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Briana + Kevin
The George Peabody Library -- Baltimore wedding photographer -- Baltimore wedding photography

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Briana and Kevin decided to see each other before their ceremony for photos. That moment — when he snuck up on her, when she first spotted him and together they reveled in the joy of their wedding day and their happy coupledom — was one of the loveliest I’ve photographed. Clients sometimes ask me about first looks, whether that moment seeing each other for the first time is actually special if it doesn’t happen in the ceremony and whether the subsequent walk down the aisle is less meaningful as a result. I don’t have a preference either way on whether my clients see each other before the wedding and think couples should choose what works best for them. But I submit Brie and Kevin’s images — both of their first look and their ceremony processional — as a little glimpse into how both moments are special in their own way. Just look at their wonderful facial expressions. You can read the emotion all over their faces! Their wedding was joyful from start to finish, from the excitement of Lulu (the couple’s energetic Lhasa Apso pup) in the hotel as Brie got ready and the beautiful light we got to play with in the park for their portraits to the very personal ceremony officiated by the couple’s former pastor and the bagpiper who escorted the newlyweds down the aisle and outside for a few sunset photos. As if all of that wasn’t enough, we got a little sliver of perfect golden sunset light for a few quick photos right after their ceremony — and a police officer even stepped in to stop traffic for us. Amazing! It was just that kind of day. My wonderful former assistant of three years, Lucas, came out of retirement to help me with this wedding and he shot some beautiful photos during the ceremony. Here are some of my favorites from Brie and Kevin’s wonderful day:002-RiemerCoakley_00063-0006_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 003-RiemerCoakley_00070-0008_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Hello, Lulu!004-RiemerCoakley_00124-0014_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 005-RiemerCoakley_00144-0018_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 006-RiemerCoakley_00168bw-0023_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 007-RiemerCoakley_00182-0029_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 008-RiemerCoakley_00230-0038_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 009-RiemerCoakley_00241-0041_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 010-RiemerCoakley_00067-0007_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 011-RiemerCoakley_00295-0052_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 012-RiemerCoakley_00333-0059_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The bride, looking absolutely lovely. Brie has skin so flawless and eyes so incredibly blue that look like they’ve been Photoshopped to this level of perfection. They have not. This is all her. 013-RiemerCoakley_00365-0066_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 014-RiemerCoakley_00380bw-0070_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Kevin makes final adjustments before going to see Brie.015-RiemerCoakley_00448-0083_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 016-RiemerCoakley_00453-0085_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I could not love this next series of photos more.017-RiemerCoakley_00515-0094_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 018-RiemerCoakley_00504-0092_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 019-RiemerCoakley_00530-0099_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 020-RiemerCoakley_00547-0103_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 021-RiemerCoakley_00552bw-0107_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 022-RiemerCoakley_00562-0109_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 023-RiemerCoakley_00569bw-0112_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Brie’s mother, Diane, looks on as her daughter greets her soon-to-be husband.024-RiemerCoakley_00589-0120_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 025-RiemerCoakley_00593-0121_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The light. The fountain spray. This moment.026-RiemerCoakley_00687-0142_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 027-RiemerCoakley_00702-0145_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 028-RiemerCoakley_00726-0147_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 029-RiemerCoakley_00737bw-0150_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Oh how I love a pretty long veil on such a graceful bride. 030-RiemerCoakley_00789-0156_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 031-RiemerCoakley_00828-0158_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 032-RiemerCoakley_00979bw-0177_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 033-RiemerCoakley_00853-0161_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 034-RiemerCoakley_00858bw-0163_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Brie greets her grandmother.035-RiemerCoakley_01101-0206_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A few fun wedding party photos.036-RiemerCoakley_01217-0224_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 037-RiemerCoakley_01235-0228_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 038-RiemerCoakley_01266-0232_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 039-RiemerCoakley_01323-0246_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Del enjoying his role for the day as father of the bride.040-RiemerCoakley_01419-0267_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The George Peabody Library is one of my absolute most favorite venues. It still gives me goosebumps every time I walk into the Stacks Room.041-RiemerCoakley_01469-0277_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 042-RiemerCoakley_01513-0284_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Kevin peeks out to see if it’s time yet for the ceremony to begin. 043-RiemerCoakley_01520-0285_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 044-RiemerCoakley_01641-0305_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 045-RiemerCoakley_01678bw-0314_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 046-RiemerCoakley_01782-0336_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 047-RiemerCoakley_01780-0335_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 048-RiemerCoakley_01810-0344_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Lucas shot these next two photos and I love them both. Such great, unusual perspectives.049-RiemerCoakley_01822-0346_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I hope they remember exactly what they were thinking here. Such a great exchange of glances.050-RiemerCoakley_01845-0356_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 051-RiemerCoakley_01870-0362_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 052-RiemerCoakley_01882-0365_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 053-RiemerCoakley_01912-0372_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Married!054-RiemerCoakley_01961-0385_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I waited to capture their faces precisely between the drones of the bagpipes. I love the joy on their faces.055-RiemerCoakley_02016-0394_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 056-RiemerCoakley_02021-0395_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 057-RiemerCoakley_02050-0400_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 058-RiemerCoakley_02077-0405_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A few quick portraits of the newlyweds after the ceremony.059-RiemerCoakley_02152bw-0426_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 060-RiemerCoakley_02103-0409_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 061-RiemerCoakley_02124bw-0420_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Perfect sunset light.062-RiemerCoakley_02204-0433_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And an assist from this very kind police officer.063-RiemerCoakley_02235-0439_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The McMenamin in me can’t help but share one more bagpiping photo.064-RiemerCoakley_02266-0445_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 065-RiemerCoakley_02294-0451_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 066-RiemerCoakley_02329-0457_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A few reception details.067-RiemerCoakley_02351-0465_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Bonny Opper of Chef’s Expressions and her staff performed the miracle of quickly flipping the Stacks Room from ceremony to elegant dinner party without the usual benefit of having the tables set behind a curtain before the ceremony. They did every last thing in the hour between the I do’s and the couple’s first dance. It looked beautiful. 068-RiemerCoakley_02418-0481_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 069-RiemerCoakley_02461-0488_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 070-RiemerCoakley_02482-0492_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A first dance. 071-RiemerCoakley_02494-0496_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 072-RiemerCoakley_02520bw-0506_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 073-RiemerCoakley_02536bw-0514_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A three-course dinner.074-RiemerCoakley_02655-0541_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 075-RiemerCoakley_03259-0673_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 076-RiemerCoakley_03211-0670_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A couple of toasts.077-RiemerCoakley_02598-0531_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 078-RiemerCoakley_02570-0525_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 079-RiemerCoakley_02817bw-0572_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A pair of parent dances. 080-RiemerCoakley_02858-0583_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And lots and lots of fun.081-RiemerCoakley_03160-0659_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 082-RiemerCoakley_03005-0619_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 083-RiemerCoakley_03327-0698_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 084-RiemerCoakley_03379-0712_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 085-RiemerCoakley_03473-0736_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 086-RiemerCoakley_03440-0727_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 087-RiemerCoakley_03524-0748_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 088-RiemerCoakley_03548-0751_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_George-Peabody-Library-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographerMany, many congratulations, Brie + Kevin. I could not have had more fun with you, your friends and your families!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & reception: George Peabody Library

