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A George Peabody Library wedding: Diane + Justin
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Diane mentioned during our Skype conversation between Baltimore and Brazil that her wedding to Justin would be “incredibly international.” She wasn’t kidding. With the couple living in Sao Paulo and their closest friends and family members scattered across the United States and as many as seven countries, there was no obvious or easy place to hold the wedding. So with a couple of librarians in the family and a bride who describes herself as an English teacher who wishes she could be a librarian, the book lovers chose Baltimore’s Cathedral of Books as the site of their nuptials. “I found the Peabody on a web site of the most beautiful libraries in the world six or seven years ago and bookmarked it on my computer,” Diane explained. “I have never stopped thinking about it and we booked it as our venue even though I had never seen it in person.” After a fun morning of getting ready separately with their attendants, Diane + Justin decided to see each other before the ceremony for photos. We were graced with beautiful late-afternoon light in Mount Vernon Place and chased the last of it down Charles Street, where we played with their shadows on a glittering wall. The ceremony was full of beautiful personal touches — the groom’s father sang a tune from his son’s childhood and all the bouquets and boutonnieres featured the bride’s favorite bloom, sunny, happy daffodils. After a room flip during cocktail hour, guests were invited back into the Stacks Room, where tables were named for the couple’s favorite books, bookmarks at each place bore favorite quotes from those tomes and a motorcycle cake topper served as a nod to the couple’s first date when Justin offered Diane a ride from the school where they worked as teachers in adjoining classrooms. The day could not have been more lovely. Here are many, many favorites from their big day:

I love this next series of images of Diane opening champagne with her girls. So much joy!

Diane got dressed with her mother and sister. The three of them couldn’t stop smiling.

The bride, looking absolutely lovely. 

Diane’s parents were so darling together. Here, Linda fixes the bow tie of her husband, Gary, before he sees his daughter for the first time on her wedding day. 

I loved catching this moment of this very serious chess match going on between the flower girl and a groomsman. 

Diane’s sister and friends spy on the couple as they see each other for the first time that day. So sweet!

After a few wedding party and family photos, it was, at last, time to get married! 

What’s better than a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to pass the time before a wedding?

Married! 

A few reception details. 

A first dance. 

A trio of toasts. 

And lots and lots of fun and frivolity. 

Many, many congratulations, Diane + Justin. It was nothing but joy to work with you and your friends and families!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The George Peabody Library

Officiant: David Chin, a friend of the couple

Ceremony musicians: Harpist Laura Stokes

Catering & Cake: The Classic Catering People

Event coordinator: All the Dainty Details

Lighting designers: Event Dynamics

Bridal attire: Colecao Callas 

Hair & Make-up: Up Do’s for I Do’s

Bridesmaids’ attire: BHLDN 

Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein Black Tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Simply Beautiful Flowers

DJ: AJ Productions

Transportation: ZBest Worldwide

Invitations: My Gatsby & the bride’s grandmother

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