Thursday, July 14, 2016
Caroline and Garrett decided not see each other until after their wedding ceremony. I assumed that this was a matter of tradition, until after the ceremony when I saw how much these guys loved to kiss. My new theory is that if they hadn't been kept apart, the bridal party would have had to pry them apart with crowbars so they could get on with the wedding! I am (mostly) joking of course, but this couple obviously has a strong connection and passion that is a joy to behold and a pleasure to photograph.
Karen and I started shooting photos a few hours before the ceremony, me with the ladies, Karen with the guys. Afterwards we headed to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in downtown Baltimore for the ceremony. Shortly before the ceremony, Caroline and Garrett prayed together with their pastor Jim Hamilton, holding hands with a door blocking their view of one another. After the ceremony, giant first kiss, happy walk down the aisle, and off to Mount Vernon Square for some couple portraits.
The reception was held at the Elkridge Club, a beautiful venue I was happy to come back to. The weather was perfect for outdoor cocktails and family portraits. The folks at the club were really friendly about letting us take portraits out on the fairway, and I'm happy to say nobody was beaned by a Titliest on my watch! Later we moved inside to the upstairs ballroom for dances, speeches, the cake cutting and some really great food. The night ended with an innovative sparkler and bubble departure.