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cylburn arboretum engagement | chinnu + suganth | baltimore wedding photographer

You know when you meet someone at first and you’re not quite sure but feel like there’s something special about them you can’t put your finger on? Well, Chinnu and Suganth’s  love story starts innocently but became real with a second date at the Indiana state fair…

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These two are such sweethearts, both individually and together. Their soft spoken and gentle love for each other was apparent from the second we met… I love how easy they make it all seem, especially after a first date that involved a restaurant that didn’t have any vegetarian options for Chinnu, a vegetarian (!) and a long distance relationship for some time while Chinnu attended Indiana University in 2014.

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Luckily for everyone, the second date at the Indiana state fair was much more of a success; more relaxed, less formal and they were both able to be themselves!

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I love how their engagement photos turned out even more special because they were dressed nicely, as opposed to just rolling out of bed during the early morning hours! Read on… for their proposal, I’ll let you hear the story directly from Chinnu herself!

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“We drove to Wilmington Beach in North Carolina at the end of October 2017. We stayed at the Blockade Runner Hotel in Wilmington. We were there for a 4 day weekend. I knew we were getting engaged at some point. We had gone ring shopping and I had picked out 5 rings/styles I really liked. I did not know Suganth would propose on this trip. Also, I know he wanted to inform my parents he was going to propose, and I didn’t think that had happened yet. I found out later that he had made a secret trip to inform my parents. He did not tell his parents he was going to propose. I was excited to get away from work for a few days and have a nice time at the beach. Suganth insisted we watch the sunrise on our first morning of vacation – I was irritated. I felt like the first morning of vacation should be a lazy, sleep in kind of day. I woke up and sort of got ready. It was cold, I was in a sweat shirt and fleece pants. I planned on going back to bed once the sun came up. My grumpy mood lifted once we got to the beach, it was so peaceful and beautiful. I was glad we were watching the sunrise. We sat on a towel and watched the sunrise. Just as the sun was coming up over the horizon, Suganth got up, got on one knee and proposed. I have beautiful pictures of the sunrise and my engagement ring, but none of us because we were not dressed properly. In the evening, we dressed up and asked a random couple on the beach to take a picture of us.”

 

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We can not wait to celebrate with you and your families at the Belvedere Hotel! And I can’t thank Jason Cheung of Lost Note Productions enough for connecting us! Friends of friends are my favorite kind of client and this time is no different… I’m honored, grateful and so excited to be a part of your day!

Cheers, lovebirds!
xo,
Naomi

http://www.urbanrowphoto.com (our refreshed site and brand new look is coming soon!)
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patterson park + fells point engagement | lauren + matt | baltimore wedding photographer

All of my couples have such personality and fun-loving stories, but I can’t get over how much Lauren and Matt have in common with each other (and with me)… making it so easy to capture their adorably sweet love for each other and where they live!

(Spoiler alert: they live one block away from where Anthony and I lived for almost 8 years… within walking distance to the Patterson Park Pagoda, so naturally we had to start there!)

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I couldn’t begin to tell their story as well as they can in their own words, so without further ado… Lauren shares how their love story came to be (so many quintessential Baltimore bars/restaurants played a role in their first date! I love that!):

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“Matt & I met right after he moved to Baltimore City. One of my best friends had just turned 21 and we wanted to find a place to go out. She had known Matt & his friends for quite some time and reconnected with his roommate. I got to meet Matt & Chris as Matt had just gotten back from the gym and gave us a tour of the house (and I knew I liked him immediately!) and then went to go get ready to go out. A little while later we took a cab (back when people still took cabs… :)) down to Canton and went to Nacho Mama’s! We all shared a Hubcap margarita at the bar. Matt and I were pretty engrossed with each other at that point — we talked and talked and learned a lot about each other. We even kissed in the cab that night on the way back to their place. 🙂 They invited us back down the next night and we went to Ale Mary’s and Bad Decisions and then Matt took me to the National Zoo in DC the next morning. And that was it. I think we both knew where we stood pretty quickly and hung out pretty much every weekend after that…”

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Can we just stop for a second and have a moment with this GORGEOUS one-of-a-kind ring that Matt gave Lauren? I’ve never seen anything like it and can’t stop staring at it! A custom pear shaped yellow diamond?!

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Living steps from Patterson Park and loving the walk along the Fells Point waterfront,  I can’t get enough of their perfect embraces and snuggly selves… everything about our night together was picture perfect!!

