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.


Monday

The Squire proclaims the wedding of Adam & Jeannie


My wife calls weddings my "anthropology projects." At each new celebration I photograph, I see new family traditions and new customs. When Adam married Jeannie at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, they invited Squire Richard Hillman to lead a procession from there to William Paca House and make the official proclamation announcing their nuptials. This was a first for me, and so I've added another interesting experience to my catalog of anthropologia (technical photo term.)

We began the day down at the city dock for some pictures of the wedding party. It was a chilly and blustery Saturday, but the rain held off for much of the afternoon, which was appreciated.



Then on to St. Anne's Episcopal. It's the "church" in "Church Circle" in Annapolis. Three signers of the Declaration of Independence were members here, but they were not at the wedding.





As guests were seated, a five-piece french horn ensemble played in St. Anne's Church. The acoustics in this stately and aged building were remarkable, and it was another unique touch that helped make Jeannie's ceremony with Adam so interesting and beautiful.










After the ceremony, Squire Hillman, a former mayor of the city, led the wedding party through historic Annapolis, down Main Street and by the waterfront, then over to William Paca House. There was much bell-ringing, to the delight of the wedding party and the tourists.




 The official proclamation, with a few digs at long-dead English Royalty thrown in for good measure.

 







Because this was a fall wedding, Jeannie had an acorn-themed cake (or, more precisely, a giant cupcake.) Blooming mums were on every table, and acorns were scattered around as accents.

 When the party finally wrapped up, the rain had moved in over the city, so the usual send-off from Paca House was a bit muted. But it was still a clean getaway.


The ceremony: St. Anne's Episcopal Church on Church Circle, Annapolis
The Squire: Richard Hillman, Watermark Annapolis Tours
The Reception: William Paca House
The Cake: Q Chocolate & Coffee
The Catering: Land and Sea, Michelle O'Brien
The Flowers: Black-eyed Susan