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Kelly and Tim have a special place to relax, have a drink, take in a sunset on the water; Castle Hill Inn, a favorite of Newport, Rhode Island. It’s there, on the lawn, that Tim took a knee for the biggest question of his life. It’s no surprise then that they picked the Evergreen Museum and Library in Baltimore, Maryland to host their wedding. It’s a place with an almost Versailles feel. A feeling they took full advantage of with an outdoor patio wedding with the Chuppha overlooking Evergreen’s garden.

For a photographer, the architecture and grounds lend themselves to every shot taken on a wedding day. Its walkways, its arches, its porches are always dreamy backdrops for the intimate journalistic frame as well as portraits large and small. And that is why the Evergreen Museum and Library is one of the most outstanding venues in Maryland.  The subtle touches of florist Fleur De Lis didn’t overpower but added a splashes of brightness and color to set off the ceremony. Out of the open air and into the night with a reception catered by one of Baltimore’s best Chef’s Expressions, celebration, dancing and joy hosted by the famous band Right On.

Ceremony + Reception: Evergreen Museum and Library
Florist: Fleur de lis
Cake and Catering: Chef’s Expressions
Band: Right On
Dress: The Bridal Garden, Chelsea, NYC
Invitation: Minted

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If you want Fireworks and the Blue Angels for your wedding and your Dad’s title is not P.O.T.U.S. or even V. P.O.T.U.S. Carrie and Kevin Creedon can give you a tip. Get married on a weekend and in a city that is celebrating something patriotic, something of nationwide importance, something historic, like the Boston Tea Party or The American Revolution, or Hey, 4th of July, or in this case the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner. Who knew it would be such a big deal?
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For Carrie and Kevin I think it may have been a little more than luck or coincidence, I think there patriotism, like their religion runs a little deeper.
God, Country and Family? A Catholic Wedding at the famed Basilica, a reception at the Star Spangled Banner House, on the anniversary of the song? Yeah, all signs of some things held close to the heart.
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Did I mention Blue Angels? To celebrate with the Creedons, the Blue Angels felt a fly-by, post ceremony, during the portraits would be just right. And it was.
Summer in Baltimore can be a little muggy. But September can be perfect. And it really was. Though the day started with rain by the afternoon the sun was out to host cocktail hour in the Banner House’s gardens.
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Clear skies made way for a final send off with seven sets of Fireworks surrounding the reception. Step aside Kim and Kanye, I think the Creedon’s Star Spangled wedding trumped the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
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Photographers:
Christina Constantinides and Colin Gabriel

Vendors:
Cake: Sugar Bakers
Dress: Vera Wang
Officiant: Father Gene Nickol
Caterer: Catering by Uptown
Planner: Jeffrey Ditter
Invitations: Paper in the Park
Florist: JJ Cummings
Reception Decor/Florals: Magnolia Events
Dj: Brandon Renninger
Cocktail Hour String Quartet: Baltimore School for the Arts
Venue: Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Reception Venue: Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

Venue: Hollow Creek Golf Club

Cake: Sugar Bakers
DJ: Absolute Entertainment
Flowers: Wicked Willow
Planner:Drew Vanlandingham

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In celebration of their love, this autumn wedding in the ever-up-and-coming Fredrick, Maryland, at and around Hollow Creek Golf Club had a simplistic elegance showcasing the union of the Bride and Groom.
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Shoes? Check. Dress? Check. Rings? Check. Looks like someone’s getting…
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Just get some life-long loved ones together.
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Gather those that mean the most and make them bring a Dress and a Tux.
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Because this day is a celebration, a party in ones life like few others.
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And where in Baltimore does one go for such a party? In their dresses and their tuxes, with their flowers and their adoration for one another? There are a few choices, definitely more than a couple.
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But not many as photogenic, with all there is to love about Maryland as Harbor East and the Marriott Waterfront. There is nothing to a Marylander that signifies home, that warms the soul more than the sounds of boats gently rocking in the water, dinging, the chirp of gulls and the scent of salt in the air. Hold please while I slip on my Sperry’s.
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Oh no, I gotta keep my tux on, just a bit longer to enjoy the elegance of a ballroom with pedestals and flowers and the photo, that one of many but that one of the bride, frozen in time, her dress in full flair as she moves down the aisle, all those who’ve come pause, taking a breath of the sublime.
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Ahh, and now we can exhale, let loose and celebrate.
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Celebrate the first day of the rest of our lives.
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Photographers for Sachs Photography:
Anne Sachs and Howard Korn

