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Jenifer & Ianiv
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On a wedding day, there are few things that I like more than a personal, emotional set of wedding vows. Yes, the traditional vows are beautiful and timeless and meaningful. But on both the rare occasions when I attend a wedding as a guest and the several dozen times a year when I photograph them, I always love the opportunity to hear a little something about the couple and the commitment they’re making to each other in their own words. Maybe it’s the former writer in me. In any event, to me, there’s nothing like a wonderful, touching exchange of vows and promises and intentions. Jen and Ianiv had some of the best I’ve ever heard. There were promises to challenge each other and debate each other. To tear up dance floors together. To continue cooking extravagant and delicious meals together. There was a mention of traveling and planning life adventures. There was a tribute to the wonderful job their own parents did in raising them. And there was a promise to slather their undoubtedly pale and red-headed future children in sunscreen every hour or so. It was funny and moving and so special that both Jen and Ianiv as well as many of their relatives and guests got a bit choked up. Everything about their wedding was fun, from their emphasis on amazing food that would wow their guests and the vegetables and fruits sneakily tucked into the bouquets and flower arrangements to their rocking dance party and the funniest hashtag I’ve seen yet (#mrandmrsginger). One other fun element: In lieu of bridesmaids and groomsmen, Jen and Ianiv simply asked a big crew of their closest friends to gather with them as they got ready and then meet back up with them for some casual fun photos. Everyone wore whatever they wanted. No one matched anyone else. There was no concern with symmetry in the number of guys and girls. It was just fun! Here are some of my favorites from Mr. and Mrs. Ginger’s wonderful wedding:002-WeaverEisenscher_00012-0003_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

I started the day with Ianiv at the Quinntessential Gentleman, a spa for men, where the groom, his brother and friends were hanging out, watching football, digging out from under a couple rehearsal dinner-induced hangovers and sloooowly, getting ready for the wedding.003-WeaverEisenscher_00028-0007_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 004-WeaverEisenscher_00053-0016_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 005-WeaverEisenscher_00087-0023_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 006-WeaverEisenscher_00161-0041_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

There’s something I really like about this next image on the left with Ravens defensive tackle Art Jones and his funny expression in the background as Ianiv buttons his snazzy vest. 007-WeaverEisenscher_00173-0044_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 008-WeaverEisenscher_00211-0053_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 009-WeaverEisenscher_00233-0059_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 010-WeaverEisenscher_00264-0065_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

Meanwhile, across town, Jen, her mother and her girlfriends were primping and prepping as well. 011-WeaverEisenscher_00266-0066_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 012-WeaverEisenscher_00275-0070_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

She has *the* most expressive eyes. So lovely to photograph!013-WeaverEisenscher_00318-0079_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 014-WeaverEisenscher_00328-0082_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 015-WeaverEisenscher_00395-0094_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 016-WeaverEisenscher_00428bw-0101_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 017-WeaverEisenscher_00469bw-0111_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 018-WeaverEisenscher_00498-0115_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

The bride, looking absolutely gorgeous. 019-WeaverEisenscher_00567-0134_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 020-WeaverEisenscher_00590-0141_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 021-WeaverEisenscher_00569bw-0136_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

One of Jen’s friends delivered a little note to Ianiv just before he was about to see Jen for the first time. They hammed it up and pretended they were doing a First Look. 022-WeaverEisenscher_00515-0120_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 023-WeaverEisenscher_00531-0126_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 024-WeaverEisenscher_00620-0152_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

Such a great reaction to seeing her soon-to-be husband!025-WeaverEisenscher_00629-0154_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 026-WeaverEisenscher_00634-0157_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 027-WeaverEisenscher_00690-0170_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 028-WeaverEisenscher_00726-0178_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 029-WeaverEisenscher_00752bw-0187_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

It was gray and gloomy and looking like it was about to rain as we shot photos of the two of them. And windy. Did I mention how windy it was?030-WeaverEisenscher_00758-0189_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

Isabel, identified in the wedding program as “Mini Dance Machine,” was the sweetest little flowergirl. I could not get over her freckles. Her brother, Ami, was aptly described as a “Future Heartbreaker.”031-WeaverEisenscher_00842-0203_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 032-WeaverEisenscher_00845-0204_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 033-WeaverEisenscher_00855-0207_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 034-WeaverEisenscher_00989-0224_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 035-WeaverEisenscher_00893-0212_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 036-WeaverEisenscher_00996-0226_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography037-WeaverEisenscher_01061-0234_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 038-WeaverEisenscher_01101-0242_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

They all wanted to do one serious, non-smiling one. Very Sopranos. 039-WeaverEisenscher_01111-0244_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 040-WeaverEisenscher_01152-0253_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

Best pocket square swirl ever!041-WeaverEisenscher_01222-0270_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 042-WeaverEisenscher_01235-0272_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 043-WeaverEisenscher_01282-0282_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