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Their proposal story is SO sweet… but I also just love how real it starts out! How many of you have struggled with “…relaxing vacation or adventure trip?!”

“We have always struggled a bit with our travel preferences — the best way I can describe it is that I prefer “vacations” where Matt prefers “trips”. After a long few weeks of “trips” with our friends, we had a long conversation about my need for a vacation from our trips… He immediately got to work planning a weekend a few months later in Hudson, NY. A place where he promised that there was so little to do that even he could not turn the vacation into a trip. We stayed in a cute AirBnB, explored the town a little the first day and went to a nice meal. The next day we did some more exploring and then went back to the house to relax and then shower and get ready for dinner. I was sitting on the bed reading and he suddenly came in and let me know that he had decided we REALLY needed to go check this place a few miles away out. And that we HAD to go that evening before dinner. So, begrudgingly, I pulled my hair up in a messy bun, threw on a giant sweatshirt and converse and hopped into the car. We got to Olana (a gorgeous house designed and decorated by Frederic Church with beautiful details all over it, overlooking the Hudson River) and walked around a bit, the house was already closed, so I was honestly a bit annoyed that we were there… we made our way through the yard and sat down on a bench looking back up at the house, it was really nice because no one else was around since the house had closed for the day. And that’s when he did it. 🙂 It was lovely — and I was super appreciative that he knows me well enough to have found such a peaceful quiet spot for it! I later learned that while I was hosting my best friend’s bachelorette party in Ocean City a few weekends earlier, he had recruited his brother to drive all the way to Hudson with him, check out Olana, to make sure he liked it and had a plan and grabbed lunch and drove all of the way home!! He hadn’t told anyone besides his brother, so it was fun making the calls and actually surprising everyone with the news.”

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L+M, we can’t wait for your Accelerator Space wedding in less than a month and know it’s going to be an epic evening filled with incredible food, family and friends but most importantly, the official start of YOUR married life together!!!

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xoxo,
Naomi

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wedding vendor spotlight | eleven courses catering | maryland wedding caterer

Since it’s been a minute since our last wedding vendor spotlight, I’m SO excited to bring this series back and pickup right where we left off… with loads of eye-candy for you to help design your wedding to be one that leaves people speechless because it’s so YOU.

Today’s spotlight features an incredible local maryland wedding caterer that is one of the most artistic and inventive teams I’ve had the honor of working alongside! Eleven Courses Catering’s culinary creativity constantly has me asking “how are you going to top this?” and then they do… every time!! (ps – how’d ya like that sentence’s alliteration?) Melissa and Jim have such a passion for designing a culinary experience like no other with every event they’re a part of – it’s so refreshing to see how open to new ideas and collaboration they are (and as another husband and wife team, they get even more bonus points in my book!).

If you don’t already follow them, go do it now – eleven courses catering!

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What led you to pursue a career in catering?
When I met Jim in college, he cooked an amazing dinner for me on our first date. It was love at first bite. I was so blown away by how he could take a few simple ingredients and create something, almost melodic to eat. I was so inspired by him that I started organizing dinner parties for friends and family (I have a design background and loved creating the perfect table setting) – from there we launched a private chef company and a few years later turned into exclusively large-scale events.

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What is your favorite aspect about working with engaged couples and within the wedding industry?
I love that we never cater the same wedding twice, each couple is so different and unique – there stories are their own and the fact that we get to be a part of each one makes my heart sing. We are part of a day that ends up being a lifelong memory – talk about an incredible feeling of euphoria!

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What are some creative ways couples can stay within their budget when it comes to their menu planning?
I love this question. Sometimes less is more, so scaling back on the number of options, without compromising quality or flavor profiles can be a very effective budgeting strategy. If you wow your guests with a phenomenal one entrée option or two, vs three of four – it can be such a win win!

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Where would you go if you were planning a honeymoon right now?
I am pretty lucky because Jim and I take a culinary tour each year to a different spot on the globe, scouring the world, looking for inspiration to bring to life through our chef-curated, ever changing menus. These trips always feel honeymoon-esque to me! We just got back from a trip to Italy, next up is Peru.

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Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in everyday favorites – reimagining classic dishes with modern twists, or taking a single ingredient and loving on it to create dishes that show it in a new way; color schemes always conjure up whimsical ways to create new recipes too – and of course there is the change of the seasons and our culinary tours. I also get a ton of inspiration from our clients, their backgrounds and stories.

