We are headed up to Baltimore today for an ultra personal and elegant wedding! Ron and Mark’s Baltimore wedding ceremony was a long time coming. After 17 years together and working hard in the fight for marriage equality, it was that much more meaningful when these two finally tied the knot at Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland, among their friends and family. Their wedding ceremony was a true celebration! They opted for pre-ceremony cocktails (love that wedding idea!) and even kicked off the “I do’s” in song as they led their wedding guests to the ceremony site. Ron and Mark put so much personality into their wedding, I feel like I know (and love) them already! The two gents looked dapper in their light and dark grey tuxedos as they exchanged vows in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony – over water – on the grounds of the museum! Their Maryland wedding ceremony was just the start to all the personal details to come later on the blog. You won’t want to miss their theater inspired wedding reception up next. A special thanks to to their wedding photographer, Jennifer McMenamin, for sharing Ron and Mark’s heartfelt wedding ceremony in Baltimore with us.

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From the grooms: After 17 years together we finally were able to legally marry in Maryland. Since we were involved with the fight for marriage equality, being able to actually exercise that right held special meaning for us. So, we wanted a formal wedding ceremony that acknowledged the significant commitment that marriage brings. But, we also wanted this to be a celebration filled with love, laughter and joy with our closest family and friends. And we wanted to have fun!

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Cocktail hour preceded our wedding ceremony. As cocktail hour neared the end, Ron took the microphone and welcomed our wedding guests. Next, he cued the DJ and we launched into singing our own processional, “Take Me Down to the Little White Church” by Little Big Town, and led a parade of our wedding guests to the ceremony site.

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We both readily agreed that we wanted to have our cocktail hour prior to the wedding ceremony, so we could greet our wedding guests and be part of the entire party, not just the post-ceremony part. That meant cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres and fun conversation for us.

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In contrast to the party atmosphere created by cocktail hour and our performance, we composed a wedding ceremony that was meaningful and reflective of the importance of the occasion. At the conclusion of our wedding ceremony, the officiant pronounced us officially married, and we turned to face our family and friends. I’m not sure either of us expected what occurred.  Sixty-five people were on their feet cheering, applauding and crying. The wave of love and emotion was overwhelming. It will remain one of the most memorable moments of the wedding day.

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Congratulations to Ron and Mark!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony in Baltimore with us! Stay tuned for their personal museum wedding reception next!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Jennifer McMenamin Photography
Wedding Planner: Boutique Events
Stationery: Greetings and Readings
Floral Designer: Crimson & Clover
Grooms’ Attire: Tuxedo House
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Officiant: Eric Virro, a friend of the couple
Ceremony + Reception Music: MyDeeJay
Linens: Table Toppers

For more wedding vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more amazing local ideas, check out our wedding inspiration galleries and other Washington DC area real weddings.

Photo Credits: Jennifer McMenamin Photography

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