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April 2012

How Do Event Industry Professionals Party?

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…by giving back to their community, of course! The Georgia chapter of Meeting Professionals International, otherwise known as GaMPI hosted their 11th annual event The Gathering to benefit Atlanta’s Table. This awesome charity is a part of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and a great answer to “What happens to all of this delicious leftover food once the party is over?” The hospitality industry donates over 30,000 pounds of prepared food, which Atlanta’s Table redistributes to those in need.

GaMPI is one of the core organizations of professionals catering to the event industry in Atlanta and The Gathering was an event planned by the best, and hosted for the best. After all, nobody plans a party like professional party planners, and nobody has access to event resources like the vendors that work with event industry professionals! And since PWP Studio is GaMPI’s official photographer for 2012 (How proud are we?) we were on hand to capture all of the action.

The party, which also doubled as a premiere networking event, was held at the historic 200 Peachtree and featured decor sponsorship from of our industry favorites, such as A Legendary Event, Cort Event Furnishings, Total Plant and Floral, and Party Tables.

And there was some amazing food as well, our friends at  Bold American Catering, A Divine Event, Affairs to Remember, Dennis Dean Catering and Proof of the Pudding made sure of it! (Did you see what A Divine Event did, with their Waffle House theme? So clever.)


Active Production and Design and Live Event Solutions were on hand to create a rock’n’roll atmosphere with  Ascension— the amazing band from East Coast Entertainment, plus Amusement Masters were there to start some fun times too!



Plus, if that weren’t enough beautiful decor, delicious food and fun entertainment, you could also rub elbows with the Freeman Company and Bryant Risk Management and Security.

So to recap, take the best of the event industry, put them in one place to showcase their talent, andthrow one awesome party to support a deserving cause…THAT’S how the industry does it!


Fiery Florals and Fun at Opera’s Atlanta Event Center

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If you’ve ever gone out for a night on the town in Georgia’s capital, you probably know that Opera is one of Atlanta’s hottest nightclubs. But did you know that you can host your own private club at Opera? That’s right– they do events as well. The Atlanta Event Center at Opera is able to host up to 1,000 guests, and they have in-house catering as well. Their fabulous event sales manager Lindsay Smith gave PWP Studio a call to photograph a fundraiser with the Metro Atlanta Chamber.


The buffets were as attractive as they were delicious, and accented perfectly by the unique floral arrangements. Those particular tulips are called “Flaming Parrot” and were brought in just for the occasion!

Gorgeous, right? Now you might ask yourself, “Self…why did the Atlanta Event Center at Opera want to use FLAMING parrot tulips in particular?” Well, after the incredible performance by the aerialists on silks…


…there was a little bit of FLAMING fire action on the stage!!


This was the first event in this space to have pyrotechnics, and we think it came out AWESOME! Thanks so much for having us there to capture photos of this fun fire, Lindsay!


Short Skirts, Long Jackets, Private Concerts

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If you listen to Atlanta’s finest rock (that’d be Dave FM) then you probably know about their Circle of Friends concert series. We got to experience one of their intimate shows firsthand when the band CAKE performed at the W Hotel Midtown. And to use one of the W’s words, it was wonderful!

As if it weren’t cool enough for CAKE fans to be experiencing such an up-close and personal experience with the band, the venue itself rocks as much as the music did. The rooftop at the W Midtown has a beautiful view, probably because two sides of the venue are wall to wall glass! For some photographers having so many windows might be a problem, but not at PWP. Our professionals took some amazing shots of the guys performing, and the crowd enjoying.













Fundraising with Washington and Lee at the Atlanta History Center

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We got a phone call from our lovely friend Kim Pollard at Atlanta’s Bold American…you know, the folks that do amazing events, have great venues, delicious catering, and a handful of fabulous restaurants around Atlanta? Well, the very prestigious Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia was hosting a fund raising event and needed a photographer. PWP Studio was more than happy to oblige!

This event was part of a multi-year fundraising effort by WLU for both their alumni and active students called “Honor our Past, Build Our Future.” This fundraiser has had multiple events in some of the best cities across America, this particular one was held at the largest history museum in the southeast…the Atlanta history Center!

The beautiful Grand Overlook Ballroom.

Man, don’t those olives look good!


