Friday

Baltimore’s Engineers Club ideal for Jean & Joe’s wedding

One very cool building in Baltimore where I enjoy shooting weddings is the Engineers Club, located in the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion in Mount Vernon. This stately neighborhood around the city's monument to George Washington is a snapshot from the 1890's, but the exterior doesn't give enough of a clue as to how elegant and well-apportioned the interior is. 


Jean & Joe held their entire wedding celebration there recently and it was just the right fit. Because they only had around 100 people attending, they were able to have the ceremony in the Drawing Room, and they found the Ballroom ideal for dinner and dancing.






The "boys" arrived from their preparations at the Peabody Court hotel, and after a few photos of them in Mt. Vernon square it was on to the ceremony inside the club.






















Musicians: AJ Productions
Photo booth by Perskie Photography

Saturday

Meridian House plays host to Kari & Jon

I've been fortunate enough to photograph three wedding ceremonies or receptions at the Meridian House in Washington, D.C. Usually, the bride and groom have chosen it because it's such a pretty place. But in the case of Kari and Jon, they had a bit of extra inside knowledge about what a cool place it is: Kari works there.


Kari's a Minnesotan who landed in DC and found a very nice opportunity working at the International Center. Jon is a teacher and coach at St. Albans School in DC, down this way from Massachusetts. With all that geography, it turns out the two met in Colorado! She was just going in to a gym as he was coming out, and then in the hope that he'd run in to her again he went back every day and worked out for three hours. He got very buff: and he got the girl of his dreams.


Both moms participated in putting the finishing touches on Kari's wedding ensemble.


John got his first glimpse of his bride-to-be in one of the small gardens tucked away outside the house.










Family friend Abe Frajndlich made some portraits of the couple after the ceremony as a gift.



Cocktails and toasts were held in the stunning pebbled courtyard, which is graced with neat rows of linden trees that create a unique and graceful space.




From the gardens the whole event moved inside Meridian House for an elegant dinner and dancing.












Ceremony Venue: The stunning Meridian International Center, a.k.a. Meridian House
Florist: Philippa Tarrant 
Delicious food and drinks from: Occasions Caterers
Songs spun by: DJ Rusty of DJD-MAC & Associates
Planner: Melissa, whose contact information I'll give out only upon request. That's how good she is.