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A Governor Calvert House wedding: Courtney + Stephen
Saint John Neumann Church & The Governor Calvert House | Annapolis wedding photographer | Annapolis wedding photography

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I met Courtney + Stephen through her sister, Rachel Hoffberger, who is the wonderfully talented force behind Plan It Perfect Events. I could not have been more flattered or honored that Rachel recommended me to capture all the joy and emotion of her older sister’s wedding day. And oh was there a lot of it! From a ceremony in a Catholic church that blended Jewish and Christian wedding customs and hilarious unscripted toasts that prompted the bride’s mother to encourage her husband to stick to his speech and the bride to ask her husband to just stop talking, to groomsmen who brought costume beards to poke fun at their friend’s former ZZ Top-esque facial hair and a wonderful photo tour of Annapolis spots important to the couple, it was a magnificent day. We were graced with oh-so-gorgeous late-summer weather and it was so joyful to photograph the way Courtney + Stephen looked at each other all day long. (I don’t think I would be wrong in saying that the bride seemed especially appreciative of her hubby’s new look after his nearly four years without shaving or trimming his hair and beard!) What’s more, when the sister of the bride is a wedding planner, you can pretty much count on working with a great team and that could not have been more true for Courtney + Stephen’s big day. That I got to work alongside some of my favorite friends for florals, videography, DJing, photo booth pictures and other services was the cherry on top of the day. Here are some favorites from Courtney + Stephen’s wonderful wedding:

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We started at the Governor Calvert House, where both the bride and groom got ready for the day.003-HoffbergerRiordon_00034-0008_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 004-HoffbergerRiordon_00403-0078_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 005-HoffbergerRiordon_00092-0019_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 006-HoffbergerRiordon_00108bw-0022_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 007-HoffbergerRiordon_00205bw-0038_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 008-HoffbergerRiordon_00233-0044_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 009-HoffbergerRiordon_00397-0075_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 010-HoffbergerRiordon_00270-0052_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

The bride, looking absolutely lovely.011-HoffbergerRiordon_00283-0054_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

The couple chose to see each other before the ceremony for photos.012-HoffbergerRiordon_00447-0088_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 013-HoffbergerRiordon_00561-0107_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 014-HoffbergerRiordon_00530-0101_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

Stephen wore a tie clip with a functioning slide rule that belonged to his late father. And how gorgeous are the dahlias and roses in Courtney’s bouquet?015-HoffbergerRiordon_00504-0096_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 016-HoffbergerRiordon_00683-0128_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

Instead of a bus or a a limo or a shuttle, the couple, their wedding party and their families were whisked around Annapolis on a genuine trolley, complete with a clangy trolley bell!017-HoffbergerRiordon_00748-0137_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 018-HoffbergerRiordon_00852-0152_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

Stephen’s mother seemed overcome with emotion from the first notes of Ave Maria during the processional.019-HoffbergerRiordon_00975bw-0179_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

My wonderful assistant, Lindsay, shot the next image on the right from the back of the aisle. 020-HoffbergerRiordon_01054-0195_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 021-HoffbergerRiordon_01074-0201_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 022-HoffbergerRiordon_01101-0210_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 023-HoffbergerRiordon_01125-0214_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 024-HoffbergerRiordon_01162-0223_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 025-HoffbergerRiordon_01181-0229_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 026-HoffbergerRiordon_01127-0215_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

The deacon asks the couple’s guests how many of them had been wondering whether Stephen would trim his hair for the wedding. 027-HoffbergerRiordon_01208-0237_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 028-HoffbergerRiordon_01211-0239_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 029-HoffbergerRiordon_01221-0244_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 030-HoffbergerRiordon_01258bw-0256_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 031-HoffbergerRiordon_01244-0251_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 032-HoffbergerRiordon_01279-0264_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 033-HoffbergerRiordon_01301-0269_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 034-HoffbergerRiordon_01330bw-0275_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

Married!

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After a few quick family photos in the church, we all jumped back on the trolley for some more casual fun photos around Annapolis with the couple’s family and friends.038-HoffbergerRiordon_01506-0313_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 039-HoffbergerRiordon_01627-0337_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 040-HoffbergerRiordon_01692-0349_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 041-HoffbergerRiordon_01659-0342_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 042-HoffbergerRiordon_01665-0344_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 043-HoffbergerRiordon_01747-0354_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 044-HoffbergerRiordon_01777-0358_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

We kept running into former students of Courtney, who worked in Anne Arundel County schools.045-HoffbergerRiordon_01783-0361_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 046-HoffbergerRiordon_01867-0377_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 047-HoffbergerRiordon_01892-0383_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 048-HoffbergerRiordon_01931-0392_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 049-HoffbergerRiordon_02035-0415_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

After a dapper portrait of the groom, his friends and brother pulled out the costume beards they had brought as a tribute to the groom’s former look. Hilarity ensued. 050-HoffbergerRiordon_02049-0419_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 051-HoffbergerRiordon_02077-0425_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 052-HoffbergerRiordon_02117-0433_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 053-HoffbergerRiordon_02132-0437_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

A few portraits of the newlyweds.

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Rachel asked for a couple of photos with her seersucker-sporting boyfriend. I happily obliged.065-HoffbergerRiordon_02542-0511_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 066-HoffbergerRiordon_02553-0515_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

A few photos from cocktail hour.067-HoffbergerRiordon_02592-0527_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 068-HoffbergerRiordon_02616-0532_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 069-HoffbergerRiordon_02739-0554_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 070-HoffbergerRiordon_02857-0579_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

And a few reception details. 071-HoffbergerRiordon_02878-0581_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 072-HoffbergerRiordon_02923-0594_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 073-HoffbergerRiordon_03250-0683_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

A quartet of toasts.074-HoffbergerRiordon_03010-0610_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 075-HoffbergerRiordon_03038bw-0626_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 076-HoffbergerRiordon_03041-0627_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 077-HoffbergerRiordon_03078bw-0642_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 078-HoffbergerRiordon_03121-0654_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 079-HoffbergerRiordon_03177-0665_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 080-HoffbergerRiordon_03230bw-0682_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

A first dance.081-HoffbergerRiordon_03301-0695_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

A pair of parent dances.082-HoffbergerRiordon_03358-0716_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer

And lots and lots of merriment.083-HoffbergerRiordon_03414-0735_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 084-HoffbergerRiordon_03528-0768_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 085-HoffbergerRiordon_03564-0780_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 086-HoffbergerRiordon_03586-0786_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 087-HoffbergerRiordon_03704-0820_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 088-HoffbergerRiordon_03794-0849_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 089-HoffbergerRiordon_03600-0789_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 090-HoffbergerRiordon_03770-0842_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 091-HoffbergerRiordon_03930-0894_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographer 092-HoffbergerRiordon_04085-0938_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Governor-Calvert-House-wedding-Annapolis-wedding-photographerCourtney + Stephen, we could not have had more fun with you, your friends and your families. Many, many congratulations to you both!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: St. John Neumann Church

Officiant: Deacon Leroy Moore

Reception & Catering: The Governor Calvert House

Event coordinator: Plan It Perfect Events

Bridal attire: Wtoo from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection

Make-up: Heather Rea Beauty

Hair: Laura Brino

Bridesmaids’ attire: J Crew

Groom’s attire: Suitsupply

Florist: Crimson & Clover Floral Design

Cake: Caroline’s Cakes

DJ: John Paul Berry from Absolute Entertainment

Videographer: Zinnia Films

Photo Booth: Pixilated Photo Booth

Transportation: Towne Transport

Rentals: Select Event Group

Invitations and papergoods: Minted

 

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