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Here’s a fun story of Law and Order that’s a little different than what you’ve seen on television.  Sam, an Assistant State’s Attorney, and Brian, a Baltimore City Police Officer met through mutual friends while both were working in downtown Baltimore.  The two began dating and fell in love quickly.  While on vacation in Napa, CA in a wine vineyard Brian asked Sam to be his wife.

Baltimore is important to these two.  Their wedding took place before the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon; placing the iconic Baltimore landmark in the backdrop of their wedding ceremony.  Sam’s best friend (also an attorney) presided over the wedding ceremony.  Their reception took place at the Engineers Club, just on the other side of the monument.  A place that they feel embodies Baltimore (or if you ask Sam, it’s because it looks like Hogwarts inside).


Venue: Engineer’s Club
Florist: Sensational Florist
Band: Bachelor Boy’s
Dress: BHLDN by Anthropologie

Lauren and Martin met while in a study group back in their college days.  Martin used asking for Lauren’s notes as a reason to get her phone number.  It didn’t take long for them to start dating.  Their romance quickly blossomed as these two pursued called medicine.  Martin, currently in his residency, and Lauren, currently on her way to her MD were engaged at the same restaurant where they enjoyed their first date.  After he proposed, the two met their parents at a different restaurant just down the road.

The weekend started with a welcome/rehearsal party at the American Visionary Art Museum on Friday.  The ceremony and reception  was held the next day in downtown Baltimore at the Peabody Library.   The library seemed a most fitting location to hold their ceremony, as a library was where their relationship originated.  Beneath gorgeous florals designed by Wicked Willow,  the two said “I do.”  Occassions Catering provided a dinner of roasted lobster tail with garden risotto.  Dessert was the Flight of the bumble bee and Sugar Bakers cake.  Guests were sent off with chocolates from Baltimore’s own The Velvet Chocolatier.  And the entire night was brought to a close with a flurry of pink ribbons.


Bride’s Dress: Amsale

Groom’s Tux: Christopher Schafer Clothier

Planner: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings

Hair and Makeup: Gregory Dean

Flowers: Wicked Willow

Venue: The George Peabody Library

Catering: Occasions Catering

Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes

String Quartet: Crystal String

Videography:Thomas Bowen Films

Lights/Rentals: Event Pro

Linens:Table Toppers

Party Rentals: Party Rental

Band: The Elements

 Favors: The Velvet Chocolatier

Laura and Chris met first in Chicago in 2002 while both attended college at Northwestern University where they became close friends.  After graduating Chris moved Baltimore and they lost touch.  Fate intervened when, in 2010, they reconnected on the streets of Annapolis and the relationship begin to bud.  After a brief time Laura moved to Baltimore to be with Chris.

On a cold day in January (having just missed the snow storm) Laura and Chris gathered with all those they are close with to celebrate.  Their ceremony and reception took place in the stunning George Peabody Library in down town Baltimore.  The beautiful classic ceremony was accented with pops of beautiful purple to pay homage to their Alma Mater.  The night finished with an amazing champagne saber toast.


Venue: The George Peabody Library

Flowers and décor: Wicked Willow

Bride’s dress: Lazaro

Alterations and Veil: Jules Joyner

Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung

Men’s attire: The Black Tux

Music: DJ Carl from Classic DJs

Food and dessert: the Classic Catering People

Emma + Rodney:  where hip and elegant come together at the Peabody.

Ceremony + Reception: The George Peabody Library
Caterer: Linwoods
Florist: Mobtown Florals
DJ: DJ Carl
Decor: Event Dynamics

It is coming of age, like marriage, where we cross from the youth of our past to the adult of our future.
It is the elegance of the George Peabody Library, harps and soloists.
It is the edgy, vintage, Etsy, collectable. I’m in love with the cards and card catalogue drawers.
Emma takes small pieces, removes them from their context and reassigns their function. She creates a unique expression of the bride and groom by bringing simplicity into focus.
The attention to detail, to the simple, to the small, to the essence creates a beautiful wedding and exhibits the success of relationships.

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.


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.
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
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…
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.

Photographers for Sachs Photography:
Anne Sachs, Howard Korn and Tasha Dooley

Venue Highlight: Chase Court in historic Mount Vernon

Chase Court is one of our all time favorite venues in which to photograph weddings.  The architectural detail of the building along with the lush jewel like garden provide gorgeous backdrops from which to photograph brides and grooms.   { View full post }

Jessica & Brian: Married at the Engineer's Club

What a gorgeous wedding!  Jessica and Brian started their day at the historic Hotel Monaco. Just take a look at these great shots from Joe Sachs and Howard Korn of Artful Weddings.

Flowers by the Floral Studio.

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