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Earlier this week, I published part 1 of this amazing wedding at The Grand Historic in Baltimore, MD.  In the first post, I shared images of Caroline and Justin getting ready in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor and their couple’s portraits around The Grand Historic.  You can see that post here.

Caroline and Justin

Today, I want to share with you the wedding at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also know as The Basilica or The Baltimore Basilica) and the reception at The Grand Historic Venue.  Both are show-stopping locations!

Caroline and Justin

After getting ready at The Grand Historic, Caroline and Justin were whisked the two blocks away to The Baltimore Basilica.  The Baltimore Basilica is known as America’s First Cathedral, and it is a showstopper!  Natural light pours into the cathedral– for photographers, a dream!  Flash photography is prohibited during Catholic services, and we Catholics have the MOST yellow of interior lights.  The cathedral, however…. dreamy.

Justin and Caroline

Caroline and Justin

Also, the decor!  Check out the vaudeville-like curtains- so cool!  There is also inlaid art and domed ceilings.

Justin and Caroline

I love all weddings, but weddings at the cathedral add an extra layer of elegance.  Elements common to many Catholic weddings feel like they are all dressed up when at the cathedral– including a community blessing, readings, presentation of the gifts, and a prayer before the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Caroline and Justin

The community blessing at Caroline and Justin

Presentation of the gifts at Caroline and Justin

A prayer before the Blessed Virgin Mary or flowers for Mary at Caroline and Justin

In addition to capturing the majesty of a full Catholic wedding Mass, I love to capture what’s happening in the crowd.  Just to let you know, these crowd photos are a no-no at many churches in the Arlington Archdiocese.

Flower girl at a Catholic wedding mass in Baltimore, MD. The church is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The photographer was Jalapeno Photography.

Caroline and Justin

I agree with many of the churches in the Arlington Archdiocese that a photographer scanning the crowd can be distracting, and detract from the Mass.  “Can be.”  This is were my ninja skills as a Catholic and a photographer come into play.  My mom jokes that I “know all the passwords” at a Catholic wedding service.  True statement.  I know when and how to photograph in a way that has even the strictest priests praising my couples’ choice of photographer.

A key to balancing the priest’s/ church’s photography restrictions and a couple’s desire to remember their day is using zoom, angles, and general ninja moves to capture images without being noticed.  Images of the parents, for instance, are so important!  I love capturing moments of parents reliving their own vows or praying for their children.  Yep, this ninja caught Justin’s and Caroline’s parents in the act!

Parents relive their vows at the Basilica of the National Shrine to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, MD. Photos by Jalapeno Photography.

Mother of the bride prayers for her daughter at her wedding at the Basilica of the National Shrine to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

And then the Mass was over with a kiss and a grand exit!

Caroline and Justin

Caroline and Justin

Woo-hoo!  Then they were off in a classic car!

Classic car exit from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, MD. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

And the party began!  The Grand Historic Venue is an awesome venue to host a wedding!  Caroline and Justin made sure their guests were in for a great time!  Live music entertained guests during cocktail hour while the band prepared to get guests jamming during the reception.

Cocktail hour at the Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, MD. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

The reception room easily fit the 250 guests.  Guests were hugged in marble, murals and beautiful florals.  Even the cake seemed stately surrounded by marble walls.

Reception at the Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, MD. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Florals at the Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, MD. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Cake at the Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, MD. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

After dinner, the band got the party started!  The Baltimore wedding band, The Bachelor Boys, are one of the best bands I’ve heard!  Do you see this dance floor?  It was packed!  Everyone danced!

The Grand Historic Venue wedding reception. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Wedding reception at the Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, MD. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Wedding reception at the Grand Historic Venue. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

As the night drew to a close, Caroline and Justin changed into the “get-away” outfits, and returned for the band’s last set.

… and then they were off!  Back to the world, this time changed.  No longer “him” and “her,” but now as a “they.”  Caroline and Justin, I hope you continue to make each other and your families as happy as you did on your wedding day.  Much love, Eddie!

Caroline and Justin changed into their

Caroline and Justin

Last song at Caroline and Justin

Coordinator:  Renee Coshin Coolbaugh, Your Day Your Way!

