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A George Peabody Library wedding: Rachel + Cecil

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I make no secret of the fact that one of my most-favorite aspects of my job is the joy of photographing real moments and authentic emotion for my clients. Yes, the flowers and decor and paper goods and all the other little details that couples spend so much time and money on are beautiful and certainly infuse their wedding day with personal touches and personality. But it’s the little glances, the great expressions and reactions and the emotional moments that lead to my favorite photographs of each wedding day. Rachel + Cecil had plenty of both elements on their big day. When we arrived at the Hotel Monaco to photograph the preparations, Rachel and her bridesmaids were jamming to Beyonce while Cecil and his groomsmen started the day with Al Green and a little practice of their best dance moves. At each turn, the opportunities for meaningful photos only increased. The hail and rain from earlier in the day turned to blue skies and sunshine just in time to photograph Rachel and her bridesmaids outside. A full gospel choir added emotion and more than a few appreciative tears to the couple’s beautiful ceremony at the George Peabody Library. And a full flip of the Stack Room — the main attraction of the 138-year-old library, with its five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies rising some 60 feet up to a gorgeous skylight overhead — transformed the ceremony space into a glittery formal dinner party with cafe lights, towering cherry blossom centerpieces and shimmery linens and a memorable dance party. Here are some of my favorites from Rachel + Cecil’s big day:

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Such a dapper group of gentlemen.010-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_00911bw-0191_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Irvine-Nature-Center-wedding 011-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_00465-0089_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Irvine-Nature-Center-wedding 012-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_00545-0098_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Irvine-Nature-Center-wedding

Rachel, who is a yoga and fitness instructor, has the amazing arms and shoulders of a woman who puts in a lot of work in the gym. As a CrossFit devotee myself, I couldn’t help but admire that!013-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_00554-0101_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 014-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_00580-0109_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 015-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_00620-0119_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

A few photos of the ladies on the hotel’s soaring marble staircase. 016-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_00646-0129_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

The bride, looking absolutely gorgeous. 017-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_00720-0152_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 018-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_00840bw-0169_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 019-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_00957-0203_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

This next picture belies the gray, gloomy and wintry weather that marked the first half of the day. Rachel really wanted pictures in front of these red church doors and I was thrilled that the weather cooperated. We seriously had almost four different seasons of weather that day!020-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01040-0216_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 021-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01068-0222_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

And then it was time to get married. The always-gorgeous George Peabody Library doesn’t need any gussying up to be a spectacular setting for a wedding. But with cafe lights, warm amber lighting and a cherry blossom arch at the entrance, the library looked its absolute prettiest for Rachel + Cecil. 022-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01181-0236_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 023-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01227-0245_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 024-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01201-0239_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 025-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01380-0269_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 026-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01399bw-0277_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

Rachel makes her grand entrance on the arm of her father. 027-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01451-0283_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 028-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01452bw-0286_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 029-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01474-0292_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

Both Rachel + Cecil are so expressive, which made them a particular delight to photograph!030-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01610-0330_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 031-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01645-0342_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 032-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01646bw-0344_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

I love this next image, which was taken by my assistant, Andrew. 033-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01608-0329_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 034-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01616-0334_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 035-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01643-0341_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 036-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01660-0350_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 037-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01686-0353_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 038-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01657-0349_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 039-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01754bw-0367_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 040-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01776bw-0372_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

Rachel became overcome with emotion as the choir launched into a simply beautiful song of praise. She joined in.041-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01794-0376_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 042-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01802bw-0379_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

Andrew snapped this next image of the back of one of the videographer’s cameras.043-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01803-0380_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 044-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01846-0391_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 045-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01863-0397_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 046-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01885-0401_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 047-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01903-0405_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

Rachel’s mother, Merinda, who served as the master of organization and the de facto wedding planner, was particularly looking forward to seeing the cherry blossom arch at the library’s entrance. I was happy to capture this angle of the beautiful arch during the ceremony for their family.048-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01912-0406_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 049-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01937-0410_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 050-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01956bw-0414_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

Married! 051-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_01964-0415_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 052-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02028-0425_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

After a few very efficient family and wedding party photos, we ducked outside for a couple even quicker photos of the newlyweds.053-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02103-0431_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 054-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02152-0444_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 055-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02174-0449_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 056-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02179-0450_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 057-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02258bw-0466_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 058-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02487-0521_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

A few reception details. 059-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02302-0477_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 060-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02325-0483_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 061-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02340-0488_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 062-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02345-0490_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 063-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02510-0524_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 064-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02535-0529_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 065-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02592-0542_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 066-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02498-0522_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 067-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02651-0548_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 068-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02712-0562_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 069-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02761-0574_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 070-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02771-0578_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 071-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02785-0581_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

A serenade of John Legend’s romantic hit “All of Me.”072-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02853-0604_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

A couple of touching toasts. 073-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02869-0608_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 074-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02913-0621_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 075-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02919-0622_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography- 076-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03133-0676_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 077-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03188-0684_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

And lots and lots of fun and dancing.078-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03018-0644_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 079-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03055-0655_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 080-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03262bw-0709_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 081-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03257-0707_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 082-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03292-0714_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 083-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03323-0728_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 084-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03194-0686_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 085-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03384-0740_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 086-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03463-0760_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 087-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03515-0771_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 088-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03590-0787_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 089-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03600-0791_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 090-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03713bw-0819_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 091-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_03745-0828_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography 092-Peabody-Library-Wedding_WilsonPatterson_02963-0634_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography

Many, many congratulations, Rachel + Cecil. It was such a pleasure to work with you and your families and friends on your big day!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The George Peabody Library

Officiant: The Rev. Janice Davis Steele, the bride’s aunt

Ceremony musicians: Zion Music

Catering: Chef’s Expressions

Lighting designers: Event Dynamics

Bridal attire: Ramona Keveza gown from Kleinfeld

Make-up: Mekaila Girma

Hair: Shon Washington

Bridesmaids’ attire: Jenny Yoo from BHLDN

Groom’s attire: The Tuxedo House

Florist: My Flower Box Events

Cake: Chef’s Expressions

Band: The Rollex Band

Videographer: Zinnia Films

Transportation: Bayside Limousines

Invitations: The Dandelion Patch

Papergoods: Library escort cards and signage by The Bird and the Beard

Reception pianist: Mark G. Meadows

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