College sweethearts Maggie Carragher and Chris Maddox met at Georgia Tech and fell in love. After Chris proposed , he and Maggie began their search for the ideal wedding location. When they found Carl House they knew it was the perfect spot. On November 8, one day after Maggie’s birthday, they were married. Despite the cool November air, wedding guests enjoyed delicious food and everyone danced the night way until Maggie and Chris made their beautiful sparkler grand departure! “Our wedding at the Carl House was simply perfect! I would not have changed a thing. It was the wedding my husband and I pictured it to be!,” exclaimed Maggie.
November 14th, 2014 at 12:16 pm (Uncategorized)
Join us on Thursday, December 4, 2014 .
Holiday Luncheon for the Public - 11:00am — 1:30pm. This annual Carl House event is perfect for organizations that want to thank their employees with a holiday luncheon or an opportunity for family and friends to come together for a holiday celebration. Enjoy a delicious menu of holiday treats and the ambiance of Carl House during the Holidays! $26.50/person, plus tax and service charge. Click the Public Events tab for more details or call 770.586.0095. RSVP by November 28 at 4:00pm.
Corporate Holiday Dinner - 6:30 – 8:30. Ideal for small companies that want to have an affordable holiday celebration with their employees or colleagues. Purchase a private table for your company and enjoy an elegant chef prepared buffet along with the ambiance and decor of Carl House for the Holidays! Limited time only! Table to 10 – $395.00.Click the Public Events tab for more details. To reserve your company table or for more details contact Lisa Meznar 770.586.0095. Contact us for parties larger than 10 guests.
Carl House is proud to announce our newest public offering, Date Night! Join us on Saturday, November 15th for the perfect night out with your special someone! This month we are traveling to SPAIN, visiting different regions and cuisines from the area.
September 21st, 2014 at 10:17 am (Carl House Bridal Events)
For the love of love! It’s all in the moments, it’s all in the details. Congratulations to a beautiful couple! Enjoy our video of some great memories! Click here to see the video. Macrae & Ryan 09-20-14-SD (480p)
Are you a fit for our offer? Are you open to:
1. Moving your wedding date up a bit to create the wedding of your dreams?
2. Taking advantage of our new lower minimums and packages by booking your wedding by September 30, 2014?
*lowered minimums apply through 3-14-15
Email us at email@example.com or call Anna, our Wedding and Event Specialist, at 770.586.0095 or (cell) 706.654.0537, to learn more and to arrange a tour of our beautiful house and grounds.
Select dates only. Restrictions may apply. Offer subject to change without notice.
Photo by: Lemon Chic Photography
May 5th, 2014 at 4:35 pm (Uncategorized)
Tiffany & Ben, March 15, 2014.
Oh how we love a mid-morning affair, and when you have a couple like Tiffany & Ben who pull it off so flawlessly, we have no choice but to share it with the world. Leslie West Photography caught all this wedding goodness so perfectly, and we are beside ourselves with all those special touches that have our hearts just fluttering today. From the breathtaking backdrop of the Carl House to the bride’s gorgeous bouquet, and everything in between, this wedding does Southern elegance to perfection. So grab a seat, and savor all this goodness just popping out of your screen, because this is one soirée you do not want to miss.
From the photographer….
Oh, I love a good southern wedding. Tiffany & Ben’s wedding had Southern charm written all over it: everything from the lace dress and pearls to playing corn hole on the front lawn. The bridesmaids were stunning in their pale pink dresses and the roomsmen kept me laughing the entire day. I never could resist a brunch wedding…especially when they are serving french toast!
April 28th, 2014 at 1:28 pm (Uncategorized)
Amanda & John, October 18, 2013.
Just when we thought Athens could not be any sweeter, we get this gem and are immediately reminded why we love this charming Southern town. This celebration is chock full of that certain allure that can only be found in Athens, and when you have a pair as lovely as Amanda & John, it makes any day that much better! We simply cannot get over the lovely shots by Noi Tran Photography of these two lovebirds strolling around the property with gorgeous sunlight streaming through the trees. Wedding days this lovely must be shared with the rest of the world, and we could not be any more excited to bring it to you today!
From Noi Tran Photography….
Amanda & John wanted to focus on celebrating with their family and friends. Many of their family members were from out of town, and their wedding was spectacular! There was nonstop fun on the dance floor! Their wedding definitely highlighted all the fun activities they shared with their guests. John’s exact words about the wedding was, “I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day.” And I would have to agree! Both Amanda & John were such a pleasure to capture.
February 11th, 2014 at 1:30 pm (An Owner's Perspective)
It comes and goes, doesn’t it? Just as the jubilant times or travails in our life. Wait awhile and we’re in a new mood. Grieve a loss and a new gift appears in your life. We’re all conditioned based on our experience.
When 2 inches of snow fell on Georgia in early February, our fine city of Atlanta became paralyzed. Well, of course it did! Having lived in many snowy states in New England and with family living in Montana, at first blush it all seemed ridiculous.
Here’s the rub. If you were asked to conjugate a string of verbs but didn’t know the language, could you do it? Well, of course not. Though we’ve had some experience with sticky weather in Georgia, this was clearly an infrequent phenomenon, all of course which could have been better avoided with more thoughtful planning and coordination, yet inside all that icy, cold hysteria, I found a gift.
Having been asked to speak to the group of Realtors way west in Dallas, GA, I made my early morning trek after speaking to my host presenter the night before and the morning of my talk. She felt certain that the snows would come early afternoon, making my noon appearance in plenty of time to get back home the hour and half I had to travel. However, we all witnessed the pretty white stuff with its delicate introduction around 10am.
Weather is just that way….a tad unpredictable despite all our advanced technology!
As predicted, my talk was hurried along as soon as the scant participants began arriving; clearly we Georgians are far from seasoned at navigating the white stuff, and, with massive exits from school, work and the emergency ‘milk, bread and egg runs’, the roads became swiftly clogged and impassable.
I was one of the lucky ones. I traveled 20 miles of my 70 to get home in 5 hours. Others slept in cars, bounced metal against metal with other wayfarers and worse, walked in cold, snowy slush to find shelter, restrooms and food. A minor apocalypse or as the incident was fondly named, ‘snowpocalypse’.
Not one to be patient ‘sitting still’, I weaved my car up and down icy backroads, slipping and sliding as I saw neighbors out pushing one another in heroic fashion. I gratefully made it to a warm Hilton Hotel with folks piled warmly in the toasty lobby, mingling at the bar, serving themselves from the buffet. The spirit of it all was heartwarming, people sharing stories, considering where they might sleep. I befriended a kind woman who offered up the second bed in her room as all others were taken.
Each challenge we encounter can yield a greater good, and I’m not just putting on my ‘Pollyanna’, rose-colored glasses. Certainly tough times hurt, but they’re like weather, they come and go. Eventually, the snow melts, we go home and tell everyone about our adventures, help a few people along the way, and realize perhaps, how fortunate we really are, caught in a snow drift or receiving the kindness of strangers.
With the distinctive din of bagpipes resounding in the background, Allison, glides down the Carl House ceremonial brick paved pathway, wearing a stunning designer gown, gifted to her through the ‘Brides Across America’ organization in conjunction with Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique. Doug, her husband-to-be, and his groomsmen, their eyes transfixed in her direction, are stunningly clad in full military attire. Helping to fulfill her ‘once in a lifetime’ dream wedding, Allison was one of this year’s recipients of a complimentary wedding gown from Brides Across America and Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique.
Allison and Doug relished their October 6 fall wedding at Carl House with family and friends. The couple was enthusiastically introduced to the welcoming crowd during the gathering as they traveled through a military arc of swords. Guests enjoyed an elegant meal prepared by Carl House Executive Chef Justin Johnson including Cilantro Citrus Beurre Blanc and a favorite, Boursin Mashed Potatoes.
Brides Across America is a nationwide charity dedicated to encouraging bridal salons to providing free wedding gowns for military brides. Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique, located in Roswell , is a selected bridal salon for Brides Across American and was the only Georgia bridal salon to donate free designer wedding gowns to military brides. Their next event is scheduled for November 11 and 12, 2013. Hats off to this fine organization and with Vetran’s Day earlier this week, to all the fine men and women who serve in the armed forces.
September 26th, 2013 at 11:27 am (An Owner's Perspective)
Walking Sicily…A PANACEA SWEETER THAN WINE, by BB Webb
Just as my mother played Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael tunes well into her seventies, to shower her ether waves with sweet memories from her past, I find myself this week dressed in my stiff, touristy ‘map of Sicily’ apron preparing robust dishes reminiscent of my recent walking tour adventure in beautiful Sicily. With garlic, eggplant (aubergine), fresh onions, tomatoes, capers, green olives and ricotta cheese, I find myself not ready for re-entry into my workaday world. Fortunately my role as venue owner allows me to share with my savvy chef for a continued recreation of some of the delightful cuisine that had me at ‘buon gior·no’!
Our tour was conceived by friend Susan Evans, a fellow Georgian and owner of Italian villa, Fondo Le Teglie, (a Carl House sister destination), hands down the most perfect and well-appointed vacation getaway I’ve yet to visit and, I hold my standards high…it’s my business to do so! (www.ilgustodelpaese.com). It’s no wonder that Susan not only assembled a bright, adventuresome and entirely fun group of professionals, (an even dozen), but as importantly, recruited two of the finest walking tour guides to hit the Mediterranean way. As an all-inclusive excursion, I found all needs met a moment before they were realized!
Awaking early to a sumptuous breakfast, regional confections, meats, cheeses and fresh café au lait, off we’d fly on our custom-fitted bus to our first walking adventure. Within our week we traversed up volcanoes, dipped toes in three oceans, hiked mountainsides picking fresh blackberries, prickly pears, walked past hectares of olive groves and sampled ripe grapes basking in the sun to soon be plucked for aromatic Sicilian wine. We delighted in the clanging of cowbells, braying of sheep herds and swift slithering lizards. We walked the cobblestoned streets of small towns, inside gilded churches and stood like toy soldiers amidst grandiose ruins.
Every afternoon and evening we were met with a perfectly set luncheon and later dinner table to enjoy whatever local cuisine was planned along with wines one more delectable than the next and once, a homemade Grappa that I still savor, made sweet with fresh home harvested honey. Someone coined the onslaught of first course anti-pastas as the ‘Normandy invasion of foods’….fresh, healthy, expertly prepared, prawns, swordfish, arugula, a multitude of vegetables, pastas, breads and small confections to end the meals.
Aside from the plethora of fresh foods, wine and breathtaking scenery, my more monumental takeaway was the camaraderie amongst this diverse group of newly introduced, extraordinary individuals living throughout the US. With each trek the coupling of conversations would shift and turn, each of us visiting with one another as though perfectly planned. At the end of the week I felt a deepened connection, respect and admiration for each person, for their unique ‘story’, knowledge, challenges and view of the world. In my microcosm of small business ownership, I felt heartened, healed in a sense by the warmth, closeness and diversity of experience we brought to one another.
Together, on this geographic ‘football’ island at the bottom of the Italian ‘boot,’ me the fortunate goalie to be a part of this extraordinary walking tour win, truly a panacea sweeter than wine!