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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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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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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 day firsts | baltimore wedding photographer

You know what I hope for all of my brides? That the wedding planning process is going more smoothly than this month’s weather has been acting… what is up with mother nature?! This morning I woke up to snow falling steadily outside as it stuck to the ground for a few hours before melting quickly as temperatures rose to the 50s by 4pm.

While gearing up for our final coordination meeting this week for our first wedding of the year, I wanted to take a breath and invite you to relive some of my favorite ‘first’ moments from last year (and some from the year before)… I’m pretty sure they’ll be just what you need, if you’re in the mood to smile! 🙂

first morning waking up to this view at rixey manor!

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first time wearing betsey johnson’s shoes.

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first time seeing her dad, as a bride.

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first time seeing her girls, as a bride.

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first time celebrating their anniversary in a greenhouse…

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on a flower farm…

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and in a cornfield.

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first time crossing (close!) paths with a rooster.

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first time pouring beer into your fiance’s mouth and not spilling it.

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first time hearing “introducing mr. and mrs…”

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first time a bride embraced her curly hair and kept it down during the wedding.

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first look to end all first looks.

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first dance hilarity.

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first married walk in fells = photo bomb time!

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Here’s to a fabulously memorable 2017 wedding year ahead! May the weather be manageable and your smile always just a tiny bit brighter than the sun… 🙂

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main street ballroom | ellicott city wedding venue | baltimore wedding photographer

Have you ever googled ‘unique Baltimore wedding venue’?

Or maybe ‘unique Maryland wedding venue’… since you’re searching for the perfect wedding reception venue that has a combination of charm, character, amenities, flexibility, indoor/outdoor spaces and enough capacity to accommodate your large guest list?

Let me introduce you to Main Street Ballroom in Ellicott City!

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Originally built in 1920 right on Main Street (hence the name, lol), if you’re planning a wedding and looking for a unique space that you can dress up to make your own, you will probably fall in love with this ‘ballroom’ pretty quickly, as I did!urbanrowphoto-mainstballroom-19

 

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I had the pleasure of photographing mini engagement sessions back in November on Small Business Saturday when Ellicott City was abuzz in a post-flood grand reopening event. It was so reassuring to see so many people out and about, supporting so many local, small businesses!

These fabulous couples spent part of their afternoon with me and were so much fun to get to know as we explored the facility on a chilly day. You can see more from my time at the ballroom, here and here!

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There’s something so intimate about being in a space that is made up of so much history; solid stone walls with natural light pouring in, a clean, neutral aesthetic for you to make your own. Add some candlelight and let’s talk about the romance factor…

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Painted brick. White barn doors. Gray board and batten interior walls. Exposed stone foundation walls. Concrete floors. A river running outside the future patio. Yes, please!

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I can’t wait to see this new venue host many memorable events in the future! I look forward to photographing more couples and weddings here; I know that Kate, is ready to transform your day into one that is easy-going, flexible and fun!

 

 

 

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