Welcome back to part two of today’s featured wedding in Baltimore. Ron and Mark celebrated their union after 17 years together in a outdoor wedding ceremony at Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland. In case you missed our earlier post, you’ll want to check out their amazing wedding ceremony, complete with the grooms starting with a cocktail hour and breaking out in song before leading their guests to their wedding ceremony! To see every special moment, check it out here. Once the knot was tied, Ron, Mark and their weddings guests moved under a tent and then inside for the theater inspired and oh-so personal Baltimore wedding reception. With Broadway playbills as table numbers and beautiful purple and red wedding flowers all around, their wedding guests dined and danced the night away! Their wedding reception, not unlike their ceremony, was punctuated with personal (and sometimes surprising songs!), like their first dance to “It’s Raining Men!” Clearly, a lot of fun was had at this fete, a celebration almost two decades in the making. We could not be happier for these two, who waited so long for this very special day. And a special thanks to Maryland wedding photographer, Jennifer McMenamin, for sharing Ron and Mark’s fun and festive Baltimore wedding reception with us.
From the grooms: Overall, we were thrilled with our entire wedding. When we first arrived, we were blown away by the floral arrangements that Amy had created. They far exceeded our expectations and were amazingly creative. The entire Gertrude’s staff did an amazing job. The food was perfect and the service was exquisite. Emily was our planner for the day and made sure every detail was handled with care. Juan did an incredible job with the music while respecting our wishes for him to be low-key. Jennifer, our photographer, was a delight to work with. She was never intrusive and always professional and courteous to our wedding guests. The hardest part was waiting for the photos, but they were well worth the wait. She truly captured the joy and emotion of our wedding. We have wonderful wedding photos of our family and friends to treasure.
Instead of traditional wedding reception table numbers, we copied covers of Playbills of Broadway shows that we have seen. For example, you may have been seated at the Kinky Boots table or the Pippin table. We also designed and printed our own program.
After dinner, the DJ invited our wedding guests to join us on the dance floor because we were going to have our first dance. Everyone gathered waiting to see what sappy song we may have selected. As people began to recognize the beginnings of It’s Raining Men by the Weathergirls, they cheered and the dancing for the evening began.
Advice from the couple for other Washington DC area couples:
Don’t take it the wedding planning too seriously. Enjoy yourselves! Pick good wedding vendors and trust them.
And what they wish they had done?
We should have taken a honeymoon. We were exhausted!
Congratulations to Ron and Mark! Thank you for sharing your Broadway inspired Baltimore wedding reception with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photographer: Jennifer McMenamin Photography
Wedding Planner: Boutique Events
Stationery: Greetings and Readings
Floral Designer: Crimson & Clover
Grooms’ Attire: Tuxedo House
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Officiant: Eric Virro, a friend of the couple
Ceremony + Reception Music: MyDeeJay
Linens: Table Toppers
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Photo Credits: Jennifer McMenamin Photography