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St. Mary of the Mills wedding: Elizabeth + Juan
St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church - Baltimore wedding photography - Maryland wedding photography

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Juan actually married the girl next door. Well, the girl two doors down, to be precise. He and Liz met in the summer of 2006, just before their senior years of high school, when his family moved into a house just down the street from her family’s. After a few months of running into each other as Juan walked his dog, they started dating. Seven years later, at a surprise party Juan threw for Liz’s 24th birthday, he asked her to marry him. And a little more than a year after that, on a perfect June afternoon, they exchanged vows and rings in a moving wedding ceremony at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, surrounded by their friends and family and a million summery yellow roses. Liz smiled her beautiful smile all day long, from the moment we arrived to capture her getting ready at Juan’s parents’ house to their joyful dash through a burst of bubbles at the end of the evening. Along the way, a pair of adorable flower girls traipsed down the lantern-lined aisle followed by a shy ring bearer. A gentle breeze played with Liz’s gorgeous veil as we shot portraits in a park. Juan chivalrously carried Liz up a hill when she mentioned that her heels were sinking into the grass. And they shared not one, but two, official first dances as well as a traditional Mexican vibora snake dance under strings of twinkling cafe lights. The whole day — orchestrated to perfection by event planners Karin and Peyton Craig of Encounters — was an absolute joy to photograph. My friend and assistant, Sam Levitan, worked with me again for this wedding and his images are mixed in with mine. Here are some of my favorites:002_SchneiderMagallanes_00049-0010_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 003_SchneiderMagallanes_00098-0014_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 004_SchneiderMagallanes_00187-0028_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 005_SchneiderMagallanes_00227-0038_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

This is a great reaction to seeing your dress hung up and ready for your wedding day.006_SchneiderMagallanes_00040-0009_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 007_SchneiderMagallanes_00285-0051_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

Liz peeks out the door to see if she can spot Juan, who arrived with the groomsmen to transport flowers to the church.008_SchneiderMagallanes_00293-0054_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 009_SchneiderMagallanes_00307-0057_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 010_SchneiderMagallanes_00388-0074_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 011_SchneiderMagallanes_00381-0073_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

Liz and her mother.012_SchneiderMagallanes_00401bw-0077_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 013_SchneiderMagallanes_00421-0079_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 014_SchneiderMagallanes_00462-0091_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 015_SchneiderMagallanes_00513bw-0104_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 016_SchneiderMagallanes_00521-0106_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

I love this next image that Sam shot of these women peeking into the room in which Liz was getting dressed.017_SchneiderMagallanes_00530-0111_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

The bride, looking absolutely gorgeous.018_SchneiderMagallanes_00546-0116_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 019_SchneiderMagallanes_00596bw-0125_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 020_SchneiderMagallanes_00581bw-0121_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

Sam shot this great trio of images of Liz’s father, seeing her as a bride for the first time.021_SchneiderMagallanes_00648-0138_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

A few church details.022_SchneiderMagallanes_00798-0159_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 023_SchneiderMagallanes_00782-0156_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 024_SchneiderMagallanes_00859-0173_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 025_SchneiderMagallanes_00893-0181_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 026_SchneiderMagallanes_00816-0163_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

The flower girls originally thought they’d be scattering petals down the aisle. But the night before the wedding, the couple learned that they would actually not be be permitted to do so. This was explained to the flower girls, who took these new directions very, very seriously. When the littlest one accidentally dropped a petal from her basket, she insisted upon returning to pick it up even as her sister attempted to efficiently tug her down the aisle. It was darling.027_SchneiderMagallanes_01026-0208_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 028_SchneiderMagallanes_01042-0212_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 029_SchneiderMagallanes_01052-0214_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 030_SchneiderMagallanes_01082-0223_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 031_SchneiderMagallanes_01114bw-0235_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 032_SchneiderMagallanes_01140-0241_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 033_SchneiderMagallanes_01182-0249_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

