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A George Peabody wedding: Jessica + Josh
The George Peabody Library | Baltimore wedding photographer | Baltimore wedding photography

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Jessica + Josh met their freshman year at Yale, where he was studying mechanical engineering and she was a pre-med student. After traveling in the same social circles for several weeks, they also began to study together. Josh was taking level I Spanish and asked Jess, an accomplished Spanish speaker, for some help. After several weeks of tutoring, “Jess was very impressed by Josh’s rapid progress from foreign language newbie to someone able to order in a restaurant and converse with Spanish-speaking kindergartners,” as they wrote in a framed photo displayed at their cocktail hour. “It wasn’t until after they were dating that Josh admitted that he had taken Spanish in high school and already knew most of the basics but had kept a poker face during his lessons.” They amusingly compared this to Cady Heron dumbing herself down for Aaron Samuels in the movie Mean Girls, but noted that the absence of any Regina George drama allowed them to skip straight to falling in love. Their wedding day was similarly fun and entertaining. Josh wrote lyrics for Jess and arranged for a talented friend to set them to music and perform them for his wife just before the reception. The friends in their wedding party barely stopped laughing and joking around all day. And their family members and friends kept the dance floor packed all night, from the moment the doors of the always-gorgeous Peabody Library swung open to the last strains of the Bachelor Boys band as guests streamed down the stairs to find the area’s best cupcake truck (Iced Gems!) waiting outside with sweet late-night treats. I could not have had more fun with this couple, their talented planners from Celebrations LLC and all of their guests. Here are many of my favorites from Jess + Josh’s big day:

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The bride, looking absolutely lovely. 013-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0010 014-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0012 015-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0013 016-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0014

This was my first time shooting at the Hotel Indigo and I could not have been more impressed. What a lovely hotel and a great spot for the couple to see each other for the first time that day. It was like a secret little garden in the middle of the city!017-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0015 018-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0016 019-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0017 020-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0018 021-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0019 022-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0020 023-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0022

Though thunder rumbled and radar showed a massive storm drenching nearby neighborhoods, we had nothing but glorious light just when we needed it for photos.024-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0024 025-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0025 026-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0026

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A few wedding party portraits before we tackled formal family photos before the ceremony. 028-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0028

I love love love this next image of Jess with her flowergirl. So skeptical! With the help of a few promised gummy worms, we coaxed out a smile.029-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0029 030-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0030 031-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0031 032-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0032 033-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0033

Then, it was time to get married!034-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0034 035-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0052 036-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0035 037-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0036 038-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0037 039-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0038 040-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0039 041-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0040 042-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0041 043-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0042 044-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0053 045-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0045 046-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0043 047-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0044 048-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0046 049-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0047

Married! 050-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0048 051-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0049 052-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0050 053-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0051

A few reception details. 054-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0057 055-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0055 056-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0056

Jess’s maid of honor performs Josh’s surprise song for her just before guests were invited into the library for dinner and dancing. Meanwhile, a gaggle of parents recorded the moment with their cell phones.057-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0058 058-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0059

The newlyweds also took a practice spin around the dance floor before the doors opened. 059-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0060 060-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0061

A first dance. 061-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0062 062-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0063 063-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0064

A parental welcome. 064-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0065 065-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0066

A few quick portraits in the magical pink, glowy light of dusk.066-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0067 067-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0068

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A pair of toasts.070-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0071

A parent dance.071-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0072

While guests eat dinner, I often take a few minutes to photograph my clients’ wedding invitation and rings and any other details that have not been captured earlier in the day. I was quite smitten with this elaborately cut invitation from Jenifer Sirkis Designs — and even used it in a photo of Jess and Josh’s wedding bands, which is easily one of my most favorite ring shots of all time. Such pretty work!072-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0078 073-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0079

After all the official activities concluded, everyone enjoyed a fantastic dance party!074-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0082 075-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0073 076-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0086 077-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0085 078-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0077 079-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0081 080-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0080 081-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0083 082-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0054 083-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0076 084-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0075 085-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-peabody-library-wedding_0084

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Many, many congratulations, Jess + Josh. I could not have had more fun with you, your friends and your families!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The George Peabody Library

Catering: The Classic Catering People

Event coordinator: Celebrations LLC

Lighting designers: Event Dynamics

Bridal attire: Ulla-Maija Couture gown from The Bridal Garden Wedding Gowns

Bridesmaids’ attire: J Crew

Groom’s attire: Custom tuxedo from Bonham Strand in Hong Kong

Florist: Simply Beautiful Flowers

Band: The Bachelor Boys

Invitations: Jenifer Sirkis Designs

Food Truck: Iced Gems Cupcakes

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