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A Trinity Episcopal Church & Belvedere wedding: Helen + Jeff
Trinity Episcopal Church of Towson | The Historic Belvedere | Baltimore wedding photography | Baltimore wedding photographer

Helen + Jeff were set up on their first date by his best friend, who hoped that finding Jeff a girlfriend in Baltimore might persuade the Philly native to relocate to Charm City and, correspondingly, spend more time with him. And it worked. Kind of. Jeff began visiting Baltimore regularly after his first sushi date with Helen. But, as Ryan related in his best man’s toast, he failed to take into account one small detail: When Jeff fell in love with a Baltimore girl, he wanted to spend time with that Baltimore girl when visiting Baltimore, not his best friend. Ryan’s telling of this story had the guests at Helen + Jeff’s gorgeous Baltimore wedding in stitches. And it was that kind of day, all day. The couple exchanged vows in the church that she has attended since her parents first took her there when she was just 18 months old. The oh-so-darling flower girls twirled and grinned every time I raised my camera in their direction. We were graced with gorgeous light just when we needed it for outdoor photos. The couple’s epically fun friends hit the dance floor in full force for an epically fun party. And the entire wedding served as something of a mini-reunion for me with the bride’s family since I photographed and LOVED the Camden Yards wedding of Helen’s cousin Emily to Kristine a couple years ago. Here are lots and lots of my favorites from Helen + Jeff’s beautiful day:

I mean, how cute are these flower girls?

Helen broke her ankle just a couple months before the wedding, which necessitated the wearing of this very fancy footwear. She managed to wear flat gold sandals for the entire ceremony before swapping out one sequined shoe for her boot.

The bride, looking absolutely lovely!

First, one darling girl can’t stifle a yawn for anything.

Then, the littlest one can’t stop throwing oh so much shade in my direction. It was magnificent!

Seriously, as the mama to two little daughters, I am a sucker for a cute flower girl. And two? Forget it!

Then, it was time to get married.

The bride’s family’s pastor, the Rev. Kenneth H. Saunders III, took a quiet moment just before the ceremony, as guests arrived and activity swirled around him. It was lovely to behold and photograph. 

Jeff sees his soon-to-be wife for the first time that day, walking down the aisle toward him. 

My wonderful assistant Renee shot this next gorgeous image of Helen and her father.

“Let them speak now or forever hold their peace.”

Helen is so expressive that it is especially joyful to photograph her.

Married!

I make no secret of my love of capturing real, authentic, unposed emotion and moments for my clients. This next image is exactly what makes me love my job so much, wedding after wedding and weekend after weekend. I love the joy on Helen’s face. I love the way Jeff is looking at his wife. I love that the black and white photograph allows your eye to focus on their expressions rather than the colors of the sanctuary and the candles and the decor and the pastor. Just a quick, quiet moment between newlyweds, forever frozen in time. It’s what I love so much about photography.

After a few quick, efficient family and wedding party photos, we were off to the Belvedere.

It seemed appropriate that baseball was on in the background of a photo with this baseball-loving couple.

A few reception details. 

A first dance.

A parents’ welcome. 

A blessing.

A trio of toasts.

A pair of parent dances.

And lots and lots of fun and frivolity.

This moment still makes me laugh every time I see these photos. Emily and Kristine, my former clients and the cousins of the bride, asked for a photo with me. But my fabulous assistant Renee didn’t have enough hands to told both the camera and the off-camera flash on the monopod. “I can hold the flash,” Helen chimed in. Well, okay then. You’re hired! I couldn’t stop cracking up. And then I had to shoot an iPhone snap to share on Instagram. I have the best job with the best clients. Indisputably.

A special song for Jeff’s fraternity.

Many, many congratulations, Helen + Jeff. I could not have had more fun with you all. Please, please persuade more members of your family to hurry up and get married so we can work together *again!*

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal Church of Towson

Officiant: The Rev. Kenneth H. Saunders III

Ceremony musicians: Two Rivers Chamber Music

Reception: The Historic Belvedere

Catering: Belvedere & Co. Events

Bridal attire: Stella York gown from The Bridal Boutique

Make-up: Just Blush LLC

Hair: Catherine Butler

Bridesmaids’ attire: Bella Bridesmaids

Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Banks

Florist: Rutland Beard

Cake: Sugar Bakers

DJ: Matt Davis Music

Transportation: American Limousines

Invitations: The Pleasure of Your Company

Papergoods: xoBSpoke

Photobooth: Pixilated

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