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Ladew Topiary Gardens wedding: Anne + Nathan
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Anne + Nathan planned an absolutely beautiful summer wedding with itineraries and schedules for lots of outdoor fun and photos. There was a stop planned at one of my favorite city parks where the couple would see each other for the first time that day. There were plans for family and wedding party photos in beautifully landscaped gardens. There was supposed to be a scenic stroll with the bridesmaids and groomsmen and parents and siblings from the gardens to the nearby Second Presbyterian Church for the ceremony. And there were plans for photos of the newlyweds at the gorgeous, sprawling grounds of the Ladew Topiary Gardens, where they would start celebrating their reception with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres on the outdoor terrace. Then, it poured. And poured. All morning. And all afternoon. At one point during the ceremony — after we moved the first look undercover to a church portico and shot family photos on the altar — the entire sanctuary reverberated with the sound of a National Weather Service flash flood warning as the steady rain somehow fell even harder. But a wedding day miracle occurred. As we were on our way to Ladew — many of us on the wedding party bus repeatedly checking weather apps and radar maps — the last of the serious storm clouds drifted out of the area. By the time we arrived in Monkton, there was nothing but a little drizzle and Anne + Nathan gamely ducked in and out of the garden’s arches and overhangs so that we could make some beautiful photos in the gardens that they love so much. They and their families could not have had better attitudes throughout the soggy day. They bought umbrellas for the wedding party. Umbrella-toting groomsmen hustled to escort guests from cars to the church through the downpour. And lots of guests happily traipsed across the soaked grass at Ladew to admire the beauty of the gardens that Anne grew up visiting and that Nathan’s mother had toured 20 years earlier with her garden club. Here are some of my favorites from their wonderful wedding:002-SimsRiggs_00019bw-0009_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 003-SimsRiggs_00051-0014_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 004-SimsRiggs_00015-0006_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

We started at the bride’s childhood home, where Anne got ready.005-SimsRiggs_00128-0027_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 006-SimsRiggs_00170-0032_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

The bride, looking absolutely lovely.007-SimsRiggs_00300bw-0057_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 008-SimsRiggs_00344bw-0066_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Only Anne’s mother and one of her sisters helped her get dressed. Her bridesmaids were in the midst of taking a group photo when she quietly slipped into the kitchen in her wedding attire. I loved capturing their reactions to seeing their beautiful friend all ready to get married.009-SimsRiggs_00387-0073_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 010-SimsRiggs_00569bw-0108_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Because it was, ahem, pouring when we had planned to take outdoor photos at Anne’s house of her with each bridesmaid and her parents, I set them up on covered front porch while my wonderful assistant, Lindsay, shielded my gear and me with a huge golf umbrella.011-SimsRiggs_00636-0118_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 012-SimsRiggs_00644-0120_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 013-SimsRiggs_00656bw-0123_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

I loved Anne’s nieces’ reactions to her arrival at the church, too. Flower girl Lola continue fussing with and fluffing her own dress while Aya’s whole face lit up.014-SimsRiggs_00722-0138_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Anne + Nathan had some pretty great reactions to seeing each other that day, too.015-SimsRiggs_00750-0145_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 016-SimsRiggs_00762bw-0152_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 017-SimsRiggs_00777bw-0159_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 018-SimsRiggs_00779-0160_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 019-SimsRiggs_00817-0167_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 020-SimsRiggs_00857-0177_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 021-SimsRiggs_00897-0185_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 022-SimsRiggs_00905bw-0187_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Little Lola stole the show during formal photos. 023-SimsRiggs_01060-0219_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 024-SimsRiggs_01078-0222_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 025-SimsRiggs_01105-0232_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 026-SimsRiggs_01139-0243_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Fancy footwear for some fancy groomsmen.027-SimsRiggs_01190-0257_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

The groom, looking very dapper.028-SimsRiggs_01216-0265_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 029-SimsRiggs_01246-0271_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 030-SimsRiggs_01285-0285_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 031-SimsRiggs_01349-0301_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 032-SimsRiggs_01385-0309_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Time to get married! 033-SimsRiggs_01574-0344_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 034-SimsRiggs_01605bw-0352_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 035-SimsRiggs_01610bw-0355_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

