On Saturday we were at Chase Court in Baltimore for Concetta and Bill’s wedding & reception.
The venue is an 1879 Episcopal parish house designed and built in the Gothic style, now privately-owned and available for private events. It was our first time working at this venue and we can say without heistation it is a thoroughly charming location for a small event (the ballroom can accommodate up to 125 seated guests).
Guests came from far-flung places like Philadelphia and Scotland and they were all made to feel right at home. The couple’s creative personal touches were evident throughout the event. Being a talented & accomplished artist, Concetta’s own hand-drawn typography graced the ceremony program (do visit her personal site, Growing Down for an in-depth look at her work). The champagne cork cake topper portraits were a cute touch. And obviously the smilebooth was put to very good use!
The ceremony was in the peaceful courtyard (complete with fountain & koi pond), followed by a joyfully talkative dinner (we hope some folks were paying attention to the music, though, because there aren’t many places to hear Tom Waits, Perez Prado, and Shuggie Otis at one sitting!) and dancing in the ballroom.
Concetta’s parents and several of their friends and relatives are accomplished ballroom dancers, so there was a lot of skillful footwork on display to a wide range of music styles, again reflecting Concetta & Bill’s tastes. From Nina Simone‘s “My Baby Just Cares For Me” to Cut Copy‘s “Take Me Out” to Etta James’ “Tell Mama”, they were gliding effortlessly around the floor.
That’s not to say there was some seriously funkiness too! By the end of the night everyone was getting down to some old school hip hop from K7, Naughty By Nature, and Mark the 45 King.