Garden Party in a Historic Warehouse Space
Rooted in the concept of cultivating a community within the Atlanta event sphere, crazy talented florist, Amy Osaba, opened up a killer event studio in her historic westside warehouse space.  For anyone looking to throw an event...
by Alyssa Brown

Rooted in the concept of cultivating a community within the Atlanta event sphere, crazy talented florist, Amy Osaba, opened up a killer event studio in her historic westside warehouse space.  For anyone looking to throw an event flooded with natural light, high ceilings, huge windows and exposed brick, this space is a dream come true.  There’s an authentic artsy feel to the venue that will have most creatives begging to utilize the space for more than just a party or two.

While the venue is also ideal for workshops, community classes, dinner parties, and cocktail parties, photographer Christina McNeill is showing off a rainy day wedding in the space that leaves onlookers with anything but the blues.




Colorful, Intimate Wedding

Friends of Amy’s, the bride and groom ended up in the space at the last minute due to bad weather at the outdoor venue they’d originally booked.  Inspired by the saturated hues of Dutch Masters paintings, the vibrancy of the wedding colors really popped against the muted tones of the room.  The bride donned a cherry red custom gown made by Cheryl Taylor and designed under the guidance of stylist extraordinaire Joy Thigpen.



Since the windows in the space frame the branches of trees outside, the couple decided to build their ceremony backdrop flanking the windows.  Following the ceremony, the room opened up to create a dinner area with gorgeous florals by Victory Blooms.  They were able to do dancing in the space as well, so while it’s one big open room, there are creative ways to create flow.




Ideal for Gatherings, Workshops, Intimate Weddings

Amy Osaba Event Studio can be used for many different types of indoor events. It’s essentially a big open space that can be filled with as many as 200 people for a standing reception or 100 people for a seated event.  Amy suggests the ability to break up the room into smaller sections can be a way to optimize the flow of an event.  The loft setting makes it a natural place to host a workshop or creative class.





About Amy Osaba Event Studio

The studio is part of Atlanta’s King Plow Arts Center in the West Marietta neighborhood.  Known as an artsy enclave, the area is home to many artisans, makers, artists, photographers, restaurants, and cafés.  Back in the late nineteenth century, the oldest building at the King Plow Arts Center was built as a plow factory.

Fast-forward about 40-50 years later and more buildings went in alongside the main factory.  In the early 1990s, the factory and all its buildings were purchased and turned into live/work studios, artist spaces, performance spaces, lofts and offices that are still running today.  In addition to utilizing her loft as a venue space, Amy Osaba runs her floral design business out of the studio.





Highlights of Amy Osaba Event Studio

For loft architecture fanatics, everything about this place is a highlight.  Huge windows let in a ton of natural light and there are string bistro lights to add a charming effect and a little extra brightness where needed.  The giant ceilings and old exposed brick complement the industrial cement floors.  There’s a 16-foot communal table that would be amazing to use if you’re doing a catered dinner in the space.  Oh, and there’s parking on site, which is a definite bonus when you’re in an urban setting.




Inside Info

There’s so much to be said for a venue that allows you the freedom to create anything you can imagine in the space.  Photographer Christina McNeill is quick to reference the graciousness of the hostess, “Amy and her team were amazing, warm, so nice, and were the epitome of Southern Hospitality.”




Tips on Hosting Events at Amy Osaba Event Studio

Because of the natural lighting in the space, it’s not a bad idea to have the photographer weigh in on where to set the ceremony if you’re having a wedding here.

The communal table seats 16-20 people, which would be an ideal size for a small party with a personal chef catering.  You could do something like a tasting menu where the chef is really interactive with the guests and follow it up with a small entertainment act, maybe a bluegrass trio or a local indie folk duet!




Types of Events the Venue is Ideal For

Dinner Party, Workshop, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Cocktail Party, Anniversary Party, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, Engagement Party, Social Event, Corporate Event



Photography: Christina McNeill | Venue:Amy Osaba Event Studio | Dress Design: Joy Thigpen | Floral Design: Victory Blooms 

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Christina Mcneill
San Francisco, California
My path to photography probably started before I was even born – my grandparents met when my grandfather was dropping off film at the local drugstore’s camera department where my grandmother worked! My vision and love for photography have only grown in the years since then, and I feel so lucky to call it my career.By bringing my editorial and commercial experience to wedding photography, I’m able to apply a stylist’s eye to details and emotions without intruding on the authenticity and intimacy of the day. Ultimately, I strive to tell beautiful, compelling stories through my pictures, and I have so much fun in the process! - Website

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