Reception Venue:  Grand Historic Venue
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2015 was my first year living in Maryland (by about a mile), and it’s crazy, but in addition to shooting in my favorite locations in Northern Virginia, that one mile opened doors to me around Frederick and Baltimore.  For large guests counts, The Grand Historic wedding venue in Baltimore can’t be beat!  If you follow my blog, you know I love antiques.  Not shabby chic and not the oldy-moldy mahogany tea cart kind of antiques.  I like the kind of antiques that can take you places and tell a story.  The Grand Historic weddings are that to a tea!

The Grand Historic wedding by Jalapeno Photography.

The Grand Historic is one of the most historic buildings in Baltimore, and was the headquarters of the Maryland Freemasons for 130 years!  Every inch of The Grand Historic is designed from the inlayed, coffered ceilings to the marble pillars.  Have you seen rooms with tile walls?  Well, The Grand Historic weddings are hugged by walls of marble, floor to ceiling, and inlayed stone in… every… grand… room.

The Grand Historic wedding in Baltimore, MD, is a perfect alternative to hosting your large wedding at a hotel.

If you take a tour, use the bathrooms near the Marble Room.  They look like Roman bath houses… but with chandeliers.

If you want an alternative to a hotel ballroom wedding, but have large guest count, I would suggest The Grand Historic in Baltimore or Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC.

Today, I’m going to share Caroline and Justin’s wedding, part one.  There is just too much goodness to share it all in one post!  So, first let me take you to Caroline’s bridal suite in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor (which is attached to The Grand Historic).  Then I will share a few of their bridal portraits, which they took inside The Grand Historic.

Caroline and her beautiful bridesmaids got ready in a light-filled bridal suite overlooking wide sweeps of the Baltimore city scape. Caroline gifted her bridesmaids these adorable PJs for getting ready.  LOVE!

Matching PJs for the bridesmaids at the bridal suite at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor. The wedding was at the Grand Historic. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Caroline wore the wedding dress worn by both her grandmother and mother.  Caroline was able to pull off this antique design with flying colors!

Caroline wore an antique wedding dress to her wedding and reception at The Grand Historic wedding.

Antique pearls at Caroline and Justin

In 2015, I saw an increase in non-traditional wedding rings.  I LOVED Caroline’s beautiful, purple ring.  Anyone else getting a Titanic vibe with The Grand Historic wedding, antique-off the shoulder dress, and art deco ring?

Purple amethyst ring at Caroline

Caroline and her father have an inside joke about honey bees.  She gifted her father honey bee cuff links.  Such a sweet gift!

Caroline gave her father the perfect father of the bride gift-- honey bee cuff links.

After hair and make up was completed in the hotel adjoining The Grand Historic wedding venue, Caroline put on her wedding dress with her maid of honor and mother in the The Grand Historic’s library.

Bride puts on her wedding dress in the Library at The Grand Historic in Baltimore, MD. The wedding photographer was Jalapeno Photography.

Bride puts on her wedding dress in the Library of the Grand Historic in Baltimore, MD. The wedding photographer was Jalapeno Photography.

The bride puts on her wedding dress in the library at the Grand Historic in Baltimore. Wedding photos by Jalapeno Photography.

And then she was ready for her first look!

Bride in the library at her The Grand Historic wedding. Wedding image by Jalapeno Photography.

Bride in the library her The Grand Historic wedding. The Baltimore wedding photographer was Jalapeno Photography.

While Caroline got ready in the library, Justin got ready in a groom’s lounge.  The Grand Historic weddings are so cool because the large venue includes so many nooks and crannies, like the library and the groom’s lounge, in addition to several options for cocktail hour and the grand ballroom.

Justin, the groom, gets ready in the groom

The groomsmen get ready in the groom

After primping, dressing, and spending time with friends and family, Justin and Caroline were off to take their photos in the historic building. The Grand Historic is such a beautiful wedding venue that Caroline and Justin decided to shoot their couple’s portraits inside… and I loved the challenge!  If you want to shoot natural light portraits and are hosting a The Grand Historic wedding, there is a park with beautiful stairs nearby.  Stay tuned for another The Grand Historic wedding that capitalized on the nearby park!

Wedding at The Grand Historic in Baltimore, MD. The Baltimore wedding was photographed by Jalapeno Photography.

Caroline and Justin were married at a The Grand Historic wedding in Baltimore, MD. The Baltimore wedding photographer was Jalapeno Photography.

Caroline and Justin

Caroline and Justin

Justin and Caroline

 

So, do you have a favorite “inside” shot?  Outside shots are definitely the most popular wedding photos, but construction, heat, bad weather, etc. can force you indoors.  I LOVE couples who push my creativity, and I just love the nearly silhouette black-and-white in front of the window, and the top down shot of Justin leading Caroline down the stairs!

Let me know which of Caroline and Justin’s photos is your favorite in the comments below!

  • Renee Coshin Coolbaugh - I can’t pick just one! They are absolutely gorgeous. I do particularly like the ones of Caroline and Justin when they are stealing moments to themselves. What a beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

    • info@jalapenophotography.com - Thanks so much, Renee! It was so great working with you at the Baltimore Basilica and the Grand Historic Venue. I can’t believe you organized the event in two weeks!ReplyCancel

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If you planned on getting married last Saturday, you either had a Washington DC snow wedding or had to cancel.  I live in a rural area between Leesburg and Frederick, and we may have received the most snowfall of all the area.  My neighbor recorded 40 inches in about 18 hours!

Friday night I prepared to beat the storm by driving to the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria.  About 8pm on Friday night, however, the wedding I was scheduled to shoot on Saturday was cancelled.  My husband used Saturday to snow blow our exit.  Which was especially useful because as the roads opened, and a small get together was prepared for Sunday– still a Washington DC snow wedding.

Snow removal for a Washington DC snow wedding during Blizzard Jonas 2016.

Snow coverage during a Washington DC snow wedding during Blizzard Jonas.

Snow coverage during Blizzard Jonas 2016 and preparation for a Washington DC snow wedding.

When planning for their big day, this couple wanted a BIG party.  With flights cancelled, roads closed, and even their venue closed, they now plan on hosting an amazing soiree in the spring.  Family from Costa Rica had already arrived, however, so the couple decided to host a small gathering.  In an effort to not upstage the spring event, I am only sharing a few images from their intimate gathering.

The couple got ready in a DREAM Old Town Alexandria apartment.  The kind with aged, pine floors, soaring ceilings, amazing light… and brick.  Brick everywhere!  Brick walls and a beautiful brick fireplace.

Vintage Old Town Alexandria apartment.

The original wedding details included an homage to winter, but the day of?  Well, the details were actually winter related because of the unexpected blizzard.  It was fun to be creative in capturing the winter details and letting go of the “traditional” way of capturing the details.  The bride made it very clear the gathering was fun, no stress, no mess.  She wanted to capture the casual and laid back nature of the “not-spring” event.

Old Town Alexandria wedding, the groom

Old Town Alexandria winter wedding invitations.

Old Town Alexandria winter wedding details. Preparation for a Washington DC snow wedding.

For the ceremony, the bride decided to wear a classy cocktail dress so as to not upstage the event rescheduled for spring. … this bow, though?!  I want this dress!!  So hot!  After dressing, they were off to the Morrison House for a small get together with family who had traveled from as far away as Costa Rica.

Winter wedding details in Old Town Alexandira.

Old Town Alexandria wedding in January in the snow.

After the ceremony, the bride and groom returned home to dress in wedding attire, and prepare for a first look.  I won’t share those images with you, so that they can save similar images for the spring affair… but the details I will…. WOW.

Winter wedding details at an Old Town Alexandria wedding in January.

Plus-sized bride prepares for her wedding day in January in Old Town Alexandria.

Plus-sized bride prepares for her winter wedding in January in Old Town Alexandria.

After the first look, we took our time to meander the snow-covered Old Town Alexandria streets and take photos.  As we hobbled over snow banks in front of Christ Church, an old man popped out of his house.  He looked concerned, and I was sure he was going to complain our presence in the street would delay the snow plow from finally clearing his street.  I was wrong.

He called out to the bride, “Did you get married today?”

“Yes,” she called back.

Suddenly, the man’s wife appeared, and they explained Sunday was also their 40th wedding anniversary!  We took a few pictures with them, and they sent my bride and groom away with champagne saying my they (my bride and groom) and made their (the older couple’s) anniversary.

How sweet!

Wedding photos in Old Town Alexandria in the winter and in January. Prefect Washington DC snow wedding details.

The couple ended the night at Jackson 20, one of the few places open as the blizzard ended.  They dined on elegant versions of home-cooked meals and enjoyed family from Pennsylvania and Costa Rica.  All in all, a magical day for a Washington DC snow wedding.

Jackson 20 wedding reception in Old Town Alexandria in January in the winter.

Jackson 20 in Old Town Alexandria at the Hotel Monaco.

Jackson 20 food in Old Town Alexandria at the Hotel Monaco.

Jackson 20 in Old Town Alexandria is in the Hotel Monaco.

Did you catch Phil and Cassie’s Bluemont Vineyard wedding photos (part one) on Friday?  You can see those airere.  Today, I have part two.  On Friday, I walked you through the amazing details, bridal preparation, groom’s preparation, and the first look.  Today, let me share with you their Bluemont Vineyard wedding photos we took during their sunset shoot and their beautiful reception in the Stable at Bluemont Vineyard.

If you saw Cassie and Phil’s first look (you can see if here if not), you fell in love with Cassie and Phil.  At the first look, both cried because they were so happy to marry one another.

After Cassie and Phil’s emotional ceremony, they immediately left for a few more minutes of shooting.  I usually recommend couples go outside for a second shoot if they do a first look because first looks usually occur when it is very bright outside.  This second shoot doesn’t have to be long.  15 minutes is often enough.  The second shoot really gives you a fully rounded portfolio, incorporating you at your freshest but with the harsh mid-day light, and then the romantic, sunset light.

Cassie and Phil

Cassie and Phil

Cassie and Phil

Cassie and Phil

Shooting at sunset is especially good for faces.  During a first look several hours before sunset, it will be difficult not to squint or to wrinkle your forehead.  The even, low light at sunset is the opposite.  Cassie is a PERFECT model of looking like a rock star at sunset.

Cassie and Phil

Cassie and Phil got married at the end of October.  Wanting to incorporate Fall without being too Halloweeny, Cassie and Phil had mulled cider (amazeballs on a cold day by the way!), elegant draping in a rustic location, cider doughnuts, and jewel-toned colors.

Mulled cider at Cassie and Phil

Cassie and Phi

Cider doughnut favors at Cassie and Phil

Cassie and Phil

The location was beautiful, a barn-like building in the middle of a vineyard, the details were spot on…. and because it was Cassie and Phil, the reception included a TON of personal touches and lots of love.  Don’t you want these families to just adopt you?

Cassie and Phil

Bluemont Vineyard wedding by Jalapeno Photography. The father-daughter dance.

Toasts during Cassie and Phil

Bluemont Virginia vineyard wedding. Photos by Jalapeno Photography.

Grandma busts a move. Bluemont Vineyard wedding by Jalapeno Photography.

 

Cassie was terrified of the chair lift during the hora, and let’s get real, folks.  Exuberant guys lifting you over their head, while shaking you up and down in a rented chair?  Scary!!  Here’s proof.  Cassie was only up in the air a few seconds before slipping off.  Luckily, no one was hurt, and Cassie has some fun pictures and a great story to show her grandkids!

Jewish chair dance at Cassie and Phil

Bluemont Vineyard wedding by Jalapeno Photography.

Cassie and Phil finished off the night with cake and cupcakes, a quick trip outside for some night shots, and then a spectacular sparkler exit.  If you recall, Cassie and Phil are so amazing in the kitchen, they were going to bake their own cupcakes!  They found a close second with their cupcake vendor– the secret?  Moisture.  Moisture makes the best cupcakes, says Cassie.  I agree!

Fall wedding cupcakes at Cassie and Phil

Cake cutting at Cassie and Phil

We finished the night with an iconic Bluemont Vineyard wedding photo in the trellis.  Not finished playing outside, we took some more after dark Bluemont Vineyard wedding photos with sparklers before the big sparkler exit.

Cassie and Phil

Phil and Cassie

Sparkler exit at Bluemont Vineyards just outside of Washington, DC. The wedding photographer was Jalapeno Photography.