I love this little look between the two of them.034_SchneiderMagallanes_01196-0252_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 035_SchneiderMagallanes_01321-0274_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

Liz’s parents share a whisper and a hand squeeze.036_SchneiderMagallanes_01305-0271_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 037_SchneiderMagallanes_01415-0301_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

Santiago delivers the rings.038_SchneiderMagallanes_01158-0246_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

Keeping with Mexican tradition, the couple was presented with 13 coins to symbolize the groom’s commitment to take care of his wife and make his wealth hers. They also were encircled with the loops of a lazo to “tie the knot.”039_SchneiderMagallanes_01496-0322_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 040_SchneiderMagallanes_01553-0332_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

Adriana was incredibly entertaining all day long.041_SchneiderMagallanes_01564-0334_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 042_SchneiderMagallanes_01632-0349_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 043_SchneiderMagallanes_01866-0394_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 044_SchneiderMagallanes_01978-0409_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 045_SchneiderMagallanes_02063-0426_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 046_SchneiderMagallanes_02087bw-0433_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 047_SchneiderMagallanes_02096-0436_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 048_SchneiderMagallanes_02098-0437_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

After a few quick family and wedding party pictures, we were off to a nearby park for photos of the newlyweds. We could not have asked for better weather, including a lovely breeze that did marvelous things to Liz’s veil. 049_SchneiderMagallanes_02199bw-0457_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 050_SchneiderMagallanes_02213-0463_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 051_SchneiderMagallanes_02282bw-0483_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

Up the hill they go!052_SchneiderMagallanes_02328-0495_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 053_SchneiderMagallanes_02411-0509_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 054_SchneiderMagallanes_02426-0515_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 055_SchneiderMagallanes_02483-0526_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

And then we were off to the reception!056_SchneiderMagallanes_02548-0541_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 057_SchneiderMagallanes_02532-0539_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 059_SchneiderMagallanes_02708-0565_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 060_SchneiderMagallanes_02613-0551_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 061_SchneiderMagallanes_02745-0573_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

A pair of first dances. 062_SchneiderMagallanes_02965bw-0612_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 063_SchneiderMagallanes_03016-0619_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

A couple of toasts. 064_SchneiderMagallanes_03031-0622_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

And lots of fun and merriment!065_SchneiderMagallanes_03089-0635_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 066_SchneiderMagallanes_03137-0644_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 067_SchneiderMagallanes_03259-0669_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 068_SchneiderMagallanes_03394-0698_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 069_SchneiderMagallanes_03447-0710_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 070_SchneiderMagallanes_03450-0711_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 071_SchneiderMagallanes_03653-0747_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 072_SchneiderMagallanes_03534-0723_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 073_SchneiderMagallanes_03737-0764_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 074_SchneiderMagallanes_03804-0781_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

The Snake Dance.075_SchneiderMagallanes_03929-0809_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 076_SchneiderMagallanes_03944-0816_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 077_SchneiderMagallanes_04002-0833_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 078_SchneiderMagallanes_04186-0869_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography 079_SchneiderMagallanes_04035bw-0847_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

A silhouette captured in the moment as Liz and Juan hit the dance floor.080_SchneiderMagallanes_03380-0695_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photography

And a tremendously fun exit amidst a shower of bubbles. 081_SchneiderMagallanes_04212-0880_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_St-Mary-of-the-Mills-Church_The-Other-Barn_Maryland-wedding-photographyMany, many congratulations, Liz + Juan. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and your friends and family!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church

Catering: My Thyme Catering

Event coordinator: Karin and Peyton Craig of Encounters Inc.

Lighting designers: Perkins Productions

Rentals: Select Event Rental

Bridal attire: Dennis Basso gown from Kleinfeld

Make-up and hair: Ana Kenny

Bridesmaids’ attire: David’s Bridal

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Cake: The Cake Studio

DJ: C & J Entertainment

Transportation: Deluxe Transportation

Centerpieces: Made by the groom’s mother, Maria Magallanes

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