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An AVAM wedding: Maddie + Zachary
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In the months before Maddie + Zach’s wedding, I thought of them, respectively, as Anthropologie’s director of aesthetics and a landscape architect extraordinaire. That wasn’t quite right, I admit. Maddie worked in women’s fashion and home goods at Anthropologie’s headquarters and has since changed jobs. But that’s the way I thought of them after hearing the vision for their fall AVAM wedding as “a rustic farm-to-table atmosphere in an urban space.” The other details that stuck with me before their big day revolved around their amazing families. Maddie + Zach, you see, met in high school. When they started dating, his parents and her parents became such good friends that they traveled the world together. All before their kids actually exchanged vows. Maddie + Zach’s wedding was truly a merging of families – his family, her mom’s family and her dad’s family. From the gaggle of relatives who traveled from New Zealand to join in the celebration and the high school friends who knew them way back when to their incredibly fun wedding party, the rugby team that hoisted the groom into the air on the dance floor and the bride’s oh-so-charming dance moves, the day was a joy to photograph and capture. Here are many of my favorites from Maddie + Zach’s big day:

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The couple chose to see each other before their ceremony for photos but did not wish to have any of their preparations photographed. So we started with Maddie + Zach at the American Visionary Art Museum for their first look, some casual couple portraits and family and wedding party photos. 0003-BergeronBarker_00026-0010_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0004-BergeronBarker_00031-0012_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0005-BergeronBarker_00032-0013_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0006-BergeronBarker_00090bw-0026_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0007-BergeronBarker_00099bw-0030_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0008-BergeronBarker_00134-0037_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0009-BergeronBarker_00169bw-0044_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0010-BergeronBarker_00181-0046_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0011-BergeronBarker_00192bw-0049_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

When the groom is a landscape architect, you must include beautiful landscapes — and lots of trees — in the photos!0012-BergeronBarker_00243-0058_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0013-BergeronBarker_00272-0065_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0014-BergeronBarker_00290bw-0070_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0015-BergeronBarker_00347-0078_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0016-BergeronBarker_00357bw-0081_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0017-BergeronBarker_00453-0098_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0018-BergeronBarker_00393bw-0090_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0019-BergeronBarker_00528-0106_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0020-BergeronBarker_00538bw-0109_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

As I shot the next series of photos of the couple, passersby audibly gasped at how lovely Maddie looked with her gown swirling in the wind and the dramatic clouds towering behind them.0021-BergeronBarker_00570-0118_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0022-BergeronBarker_00589bw-0123_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0023-BergeronBarker_00604-0128_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0024-BergeronBarker_00618bw-0130_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

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Such a fun wedding party!0031-BergeronBarker_00885-0178_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0032-BergeronBarker_00991-0191_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

When SO many relatives travel from SO FAR to be with you on your big day, how can you resist shooting one big giant photo of the families?0033-BergeronBarker_01308-0222_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And then, it was time to get married. The American Visionary Art Museum is such a fun, quirky spot for a wedding. It’s one of my most favorite venues in Baltimore.0034-BergeronBarker_01356-0227_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0035-BergeronBarker_01366-0229_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0036-BergeronBarker_01391-0236_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0037-BergeronBarker_01481-0246_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0038-BergeronBarker_01556bw-0258_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

My wonderful assistant Lindsay shot this next image of Maddie and her father during the processional as well as the subsequent images from the same vantage point in the museum’s balcony. 0039-BergeronBarker_01646-0276_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0040-BergeronBarker_01651-0278_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0041-BergeronBarker_01684-0289_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

One of Zach’s uncles beamed the ceremony back home to New Zealand for relatives who couldn’t make it.0042-BergeronBarker_01692-0294_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0043-BergeronBarker_01708-0297_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0044-BergeronBarker_01729-0301_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0045-BergeronBarker_01741bw-0307_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0046-BergeronBarker_01783bw-0315_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0047-BergeronBarker_01799-0318_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0048-BergeronBarker_01824bw-0324_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0049-BergeronBarker_01862-0335_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0050-BergeronBarker_01872-0338_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Married!0051-BergeronBarker_01883bw-0342_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0052-BergeronBarker_01935-0358_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0053-BergeronBarker_01939-0359_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0054-BergeronBarker_01993bw-0371_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0055-BergeronBarker_02012-0375_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0056-BergeronBarker_02065-0384_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