Vendors for this event include:

The Marriott Waterfront

Ann’s Garden

Weddings, guys in tuxes, gals in dresses, mother-in-laws-to-be, churches, receptions, drinks, food, dancing, repeat. Yet sometimes, the passion and uniqueness really shines through. Sometimes, as an editor I open the files and think men in tuxes, women in dresses. And then it unfolds…

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Nabely and Mike getting married are just that. First a bride and groom getting ready for a wedding (this happens thousands of times a Saturday). And then just how beautiful Nabely is begins to shine through, how excited and in love she is begins to appear as she becomes comfortable with the camera. This, this happens a lot. It’s our job as photographers, get the bride and then the groom comfy, get them used to us, and then capture it all as they celebrate.

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Then there is Mike. It’s a Saturday in the world and there is a guy in a tux making one of the biggest commitments of his life. Sometimes, in a groom, you can see their awareness of the gravity of the decision.

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As I continued editing this wedding there were many amazing things that made the day shine. The Basilica of Mt. Vernon, an absolutely beautiful cathedral, and a reception at the Evergreen, a Historic beautiful building that’s also a Museum and Library on a chunk of land maintained for the purpose of being seen. The right touches of Southern significance and classy shabby chic in both the venue and the details. At the Evergreen, with an amazing catering provided by Taliya at Linwoods; flowers by Wicked Willow, Lighting by Event Dynamics and all coordinated by Becky Vanderbeck at Simply Chic, you really just couldn’t go wrong.

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As the images move on we learn a few things. We learn the bride is really funny and very excited to marry Mike. But of Mike we see his boyish excitement, his love for his friends and more than anything, we see his charm. We can see in the pictures the charm and honest love that Mike stole Nabely’s heart, and leaving her no choice but to steal his last name.

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Congratulations Nabely and Mike.

Photographers for Sachs Photography:
Anne Sachs and Howard Korn

Vendors:
Church: Baltimore Basilica
Venue: Evergreen Museum and Library
Caterer: Linwoods
DJ: Classic DJs
Invitation Designer: Just Ink on Paper
Wedding Coordinator: Simply Chic Wedding + Event Design
Lighting: Event Dynamics
Florist: Wicked Willow
Transportation: Limousine’s Inc
Valet: Jay’s Valet
Hair: Jewel Hair Design
Makeup: Jordan K. Winn

Siera and Nick’s wedding was a blast for our photographers. The passion of the family and friends for the bride and groom and their special day was evident every step of the way. The family went out of their way to ensure that this, once-in-a-lifetime moment, was special and memorable. The love the newlyweds gave in return was stated in the size of the wedding party. Nick had 2 best-men and there were a total of 24 bridesmaids and groomsman. When an event is that festive, that large, and that full of love, our photographers just can’t stop taking pictures.
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The day began with our team on two separate locations, the bride’s family home in Joppa, Maryland and the groomsmen, along the water in Fells Point. 13 women and their family getting ready for a day like this could be pure chaos. Once we arrived at the Cola residence, Siera rounded everyone up for gift giving and a toast with her bridesmaids. A note of unity, gratitude and joy that carried through out the day’s celebrations.
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In the famed waterside Fells Point Neighborhood, the theme was the same. Not only were men gathered for one another, but the brotherly love was clear in the camaraderie and shined through in the pictures.
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The Catholic ceremony was held at the Holy Rosary in the Paterson Park area of Baltimore. Siera graced the ornate church in her Mikaella wedding dress. Personal touches were added along the aisle with more flowers from Floral Expressions by Jennifer and framed family photos, along with inspiring quotes.
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And onto The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley for cocktails and dinner by Rouge Catering. The grounds of The Grand Lodge lend itself to photography with rolling hills and sweeping vistas. The interior, of course, can accommodate, with ease, such a large celebration.
We’ve all been let down by catering in our lives. But Rouge, as usual, cannot be outdone. Their professional service maintains everyone’s needs with ease. For Siera and Nick the evening required filet mignon and crab cakes. You have a lot to live up to when serving a crab cake in Maryland, for Marylanders, and Rouge Catering had no trouble.Sachs-Photography-Cola-5

