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Royal Sonesta Harbor Court wedding: Jessica + Brian
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Jessica + Brian were married during the state of emergency declared in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent unrest in the city. They had the option of changing their plans — starting their ceremony earlier in the day so that the reception would wrap up before the citywide curfew or even postponing the wedding or moving their entire celebration outside the city, as many couples chose or were forced to do that weekend. But Jessica + Brian decided that they just wanted to get married, just as they had planned. It could not have been more lovely. The couple exchanged vows and rings in a moving ceremony officiated by Brian’s uncle. (Brian’s breaking of the glass to end the ceremony — a Jewish custom that signifies the irrevocability of the couple’s promises to each other — was one of the best I’ve ever seen!) We had gorgeous spring weather for outdoor photos with the wedding party, including a few with a group of Maryland National Guard troops who were patrolling the harbor. All of the DIY projects that Jessica and her mother tackled turned out beautifully. And the newlyweds danced the night away with their closest friends and family. Well past curfew. All without incident. Here are some of my favorites from their wonderful day:

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Jessica took on so many wonderful projects for the wedding, from these darling paper flowers that she affixed to gifts for her bridesmaids to table cards made of photos from our fun engagement portrait session last summer. 0004_DolimMasters_00050-0013_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Jello shots — in flavors that matched the color scheme of the wedding!0005_DolimMasters_00170-0031_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0006_DolimMasters_00196-0038_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Brian’s niece Zoe served as flower girl and could not have been more darling. You’ll see lots of photos of her sassy little self!0007_DolimMasters_00116-0022_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Jess and her mother, Barbara, arranged all the flowers for the wedding themselves. They were, of course, purple and white.0008_DolimMasters_00235-0048_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Meanwhile, in a room downstairs, Brian and his buddies were getting themselves ready with bourbon, fancy purple ties and socks and news coverage of the demonstrations going on nearby at City Hall.0009_DolimMasters_00270-0056_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0010_DolimMasters_00293-0060_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0011_DolimMasters_00309-0065_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0012_DolimMasters_00318-0068_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0013_DolimMasters_00948-0200_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0014_DolimMasters_00959bw-0203_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Then, it was time for Jessica to step into her lovely gown.0015_DolimMasters_00460bw-0100_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0016_DolimMasters_00473-0104_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0017_DolimMasters_00481-0106_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Jess carried her love of chevron even to her fingernails.0018_DolimMasters_00532-0115_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0019_DolimMasters_00559-0122_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0020_DolimMasters_00583-0128_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0021_DolimMasters_00609bw-0134_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-weddingThe bride, looking absolutely lovely.0022_DolimMasters_00719bw-0157_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding0023_DolimMasters_00666-0146_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-weddingZoe and her brother, Liam, the ring bearer, were little hams in front of the camera.0024_DolimMasters_00765-0166_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0025_DolimMasters_00769-0168_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0026_DolimMasters_00840-0184_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-weddingA quick portrait of Jess alone in the garden. 0027_DolimMasters_00866-0188_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

And then it was time to get married!0028_DolimMasters_00989-0210_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0029_DolimMasters_01001-0213_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0030_DolimMasters_00998-0212_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0031_DolimMasters_01133bw-0238_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0032_DolimMasters_01141bw-0241_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0033_DolimMasters_01165-0247_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel recently underwent a complete renovation and all the rooms — from guest suites to the event spaces and lobby — are beautiful.0034_DolimMasters_01198-0256_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0035_DolimMasters_01252-0272_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

The best man holds tight to the rings.0036_DolimMasters_01230-0265_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0037_DolimMasters_01260-0276_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0038_DolimMasters_01273-0284_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0039_DolimMasters_01315-0300_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0040_DolimMasters_01265bw-0281_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-weddingOne of my most favorite aspects of my job is capturing wonderful little expressions like this. I always hope that my clients remember just how they were feeling and what prompted such wonderful laughter and happiness in a particular moment.0041_DolimMasters_01299bw-0296_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0042_DolimMasters_01330-0305_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0043_DolimMasters_01340-0308_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-weddingHere comes that previously mentioned breaking — stomping, really! — of the glass.0044_DolimMasters_01360bw-0318_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-weddingMarried!0045_DolimMasters_01381-0322_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0046_DolimMasters_01433-0332_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0047_DolimMasters_01447-0335_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-weddingAfter a few quick family photos, Jess + Brian and their wedding party headed outside to the harbor for some photos. 0048_DolimMasters_01556-0357_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0049_DolimMasters_01622-0375_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0050_DolimMasters_01653-0381_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0051_DolimMasters_01717bw-0398_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