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Favorite recent read or podcast?
With three littles ones, my time to read or listen to something besides Moana or nursery rhymes is pretty scarce haha, but Jim always seems to have a book in tow – and I revel in excerpts he reads me – most recently was The Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich. He usually has something to do with food or music on his nightstand, haha.

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Any exciting upcoming projects or collaborations we should watch for?
We recently were invited back on Good Day L.A. to talk wedding trends for 2018, we will be returning to Houston as guests on Great Day Houston, as well as, hosting another event at the national Health Museum there. We love being able to share our recipes and stories with local and national audiences. We were also selected as the March of Dimes – Celebrity Chef of the Year, which will be officially announced next month. Such a complete honor and dream for us!


Well deserved and so exciting! I can’t wait for us to work together at M+C’s September Main Street Ballroom wedding… if you’re looking for a wedding caterer that will design a show-stopping menu, work with any dietary needs/restrictions and still making the most beautiful and delicious food you’ve ever had, your search is over! 😉

photography: Urban Row Photography
caterer: Eleven Courses Catering
wood cutting boards: Words with Boards
venue: Accelerator Space
air plants: B Willow
napkins: Moss & Surf

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abigail + mike | accelerator space bmore kitchen wedding | baltimore wedding photographer

helllooooo, party people! I’m so excited to share Abby + Mike’s wedding day with you (and I apologize for it being long overdue!), so we’re just going to dive right in… 🙂

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at our last accelerator space wedding of 2017 (see the first two here and here!), we had the absolute honor of capturing the love of an adoring and super sweet couple that has a tight-knit family and wanted to enjoy their day as a celebration of the love of those that got them to where they are today!

ps – there’s one word that comes to mind for the neutral color dress Abby’s sister / MOH chose and the bouquets that Radebaugh’s provided: STUNNING!

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what better way to enjoy everyone assembled comfortably in one space than with lots of natural light, industrial windows with views of a killer sunset and an outdoor patio with cafe lights hanging overhead! The Accelerator Space is different than any other Baltimore wedding venue you’ve seen before – a floor to ceiling metal panel wall, artifacts from its car dealership warehouse days, worn wood floors, multiple skylights, entry doors made out of salvaged industrial windows, the uniqueness factor goes on and on – it can comfortably hold 275 people inside for a seated dinner and 100 people outside on the enclosed patio for cocktails!

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  • one of my favorite aspects of Abby + Mike’s relationship is that Mike’s dog Fran, is ultimately responsible for officially bringing them together forever after dating on and off after meeting at Towson University, their senior year… dog love stories are the best!! so we made sure to incorporate Fran in their engagement photos at Hampton Mansion to show off her important role! 🙂
  • when designing their wedding day, Abby wanted it to be as relaxing and stress-free as possible; she did just that by prioritizing many family-oriented aspects… they got ready at her sister Hannah’s beautifully decorated home, asked only siblings to be in their bridal party and had a first look with her dad that truly made everyone tear up, even Abby herself, despite clear direction that she wasn’t going to cry! ;)(pro secret: it’s inevitable – I’ve yet to see a bride NOT tear up at a father daughter first look!)justin alexander wedding gown
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  • the reception details complimented the space and added a personalized touch; her sister Hannah designed and wrote out the drink menu on an old window as well as the welcome sign on a mirror! escort cards were displayed on a huge oversized frame and the table centerpieces were low yet full of soft tones and glowing lanterns… perfection!
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  • during cocktail hour, the abundance of natural light and casual, comfortable atmosphere of the Accelerator Space was on display with tables on wheels setup in the center of the room to allow people to move freely exploring the space and mingling. I love these tables!signature drink menu accelerator space cocktail hour
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  • last but not least, the dessert table… made up of cinnamon buns from Blue Moon Cafe, Insomnia Cookies and cupcakes from La Cakerie, it was a sweet tooth lover’s dream and a perfect way to end the night! I loved how they incorporated local bakeries and dessert offerings uniquely special to them. 🙂View More: http://urbanrowphoto.pass.us/abigailmikewedding112517

Here are some of my favorite moments from the start of their day to the last dance… enjoy!! I hope more couples embrace the real meaning of this special time in your lives, as Abby + Mike did, by surrounding yourselves with friends and family as much as possible during the big day!

