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Angela + Coralina
Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore + the Parkville National Guard Armory -- Baltimore wedding photography

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After losing her mother seven years ago just before her 40th, Angie has not wanted to celebrate her birthday. No cakes. No parties. Nothing. So when she asked her longtime love, Cora, to marry her, Cora had just one stipulation: They had to exchange vows on Angie’s birthday. “She said she wanted to bring some joy back to my birthday for me,” Angie told me. Mission accomplished. Angela + Coralina were married on an impossibly perfect June day in an incredibly personal and spiritual ceremony, surrounded by their closest friends and family. Many of them pitched in to help with the wedding, from coordinating the day’s events, doing hair and make-up and arranging silk bouquets to preparing the reception feast and baking not only a wedding cake but also a birthday cake for the occasion. There were church solos by a friend and a niece. There was  a processional of nieces and nephews carrying photos of deceased relatives. There were spritzes of perfume from a treasured bottle that belonged to Cora’s late mother. There was a celebratory dance back up the aisle after being declared legally wed. There was cheering and congratulations and honks of encouragement during a walk through a nearby park for photos. And there was an amazing party in a sea of purple to celebrate the union. Joyful, indeed! I was lucky to have my good friend and fellow photographer Jen Cody as my assistant this day and her images are mixed in with mine below. Here are some of my favorites from Angie + Cora’s beautiful day:                                                                     002-JonesFelixRamirez_00069-0015_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

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After getting dressed and ready at the Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore, it was time to get married.013-JonesFelixRamirez_00640-0109_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography014-JonesFelixRamirez_00650bw-0112_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography015-JonesFelixRamirez_00681-0118_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography016-JonesFelixRamirez_00781bw-0139_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography017-JonesFelixRamirez_00794-0145_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography018-JonesFelixRamirez_00799-0147_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

While Angie is very emotional, Cora is incredibly expressive, making them an especially enjoyable couple to photograph.019-JonesFelixRamirez_00811-0150_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography020-JonesFelixRamirez_00825-0155_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography021-JonesFelixRamirez_00837-0157_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography022-JonesFelixRamirez_00872-0160_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography023-JonesFelixRamirez_00912-0171_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography024-JonesFelixRamirez_00895bw-0166_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography025-JonesFelixRamirez_01082-0206_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

The vows.026-JonesFelixRamirez_01135-0216_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography027-JonesFelixRamirez_01177bw-0222_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography028-JonesFelixRamirez_01283bw-0241_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography029-JonesFelixRamirez_01314-0245_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography030-JonesFelixRamirez_01361-0257_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography031-JonesFelixRamirez_01380-0260_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography032-JonesFelixRamirez_01388-0263_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

It was incredibly important to them that they share communion immediately after exchanging vows and rings.033-JonesFelixRamirez_01427-0273_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography034-JonesFelixRamirez_01471bw-0280_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

Married!035-JonesFelixRamirez_01484-0282_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

Angie + Cora danced back up the aisle to Barry White’s “You’re My First, My Last, My Everything.” What a way to make an exit!036-JonesFelixRamirez_01522-0289_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography037-JonesFelixRamirez_01567bw-0295_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

“I’s married now!” Angie declared.038-JonesFelixRamirez_01648-0306_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography039-JonesFelixRamirez_01673-0309_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

The signing of the marriage license still gives me goosebumps for my same-sex couples. Hooray for Question Six!040-JonesFelixRamirez_01725-0319_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography041-JonesFelixRamirez_01981-0366_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

After some family and wedding party photos at the church, we hopped in a limo to take some portraits of Angie + Cora at a nearby park.042-JonesFelixRamirez_02060bw-0379_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

This was one of my most favorite parts of the day. Angie + Cora were so gleeful as passersby offered their congratulations and motorists honked and cheered for the newlyweds.043-JonesFelixRamirez_02129-0388_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography044-JonesFelixRamirez_02151bw-0395_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography045-JonesFelixRamirez_02164-0399_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography046-JonesFelixRamirez_02227-0408_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography047-JonesFelixRamirez_02308-0422_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography048-JonesFelixRamirez_02329-0428_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography049-JonesFelixRamirez_02359-0436_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography050-JonesFelixRamirez_02411-0449_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography051-JonesFelixRamirez_02418-0452_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

