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A Maryland Zoo in Baltimore wedding: Emily + Kurt
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When Emily + Kurt began planning their wedding, they compiled a long list of Baltimore venues. The Maryland Zoo made the list after Kurt ran the Baltimore 10 Miler, whose course begins and ends in Druid Hill Park. “We went to our appointment there and that was it,” Emily told me when we first met. “We cancelled all of our other appointments.” They immediately took to the beauty of the zoo’s surroundings, the coziness of the Mansion House and the prospect of having a penguin attend their cocktail hour. With its trees ablaze with orange and red and yellow leaves, Druid Hill Park was at the peak of its fall glory on the day Emily + Kurt exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony officiated by a family friend. The groom’s father served as his best man while his darling, hilarious 7-year-old son served as a groomsman. Hours earlier, Kurt had started his preparations by shaving with his son (only one of them had a real razor blade), just as Kurt had done over the years as a boy with his own father. Emily and her stepdad finally got to dance the father-daughter dance they’ve been talking about for 25 years and practicing each Thanksgiving. Her mother and aunt, meanwhile, could barely contain their emotions as they looked on. It was just that kind of day. All of which made it an absolute joy to photograph. Peach the penguin, of course, did not disappoint. Here are many, many of my favorites from Emily + Kurt’s wonderful wedding day:0002-PenpraseRieger_00019-0004_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

The couple got ready at the same hotel, which made it easy to bounce between their rooms to photograph a bit of each of their preparations. 0003-PenpraseRieger_00047-0008_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0004-PenpraseRieger_00052bw-0011_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0005-PenpraseRieger_00223bw-0047_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0006-PenpraseRieger_00225-0048_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

I love this next photo of Mason as his dad helps him lather up for his faux shave. Mason was pretty excited about the tuxedo he got to wear for the occasion and kept imploring me to “save some pictures” for when he was all dressed up. (I assured him that I had plenty of memory card space to capture it all!)0007-PenpraseRieger_00227bw-0050_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0008-PenpraseRieger_00241-0053_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0009-PenpraseRieger_00303-0065_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0010-PenpraseRieger_00310-0068_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

The boy, in all his tuxedoed, dapper adorableness. 0011-PenpraseRieger_00390-0082_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

Upstairs, Emily’s mother was helping her husband with his tuxedo. They were also wonderfully sweet together. 0012-PenpraseRieger_00437bw-0092_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

And Emily was getting ready with a group of wonderful, hilarious girlfriends. Her mom got a little choked up at seeing her in her gown that afternoon. 0013-PenpraseRieger_00488-0107_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0014-PenpraseRieger_00507bw-0113_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0015-PenpraseRieger_00514-0115_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0016-PenpraseRieger_00545-0123_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0017-PenpraseRieger_00555-0127_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0018-PenpraseRieger_00598-0137_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

The bride, looking absolutely gorgeous. 0019-PenpraseRieger_00655bw-0147_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0020-PenpraseRieger_00667-0150_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0021-PenpraseRieger_00692-0155_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

Emily + Kurt chose to see each other before the ceremony for photos so that we could take advantage of the many wonderful spots around the Zoo. They were so, so happy to see each other and just reveled in each other’s company, admiring their wedding day attire and taking in those first moments together. Their laughs together are mighty infectious. 0022-PenpraseRieger_00713-0160_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0023-PenpraseRieger_00736-0167_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0024-PenpraseRieger_00762-0174_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0025-PenpraseRieger_00784-0179_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0026-PenpraseRieger_00836-0189_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0027-PenpraseRieger_00814-0183_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0028-PenpraseRieger_00854-0192_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0029-PenpraseRieger_00933-0207_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0030-PenpraseRieger_00973bw-0215_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

Seriously, they were such a joy to photograph together. 0031-PenpraseRieger_01029-0229_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0032-PenpraseRieger_01045bw-0236_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

I hope they’ll always remember the marvelous exchange that prompted this great series of reactions.0033-PenpraseRieger_01130-0256_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0034-PenpraseRieger_01104-0248_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0035-PenpraseRieger_01114-0251_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0036-PenpraseRieger_01227bw-0275_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0037-PenpraseRieger_01279-0286_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0038-PenpraseRieger_01349bw-0301_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0039-PenpraseRieger_01382-0309_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

We also shot their family and wedding party photos before the ceremony.0040-PenpraseRieger_01581-0341_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0041-PenpraseRieger_01544-0334_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0042-PenpraseRieger_01606-0348_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0043-PenpraseRieger_01685bw-0371_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0044-PenpraseRieger_01719-0378_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0045-PenpraseRieger_01782-0393_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

