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A Caves Farm wedding: Libbie + Doug
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Libbie + Doug had one of the loveliest farm weddings that I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. But in addition to being beautiful, it was also incredibly meaningful. Both Libbie and her mother, Ginny, rode horses at Caves Farm and the bride’s horse, Romeo, is still boarded there. He made an appearance during portraits and happily munched grass alongside the bride and room in their wedding finery. With the help of Pam Aiello of Elizabeth Bailey Weddings, the couple planned an elegant black-tie wedding on an active horse farm amidst sprawling fields and pastures in northern Baltimore County. There were bright summer blooms and cafe lights and a bluegrass band during cocktail hour and lawn games and a popsicle stand from DC and a touching ceremony that involved a gaggle of darling children and a half dozen friends and family members who served as readers. Even Libbie’s dog was included in family photos and the ceremony processional! Oh yes, and the weather was rather memorable, too. The forecast for Libbie + Doug’s wedding day included a flash flood warning with a predicted 2 to 4 inches of rain from powerful thunderstorms. On Baltimore’s humid summer days, those types of forecasts are often inaccurate. This one turned out to be 110 percent correct. It started raining just before the ceremony. Then, as the families and wedding party members lined up with umbrellas for the processional, it stopped. Glorious sunshine burst through the clouds, allowing outdoor mingling and playing throughout cocktail hour and the early evening, just as the couple had hoped. Then, it poured and the field where the reception tent was set up began to flood. Crews from Loane Brothers dropped the sides on the tent and staked them into the ground and worked like crazy to empty accumulating water that threatened the tent where the band was set up. This happened several times throughout the evening until there was a good 2 or 3 inches of standing water in parts of the tent and everyone’s feet were wet and muddy. Here’s the best part: No one seemed especially bothered. The fantastically good band, Marquise, played on. Guests kicked off their shoes, rolled up their dresses and pants and danced in bare feet or flipflops. People ate cake and popsicles and more than a dozen kinds of cookies lovingly baked by Libbie’s family members. The mother of the bride pulled on rubber boots and the bride simply shrugged whenever anyone pointed out the mud caked to the bottom of her lace gown. It could not have been a more splendid day. Here are many, many of my favorites from Libbie + Doug’s big day:

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We started with the guys. My wonderful assistant, Lindsay, shot most of these images of Doug and his groomsmen getting ready.0003-CanterGreen_00036-0006_Caves-Farm-wedding 0004-CanterGreen_00089-0011_Caves-Farm-wedding 0005-CanterGreen_00117-0015_Caves-Farm-wedding 0006-CanterGreen_00652-0121_Caves-Farm-wedding

Then, I was off to the house where Libbie, her mother and her bridesmaids were getting ready.0007-CanterGreen_00164-0022_Caves-Farm-wedding 0008-CanterGreen_00177bw-0030_Caves-Farm-wedding 0009-CanterGreen_00251-0045_Caves-Farm-wedding 0010-CanterGreen_00335-0055_Caves-Farm-wedding 0011-CanterGreen_00349-0060_Caves-Farm-wedding 0012-CanterGreen_00453bw-0078_Caves-Farm-wedding 0013-CanterGreen_00518-0095_Caves-Farm-wedding 0014-CanterGreen_00525-0097_Caves-Farm-wedding 0015-CanterGreen_00574-0105_Caves-Farm-wedding

The bride, looking absolutely lovely. 0016-CanterGreen_00601-0109_Caves-Farm-wedding 0017-CanterGreen_00609bw-0112_Caves-Farm-wedding 0018-CanterGreen_00631-0117_Caves-Farm-wedding

We had absolutely no shortage of beautiful spots for photos on Caves Farm.0019-CanterGreen_00830-0141_Caves-Farm-wedding 0020-CanterGreen_00842-0145_Caves-Farm-wedding 0021-CanterGreen_01115bw-0181_Caves-Farm-wedding 0022-CanterGreen_01062-0174_Caves-Farm-wedding 0023-CanterGreen_01250bw-0207_Caves-Farm-wedding 0024-CanterGreen_01158-0188_Caves-Farm-wedding 0025-CanterGreen_01194-0196_Caves-Farm-wedding 0026-CanterGreen_01229-0202_Caves-Farm-wedding 0027-CanterGreen_01275bw-0212_Caves-Farm-wedding 0028-CanterGreen_01294-0217_Caves-Farm-wedding 0029-CanterGreen_01372-0228_Caves-Farm-wedding 0030-CanterGreen_01433bw-0235_Caves-Farm-wedding 0031-CanterGreen_01465-0241_Caves-Farm-wedding 0032-CanterGreen_01510-0252_Caves-Farm-wedding 0033-CanterGreen_01596bw-0270_Caves-Farm-wedding 0034-CanterGreen_01621-0274_Caves-Farm-wedding

