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A Baltimore Marriott Waterfront wedding: Kara + Jason
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My favorite part of meeting Kara + Jason last summer to talk about their wedding was hearing them tell the story of how they met. They were at a Halloween party — she, dressed like a devil and he, in a 1930s mobster costume. They spoke for only two minutes. And Kara learned precisely three things about Jason. Yet that was enough to find him on Facebook and spark a flirtation. “We later realized that our office windows faced each other,” she told me, “and that I had been staring at the back of his shoulders every day.” They exchanged vows and rings in a beautiful ceremony at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront that was officiated by the rabbi who performed Kara’s bat mitzvah ceremony. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bride look more elegant than Kara did in her very architectural gown on Jason’s arm in a midnight blue tuxedo. The wedding was infused with all kinds of personal details, from the rabbi’s personal recollections of a teenaged Kara to the lovely little desserts that awaited guests at their dinner seats because, as the couple put it, life is too sweet to not eat dessert first. It was nothing but fun to work with these two, their friends and their families for such a marvelous occasion. Here are many of my favorites from Kara + Jason’s big day:

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Kara sent a big box of surprises to Jason’s suite for him to open as he got ready the afternoon of their wedding. 006-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0002 007-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0003 008-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0004 009-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0005 010-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0006

Upstairs, it was time for Kara to step into her wedding gown. 011-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0009 012-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0010 013-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0011 014-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0012 015-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0013 016-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0014

Everyone who spotted Kara for the first time in her wedding attire made faces like these. Truly, she was stunning. 017-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0015 018-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0016 019-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0017

Jason’s nervous excitement as he waited to see Kara for the first time that day was palpable.020-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0018 021-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0019 022-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0020 023-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0021 024-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0022 025-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0023 026-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0024 027-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0025 028-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0026 029-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0027 030-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0028 031-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0029 032-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0030 033-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0031 034-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0032 035-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0033 036-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0035

After a few outdoor portraits of the couple and their wedding party, we dashed inside to escape the approaching rain and to shoot family photos. 037-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0036

Then, it was time to sign the ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract. 038-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0037 039-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0038 040-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0039 041-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0040

And after the veiling of Kara, it was time for the public ceremony that would be witnessed by all their family and friends. 042-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0041 043-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0042 044-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0043 045-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0044 046-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0045 047-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0046 048-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0047

I love this next image that my assistant Andrew caught of Kara + Jason as they circled each other in a modern twist on the Jewish wedding custom. 049-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0048 050-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0049 051-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0050 052-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0051 053-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0052 054-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0058 055-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0053 056-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0054

Married! 057-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0055 058-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0059 059-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0056 060-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0057 061-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0060

A few reception details. 062-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0061 063-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0062 064-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0063 065-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0065 066-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0064

A beautiful first dance. 067-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0067 068-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0066 069-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0068

A rousing Hora kicked off the evening’s dancing. 070-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0069 071-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0070 072-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0071 073-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0072

A trio of toasts. 074-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0073 075-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0074 076-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0075 077-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0076 078-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0077

A little photobooth fun. 079-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0078

A pair of parent dances. 080-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0079 081-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0080

Jason’s parents were honored with a krenzel dance to celebrate the marriage of their last child. 082-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0081

And there was lots of fun and frivolity as the outstanding band Milan 77 kept the party going until the very end.083-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0082 084-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0083 085-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0084 086-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0085 087-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0088 088-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0086 089-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0087 090-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0090 091-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0091 092-Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-Waterfront-Marriott-wedding_0089

Many, many congratulations, Kara + Jason. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you, your friends and your families.

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

Officiants: Rabbi Steven Schwartz & Cantor Thom King

Ceremony musicians: Canterbury Strings

Event coordinator: Plan It Perfect Events

Lighting designers: PSAV

Rentals: Event Dynamics

Bridal attire: Le Spose de Gio from Kleinfeld Bridal

Bridesmaids’ attire: Jenny Yoo

Groom’s attire: SuitSupply

Florist: JJ Cummings Floral Co.

Band: EBE Entertainment’s Milan 77

Videographer: Zinnia Films

Invitations: The Pleasure of Your Company

Papergoods: Papers Plus

Photobooth: Pixilated

Comments

  1. Ellen Greenwood

    Jennifer, your pics are gorgeous. I had to miss the wedding, but you gave me a little hint of just how beautiful it was. Really warmed my heart!
    Thanks so much for your blog. Everyone was so emotional and excited, and it was reflected in your work.

    Reply
    1. Jennifer McMenamin Post author

      Thank you so much, Ellen! I truly appreciate your kind words. I could not have had more fun working with Kara + Jason. Their wedding day was so joyous to photograph! Thank you again for the kind note.

      Reply
  2. karen weiner

    We loved taking care of Kara’s Beauty @ Studio of Makeup

    Reply

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