I’m David Egan, and here I’m working on the wrought iron fence that surrounds Chase Court, scraping the gorgeous 145-year-old fleur-de-lis and other ornamentation down to the metal in preparation for fresh new paint.
In 2002 I was looking for an adaptive reuse, a place to live and work. I had been doing commercial photography, making images for potters, weavers, jewelers, and other craft artists, for nearly twenty years. I wanted a great studio, ideally set in a quiet spot in the woods.
The real estate agent kept telling me about a former Episcopal parish house (meeting space—priests live in a rectory) in downtown Baltimore. I didn’t want to go downtown. A cute little house tucked into the woods next to a stream is what I was after. Quiet, peaceful, crickets. Not downtown.
Then, one day, he convinced me to go look at that parish house.
Every step, every look, every room, all I could say was, “Wow!”
That’s not my usual level of articulation.
I saw it on Friday and made the decision on Monday. It was obvious that there was a much better use of the “work” space than as a photography studio, From that moment on, the former parish house became Chase Court and weddings became my world.
Today I am one of the few owner-operators of wedding venues in Baltimore. I love what I do. Fourteen years later there have been hundreds of weddings at Chase Court, including over 50 same-sex weddings and (before 2013) commitment ceremonies. I’m especially proud of that.
My joy is in supporting and holding dear all of the couples that come through my door, draining their stress away and providing all of the resources – this high-information web site included – to help them have the wedding they want.
One of the things that defines my life, and by extension Chase Court, is being welcoming and affirming across gender, spirituality, and lifestyle. Wedding professionals that work here tell me that our couples are different, and more fun. I’m proud of that, too.
We don’t do cookie-cutter weddings at Chase Court. It’s not a wedding factory. What we do are weddings that reflect our couples’ lives, in a space with a beautiful medieval European vibe.
If you’re looking for a meaningful ceremony and a great party in an incredible space, take a look through this website and give me a call at (410) 727-1112 when you’re ready. I’d love to talk with you about your wedding, and help you get just what you want!