After a few wedding party photos and some quick, efficient family photos and an epically wonderful couple of shots of the couple with all 17 children in the wedding party, it was time to get married!0035-CanterGreen_01737-0288_Caves-Farm-wedding 0036-CanterGreen_01780-0295_Caves-Farm-wedding 0037-CanterGreen_02099bw-0337_Caves-Farm-wedding 0038-CanterGreen_02110-0338_Caves-Farm-wedding 0039-CanterGreen_02155-0343_Caves-Farm-wedding 0040-CanterGreen_01893-0312_Caves-Farm-wedding 0041-CanterGreen_01961-0321_Caves-Farm-wedding 0042-CanterGreen_01913-0316_Caves-Farm-wedding 0043-CanterGreen_02201-0349_Caves-Farm-wedding 0044-CanterGreen_02213-0351_Caves-Farm-wedding 0045-CanterGreen_02276-0362_Caves-Farm-wedding 0046-CanterGreen_02319-0369_Caves-Farm-wedding 0047-CanterGreen_02357-0374_Caves-Farm-wedding

A few ceremony details:0048-CanterGreen_00771-0132_Caves-Farm-wedding 0049-CanterGreen_02393-0379_Caves-Farm-wedding 0050-CanterGreen_02441-0389_Caves-Farm-wedding 0051-CanterGreen_02547-0410_Caves-Farm-wedding 0052-CanterGreen_02774-0442_Caves-Farm-wedding 0053-CanterGreen_02690-0429_Caves-Farm-wedding 0054-CanterGreen_02805-0449_Caves-Farm-wedding 0055-CanterGreen_02856bw-0459_Caves-Farm-wedding 0056-CanterGreen_02928-0476_Caves-Farm-wedding 0057-CanterGreen_02909-0469_Caves-Farm-wedding 0058-CanterGreen_02933-0478_Caves-Farm-wedding 0059-CanterGreen_02947-0482_Caves-Farm-wedding 0060-CanterGreen_03080-0517_Caves-Farm-wedding 0061-CanterGreen_03010-0498_Caves-Farm-wedding 0062-CanterGreen_02981-0489_Caves-Farm-wedding 0063-CanterGreen_03030bw-0504_Caves-Farm-wedding 0064-CanterGreen_03067-0510_Caves-Farm-wedding 0065-CanterGreen_03071bw-0514_Caves-Farm-wedding 0066-CanterGreen_03104-0525_Caves-Farm-wedding

Married!0067-CanterGreen_03116-0528_Caves-Farm-wedding 0068-CanterGreen_03206bw-0543_Caves-Farm-wedding 0069-CanterGreen_03261-0559_Caves-Farm-wedding 0070-CanterGreen_03280-0563_Caves-Farm-wedding 0071-CanterGreen_03299-0569_Caves-Farm-wedding 0072-CanterGreen_03387-0582_Caves-Farm-wedding 0073-CanterGreen_03492-0590_Caves-Farm-wedding

Pam and her team from Elizabeth Bailey Weddings could not have made a more beautiful setting for cocktails and the subsequent dinner party.0074-CanterGreen_03522-0595_Caves-Farm-wedding 0075-CanterGreen_03531-0598_Caves-Farm-wedding 0076-CanterGreen_03550-0605_Caves-Farm-wedding 0077-CanterGreen_03535-0600_Caves-Farm-wedding 0078-CanterGreen_03511-0593_Caves-Farm-wedding 0079-CanterGreen_03598-0618_Caves-Farm-wedding 0080-CanterGreen_03579-0612_Caves-Farm-wedding 0081-CanterGreen_03758-0656_Caves-Farm-wedding 0082-CanterGreen_03629-0626_Caves-Farm-wedding 0083-CanterGreen_03708-0644_Caves-Farm-wedding 0084-CanterGreen_03674-0638_Caves-Farm-wedding 0085-CanterGreen_04042-0693_Caves-Farm-wedding 0086-CanterGreen_04045-0694_Caves-Farm-wedding 0087-CanterGreen_04093-0705_Caves-Farm-wedding 0088-CanterGreen_04121-0714_Caves-Farm-wedding 0089-CanterGreen_04075-0702_Caves-Farm-wedding 0090-CanterGreen_04098-0707_Caves-Farm-wedding 0091-CanterGreen_04138-0717_Caves-Farm-wedding 0092-CanterGreen_04074-0701_Caves-Farm-wedding 0093-CanterGreen_04178-0725_Caves-Farm-wedding 0094-CanterGreen_04187-0726_Caves-Farm-wedding 0095-CanterGreen_04208-0730_Caves-Farm-wedding

