I love the idea of zoos and aquariums as alternative venues for fun and quirky weddings in the Washington DC – and for those of you living in Baltimore, you’re lucky enough to have an awesome aquarium right at your fingertips!  Baltimore’s National Aquarium Institute served as the perfect venue for Jenny and Mo’s waterfront wedding last June.  Jenny and Mo chose the Baltimore Aquarium to help realize their vision of a nautical-inspired wedding that also incorporated elements of Jenny and Mo’s Chinese culture.  Jenny and Mo worked with Tabitha from Roberts & Company Events to help bring all of the wedding details together, while Genevieve Leiper captured the stunning images of the day!

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From Jenny:  We were looking to have a slightly nautical feel to the event but still somehow include aspects from our culture. We held the wedding at the Baltimore Aquarium overlooking the harbor.  The colors we chose were blue for the nautical element and yellow as a traditional Chinese color.

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We tried to personalize our wedding as much as possible.  We included traditional elements on our invitations and our programs, both of which were bilingual.  We also wrote our own ceremony to include what we wanted to express in our marriage (also bilingual).

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Our wedding invitations and ceremony programs are our favorite detail from the wedding.  They were the biggest DIY project we did and represent all of our hard work.

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The main priority for our wedding was the comfort of our guests.  We had a small wedding, so we were able to cater to most of the individual tastes and needs of the guests.  We negotiated with our venue to bring in a sub-caterer that specialized in Chinese food.  We also negotiated to bring in our own drinks.  We decided to splurge on a day of coordinator, which was the best idea of the whole wedding.

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Jenny’s advice for fellow brides and grooms in the Baltimore and Washington, DC area:  Even if you plan everything yourself, get a day of coordinator.  That was the most astute decision we made.  With the coordinator, we were able to spend the day of the wedding totally cool.  To save money, asking friends with special talents to help out.  If you want something, ask.  We were able to bring in a lot cheaper caterer that provided ethnic foods and also our own alcohol by negotiating with the designated caterers at our venue.

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Such an adorable wedding!  Congratulations Jenny and Mo, and thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us!

The following Baltimore-area wedding vendors contributed to Jenny and Mo’s wedding:

Venue: National Aquarium Institute, Baltimore, Maryland
Photography: Genevieve Leiper Photography
Wedding Coordination: Roberts & Co. Events
Catering Linens & Rentals: The Classic Catering People
Catering (Food): Seven Seas Restaurant

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals or our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings!

Photo Credits: Genevieve Leiper Photography

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