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An Embassy Suites Hunt Valley wedding: Sara + Jeremy
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My first e-mail about Sara + Jeremy’s wedding came from the bride’s little sister, Rebecca, whose beautiful Peabody Library wedding to Rick I photographed back in 2010. “You’ve done so many weddings, I doubt you remember (!), but we’ve always loved your photos,” she wrote. I laughed out loud. Not only did I remember Rebecca’s big day, I also see their smiling faces almost every time I meet with a prospective client and show the sample album I made for my studio from their wedding. The book contains an entire page of photographs of Sara — a talented seamstress — sewing her sister into her wedding gown because of some last-minute troubles with the fit of the dress. Amusingly, seven years later, a friend of Sara’s tracked down a pair of extra sharp scissors to make some last-minute tweaks to the bride’s own gown as she prepared to walk down the aisle to Jeremy. Needless to say, it was a delight to work with Sara and Rebecca’s family again for another wedding and to meet Jeremy’s wonderfully sweet daughter and relatives. We lucked out with some great indoor photography locations at the hotel so that we could avoid the drizzle and humidity outside. And as I photographed Sara + Jeremy’s very touching ceremony, I couldn’t help but tear up as I listened to the rabbi, who has participated in every single one of her family’s momentous occasions, from mitzvahs to marriages, over the course of several generations. Recounting his conversations with the groom, who works as a casino blackjack dealer, he wondered aloud whether there could possibly be any better way to start a life together than with someone whose stated job is “to protect the house.” Here are many, many of my favorites from Sara + Jeremy’s wonderful day:

The bride, looking lovely.

Meanwhile, Jeremy had some help getting ready from his darling and very charming daughter, who was very excited about the sparkle in her hair.

Jeremy wore one cuff link from his father and one from his grandfather. Such a wonderful way to incorporate a little family history into the day.

The couple chose to see each other before the wedding ceremony for photos.

Rebecca’s father spied on them — and snapped cell phone photos — from between the plants in the hotel atrium.

When Jeremy couldn’t find a tuxedo vest that he liked, Sara came to the rescue again with her sewing skills and just made him one herself.

A few family and wedding party photos.

Sara’s wedding dress had pockets. Oh so cool.

Sara’s friend makes the previously mentioned adjustments to her gown.

A few ceremony details.

And then it was time to get married!

Sara’s brother assisted their rabbi and helped officiate the wedding.

Married!

A family toast.

A few reception details.

A marvelous first dance. 

A quartet of toasts, including an emotional tribute to the newlyweds from the groom’s daughter. 

A blessing.

The couple changed into fancy, wedding-worthy sneakers for their reception. 

And lots and lots of fun and frivolity — including a photo of Sara with the SEVEN women for whom she has served as a bridesmaid over the years!

When the deejay plays your favorite Backstreet Boys song and you’re so excited…

Many, many congratulations to you, Sara + Jeremy. We could not have had any more fun with you, your friends and your families!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony + reception: Embassy Suites Hunt Valley

Officiant: Rabbi Gus Buchdahl

Make-up: Alison Harper & Company

Hair: Up Do’s for I Do’s

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Cake: Baked by a friend of the bride, Brenda Zaidman

DJ: Jordan Solender from District Remix

Invitations: Julie Hanan Design

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