Make your wedding what you want it to be! We love couples that march to a different drummer—or in this case, a different fiddler!
The bride and groom are contra dancers*, so they understand the value of community. They had a Quaker-style wedding ceremony in the great hall, which was done in the three-quarter round. Guests were encouraged (but not required) to stand and speak about the bride and groom as each was moved to do so, with gentle facilitation by Mike Franch (who you see standing to the left of the couple).
In the couple’s own words:
“We are planning on having some music and dancing with our friends playing. The music will be led by Ken Kolodner, and Greg Frock will be calling some contra dances.
“For the reception we invited 15-20 of our guests we know from playing music together to bring their instruments and drop in/out of jamming with us, while others dance. Someone may call a few contra/square dances if there is interest.… We envisioned this as a participatory activity rather than a performance…”
Well, was it ever participatory!
There was a solid group of some 15 musicians who played all night. And the dancing! The tables were cleared from one side of the room, and there was much happy contra dancing into the night!
Good things happen in community. Love happens in community. Do what you love. Be with the people you love, and who love you. Be in community at your wedding.
BONUS: Since this was a winter wedding, the bride and groom used our Winter Rate Reduction to save 50% on our rates! You can, too!
(*Contra dancing is a form of folk dancing made up of long lines of couples, not to be confused with square dancing.)
Have we piqued your interest in contra dancing? The Baltimore Folk Music Society is a good place to start your discovery.
David Egan is the proprietor and steward of the castle at Chase Court, a wedding ceremony and reception venue in downtown Baltimore. Visit chasecourt.com, and follow @chasecourtweddingvenue on Instagram and Facebook