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Erica & Marlon
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Erica and Marlon‘s was a wedding that I looked forward to for a long time. We first met nearly a year out from their wedding date. It was one of those meetings that left me crossing my fingers that the stars would align and we’d get to work together. When Marlon called to ask a couple of follow-up questions, I was on vacation in Montana with my husband and our girls but answered the phone right away upon seeing their names pop up. I vividly remember standing in my mother-in-law’s kitchen, wanting to dance around upon hearing that they were hiring me. They so obviously have a wonderful connection together and they truly value their friends, their families and great photography. Pretty much my recipe for ideal clients. Erica, a former Redskins cheerleader, and Marlon, a former Terrapin football player at my beloved alma mater of the University of Maryland, chose not to see each other before their wedding. But they did want to share some sort of personal moment in each other’s presence before the ceremony. Those images — Erica and Marlon each leaning against opposite sides of a hallway corner in the ornate Belvedere Hotel — practically crackle with anticipation and excitement. Their wedding happened to fall on the weekend of Baltimore’s Gay Pride Festival and much of the neighborhood surrounding their venue was taken over by the festivities. We deftly dodged the crowds for some beautiful outdoor photos after the ceremony. Erica and Marlon even posed with one passerby’s rainbow flag. It was a marvelous day full of emotion, laughter, beautiful tributes — in words and saxophone serenade! — and one utterly rocking dance party. One more quick story before I get to the photographs: At our first meeting, I had to confess to Marlon that I had not attended many football games when I was in college and he played defensive end for the Terps. Rather, I explained, I was a very dedicated basketball fan, camping out on the sticky floor of Cole Field House for tickets to the big games and even hanging a bedsheet painted with “Don’t Go Joe!” out the window of my dorm room when one of my favorite players announced his intentions to leave school early for the NBA. “I remember that,” Marlon quickly responded. “LaPlata Hall, right?” The stars aligned. It was just meant to be. Here are some of my favorites from their beautiful day:  02-CliftClary_00001-0001_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 03-CliftClary_00060-0010_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 04-CliftClary_00093-0018_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 05-CliftClary_00143-0027_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 06-CliftClary_00135-0026_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 07-CliftClary_00126bw-0024_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Erica needed to dive, rather than step, into her dress, which presented a bit of a challenge in protecting her perfectly styled hair and make-up. Her bridesmaids’ and aunties’ solution involved a plastic bag with a small hole for breathing. I kid you not. Hence the victorious exuberance at success!08-CliftClary_00228-0040_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 09-CliftClary_00243-0046_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

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The bride, looking gorgeous. 11-CliftClary_00397bw-0071_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 12-CliftClary_00423bw-0078_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 13-CliftClary_00454-0082_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

And seeing her father for the first time as a bride.14-CliftClary_00501-0096_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 15-CliftClary_00534-0102_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 16-CliftClary_00557-0106_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 17-CliftClary_00627-0118_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 18-CliftClary_00672bw-0128_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 19-CliftClary_00702-0136_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Time to get married! 20-CliftClary_00765-0147_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Guests audibly started oohing and aaahing before Erica and her father even rounded the corner to make the final walk toward Marlon.21-CliftClary_00999bw-0197_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

This next photo was shot by my assistant, Lucas. 22-CliftClary_01036bw-0208_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 23-CliftClary_01043bw-0212_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 24-CliftClary_01109-0221_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

They shared so many lovely moments during their ceremony — little glances and expressions that I hope will help them relive their big day and all their wonderful memories.25-CliftClary_01142-0231_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 26-CliftClary_01157bw-0236_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 27-CliftClary_01148-0233_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 28-CliftClary_01187-0243_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 29-CliftClary_01191-0244_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

There were also jokes from their pastor, upon receiving the rings they were about to exchange, about the recession obviously being over. That prompted much laughter.  30-CliftClary_01225-0256_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 31-CliftClary_01255bw-0264_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Married! 32-CliftClary_01287-0274_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 33-CliftClary_01304bw-0282_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 34-CliftClary_01317-0287_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 35-CliftClary_01340-0292_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 36-CliftClary_01370bw-0301_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 37-CliftClary_01506-0310_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 38-CliftClary_01621-0326_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

After family and wedding party photos, we found some great light for some quick portraits of the newlyweds.39-CliftClary_01911-0387_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 40-CliftClary_01725-0343_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 41-CliftClary_01757-0350_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 42-CliftClary_01816-0365_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 43-CliftClary_01859-0377_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 44-CliftClary_01917-0388_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A few reception details. 45-CliftClary_01922-0391_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

This was the first time I’ve ever seen a smiley face inscribed in a ring. Because Marlon calls Erica ‘Happy Face’ as a nickname, she inscribed, “Love 4ever : )” in his ring.46-CliftClary_02567-0519_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 47-CliftClary_02590-0522_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 48-CliftClary_02173-0429_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 49-CliftClary_02181bw-0434_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 50-CliftClary_02194-0436_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 51-CliftClary_02233-0447_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 52-CliftClary_02241-0449_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A blessing. 53-CliftClary_02459-0493_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A magnificent toast. 54-CliftClary_02518-0503_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 55-CliftClary_02526-0506_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 56-CliftClary_02541bw-0510_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 57-CliftClary_02551bw-0515_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A pair of special dances. 58-CliftClary_02598-0524_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 59-CliftClary_02659-0539_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A cake cutting. 60-CliftClary_02714-0546_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 61-CliftClary_02754-0555_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A serenade. 62-CliftClary_02771-0560_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

And a fabulous dance party. 63-CliftClary_03067-0623_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 64-CliftClary_02917-0594_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 65-CliftClary_03265-0668_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 66-CliftClary_02904-0589_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

I have three words for this next photo: It. Takes. Two. (One of my all-time favorite songs!) 67-CliftClary_02933-0597_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 68-CliftClary_03012bw-0609_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 69-CliftClary_03045-0616_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 70-CliftClary_03092-0631_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 71-CliftClary_03130-0642_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 72-CliftClary_03356-0684_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 73-CliftClary_03428-0697_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 74-CliftClary_03445bw-0702_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 75-CliftClary_03456-0705_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 76-CliftClary_03479-0709_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 77-CliftClary_03501-0715_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 78-CliftClary_03536-0723_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 79-CliftClary_03573bw-0732_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Congratulations, Erica & Marlon. It was an absolute joy to work with you and your families for your wedding!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The Belvedere

Officiant: Minister Mike Daniels

Ceremony musicians: Tami Lee Hughes & Winston Philip

Catering: Truffles Catering at The Belvedere

Bridal attire: Allure Bridals

Make-up: Arianne Stokes

Hair: Fatima Armstead

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: My Flower Box Events

DJ: DJ Paul Love

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