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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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Megan and Jason came down from New York City to be married in Baltimore. They put together a traditional, rustic wedding that looked great at Chase Court!

 

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Lots of earth tones!

 

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Roots in Pittsburgh meant a Pittsburgh Cookie Table!

 

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Dozens and dozens of cookies!

 

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Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Zeffert & Gold Catering and Event Design
Flowers: Crimson & Clover Floral Design
DJ: Adler Entertainment
Officiant: Dr. Brian Bauknight
Ceremony Music: Anthem Strings
Photography: Amy Deputy Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
Cake: Graul’s Market
Transportation: An Extraordinar Limousine and American Limousine
Lodging: Marriott Harbor East

—David

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Here’s a rare peek into the bride’s room, where Kim and her attendants got ready. Tami, her soon-to-be wife, used Empire House, a fabulous guest house right across the street from Chase Court.

 

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There’s lots of space in the bride’s room, mirrors everywhere, and stunning light for photography.

 

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Presentation means so much in weddings, and Jennifer’s Flowers took the time to line these fabulous bouquets up on the counter just so. What a great experience it was for Kim to come through the door of the bride’s room and see these gorgeous flowers!

 

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Speaking of Kim…

 

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Kim’s two daughters were her attendants, in identical dresses and head pieces.

 

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Tami with father, just before they walked down the aisle together.
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Kim with her father, sharing the moment. The walk down the aisle with their daughter is a very special experience for fathers, unique and unforgettable.

 

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Two very happy women!

 

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Up to the bride’s room, together now, for some time alone to catch their breath and celebrate the moment before joining their guests at the reception.

 

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The caterer made home-made potato chips – with Old Bay, of course! – for the occasion.

 

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And they provided a little something with which to wash it down.

 

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Kim and Tami’s wedding was the 27th same-sex wedding we’ve done at Chase Court over the two-and-a-quarter years since the law took effect in Maryland. We’ve had couples from nine states over that time. We’re delighted to now have lot of local couples who can have, at long last, a “normal” wedding.

Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Santino’s Marketplace & Catering
Flowers: Jennifer’s Flowers
Entertainment: DJ Rosie
Photography: Jason Putsché Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
Officiant: Mary Urban
Hotel: Empire House

—David

 

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Chase Court brought an outstanding team of creative event professionals together who donated their goods and services to produce the 2015 Man & Woman of the Year Kick-Off Event for the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Arriving guests knew something special was happening even before they entered the gate. It’s not every day that you encounter a living statue! Michael Horne from Big Biz Entertainment got their attention in a big and unique way.

 

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Michael greeted each guest at the garden gate and put a program in their hands, guiding the guests into the venue and setting the stage – and the smiles – for the event beyond.

 

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A living statue photo op with the Maryland Chapter’s 2015 Boy of the Year, Mikey Thurin! Mikey was diagnosed with leukemia at age four. He’s thirteen now, and a spokeskid for the fight against cancer.

 

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Select Event Group used the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s organizational colors of black, red, and silver in the fabulous table linens and matching chiavari chairs and seat cushions. The whole effect was, in a word, elegant.

 

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The food and drink was simply outstanding! Rouge Fine Catering has been working with Chase Court and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for all four years that Chase Court has been hosting the kick-off event. We’ve worked together to develop it each year into a more and more spectacular experience. Our planning is centered on providing the best possible overall experience for motiving the Man & Women of the Year candidates to raise as much money as possible to help stop blood cancers.

 

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The menu was extensive, with passed hors d’oeuvres including crab cakes; bacon straws; le petite cochon; mozzarella, tomato, and basil canapes; and Vietnamese spring rolls. Dinner offered Tandoori chicken with garden salad, a slider bar with mini cheese steak, pulled pork, portabella sliders with hand-cut kettle chips, and a taco station with ground beef and fried tilapia tacos. Mini cheese cakes and petite chocolate mousse caught everyone’s attention for dessert.

 

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Technicracy Event Production transformed the Chase Court ballroom with on-theme uplighting, video imaging, and sound, seamlessly integrating all of the technical production into the overall event design.

 

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This year we left behind the limitations of using an LED projector with a projection screen, which confined image presentation to a single location in the room and to the 20-minute live-presentation time, and went to two 60″ video screens placed opposite each other in the middle of the ballroom, against the walls. That put them in the center of all the action. They ran through the night with on-message loops supporting the event itself and the larger cause.

 

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The visual presentation using the 60″ video screens – which are the same width as the old projection screen – was vastly superior to the old method. The image quality, viewer attention, and overall effectiveness of the presentation all improved significantly. A bonus: the video screens and supporting pipe-and-drape became continuous, attractive, visual focal points.

 

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Technicracy set up their control center in the small balcony over the entrance to the catering kitchen, visually and physically out of the way of guests. They tied music and sound reinforcement from their computers and microphones into the in-wall ballroom sound system, providing sound that was even and balanced throughout the room, output from nearly invisible speakers.

The Chase Court ballroom looks best without exposed tech equipment and supports, so a key production goal was to keep those things out of sight. Technicracy did an excellent job of hiding hundreds of feet of cable, hardware, and electronics.

 

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The net effect of each event professionals’ contribution was a stunning event that looked, worked, and felt great.

 

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Invited guests were the 16 Man & Woman of the Year candidates and their key team members, who collectively have a goal of raising $500,000 in the next ten weeks to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society stop blood cancers.

 

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Thanks to all of the event professionals and their companies for their  contributions of time, talent, and product. Each one listed below gave above and beyond our already-high expectations! Thank you very much!

Special thanks to Beth Prensky, Campaign Director, Special Events for the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Beth is the client-side event producer, has listened to me say, “What if we…?” for four years with great patience, and is incredibly dedicated to the work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Make a contribution to the Man & Woman of the Year campaign and help stop cancer.

Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Rouge Fine Catering
Lighting, Sound, Video Production: Technicracy Event Production
Photography: J. Thomas Photography (Images above by Chase Court.)
Table Linens and Chair: Select Event Group
Living Statue: Big Biz Entertainment

How I ask event professionals to help:
Almost everyone, including our event production partners, has a connection to the dread disease that is cancer. For some of us, myself included, it’s intensely personal. So I ask the question, “Will you help us stop cancer?”. That needs no explanation. I clearly lay out the high production expectations, the timeline, and of course, that their contribution is a gift to the millions of people that the work of  the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society touches. That simple and direct method has brought outstanding event professionals to give of themselves in spectacular fashion.

—David

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Claire and Jordan brightened up a cool late March morning in the Chase Court garden, still coming out of its winter slumber. Claire’s brother, Dustin, officiated.

 

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The late morning light in the ballroom was amazing!

 

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Photographs of Claire and Jordan’s pets were in each of the windows.

 

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This was one of the gorgeous food stations that Absolutely Perfect Catering created.

 

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Brunch, including roasted vegetables with rosemary, was fabulous!

 

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Clair and Jordan are the 28th same-sex couple to be married at Chase Court. We’ve been honored, delighted, and moved by each of these LGBT weddings. Each one is special for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which is, for some of these couples, they’ve been waiting a very long time, including two women from Ohio who had been waiting 28 years. Couples from nine states have come to Chase Court from their same-sex wedding. The 29th and 30th same-sex weddings at Chase Court are coming up in May.

We look forward to the day – which we hope will come later this year – when same-sex couples everywhere in the United States can be married in their home state.

Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Absolutely Perfect Catering
Officiant: Dustin Chavkin

—David

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