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Elizabeth + Jordan
Christ Lutheran Church -- Pier V Hotel -- Baltimore wedding photographer

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I didn’t meet Liz or Jordan before they booked me to photograph their Pier V Hotel wedding. But come their wedding weekend, I spent nearly all of it with them, photographing their fun rehearsal dinner and then their wedding day preparations, their moving wedding ceremony and their all-things-blush-pink reception and dance party. What a great weekend! Liz and her mother worked their tails off on wedding planning. (Debbie, the mother of the bride, even went to the trouble of researching which length of sparkler is best for fun sparkler exits at the end of the party!) Liz and Jordan were married at Christ Lutheran Church, one of the prettiest churches in Baltimore with its gorgeous stained glass windows. The pastor from Liz’s family’s home church officiated the wedding and friends of the couple graced the congregation with such a beautiful rendition of The Prayer that many, including the bride, were moved to tears. One of the benefits of photographing the rehearsal dinner festivities was that I had a chance to meet flowergirl Olivia and ring bearer Connor ahead of time. Olivia’s family members told her that she should smile sweetly every time she saw me and that darling little girl followed their instructions to a T. Whether she was hiding behind her bouquet, peeking from the pew in church or twirling on the dance floor after her introduction into the reception, Olivia was so photogenic that I could have filled an entire blog post with photos of her doing her adorable little thing. Liz and Jordan also asked for some nighttime portraits with the beautiful city of Baltimore lit up behind them and I’m thrilled with our results. My friend and assistant, Sam, worked with me again for this wedding and his photos are mixed in below with mine. Here are some of my favorites from Liz and Jordan’s wonderful wedding day:002_HammertDoolittle_00677-0124_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I started with Liz and her girls.003_HammertDoolittle_00124-0022_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 004_HammertDoolittle_00513-0085_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 005_HammertDoolittle_00160-0024_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 006_HammertDoolittle_00105-0018_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 007_HammertDoolittle_00546bw-0098_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 008_HammertDoolittle_00527-0089_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Both Liz and her mother needed tissues after the bride read a card from her parents.009_HammertDoolittle_00571-0103_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 010_HammertDoolittle_00776bw-0146_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 011_HammertDoolittle_00843-0159_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The bride, looking absolutely beautiful.012_HammertDoolittle_00864-0163_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 013_HammertDoolittle_00918bw-0175_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The first of many photos of little Olivia. 014_HammertDoolittle_00970-0188_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I shot this next photo on the left first and then noticed the unexpected little head trying oh so hard to peek over the railing at me. Simply adorable. 015_HammertDoolittle_01026-0203_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Meanwhile, Sam started with the guys as they got ready. 016_HammertDoolittle_00267-0038_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 017_HammertDoolittle_00304-0046_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 018_HammertDoolittle_00435-0068_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 019_HammertDoolittle_00456-0072_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And then we were off to the church. 020_HammertDoolittle_01143-0225_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 021_HammertDoolittle_01145-0226_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 022_HammertDoolittle_01303-0255_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Liz was crazy about her shoes. I was thrilled to have captured this nice shot of them with a bit of lace from her gown and surrounded by her bridesmaids’ blush pink dresses.023_HammertDoolittle_01202-0236_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

These two. They seriously could not be cuter.024_HammertDoolittle_01253-0245_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 025_HammertDoolittle_01479bw-0291_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 026_HammertDoolittle_01527-0302_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 027_HammertDoolittle_01533-0304_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 028_HammertDoolittle_01559-0312_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 029_HammertDoolittle_01582-0318_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Sam spent the majority of the ceremony in the choir loft and shot all of the photos from that vantage point, including the next image on the right.030_HammertDoolittle_01598-0321_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 031_HammertDoolittle_01639-0331_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The voices on this pair were truly extraordinary. 032_HammertDoolittle_01735-0357_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 033_HammertDoolittle_01659-0338_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Vows and rings.034_HammertDoolittle_01773-0368_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I love that you can tell that Liz is smiling in this next image, even though only her eyes are visible.035_HammertDoolittle_01898-0395_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 036_HammertDoolittle_01791-0372_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 037_HammertDoolittle_01815-0379_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Married! 038_HammertDoolittle_01931-0401_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Jordan checks out what Liz had inscribed in his ring.039_HammertDoolittle_02010-0426_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

