You know how some people come into your life at the right time and you don’t exactly know how it happened but you count your lucky stars that they aligned when they did? Megan + Chris are those people for me.
Not only do you easily feel like you’ve known them forever after first meeting them, but you immediately see how perfectly paired they are for each other. Just look at the way he looks at her!! We share a love of so many aspects of city life (Patterson Park love story couples unite!), urban art/murals and craft beer…
The way Chris makes Megan laugh is so honest, genuine and full of life. I can’t wait to share their wedding day with you and the 6 reasons you will LOVE Megan + Chris’ modern industrial Main Street Ballroom wedding!!!
her Dad wore a kilt during their father daughter first look to nod to his Scottish heritage
Megan knew she wanted her bridesmaids to wear comfortable and cute shirts while getting ready but not the typical robes or pajamas… for a fall wedding, what’s better than FLANNEL with champagne bottles being popped by the bride?
they changed into personalized Converse shoes for the reception and their dance moves as they were introduced are some of my favorite EVER
their signature drink menu was a nod to their pups (yay for #urbanrowpup cameo appearances at weddings)
the most unique and larger than life handmade ceremony backdrop you’ve ever seen!!!
Megan and Chris took advantage of their historic and picturesque location in Ellicott City and prioritized portraits throughout Main Street which meant an amazing variety of backdrops for their photos… there was even a vintage blue 1962 Ford Falcon on the Main Street Ballroom patio waiting for them!
The inspiration for their decor started with the timing of the wedding day - it marked 3 years since Megan and Chris had their very first date. Since Chris proposed at the pagoda in Patterson Park (peek their engagement photos here!), getting ready at The Wayside Inn was a perfect way to incorporate the comfort of a spacious and historic bed and breakfast with a park-like setting for portraits before arriving at Main Street Ballroom.
From the start of the planning process, Megan and Chris had their friends and family in mind for every detail of their Ellicott City wedding. Macy and Jeanne of Enchanting Events & Design lead the planning of their day and executed it all so flawlessly, we were so grateful for all their talent and help both behind the scenes and on-site every step of the way - they never stopped smiling!
Cheers to endlessly celebrating your newlywed status, Mr. + Mrs. DeMillo! We loved being a part of your love story and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both!!
Nothing but love for this incredible vendor team!
planning: Enchanting Events & Design
venue: Main Street Ballroom
getting ready (ladies): The Wayside Inn
getting ready (gents): The Quintessential Gentleman
flowers: Washday Floral
caterer: Eleven Courses Catering
dress: Essense of Australia, D2126 style
dress boutique: Amanda Ritchey Bridal
earrings: Kendra Scott
bridesmaids dresses: Adrianna Papell
bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka and Converse
suits: Jos A Bank
ties: Tie Bar
rings: Nelson Coleman
makeup: Dorsey Beauty
hair: Pins Curls Hair Artistry
officiant: Rev. Lauren Muratore
DJ: Theron Steiner
videographer: Thomas Edges
invitations: Melanie Emerson
desserts: Sugar Bakers Cakes
leather jacket lettering: Adam Stab
signage: Signs of Our Lives
calligraphy: Jes Smith Designs
ceremony metal heart backdrop: Machen Art
Looking for a space to celebrate? Let me introduce you to Haven Street Ballroom, Baltimore’s newest industrial, airy (the inside is all white!) and quirky event venue designed with your wedding day in mind.
From the founder of Main Street Ballroom in Historic Ellicott City, Haven Street Ballroom is nestled between a brewery and an axe-throwing bar in the heart of an industrial neighborhood easily accessible from I-95 and right down the street from my favorite East Baltimore neighborhoods, Patterson Park and Canton.
If you know me at all, you know I love my venues to have history, character, pops of color yet still neutral overall and all the quirks! Their tagline of “a blank slate with character" couldn’t be more true…
Currently under construction but accepting bookings for events on or after May 1, 2019, I had the opportunity to capture these branding images with real Baltimore brides and it couldn’t have been more fun! Think champagne opened with axes (I stayed back!) after learning the ropes next door at Urban Axes and ending our time with a beer at their other next door neighbor, Monument City Brewing.
That’s pretty much how I envision a wedding day unfolding here: the guys hanging at Urban Axes to expend nervous energy and the after party spilling over to Monument to enjoy their unique and hand-crafted brews. Anthony and I will meet ya there for a 51 Rye (his favorite), while I’ll sip a sour... ;)
ABOUT HAVEN STREET BALLROOM
Designed with photography in mind, all couples are welcome at Haven Street Ballroom. This historic warehouse will continue to have an industrial feel once renovations are complete, that celebrates its eclectic look and truly is a blank slate with character, the perfect place to bring your vision to life and celebrate your wedding day in Charm City!
INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR WEDDING AT HAVEN STREET BALLROOM? HERE ARE SOME QUICK FACTS:
With warehouse venues and industrial chic weddings becoming so popular, what makes Haven Street Ballroom unique?
The minimalist policies and flexibility allow you to make the venue all your own. The flexible indoor/outdoor floorplan and unprecedented rental window of 8am-midnight, add value to your special event by giving you the freedom and creativity to create a truly customized celebration.
How many guests can be accommodated for a seated dinner?
200+ guests can be comfortably accommodated for a seated dinner with room for a dance floor, but the space is also easily divisible for smaller events.
Where do guests park?
In a private gated, surface parking lot, just steps from the front door.
How many events are hosted per day?
If you book the entire venue, then you are the only client on the day of your event.
How early do couples have access to the space on their wedding day?
As early as 8 a.m. for set up and as late as midnight for cleanup... and there is no charge for that extra time.
Are there spaces for the bridal party to get ready on site?
