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Victoria + Derek
The Grand Historic Venue -- St. Mary of the Assumption Church -- Baltimore wedding photographer -- Baltimore wedding photography

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Victoria + Derek met on a cold river at 4 in the morning. He rowed for Washington College’s crew team. She served as the team’s coxswain, sitting in the stern where she faced Derek, steering the boat and coordinating the power and rhythm of the rowers. It was her job to shout directions. It was his job to follow them. As Derek’s best man humorously pointed out in his toast to the couple, the bride was effectively auditioning a husband all those years on the crew team. Victoria and Derek planned a beautiful fall wedding. In a solemn ceremony in a little country church decorated with boxwood wreaths and clusters of baby’s breath, they exchanged traditional vows and departed in a shower of white beans that guests tossed as they ran down the church steps. (Public service announcement: Dry beans are harder than they might seem and can be painful when pelted at people!) After some efficient family photos on the church steps, we were off to Mount Vernon Place for some fun, relaxed photos with the wedding party. We also lucked out with some absolutely perfect late-afternoon light for Victoria and Derek’s photos in the parks that surround the Washington Monument. With that, we were off to the Grand Historic Venue (formerly the Tremont Grand), a beautiful 148-year-old building with multiple event spaces full of character and stylish touches. There, guests enjoyed the music of a wonderful Motown band, a trio of toasts and a celebratory meal. We also shot a couple of really fun portraits — including a couple that channeled Frank and Claire Underwood! — for the couple, who are huge fans of the TV show, House of Cards. Here are some of my favorites from Victoria + Derek’s big day:002-PaceTrott_00042-0009_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

I started with Victoria and her bridesmaids at her parents’ home.003-PaceTrott_00086-0014_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 004-PaceTrott_00193-0028_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 005-PaceTrott_00145-0023_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

Maid of honor Laura helps get Victoria into her gown. 006-PaceTrott_00328-0059_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 007-PaceTrott_00250-0041_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 008-PaceTrott_00304bw-0056_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

The bride, looking lovely.009-PaceTrott_00420-0082_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

Victoria and her father, Joe, have a wonderful relationship. He made her laugh all day — especially early in the day when her silk veil was giving her some trouble.010-PaceTrott_00466-0095_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 011-PaceTrott_00485-0100_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

And then we were off to St. Mary of the Assumption in Upper Marlboro. 012-PaceTrott_00517-0108_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 013-PaceTrott_00530-0112_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 014-PaceTrott_00551bw-0118_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

I loved these beautiful bridesmaid bouquets from the Floral Studio.015-PaceTrott_00619-0133_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 016-PaceTrott_00658-0141_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 017-PaceTrott_00665-0145_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

And then it was time to get married!018-PaceTrott_00776-0168_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

My wonderful assistant, Lindsay, shot this next image of Victoria and her father walking down the aisle toward Derek. She remained in the choir loft for the majority of the ceremony and shot all of the images from this same perspective.019-PaceTrott_00791-0172_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 020-PaceTrott_00801-0177_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

Victoria very obviously relaxed the moment she saw Derek.021-PaceTrott_00811bw-0182_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

A great pair of expressions on this father-daughter duo as he lifted her veil.022-PaceTrott_00832-0189_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 023-PaceTrott_00924-0213_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 024-PaceTrott_00865-0200_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 025-PaceTrott_00933-0217_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 026-PaceTrott_00964-0222_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 027-PaceTrott_00970bw-0226_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 028-PaceTrott_00985-0230_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 029-PaceTrott_01020bw-0240_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 030-PaceTrott_01035-0244_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 031-PaceTrott_01054-0248_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

I love this next series of photos of the couple enjoying a moment together during their ceremony. 032-PaceTrott_01127bw-0268_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 033-PaceTrott_01158-0276_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

Married! 034-PaceTrott_01196-0290_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 035-PaceTrott_01212-0294_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 036-PaceTrott_01215-0295_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 037-PaceTrott_01225bw-0298_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 038-PaceTrott_01246-0302_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