Jess + Brian live in Federal Hill, so close to the Harbor Court that they can actually see the hotel from their back window. So it was important to them to have some photos taken just across the street near the Inner Harbor, because to them, it’s more like their backyard than the city’s biggest tourist attraction. We were graced with some gorgeous late-afternoon light and some beautifully blooming gardens for photos.0053_DolimMasters_01744-0403_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

At times, the afternoon seemed like any other spring day in Charm City. At other times, there were very clear signs that it was not business as usual in the city.0054_DolimMasters_01736-0402_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0055_DolimMasters_01780bw-0413_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0056_DolimMasters_01840-0427_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0057_DolimMasters_01852-0429_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

After posing for a few photos with the Maryland National Guard troops patrolling the harbor area, Jess + Brian shook the hand of every single soldier to thank them for their service during a difficult time in our city. (After these photos were published in The Baltimore Sun, one reader joked that the couple had quite the unusual wedding party while another commented that the photo of the couple going on with their wedding plans despite the unrest had become one of the iconic images of the week.)0058_DolimMasters_01856bw-0432_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0059_DolimMasters_01896-0443_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0060_DolimMasters_01950-0449_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0061_DolimMasters_02006-0462_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0062_DolimMasters_01957-0450_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0063_DolimMasters_01978bw-0456_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0064_DolimMasters_02041-0474_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

We headed back to the hotel with 15ish minutes left in the couple’s cocktail hour.0065_DolimMasters_02064-0477_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A few reception details.0066_DolimMasters_02070-0478_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0067_DolimMasters_02219-0513_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0068_DolimMasters_02161-0502_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0069_DolimMasters_02095-0487_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0070_DolimMasters_02156-0500_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0071_DolimMasters_02187-0508_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

In lieu of a traditional guest book, the outdoorsy travel lovers asked their guests to write a bucket list for them of things to do and adventures to take together.0072_DolimMasters_02082-0482_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0073_DolimMasters_02630-0655_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0074_DolimMasters_02265-0537_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A beautifully choreographed first dance.0075_DolimMasters_02293-0546_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0076_DolimMasters_02305-0552_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0077_DolimMasters_02344-0565_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0078_DolimMasters_02354bw-0570_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A couple of toasts — including jokes about the dashing socks distributed by the groom for his friends and new father-in-law.0079_DolimMasters_02365-0573_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0080_DolimMasters_02399-0583_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0081_DolimMasters_02405bw-0586_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0082_DolimMasters_02458-0600_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0083_DolimMasters_02464-0603_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0084_DolimMasters_02488-0610_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0085_DolimMasters_02514-0620_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0086_DolimMasters_02565-0635_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

In a family tradition, Jessica’s mother wrote a poem to celebrate the occasion. 0087_DolimMasters_02566-0636_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A pair of parent dances. 0088_DolimMasters_02664-0665_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0089_DolimMasters_02688-0673_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

A rousing Hora.0090_DolimMasters_02745-0686_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0091_DolimMasters_02764-0691_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0092_DolimMasters_02833-0704_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding

And lots of fun and merriment!0093_DolimMasters_02874-0716_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0094_DolimMasters_03124-0804_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0095_DolimMasters_03142-0815_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0096_DolimMasters_02929-0730_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0097_DolimMasters_03095-0796_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0098_DolimMasters_02976-0748_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0099_DolimMasters_03165-0822_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0100_DolimMasters_03027-0767_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0101_DolimMasters_03340-0875_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-wedding 0102_DolimMasters_03351-0880_Jennifer-McMenamin-Photography-Baltimore-wedding-photography-Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Royal-Sonesta-Harbor-Court-weddingMany, many congratulations, Jess + Brian. I could not have had more fun with you and your friends and families.

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony + Reception + Catering: Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel

Officiant: Robert Davis, the groom’s uncle

Lighting designers: Rent My Wedding

Bridal attire: Mori Lee gown from the Bridal Boutique

Make-up: Up Do’s for I Do’s

Hair: Up Do’s for I Do’s

Bridesmaids’ attire: Bill Levkoff gowns

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: DIY by the bride and her mother

Cake: Sugarbakers

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Papergoods: DIY

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