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A George Peabody Library wedding: Emily + Lou
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I make no secret of the fact that toasts and tributes are one of my most favorite parts of a wedding day to photograph. It is one of the only aspects of the wedding over which the couple has absolutely no control and they are often truly surprised, delighted, amazed and moved by the words of their closest friends and family members. As a photographer who prioritizes true emotion and authentic moments above all else, those reactions are a joy to photograph. Even so, I’ve never seen anything like the amazingness that unfolded at Emily + Lou’s wedding when three of her students took to the microphone at their reception. First, two girls gushed — just absolutely *gushed* — about what Emily has meant in their lives. They talked about the attention she has shown them at school and the care she has showered upon them out of the classroom as well. When it was his turn, the male student in the group said only that he could not adequately express himself in words, cued the DJ and then asked Emily to dance with him. The ensuing few minutes were beyond joyful to photograph. It was that kind of day. From the the girly fun that Emily had with her bridesmaids, “manmaids” and longtime hair stylist while getting ready and the tearful moment she and Lou first saw each other that day to the beautifully personal ceremony in which they exchanged vows and rings at the George Peabody Library, the day was full of emotional and meaningful moments. Here are many of my favorites from Emily + Lou’s big day.

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These little flowergirls could not have been any cuter.008-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0005 009-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0006 010-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0008 011-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0009 013-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0011 014-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0012

The bride looking absolutely lovely. 015-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0013016-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0014 017-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0015 018-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0016 019-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0017 020-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0018 021-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0019 022-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0020 023-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0021

After being overcast and gloomy all day, the sun burst from behind the clouds just minutes before we were to take photos outside. So glorious! 024-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0022 025-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0023 026-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0024 027-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0025 028-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0026 029-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0027 030-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0028 031-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0029 032-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0030 033-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0031

And then it was time to get married!034-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0033 035-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0032 036-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0034 037-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0035 038-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0036 039-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0037 040-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0038 041-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0039 042-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0040 043-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0041 044-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0042 045-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0043

A reading from “Love,” by Lauren Hendricks: “Love is friendship that has caught fire.”046-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0044 047-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0045 048-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0046 049-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0047 050-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0048 051-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0049

Married! One of the greatest reactions of all time to that pronouncement. 052-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0050

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As if we didn’t already have countless lovely photographs in great light, we were graced with an absolutely gorgeous sunset and made the most of that lingering, golden, glowy light for a few more images. 055-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0055 056-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0054 057-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0056 058-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0058 059-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0053

A few reception details. 060-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0061 061-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0062 062-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0059 063-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0060

A first dance. 064-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0063 065-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0064

A few toasts. 066-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0065 067-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0066 068-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0068 069-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0067

And the tributes from the bride’s students. 070-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0073 071-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0069

This next photo on the right gives me goosebumps every time I look at it. Never underestimate the difference that an amazing educator can make in a child’s life. 072-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0070 073-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0071 074-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0072

A pair of parent dances. 075-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0074

Live event painter Laura Martindale Welch captures the scene as a surprise for the groom from his wife. 076-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0076

And lots and lots of merriment and frivolity. 077-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0075 078-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0077 079-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0078 080-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0080 081-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0083 082-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0081 083-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0079 084-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-george-peabody-library-wedding_0082

Many, many congratulations, Emily + Lou. We could not have had more fun with you.

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony + Reception: The George Peabody Library

Officiant: Rovan Wernsdorfer of Thoughtful Weddings

Ceremony musicians: Harpist Laura Stokes

Catering: Charles Levine Caterers

Lighting designers: Event Dynamics

Bridal attire: Watters gown from the Betsy Robinson Bridal Collection

Make-up: Kristin Sepulveda

Hair: Andrew McCarty

Bridesmaids’ attire: Jim Hjelm gowns

Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Bank

DJ: Electra Entertainment

Transportation: Platinum Plus Limo

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Live Event Painter: Laura Martindale Welch

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