Very few people can appreciate how challenging it is to shoot a winter wedding in the Northeast Atlantic. Huh? The sun sets at what time? (that’s 4:30pm for inquiring minds). Luckily for us, Minna & Anthony had the sense to do their photos earlier in the day, not only to take advantage of the limited sunlight we would get on their wedding day, but to also bask in the relative warmth of 15° at the Inner Harbor that afternoon (hey, it easily could’ve been -30°). Up until 24 hours before the big day, we were still scrambling to find an indoor location that we could use for their wedding photos.
On the morning of Minna & Anthony’s wedding, I was wandering around the lobby of their hotel looking for a newspaper (in order to do this shot). Long story short, I never did find that newspaper (so that shot never happened), but instead I found myself traversing a hidden corridor somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd floor of the hotel. I sorta-kinda half-expected to come out the other end a la John Malkovich-style, but instead found myself in a large marble room with giant pillars and intricate frescos painted along the corners. An older, well-dressed gentleman emerges from behind the grand piano and asks how he could be of assistance.
Clearly, I was not supposed to be there, so I was on the verge of defaulting to my “ehhh….I don’t speak English” and “I’m lost” shtick, but instead, I asked him where I could find the weekend edition of the Baltimore Sun. Way to be quick on your feet, Ben. What could have been a very short conversation ended up being a 30 minute tour of the entire building, along with permission to bring our lovely bride and groom in for photos….without a permit!
You can’t buy that kind of luck…not on your life!
Venue & Catering: The Mansion at Valley Country Club // Hair & Make-up: Blush // Dress: David’s Bridal // Shoes: Nina // Groom’s attire: Express // Floral/Decor: J Florist // Entertainment: DJ CzBeatz // Stationery: Daniella Ma // Favors: DIY cake pops