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Randee + Rickie
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Something happened on Randee + Rickie’s wedding day that could have been unimaginably horrible. The officiant who was to lead the ceremony at their home did not show up. And yet, with this couple, on this night, it turned out to be one of the most wonderful and fitting things that could have happened to their wedding. With the bride’s quick-thinking daughter, who spent years as a country club event coordinator, and the groom’s firehouse buddy who happened to be ordained in the Universal Life Church, the mishap made the couple’s wedding even more touching and memorable than it would have been. You see, Randee and Rickie have been together for 15 years. They met at the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company after Randee — an MRI and X-ray technician — decided to volunteer as a paramedic. A second-generation firefighter, Rickie has worked for the Brooklandville fire station since he graduated high school and volunteered with the Pikesville company on the side. It was at the firehouse where Randee and Rickie met, became friends and eventually fell in love. So when the couple’s cantor was 45 minutes late on their wedding day, it was only natural to call the fire department for help. The Rev. Benjamin Bosley — or Benny, the paramedic, as they typically refer to him at the firehouse — dashed right over and married the couple in their living room. The fire department not only introduced them but also married them! It was one of the most touching, personal and intimate ceremonies I’ve had the privilege of photographing. Here are some of my favorites from their big day:002-GreenbergHolden_00003-0002_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

We started with a few portraits of the couple. Despite the winter temperatures, Randee did not hesitate to step outside in her beautiful sleeveless purple gown. 003-GreenbergHolden_00027bw-0011_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 004-GreenbergHolden_00032-0015_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 005-GreenbergHolden_00048bw-0022_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 006-GreenbergHolden_00063-0029_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 007-GreenbergHolden_00092bw-0039_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I had the pleasure of meeting Randee and Rickie and their families in the fall of 2013, when I photographed the wedding of Randee’s daughter, Heather, to Jason. Theirs was one of my favorite weddings of all time and my last of 2013. I was so thrilled when Heather contacted me to let me know that her mother was planning a wedding and that Heather and Jason wanted to hire me to photograph the big day. It felt like a reunion to get to work with everyone again. And it was fitting that Randee and Rickie’s wedding was my last of 2014.008-GreenbergHolden_00148-0056_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 009-GreenbergHolden_00185-0066_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 010-GreenbergHolden_00322-0104_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 011-GreenbergHolden_00193bw-0071_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Randee and Heather have such a beautiful relationship.012-GreenbergHolden_00195-0072_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The bride and groom were thrilled to have their mothers with them on their wedding day. (I missed Seymour, Randee’s oh so funny and expressive father, whom I met at Heather’s wedding but who couldn’t make the trip for this one. Hi, Seymour!)013-GreenbergHolden_00227bw-0082_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 014-GreenbergHolden_00381bw-0119_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The wedding was infused with Randee’s most favorite color — purple!015-GreenbergHolden_00407-0126_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer016-GreenbergHolden_00421-0128_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

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A little pre-ceremony mingling. 018-GreenbergHolden_00126-0049_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 019-GreenbergHolden_00490-0143_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

My beautiful client. 020-GreenbergHolden_00515-0153_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 021-GreenbergHolden_00564-0166_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 022-GreenbergHolden_00538-0155_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 023-GreenbergHolden_00701-0212_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I love these next two images. These are my favorite kinds of real, unscripted moments to capture for my clients.024-GreenbergHolden_00553bw-0162_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Meanwhile, Heather, who worked as the events director of Hayfields Country Club for many years, noticed that the officiant was late and started working the phones. (At one point, she actually had two phones so that she wouldn’t miss a call back if she was on the line with someone else.) When it became clear that a backup plan was needed, she asked the caterers to start serving dinner, insisted that her mother go enjoy the party and leapt into action. It was a site to behold! I feel like she needs a superhero cape in this next image.025-GreenbergHolden_00584-0172_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 026-GreenbergHolden_00592-0173_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Benny to the rescue! Ordained to officiate the wedding of friends a few years ago, he dusted off his wedding script and came right over.027-GreenbergHolden_00690-0208_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 028-GreenbergHolden_00734-0217_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 029-GreenbergHolden_00737-0219_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

And then, at last — after 15 years and an extra one hour and 21 minutes of delay — it was time to get married! 030-GreenbergHolden_00768-0226_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 031-GreenbergHolden_00784-0231_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 032-GreenbergHolden_00799bw-0238_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Randee and Rickie exchanged vows in their living room, literally surrounded by their closest friends and family members — many of whom were incredibly emotional and beyond thrilled to witness the couple finally tie the knot.033-GreenbergHolden_00809-0242_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 034-GreenbergHolden_00833-0250_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 035-GreenbergHolden_00852bw-0257_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 036-GreenbergHolden_00862-0263_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

Married!037-GreenbergHolden_00892bw-0272_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 038-GreenbergHolden_00907-0277_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

So much happiness. 039-GreenbergHolden_00915-0282_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 040-GreenbergHolden_00929bw-0289_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 041-GreenbergHolden_00946-0293_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The bride and her new mother-in-law share a moment after the ceremony.042-GreenbergHolden_00977-0303_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A beautiful, full-circle opportunity because of the serendipitous turn of events: When Randee and Rickie were younger, Heather told me, they often drove a firetruck to the weddings of firefighters so that the newlyweds could take pictures with the fire engine. Here, the newlyweds pose with a truck from Rickie’s own Station 14. 043-GreenbergHolden_00990-0308_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 044-GreenbergHolden_01003bw-0316_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 045-GreenbergHolden_01022-0320_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

The couple arranged for a cake to honor their mothers’ birthdays.046-GreenbergHolden_01036-0325_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

In addition to a firehouse-themed groom’s cake. And a humorously topped wedding cake!047-GreenbergHolden_01085-0341_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 048-GreenbergHolden_01119-0347_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 049-GreenbergHolden_01130-0352_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

A pair of toasts from the couple’s daughters, both of whom are named Heather.050-GreenbergHolden_01222bw-0377_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 051-GreenbergHolden_01224-0379_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 052-GreenbergHolden_01235-0382_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 053-GreenbergHolden_01264-0392_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 054-GreenbergHolden_01267-0393_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer

I love this next image of Randee looking up at her husband. So wonderful! 055-GreenbergHolden_01302-0400_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographer 056-GreenbergHolden_01326-0404_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Baltimore-wedding-photography_Baltimore-wedding-photographerMany, many congratulations, Randee + Rickie! I could not have had more fun with the two of you on your absolutely perfect day!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony & reception: The couple’s home

Officiant: The Rev. Ben Bosley

Catering: Santoni’s

Bridal attire: Garnish Boutique

Florist: Flowers & Fancies

Cake: Santoni’s & Iced Gems

Favors: Parfections

Invitations: Minted

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