Celina and Christopher’s October 1st wedding ticked the boxes on a few of our favorite things:
✓ Stunning historic venue
✓ Fun, laid back couple
✓ A packed dance floor
That’s pretty much the ball game, right? Goal. Touchdown. 30 love. (Am I using that right? I don’t get tennis.) Insert whatever sports metaphor you like—this wedding was a winner.
Celina and Christopher, along with their 65-ish guests, celebrated the day at the 1840s Plaza, one of our favorite Baltimore venues. The signature red cast-iron front facade on the building used to adorn the G. Fava Fruit Company building, built in 1869. When the building was condemned in the 1970s, the city of Baltimore re-used this stunning cast iron on the newly built Blaustein City Life Exhibition Center. Years later, the building changed hands to private ownership, and the 1840s Plaza and the adjoining Carrolton Inn were opened.
Celina and Christopher took advantage of the venue’s beautiful landscaped courtyard for their ceremony. The space is tucked between the red cast-iron facade of the event venue and the red brick walls of the hotel. Under the greenery and romantic string lights, the couple and their guests felt like they were in another time.
The wedding party made their entrance to Humoresque No. 7, Op. 101 by Antonin Dvorak. This is a lovely, playful piano piece that set a classical tone without being too serious. Love it. Then, the bride proceeded down the aisle to Bach’s Cellos Suite #1, played by Yo-Yo Ma. It’s one of the great cellist’s most famous performed pieces, and with good reason. She met Christopher in front of a beautiful brass wedding arch adorned with fall-themed flowers to say their vows. After, the couple danced off under the string lights to the tune of Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours by Stevie Wonder.
For cocktail hour, the party stayed outside to enjoy the last bits of light before the sun set. Then, everyone headed up to the venue’s second floor to the 1840s City Lites room for the reception, with its huge windows, romantic ceiling drapery, and hand-painted wall murals depicting scenes from historic Baltimore.
The bridal party sashayed into the room to Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon, followed by Christopher and Celena to On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons. For their first dance, the couple chose Miss Simone by Sara Bareilles, which is a song we don’t get to hear at weddings very often. The lyrics are about the quiet, intimate moments that you enjoy in a long-term relationship, which is perfect for a wedding!
When this dance floor opened up, Baltimore wedding DJ Brian made sure it was packed all night. Photographer Porter Watkins did an amazing job capturing all the fun. She specializes in intimate weddings in the DC area, but she’s happy to hop on over to Baltimore for her favorite couples.
For the last song of the night, they went epic with I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. This wedding was such a lovely combination of classic and modern. We were thrilled to be a part of it, and we’re sure that Christopher and Celena have a happy future ahead of them!
Now is the time to get your wedding date on our calendar! We book up far in advance, so fill out our online form now for your 2022 or 2023 wedding to connect with one of our Baltimore wedding DJs and start planning!
All photos by Porter Watkins Photography
Tuesday, November 30, 2021