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Ventanas and High Museum Engagement Session

We love sharing engagement shoots from classic Atlanta locations! Southern Portrait & Video photographed this Atlanta power couple at both Ventanas and the High Museum of Art. Congratulations Janelle and Michael! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos! 

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Southern Portrait & Video is an artsy and eclectic wedding photo and video company serving Atlanta, GA and surrounding cities and states. They have a package to meet the needs of nearly every bride and groom, and are told daily that their energy is what draws people in! 

Ventanas offers breathtaking views, amazing catering and a wide selection of services. Featuring a terraced Twin Level event space with a skyline view and a roof top Helipad for that spectacular departure, Ventanas sets the perfect scene for your unique celebration.

Inspired Design: Behind the Scenes With Venetian Room

Venetian Room had a beautiful exhibit design at last month’s Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta! In fact, they won the Best Gallery Design Award! We got an inside look from the designer, Blake Pippin.

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Tell us about the inspiration behind this design. 

The inspiration behind our design was to promote Venetian Room and really show the character of the space. We wanted brides to feel they had stepped right into our venue and could envision their dream wedding. Our venue includes ornate chandeliers, molding, marble columns and floors with a grand staircase. The look is stunning and creates a lasting visual effect that we wanted to re-create at the Bridal Extravaganza. 

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What color schemes, textures and themes are included?

Our concept was very clean and crisp. Golds, whites, and neutrals to accent the colors of the room itself. The different textures in the linens, floral and decor elements compliment each other so that we could do the venue justice by highlighting and not overpowering.

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What other vendors did you work with to complete the look?

Event Rentals Unlimited, I Do Linens, Magnum and Hewlett Packard – HUGE thanks to all of them for helping us! 

What’s your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

The moment when you walk into the room and see the finished product–the room that you spent months envisioning, pricing and agonizing over every little detail to make just right for the bride. There is just nothing that compares to seeing the finished product and the look on the bride’s face! 

Venetian Room is a premiere event venue specializing in weddings, social parties and corporate events in Downtown Atlanta. Located at Hurt Plaza, Venetian Room boasts incredible historic details such as stately chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows, a spacious two level main room, and commanding central staircase to the overlook. When you choose Venetian Room for your next event, you gain access to their exclusive design team that will execute your event flawlessly.

Photos by Janet Howard Studio

Fall in Love with this Engagement Shoot


We gladly look ahead to next season and cooler weather with this fabulous fall-themed engagement shoot! Jonathan & Kaye Photography and Cinema photographed Morgan and Garrett at a private residence in Dawsonville, Georgia. This adorable couple is getting married later this year! 








Jonathan & Kaye Photography and Cinema are Atlanta wedding videographers and photographers for Southeast and destination weddings. They are passionate about capturing the beauty, excitement and joy of your wedding day! 

Real Wedding: Karen & Isaac


Cheers to the happy couple! One of our previous Brides of the Month, Karen, married her husband Isaac at The Waterfall Club in Clayton, Georgia this past April. 




The couple used Lethal Rhythms for their entertainment and videography, including the Lethal drone! Check out the cool video footage below and learn more about drones for wedding photography and videography here


Dress: Grace Bridal Atelier

Entertainment/videography: Lethal Rhythms 

Photography: Joshua Grasso Photography

Hair/makeup: Jerry Loson

Floral/decor: Dale Jones, All Occasion Flowers

Cake: Linda Monroe, Ain’t B’s Bakery

Did you know? Karen and Isaac found several of their wedding vendors at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta! You can do the same by attending the January 29, 2017 Bridal Extravaganza. Save the date! 

Cool Photo Ideas for Couples Who Love to Have Fun!

Looking to have more fun with your wedding photos?  Guest blogger, Peter Togel of Peter Togel Photography, shared some of his creative ideas for engagement and wedding photos for couples looking to step outside the box and create fun with their shoots!

Every couple wants to have unforgettable and fun memories from their special day. With the right photographer, your engagement and wedding images can be uniquely yours. If your looking for more than just your parents cookie cutter traditional photography, check out some our amazingly favorite moments for engagement and wedding day photos.


Looking for a brilliant way to choose your wedding colors?

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You can’t start early enough with attaching the angel wings to your bride!

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Have you ever loved someone so much that just a touch of their hand made you feel on top of the world?

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When the groom and his groomsmen are firefighters, we call them our superheroes!

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A first look is one of the most personal and intimate ways to start your life together!peter blog4

 One way to pick up a hot man!
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As Justin Timberlake would say: “Can’t STOP the feeling!”
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Based on William Shakespeare: Pokemon Go or Wedding Selfies – that is the question.
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A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.
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Romancing in the Dominican Republic. 

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She got one!

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A Magical Moment in the Night!

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This bridal portrait is on point!

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The darker the color the mehndi leaves on the hands of the bride, the more she will be loved by her husband.
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All images provided by Peter Togel Photography. As an international, award winning husband and wife wedding photography team, they believe that your wedding photography should be imaginative, passionate, intimate and authentic. Meet them at Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on August 14th! 