One of the things I love about Maryland are the cultural traditions, many of which (crab cakes) were included in this event. Being Italian and Greek brought other traditions to the wedding from color themes, to the chosen church and best, the dance. Money tossed in the air as the bride and groom joined hands with their revelers and performed an exciting Kalamatianós. It’s a tradition that kept the energy flowing throughout the night.

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After toasts, introductions and dancing, all managed fantastically by Koko Brothers Entertainment, it was time for the cake. With their engraved silverware, Siera and Nick attended to the tradition of cutting the cake, a confectioner’s treat by Patisserie Poupon. A close and dear friend of the bride and groom couldn’t wait for table service and slid in to have cake fed to him by the bride and groom. It was just one more example of the newlyweds reciprocating love for all those around them. This is a wedding that will remain in my mind as the way the day should be had.

Photographers for Sachs Photography:
Joe Sachs and Colin Gabriel

Each year there is one wedding that makes me smile. Bruce and Anthony’s is that one. Certainly, it was beautiful with the ceremony at the Peabody Library; it was planned and executed flawlessly, thanks to Rachel Strisik and team. However, the real beauty was the heartfelt connection between these two amazing people and how happy their friends and family were for this momentous occasion.

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The festivities kicked off Friday night with friends coming in from Maryland, Pennsylvania and California, many meeting for the first time, and enjoying dinner at one of Bruce and Anthony’s favorite restaurants, Fleet Street Kitchen. FSK, known for its organic, locally sourced produce and meats, was a perfect spot for Anthony, a trained chef with a passion for food. Many new friendships were formed that night, with Bruce and Anthony as their common thread.
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The following morning, I began our day with Anthony and Bruce at the Four Seasons Hotel as they prepared for the upcoming ceremony. After a few photos of the two of them at the Four Seasons, we headed to Baltimore’s historic Mt. Vernon and photographed Bruce and Anthony among the stunning architecture of the neighborhood.3
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The ceremony, which was inside the George Peabody Library, was like no other. Among a 300,000 volume book collection, the spiraling staircase, tiers of cast-iron columns, and ornate railings, the stunning mise en scène lent itself to the emotion of the day. By the time the ceremony was over, there was not a dry eye in the house.
The stunning backdrop was enhanced as grapevines and moss dotted the Dutch Connections’ arrangements inspired by California’s wine country. Chef’s Expression regaled the party, with a seated three-course dinner. And then the dancing…
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Once on the dance floor, a well-orchestrated flash-mob of friends from both coasts donned Anthony and Bruce T-shirts to perform the song “Happy” performed by Onyx. Was the rest a blur?
Sunday, the finale, was one of the most gorgeous days ever. Everyone was invited to the couple’s farm in scenic Northern Baltimore County to enjoy a pig roast from Blacksauce Kitchen. The whole day was a wonderful laid back, old fashioned summer celebration with lawn games, swimming, and a little rag-time music from the band Bumper Jacksons.
This was the day reserved for the cake cutting – an astounding Sugar Bakers cake that was devoured in no time! It seemed as if everyone was having a fabulous time, including the two goats, a gaggle of geese, and three Alpacas.
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Photographers for Sachs Photography:
Anne Sachs, Howard Korn and Tasha Dooley

Baltimore Waterfront Wedding; Elisha & Chike

Elisha & Chike met as freshmen at Harvard in 2003 and started dating a year later. Their beautiful May wedding at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was a well timed celebration, not only of their marriage, but also their 10 year anniversary as a couple!  { View full post }