A few portraits of the stylish couple. 044-WeaverEisenscher_01327-0288_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 045-WeaverEisenscher_01340-0291_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 046-WeaverEisenscher_01390-0304_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 047-WeaverEisenscher_01447bw-0323_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

Her eyes. Seriously! 048-WeaverEisenscher_01457-0325_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 049-WeaverEisenscher_01478-0331_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

The signing of the ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract. 050-WeaverEisenscher_01487bw-0335_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 051-WeaverEisenscher_01500-0341_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 052-WeaverEisenscher_01508-0343_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

I love this next image of Jen, which was shot as their family prayed over her and Ianiv with the cantor’s hand on her head. And still, she can’t tear her eyes off Ianiv. 053-WeaverEisenscher_01518bw-0349_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 054-WeaverEisenscher_01539-0355_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

A few ceremony details. 055-WeaverEisenscher_01584-0366_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 056-WeaverEisenscher_01613-0370_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 057-WeaverEisenscher_01576-0363_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 058-WeaverEisenscher_01639-0376_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

And then, it was time to get married! 059-WeaverEisenscher_01653-0379_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 060-WeaverEisenscher_01677-0389_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 061-WeaverEisenscher_01683bw-0391_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

This next image was shot by my assistant, Lucas, from the back of the aisle. 062-WeaverEisenscher_01699-0395_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 063-WeaverEisenscher_01721-0402_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 064-WeaverEisenscher_01746bw-0410_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 065-WeaverEisenscher_01757-0414_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 066-WeaverEisenscher_01770-0417_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 067-WeaverEisenscher_01777bw-0421_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 068-WeaverEisenscher_01797-0428_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 069-WeaverEisenscher_01814-0433_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 070-WeaverEisenscher_01830-0439_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 071-WeaverEisenscher_01849-0443_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 072-WeaverEisenscher_01871-0450_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

This next image was also shot by Lucas. 073-WeaverEisenscher_01891bw-0457_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

Married! 074-WeaverEisenscher_01978bw-0477_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 075-WeaverEisenscher_02005bw-0485_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

Just after the ceremony, we ducked outside for a few photos in the nice warm golden light of almost-sunset. 076-WeaverEisenscher_02048-0496_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 077-WeaverEisenscher_02124-0518_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 078-WeaverEisenscher_02100bw-0512_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 079-WeaverEisenscher_02156-0525_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

A few reception details in the stunningly gorgeous Stacks Room of the George Peabody Library. 080-WeaverEisenscher_02279-0551_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 081-WeaverEisenscher_02316-0558_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 082-WeaverEisenscher_02203-0534_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 083-WeaverEisenscher_02290-0553_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 084-WeaverEisenscher_02390-0575_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

A first dance. 085-WeaverEisenscher_02483-0591_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

A pair of toasts. 086-WeaverEisenscher_02573-0614_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 087-WeaverEisenscher_02658-0632_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

A few photos for the foodies.088-WeaverEisenscher_02223-0538_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 089-WeaverEisenscher_02542-0608_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 090-WeaverEisenscher_02618-0625_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 091-WeaverEisenscher_02648-0631_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

Parent dances. 092-WeaverEisenscher_02695bw-0641_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 093-WeaverEisenscher_02735-0655_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

DJ extraordinaire Jacob Jensen. 094-WeaverEisenscher_02772bw-0668_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 095-WeaverEisenscher_02758-0662_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

Little libations. 096-WeaverEisenscher_02247-0543_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

And an incredible dance party. 097-WeaverEisenscher_02803-0677_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 098-WeaverEisenscher_02833-0685_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 099-WeaverEisenscher_03064-0752_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 100-WeaverEisenscher_03168-0782_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 101-WeaverEisenscher_02972-0727_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 102-WeaverEisenscher_03074-0755_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 103-WeaverEisenscher_03090-0760_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography 104-WeaverEisenscher_03193-0791_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

The always-amazing Peabody under a hazy moonlit sky.105-WeaverEisenscher_03215-0795_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_GeorgePeabodyLibrary_BaltimoreWeddingPhotography

Many, many congratulations, Jen & Ianiv. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and your friends and family!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The George Peabody Library

Officiant: Cantor Melvin Luterman

Ceremony musicians: Canterbury Strings

Catering: Chef’s Expressions

Bridal attire: Enzoani from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection

Make-up: Elina Baron of Emmey Makeup Artistry

Hair: Nicole Whitman

Groom’s attire: Custom suit from the Quinntessential Gentleman

Florist: Betty Davis

In lieu of Cake: Cookies and baklava made by the groom’s mother and aunt along with desserts and a frozen yogurt bar by Chef’s Expressions

DJ: Jacob Jensen of Absolute Entertainment

Invitations: Paper in the Park

Escort cards: BHLDN

Table numbers: Etsy

Ketubah: Naomi Shiek of Woodland Paper Cuts

 

Comments

  1. Melanie Ayre

    Fabulous photography. You capture the special moments really well. Especially like the fact that the people shots are unforced and natural.

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