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A Peabody Library wedding: Katie + Joe

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After an exhaustive tour of Baltimore’s non-country club wedding venues in their search for a striking, unusual spot for their nuptials, Katie + Joe chose one of my favorites — the George Peabody Library. They planned an elegant lilac and navy-themed celebration with lots of sweet book details, including table letters cut from actual tomes and paper flowers sprinkled across the tablescape cut from book pages. In a nod to Joe’s Pennsylvania roots, the couple topped their cake with a miniature version — in the perfect shade of lilac, of course! — of Philadelphia’s famed LOVE statue. And recognizing Katie’s hometown of Charm City, they toasted each other with Natty Boh and Utz Girl champagne flutes. Concerned about the likelihood of hot, humid weather on their wedding date, Katie made arrangements to use all of the Peabody’s available indoor spaces, from the gorgeous spiral staircase to the first-floor stacks area, and scheduled a post-wedding portrait session so that she and Joe could get some outdoor photos at sunset around Baltimore without worrying about getting too sweaty on their actual wedding day. What’s not to love about getting to wear your gorgeous wedding gown twice in one weekend? Here are some of my favorites from Katie + Joe’s wonderful day:

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We spent a few minutes with the groom as he got ready before heading upstairs to see Katie and her bridesmaids.0003-KinzlerShaull_00056bw-0013_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0004-KinzlerShaull_00079-0019_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0005-KinzlerShaull_00146bw-0037_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

Katie chose an amazing Pnina Tornai gown. The excitement in the room as she prepared to step into the intricately beaded dress was palpable. 0006-KinzlerShaull_00274-0061_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0007-KinzlerShaull_00278-0063_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0008-KinzlerShaull_00212-0052_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0009-KinzlerShaull_00197-0048_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0010-KinzlerShaull_00304-0069_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0011-KinzlerShaull_00375bw-0085_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0012-KinzlerShaull_00386-0087_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0013-KinzlerShaull_00434-0103_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

Katie’s youngest sister served as flower girl — and could not have been cuter in her petal-tossing role!0014-KinzlerShaull_00468-0112_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0015-KinzlerShaull_00565bw-0134_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0016-KinzlerShaull_00628bw-0142_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

The bride, looking absolutely lovely.0017-KinzlerShaull_00662-0148_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0018-KinzlerShaull_00673bw-0151_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0019-KinzlerShaull_00793-0170_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

Katie and Joe chose to see each other before their ceremony for photos.0020-KinzlerShaull_00860-0189_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0021-KinzlerShaull_00881-0193_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0022-KinzlerShaull_00904-0201_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0023-KinzlerShaull_00929-0208_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0024-KinzlerShaull_00970bw-0213_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0025-KinzlerShaull_00979-0217_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

We took just a couple of photos in Mount Vernon Place before Katie + Joe jumped in a limo — for the shortest ride of all time! — to take the rest of their pre-ceremony photos at the Peabody.0026-KinzlerShaull_01041-0238_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0027-KinzlerShaull_01060-0240_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0028-KinzlerShaull_01090bw-0245_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0029-KinzlerShaull_01122-0251_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0030-KinzlerShaull_01187-0261_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0031-KinzlerShaull_01218bw-0274_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0032-KinzlerShaull_01235-0278_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0033-KinzlerShaull_01299-0296_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0034-KinzlerShaull_01346-0308_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0035-KinzlerShaull_01400-0315_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0036-KinzlerShaull_01362bw-0311_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0037-KinzlerShaull_01467-0325_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0038-KinzlerShaull_01505-0333_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0039-KinzlerShaull_01778-0376_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0040-KinzlerShaull_01837-0390_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

After some wedding party and family photos on the grand staircase, it was time to get married.0041-KinzlerShaull_01884-0398_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0042-KinzlerShaull_01923-0405_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0043-KinzlerShaull_01953-0412_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0044-KinzlerShaull_01930-0407_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0045-KinzlerShaull_01978-0414_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0046-KinzlerShaull_02086-0428_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0047-KinzlerShaull_02137-0438_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

