Jewel Toned Wedding at Cloisters Castle

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From the Photographers:

I drove up a long, twisted driveway to a castle on a hilltop where Gina and McLean would be married. It was quiet and still, the entire day slightly muffled by the warm, overcast clouds that come just before autumn breaks through. The grounds at Cloisters Castle are absolutely stunning – the stone steps and balconies, the greenery and twinkle lights wrapping around the courtyard – it was the perfect backdrop for Gina and McLean’s jewel-toned, autumn wedding.

While Gina’s mother buttoned her gorgeous (and so soft!) gown, I asked Gina if it felt real yet, if she was ready. She smiled and said, “I was ready a long time ago.” Gina and McLean are both teachers, they met when McLean came to Baltimore with Teach for America – McLean teaches English (their tables were named after authors and poets; beautiful sonnets and poems were read during the ceremony) and Gina teaches art (she made the signage and cocktail sketches). I love how they infused their wedding day with the things they love, surrounded themselves with joyful family and friends, and soaked up every second of it. It was such a beautiful and happy day, and I’m so grateful I got to be a part of it. Their First Look was one of my favorites – I mean, just look at their faces when McLean turns around! – and their bridal party was so kind, helpful, and genuinely happy for their dear friends. Handkerchiefs were a must-have for their heartfelt ceremony, and everyone lifted their glasses (elderflower fizz! old-fashioneds!) to toast this incredible couple.

I’m so grateful I had a front row seat to their joy, it was truly a flawless day.

Photography: Brittany Thomas Photography
Venue: Cloisters Castle
Catering: Zeffert & Gold 
Floral Design: Crimson & Clover
DJ: My DeeJay
Printed Materials: Minted
Cake: Graul's Bakery
Hair & Make-up: Padma Salon
Wedding gown: Jesus Perio at Betsy Robinson Bridal
Favors: Charm City Chocolates