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Congratulations again, newlyweds! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of love, happiness, warm days and lots of sweet treats along the way!

xoxo,
Naomi

kudos to the most fabulous vendor team that made this gorgeous day seamless and possible!

photography: Urban Row Photography
wedding dress: Justin Alexander
dress boutique: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal
hair and makeup: Up Dos for I Dos
flowers: Radebaugh
ceremony: St. Marks Church, Catonsville
reception venue: Accelerator Space
DJ: Club Ouzo, Bradley Maxwell
bridesmaid dress: Show Me Your Mumu
groom attire: Jos A Bank
caterer: Innovative Gourmet
invitation: The Brumby Nest

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caren + jan | accelerator space bmore kitchen wedding | baltimore wedding photographer

Last year’s most popular venue for us was definitely the Accelerator Space, and it’s easy to see why… weddings with a unique industrial aesthetic are here to stay and I couldn’t be happier about it!

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ps – I’m also super excited to share this elegant chic Fall wedding with you because this will be my first post where I’m debuting a new format: less descriptive paragraph text, more summary highlights as lists and fun facts… because I get it: NO ONE READS ANYMORE (sad, but true). You’re here for the pretty visuals of Caren + Jan’s Accelerator Space wedding and I’ve got ’em!

Their wedding was so gorgeous and full of so many heartfelt moments that it was also recently featured up on Marryland Weddings!

Looking for Fall wedding inspiration? Look no further than this new Baltimore wedding venue with it’s ceremony, patio cocktail hour and reception space all in one place!

  • Caren + Jan were married under an incredibly gorgeous chuppah made up of copper pipe and a draped tallit with asymmetrically placed greenery.
  • I loved that Caren had not one, but TWO pairs of shoes for the day and BOTH were sparkly Kate Spade…!!!
  • Caren gifted her bridesmaids gray sweater wraps (see them below!) and combined with fun colorful sunglasses, they made the most fun bridal party shots!
  • Personal touches galore: Caren’s father’s catering company catered the whole event!, the center diamond in her engagement ring was her grandmother’s and their friend (and one of the groomsmen!) designed the invitation suite (Write Notepads) – I’m in love with how clean, modern and crisp it was!
  • fun fact: the underlying goal of this group shot was to move all of the guests outside onto the patio to allow the cater time and space to flip the ceremony and reception space… we were originally planning to take it in a different spot but ultimately I’m so happy with how it turned out!! 🙂 …now, huge group shots are totally our thing!

 

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Mazel tov to both of you!! Here’s to many more simchas, new adventures, good music and lots of laughs together! It was an absolute honor to be a part of your wedding day!

xoxo,
Naomi

many thanks to this fabulous vendor team!
planning + coordination: heather st. clair events
venue: accelerator space
getting ready location: radisson cross keys
invitation: write notepads
calligrapher: amy cameron
dress: badgley mischka
bridesmaid dresses: dessy
earrings: maria elena
rings: edward arthur jewelers
shoes: kate spade
tux: generation tux
band: speakers of the house
caterer + desserts: brian’s catering

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kathryn + casey | fells point engagement | baltimore wedding photographer

I’m so humbled when we get to meet the friends and family of our past #urpcouples that then become current clients and friends of ours! I first met Kathryn while Annie + Chris were planning their wedding last April (see their beautiful early spring wedding here!); she’s Chris’ beautiful younger sister and I still remember the text Annie sent me when Kathryn officially got engaged. I felt so connected to this family already and was so full of excitement and joy for them!

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I love it when clients have an idea of a location or a specific look in mind that allows our time together to be that much more meaningful and comfortable! I’m always happy to suggest locations, but when Kathryn mentioned how much they love being outdoors together we tossed around a few different ideas and after landing on Fells Point near the building “with the blue shutters on the water” (aka Henderson’s Wharf), I knew we were going to have a BLAST… it’s my favorite spot and with their chemistry and passion for bringing their pup Cooper on all of their adventures (YAY for bringing pups to photoshoots – YES, PLEASE!!!), magic was bound to happen. 🙂

 

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I loved hearing their story, in their own words… Casey, I’m pretty sure you win the award for best hydration technician there ever was and ever will be! 😉

“We first met in our high school phys ed class. We started hanging out at school and Casey became the girls lacrosse manager, or hydration technician, as he liked to call it :).

