Friday, August 7, 2009

Courtney + Brian: The (Rockin') Reception

The phrase "the best" was used a lot during Courtney and Brian's wedding reception. Of course the setting was one of Baltimore's best venues, The Walters Art Museum. Once one gets past all the rules and regulations that are the norm at museums, there is the most gorgeous Sculpture Court complete with amazing architecture and sculptures. Even though we have planned so many weddings in this venue, it never gets old. No matter what floor plan is used or what color flowers accent the space, it is always breath-taking.

The first group of photos here were taken by Kakki Morrison. She is a floral designer at Romance of Flowers and captured these images before the guests arrived.
The bridal table for all the wedding party and their guests...

A photo album of the bride and groom's NYC engagement photos was placed on the escort table and guests were invited to write a wedding day note to the couple.
Sugar Bakers did a wonderful wedding cake design. Delicious too.

The following photos were images captured by David Mielcarek at Cinematic by David M.

Let the party begin...
The first dance...

This is my favorite photo. The bride and groom at their table during the speeches. Sweet.

Some details...
Sweet father/daughter dance.One of my all time favorite bands, The Joker's Wild played for the wedding reception. If you are looking for "not just another wedding band", you must check them out. I have been working with band leader Vince for many years and he never disappoints. The band has charm, charisma, talent, a different look, are versatile and best of all they are kind and so great to work with. They were able to play such a wide range of requests: "Everything" by Michael Buble for the first dance, Heartland's "I Loved Her First" for the father/daughter dance, and Stevie Wonder's "Sunshine of My Life". Every request we made was answered with "yes we do that too". Love that.

Both generations of the wedding party were on the dance floor.

Congratulations Courtney and Brian. I am so happy you had the BEST time at your wedding. You were wonderful clients and you are wonderful people. BEST wishes for a happy, happy marriage.
The BEST Vendors!
Linwood's - caterer of all the best weddings
Perkins Productions - the amazing lighting
Table Toppers - the gorgeous table linens
Romance of Flowers - the fabulous floral decor
Courtesy Parking - valet parking with a smile
The Walters Art Museum - beautiful venue
Sugar Bakers - the delicious wedding cake
Cinematic by David M - the crazy good photographs
The Jokers Wild - such a great band

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Courtney + Brian: The Ceremony

The bride arriving at Corpus Christi Church...

There was plenty of negotiating to go down the aisle going on since there were 4 flower girls, 2 ring bearers and 3 junior bridesmaids in addition to the grown-up wedding party.

Photographer David M took this shot through the cool doors at the back of the Corpus Christi Church aisle. The officiant for the ceremony was Corpus Christi pastor Reverend Richard Bozelli.

Certainly the goosebump moments of the ceremony revolved around Courtney's careful selection of the music. The moms took their seats to Bridge Over Troubled Water played by the flute trio, the bridesmaids processed to Bella's Lullaby (also the flute trio) and Courtney and Brian's very talented friend Joey played the piano and sang The Luckiest for the bride's processional with her father. During the ceremony, Courtney's Aunt Nancy sang The Prayer and the recessional (also played by Joey) was Say A Little Prayer. It's so great to change it up a bit for the ceremony music.

The very cute black bridesmaids dresses are from Garnish Boutique in Mt. Washington. Bridesmaids bouquets were designed by Romance of Flowers.

Courtney's beautiful gown is a Priscilla of Boston from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection. The guys tuxedos are from the knowledgeable guys at Tuxedo House in Timonium.

The photo below was actually taken at the church across the street from The Walters, the historic Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church.We love that Courtney and Brian look so relaxed and having such a good time -- just as a wedding day should be.
Amazing Vendors:
Ceremony Music: Castaglia Flute Trio
White Rolls Royce: City Lites
All Photographs on this post: Cinematic by David M

Monday, August 3, 2009

Courtney + Brian: Pre-Ceremony

It was certainly another beautiful Saturday in Baltimore when Courtney and Brian were married. July was especially kind to us this year with comfortable temperatures and low humidity. Even though this wedding took place inside at a church and museum, good weather always allows us to move guests easily from one site to the other and offers a great opportunity for outdoor photos.
For this wedding, uber-talented New York Photographer David Mielcarek from Cinematic by David M started the day by capturing the groom's side trip to the famous Camden Yards stadium, home of our beloved Baltimore Orioles. It looks like they had such fun. What a great way to start the day.

I'll bet very few grooms have a photo of their groomsmen standing on the Orioles dugout at Camden Yards. This is a keeper.

Meanwhile, the bride along with her bridesmaids were relaxing, having hair styled and make-up applied in the comfort of the bride's suite at The Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel.

Cool photo of Courtney's wedding jewelry.

Madeleine Homes from La Papillion Spa and Boutique in Timonium did a wonderful job with make up for the wedding day. She also has a cute blog to follow: Peace. Love. Lipgloss.
Madeleine using natural light for the bridal make-up...

Aren't these wedding shoes super-cute? They are from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection.

Courtney during her photo shoot in her suite at The Harbor Court.

This next photo was taken by Kakki Morrison who is a designer at Romance of Flowers. Owner Victoria Claussen along with Kakki and a talented team of designers, once again created breath-taking florals for this wedding. If anyone wonders why I turn to Victoria time and time again for wedding flowers, this photo and the ones to follow in the Ceremony and Reception posts will certainly explain why.