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Traditional Maryland Wedding: Seth + Marnina

Are you planning a traditional wedding and need inspiration? We’re bringing it to you thanks to Preferred Baltimore Photographer, Dennis Drenner! Seth and Marnina planned a traditional themed wedding in Baltimore, Maryland, with classic and vintage details throughout. The groom wore a classic black tuxedo with a bow tie, while the bride stunned in a cathedral length wedding gown, complete with train and lace bolero. She paired her dress with a classic wedding veil and a vintage inspired brooch bouquet. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an elegant reception complete with dinner, dancing, and the Hora (as you can see in the first image below!) It looks like everyone had a fun time, especially the bride and groom! See Seth and Marnina’s beautiful day as it unfolded, complete with memories of the day as told by their photographer, Dennis. Enjoy!

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Dennis tells us, “I had a front row seat when Seth first saw Marnina in her wedding dress, and was watching her face through my zoom lens as she looked at her husband to be. The joy and depth of emotion in their faces was so intense, if they had been actors I would have thought they were overdoing it. But this was the real thing, and for a photographer it was a blast to photograph, and for a human being… well, gives you faith in humanity!”


“The ceremony and reception were held at the Beth Tfiloh Congregation near Baltimore. My day started out calmly with some getting ready photos, photographing some details and overalls of the scene and the beautiful sanctuary… and then things began to happen. There was a kabbalat panim where people greet and pray with the bride, and then the men’s and women’s tisch. I particularly enjoyed the bedeken, where Karen (my wife and second shooter) and I worked in unison to capture the amazing moments happening all around us.”





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“After the bedeken, the wedding just seemed to take off like a rocket ship, a non-stop whirl of intense emotion and activity that continued for hours. Towards the end of the reception things finally calmed down and we collapsed in a heap, happy and tired, precious gigabytes of family memories safely zipped up in our bags.”

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Wedding Vendors:
Catering: Prestige Catering
Wedding planning and design: Pam Brown
Hair and Make-Up: Miracles on Main Street
Videographer: Black Tie Video, Jim and Barbara Skipper
Band: The Mark Novak band

If you enjoyed this wedding, check out this Baltimore wedding photographer! You can also visit Dennis Drenner Photographs preferred Maryland wedding photographers listing in our wedding vendor guide.

Maryland Handmade Wedding: Lina + Matthew

Lina and Matthew’s Maryland handmade wedding will inspire your planning! This incredible couple’s wedding was this past fall in Baltimore, Maryland. Their wedding has some beautiful handmade touches that you’re sure to enjoy. To create the perfect event, Lina and Matthew sought the creative planning talents of Esme Krahn from BodaMaestra. Esme tells more about how this couple met, their proposal, and the styling ideas.

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above: the mason jar guest book | guests were given paper hearts to write Lina and Matthew their best wishes.

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Esme tells us, “Like a growing number of couples in the digital age, Lina and Matthew ‘met’ for the first time via Skype. Incredibly, they were separated by nearly 2,500 miles, with Lina living in Bogota, Colombia and Matthew in Baltimore, MD. Their initial connection was prompted by Matthew’s sister-in-law, Sara, who – as the constantly shrinking globe would have it – also happened to be Lina’s friend from college! Although both Lina and Matthew were nervous about getting to know each other this way, their nightly Skype sessions soon became the most exciting part of the day.”

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“I fell for her instantly,” Matthew recalls. “We would spend hours talking about life and our stories. We quickly realized that we had so many things in common and we both had this strange feeling that we had known each other for a long time. After about a week of talking with Lina, I decided that I needed to buy an airplane ticket to Bogotá. I very politely asked if that was OK. The smile Lina gave me was all the answer I needed. It would be five long weeks until we would meet in person.”

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“It seemed like a dream to me,” says Lina. “I didn’t think that a man like him would be real.”

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When they saw each other at the airport for the first time in person, Lina couldn’t believe Matthew was finally there. As for Matthew, any sense of anxiety or nervousness that he had going in disappeared the moment he laid eyes on her.

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On August 2, 2014, Matthew was ready to ask Lina to marry him. It happened at Lina’s parents’ home, during a gathering where friends and family were present. At dinner, while everyone was visiting, Matthew held Lina’s hand and told her that she made him the happiest man in the world. He then went down on one knee and, in front of the group, asked Lina: “Will you marry me?” Lina gave him a resounding yes!

