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Evergreen wedding: Ashley Ann + Chris
Timonium United Methodist Church | The Evergreen Museum & Carriage House | Baltimore wedding photographer | Baltimore wedding photography

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From the charming horse topiaries that greeted guests at the entrance to the reception in the Carriage House and the horse shoe table numbers to the Belmont Stakes signature cocktail and the bride’s own horse show ribbons and saddle hung as decor, Ashley Ann and Chris infused their beautiful summer wedding with all kinds of equestrian touches to celebrate her family’s love of horses. Then, after a simple church ceremony and some outdoor photos on the gorgeous grounds of the Evergreen Museum in Baltimore, American Pharoah decided to make the wedding day even more special. Ashley Ann suspected that the majority of her horse-loving guests might ignore the wait staff’s invitation to leave cocktail hour at 6.50 p.m. to head down from the Evergreen’s terrace to the Carriage House. That just so happened to be post time at the Belmont Stakes, some 210 miles away in Elmont, N.Y. We were finishing up photos of the newlyweds in the Evergreen’s manicured gardens when the race started. As we shot a few final photos in the gorgeous, golden, glowy, early-evening light, we heard the low-level cheers on the terrace grow into an excited roar. “Wow, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner must be doing well,” I remember thinking to myself. That’s when Ashley Ann’s mother, in a floor-length ballgown and heels, came racing down the stairs and sprinted toward us. “Ashley Ann, Ashley Ann,” she shouted in her charming, slightly Southern voice, “there’s a Triple Crown winner, there’s a TRIPLE CROWN WINNER!” There were hugs, high fives, drink clinks and more hugs. It was an incredibly fun moment to photograph and a wonderful way to kick off a reception full of touching toasts, enthusiastic dancing (especially when the band played ‘Sweet Home Alabama’) and a wonderful ribbon-waving sendoff for the bride and groom. Here are some of my favorites from this wonderful wedding:

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Ashley Ann was delightfully sentimental about her wedding. In addition to the sweet handkerchiefs she had made for her parents, she had two pieces cut from the pink shirt her father wore to the hospital the day she was born and sewn into her gown. The fabric — the palest of pinks — was sewn in the shape of a heart.0006-GuyEsser_00081-0019_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

I loved these darling little flower girls. 0007-GuyEsser_00274-0054_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0008-GuyEsser_00350bw-0064_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

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I love photographing reactions on wedding days — to the bride’s entrance into a ceremony, to vows, to toasts and so on. The reactions of the flower girls and father of the bride upon seeing Ashley Ann for the first time in her gown were wonderful. 0015-GuyEsser_00516-0104_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0016-GuyEsser_00526bw-0106_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

And then we were off to the church. 0017-GuyEsser_00587bw-0121_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0018-GuyEsser_00702-0142_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0019-GuyEsser_00741-0151_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

Both Chris and Ashley Ann’s mothers were wonderfully expressive during the processional into the church. 0020-GuyEsser_00822bw-0172_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0021-GuyEsser_00827bw-0175_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0022-GuyEsser_00864-0186_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0023-GuyEsser_00919-0196_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

My wonderful assistant, Lindsay, made this next image of Art fixing his daughter’s long veil just before they walked down the aisle. 0024-GuyEsser_00921-0197_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

The bride was much more interested in having photos of Chris’s reaction to seeing her for the first time than photos of her entering the church. I, of course, shot both. But looking at his great expression, it’s no wonder that she wanted it captured to remember for forever.0025-GuyEsser_00939-0204_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0026-GuyEsser_00940-0206_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0027-GuyEsser_00947-0209_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0028-GuyEsser_01007-0222_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0029-GuyEsser_01015-0223_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

Oh how I love this next image of little Charlotte peeking out into the aisle to get a better view of the ceremony. Weddings are whirlwinds. So much happens. And no one can be looking everywhere at once at their own wedding. What I love about still photography is that it freezes little memories like this in time so that people can hang on to them. Or perhaps see them for the first time. 0030-GuyEsser_01021bw-0226_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0031-GuyEsser_01053-0235_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0032-GuyEsser_01079-0244_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0033-GuyEsser_01123-0257_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

Married! 0034-GuyEsser_01163bw-0269_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0035-GuyEsser_01178bw-0275_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0036-GuyEsser_01181-0276_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0037-GuyEsser_01230bw-0284_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0038-GuyEsser_01268bw-0292_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

Chris checks out what Ashley Ann had engraved inside his wedding ring for him. 0039-GuyEsser_01283-0296_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

After a few quick family photos in the church, we headed off to the Evergreen for some fun wedding party and newlywed photos and cocktail hour for the guests. 0040-GuyEsser_01338-0309_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0041-GuyEsser_01492-0344_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0042-GuyEsser_01501-0346_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

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This wedding party could not have been more fun. I literally just asked them to ignore me for a few moments and enjoy their time together. They did this.0045-GuyEsser_01649-0375_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0046-GuyEsser_01699-0384_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

The groomsmen show off their superhero cufflinks. 0047-GuyEsser_01762-0408_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0048-GuyEsser_01805bw-0417_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0049-GuyEsser_01810bw-0419_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0050-GuyEsser_01851bw-0431_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0051-GuyEsser_01891bw-0444_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0052-GuyEsser_01907-0447_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0053-GuyEsser_01984-0461_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0054-GuyEsser_02042-0468_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0055-GuyEsser_02066-0470_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0056-GuyEsser_02133-0478_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

Here comes Lynn to break the news of American Pharoah’s success in becoming the first horse in 37 years to win all three races of the Triple Crown.0057-GuyEsser_02147-0485_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0058-GuyEsser_02166-0491_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0059-GuyEsser_02170-0492_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0060-GuyEsser_02177-0496_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0061-GuyEsser_02185-0499_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0062-GuyEsser_02211-0503_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

Ashley Ann requested just a few more newlywed photos on the Evergreen’s checkered patio before we went off to the reception. 0063-GuyEsser_02227bw-0508_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0064-GuyEsser_02247-0512_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0065-GuyEsser_02278-0519_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0066-GuyEsser_03021-0702_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

A few reception details.0067-GuyEsser_02316-0526_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0068-GuyEsser_02343-0531_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0069-GuyEsser_02419-0544_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0070-GuyEsser_02369-0536_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0071-GuyEsser_02475-0554_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0072-GuyEsser_02461-0551_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0073-GuyEsser_02504-0564_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0074-GuyEsser_02495-0561_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0075-GuyEsser_02566-0591_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0076-GuyEsser_02570bw-0595_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

A first dance. 0077-GuyEsser_02590bw-0601_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0078-GuyEsser_02790-0649_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

A quartet of marvelous toasts. 0079-GuyEsser_02801-0652_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0080-GuyEsser_02843-0659_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0081-GuyEsser_02896-0671_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0082-GuyEsser_02912-0675_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0083-GuyEsser_02948-0683_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0084-GuyEsser_02989-0692_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0085-GuyEsser_03006-0697_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0086-GuyEsser_03009-0698_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0087-GuyEsser_03013-0699_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

A pair of parent dances. 0088-GuyEsser_03115-0726_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0089-GuyEsser_03169-0740_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

And lots and lots of fun and merriment. 0090-GuyEsser_03228-0751_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0091-GuyEsser_03280-0764_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0092-GuyEsser_03596-0847_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0093-GuyEsser_03417-0803_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0094-GuyEsser_02683bw-0621_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0095-GuyEsser_03361-0791_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0096-GuyEsser_03484-0820_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0097-GuyEsser_03671-0864_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0098-GuyEsser_03738-0885_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography

What a sweet moment this was! Ashley Ann pinned to her bouquet two tiny photographs of her late grandfathers. Here, she shows her grandmothers the pins and tells them that their husbands were with her as she exchanged vows with Chris. 0099-GuyEsser_03802-0904_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0100-GuyEsser_03920-0935_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0101-GuyEsser_03927bw-0938_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photography 0102-GuyEsser_03959-0945_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Evergreen-wedding-Baltimore-wedding-photographyMany, many congratulations, Ashley Ann + Chris. It was such a joy to work with you and your friends and family on your big day!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: Timonium United Methodist Church

Officiant: The Rev. Bruce Stanley of the Methodist Home for Children

in Raleigh, N.C.

Ceremony musicians: Stephen Holme

Reception: The Evergreen Museum & Carriage House

Catering: Linwoods

Event coordinator: On my Final Details questionnaire, Ashley Ann listed her mother as the event planner & coordinator and her mother’s web site as “the bomb dot com”

Lighting designers: Event Dynamics

Rentals: Gala Cloths

Bridal attire: Enzoani gown from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection

Hair & Make-up: Airbrush Make-up by Ariel

Bridesmaids’ attire: Bill Levkoff dresses from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection

Groom’s attire: Tuxedo House

Florist: Wicked Willow

Band: Hero Entertainment

Transportation: A Touch of Class Limousines

Invitations & Placecards: The Pleasure of Your Company

Papergoods: The Paper Shop

 

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