Are You Atlanta’s Luckie Bride?

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You could be Atlanta’s next Luckie Bride at Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on August 14th! Visit the Luckie Bride Lounge sponsored by The Knot from 1 to 3 pm to enter for a chance to win free wedding services from some of our best wedding pros! Pick what you would like to win most for your wedding from the fabulous prizes below–

Janet Howard Studio – 90 minute engagement session in Atlanta and custom guestbook ($1350 value)

Eventscapes – $500 gift certificate toward wedding flowers

Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique – $2000 gift certificate for a wedding gown

Ventanas – $4500 gift certificate for facility rental

Lethal Rhythms Entertainment – $500 Lethal Lighting Package with 10 wireless wi-fi up lights available in any color

STATS – $250 gift certificate for a private event

Perfect Wedding Cake – wedding cake ($700 value)

Shutterbooth Atlanta – 4 hour photobooth ($800 value)

Legacy Catering – 50% off catering (up to $3500)

Wedding Angels wedding invitations – $500 gift certificate for wedding invitations 

Click here to purchase tickets! Winners will be announced during the 4 pm fashion show. Check out our other great giveaways here

No purchase necessary. Only bride is eligible to win giveaways. Must be present to claim prize. No cash value. Non-transferable. Schedule subject to change.

Meet Our Billboard Bride, Galina!


Meet our billboard bride, Galina! Her photo is featured in our latest billboard advertisement for the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on August 14th. Have you spotted her in one of our ten billboards around town?

Photographed by Craig Obrist Photography, her wedding to husband Daniel took place at Sugar Hill Church and Buford Community Center. But the couple didn’t just stick to their venue for photos; they took fabulous shots all over downtown Atlanta! We couldn’t wait to share!









Craig Obrist Photography is a unique style of photography for all your wedding, portrait, event and personal photo needs. Meet Craig at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on August 14th. Get your tickets here

Polo Golf & Country Club | A Styled Shoot

We couldn’t wait to share these photos of Polo Golf & Country Club located in Cumming, GA. Their new multimillion-dollar reinvention delivers an elegant experience that boasts spectacular views of the golf course.  Whether you are looking for a relaxed outdoor setting or refined ballroom experience, Polo is the place for you! Here are some gorgeous shots from a recent styled shoot by Blencoe & Co Photographic Arts

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Polo Golf & Country Club is offering a special for Bridal Extravaganza followers! Book your wedding by April 30th and receive 5% off! Contact Heather Testerman for more details at htesterman@pologolfcc.com

Venue ~ Polo Golf & Country Club

Photographer ~ Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts

Farm Table & Benches ~ Wendy McGrew for Distinctive Building Materials

Pedestal Table ~ Brittany Leigh


How To Find the Perfect Wedding Venue

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Booking your venue is one of the first and most important steps in the wedding planning process. Do you know what questions to ask yourself when choosing the right location? Our guest blogger, Venetian Room, offers their advice! 

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You’ve got the ring, you may have set the date, but the perfect venue? Where do you begin? Picking the venue can be challenging because it tends to set the tone that you and your partner envision for the wedding. Seeking a classy, elegant wedding? The Venetian Room would be amazing. Here are some questions you should consider during your quest for the perfect wedding venue:

  1. Parameters: Is the venue in an accessible location or area?
  2. Accessibility: Are there enough parking spaces? If not, are there other transportation options for your guests?
  3. Space: How many guests do you plan on inviting? Is the venue large enough to accommodate all of your guests?
  4. Logistics: Do you plan on having the venue sectioned off for dancing, eating, and drinking? If so, will the guests be able to float freely from section to section?
  5. Sound: How are the acoustics? Is the echo too much for a live band or DJ?
  6. Lighting: Does the lighting set the mood you’re going for? Is it too sunny for an evening wedding? Is it too dark for an afternoon affair?
  7. Design: Does the venue come with big crystal chandeliers or any design elements that really stick out (i.e. brightly colored walls)? If so, do these elements fit into the wedding you and your fiance envision?
  8. Photography: The photos of your wedding will be cherished for generations to come. Does the venue offer the backdrop you imagine for your wedding photos?

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Features that our brides love most about Venetian Room would be the variety of photo opportunities available. From the downtown setting on the new street car line to the double marble staircase in the beautiful rotunda, Venetian Room sets the stage for an Atlanta Chic wedding. Inside the venue,  brides love the spacious bridal suite and separate grooms suite to get ready for their big day. And when it’s time to make their entrance as Mr. & Mrs., our couples enjoy walking down the grand staircase into a beautiful ballroom. 

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Venetian Room romantically blends Southern Charm with Atlanta Chic. You will fall in love with the stunning elegance, spacious floor plan and private accommodations. This historic and memorable venue is located in the Hurt Building in the heart of Atlanta’s central business district. Meet Joseph in the video below!

Meet Joseph with Venetian Room from Be A Bride on Vimeo.