Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive.
Louisa May Alcott knows a thing or two about love, and she could have been talking about Ben and Ellen.
It was a simply elegant wedding, adorned by piles of snow decorating tree branches and rooftop of Tagart Chapel on the campus of her alma mater, McDonogh School. She was every bit the classic beauty in her elegant Grecian gown. Ben comfortably fell into his role of protector, evidenced through his meaningful glances, his anticipation of her needs , and his delight at the sound of her laughter. She is the center of his world. Sharp as a whip, full of understated elegance and a love of family and friends, Ellen and Ben celebrated their marriage in style at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park on the water in Fells Point.
The day was planned and executed to perfection by Baltimore Wedding Planner, Jennifer Yeager. She did not allow a week of snow and ice deter the flow of the day, engineering the events of the day with the ultimate in professional acumen. I was joined by York College sophomore, Tyler Lyons, who is a graphic design major and did a great job assisting for the day.
Floral design by Stanton Wingrat, of Flowers and Fanices was breathtaking. Stanton’s incredible design seems to capture the style of each of his brides. Ellen’s classic elegance was evident in every one of Stanton’s creations. It’s so obvious. Stanton listens.
Totally chill, Ben and his groomsmen were so much fun to shoot. They were full of great ideas, even more full of personality, and I even trusted ’em to rifle snowballs right over my head.
Ellen and her attendants prepared for the day in the McDonogh Lower School’s library, a place where Ellen spent much time as a young girl.
Ellen, you are drop dead beautiful. Simply beautiful.
Mid winter light just poured through the stained glass windows of Tagart Chapel, bathing the entire space in light and warmth.
These guys were such troopers . . . . sleeveless in Bmore January. Brrr. We worked pretty quickly.
Perhaps that’s what true love is all about. Listening. Anticipating. Giving. Together. Ellen and Ben are getting it right, and it was an honor to document their Baltimore wedding.
This is the view of the Frederick Douglass Education Pavilion.
This is the view FROM the loft bridge at the Frederick Douglass.
Bobby and his crew at The Classic Catering People transformed the space and the food was to die for. I LOVE working with Bobby, because he is super calm and gracious and he always takes care of his people. Tyler and I nibbled on crab cakes and tenderloin. YUM.
The artisans over at Patisserie Poupon were responsible for the beauty.
Ben and Ellen. You are off to a beautiful start. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to document your wedding day!