Saturday, October 31, 2009

Drink Responsibly

Happy Halloween !

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Melissa + Pat: The Reception

With the perfect weather in place and our couple newly married, it was time to show the 120 wedding guests a good time.
Catering was by the fabulous Linwood's under the direction of Sherri Levin.
This couple had the wonderful idea of having individual wedding cakes on each guest table instead of a floral centerpiece. Not only was it a pretty addition to the table, but the guests loved serving themselves cake after dinner.

The table linens were provided by Gala Cloths.

The couple is introduced as Mr. and Mrs.

First dance song to Wild Horses (!).

Funny toast by best man Mike.

Followed by a heart felt toast by Maid of Honor Allison.

The bride and groom sat at a small sweetheart table for dinner. The patio at Gramercy spills right into the gardens.

After dinner, bride dances with her dad to "Forever Young".

Does the cake topper look familiar? It should. It is modeled after the bride and groom!

The cake cutting. Play nice.

Great photograph of the bridal bouquet on the sweetheart table.

Love this shot of the dining patio after dark.

The resident Gramercy cat comes downstairs to see what all the ruckus is about.

The catching of the bouquet. All the single ladies...

Lively dancing with music provided by Paul Lavin of Royal Music Service. He was terrific.

More dancing...

and what's a reception without the imitation of the Rockettes?

Last dance. Sweet.

The sparkler send-off at the front entrance. Sometime I'll tell you about the problems with giving lots of drunk people mini fireworks.

Into the limousine. Congratulations Melissa and Pat!
Wedding Site: Gramercy Mansion
Caterer: Linwood's
Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings
Linen Rental: Gala Cloths
Wedding Cakes and Guest Cakes: Linwood's
Deejay: Paul Lavin of Royal Music Service
Thank you Kimberly Brooke for providing all the images for the three blog posts
about Melissa and Pat's wedding!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Melissa + Pat: The Ceremony

At 6:00 pm sharp we were ready to begin the ceremony at Gramercy Mansion. These images were captured by talented photographer Kimberly Brooke.

Pat and Mike and John take a minute for a photo in the parlor at Gramercy.
Ceremony music was provided by St. Charles String Quartet.

The officiant for the ceremony was Bill Duffy who is also the innkeeper at Gramercy.

Cutie pies Beatrice and Diego walk up the aisle perfectly.

The gardens at Gramercy provide a beautiful backdrop for the processional.

Just waiting for the bride...

With blusher in place, Melissa and her Dad walk up the aisle.

Time for the vows.

Look at that sky!!

Love this photo.

The kiss of course.

Smiles all around.

Groom holds the bouquet for his wife.

Alone at last (at least for a few minutes).

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Melissa + Pat: Getting Ready

On a Thursday evening in July, Pat and Melissa exchanged vows at the historic Gramercy Mansion in Green Spring Valley. Want to know just how fun and how smart this couple is? They had the wedding on the start of a 4 day holiday weekend and partied right through the long weekend, celebrating with family and friends. The wedding celebration began the four days of a family reunion, barbecue, brunch and other family organized events. The couple got to visit with their extended families all weekend before leaving on a honeymoon on Monday. Now that is a celebration!

The weather was not what we expected. July in Baltimore is supposed to be hot and humid, but not on this wedding day. It was beautiful and comfortable and a wonderful day for a party.
The bride's make-up was expertly applied by our friends Jayne and Julie at Double Take.

The bride's beautiful gown was purchased at Bridals by Elena in Severna Park.

Delicate shoes...

Simply stunning bouquet...
Bride dressing with a little help from Mom.
The bridal suite at Gramercy is perfecting for getting ready.

The veil is added.

and earrings

and a classic French manicure.
Brides love the steps at Gramercy for photos.
Love this shot.
Bride with her fashionable Dad.

Bet the girls loved wearing these dresses.

Flowers by Judy created simple, classic flowers for this wedding.

The grounds at Gramercy are filled with fountains and sculptures.

It was such a pleasure meeting and working with Kimberly Brooke Photography for the first time at this wedding. She is sweet, efficient and as you can see, talented.
All the images in this post were taken by Kimberly.