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A Pazo Restaurant wedding: Julien + Thomas
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Julien + Thomas were married on one of the hottest days of one of the hottest months on record in Baltimore. It was stiflingly hot and humid and steamy under the midday sun when I met them outside Pazo Restaurant (now called Bar Vasquez). In their dapper dark suits and purple vests, they both had several layers of dark clothing to contend with. And yet they did not utter a single complaint about ducking outside for photos before their cocktail reception and ceremony. They, in fact, were almost giddy. About their handsome wedding attire. About the pocket watch that Julien gave Thomas as a wedding gift. About the special cuff links that Julien, a math teacher at City College, was sporting for the occasion. About all the family members and friends who began arriving for their big day. And most of all, about marrying each other. I have photographed a number of gay and lesbian civil unions and weddings over the years and there’s almost always an emotional moment when the couple sees their signed marriage license. The paperwork is so routine for heterosexual couples that they almost never ask for a photo of it (except when they erroneously think that they need to sign it as well, which only the officiant does in Maryland). But many same-sex couples request a photo with the signed marriage license. Julien + Thomas didn’t specifically ask me to take such a photograph. But I happen to be standing nearby when the family friend who officiated their wedding handed over their paperwork and I was thrilled to capture the wonder and joy on their faces as Julien showed his husband their signed and sealed marriage license. Here are many favorites from Julien + Thomas’s wonderful and wondrous day.

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We took a short stroll for some outdoor photos before the couple’s cocktail reception began.006_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0001 007_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0003 008_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0007 009_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0004 010_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0005 011_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0006

I love the grand staircases at Pazo. They make for such a nice, dramatic photo with the backlighting.012_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0010 013_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0011

After a few photos with their families and their wedding attendants, Julien + Thomas joined the cocktail reception that preceded their ceremony.014_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0008 015_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0017 016_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0018 017_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0019

And then, it was time to get married. 018_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0020 019_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0021 020_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0022 021_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0023 022_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0024 023_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0025 024_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0026 025_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0027 026_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0028 027_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0029

Married! 028_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0030 029_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0031 030_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0032 031_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0033 032_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0034 033_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0036

A trio of toasts. 034_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0035 035_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0037 036_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0038 037_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0039

A few reception details. 039_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0012 040_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0015 041_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0016 042_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0013 043_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0014 044_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0041 045_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0042 046_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0043 047_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0051

A first dance. 048_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0048 049_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0046 050_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0047

A pair of parent dances. 051_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0049

A cake cutting. 052_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0050

And lots and lots of fun and merriment. 053_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0052

Julien shows his husband their official marriage paperwork.054_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0054

This group of Julien + Thomas’s friends joked that they were the panel of judges weighing in on everyone’s talents on the dance floor. 055_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0055 056_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0056 057_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0057 058_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0053 059_jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-pazo-restaurant-wedding_0058

Many, many congratulations to Julien + Thomas. I could not have had any more fun working with you, your friends and your families.

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: Pazo Restaurant (now Bar Vasquez)

Officiant: Roger Fink, a family friend

Grooms’ attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Fleur de Lis

Cake: Baked by Julien’s sister-in-law

DJ: Christopher Brooks

Invitations: The Pleasure of Your Company

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