no home in the South has extended more true and simple hospitality than The Gardens at Great Oaks. The 18 inch walls of solid brick and mortar are surely one of the reasons it remains standing after 160 years.
During renovation, several letters were discovered that had slipped under the floorboards! All are from the 1800’s and subject matters range from lumber bills during original construction to religious and political discussions."

 You can find out more about this great venue at

I can't tell you how much I enjoy shooting at historic venues in and around Atlanta.  They give your wedding that charming character that makes your wedding a day to remember.

Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at:
(404) 578-6982
and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener 

Naylor Hall by Atlanta Wedding Photographer

I have to share with you the latest wedding I did.  As you may know that I work for a cultural resource firm.  I have a deep passion for history and architecture.  On Friday I shoot a rehearsal dinner at Naylor Hall in Roswell.

Let me tell you this is one beautiful event venue.  The first thing that you notice is the driveway and the stately columns.  They have a wonderful foyer for greeting your guests. Seperating the foyer is the bar and then you enter in the dinning room or ball room.  This area has hardwood floors and gorgeous windows. 

The venue has a rich history and I am quoting their website.
"The original part of the home, a four room clapboard cottage with a central fireplace, was built in the 1840's by Barrington King for H.W. Proudfoot and his wife, Euphemia. Mr. King, son 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 Confederate uniforms.
Reportedly, in anticipation of Sherman's march, huge supplies of Confederate uniforms were taken from the mill and secretly stored at Naylor Hall. In the summer of 1864, the Proudfoot's home was heavily damaged by Federal troops. After occupation, Proudfoot began to rebuild. He remained with the mill, and in his home, until his death in 1871.
In the late 1930's Colonel Harrison Broadwell purchased the property, naming it Naylor Hall in honor of his wife's family. He also added the columns, the handcrafted woodwork, and the portico encompassing the original structure."

What really makes a great venue is the staff.  Their staff was top notch.  Everyone was so gracious and just made you feel at home.  If you are looking for a great historic wedding venue you must check out Naylor Hall.  You can visit their website at .

I can't tell you how much I enjoy shooting at historic venues in and around Atlanta.  They give your wedding that charming character that makes your wedding a day to remember.

Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at:
(404) 578-6982
and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener