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George Peabody Library wedding: Morgan + Jason
Mount Vernon United Methodist Church & The George Peabody Library | Baltimore wedding photographer | Baltimore wedding photography

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Morgan + Jason met at a wedding in Rehoboth Beach. Twenty months after that mutual friend’s wedding, Morgan and Jason were exchanging vows and rings of their own. When you know, you know. With the help of event designer extraordinaire Jodi Moraru of EVOKE and Morgan’s wonderful, detail-oriented mother, the couple planned a beautiful celebration full of sparkle, Tiffany blue and personal touches. Morgan’s garter was made of fabric from her mother’s wedding gown. Her cascading bouquet included family broaches. The flower girls — Morgan’s nieces — provided all the twirls, purple tulle, candy and laughter that anyone could hope for in a wedding. The couple said their I do’s at the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, a 143-year-old Gothic Revival church with towering spires and iconic red doors that have been the backdrop for countless wedding photos — even among couples who don’t exchange vows at the church. After some efficient family photos and some beautiful portraits of the newlyweds in Mount Vernon Place, we walked across the street for a beautiful reception at the George Peabody Library, one of my most favorite venues in the Baltimore-DC area (and the site of my own wedding reception a decade ago!). Renowned for its striking, dramatic interior, the library features five levels of ornate cast-iron balconies that house the collection of books and rise to a beautiful skylight. It was such a pleasure to work with these families! Here are some of my favorites from their big day:002-MilfordPhillips_00015-0005_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

We started at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore, where Morgan and her bridesmaids and Jason and his groomsmen, separately, prepared for the festivities.003-MilfordPhillips_00064bw-0017_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 004-MilfordPhillips_00101-0022_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 005-MilfordPhillips_00377-0077_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I loved the ID that Morgan used for Jason in her cell phone.006-MilfordPhillips_00194bw-0036_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Meanwhile, at the other end of the hotel, Jason and the guys were getting ready, listening to music and drinking Coronas. 007-MilfordPhillips_00294-0059_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 008-MilfordPhillips_00289-0058_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 009-MilfordPhillips_00744bw-0144_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

On a day-long sugar high from all the candy that they adorably consumed together, the flower girls were thrilled upon spotting their wedding wands!010-MilfordPhillips_00309-0064_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And then, they went back to their candy!011-MilfordPhillips_00323-0068_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A real quote: “Mommy, why are you making my hair plastic?” So darling.012-MilfordPhillips_00412-0080_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 013-MilfordPhillips_00506-0092_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 014-MilfordPhillips_00535-0097_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Morgan and her mother.015-MilfordPhillips_00760bw-0153_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And then it was time to step into her gorgeous gown.016-MilfordPhillips_00781-0161_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 017-MilfordPhillips_01071-0220_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 018-MilfordPhillips_00946-0192_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 019-MilfordPhillips_00897-0182_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 020-MilfordPhillips_00990-0200_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 021-MilfordPhillips_01006-0201_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 022-MilfordPhillips_01018-0205_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Another real quote: “I’m not eating more candy. They’re little gummy things that I just put into my mouth.”023-MilfordPhillips_01053-0214_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And just like that, the daughter is a bride.024-MilfordPhillips_01094-0225_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Morgan reads her note and opens her gift from Jason.025-MilfordPhillips_01124-0231_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 026-MilfordPhillips_01112-0228_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 027-MilfordPhillips_01133-0236_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 028-MilfordPhillips_01135bw-0238_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 029-MilfordPhillips_01118-0229_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The bride, looking absolutely lovely. 030-MilfordPhillips_01185bw-0248_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 031-MilfordPhillips_01225-0257_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 032-MilfordPhillips_01267bw-0264_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

After a few quick photos in the lobby of the beautiful Hotel Monaco Baltimore, we were off to the church.033-MilfordPhillips_01324-0271_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 034-MilfordPhillips_01405-0285_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

