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Southeast Southeast Destination: Atlanta, GA

The Payne Corley House, in Duluth, is an elegant historic venue set on four lovely acres. Magnolias, azaleas and dogwood blossoms – the burst of colors inherent in every Georgia springtime (yes, this is the favorite season for weddings in Georgia!)… The gardens are splendid and the Payne Corley House itself has been refurbished with lovely elegance: it’s an intimate setting no matter how large your wedding may be. The owners are dedicated to a sense of community as well as delectable cuisine; the event staff is ready to assist in any way possible to make your dreams come true.

the High Museum of Art to Stone Mountain Park, from touring the home where Margaret Mitchell penned ‘Gone with the Wind’ or to literally stargazing via the reflecting telescope at the Fernbank Museum (open to the public 2 nights/week), you and your partner will fill the hours with a wonderful variety of activities. And there’s so much more: the Fox Theatre, the birthplace of Martin Luther King and Ebenezer Baptist Church, the CocaCola Museum and Underground Atlanta, panning for gold in the northern mountains of Dahlonega, jet-skiing on Lake Lanier or camping at Lake Allatoona.

Another historic favorite is Carl House, situated between Atlanta and Athens. This antebellum-style home has been restored to its original appearance, with traditional white columns, suspended staircase and formal gardens. Offering an in-house floral design team as well as other a la carte services, Carl House is proud to offer as much or as little assistance in planning your event as you & your partner would like.

All types of cuisine readily await: authentic Mexican, fresh local organic, Vietnamese, Italian, Thai, Indian, Jewish, Mediterranean, American… Emily Saliers’ ‘Watershed’ Restaurant in Decatur. Local taverns and breweries abound, as well as a nonstop nightlife throughout the city.

Honeymooning in Hot-lanta There is such a vast array of attractions in and around the city – you’ll definitely want to do a little research and plan ahead. From

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For shopping excursions, don’t miss Little 5 Points (L5P), Candler Park, Buckhead and Midtown. Mall lovers will want to venture to Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, for a taste of how true Southern shoppers indulge. Atlanta is spread out, but walking downtown is fun and somewhat relaxed: it may be a thriving city but somehow it’s not quite so

densely developed as others seem to be. There is some availability of bike paths, but the mass transit system is not ideal in getting you long distances throughout the area. As for accommodations, you’ll have your pick of luxurious hotels, charming bed & breakfasts, mountain cabins (not far from the city itself), or even condo rentals in the ‘burbs. As a perk, it isn’t difficult to find petfriendly accommodations.

Make It Your Own Atlanta is a modern city, spanning mile after mile, with many unique sights and a very welcoming community. You’ll find opportunities to relax and truly enjoy the pace of this dynamic yet casual atmosphere. Expect to make new friends! And if you’re planning your ceremony here in the Peach State, expect dreams to come true.

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