We ducked outside for a couple of quick photos of the newlyweds.0057-BergeronBarker_02085-0388_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0058-BergeronBarker_02138bw-0403_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0059-BergeronBarker_02159-0407_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I love AVAM’s LOVE balloon. 0060-BergeronBarker_02229bw-0421_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0061-BergeronBarker_02237-0423_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A few reception details. 0062-BergeronBarker_02252-0428_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0063-BergeronBarker_02268-0431_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0064-BergeronBarker_02290-0436_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0065-BergeronBarker_02311-0441_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0066-BergeronBarker_02337-0444_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0067-BergeronBarker_02342-0446_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0068-BergeronBarker_02377-0453_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0069-BergeronBarker_02404-0460_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0070-BergeronBarker_02418-0464_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0071-BergeronBarker_02432-0467_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0072-BergeronBarker_02502-0486_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The toasts were magnificent. 0073-BergeronBarker_02517-0491_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0074-BergeronBarker_02594bw-0512_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0075-BergeronBarker_02605-0515_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0076-BergeronBarker_02636bw-0524_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0077-BergeronBarker_02666-0530_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Dinner is served. 0078-BergeronBarker_02749-0550_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0079-BergeronBarker_02719-0541_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A first dance. 0080-BergeronBarker_02815-0570_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0081-BergeronBarker_02817-0571_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0082-BergeronBarker_02831bw-0578_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A pair of parent dances. 0083-BergeronBarker_02870bw-0593_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0084-BergeronBarker_02884-0599_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And lots and lots of fun and merriment. 0085-BergeronBarker_02980-0630_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0086-BergeronBarker_03004-0642_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The couple’s grandmas barely left the dance floor all night. (More on the danciest grandma of them all in a moment!)0087-BergeronBarker_03071-0665_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

My husband loves dancing at weddings. He believes that as long as you make a sweet face, it’s less important what your actual moves look like. Maddie has not only the awesome facial expressions down but also some pretty fantastic moves — including a very charming pointy dance that she appears to have taught to Zach as well!0088-BergeronBarker_03013-0645_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0089-BergeronBarker_03151-0690_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The high school friends — including the principal, who happens to be Zach’s dad! — surround the high school sweethearts for a photo.0090-BergeronBarker_03086-0670_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The groom’s grandmother made a traditional New Zealand pavlova cake that the couple cut together. And then they served pie! Lots and lots of pie. 0091-BergeronBarker_03205-0707_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0092-BergeronBarker_03236-0715_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0093-BergeronBarker_03272-0729_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0094-BergeronBarker_03320-0740_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0095-BergeronBarker_03343-0745_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

DJ Carl Brashears kept the dance floor packed and the party hopping.0096-BergeronBarker_03357-0747_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer

This grandmother was easily the danciest (yes, I just made up a word for the occasion!) I’ve ever seen. She is magnificent!0097-BergeronBarker_03390-0761_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0098-BergeronBarker_03423-0774_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0099-BergeronBarker_03441-0780_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0100-BergeronBarker_03794-0887_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0101-BergeronBarker_03703-0855_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0102-BergeronBarker_03743-0870_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0103-BergeronBarker_03818-0896_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0104-BergeronBarker_03823-0899_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographer 0105-BergeronBarker_03660bw-0846_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-AVAM-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographerMaddie + Zach, I could not have had any more fun with you, your friends and your families. Many, many congratulations and many happy travels to you all together in the future!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony + Reception: The American Visionary Art Museum

Officiant: Anthony O’Sullivan (a cousin of the groom’s father, he also baptized Zach and performed his First Communion)

Catering: Absolutely Perfect Catering

Lighting designers: Event Dynamics

Bridal attire: Anne Barge gown from Nordstrom

Hair & Make-up: Up Do’s for I Do’s

Bridesmaids’ attire: Amsale gowns

Groom’s attire: SuitSupply

Florist: Local Color Flowers

Dessert: Ice cream from Broom’s Bloom Dairy and pies from Wilson’s Farm Market

DJ: Classic Collective DJs

Transportation: ZBest Limousines

Invitations & papergoods: Hello Tenfold

 

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