During lacrosse season, Kathryn went down with an injury (torn ACL) and Casey was there throughout the entire process of surgery and rehab and he always had the right words to say. We “officially” began dating on May 31st, 2009, when we went out to Qdoba, knee immobilizer and all, and later got a movie from Blockbuster.”

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And now, the proposal…
(with one of the most beautiful solitaire rings I’ve ever seen, btw!!)

“On February 17th, 2017, Casey set up a dinner reservation at Pairings Bistro, where we enjoyed a nice dinner and drinks. When the check came, Casey could not add the tip to save his life, which later makes sense. He told me we had to go back to his parents house to pick up flowers that were delivered there for Valentine’s Day for me. When we arrived, Cooper met me at the door, which I was surprised by because he should have been at my parent’s house. As we walk in the door, I realized my mom and dad were both there as well. I was now beginning to think this could be the proposal, but then kept saying in my head it couldn’t be, because my Mom didn’t make me get my nails done. A few moments later, Casey grabbed my hand and walked me to the backyard which was set up with tea lights, rose petals and a full bouquet of roses all the way down the path to the fire pit that was lit. At this point, he got down on one knee, with our closest family, and asked me to marry him. We celebrated that evening with our parents and siblings with cake and champagne.”

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I’m crazy excited for you both (and your families!) and can not wait to celebrate with you at Wyndridge Farm this September (6 months from this Thursday… not that I’m counting down or anything)! Your love for craft breweries, spending time outdoors, being the best dog parents and celebrating with family is such a part of your everyday life that it should absolutely all be a part of your wedding day!

Here’s to your best year yet… and we know the sunset will be even more incredible that night as you get used to your new titles of Mr. + Mrs!!! 😉

xoxo,
Naomi

 

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courtney + mike | accelerator space bmore kitchen wedding | baltimore wedding photographer

If you didn’t already know, October weddings are the new black.

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And honestly, what’s not to love about the Fall months? Between soft earthy tones in your bouquet, leaves still on the trees for your first look and temperatures that leave you comfortable outside all day long and into cocktail hour as the sunsets, it’s a complete win-win for you AND your guests!

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Courtney + Mike’s wedding was our first at the Accelerator Space, one of Baltimore’s newest wedding venues; 2017 was their opening year! This incredible venue sits just north of downtown Baltimore, south of the Senator Theater near Belvedere Square on York Road. I could go on and on about my favorite aspects of this venue, but that’ll have to be a separate post… 😉 let’s just say the worn character-filled wood floor, the industrial windows (and multiple skylights!) let in the perfect amount of natural light to invoke a gorgeous glow during the ceremony and the elevated outdoor teak-enclosed patio sitting among the rooftops of the neighborhood, provide a beautifully designed retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life yet with the charm, character and edgy modern look Baltimore should celebrate and show-off.

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It was quite a way to kick things off… these 2 sweethearts were so sweet and easygoing from the moment we met and I can’t sing their praises enough!

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They incorporated so much personality and meaning into their wedding day… Courtney’s bridal jewelry included a series of frog brooches since her grandmother loved collecting them, Mike designed and built their chuppah and the napkins at each placesetting were hand tied with eucalyptus by Courtney’s mom, since greenery (and lots of it!) was the perfect choice to help soften the industrial chic space.

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I also absolutely LOVED that Courtney wore a fascinator headpiece. It added so much romance and timelessness to her look!!!

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I’m just going to put this out there right now: using eucalyptus as a theme throughout your florals is my absolute favorite and something that I hope never goes away. Please and thank you. Not just because of the beauty of it, but because it smells AH-MAZING, is so durable, versatile and striking, yet simple.

Also: mix and match BHLDN bridesmaid dresses. DROOLING. SWOONING. REPEAT.

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Their family and friends were the absolute sweetest group and a lot of fun… how much fun? Just check out the groomsmen with their cigars and ‘tude walking along the side of the Accelerator Space… (shoutout to the best second photographer in all the land – Anthony captured them and crushed some of my favorite groomsmen portraits)!
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Father daughter first look emotions? Nothing compares.

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Well, the first look may run a close second… the raw emotion captured during every first look we’ve been a part of far outweighs anything I’ve seen when brides walk down the aisle. Just being honest. Private moments together are so few and far between on your wedding day, why not take advantage and preserve this feeling (with all of its anxiety, excitement and pure joy) for your grandchildren to see?

