18 East Chase Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (410) 727-1112

Informal Afternoon Wedding at Chase Court in Baltimore


Lining up outside of the bride’s room for the processional! Mitzi, the bride, who you see in her place at the back of the line, was calm and collected, with her ever-present smile on her face. Don’t miss the stole on the super-stylish flower girl!



Everyone lined up on the stairs, ready to walk down the aisle.



The ring bearer, the flower girls, and the bride, ready (more or less) to go.



The mother of the bride escorted her daughter into the garden. This is a good look at the detail on the bride’s custom-made corset.



Live music sounds great, and it adds a distinct sense of authenticity to wedding ceremonies. The string quartet set the mood for Mitzi and Tyler’s guests and lent majesty and presence to the procession and recession.



The groom came down to the bridge over the pond to escort his bride to the pergola. Meeting at the bridge makes for an easy and meaningful transition when the bride’s family-of-origin escort has limited mobility.



The bride, who has experience planning corporate events, had clarity born of that experience around what size of wedding she wanted and how it would look and feel.

wedding-venue-baltimore-maryland-1804Mitzi and Tyler kept their guest list to 50 of their close friends and family.


Fun decor! It was, after all, almost Halloween. These glass pumpkins were elegant yet whimsical, lending the perfect touch for the season.








I encourage couples to take a few minutes alone in the bride’s room after the ceremony and before the reception. Most of them do. This is often a very special time for them, carrying the warm and joy of their wedding ceremony into a time for just the two of them.



Mitzi and Tyler came to an important realization as they were planning their wedding. In the bride’s own words, they noticed “while talking about weddings we’d really had fun going to, we realized all of them had been more informal afternoon affairs.” So that’s exactly what they did! Their wedding and reception was set for two o’clock until six o’clock, which worked out perfectly.

They were deliberate, again in the bride’s words, “to ensure we’re setting ourselves up for the sort of wedding that we would like to both have and attend.” Staying light and informal was important, so they went with cocktail-style service,  with seating for about a third of their guests and lots of high-top tables for ‘docking’ and talking. It was easy to move around and mingle, and nobody was stuck at a table.



To keep the easy and informal (but not casual) feeling, Mitzi and Tyler worked with Sarah Kelly at Rouge Fine Catering to build a light, fun menu entirely composed of grab-and-go hors d’oeuvres. Wanna hear what they had? How about Maryland Crab Fondue, Antipasti Mosaic, Shrimp Cocktail, Custom Tropical Salad, Brie en Croute, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Fried Green Tomato Slider, and Shooter Soup! It was all served at multiple food stations, and in ways that made it easy to walk around with it and talk.

Weddings that you’d want to attend are our stock in trade. I’d be delighted to tell you more about Chase Court and help you have the wedding you want. Give me a call at (410) 727-1112!

Venue: Chase Court
Catering: Rouge Fine Catering
Flowers: Local Color Flowers
Officiant: Jason Slanga
Ceremony Music: Two Rivers Chamber Music
Photography: friends of the couple (Images above by Chase Court.)
Cake: Yia Yia’s Bakery

—David Egan, Proprietor and Steward of the Castle at Chase Court, a historic gothic Baltimore wedding venue. Follow Chase Court on Facebook and Instagram!

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