The couple greet their parents after their ceremony. 039-PaceTrott_01302-0308_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 040-PaceTrott_01350-0319_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 041-PaceTrott_01384-0325_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

Such a fun departure!042-PaceTrott_01418-0335_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 043-PaceTrott_01431bw-0341_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 044-PaceTrott_01434-0343_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 045-PaceTrott_01457-0353_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 046-PaceTrott_01470-0355_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

A few family and wedding party photos.047-PaceTrott_01548-0367_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 048-PaceTrott_01635-0378_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 049-PaceTrott_01658-0381_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 050-PaceTrott_01671-0384_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

And then we were off to Mount Vernon Place for a few more photos in the golden glow of late-afternoon light. Just perfection!051-PaceTrott_01758-0403_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 052-PaceTrott_01781-0410_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 053-PaceTrott_01789bw-0413_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 054-PaceTrott_01797-0415_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 055-PaceTrott_01870-0432_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

Victoria and Derek’s friends were so much fun to work with!056-PaceTrott_01883bw-0435_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 057-PaceTrott_01922bw-0447_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

Victoria mentioned how much she admired this Gothic church at our very first meeting, 15 months before her wedding. So we, of course, had to shoot a few photos with its iconic red doors.058-PaceTrott_02002-0458_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 059-PaceTrott_02024-0466_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

And we found the one tree in the park with some colorful fall foliage on its branches. 060-PaceTrott_02041-0471_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 061-PaceTrott_02078-0483_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

And then it was time for the party! A few reception details in the always-lovely Corinthian Room of the Grand Historic Venue. 062-PaceTrott_02138-0492_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 063-PaceTrott_02165-0497_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 064-PaceTrott_02200-0502_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 065-PaceTrott_02246-0509_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 066-PaceTrott_02186-0500_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 067-PaceTrott_02267-0514_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 068-PaceTrott_02298-0525_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

A first dance.069-PaceTrott_02351-0540_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 070-PaceTrott_02364-0544_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 071-PaceTrott_02415-0557_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

A trio of toasts. 072-PaceTrott_02384-0549_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 073-PaceTrott_02457-0563_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 074-PaceTrott_02465-0567_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 075-PaceTrott_02552-0588_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

A pair of parent dances. 076-PaceTrott_02644bw-0614_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 077-PaceTrott_02682-0629_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

And lots of fun and merriment.078-PaceTrott_02853-0668_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 079-PaceTrott_02608-0602_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 080-PaceTrott_02757-0644_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 081-PaceTrott_02895-0683_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 082-PaceTrott_02946-0695_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 083-PaceTrott_03125-0753_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 084-PaceTrott_02974-0701_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 085-PaceTrott_03033bw-0723_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 086-PaceTrott_03037-0724_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

And that House of Cards-inspired boardroom photo. 087-PaceTrott_03042-0725_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography

We couldn’t let the reception end without capturing a few photos of the newlyweds with all their friends from the college where their relationship got its spark on those early-morning rows.088-PaceTrott_03083-0743_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photography 089-PaceTrott_03202bw-0770_JenniferMcMenaminPhotography_Grand-Historic-Venue-Baltimore-wedding_Baltimore-wedding-photographer_Baltimore-wedding-photographyMany, many congratulations, Victoria + Derek! It was such a pleasure working with you, your friends and your families!

Credits:

Photography: Jennifer McMenamin Photography, LLC

Ceremony: St. Mary of the Assumption Church

Officiant: Father Thomas LaHood

Reception: The Grand Historic Venue

Bridal attire: Augusta Jones gown from the Betsy Robinson Bridal Collection

Bridesmaids’ attire: Sorella Vita

Groom’s attire: Tuxedo House

Florist: The Floral Studio

Cake: Kirsten’s Cakery

Band: Phoenix

Transportation: Bayside Limousine

Invitations: Papyrus

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