Prior to Mollie and James’ wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore in November 2022, the couple opted for a first-look (which I absolutely adore!). They trusted me to scope out a location for them to meet; I chose the lattice-like metal sculpture and vines that embellish the outside of the Sculpture Barn (which is where their reception was held). The late afternoon lighting was a photographer’s dream.
We then had to make our way up to Federal Hill for some couples photos, and Mollie opted to head straight up to save time (which was running out). They also wanted a few photos with their beloved pup, Maggie, who was waiting patiently atop the hill for their arrival.
Their ceremony was the perfect blend of her Jewish traditions and his Christian beliefs. The ceremony reflected both of them beautifully and was carefully thought out. Held in the Sculpture Garden, the ceremony location was decorated with a chuppah, a Jewish tradition, it’s a canopy under which the couple stand during the ceremony representing the home they will soon create. This particular chuppah was lovingly made by Mollie’s parents. It was adorned with florals by Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm in Severn.
Following the ceremony, the wedding guests and couple had a cocktail hour in AVAM’s cafe. They greeted their loved ones and happily noshed on appetizers. Although Mollie and James wanted to spend as much time with their guests as possible, I kindly asked them to walk down the staircase inside AVAM because I had a photo in mind.
The final part of the evening was spent inside the Sculpture Barn for the reception, it was warm, charming, and beautifully decorated with string lights and filled to the brim with love. Mollie and James heard speeches from Mollie’s sisters (who absolutely adore her) and James’ best man, as well as their parents.
“Speakers of the House” performed a plethora of wonderful songs and guests of all ages danced the night away. Mollie and James’ wedding cake, by Codetta Bake Shop, was simple and elegantly decorated with flowers and figs. The entire event (corrdinated by Simply Created Events) was exactly what this couple wanted “warm, understated-beauty, simple.”
My history with the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM for short) goes back several years through my father who is a long-time volunteer with the Kinetic Sculpture Race. As an avid kayaker, he lends his skill as a safety volunteer for the water portion of the sculpture race, as well as others.
When Mollie and James contacted me about photographing their wedding at the museum, I was very excited! I attended an art school in D.C. that was also a well-known art gallery (Corcoran Gallery of Art). So, being selected to photograph a wedding amidst art was a dream of mine, I will cherish the experience.
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