Then, it was time to get married. From start to finish, the ceremony was infused with personal touches. A friend of the couple played guitar, including a song she wrote for their recessional. And although they’re not Jewish, Emily + Kurt like the Jewish wedding custom of friends and family offering seven blessings and incorporated it into their own celebration.  0046-PenpraseRieger_01833-0404_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0047-PenpraseRieger_01864-0415_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0048-PenpraseRieger_01942-0433_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0049-PenpraseRieger_01984-0446_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0050-PenpraseRieger_02021-0456_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

This is what I love so much about photography. Emily doesn’t see in this next photo how her soon-to-be husband is looking at her. But it’s now frozen in a photograph for her to look back on for forever. 0051-PenpraseRieger_02024-0458_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0052-PenpraseRieger_02058-0466_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0053-PenpraseRieger_02093-0479_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0054-PenpraseRieger_02096-0483_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0055-PenpraseRieger_02100bw-0486_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0056-PenpraseRieger_02137-0495_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0057-PenpraseRieger_02164-0502_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0058-PenpraseRieger_02170-0504_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

Married! 0059-PenpraseRieger_02184-0510_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0060-PenpraseRieger_02214-0517_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0061-PenpraseRieger_02263-0529_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

“Do you know how long we’ve waited to meet you,” Emily exclaimed when Peach came out to take photos with the newlyweds. It was so charming.0062-PenpraseRieger_02340bw-0553_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0063-PenpraseRieger_02349-0557_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0064-PenpraseRieger_02379-0567_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

Even Mason got to hug a penguin that evening. 0065-PenpraseRieger_02427-0576_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

The guests were endlessly charmed and entertained by Peach.0066-PenpraseRieger_02431-0578_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

A few reception details. 0067-PenpraseRieger_02456-0585_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0068-PenpraseRieger_02460-0586_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0069-PenpraseRieger_02502-0597_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0070-PenpraseRieger_02516-0600_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0071-PenpraseRieger_02953-0727_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

I’m confident that Kurt’s niece and nephews filled up the majority of their disposable cameras with photos of me taking pictures of them. They thought it was quite hilarious.0072-PenpraseRieger_02571-0615_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

A first dance. 0073-PenpraseRieger_02630bw-0631_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0074-PenpraseRieger_02668-0642_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

A trio of toasts. 0075-PenpraseRieger_02713-0656_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0076-PenpraseRieger_02730-0661_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0077-PenpraseRieger_02761-0672_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0078-PenpraseRieger_02802-0685_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0079-PenpraseRieger_02847-0696_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

Dinner is served. 0080-PenpraseRieger_02873-0703_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0081-PenpraseRieger_02542-0605_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0082-PenpraseRieger_02977-0734_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

The long-awaited father-daughter dance.0083-PenpraseRieger_02996-0739_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0084-PenpraseRieger_03011-0746_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0085-PenpraseRieger_03037-0758_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0086-PenpraseRieger_03044bw-0762_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

A mother-son dance. 0087-PenpraseRieger_03071-0770_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0088-PenpraseRieger_03051-0765_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding

And lots and lots of fun and merriment.0089-PenpraseRieger_03239-0813_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0090-PenpraseRieger_03252-0817_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0091-PenpraseRieger_03286-0829_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0092-PenpraseRieger_03459-0880_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0093-PenpraseRieger_03522-0894_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0094-PenpraseRieger_03543bw-0899_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0095-PenpraseRieger_03551bw-0902_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0096-PenpraseRieger_03566-0907_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0097-PenpraseRieger_03616-0928_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-wedding 0098-PenpraseRieger_03628-0931_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Maryland-Zoo-in-Baltimore-weddingMany, many congratulations, Emily + Kurt. We couldn’t have had any more fun working with you and your friends and family on your big day!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Officiant: Mark Spencer, a family friend

Ceremony musicians: Emily Kane, a friend of the couple

Catering: Rouge Fine Catering

Bridal attire: BHLDN

Hair & Make-up: Abby de Rosset

Bridesmaids’ attire: Alfred Angelo

Florist: Violets Florist by Connie Clark

Cake: Dudley’s Desserts

DJ: Jenny Z Mobile DJ Service

Transportation: Viennas Transportation

Invitations: Little Bo Press

Paper Animal Markers for Table Cards: Handmade Cards by HJM

Custom Coasters: Paul Baker, a family friend

 

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