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Nicole + Kirk
The Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel // Baltimore wedding photography // Baltimore wedding photographer

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It took just one quick glance into Nicole + Kirk’s wedding to see what was truly important to them. Just inside the doors to the ballroom of the Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel, towering over the place card table, was a massive framed family tree, tracing their ancestry back to 1566 in England on her side and 1527 in Germany on his side. Their wedding was truly a celebration of the friends and relatives with whom they are closest and their union as a couple. Nicole and Kirk chose not to see each other before their ceremony and her walk down the aisle was full of beautiful emotion on both ends. There is a pair of photos in which you can see Kirk take this massive, nervous breath just before he was to see Nicole. And his reaction upon spotting her walking toward him left me with tears in my eyes and goosebumps up and down my arms. The pastor and cantor who married them in a beautiful interfaith ceremony did a truly lovely thing: Declaring that they wanted to create sacred space for the couple to marry, they asked guests at the very beginning of the ceremony to take out every cell phone, iPad and other electronic recording device they brought with them and take about 20 seconds to snap as many photos as they wanted. Then, Cantor Jan Morrison asked that they be turned off and put away so that even guests would be fully present and mindful as Nicole and Kirk joined their lives together. The day was full of touching little moments like that — tearful toasts, meaningful little glances, happy laughter and emotional parent dances between Kirk and his mother, Nicole and her stepfather and especially between Nicole and her mother. They danced to “Landslide,” which held special meaning for them. The party continued with incredible energy from the musicians of the always-great band, Black Tie, a cigar bar and bars of chocolate as favors. Here are some of my favorites from Nicole + Kirk’s wonderful day:002-OliverFulton_00025-0007_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 003-OliverFulton_00032-0008_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 004-OliverFulton_00057-0014_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

It was so lovely to photograph Nicole seeing herself in her gown as a bride on her wedding day. She could not be a lovelier, more charming person!005-OliverFulton_00081-0021_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 006-OliverFulton_00119-0034_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 007-OliverFulton_00141bw-0039_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Nicole’s mother looks on as her daughter gets her veil.008-OliverFulton_00172-0044_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 009-OliverFulton_00202-0052_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 010-OliverFulton_00221-0061_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The bride, looking absolutely gorgeous. Those eyes! 011-OliverFulton_00224-0062_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 012-OliverFulton_00253bw-0070_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 013-OliverFulton_00278-0074_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 014-OliverFulton_00314bw-0079_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Nicole greets her stepfather for the first time that day.015-OliverFulton_00342-0085_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And then we headed outside for some chilly photos with her bridesmaids. 016-OliverFulton_00379-0096_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 017-OliverFulton_00404-0103_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 018-OliverFulton_00529bw-0132_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 019-OliverFulton_00443-0112_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 020-OliverFulton_00609bw-0148_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 021-OliverFulton_00635bw-0152_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 022-OliverFulton_00678-0159_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

After carefully orchestrating Nicole’s return to the mansion and making sure the groom would not accidentally spot her, we headed back outside with Kirk and his groomsmen.023-OliverFulton_00730-0169_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 024-OliverFulton_00781bw-0181_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 025-OliverFulton_00823-0187_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Then, it was time to get married!026-OliverFulton_00944-0209_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 027-OliverFulton_00947-0210_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 028-OliverFulton_00994-0219_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Here’s that deep breath. 029-OliverFulton_01029-0229_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And then he spots Nicole.030-OliverFulton_01084bw-0245_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 031-OliverFulton_01107-0256_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 032-OliverFulton_01133bw-0266_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 033-OliverFulton_01146-0271_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Guests snap all the photos they can in about 20 seconds before putting away their devices for the duration of the ceremony. 034-OliverFulton_01186-0281_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Nicole’s great-aunt — a woman so special to the bride that she refers to her as her “fairy godmother” — offers a special blessing.035-OliverFulton_01344-0315_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 036-OliverFulton_01230-0289_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 037-OliverFulton_01400bw-0326_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The couple used kiddish cups that have been in Nicole’s family for generations. 038-OliverFulton_01309-0307_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 039-OliverFulton_01529-0353_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 040-OliverFulton_01560-0358_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 041-OliverFulton_01617bw-0371_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Married!042-OliverFulton_01647-0375_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 043-OliverFulton_01657bw-0381_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 044-OliverFulton_01707-0396_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The newlyweds and and wedding party were greeted with signature drinks upon returning to the mansion for a few quick photos after the ceremony.045-OliverFulton_01738-0403_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 046-OliverFulton_01748-0406_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 047-OliverFulton_01762bw-0411_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 048-OliverFulton_01809-0416_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 049-OliverFulton_01869bw-0428_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

As a surprise for her groom, Nicole had Kirk’s ring engraved with the phrase, “You are my happy place.”050-OliverFulton_01897-0438_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 051-OliverFulton_03242-0798_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 052-OliverFulton_01939bw-0450_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 053-OliverFulton_01994bw-0465_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 054-OliverFulton_02050-0481_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 055-OliverFulton_02095bw-0495_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A few reception details. 056-OliverFulton_02128-0503_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 057-OliverFulton_02112-0499_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 058-OliverFulton_02157-0511_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 059-OliverFulton_02173-0516_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A first dance. 060-OliverFulton_02219-0531_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 061-OliverFulton_02251-0542_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Some lovely toasts from parents and brothers and best friends.062-OliverFulton_02371-0580_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 063-OliverFulton_02399-0586_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 064-OliverFulton_02490-0606_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 065-OliverFulton_02537-0619_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 066-OliverFulton_02566-0623_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 067-OliverFulton_02592-0630_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A pair of parent dances. 068-OliverFulton_02681bw-0656_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 069-OliverFulton_02715bw-0666_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And lots and lots of fun and merriment.070-OliverFulton_02733-0669_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 071-OliverFulton_02768-0683_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 072-OliverFulton_02880-0714_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 073-OliverFulton_02869-0710_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 074-OliverFulton_02314-0564_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 075-OliverFulton_02845-0702_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 076-OliverFulton_02910-0725_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 077-OliverFulton_02971-0737_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 078-OliverFulton_02929-0729_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 079-OliverFulton_03232-0794_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 080-OliverFulton_03013-0746_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 081-OliverFulton_03024-0749_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 082-OliverFulton_03065-0758_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Nicole dances with her mother — a meaningful and very sweet surprise for Lisa.083-OliverFulton_03130-0775_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 084-OliverFulton_03155-0782_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And a few outdoor nighttime photos for the bride and groom!085-OliverFulton_03288-0805_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 086-OliverFulton_03297bw-0807_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Antrim-1844-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographerMany, many congratulations, Nicole + Kirk. I could not have had more fun working with the two of you!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & Reception: The Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel

Officiants: Pastor Andrew Foster Connors & Cantor Jan Morrison

Ceremony musicians: Da Vinci Strings from Washington Talent Agency

Catering: The Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel

Bridal attire: Sottero & Midgely gown from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection

Make-up: Metro Makeup Studio

Hair: Natural Fusion Hair Studio

Bridesmaids’ attire: Adrianna Papell dresses from Nordstrom

Groom’s attire: Vera Wang tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Family friend Jane Lenihan

Band: Black Tie from Washington Talent Agency

Transportation: Lincoln Bus Lines

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