Maryland Zoo Wedding :: Lauren+Brennan

Whenever something doesn’t go as planned on a wedding day, I always remind the bride+groom that it will make for a great story to tell their kids.   Well Lauren+Brennan will have quite the doozy to tell their kids about their Maryland Zoo wedding!

The day started at Lauren’s parents home, where the energy was excited but calm.  Lauren’s main request was a picture of her leopard print Manolo Blahnik shoes, and one of her and her dog.  As you guys know, I seriously heart doggies, and loved that she wanted this one, for Brennan to put on his desk at work!
From there, we headed to the Mansion House at the Maryland Zoo, where Lauren+Brennan had their “First Look” (eeek – loved it!!)  Because of this, we were able to get some incredible images around the zoo – including some with the flamingos!   Then as the guests were seated, we made our way to the Lakeside Pavilion for their intimate ceremony.  {back story} These two lovebirds had met in an Intro to Shakespeare class at the University of Maryland, where Brennan thought (correctly!) that it would be a good place to meet chicks!   During the ceremony, Brennan’s sister recited Shakespeare sonnet 116.
Now here comes the crazy part.  The best man handed the officiant the box with the rings in it.  The officiant opened the box, and Lauren’s diamond encrusted wedding band popped right out and flew right into the lake behind them.  A collective gasp was heard by everyone in attendance, and hands flew to mouths. (Even with my own mouth wide open, I continued to shoot it as it happened!)  After a frozen moment, quick thinking Brennan took off Lauren’s engagement ring, and used it in place of the wedding band.  The two were officially married and we headed off to do family portraits under the giant tree.  All of a sudden we heard a bunch of commotion – the best man had been able to fish the ring out of the lake using a cane borrowed from one of the guests!!!  Running over to where Lauren+Brennan were standing, he delivered the wedding band, for Brennan to properly stow upon her finger, amid lots of cheering from the family.
Guests enjoyed cocktail hour, hamming it up in the Pixilated Photobooth, and snagged photos with zoo residents – a Penguin and Chinese Alligator!  Lauren and her mom did all the amazing centerpieces, invitations, paper goods, and decorations themselves – truly stunning! Chef’s Expressions provided gourmet stations, with braised short ribs, sea bass, chicken honfleur, and an apple tartin – the accompanying ice cream was hand made right there in front of us (that’s the steaming bowl in the picture!) And because Lauren has celiac disease, gluten-free cupcakes from Sweet 27 were served. (I consider myself a professional cake taster, and these were AMAZING!)  Guests could fill up goodie bags of animal crackers to take home with them, as well!
One of my other favorite moments of the day was Lauren’s dance with her dad.  You can see the pride and joy on both of their faces, as they performed a fun choreographed dance to Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter”.  Happy tears slid down my smiling face as I snapped away!
And finally – I have to give a huge shoutout to the band, Invitation.  They were seriously AMAZEBALLS, rocking so many different genre’s, and absolutely nailing their first dance song – Wild Horses.
Lauren+Brennan – you two are simply exquisite.  I am so happy that I was able to be part of your big day, and that you allowed me to capture all the special moments.  I am SO excited for your upcoming honeymoon to Kenya, and can’t wait to see the photos from your luxury safari trip!
Much Love,   tPoz
PS – another “story” part of the day – no one could find the boutonnieres while they were getting ready.  We found them in a white paper bag on the table, as Lauren+Brennan were signing their marriage certificate….at the end of the night….we all just had to laugh!   😀
Leopard print Manolo Blahnik
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Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore
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Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore First Look
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Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore bride groom

Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore

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Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore bridal party

Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore bridal party

Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore

Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore

Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore Lakeside Pavilion Ceremony

Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore Lakeside Pavilion Ceremony

Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore Lakeside Pavilion Ceremony
Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore Lakeside Pavilion Ceremony
Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore Lakeside Pavilion Ceremony
Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore Lakeside Pavilion Ceremony
Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore Lakeside Pavilion Ceremony
Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore Lakeside Pavilion Ceremony
Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore Lakeside Pavilion Ceremony
Maryland Zoo Wedding Baltimore Lakeside Pavilion Ceremony
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Sweet 27 Bakery Cupcakes Baltimore
Sweet 27 Bakery Cupcakes Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore Penguin
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore Alligator
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore Alligator
Pixilated Photobooth Wedding Reception
Pixilated Photobooth Wedding Reception
Chef
Chef
Chef
Chef
Chef
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
A good song came on, so they did a little dance right where they were!
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
The missing boutonnière’s!
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
The Band “Invitation” ROCKED it out!
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
Wedding Reception Maryland Zoo Mansion House Baltimore
::Vendors::
Band :: Invitation
Photobooth :: Pixilated Photobooth
Bakery :: Sweet 27
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  • Dani - Aww! Some of these might be my absolute favs from you!! I love the one of him showing her off after the first look, the vintage-y toned one and the cage!!!! Ha! The cage is awesome. Amazing story to tell for years to come although I am very glad the best man was able to fish the ring out. 🙂 Love this one!!ReplyCancel

  • Brea - I agree with Dani! This is definitely one of my favorites of yours. She is SO fabulously beautiful and the images are just gorgeous. The story is also a riot!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - I agree too! Great work and I love the softness of the alone images outside. The zoo details are great too!ReplyCancel

  • April Richards - Im getting hitched at the zoo in may and looking for a photographer!?!? when was this wedding?ReplyCancel

  • April Richards - Im getting hitched at the zoo in may and looking for a photographer!?!? when was this wedding?ReplyCancel

    • tPoz - Hi April! This wedding was Sunday October 14, 2012
      I’d love the chance to hear more about your wedding plans! Feel free to email me – teri@tpozphoto.comReplyCancel

  • mr24b - Thanks for the great post – so many starting blogs seems to have great fresh content for a month or two and then nothing.. It sounds easy but hitting that wall can really cause you to lose interest.

    I think #1 is the best – it’s so easy to focus on results..and then just wait for them to happen.
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