Their wedding day started with Frances and Kerrigan getting ready at Hotel Indigo – the first of many untraditional things I absolutely loved about their wedding. Kerrigan got dressed first in a stunning maroon suit and then stepped out of the room for Frances to put on her dress. Then, after a sweet moment between Frances and her mom, Kerrigan returned and the two shared a sentimental “this is really happening” embrace. The giggles and love these two shared at that moment were contagious and the perfect way to start their wedding day.
From the hotel, we all made our way to Whitehall Mill for portraits and the wedding ceremony. Everyone in Kerrigan and Frances’ wedding party was dressed to the nines and carried a bouquet – regardless of the side of the aisle or gender identity. It was clear that Frances and Kerrigan cared more about their love of each other and their friends than they did about wedding traditions, and it was such a breath of fresh air in an industry that can sometimes be weighed down by outdated and unnecessary traditions.
Frances and Kerrigan’s ceremony was beautiful and full of love and prayer. My favorite part was that they chose to serve Communion themselves – giving them a chance to greet every guest at the altar and share such a deeply special moment with them. In addition, they included prayer, song, and nods to the various religious beliefs belonging to members of their family.
After the ceremony, everyone headed over to Cinghiale in Fells Point – one of my favorite restaurants in Baltimore. These two clearly prioritized good food and good drinks, and it was truly a dinner to remember. Their friends and family were overjoyed to celebrate this union, and the room was tangibly filled with joy.
The recent revival of film photography is so dear to my heart, and I love couples like Frances and Kerrigan, who allow me the freedom to create pieces of art on their wedding day. From using a medium format 1960s waist-level viewfinder camera to a 35mm 1990s point-and-shoot, using film requires slowing down and embracing the imperfections in photography. I am so grateful to have been able to capture this day on both film and digital for such a beautiful couple.