After family photos, we photographed the very fun wedding party outside the church and then headed to Federal Hill.040_HammertDoolittle_02389-0470_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 041_HammertDoolittle_02439-0478_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 042_HammertDoolittle_02496-0487_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 043_HammertDoolittle_02530-0490_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 044_HammertDoolittle_02608bw-0507_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 045_HammertDoolittle_02734-0525_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 046_HammertDoolittle_02842-0542_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

As we wrapped up photos of Liz and Jordan, their cocktail hour got underway on the beautiful tented patio at Pier V Hotel (which you can see in the next photo behind them!).047_HammertDoolittle_02853-0545_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I love this next image of the newlyweds. So very much. 048_HammertDoolittle_02932bw-0558_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Such beautiful light to play with. And a great-looking couple, of course!049_HammertDoolittle_02914-0550_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 050_HammertDoolittle_03051-0576_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Then it was time to get to the party.051_HammertDoolittle_03063-0579_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

From all the pink and white draping to the towering centerpieces by Flowers & Fancies, Liz was very excited about all of the details they worked so hard to plan. It was not hard to see why. I was particularly crazy about the gorgeous, gold, sparkly invitation suite that Susan McArdle of Just Ink on Paper created for her!052_HammertDoolittle_03085-0584_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 053_HammertDoolittle_03104-0587_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 054_HammertDoolittle_03201-0603_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 055_HammertDoolittle_03246-0610_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 056_HammertDoolittle_03257-0611_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 057_HammertDoolittle_03305-0620_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 058_HammertDoolittle_04065-0806_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 059_HammertDoolittle_04043-0799_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 060_HammertDoolittle_04064-0804_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Olivia and Connor’s big entrance.061_HammertDoolittle_03450bw-0653_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 062_HammertDoolittle_03461-0655_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A beautifully choreographed first dance. 063_HammertDoolittle_03482-0662_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 064_HammertDoolittle_03530-0675_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 065_HammertDoolittle_03520-0671_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A trio of toasts. 066_HammertDoolittle_03559-0681_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A pair of parent dances. 067_HammertDoolittle_03794-0742_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 068_HammertDoolittle_03841-0754_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 069_HammertDoolittle_03874-0757_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And lots and lots of fun and merriment. (Little Connor just conked out on the patio couches!)070_HammertDoolittle_03947-0773_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 071_HammertDoolittle_04149-0824_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 072_HammertDoolittle_04237-0851_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 073_HammertDoolittle_04255-0855_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 074_HammertDoolittle_04437-0907_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 075_HammertDoolittle_03678-0710_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 076_HammertDoolittle_03979-0783_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

In case anyone else is wondering, the 3-foot-long sparklers that Debbie tracked down were positively perfect for a grand exit!077_HammertDoolittle_04519-0928_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 078_HammertDoolittle_04506bw-0922_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Christ-Lutheran-Church_Pier-V-Hotel_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Liz and Jordan, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you both and your families. Many, many congratulations to you both.

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: Christ Lutheran Church

Officiant: Pastor Eric Deibler

Ceremony musicians: Organist Daniel Aune

Reception: Pier V Hotel

Lighting, tenting, furniture rentals & decor designers: Party Plus

Bridal attire: Kenneth Winston gown from Peggy’s Bridal Shop

Hair & Make-up: Symmetry Hair Studio

Bridesmaids’ attire: Bill Levkoff

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Flowers & Fancies

Cake: SugarBakers Cakes accompanied by Patisserie Poupon desserts

DJ: Music Masters

Invitations & papergoods: Just Ink On Paper 

Comments

  1. Mark and Debbie Hammert

    Jennifer, We are siting here on our anniversary, October 11th, reliving our daughter’s wedding festivities through your extraordinary photos. They have captured all the joy, beauty, emotions and great moments of those events. Reading your words, viewing your composition of photos, takes us back to the moments just like we were right back experiencing the day. We could not have asked for more. Gorgeous photos! You captured so many of our family and friends, the venue, flowers, and all the details. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. It was a pleasure having you be a part of our celebration. You captured many vantage points and moments that we did not see, yet are now able to experience. WOW, many, many thanks to you and Sam. Extraordinary!!! Debbie and Mark Hammert

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    1. jennifermcmenamin

      Thanks, so very much, for the wonderful note, Debbie + Mark! I hope you had a magnificent anniversary. It was a pleasure working with your whole family for Liz and Jordan’s big day. I truly appreciate the kind words!
      Warmly,
      Jennifer

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  2. Marlene Schiech

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Elizabeth you look STUNNING!! Debbie you looked so beautiful AND, you look young enough to be a bride yourself! So glad we’re family.

    Love,

    Marlene

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