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Marietta & Steve
Annapolis Lowe's & Silver Swan Bayside -- Annapolis wedding photography & Eastern Shore wedding photography

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Marietta and Steve, from the very start, were perfect clients. At our initial meeting, we spent a lot of time talking about light in photographs and real emotion and preserving true memories as well as moments that might get lost in the whirlwind of the day — all favorite aspects of my job. A few months later, at their fall engagement session, they were relaxed and silly and affectionate and fun with each other and to photograph — again, just the way my ideal engagement session would go. (Aside from the weather, of course. The meteorologists promised that the overcast skies that day would clear up just as we were scheduled to start shooting. They got it completely wrong — which, I suppose, should have left me prepared for the botched weather forecasts on the wedding day as well.) In all things photography related, Marietta and Steve trusted me to do my job. Sites unseen, they greenlighted unlikely locations I scouted for photos — the path to a hotel maintenance shed, Annapolis alleyways, an out-of-the-way road on the Eastern Shore with an arch of green trees and an ordinary fishing pier with a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge. Steve jumped into the car to drive to Target at 9 o’clock at night during our last planning phone call when I suggested it might be good to have cute colorful umbrellas on hand in the event of rain on the wedding day. And they and their wonderful planners consulted me very early in the process to help craft their timeline — an element that’s especially important when we have four shooting locations in play so no one feels stressed and harried. As the wedding day drew near, it looked increasingly likely that there would be rain, perhaps even so much rain that the outdoor bayside ceremony they had imagined would not be possible. I’m pretty sure that Marietta and, in particular, Steve singlehandedly wished away that weather. Because on the actual wedding day, we didn’t get a drop of rain until well after dark when everyone was tucked inside the pavilion anyways. At one point in the afternoon, we could see storms with horizontal slats of rain directly across the bay and over the Bay Bridge while the doppler radar app on my phone showed an ominous red horseshoe of bad weather surrounding us. But the skies above Marietta and Steve remained blue and sunny. Here are some of my favorites from their marvelous day:  02-TanHsu_00005-0002_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 03-TanHsu_00079-0022_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 04-TanHsu_00114bw-0030_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 05-TanHsu_00166bw-0040_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

The bride, looking gorgeous. 06-TanHsu_00327-0072_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 07-TanHsu_00305bw-0070_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 08-TanHsu_00413-0088_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Marietta and Steve chose to see each other before the ceremony so we’d have plenty of time for lots of fun photos. I love this series of images of that lovely moment.  09-TanHsu_00465bw-0099_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 10-TanHsu_00486-0104_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 11-TanHsu_00489-0105_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 12-TanHsu_00501-0111_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 13-TanHsu_00542-0117_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 14-TanHsu_00680bw-0151_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Marietta and Steve also to chose participate in the traditional Chinese custom of visiting and kowtowing before their parents before the ceremony. Filled with emotion, it was truly lovely.15-TanHsu_00695bw-0155_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 16-TanHsu_00749bw-0165_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 17-TanHsu_00803bw-0182_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 18-TanHsu_00793bw-0179_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Annapolis has so many nice spots for photos, including this charming little one-way alley — with an apparently un-moveable historically dressed actor.19-TanHsu_00930-0205_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 20-TanHsu_00914-0202_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 21-TanHsu_00972-0218_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Marietta and Steve’s friends and sisters were so much fun to work with as well — what a wonderful wedding party!22-TanHsu_01056-0234_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 23-TanHsu_01075-0239_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 24-TanHsu_01129-0251_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 25-TanHsu_01188-0268_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 26-TanHsu_01163-0260_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

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Sisters — and a super sweet flowergirl niece! 34-TanHsu_01565-0351_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 35-TanHsu_01761-0380_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A few details. 36-TanHsu_01822-0391_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 37-TanHsu_01881-0406_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Then, it was time to get married.38-TanHsu_01988-0438_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

My wonderful assistant Lucas captured this next image, perfectly framing the bride and her mother as they made their way down the aisle during the processional.39-TanHsu_01997-0440_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 40-TanHsu_02022bw-0447_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 41-TanHsu_02034-0451_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 42-TanHsu_02109-0471_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 43-TanHsu_02072-0460_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 44-TanHsu_02079-0462_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 45-TanHsu_02135bw-0479_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 46-TanHsu_02125-0476_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 47-TanHsu_02274-0506_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 48-TanHsu_02306-0518_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 49-TanHsu_02343-0523_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Lucas captured this next shot as well.50-TanHsu_02360-0529_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A few reception details showcasing the lovely navy and pink color scheme.51-TanHsu_02493-0559_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 52-TanHsu_02508-0561_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 53-TanHsu_02564-0573_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 54-TanHsu_02575-0575_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 55-TanHsu_02781-0623_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 56-TanHsu_02737-0616_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 57-TanHsu_02629-0588_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 58-TanHsu_02709bw-0610_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 59-TanHsu_02880-0647_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A first dance. 60-TanHsu_02973-0679_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

A pair of lovely toasts. 61-TanHsu_03020-0695_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 62-TanHsu_03025-0697_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 63-TanHsu_03062-0709_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

And lots of good food and merriment. 64-TanHsu_03085-0718_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 65-TanHsu_03124-0723_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 66-TanHsu_03181-0739_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 67-TanHsu_03332-0777_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 68-TanHsu_03369bw-0788_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 69-TanHsu_03377-0790_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 70-TanHsu_03520-0831_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 71-TanHsu_03461-0812_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 72-TanHsu_03507-0827_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 73-TanHsu_03547-0838_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 74-TanHsu_03336-0779_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 75-TanHsu_03502-0825_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 76-TanHsu_03276-0762_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography 77-TanHsu_03632-0860_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography

Marietta and Steve, it was an absolute joy to work with you two. I wish you nothing but happiness in your marriage — and lots of vow renewals and anniversary celebrations in the future that you’d also like photographed!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony, reception & catering: Silver Swan Bayside

Event coordinators: Karin & Peyton Craig of Encounters

Officiant: Daniel Kim

Ceremony musicians: Concord Ensemble

Lighting designers & rentals: Perkins Productions

Florist: Cache Fleur

 

DJ: C&J Entertainment

 

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