The Atlanta History Center does more than just corporate events, or fundraisers like this one. They have the ability to host lectures, weddings, you can even film your next blockbuster movie there! With so many different types of venues to choose from (The flower filled Swan House Gardens, the rustic Smith Family Farm, or inside the elegant Atlanta History Museum itself) you’re sure to find a look that matches up with your vision.

Speaking of finding something– if you visit the Atlanta History Center website, you can play a little game of “Where’s Waldo Patrick?” with the head honcho of PWP Studio! Comment and tell us if you found him in one of the front page photos. It just goes to show you– PWP Studio is everywhere!



Coal, Dough, and a FAB New Foodie Experience + Date Night Idea

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I wanted to share with you my new favorite experience – pizza making class at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria! Those smart folks over at Max’s realized three things: people love pizza (and wine!), people love to learn to make food, and the pizzeria has a very unique story to tell. When you put those three elements together, you have one of the best date night (or team-building) concepts I’ve seen in a long time!

Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria Pizza Making Class

I was lucky enough to be invited to participate, and I was blown away by how much fun it was and how much there was to learn about making pizzas the right way. Me, I chose to make a pizza brimming with all of their delicious imported meats and cheese – with some fresh tomato and basil. I don’t know if it was more fun to throw my own dough + create my own pizza (annnnd eat it), or watch and laugh while other people learned to throw their dough!!! Folks, there’s a lot of creative license and interactive learning in this experience – I am a FAN!

Anyway, I just wanted to give a personal endorsement because I truly had a great time ‘throwing dough’over at Max’s! Some good wine, some interesting historical information on the pizza scene, and a whole lot of pizza – what is not to love? Check out the class schedule and sign-up – you will NOT be sorry!

Thanks to the lovely and talented Ashley Cameron for snapping this photo of yours truly – I look like a natural, eh?

If you want to know more, here is the official press release – try it out!!

Become a Pizza Pro at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
Learn the culinary craft of pizza making directly from the experts – interactive class includes stretching and tossing techniques, ingredient selection and insight on the legendary coal burning process

ATLANTA – (March 5, 2012) – Armed with the only genuine coal-burning oven in Georgia,
Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria lures die-hard and casual pizza lovers alike with its perfectly crisp
crust and distinct taste and texture that’s been a hallmark of New York City pizzerias for more
than a century. Now, the popular downtown eatery in the heart of the Luckie Marietta District
lifts the curtain on its unique 1,500-degree coal burning process and lets Atlanta foodies in on the
secret to creating the perfect pie.
Starting in April, Max’s will host a two-hour interactive pizza making class that begins at 8:30
p.m. on select Mondays. Dates for the inaugural spring session are April 16, April 30, May
14, May 28, June 11 and June 18. A talented “Pizzaiolo” (pronounced peetza-yolo), your
instructor for the night, will guide you through an entertaining and educational culinary journey
starting with the history of pizza and coal burning ovens in the United States.
The coal burning process has played a large role in pizza history. The first pizzeria in America,
Lombardi’s, to this day still uses a coal-fired oven. Other famous NYC pizzerias such as Patsy’s
and Grimaldi’s use coal-fired ovens, but New York City almost exceeds the number of coal-fired
ovens in the rest of the country combined. The key characteristic of this process is its consistent
and even heat, which cooks pizza crusts to an optimal thin and crispy texture.
then stretching and throwing the dough to create their own crusts. Pizzaiolos will provide insight
on the different ingredients and toppings used – including a comparative taste test – and guests
will build their pizzas before finally feeding them into the oven.
To wind down the evening, participants will feast on the pizzas they prepared – everyone sharing
with each other to get a sampling of the wide variety of styles available from margherita to
veggie to meat lover’s. You can post a picture of your pizza on Max’s Facebook page, and the
guest with the most “likes” by the following day will receive a free giftcard!
The cost to attend a pizza class at Max’s is $20, which includes your meal and two drinks for the
night. Space is limited to eight guests per class and must be reserved in advance. To sign up,
please call Max’s at 404.974.2941.
Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria is located in the Luckie Marietta District at 300 Marietta Street,
Atlanta, GA 30313. Hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and
Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation,
call 404.974.2941 or visit www.maxsatl.com.
Luckie Marietta District


The Luckie Marietta District is the walkable, accessible and engaging city center in downtown
Atlanta connecting 26 restaurants and lounges, 21 world-class attractions and retail, seven hotels
and a rooftop helipad. To learn more, visit www.luckiemariettadistrict.com.