The couple had a gorgeous invitation suite and accompanying paper products from Pleasure of Your Company. 0096-CanterGreen_05612-1084_Caves-Farm-wedding 0097-CanterGreen_05591-1076_Caves-Farm-wedding 0098-CanterGreen_04212-0731_Caves-Farm-wedding 0099-CanterGreen_04219-0733_Caves-Farm-wedding

A first dance.0100-CanterGreen_04249-0740_Caves-Farm-wedding 0101-CanterGreen_04270bw-0747_Caves-Farm-wedding 0102-CanterGreen_04296-0757_Caves-Farm-wedding 0103-CanterGreen_04288bw-0752_Caves-Farm-wedding 0104-CanterGreen_04403-0776_Caves-Farm-wedding 0105-CanterGreen_04333-0765_Caves-Farm-wedding 0106-CanterGreen_04426bw-0783_Caves-Farm-wedding

A very dramatic opening of champagne.0107-CanterGreen_04442-0789_Caves-Farm-wedding 0108-CanterGreen_04455bw-0795_Caves-Farm-wedding 0109-CanterGreen_04461-0796_Caves-Farm-wedding 0110-CanterGreen_04480-0805_Caves-Farm-wedding

Frog catching and firefly hunting by the youngest guests. 0111-CanterGreen_04516-0813_Caves-Farm-wedding 0112-CanterGreen_04548-0817_Caves-Farm-wedding 0113-CanterGreen_05154bw-0983_Caves-Farm-wedding

Downpour No. 1 begins. 0114-CanterGreen_04630-0840_Caves-Farm-wedding 0115-CanterGreen_04658-0847_Caves-Farm-wedding 0116-CanterGreen_04682-0853_Caves-Farm-wedding 0117-CanterGreen_04734-0868_Caves-Farm-wedding

A beautiful pair of parent dances. 0118-CanterGreen_04752-0876_Caves-Farm-wedding

And lots and lots of merriment.0119-CanterGreen_04823bw-0894_Caves-Farm-wedding 0120-CanterGreen_04922-0918_Caves-Farm-wedding 0121-CanterGreen_04987-0940_Caves-Farm-wedding 0122-CanterGreen_05105-0967_Caves-Farm-wedding 0123-CanterGreen_05009-0944_Caves-Farm-wedding 0124-CanterGreen_05043-0954_Caves-Farm-wedding 0125-CanterGreen_05359-1025_Caves-Farm-wedding 0126-CanterGreen_05432bw-1042_Caves-Farm-weddingMany, many congratulations, Libbie + Doug. We could not have had more fun with you, your families and your friends. And wow, to my vendor colleagues, you all knocked this one out of the park!

Vendor Credits:

Caves Farm

Elizabeth Bailey Weddings

Mulberry Street String Quartet

High Strung Bluegrass Band

Hair stylist: Gregory Dean

Makeup Artist: Dante Goodrich

Linwoods Catering

Officiant Tina Beneman

Jennifer McMenamin Photography

Pleasant Pops popsicle stand

Tom Bowen Videography

Fancy Cakes by Leslie

Marquise band

Party Rental Ltd.

Tabletoppers

Vintage Affairs

Extraordinaire Limousine

Select Event Rentals

Event Dynamics lighting

Simply Beautiful florist

Loane Brothers Inc. tent

Courtesy Parking

Golden Productions Karaoke

 

Comments

  1. Elizabeth Bailey

    Wow! These photos are absolutely gorgeous! Jennifer, you captured this wedding day and these families beautifully. How will they ever choose the “best” photos for an album? They are all so wonderful. Great work. You are so talented.

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    1. Jennifer McMenamin Post author

      Thanks so much, Beth. I truly appreciate your kind words, especially since I know you see so many wedding photos every year! Pam and your team did an amazing job on this one. It was a wonder to see them in action, responding to each hurdle Mother Nature threw at us that day!

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