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Amelia & Javier | Patapsco Female Institute wedding

When the coordinator (more on her later) told me Amelia and Javier’s ceremony was only nine minutes, that didn’t seem right.  I get in-the-zone during the ceremony so it’s hard for me to judge how much time has passed, but I found it hard to believe that in nine minutes, they could pack in deep flushes, tears, words of wisdom from the officiant, handwritten vows and a whole lot of laughter.  Amelia and Javier had the most joyous recessional I’ve seen and I’m so glad I was there to snag it.

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Their wedding was at the most fantastic venue ever, the Patapsco Female Institute (rental info here), the “ruins of a girls school” Amelia told me at our first meeting.  And that is exactly what the space is – no roof, half-walls, columns that lead to nowhere.  The space is maintained as-is – half falling apart, totally awesome.  Amelia and Javier’s friends and family filled the space with all manner of joy and love and par-tay.  It was a good old time.

The light in the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore was out-of-this-world.  Check it.

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Meanwhile, in a suite across the hall…

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Bear is not one to be left behind for the festivities.  He wasn’t invited to the main event, but he did get to hang with everybody before and after at the hotel.  And insisted on being the center of attention.  He’s a good dog.

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Possibly my favorite getting-ready picture ever.

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The flowers at the wedding were not blooming things but “meaningful herbs” - but I never did catch the meanings. From Amelia: “Rosemary for love, loyalty & remembrance, thyme for strength, lavender for luck, mint for warmth, sage for domestic virtue.”

herb bouquet and boutenniere

Her dress was perfect so we had to rock some of that floaty, swaying action.

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Amelia and Javier hired Rebecca Dick of Blue Canary Events a couple months before their wedding to help them with the planning.  Amelia told me she wished she had hired her from day one.  I was so impressed with Rebecca’s attention to detail (she signs her emails “party planning perfectionist”!) and general I-got-this attitude.  She was amazing to work with and everybody should get on her bandwagon!

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Vendors:
Getting ready venue: Hotel Monaco, Baltimore
Ceremony and reception venue: Patapsco Female Institute
Planner/coordinator: Rebecca Dick, Blue Canary Events (highly recommend!)
Photography: me!
Florist: Willow Oak Garden
Paper Goods & Gift Bags: Golden Silhouette Designs
DJ: Ricky Bulles
Catering: Kloby’s Smokehouse
Dessert spread: Heidelberg Bakery
Hair and makeup: First Impressions Salon
Equipment rental: Grand Rental Events

facebook comments:

AnniMay 16, 2012 - 12:45 pm

What a stunning wedding and completely fantastic work, Amber! Each photo is stunning.

And I love Bear! He’s so adorable!

triciaMay 16, 2012 - 12:52 pm

OMG I love the hi-five shot! Great story :)

HeatherMay 16, 2012 - 12:53 pm

LOVE that first shot!

ShariMay 16, 2012 - 2:10 pm

This location is AMAZING! Love her style and all the little details that make this so beautiful to look through. That black and white of the couple dancing made me swoon a bit. So pretty!

Kelsie TaylorMay 16, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Love her dress!

NickMay 16, 2012 - 4:23 pm

these are just gorgeous! I love the ceremony shots!

SarahMay 16, 2012 - 6:01 pm

Really really good Amber!! I love so many of these!

Heather ElizabethMay 16, 2012 - 7:19 pm

This wedding is just beautiful! I am in love with the shot of the bride coming down the stairs.

mikeandfridaMay 17, 2012 - 8:27 am

Love the story behind the location Amber : D

rahulMay 17, 2012 - 8:36 am

i love your work! this set is stunning! the light painting shot is soooo cool!

Brian DavisMay 17, 2012 - 9:31 am

Light painting shot FTW. Amazing work!

Sachin KhonaMay 17, 2012 - 11:25 am

erm.. wow!

So flippin good!

MikeMay 17, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Awesome work, Amber! What a cool venue that was.

sarah blackMay 17, 2012 - 10:14 pm

So so fun, I love it!

Lesley PattinsonMay 18, 2012 - 5:20 am

What a beautiful wedding, what a great idea for the bouquet and the bags handing on the chairs look like an aamzing favour idea! Beautiful set of imaegs you’ve really captured the whole wedding well.

brieMay 18, 2012 - 10:56 am

Amber, these are gorgeous! What an amazing venue and totally awesome couple to capture.

MacquarieMay 20, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Great photos love the way you used the “ruins”, my favorite is the one of them on the steps so romantic.

Andy gainesMay 22, 2012 - 4:15 am

Great work! And what a lovely quirky looking wedding! Good stuff!

StephenMay 22, 2012 - 9:54 pm

Loved every single photo! Awesome work Amber!

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