Everyone wants the perfect wedding venue. As a photographer I am looking for lots of natural light. But as a couple you have loads more to think about. Location, price, food, entertainment options, capacity, and the list goes on. Even if all of these work, is it even available on your date? It’s a tough choice, I don’t envy you at all.
If the ceremony itself isn’t going to be outside, I love having some outdoor photo options. These don’t have to be fancy, they can be a busy street, a colorful building, or a quiet corner away from the crowds. In fact, those real-life spots give the photograph a cool geographical element, which is often lacking in generically staged photos.
The single most important factor to great photographs is you. If you are having a great time, are relaxed, and relatively stress free it really doesn’t matter where you are. After shooting weddings for the past 20 years these are some venues in and around Atlanta that give plenty of creative options. All of the weddings I have shot at these locations have been a blast. They have great photo possibilities, provide good light, and are professionally organized and run.
Biltmore Ballrooms, 817 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta GA (P: 404.962.8700)
King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta Street NW, Atlanta GA (P: 404.885.9933)
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta GA (P: 404.929.30307)
Primrose Cottage, 674 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell GA (P: 770.549.2299)
Flint Hill, 539 S Peachtree Street, Norcross GA (P: 770.263.7669)
Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek GA (P: 770.448.2166)
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, 181 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta GA (P: 404.659.0400)
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee , 1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro GA (P: 706.467.0600)
Mason Fine Art Gallery, 415 Plasters Avenue, Atlanta GA (P: 404.879.1500)
Grand Hyatt Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta GA (P: 404.237.1234)