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A Saint John the Evangelist Church & Musket Ridge Golf Club wedding: Theresa + Stephen
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The priest who officiated Theresa + Stephen’s wedding shared such a lovely story about the start of their courtship during his homily at their ceremony. Father Cassian’s mother and Theresa’s mother are good friends. So when Theresa first met Stephen and told her mother about him, Nancy picked up the phone and called her longtime friend to ask whether her son might be able to say a little prayer for the pair. Father Cassian did one better than that. From the tiny town in Italy where he was living at the time, he offered Mass in the couple’s names. Due to time zone differences, the Mass, Father Cassian told the assembled wedding guests, happened to occur at the same time that Theresa and Stephen headed out on their very first date half a world away. It obviously went quite well. Theresa and Stephen, a major in the US Marine Corps, could not have been any nicer to work with. The forecast for their wedding day was not great. But they calmly and happily modified outdoor photography schedules and plans for the Marine Corps sword arch outside the church. We kept our eyes on the radar and simply ducked outside for photos between downpours. If either one of them was fazed in the least by the weather or the changes it required, they sure didn’t let on. Instead, they simply seemed completely thrilled to be marrying one another, no matter the circumstances. Here are many of my favorites from their wet, wonderful wedding day!

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I started my day with Stephen, his father, his groomsman and his brother, Joseph, whose wonderful wedding to Jenny I photographed several years ago. It was tremendous fun to see and photograph them all again. As was the deja vu when I snapped a photo of their father helping Joseph with his tie. “Wait a minute,” I actually said out loud, “I think I already took this picture.” Much laughter ensued. 003-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0001 004-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0002 005-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0003 006-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0004 007-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0005 008-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0007 009-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0006 010-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0008 011-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0010 012-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0009 013-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0011 014-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0042

Theresa arrived, looking lovely as can be, just moments before walking down the aisle to Stephen. 015-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0013 016-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0012 017-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0014 018-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0015 019-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0016 020-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0017 021-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0018 022-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0019 023-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0020 024-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0021 025-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0023

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Married! 041-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0040

After a few efficient family and wedding party photos at the church, we headed over to the Musket Ridge Golf Club for the reception — and a few games of dodge with the rain. 042-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0041 043-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0044 044-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0043 045-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0045 046-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0048

A few reception details. 047-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0049 048-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0046 049-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0047 050-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0066 051-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0050

Stephen’s Marine friends inform him that the price of passage is a kiss.052-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0051 053-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0052

“Welcome to the Marine Corps, Mrs. Lebo.”054-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0053

A toast from the father of the bride, a retired US Air Force colonel. 055-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0054 056-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0055

After the first downpour ended, we dashed outside for a few photos of the newlyweds in gorgeous light.

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The kiddos in attendance were ridiculously cute. 066-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0068

A couple of toasts. 067-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0067 068-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0069

A first dance. 069-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0070

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A pair of parent dances. 071-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0072

And lots and lots of fun and frivolity. 072-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0073 073-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0074 074-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0075 075-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0076 076-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0077 077-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0078 078-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0080 079-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0084 080-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0079

It was tremendous fun to meet Jenny + Joseph’s new addition, little Nico. 081-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0081 082-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0082 083-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0083 084-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0086 085-jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-musket-ridge-wedding_0085

Many, many congratulations, Theresa + Stephen! I could not have been more thrilled to work with you or for your new adventure tackling Stephen’s latest assignment to South Korea!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church

Officiant: Father Cassian DiRocco

Ceremony musicians: Pianist Kevin Myers and flutist Corrie Sandy

Reception: Musket Ridge Golf Club

Bridal attire: Casablanca Bridal gown from TLC Bridal Shop

Hair & Make-up: Daisy’s Salon & Spa

Bridesmaids’ attire: White House Black Market

Groom’s attire: The US Marine Corps

Florist: Ory Custom Florals

Cake: Ed’s Country Bakery

DJ: Bill Izer

Transportation: On The Town Limousines

Invitations: Magnet Street

Papergoods: DIY

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