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This chuppah is giving me all the feels, mainly because Mike cut down the trees himself to construct it and assembled it all on site the morning before the wedding… WHAT. #husbandgoals

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I have to say the speeches were the most moving and heartwarming words I’ve ever heard during a wedding… not a dry eye existed.

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The theme of the night was F-U-N and when the evening culminated in the traditional Jewish hora dance, everyone was there!

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Jamillah of Taste This Cake made this beauty – her bakery is downstairs from the Accelerator Space, in B-More Kitchen! It doesn’t get much more local and tasty than that.
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And then this happened…

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xoxo,
N

So many thanks to this fabulous vendor team!
Planning: Sheri G Events
Venue: Accelerator Space
Getting ready: Radisson Cross Keys
Caterer: Zeffert & Gold
Cake: Taste This Cake
Wedding Dress: Wtoo by Watters
Dress Boutique: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Jos A Bank
Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN, Nordstrom
Hair: Amanda Eller
Makeup: Owen Michael O’Donnell, Lauren Rutkovitz
Invitations: Kindly RSVP Designs
Officiant: Joey Malin
DJ: DJ Paul
Transportation: Woodlawn Motor Coach

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mary pat + jonathan | frederick douglass isaac myers maritime park wedding | baltimore wedding photographer

So, it’s mid-January and I’m still waiting for a good snowstorm! The cold temperatures are still here and so I’ve been lucky enough to stay warm and busy with styled shoots, email management (keep those new inquiries coming, friends! I’m so excited for y’all!), website/workflow updating and a rebranding effort that has made the shorter days go even quicker than I’d like!

I’m continually amazed by how small a world it is and how paths cross at exactly the right time and place… Mary Pat found us while working with Courtney of Moore & Co. right after we collaborated on a styled shoot at the Accelerator Space. I’m so excited to feature one of my favorite waterfront weddings today; specifically one of my long-distance #urpcouples that travelled from Massachusetts to get married in Baltimore!!

Mary Pat grew up in the Baltimore area and wanted to marry Jonathan at a local venue that had breathtaking views of the harbor for all their guests to enjoy. As a couple that loves adventure and being outdoors together, they were planning a beautiful waterfront ceremony on the pier. Mother Nature had other plans as constant rain dashed any hopes of an outdoor ceremony that day… however, I have to say, I’ve never seen a more confident bride and a more festive getting ready suite within the Four Seasons Hotel! We persevered and had an even better first look location to capture those giddy emotions…

Without further ado, my favorite moments and expressions from their day!

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When the junior bridesmaid dress color perfectly matches the frosted glass divider walls on the balcony… getting ready at the Four Seasons Hotel is layered in gorgeousness.

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Mary Pat’s grandparents’ names are on a plaque along the wall of St. Leo’s Church in Little Italy… so it was the perfect spot for a rainy day first look! Covered, romantic, diffused lighting and full of so much meaning.

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Their indoor ceremony on the 3rd floor of the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Museum was so beautifully elegant – all organized and executed by the fabulous team of Moore & Co. Event Stylists

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Absolutely LOVED all of the shades of green and ivory on top of so many different linens that made up their tablescape… it was a stunning way to bring the outside in! Not to mention that uplighting by Event Dynamics!!

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Big Ray & the Kool Kats put on quite a show… and even to everyone’s surprise, played a Taylor Swift song that the girls and Mary Pat performed to on the spot!

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MP + Jonathan, we were absolutely thrilled to have the honor of capturing your incredible day and look forward to hearing about all of the future family adventures you share together!!

Cheers to a beautiful couple!
xoxo, N

Planning: Moore & Co. Event Stylists, Be More Inspired
Venue: Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Museum
Dress: Judd Waddell
Dress Boutique: Allegria Bridal
Groom + Groomsmen Formal Wear: Vineyard Vines
Hair and Makeup: Haute Blowdry / Haute Wheels
Caterer: Rouge Catering
Band: Big Ray and the Kool Kats
Cake: Sugar Bakers
Invitations / Paper Goods: MLC Designs
Rentals: Select Event Group, White Glove Rentals
Lighting: Event Dynamics, Inc.
Florals: Eden Floral Design
Transportation: Ride Thoroughbred

 

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wedding vendor spotlight | blush floral design studio | maryland wedding florist

Happy Wedding Wednesday to you! Although in all honesty, I’m still completely thrown off with what day it is this week – is anyone else? Please tell me I’m not alone…?! New Year’s Day falling on a Monday has been quite confusing for my brain, ha!

