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It was hot and sunny on Jessica + Matt’s wedding day. But inside their Grand Lodge wedding, a ballroom brimming with brass chandeliers and dark wood was transformed into a magic woodland, complete with flowers spilling from tree stumps, tiny little mushrooms, terrariums and pads of moss topped with succulents. It was, thanks to Crimson & Clover Floral Design and wedding planner Lorin Kotz-Kline, a site to behold. “Earthy yet fabulous,” was the way that Jess described her vision for the wedding in our very first e-mail exchange. And they most definitely succeeded. Jess and Matt had a wonderful day surrounded, just as Jess had envisioned, by her nieces and nephews and their families’ closest friends and relatives. They combined a very elegant setting — think towering candles and dripping crystals, raw silk ribbons and rough linen table runners — with a menu of comfort food and deliciousness. I loved the contrast, for instance, at cocktail hour of heaping platters of cheeseburgers, po’ boy and Reuben sandwiches, onion rings and cones full of curly fries set out on a table decorated with candelabras and crystals. For dessert, there was not only wedding cake but also passed mini-ice cream sandwiches and freshly made donuts. Before the feast, Jess and Matt exchanged vows in the Grand Lodge’s Corinthian Room in a personal, touching ceremony that left more than one onlooker wiping away tears. I was again lucky to have my friend and assistant, Sam, helping me with this wedding and his photos are mixed in with mine below. Here are some of my favorites from Jess and Matt’s earthy yet fabulous wedding:

The Grand Lodge is, indeed, a grand place for a wedding.

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The bride, looking lovely.006-JohnstonSurdin_01123-0189_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Meanwhile, Matt and his father watched YouTube videos — an increasingly common wedding day occurrence, it turns out! — to figure out his bow tie. These images of the groom and his guys were shot by Sam. 007-JohnstonSurdin_00291-0050_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 008-JohnstonSurdin_00341-0061_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 009-JohnstonSurdin_00441-0079_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 010-JohnstonSurdin_00459bw-0082_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Back at the Grand Lodge, it was time for the couple to see each other for photos. 011-JohnstonSurdin_00511-0087_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 012-JohnstonSurdin_00563-0096_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 013-JohnstonSurdin_00640-0112_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 014-JohnstonSurdin_00726-0124_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 015-JohnstonSurdin_00747-0132_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 016-JohnstonSurdin_00799-0140_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 017-JohnstonSurdin_00834-0148_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 018-JohnstonSurdin_00886-0154_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 019-JohnstonSurdin_00971bw-0167_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 020-JohnstonSurdin_00990-0170_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 021-JohnstonSurdin_01036-0175_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

After some photos with the wedding party and the couple’s families, it was time to sign the ketubah — the Jewish marriage contract — and then the public ceremony. 022-JohnstonSurdin_01155-0195_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 023-JohnstonSurdin_01388-0235_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 024-JohnstonSurdin_01483-0246_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 025-JohnstonSurdin_01499-0250_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 026-JohnstonSurdin_01535-0261_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 027-JohnstonSurdin_01530-0260_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 028-JohnstonSurdin_01555-0264_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 029-JohnstonSurdin_01585-0268_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 030-JohnstonSurdin_01875bw-0329_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 031-JohnstonSurdin_01885-0332_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 032-JohnstonSurdin_01901-0336_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 033-JohnstonSurdin_01926-0344_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 034-JohnstonSurdin_01934-0347_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

I love this next wide scene shot from Sam.035-JohnstonSurdin_01925-0343_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 036-JohnstonSurdin_01961-0356_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 037-JohnstonSurdin_01980-0362_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 038-JohnstonSurdin_01985-0364_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 039-JohnstonSurdin_01988-0365_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 040-JohnstonSurdin_02039-0380_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Married! 041-JohnstonSurdin_02065-0383_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 042-JohnstonSurdin_02107bw-0391_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A few details from cocktail hour and many, many from the woodland reception. 043-JohnstonSurdin_02440-0441_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 044-JohnstonSurdin_02172-0397_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 045-JohnstonSurdin_02186-0400_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 046-JohnstonSurdin_02221-0407_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 047-JohnstonSurdin_02249-0414_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 048-JohnstonSurdin_02322-0426_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 049-JohnstonSurdin_02427-0439_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A first dance.050-JohnstonSurdin_02621bw-0470_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

The band Nightsong is absolutely incredible and kept guests on their feet  and dancing all night long.051-JohnstonSurdin_02762-0502_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 052-JohnstonSurdin_02674-0483_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 053-JohnstonSurdin_02682-0485_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 054-JohnstonSurdin_02838-0525_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A few toasts. 055-JohnstonSurdin_02859-0530_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 056-JohnstonSurdin_02899-0539_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 057-JohnstonSurdin_02966-0553_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A rousing Hora. 058-JohnstonSurdin_03030-0567_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 059-JohnstonSurdin_03059-0573_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 060-JohnstonSurdin_03228-0605_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A little cake. 061-JohnstonSurdin_03253-0611_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A pair of parent dances. 062-JohnstonSurdin_03310-0621_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 063-JohnstonSurdin_03323-0626_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A few more details. 064-JohnstonSurdin_03584-0691_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 065-JohnstonSurdin_03692-0707_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

And lots of fun and merriment. 066-JohnstonSurdin_03781-0732_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 067-JohnstonSurdin_03886-0750_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 068-JohnstonSurdin_03417-0648_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 069-JohnstonSurdin_03393-0643_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 070-JohnstonSurdin_03471-0664_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 071-JohnstonSurdin_03740-0719_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 072-JohnstonSurdin_03974-0771_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 073-JohnstonSurdin_03831-0737_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 074-JohnstonSurdin_04018-0781_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 075-JohnstonSurdin_03171-0594_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Lodge_Baltimore-Wedding-Photography_Maryland-Wedding-Photography_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Jess and Matt, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you and your families. Many, many congratulations!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The Grand Lodge of Maryland

Officiant:

Ceremony musicians: Concord Ensemble

Catering: Linwoods

Event design & coordination: Celebrations Unlimited, Inc. 

Lighting designers: Blondell’s Accent on Events

Rentals: Table Toppers and Party Rental Ltd. 

Bridal attire: Allure gown from the Bridal Boutique 

Make-up: Studio of Make-up

Hair: Village Hair Studio

Bridesmaids’ attire: Jasmine B2 dresses

Groom’s attire: Dinner Jacket (Jos. A. Bank), Shirt and Slacks (JS Edwards Ltd.) and bow tie (The Tie Bar)

Florist: Crimson and Clover Floral Design

Cake: Linwoods

Band: Nightsong from the Entertainment Exchange

Invitations: Greetings And Readings

 

Comments

  1. Jessica Surdin

    What I hoped for my wedding, I got, and then some with Jennifer. If one is to remember the best day of their life, this should be how it’s done.
    Thank you, Jennifer! You will forever receive my good graces and recommendations!

    Reply
    1. jennifermcmenamin

      You are most welcome, Jess. Thanks so, so much for the kind words. I truly appreciate it!

      Reply
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