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We have a new neighbor! This spectacular mansion at the corner of Calvert and Biddle Streets, three blocks from Chase Court, was built in 1889. It’s an outstanding building, with leaded glass windows, intricately carved wood wainscoting, 23 individual fireplaces, green marble mined from local quarries, and a magnificent central staircase that climbs three stories past stained glass windows. This incredible manse has just had a multi-million-dollar update and rehabilitation to become Baltimore’s first ultra-luxury boutique hotel—The Ivy Hotel.

 

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The common rooms are anything but common!

 

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My favorite place in this whole incredible building is this gorgeous window seat.

 

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This is the original high-relief wallpaper and carved woodwork. Simply amazing…

 

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The Ivy’s rooms – they call them “guest quarters” – are simply spectacular! There are only 18 of them, half of them suites like this one. They all have four-poster beds, fireplaces, and bathrooms that you’d love to take home…

 

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There are chandeliers everywhere.

 

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The hotel’s restaurant, Magdalena, has five different dining areas, all comfortably cozy and unique. They’d be perfect for stunning rehearsal dinners! (Or a very special pre-wedding girl’s night out!)

 

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I love this intimate nook!

 

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You just don’t see furnishings like this everywhere, never mind in restaurants!

 

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The conservatory has a view into the private courtyard.

There’s also a quiet, calm spa in a secluded part of the hotel. Anyone can use the spa—you don’t have to be a hotel guest.

 

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Our friends at Charm City Cakes made the perfect cake for The Ivy Hotel’s grand opening!

The Ivy Hotel is a very special place for your rehearsal dinner, pre-wedding preparations, and even a delightful start to your honeymoon!

The Ivy Hotel: (443) 503-4501

For Reservations: (800) 964-1283

For Dinner at Magdalena: (410) 514-0303 or OpenTable

To book a rehearsal dinner: Tammy Stone, (410) 591-9169

To book The Ivy Spa: (410) 514-6180

Charm City Cakes

—David

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There were lots of heartfelt special touches for Becca and Adam’s wedding, including this great street sign!

 

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Ice water at the entrance to the ceremony garden was nice to have on a warm Baltimore evening!

 

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Becca’s mother walked her down the aisle.

 

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Becca and Adam’s 99 guests fit very nicely in the ceremony garden.

 

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Each table was named for a Baltimore landmark. The escort cards had a striking image of each landmark along with its name, including the “Washington Monument” (which is four blocks down North Charles Street from Chase Court), “Camden Yards” (our fabulous ballpark, home of the Baltimore Orioles!), “Ravens Stadium” (home of the Superbowl-champion Baltimore Ravens), “Bromo-Seltzer Tower” (our famous downtown clocktower with the clock that has letters instead of numbers that spell out the words, “Bromo-Seltzer”. It’s now artist’s studios.), “Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse” (an 1855 lighthouse that used to stand—literally— at the mouth of the Patapsco River in the Chesapeake Bay. It’s now on land in the Inner Harbor as a museum), and others.

 

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The Baltimore landmark table signs were gorgeous!

 

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The mother of the groom made all of the centerpieces and the window decorations.

 

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The fireplace was dressed with these great black candle lanterns and more of Adam’s mom’s flowers.

 

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Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Zeffert & Gold Catering and Event Planning
Ceremony Music: Music by Anthem
DJ: Adler Entertainment
Officiant: The Rev. Laura Cannon
Cake: Sugarbakers Cakes
Photography: Exclamation Imagery (Images above by Chase Court.)
Transportation: American Limousine
Lodging: Home2 Suites by Hilton
Graphics: Just Ink on Paper

—David

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The bride and her father, ready to walk out into the garden.

 

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The Sage String Quartet filled the garden with classical music for the prelude and cocktail hour, and Beatle’s tunes for the ceremony.

 

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‘The Spring Garden’ was the decorating theme. The escort card display and ballroom window decor were perfect!

 

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All eight of the ballroom windows had a lush display of greens.

 

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Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Rouge Fine Catering
Flowers: My Flower Box Events
Photography: J. Thomas Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
Day-Of Coordination: Plan It Perfect
Officiant: Patrick Finan
Ceremony Music: Sage String Quartet
DJ: Music Masters
Cake: Sugarbakers Cakes
Transportation: ZBest Worldwide
Lodging: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

—David

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The bride’s father and stepfather escorted her into the ceremony garden.

 

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Sonja and Tony had a delightful Saturday afternoon wedding ceremony in the Chase Court garden with their 20 guests. They used one of our intimate wedding packages to plan their wedding. Chase Court provided the venue and the officiant, who created a custom wedding ceremony for them.

 

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Tony and Sonja each read their vows to one another. It was beautiful, intimate, and moving.

 

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Joy just flowed from this couple!

 

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Venue: Chase Court
Officiant: The Rev. Rovan Wernsdorfer

—David

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Natalia and Lauren spent months meticulously planning their wedding. We saw lots of them at Chase Court during our First Tuesday Wedding Open Houses, visiting with their photographer, measuring for and trial-hanging the fabulous sheer curtain they hung at the back of the pergola, and attending to every detail.

 

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They got it so, so right!

 

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Natalia read her vows to Lauren.

 

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Lauren read her vows to Natalia.

 

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There were smiles and tears of joy everywhere.

 

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It was a glorious Friday evening in May!

 

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Finally married!

 

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Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served in the garden and library. The weather was absolutely perfect.

 

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And there was more…

 

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The tables were named for Baltimore neighborhoods.

 

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Every detail in the ballroom was stunning!

 

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Natalia and Lauren’s wedding was the 29th LGBT wedding we’ve done at Chase Court since the law took effect in Maryland.

Venue: Chase Court
Catering: The Pantry Catering
Flowers: J.J. Cummings Floral Company
Photography: Ready Life Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
Videography: Gail Kapsambelis
DJ: DJ Orlando Entertainment
Officiant: Erin Elliott
Day-of Coordination: Karen Stevenson
Cakes: SugarBakers Cakes
Reception Chairs: Party Rental
Lodging: Home2 Suites

—David

  • Jeff and Paula - Our weekend was spent with all the people we love. The feeling has taken us through the week as we’ve been astonished by all of the effort of planning and detail that was invested by friends and family that made the wedding a lifelong memory for us. Our commitment of love and support for our daughter Lauren and our daughter in law Natalia will be with them forever. Love Mom Dad

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