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above: personalized succulents as favors

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With only two months to plan the wedding, Lina found Esme of BodaMaestra through her videographer, Clif Matheson. Lina arrived to Baltimore just three weeks before the big day. By then, the planning and styling of the wedding was done (thank you, Pinterest!). Lina and Matthew had several online meetings with Esme in order to discuss and refine all the important details, including the flow of the ceremony, wedding flowers, cake design, Lina’s wedding dress, and Matthew’s attire.

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“Lina and Matthew wanted an intimate fall wedding with lots of bright colors mixed with a sense of romanticism and elegance,” said Esme, who happens to specialize in planning weddings for multicultural and Latino couples. “Although Lina is fully bilingual, she found it refreshing and comforting that we did all the planning in Spanish. Since the wedding took place in Baltimore, I also provided Lina with wedding etiquette advice that is not necessarily a part of Colombia’s customs.”

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above: personalized napkin rings made of burlap ribbon and wooden hearts with the bride and groom’s initials

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Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Kali’s Court
Wedding Planning: BodaMaestra
Floral Design: EightTreeStreet
Photography: J Stuart Harris Photography
Celebrant: All Faith Weddings
Posters: Paper Blossom Socials
Cake: Patisserie Poupon
Videography: Matheson Communications, Inc.
Ceremony Music: Alan Oresky – Violinist & Mandolinist

Did you enjoy this wedding? If you’re planning your wedding, check out BodaMaestra! Esme’s hands-on experience will help guide you through the entire wedding planning process. You can also visit her preferred Washington DC wedding planners listing in our wedding vendor guide.

Sparkly Gold and Black Wedding: Alice + Ian

Today we’re featuring Alice and Ian’s Coto de Caza wedding! This gold and black wedding boasts a gorgeous color palette, DIY details throughout, and tons of steal-worthy ideas. The bride, Alice, wore a stunning white floor-length gown with a sweetheart neckline and finished her look with a pair of metallic sparkle heels. The bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses in shades of gold with different necklines, many of which sparkled with gold sequin detail. For a classic look, the groom wore a black suit and black bow tie, while the groomsmen wore matching black suits and grey neckties. You’ll love this entire Coto de Caza wedding from start to finish with wedding coordination by Splendor & Bliss captured chock-full of emotion by William Kim Photography. Find out how Alice and Ian met, read about their proposal story, and see their wedding day as it unfolded…

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Alice and Ian met in law school. Alice tells us, “We met in law school over 5 years ago. It was at 7am in the same class, all year long. After our first year, we became close friends bonding over school misery and eating our way around Los Angeles.” When we asked about the proposal, the groom chimed in. Ian tells us, “She was flying back from Denver that day, and I had about 12 hours to plan because I knew it had to happen that day. I picked her up from the airport & dropped her off at her house. She was heading to my place after, so I raced to my home and changed into a suit. I had invited her closest friends to set up candles and roses on the floor of my living room. When she came in, she almost burned her bags as she dropped them too close to the candles. She may or may not have run away to hide in the hallway a couple times in embarrassment when she realized we weren’t the only two people there. The rest is a blur, but it doesn’t matter because she said yes!” What a sweet story! Congrats to the happy couple!

Here’s how their wedding day unfolded:

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When we asked about their fondest wedding moment, Alice said, “Sitting at our sweetheart table gazing out at all the joy & love from our family and friends, many who traveled from across the USA and Asia. Really just laughing until we cried, crying until we laughed at practically each moment of the wedding (i.e. vows, speeches, surprise videos, and dancing).”

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And, when asked to describe their wedding in three words, they answered: “Euphoric, Intimate, Us.” We love that.

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We wanted to know about some interesting facts about the couple. They said, “We’ve watched more movies in the theater than any other person that we know.”

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What a beautiful day! Thanks for sharing it with us, Alice and Ian!

Also, thanks to the vendors who brought this wedding to life!


Wedding Coordination + Design: Splendor and Bliss
Photographer: William Kim Photography
Videographer: Studio205
Venue: Coto De Caza Golf + Racquet Club
Hair + Makeup: Elizabeth Hickman
Florist: Case Floral
DJ: MyBridal DJ
Photobooth: Make it Last Photobooth
Grooms Suit | Ted Baker Suit and Bowtie; To Boot New York Shoes
Bride’s satin peplum gown | Demetrio’s Bridal; Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka