As I drove through downtown Baltimore on my way to photograph Rachel and Matt’s wedding, I was surprised to see hundreds of people covered from head to toe in bright colors filling the streets near the inner harbor. They where participants in a color run that was held in the city on the same day. When I arrived at the Baltimore Hotel Monaco I was blown away by the beauty of the building. Built in 1906 as the headquarters for the B&O Railroad, it is a true gem of a venue.
When I walked into the room crowded with Rachel, her mother, sister and about 10 of her closest friends, they were all huddled around mirrors, prepping dresses, laughing and applying cosmetics. Rachel was the makeup artist for herself and many others as she had been on many a night out. I also learned something new while hanging out in their room.
Matt’s room was just across the hall & was completely opposite in atmosphere. Matt and Rachel’s father were alone when I arrived, unless you count Rambo who was launching a one-man assault on the television. Matt told me his friends wanted to take him out for a last hoorah in the morning, but he decided to have a very low-key time to be at his best for his wedding.
The ceremony was intimate, around 70 people in the Vienna suite downstairs. A stringed quartet played a “Tv on the Radio” song that caused Matt to choke up a bit as he waited for Rachel to walk down the aisle. Rachel’s brother officiated the ceremony. Matt and Rachel wrote each others vows, and while standing under an arch made from cherry blossoms, read them for the first time. There was just a bit of comedy sprinkled into some very lovely words truly unique to them.
After the ceremony it was downstairs for some family portraits, then I took the couple outside for a few shots. My favorite was having them cross the busy street multiple times, Rachel pulling Matt as cars beeped and drivers yelled out their congratulations. Rachel later told me that a man sitting nearby while they posed on some steps asked them what magazine they where modeling for, which she thought was awesome.
Then it was back inside for some really touching toasts, some wonderful food and some awesome dance floor action. Multiple times throughout the night the place would erupt into “Go Matt! Go Matt! Go Matt!” as he was being yanked into a circle on the dance floor where he would sheepishly bust out some moves to everyone’s delight.
Over all it was a beautiful day, with a lot of beautiful people, who all gathered to celebrate the beginning of Rachel and Matt’s life together. I was happy to be able to spend the day with them and wish them all the best in their future together.
Ceremony location : Hotel Monaco, Baltimore, MD
Wedding date : April 19, 2014
Photographs by Shamus
Bakery : Sugar Bakers
DJ : Dance Masters
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