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Baltimore Basilica & Engineers Club wedding: Stephanie + Matt
The Baltimore Basilica & The Baltimore Engineers Club wedding // Baltimore wedding photographer // Baltimore wedding photography

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Stephanie + Matt planned one of the most creative, thoughtful weddings I’ve ever seen. Seeking to showcase their cultural backgrounds — she is French and Jamaican and he is English — they planned four distinctly different experiences for their guests at the reception. After a beautifully personal ceremony officiated by a friend of the bride’s family at the Baltimore Basilica, guests were invited to a British cocktail hour in the front rooms of the Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. The 162-year-old mansion was originally purchased by the president of the B&O Railroad as a wedding gift for his son. Over the years, adjoining townhomes were bought, creating a stunningly gorgeous and grand home with more than 40 rooms, 16 fireplaces, 100 windows and a twisting hardwood staircase topped by a Tiffany glass dome. Stephanie + Matt used the building’s more modern atrium for their dinner party, transforming the open and airy room into a French bistro complete with red and white check napkins, small round tables and white bistro chairs. Afterward, guests moved into the grand ballroom for dancing in a Parisian lounge with the always-incredible band, Millennium. With one final room transformation, the staff invited guests to end their evening back in the atrium with Jamaican music, games, Red Stripe beer and rum, and a late-night snack of Jamaican beef patties handmade by the bride’s father. It was quite the evening! Matt’s job requires that his face not appear on the Internet. So I’ve carefully chosen images to share of Stephanie, of their details and friends and of the couple in which Matt’s face is not discernible. Here are some of my favorites from their wonderful day:

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The Baltimore Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion sits grandly on Mount Vernon Place.

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The towering stained glass windows of the Mansion’s Women’s Auxiliary, overlooking Mount Vernon Place, make it one of the loveliest places in Baltimore for getting ready for a wedding.

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Meanwhile, downstairs, the guys played pool and got dressed in their coats and tails.11-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-groomsmen

Matt’s best man wrote to the queen about his friend’s impending nuptials. Her lady in waiting wrote back! He read her note as part of his toast — with a joke about how Americans think that all English people are acquainted with the royal family.  12-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-groomsmen13-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-flowers 14-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-hair 15-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-jewelry 16-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-father 17-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-bride 18-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-bride 19-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-bride-rings

The bride, looking absolutely lovely.20-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-bride 21-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-bride

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And then we were off to the Basilica. (With the freezing temperatures, Stephanie wore her big North Face mittens on her way!)23-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-bride 24-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding 25-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding

Stephanie and her father made their grand entrance. My wonderful assistant Lindsay spent the ceremony in the choir loft of the very grand Basilica. She shot the next image on the right and the remainder of photos in this post from the same vantage point.26-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-processional 27-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-processional 28-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-couple 29-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-bouquet 30-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-groom-socks 31-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-vows 32-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-rings 33-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-blessing

Married! 34-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-portraits

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After a few efficient family and wedding party photos, we took advantage of the beautiful windows and late-afternoon light at the Basilica for photos with Stephanie + Matt.  38-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-couple 39-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-photo 40-Baltimore-Basilica-wedding-bride 41-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-photos

A few reception details. 42-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-placecards 43-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-cocktails 44-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-reception 45-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-centerpieces 46-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-menu 47-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-napkins Toasts.48-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-toasts 49-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-toasts 50-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-champagne 51-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-toast 52-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-reception 53-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-dinner 54-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-reception 55-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-toast 56-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-reception

After dinner, it was time to move into the Parisian lounge for dancing.57-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-party 58-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-reception 59-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-reception-flowers 60-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-reception

The couple’s cake wonderfully depicted their loyalties to France and England. 61-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-cake

A first dance. 62-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-first-dance

Since Stephanie + Matt both love music, they each wanted to surprise the other with a song for the wedding. “But since we spend basically every waking minute with each other,” Stephanie explained, “neither of us had time to practice without the other one figuring it out. So we joined forces in the end.” Together, they performed Ben Fold’s “Luckiest” for their guests. Stephanie also shared a lovely dance with her father.63-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-serenade 64-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-party 65-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-dancing

The talented musicians and performers of Millennium kept the dance floor packed all night long with their always-impressive, wide-ranging repertoire. 66-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-band 67-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-dancing 68-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-party

I loved the s’mores bar that the couple offered as a special dessert — including the funny little note to the Brits in attendance!69-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-smores

Then, it was time to travel to Jamaica for late-night snacks, games and then more dancing and photo booth fun in the Parisian lounge. 70-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-after-party 71-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-party 72-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-party 73-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-snack 74-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-games 75-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-photobooth 76-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-dancing 77-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-wedding-last-dance 78-Baltimore-Engineers-Club-weddingMany, many congratulations, Stephanie + Matt. It was a pleasure to work with you and your friends and family!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: The Baltimore Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Officiant: Father Pere Alain Colliou

Ceremony musicians: Organist Muriel Hopkins, soprano Amanda Williams, alto Rebecca Roy, tenor Devon Borowski and bass Nick Scholl

Reception & Catering: The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion

Lighting designers: Event Dynamics

Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. 

Bridal attire: Aire Barcelona gown from Ebrada Atelier

Make-up: Nicole Palermo

Hair: Nicole Nadeau

Bridesmaids’ attire: Lela Rose gowns

Groom’s attire: Coat and tails from Charles Tyrwhitt of London and a Christopher Schafer Clothier waistcoat

Florist: Fleur de Lis

Cake: Patisserie Poupon

Band: Millennium

Transportation: Limousines Inc.

Invitations & paper goods: Minted and DIY

Photo booth: The Prop Stop Photo Booth