My wonderful assistant, Lindsay, shot this beautiful photo of Katie and her father from the back of the aisle during the processional. 0048-KinzlerShaull_02147-0442_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0049-KinzlerShaull_02168-0447_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0050-KinzlerShaull_02139-0440_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

Katie’s father accidentally stepped on her very long veil, yanking it from her hair. The facial expressions all around, from Katie’s stepmom’s barely concealed laughter to the bride’s father’s obvious chagrin, were wonderful to photograph.0051-KinzlerShaull_02213-0459_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0052-KinzlerShaull_02217-0464_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0053-KinzlerShaull_02247-0471_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0054-KinzlerShaull_02280-0477_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0055-KinzlerShaull_02292bw-0482_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0056-KinzlerShaull_02319-0488_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0057-KinzlerShaull_02373-0498_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0058-KinzlerShaull_02378-0499_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0059-KinzlerShaull_02390-0501_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0060-KinzlerShaull_02433-0511_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0061-KinzlerShaull_02468-0521_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

Married!0062-KinzlerShaull_02484bw-0524_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0063-KinzlerShaull_02541bw-0539_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

Lynn Piette and her team from The Classic Catering People flipped the room from ceremony space to elegant and beautifully appointed dinner party in less than an hour. It was quite a feat (especially without the assistance of the big drape behind which many couples choose to hide fully set dinner tables during the ceremony)!0064-KinzlerShaull_02782-0594_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

A few reception details.0065-KinzlerShaull_02666-0564_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0066-KinzlerShaull_02860-0610_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0067-KinzlerShaull_02798-0597_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0068-KinzlerShaull_02644-0558_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0069-KinzlerShaull_02815-0600_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0070-KinzlerShaull_02674-0567_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

A first dance. 0071-KinzlerShaull_02990-0646_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0072-KinzlerShaull_02961-0635_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0073-KinzlerShaull_03001-0650_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

A trio of toasts.0074-KinzlerShaull_03080-0664_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0075-KinzlerShaull_03121-0672_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0076-KinzlerShaull_03126-0675_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0077-KinzlerShaull_03195-0694_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0078-KinzlerShaull_03083-0665_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0079-KinzlerShaull_03241-0702_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0080-KinzlerShaull_03743-0827_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

A pair of parent dances. 0081-KinzlerShaull_03298-0715_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

And lots and lots of fun and merriment.0082-KinzlerShaull_03460-0758_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0083-KinzlerShaull_03199-0696_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0084-KinzlerShaull_03380-0736_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0085-KinzlerShaull_03835-0848_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0086-KinzlerShaull_03987bw-0877_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0087-KinzlerShaull_03795bw-0837_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0088-KinzlerShaull_04005-0882_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0089-KinzlerShaull_03549-0781_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

Some 43 hours after I photographed them departing in a flurry of glow sticks, I met up with the newlyweds along the waterfront and in Federal Hill for some relaxed portraits and a beautiful Baltimore sunset.0090-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0026-0003_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0091-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0133-0024_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0092-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0031-0006_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0093-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0233-0035_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

Katie wore very sensible shoes for our portrait session!0094-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0329-0047_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0095-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0665-0100_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0096-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0803-0128_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0097-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0887-0141_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0098-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0813-0131_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0099-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0845-0137_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding 0100-KinzlerShaull-portraits_0967bw-0155_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Peabody-Library-wedding

 

Many, many congratulations, Katie + Joe. It was a pleasure working with you and your friends and family!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & reception: The George Peabody Library

Officiant: Joan Phillips

Ceremony musicians: The Canterbury Strings

Catering: The Classic Catering People

Lighting designers: Event Dynamics

Bridal attire: Pnina Tornai gown from Kleinfeld

Make-up: Lindsey Postle

Hair: Rebecca Murry

Bridesmaids’ attire: David’s Bridal

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: My Flower Box Events

Cake: The Classic Catering People

DJ: Classic Disc Jockeys

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