Thursday, September 03, 2015
According to the archeologists, people have been living near Jefferson Patterson Park for nine thousand years -- so it must be a nice spot! Indeed, this lovely green peninsula jutting into the Patuxent from Calvert County was one of the nicest wedding venues I've seen and worth ever bit of the long drive from Baltimore. The venue's unpretentious charm was also a perfect fit for our couple, Cory and Kevin.
My shoot day started with a quick (but very productive) portrait session around the park with Kevin, Cory and the bridal party. After that, Cory went into hiding with her father before her big entrance in the "Rat Rod" -- her father's artfully restored antique Plymouth pickup. The ceremony was held outside under a shady canopy of leaves, with a family friend officiating.
Cocktails and the reception were held nearby under an old wooden pavilion. After a while, I noticed a number of guests changing their shoes -- it was Irish dancing time. I've done 350+ weddings and have never seen Irish set dancing at all, let alone for the first dance and parent dances. It was super cool (and appears to be a pretty good workout as well).
Later, as the sun set over the Patuxent, we headed out for a couple more quick portraits, then the band struck up another tune as twilight settled over the park.