My assistant, Lindsay, shot this next wonderful image from the church choir loft.036-SimsRiggs_01615bw-0358_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 037-SimsRiggs_01644-0365_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 038-SimsRiggs_01753-0381_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 039-SimsRiggs_01872-0412_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 040-SimsRiggs_01859-0408_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 041-SimsRiggs_01831-0401_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 042-SimsRiggs_01838bw-0403_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 043-SimsRiggs_01917bw-0425_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 044-SimsRiggs_01932-0430_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Nathan’s cousin helped marry them. 045-SimsRiggs_01950-0435_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Married!046-SimsRiggs_01980-0444_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 047-SimsRiggs_02047bw-0464_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 048-SimsRiggs_02101-0471_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 049-SimsRiggs_02109-0472_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 050-SimsRiggs_02157-0481_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

We took the opportunity to shoot some quick portraits on the portico before leaving the church because we weren’t sure at that point whether the weather would worsen or — hope against hopes! — improve. You can see how hard it was still raining in the rain drops that are visible against Nathan’s tuxedo!051-SimsRiggs_02197-0490_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 052-SimsRiggs_02220-0498_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Also, this is not a pond outside the church. It is a flowerbed with *that much* standing water.053-SimsRiggs_02238-0500_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

A toast on the bus!054-SimsRiggs_02327bw-0514_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 055-SimsRiggs_02454-0532_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 056-SimsRiggs_02483-0537_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 057-SimsRiggs_02491-0538_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Just as we arrived the Ladew Gardens, the rain began letting up.Amazing! Having learned my lesson from the prior week when I lost my shoes in ankle deep mud after a flash flood at a horse farm wedding, I pulled on my wellies and we dashed around the grounds for some fun photos. Even with the overcast skies, we found some pockets of pretty light for portraits.058-SimsRiggs_02520-0545_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 059-SimsRiggs_02526-0548_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 060-SimsRiggs_02544bw-0556_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 061-SimsRiggs_02560-0561_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 062-SimsRiggs_02575-0564_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

The best thing about rain on a wedding day? It’s not the old adage about good luck. It’s the opportunity for reflections in puddles!063-SimsRiggs_02619-0572_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 064-SimsRiggs_02629-0574_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 065-SimsRiggs_02686-0585_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

I love the grandeur of Ladew’s gardens. The manicured topiaries are enormous and everything is so beautiful! Even on a cloudy day. And even in light rain.066-SimsRiggs_02751bw-0600_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 067-SimsRiggs_02699-0589_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 068-SimsRiggs_02779-0604_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 069-SimsRiggs_02787bw-0608_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Anne’s beautiful bouquet included part of Nathan’s grandmother’s wedding gown.070-SimsRiggs_02824-0617_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 071-SimsRiggs_03216-0700_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

Anne specifically asked for photos that captured the beauty of the gardens. I was happy to oblige. 072-SimsRiggs_02837-0620_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 073-SimsRiggs_02831-0618_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 074-SimsRiggs_02959-0647_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 075-SimsRiggs_02968-0648_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

For favors, Anne + Nathan bottled limoncello made from lemons grown by his parents at their home in Arizona. What a wonderfully personal touch.076-SimsRiggs_02857-0628_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 077-SimsRiggs_02922-0641_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 078-SimsRiggs_02882-0633_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

My most favorite-est part of my job is capturing all the joy and emotion of wedding days. Including when parents get choked up toasting their children.079-SimsRiggs_03116-0679_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 080-SimsRiggs_03134-0683_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 081-SimsRiggs_03206-0697_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

And then there was lots and lots of merriment.082-SimsRiggs_03295-0720_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 083-SimsRiggs_03420-0756_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 084-SimsRiggs_03489-0774_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 085-SimsRiggs_02999-0651_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 086-SimsRiggs_03525-0785_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 087-SimsRiggs_03642-0819_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 088-SimsRiggs_03719-0845_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 089-SimsRiggs_03898-0893_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 090-SimsRiggs_04040-0932_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding

After a quick dress change for Anne, the couple departed in a flurry of glow sticks at the end of the evening.091-SimsRiggs_04194-0975_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-wedding 092-SimsRiggs_04198-0976_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Ladew-Topiary-Gardens-weddingMany, many congratulations, Anne + Nathan! We could not have had more fun with you, your friends and your families!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: Second Presbyterian Church

Officiant: The Rev. Dr. Thomas Blair and The Rev. William Eddy

Ceremony musicians: Organist Herb Dimmock

Reception: Ladew Topiary Gardens

Catering: Your Day Gourmet

Bridal attire: Paloma Blanca gown from Gamaberdella

Make-up: Suzanne Della Pella

Hair: Spa in the Valley

Bridesmaids’ attire: Amsale

Groom’s attire: Alabaster & Chess Custom Luxury Menswear

Florist: Flowers & Fancies

Cake: Graul’s Market

Band: The Crawdaddies

Transportation: American Limousines

Invitations: The Pleasure of Your Company

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