Angie really wanted a photo with Cora in front of the lake. She has a photo of her own parents by the same lake. 052-JonesFelixRamirez_02455-0462_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

Meanwhile, while we were shooting portraits in the park, Jen took care of photographing most of the details at the National Guard Armory, where the reception was held.053-JonesFelixRamirez_02467-0463_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography054-JonesFelixRamirez_02648-0493_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

I love the seriousness with which these four are photographing the cakes. It makes me smile.055-JonesFelixRamirez_02741-0514_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography056-JonesFelixRamirez_02784-0523_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

A first dance. 057-JonesFelixRamirez_02795-0527_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography058-JonesFelixRamirez_02827-0533_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography059-JonesFelixRamirez_02833-0535_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography060-JonesFelixRamirez_02959-0563_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

Cora dancing with her brother while her sister looks on. 061-JonesFelixRamirez_03034-0578_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography062-JonesFelixRamirez_02988-0568_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

A trio of toasts.063-JonesFelixRamirez_03064-0582_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography064-JonesFelixRamirez_03102-0592_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

And lots and lots of fun dancing (including by my client Paula, whose wedding to Marge I photographed last year. Happy one-year wedding anniversary and 30-year together anniversary!).065-JonesFelixRamirez_03497-0697_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography066-JonesFelixRamirez_03217-0623_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography067-JonesFelixRamirez_03257-0634_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography068-JonesFelixRamirez_03389-0668_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography069-JonesFelixRamirez_03407bw-0673_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography070-JonesFelixRamirez_03476-0690_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography071-JonesFelixRamirez_03521-0704_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography072-JonesFelixRamirez_03590-0721_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography073-JonesFelixRamirez_03643-0733_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Metropolitan-Community-Church-of-Baltimore_Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-same-sex-wedding-photography

Many, many congratulations, Angie + Cora. It was an absolute joy working with you both and your friends and family!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore

Officiant: The Rev. Victoria Burson

Reception: The CW4 Melvin Sherr Armory

Catering: Family of the couple

Event coordinator: CQuence of Events

Rentals: Loane Brothers Party Rentals

Coralina’s attire: Forever Yours gown from Stella’s Bridal & Fashions

Angela’s attire: The Men’s Wearhouse

Cake: Family friend

Transportation: The Limo Lady

Comments

  1. Dee Mullinix

    Beautiful photos of two wonderful people. I was blessed to be apart of their day. The spirit and love of God filled the church.

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  2. Angela Jones - Ramirez

    Coralina and I would thank all of our family and friends who helped to make our day so very special! We love you all and cannot imagine life without you by our sides. Jennifer, many heart felt and warm thank yous for blessing us with your gifts and talent of photography!!!

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  3. Marge Joseph

    Jen, these pictures are as beautiful as ours were. Paula and I told Angie and Cora that if you spend money on nothing else spend it on good photography – which, of course, meant you. We continue to go back through our pictures over and over again and the feeling of that day returns each time. Just beautiful.

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    1. jennifermcmenamin

      Thanks so much, Marge! That means so much to me. I’m thrilled to hear that you and Paula continue to get as much joy from your photographs as I felt taking them for you! Hope I get to see you at more happy celebrations down the road!
      Warmly,
      Jen

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  4. Susie Wang

    Your beautiful pictures captured this special day and union. They moved me to tears. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Barbara Robinson

    Cora and Angie, it bought me great joy to witness your wedding. May you both continue to be wrapped in God’s warm embrace as you continue your journey. You are both truly loved, Ms Barbara

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  6. Mary Yarbrough

    Oh I am so jealous that I missed your big day!… Congratulations Cora and Angie!

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  7. Pastor Victoria L. Burson

    I was so honored to be a part of this glorious occasion. Thank you for blessings us with your union!

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  8. Marie

    I’m so happy for you two I’m in tears again

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