This Estate Made One of Our Favorite Photographers Want to Re-Marry
Stepping foot on the grounds of Swan House is like stepping into a time capsule of late 1920s aristocratic life.  Built as a family home in the late 20s, this grandiose estate has some of the most loved gardens in Atlanta. ...
by Alyssa Brown

Stepping foot on the grounds of Swan House is like stepping into a time capsule of late 1920s aristocratic life.  Built as a family home in the late 20s, this grandiose estate has some of the most loved gardens in Atlanta.  Go for the gardens, check out the interiors and sneak a peek at the family’s original furniture and art collection.



A Photographer’s Fantasy Wedding Venue

“I loved walking through the house after the shoot!  If I could get married again and again (to the same person of course), Swan House would certainly be on the top of my wedding venue list." - Terilyn, Archetype Studio Inc



Tip from The Photographer

"We would host our ceremony on the picturesque back lawn of the Swan House, followed by a cocktail hour in the boxwood garden and then return to the main lawn for a reception under the stars; line the long stairs with lanterns and drip the lawn with cafe lights for a romantic reception.”  -Terilyn Brown, Archetype Studio



European Style Renaissance Revival Estate 

Swan House was built in 1928 for Edward and Emily Inman, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune.  The mansion, designed by Philip Trammell Shutze, is a classic art deco home that was built to impress and entertain Atlanta’s elite.  Only three years after moving into the home, Mr. Inman passed away, so the home was primarily Emily’s until the mid-1960s at which point she handed it over to the Atlanta Historical Society.



Situated on 28 acres of land in Buckhead (Northern Atlanta), baroque gardens and well-manicured lawns sprawl across the property. The most recognizable feature is the cascade fountain that pours down the formal entry stairs to the house, modeled after Villa Corsini in Rome.



The architecture throughout is considered to be Second Renaissance Revival style and is considered a prime example of life amongst the affluent in late 1920s Atlanta.



 A swan motif is featured throughout the estate, lending the house its moniker.



Today the house is registered as a national historic landmark and is available for the public to visit daily.  The gardens and lawns can be used for events, photo shoots and film.  



Fun fact: The Hunger Games used the grounds for some of their scenery, both interior and exterior! The façade is featured as the Capitol building and President Snow’s dwelling.



Insider Info

Spring in Atlanta is ripe with flowers. The gardens at Swan House really come alive in May, when the roses show off in all their glory. This would be the time to gather your gals and guys for a garden party!! 



Types of Events the Venue is Ideal For

Weddings, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Birthday Party, Anniversary Party, Vow Renewal, Corporate Event, Holiday Party, Workshops, Elopement, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner




Venue: Swan House // Photography: Archetype Studio Inc //  Styling/Design: Valerie Gernhauser & Jack Kane, Sapphire Events //  Floral: Gertie Maes // Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries // Stationary: Small Chalk // Gown: Gossamer // Hair Accessories: Lacielle Roselle // Ribbon: Silk & Willow // Place Settings: Anthropologie // Linens: I Do Linens // Rentals: Nuage Designs // Makeup: Valerie Gernhauser // Hair: Terilyn Brown // Models: Nicole & Tyler Gatlin


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Koby Brown
Galveston, Texas, United States
International wedding photographer, Koby Brown, lives in a happy little place on a barrier island off the coast of Texas. He travels around the world to capture his client's stories. Brown’s photography has been featured globally in publications; including the cover of People Magazine, and editorials in Cosmo, Glamour, Rolling Stone, Good Housekeeping, The Knot, the New York Times, and more. - Website

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