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Belvedere wedding: Veronica + Brian
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Veronica + Brian could not have asked for a more lovely spring day for their Belvedere wedding. Unlike recent weekends when we've battled downpours and thunderstorms and flash floods, they were graced with sunny skies, not-too-warm temperatures and a gentle breeze. They enjoyed a traditional Catholic ceremony at Saint Alphonsus Church followed by a sparkly and bejeweled reception at the Historic Belvedere Hotel. They also were graced with a gaggle of darling junior bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearers and family and friends who so obviously could not have been more thrilled to gather to celebrate their union. One of my favorite moments from their wedding day was when they had a "family dance" in lieu of traditional parent dances. Veronica danced with Brian's father -- and was moved to tears during their spin across the dance floor -- while Brian alternately danced with his mother and Veronica's mother. Siblings stepped in, too, to dance with other family members. It could not have been more lovely and truly personified the union of two families on the wedding day. Here are some of my favorites from Veronica + Brian's beautiful spring wedding:

Veronica + Brian could not have asked for a more lovely spring day for their Belvedere wedding. Unlike recent weekends when we’ve battled downpours and thunderstorms and flash floods, they were graced with sunny skies, not-too-warm temperatures and a gentle breeze. They enjoyed a traditional Catholic ceremony at Saint Alphonsus Church followed by a sparkly and bejeweled reception at the Historic Belvedere Hotel. They also were graced with a gaggle of darling junior bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearers and family and friends who so obviously could not have been more thrilled to gather to celebrate their union. One of my favorite moments from their wedding day was when they had a “family dance” in lieu of traditional parent dances. Veronica danced with Brian’s father — and was moved to tears during their spin across the dance floor — while Brian alternately danced with his mother and Veronica’s mother. Siblings stepped in, too, to dance with other family members. It could not have been more lovely and truly personified the union of two families on the wedding day. Here are some of my favorites from Veronica + Brian’s beautiful spring wedding:

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I started with Veronica and the girls at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, where everyone in the wedding party was getting ready.003-BarraganWalsh_00062-0009_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 004-BarraganWalsh_00099-0019_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 005-BarraganWalsh_00109-0023_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 006-BarraganWalsh_00222-0040_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Oh how I love freckles on little girls!007-BarraganWalsh_00197-0036_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 008-BarraganWalsh_00250-0047_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Meanwhile, a few floors down, Brian and the guys were fussing with bow ties and toasting his impending marriage.009-BarraganWalsh_00281-0054_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 010-BarraganWalsh_00276-0053_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 011-BarraganWalsh_00293bw-0059_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 012-BarraganWalsh_00298-0061_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 013-BarraganWalsh_00314-0065_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 014-BarraganWalsh_00352-0076_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Back upstairs, the bride’s suite was a flurry of activity as bridesmaids studied online instructions and videos on the many ways to tie their dresses and Veronica moved from the make-up chair to the makeshift hair studio. I love this next photo of her gown hanging in all its beauty amidst all the activity. 015-BarraganWalsh_00444bw-0094_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 016-BarraganWalsh_00371-0078_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 017-BarraganWalsh_00389-0082_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 018-BarraganWalsh_00396-0084_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 019-BarraganWalsh_00448-0095_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 020-BarraganWalsh_00460-0097_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 021-BarraganWalsh_00527-0107_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 022-BarraganWalsh_00549bw-0112_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 023-BarraganWalsh_00586-0121_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Finally, it was time for Veronica to step into her gown.024-BarraganWalsh_00610-0124_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 025-BarraganWalsh_00615-0125_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 026-BarraganWalsh_00623-0128_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 027-BarraganWalsh_00659bw-0139_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 028-BarraganWalsh_00677-0144_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

The bride, looking absolutely lovely. 029-BarraganWalsh_00669-0142_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 030-BarraganWalsh_00706bw-0151_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

The couple decided they wanted to see each other before the ceremony for photos. I loved Veronica + Brian’s reactions upon seeing each other for the first time that day. 031-BarraganWalsh_00810-0168_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 032-BarraganWalsh_00840-0178_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 033-BarraganWalsh_00822bw-0172_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 034-BarraganWalsh_00829-0175_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 035-BarraganWalsh_00864-0185_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

All day, at various points in the day, the couple’s videographers played “Uptown Funk” on tiny speakers and filmed footage of the wedding party dancing to compile for a music video-style highlights reel. Here, the bride + groom get down in Mount Vernon Place.036-BarraganWalsh_00891-0192_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

We made good use of the gorgeous light for some outdoor portraits of the couple.037-BarraganWalsh_00941-0204_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 038-BarraganWalsh_00948bw-0207_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 039-BarraganWalsh_00976-0218_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