These darling girls sure love their lollipops. 035-MilfordPhillips_01496-0299_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 036-MilfordPhillips_01449bw-0295_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 037-MilfordPhillips_01505-0303_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And then, it was time to get married.038-MilfordPhillips_01414-0287_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 039-MilfordPhillips_01660-0329_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I love this look from Jason’s brother and best man, Dave.040-MilfordPhillips_01759bw-0346_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 041-MilfordPhillips_01783-0355_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 042-MilfordPhillips_01821-0364_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 043-MilfordPhillips_01809-0361_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Lindsay, my wonderful assistant, was in the choir loft and upper balconies for the ceremony. She shot this next image on the left — and all of those from a similarly high vantage point.044-MilfordPhillips_01826-0369_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 045-MilfordPhillips_01866-0380_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 046-MilfordPhillips_01966-0406_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

So much happiness. 047-MilfordPhillips_02004-0418_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 048-MilfordPhillips_02018-0420_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 049-MilfordPhillips_02038-0423_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Married!050-MilfordPhillips_02050bw-0429_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 051-MilfordPhillips_02166-0450_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

We took a few quick family and wedding party photos on the steps of the church before taking a few minutes for photos of just the bride and groom around Mount Vernon Place. 052-MilfordPhillips_02273-0464_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 053-MilfordPhillips_02476-0495_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 054-MilfordPhillips_02349-0477_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 055-MilfordPhillips_02310-0470_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 056-MilfordPhillips_02595bw-0524_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 057-MilfordPhillips_02615-0530_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 058-MilfordPhillips_02638bw-0540_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 059-MilfordPhillips_02664-0546_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And then we were off to the Peabody Library, also known as Baltimore’s Cathedral of Books. A few reception details:060-MilfordPhillips_02679-0551_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 061-MilfordPhillips_02697-0556_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 062-MilfordPhillips_02706-0558_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 063-MilfordPhillips_02692-0554_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 064-MilfordPhillips_02736-0564_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 065-MilfordPhillips_02893-0594_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 066-MilfordPhillips_02782-0570_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 067-MilfordPhillips_02891-0593_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 068-MilfordPhillips_02791-0572_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 069-MilfordPhillips_02756-0567_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 070-MilfordPhillips_02819-0579_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 071-MilfordPhillips_02867-0589_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A grand entrance and a first dance. 072-MilfordPhillips_02962-0609_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 073-MilfordPhillips_03021-0619_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 074-MilfordPhillips_03032bw-0623_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A little bit of dancing before dinner. 075-MilfordPhillips_03057-0626_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 076-MilfordPhillips_03082-0633_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A trio of toasts — from Morgan’s parents, from her sister and from Jason’s brother — and a blessing.  077-MilfordPhillips_03115-0642_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 078-MilfordPhillips_03131-0644_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 079-MilfordPhillips_03157-0650_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 080-MilfordPhillips_03162-0652_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 081-MilfordPhillips_03201-0663_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 082-MilfordPhillips_03248-0673_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 083-MilfordPhillips_03304-0686_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A father-daughter dance. 084-MilfordPhillips_03577-0755_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 085-MilfordPhillips_03611-0768_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A mother-son dance. 086-MilfordPhillips_03602-0764_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The bride and her grandmother share a moment. 087-MilfordPhillips_03648-0781_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And lots of fun and dancing. 088-MilfordPhillips_03664-0784_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

DJ Bruce Pike, of Bruce Pike Productions, did a wonderful job of keeping the dance floor full and the guests happy.089-MilfordPhillips_03723-0797_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 090-MilfordPhillips_03537-0743_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 091-MilfordPhillips_03690-0789_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 092-MilfordPhillips_03698-0791_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 093-MilfordPhillips_03754-0807_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 094-MilfordPhillips_03872-0838_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 095-MilfordPhillips_03100-0639_Baltimore-wedding-photographerMorgan + Jason, it was such a pleasure working with you, your friends and your families. Many, many congratulations!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: The Mount Vernon United Methodist Church

Reception: The George Peabody Library

Catering: The Classic Catering People

Event design + coordinator: EVOKE 

Rentals: Chicka

Bridal attire: Sottero & Midgley

Make-up: Michelle Sandler

Hair: Wedding Hair by Jenn

Bridesmaids’ attire: Sorella Vita

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Wicked Willow

DJ: Bruce Pike Productions

Transportation: American Limousines

Invitations: Sidelines

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