Officiant: Pastor Robert Mordhorst

Ceremony musicians: Bagpiper Francis Wallace & soloist Denise Izzi

Catering: Chef’s Expressions

Lighting designers: Event Dynamics

Bridal attire: Maggie Sottero gown from Juliet’s Bridal

Make-up: Emmey Makeup Artistry

Hair: Bridal Beauty Associates

Bridesmaids’ attire: JCrew

Groom’s attire: Vera Wang tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Wessel’s Florist

Cake: Yia Yia’s Bakery

DJ: Anthony Simpson of My Deejay

Videographer: Bill Desrochers Video Productions

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Comments

  1. Denise Izzi

    Jennifer,
    I just wanted to applaud you for capturing my cousin-in-laws wedding so beautifully. Both Brie and Kevin are wonderful, beautiful people and you captured that perfectly in them. I cried…again…as I went through these photos as my heart was just bursting with love for these two and this family!

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    1. jennifermcmenamin

      Thanks so much, Denise! I truly appreciate the kind words. Your singing brought such a beautiful and personal touch to their ceremony! How lucky Brie is to have such a talented cousin. Thanks again for the wonderful note.
      ~ Jennifer

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  2. Pat Coakley

    Jennifer, I am feeling a bit sorry as the first anniversary of Kevin and Brie approaches that I did not comment on the most wonderful wedding pictures you took a year ago. My work email is my primary source of communication and I just went through these beautiful pictures and re-lived the fabulous day all over again. Thank you for capturing the loving expressions of Kevin and Brie. These are truly a treasure for all of us.

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    1. Jennifer McMenamin Post author

      Hi Pat! Thanks so much for the wonderfully kind note. I loved working with Kevin and Brie and your entire family! I’m so glad that you all have been enjoying the photos. What a magical day it was!
      Warmly,
      Jennifer

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