After a whole bunch of family and wedding party photos, we headed back to the Four Seasons Baltimore so that the bride could freshen up and then we were off to Saint Alphonsus Church.040-BarraganWalsh_01042-0230_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 041-BarraganWalsh_01196-0246_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 042-BarraganWalsh_01255-0252_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 043-BarraganWalsh_01274-0257_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 044-BarraganWalsh_01297-0262_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 045-BarraganWalsh_01308-0263_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 046-BarraganWalsh_01347-0271_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 047-BarraganWalsh_01460-0291_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 048-BarraganWalsh_01467-0292_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 049-BarraganWalsh_01493-0298_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 050-BarraganWalsh_01589-0320_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 051-BarraganWalsh_01624-0326_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 052-BarraganWalsh_01677-0337_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 053-BarraganWalsh_01706-0345_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Then, it was time to get married!054-BarraganWalsh_01778-0362_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 055-BarraganWalsh_01889-0381_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 056-BarraganWalsh_01941-0394_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 057-BarraganWalsh_01998-0409_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 058-BarraganWalsh_02002bw-0412_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 059-BarraganWalsh_02041bw-0422_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 060-BarraganWalsh_02123-0435_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 061-BarraganWalsh_02207-0454_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

I love catching these little glances and gestures for my clients.062-BarraganWalsh_02215-0456_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 063-BarraganWalsh_02232-0461_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 064-BarraganWalsh_02246-0467_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 065-BarraganWalsh_02283-0482_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 066-BarraganWalsh_02357bw-0503_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

As the afternoon sun moved across the sky, it happened to stream through the gorgeous stained glass windows of Saint Alphonsus Church and land right on Veronica like a spotlight as she and Brian kneeled during communion. It was beautiful! 067-BarraganWalsh_02471bw-0532_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 068-BarraganWalsh_02503-0539_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Married!069-BarraganWalsh_02561bw-0549_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

There were two bagpippers outside to greet the couple and their guests as they exited the church. 070-BarraganWalsh_02688-0575_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 071-BarraganWalsh_02698-0579_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 072-BarraganWalsh_02739-0593_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

The couple emerged into a burst of bubbles as the videographers’ drone flew overhead.073-BarraganWalsh_02778-0602_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 074-BarraganWalsh_02832-0611_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 075-BarraganWalsh_02924-0631_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Then, we were off to the Belvedere for a few more photos and the party.076-BarraganWalsh_02964-0641_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 077-BarraganWalsh_03079-0657_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 078-BarraganWalsh_03109-0663_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 079-BarraganWalsh_03153-0673_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

A few reception details. 080-BarraganWalsh_03204-0685_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 081-BarraganWalsh_03288-0705_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Oh what a cake!082-BarraganWalsh_03311-0710_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 083-BarraganWalsh_03220-0688_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 084-BarraganWalsh_03326-0713_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 085-BarraganWalsh_03351-0718_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 086-BarraganWalsh_03371-0723_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 087-BarraganWalsh_03496-0753_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

A first dance. 088-BarraganWalsh_03505-0757_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 089-BarraganWalsh_03529-0764_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 090-BarraganWalsh_04395-0992_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Lots of music and merriment. 091-BarraganWalsh_03547-0772_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 092-BarraganWalsh_03594-0783_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 093-BarraganWalsh_03722-0821_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 094-BarraganWalsh_03976-0880_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

A couple of toasts. 095-BarraganWalsh_03799-0842_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 096-BarraganWalsh_04006-0887_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 097-BarraganWalsh_04074-0902_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 098-BarraganWalsh_04108-0908_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 099-BarraganWalsh_03819-0847_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 100-BarraganWalsh_03855bw-0853_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 101-BarraganWalsh_03877-0855_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

The marvelous family dance. 102-BarraganWalsh_04155-0918_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

The ceremonious cutting of that towering cake.103-BarraganWalsh_04334-0973_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Lots of photobooth silliness. 104-BarraganWalsh_03746-0829_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 105-BarraganWalsh_04410-0994_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding 106-BarraganWalsh_04439bw-0998_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer-Belvedere-wedding

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: Saint Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church

Officiant: Father Harry Stokes

Ceremony musicians: Organist Mary J. Stanton

Bagpiper: The Maryland Bagpiper

Reception & Catering: Belvedere & Co. Events

Lighting designers: Klassic Sound LLC

Bridal attire: Allure Bridals gown from Venus Bridal Collection

Make-up: Heather Rea Style Studio

Hair: Amie Decker Beauty

Bridesmaids’ attire: BHLDN

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Designs by Daisy

Cake: La Cakerie

Band: The New Monopoly Band 

Transportation: American Limousines

Invitations: Just Paper & Tea

Calligraphy: Dana Graham Harris

Photo booth: The Prop Stop Photo Booth

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