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The one thing that is very clear to me though, is how rewarding and wonderful it is to consistently work with such talented teams of wedding vendors in Baltimore and the surrounding areas… our 2nd vendor spotlight (peep the first one here if you missed it!) showcases Blush Floral Design Studio, and owner/designer, Linda Montuori!

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I feel so lucky to have been introduced to Linda and her stunning work while designing a photoshoot with Courtney of Moore & Co. Event Stylists. As part of the Be More Inspired collective of wedding professionals, Courtney and Linda have worked together many times; as soon as I showed Courtney my vision for the greenery-filled bouquet, she recommended working with Blush… I couldn’t be happier and definitely shrieked with excitement when she first showed me a sneak peek of this amazing fern-filled bouquet that simply overflowed with texture and industrial elegance!!

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What led you to pursue a career in floral design?

I started my career in floral design after working in marketing for several years. As most people do at one time or another, I went through a phase of  wondering what I wanted to do when I grew up. I always loved visiting local florist shops when traveling through a new town or city.  If it had a great window display, I was in!  I always felt so inspired seeing unique flowers and designs (and there is nothing like the smell of a floral shop).

Eventually, I  stopped into my local florist and literally begged for a job.  I started out washing buckets, taking orders, and over time, I learned all aspects of running a florist shop. But my world changed when I started designing!

I decided to start my floral design business specializing in weddings. After my wedding business started to flourish while working out of my garage studio,  I moved my studio into a beautiful building that I now share with other wedding professionals.

Every week I meet with amazing  couples who put their trust in me to create fabulous floral designs for their wedding! I am truly blessed.
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What is your favorite aspect about working with engaged couples and within the wedding industry?

I always ask my couples how they met. I find their stories to be fascinating and I definitely believe in fate!

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What is one piece of advice you’d share with the bride and groom to keep in mind during the wedding planning process? 

Keep it personal! Hire vendors that you trust and then turn it over to them to take the stress off.

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What are some creative ways couples can stay within their budget when it comes to their wedding florals? 

My advice is to focus on three floral focal points… the bouquets, a ceremony focal point and your centerpieces. Other elements are great to add but are not a necessity when working on a budget (i.e., bar arrangements, powder room, cocktails etc.). Also, be open and let your floral designer use your Pinterest inspiration as a springboard to a new original interpretation specifically for you.

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Right now? I would choose adventure mixed with relaxation, so today, I would choose Switzerland (if you ask me during the peak of wedding season, I might say just put me in a beach chair and don’t make me move).  🙂

Where do you find inspiration?  

I might see something in a magazine or on Pinterest or in a store that just catches my eye and before long I am in my studio trying to recreate it with my own twist. I love an afternoon with my design staff where I present an idea that is in my head and we try to figure it out. They inspire me!

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Favorite recent read or must-listen-to podcast?

I can’t live without my kindle. I love to read historical fiction! I just finished a great book called Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, which was inspired by the life of  a real world war II heroine. I also enjoy a good love story!

Any exciting upcoming projects or collaborations we should be on the lookout for?

Looking forward to spring wedding season starting soon! One of my 2017 spring weddings was featured on Artfully Wed in September!

Thanks again for sharing your time and talent with us, Linda! I love hearing how a keen interest led you to develop your passion into the successful business it is today and look forward to capturing your florals as part of future Urban Row couples’ weddings!!

What types of vendors are YOU interested in learning more about? Questions about all the things event designers/planners have a hand in? Looking for an experienced caterer that can accommodate dietary restrictions while still presenting a deliciously unique and memorable menu for you and your guests?

Send me an email and let me know the vendor spotlights to focus on moving forward (naomi@urbanrowphoto.com)! I love collaborating and sharing my experiences with the most talented, local Baltimore wedding industry pros I’ve worked with and meeting new ones to learn from!

xoxo,
Naomi

styling + planning: Moore & Co Event Stylists, Be More Inspired Wedding Collective
venue: Accelerator Space
dress: Martina Liana
boutique: K and B Bridals
hair: BTV Beauty
jewelry / hairpiece: Faye Daniel Designs
makeup: Elegance Artistry
boutonniere: B Willow

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