  • Ann L-Miller - These photos are beautiful. They tell the true story of a special wedding. This is an exceptional collection of photos and feelings.ReplyCancel

When I first met with Phil and Cassie to talk about their Bluemont Vineyard wedding, I knew I was going to like them.  Like A LOT.  They are so interesting and may be considered “extreme foodies,” if there is such a thing.  They considered making the cupcakes for their own wedding not to save a few dollars, but because they know they can make cupcakes better than just about anyone else…

But they aren’t snobs.  If you ask them their favorite foods, Cassie will tell you pizza, and Phil will tell you McDonald’s chicken nuggets.  See?  Just cool people.

In addition to being “just cool,” they love each other completely and in a way that will move you.  Doubt me?  Wait till you see their first look!  It will move you to see a man so completely in love with a woman.

But let’s start at the beginning.  Cassie and Phil picked out the prettiest details and jewel-tone accents that fit perfectly with the extreme fall colors of the Bluemont Vineyard wedding at the end of October.

Craft paper invites with bakers string. Image by Jalapeno Photography.

Bridal preparation suite at Bluemont Vineyards. Image by Jalapeno Photography.

Purple wedding shoes and wedding dress sash. Image by Jalapeno Photography.

Cassie’s wedding dress was handmade by her mom.  It was such a special touch!  I know Cassie was eager to get into her dress, worried about her first look, and thinking about the logistics of the day.  Cassie is such a sweet and grateful person and she was so excited to put on the dress her mom made for her.  I hope she can now see in her images– without the stress of the day and running off to her first look– that her mom not only put lots of effort into the making of Cassie’s dress, but also put her whole, loving self into making sure every last detail was perfect on the day of Cassie’s wedding.

Handmade wedding dress for Cassie and Phil

Bridal preparation at Bluemont Vineyards. Image by Jalpeno Photography.

Mother helping daughter with the last minute details at Bluemont Vineyard. Image by Jalapeno Photography.

Then Cassie had a first look with her dad, who snatched her up and hugged her like she was still his little girl… Like every bride wants to be loved!

First look with dad at Bluemont Vineyards. Image by Jalapeno Photography.

While Cassie got ready in The Stable at Bluemont Vineyards, Phil got ready in the tasting room.  It’s a perfect place to grab a bottle of wine and a cheese platter any day, but especially on your wedding day.

Groom preparation in the tasting room at Bluemont Vineyards wedding. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Groom preparation at the tasting room of Bluemont Vineyards for his wedding. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

And then it was time for their first look.  Bluemont Vineyards has BEAUTIFUL vineyards, especially in fall.  The colors were amazing.  More than the colors, Phil’s reaction was the stuff of fairy tales.  Every woman desperately wants to be loved like Phil loves Cassie.

First look in the vines at a Bluemont Vineyard wedding. Image by Jalapeno Photography.

First look in the vines at a Bluemont Vineyard wedding. Image by Jalapeno Photography.

Yep.  That is the stuff of fairies tales.  Every woman wants to be loved like that.

Cassie and Phil took a few minutes just to be.  Then we took a spin around the vineyard to get some pictures before guests arrived.  Because the sun was still high in the sky, we also took a few minutes later in the evening to get shots at sunset.  Catch those images on a Monday blog post!

Bluemont Vineyard wedding photos by Jalapeno Photography.

Bluemont Vineyard wedding by Jalapeno Photography.

Bluemont Vineyard wedding by Jalapeno Photography.

Bluemont Vineyard wedding by Jalapeno Photography.

Then Cassie and Phil waited for their guests to arrive, and the ceremony began.  The ceremony, of course, included even more heartfelt touches: Phil tearing up as Cassie walked down the aisle, big hugs, grandma as the flower “girl,” and Cassie celebrating back down the aisle.

Grandma was the flower girl at this Bluemont Vineyard wedding. The Washington, DC area photographer was Jalapeno Photography.

Bluemont Vineyard wedding by Jalapeno Photography.

Bluemont Vineyard wedding photos by Washington, DC wedding photographer Jalapeno Photography.

Bluemont Vineyard wedding photos by Washington, DC wedding photographer Jalapeno Photography.

Cassie and Phil’s love is the kind that everyone dreams of, and wishes and prays for.  How on earth am I the lucky one picked to document their day?!  I’m so excited to show you part two of this magical event on Monday.  Stay tuned!

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  • cassie @ primitive & proper - i want to be their friend- grandma as the flower girl is amazing!!!! the dress is stunning and such an heirloom. and yes, they are the coolest people.ReplyCancel