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A Baltimore Basilica & Evergreen Museum & Carriage House wedding: Stacey + Max

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Photographing the toasts and occasional roasts at weddings is one of my most favorite parts of the day. Not only do I often get to hear some fun stories about my clients from some of their closest friends and family members. But those moments also make for great photographs of honest, genuine emotion. It’s one of the only parts of the day — truly — that the couple cannot plan themselves. So they’re often surprised, moved, amused and entertained by the words of their parents, siblings and closest friends. It is less common for the couple themselves to do any toasting. So when Max took the microphone and turned toward Stacey, I suspected that those assembled were in for a treat. He mentioned that in preparing for his wedding, he spoke with his father about marriage and asked what his dad loved so much about his mom. “She makes the best things in life even better,” Max quoted his father as saying, adding that he understood that sentiment because Stacey does that for him. It was that kind of day. After a beautifully moving ceremony at the Baltimore Basilica — one of the grandest and most historic Catholic churches in Baltimore — we all headed to the gorgeous Evergreen Museum & Carriage House for photos in the gardens, cocktail hour on the terrace, dinner in the carriage house and one of *the* most epic dance parties I’ve ever witnessed. With tables scattered throughout three rooms, unassigned seating and several food stations available to guests, Stacey + Max’s families and friends could eat what they wanted when they wanted and dance when they wanted. By my assessment, they mostly chose to dance. Manning the turn tables was Jacob Jensen, who ensured a can’t-stop-won’t-stop dance party for more than three hours straight. In between, guests also enjoyed fresh-made mini doughnuts (of the Sunday Jones Falls Farmers Market fame!) and a milkshake bar. One of Max’s brothers and sisters-in-law distributed mini-flashlights at the very end of the reception and the last dance was lit almost exclusively by those little beacons of light. It was so lovely! Here are many of my favorites from Stacey + Max’s wonderful day:

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The struggle was real with Max’s bow tie. 003_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0001004_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0002005_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0003006_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0004007_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0005008_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0006

Meanwhile, Stacey and a lovely group of girlfriends got ready at her parents’ home in her childhood bedroom, complete with her favorite rock posters and high school snapshots still on the walls!009_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0007010_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0008011_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0009012_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0010

The bride looking lovely. 013_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0011014_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0012015_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0013016_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0014017_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0015018_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0018019_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0016020_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0017021_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0019

This little flower girl — one of Max’s nieces — could not have been cuter. You’re about to see a whole lot more photos of her!022_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0020023_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0021024_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0022025_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0023

The Basilica makes for a very grand entrance during the processional. 026_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0024027_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0025028_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0026

I loved catching little looks like this next image between these two, who chose not to see each other until Stacey made her way down the aisle toward Max. 029_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0028030_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0029031_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0030032_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0031033_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0032034_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0036035_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0027036_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0033037_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0034038_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0035039_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0037040_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0038041_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0040042_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0039

I love these next two images. So sweet. 043_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0041044_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0042045_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0043046_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0044047_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0045048_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0046049_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0047050_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0049051_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0048

Married! 052_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0050054_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0052055_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0053056_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0055057_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0054058_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0056059_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0057060_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0058061_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0059062_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0061063_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0060064_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0062065_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0063066_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0066067_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0064068_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0065

A few reception details. 069_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0068070_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0069071_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0070072_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0071

DJ extraordinaire Jacob Jensen keeps an eye on the progress of Stacey + Max’s receiving line. 073_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0072074_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0073075_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0074076_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0075077_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0100

A first dance. 078_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0076079_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0077

And once the dancing started, it just didn’t stop. 080_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0078081_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0079082_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0081083_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0085084_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0095085_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0080086_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0084087_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0098088_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0083089_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0082090_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0086092_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0088091_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0087093_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0089094_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0090

Max takes the mic to toast his wife. 095_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0091

A pair of parent dances. 096_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0092

And lots and lots of fun and dancing and more dancing. 098_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0094097_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0093099_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0096100_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0097101_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0099102_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0101103_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0102104_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0103105_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0105106_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Basilica-Evergreen-Museum-And-Carriage-House_0104

Many, many congratulations, Stacey + Max! It could not have been more fun to work with you, your friends and your families!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: The Baltimore Basilica

Reception: The Evergreen Museum & Carriage House

Doughnut Bar: Migues Magnificent Mini Donuts

Catering & custom milkshake bar: The Classic Catering People

Event coordinator: Kate Taylor Events

Rentals: Select Event Group & Loane Bros.

Bridal attire: Mikaella Bridal from Gamberdella

Bridesmaids’ attire: Bill Levkoff

Groom’s attire: The Black Tux

Florist: Simply Beautiful Flowers

DJ: Jacob Jensen of District Remix

Invitations: The Pleasure of Your Company

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