A private, fully-furnished bridal suite will be available with a private dressing area and hair & makeup stations.
Do couples have access to the entire facility on their wedding day?
Are chairs and tables included with rental of the space?
Tables and chairs for 120 guests are included with the rental of the space.
Are outside caterers permitted?
All licensed and insured caterers are welcome at Haven Street Ballroom.
Is a representative from the venue going to be on-site for the duration of the event?
Yes, an on-site venue manager will be with you throughout your event.
What does it cost to host a wedding at Haven Street Ballroom?
Introductory pricing is exclusively for clients who book their event while the Ballroom is still under construction. See early 2019 rates here.
Is the facility handicapped accessible?
Yes, the venue is 7,500 square feet of indoor space and 3,500 square feet of optional outdoor space all on one level.
“Everything with Joe just felt right from the very first day.” …shouldn’t all love stories start like this?!
Being from the same hometown, growing up in the same church, attending rival high schools and having countless mutual connections in their small community in Carroll County, Julie + Joe were truly meant to find each other!
Their wedding day at Main Street Ballroom in Ellicott City was full of overwhelming emotion, radiant joy and the most beautiful rose gold details that complimented the industrial metals and stone foundation walls that make up this historic venue!! Julie was an incredible bride, glowing from the inside out and the way Joe looked at his beautiful bride made my heart explode! I couldn’t get enough of Julie’s gorgeous red hair swept up in her mom’s veil and alllllll the flowing soft tulle netting on her WToo by Watters wedding gown. Speaking of dresses, the mix-n-match styles of the girls’ colored floor length Birdy Grey bridesmaid dresses in pinot noir, had me swooning from the second I saw them!
For now, enjoy these sneak peeks and know much more is to come!
Aren’t those scarves the perfect touch of subtle pattern and softness for a winter wedding?!
Hard to pick one, but the off the shoulder ruffled top of the Jane convertible Birdy Grey dresses might be my favorite!
huge thanks to this rockstar team!
planning: Sara Reynolds Events
venue: Main Street Ballroom
rentals: Something Vintage Rentals
DJ: One Rock Studio
caterer: Eleven Courses
flowers: Blossom and Basket Boutique
beauty: In Style Salon
officiant: Rev. Kirsten Blom-Westbrook
dress: WToo by Watters
boutique: Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
bridesmaid dresses: Birdy Grey in Pinot Noir
ring: Smyth Jewelers
shoes: Betsey Johnson
tux: Generation Tux
videography: Clay Estes Productions
cake: Santoni's Marketplace & Catering
donuts: Maple Donuts
transportation: Lasting Impressions: Maryland & Pennsylvania Limo Services
With winter allowing me some time to breathe and catch up with all the things, I can’t wait to finally share warmer weather vibes and all the madly in love 2019 urban row couples that I haven’t shared yet!
Before we dive into how wonderfully matched Erin and Greg are, I have to say how grateful I am not only for fun-loving couples like them, but how they came to be part of the Urban Row Photography family... Mandi and Miles, one of our 2016 couples (see their incredible July waterfront wedding in Baltimore here!), are good friends with Erin and Greg and connected us soon after they got engaged. Referrals like this mean the absolute world to us - there are not enough words to express how much we appreciate knowing you felt that comfortable and confident in sharing our work and your experience with your best friends!
Meeting up with Erin + Greg at Tide Point was the perfect spot to capture their love story since it all begin by the water!! I’m always amazed to hear stories like theirs! If this doesn’t make you believe in fate, I don’t know what will…
“We met at Seacrets in Ocean City! An unlikely spot! Greg was visiting Ocean City with a group of guy friends. It was the weekend he was supposed to be in Vegas for a friend's bachelor party. When that friend's wedding was called off, they decided to go on a quick trip to Ocean City instead of going to Vegas. Erin was staying in Fenwick DE (not far from OCMD) with her friend (and maid of honor) Maddy. Both groups ended up at Seacrets on Friday night. Maddy was dancing with one of Greg's friends, so when Greg saw Erin alone, he asked to buy her a drink. We exchanged numbers at the end of the night and have been texting daily ever since!”
As soon as we started, Erin and Greg fell into such a groove, they were complete naturals in front of the camera and if they didn’t feel like it, I definitely couldn’t tell… (that’s always the goal: I want you to have fun, be silly and belly laugh as much as possible… just so ya know!)
Erin’s favorite thing about Greg makes me smile since I could totally see it during their engagement session! Their faces both light up whenever they look at each other… “My favorite thing about Greg is his laugh. It sums up his care free attitude and overall "fun to be around" spirit. And, it's what stood out about him the first night we met.”
Their proposal story gave me butterflies and also involved a view of boats and Baltimore waterfront sunset perfection!
“Greg planned to propose at Erin's family's cabin on the Susquehanna River. They were supposed to spend a Saturday there so Greg could help put the docks in the water for the season. However, Erin was asked to go to Los Angeles for work last minute and booked a flight home the Saturday he planned to propose, so that plan wouldn't work. Greg says he couldn't wait until another weekend, so he decided to propose the night before Erin left for Los Angeles, on Wednesday evening. They went to dinner at Blair's on Hudson (favorite neighborhood spot where we always order the same thing - Guinness Filet!) and went for a walk on the water afterward. Greg proposed on the waterfront in Canton when the sun was setting. It was a beauuuuutiful early May evening. It was a pretty private spot, but after he proposed, a few people sitting on their boats docked in the water nearby started cheering! They continued walking to Fells Point for a celebratory drink and started making calls to family and friends to share the news.”
You both are the sweetest and we can’t wait to capture your wedding at the Accelerator Space in April! If you bring your best laughs and adorable carefree love, it will be a day to remember like no other!
Cheers to 2019 being your best year yet!
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