Howard Rawlings Conservatory // Stefani + Michael // Baltimore Wedding Photographer



Stefani called me on a Thursday and said she was getting married on Saturday, I responded barely getting the words out of my mouth "this Saturday!?". Thankfully I only had a client meeting that afternoon because I really lucked out being a part of this amazing elopement. On Friday evening the schedule and details were finalized just before my bedtime, my bed time is Midnight as of late (mama mode). Stefani and Michael decided to have a small intimate ceremony with just the two of them and their best friends, Laura and Joe. Joe officiated and Laura was a Matron of Honor, friend, and coordinator all wrapped in one. When I arrived Laura and Joe walked around looking for the perfect spot for the ceremony, I could not contain my excitement because I wanted photos here, there, and everywhere! We finalized the ceremony location and waited for Stefani and Michael to arrive. Michael was blindfolded at their home and Stefani drove them there and instructed him to walk in the building without looking at her. The guys waited patiently as the girls got ready to walk in. Laura presented Stefani with a bouquet that matched her red accents and we were ready to go. They said their vows under an arch of vines and bright green leaves, they also incorporated both Jewish and Mexican traditions. There were so many heartfelt moments and LOTS of laughter. They wrote their own vows and after the first kiss as husband and wife Stef ran around jumping with excitement, partially in disbelief that she just got married I think. It was so hilarious that she ran away, I shouted "hey, take him with you, he is yours now". This day was so special in so many ways, her wedding band had a tiny little "A" on it for her new last name, SWOON! The newlyweds had their first official dance as husband and wife in the rain, although their reception is in May so this was practice :) We ended the morning with a selfie and they headed over to the Food Market in Hampden to grab brunch. I suggested the Smoky Bowl and I hope one of them got it! I am sure they will forever cherish their small intimate elopement for years to come.



























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