Mitchell Pressman & Debbie Jones

NAOMI CATALDO/URBAN ROW PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NAOMI CATALDO/URBAN ROW

OCCUPATIONS: Mitchell is the owner of Chesapeake Wine Company in Canton; Debbie has been working with him at the store for the last 2.5 years.

NUMBER OF ATTENDEES: 100

Number of Attendants: Four; Debbie’s grown daughter Alexandra Bush and her best friend Mary Rimkunas and Mitchell’s two older brothers Howard & Jonathan.

How You Met: Debbie had been a customer at his wine shop since 2006. She started working for a vineyard in Maryland and then Mitchell became HER customer. That is when their friendship truly developed.

The Engagement: Mitchell proposed to her sometime before sunrise in Patterson Park while Debbie was walking my dogs. She was truly surprised, as he came looking for her in the park.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Baltimore and New Orleans. They wanted to choose vendors to work with that were as local as possible, with some of them living within walking distance to Patterson Park (Urban Row and Blacksauce Kitchen, for example). Since they are both music lovers (Mitchell graduated from Peabody, studying double bass), music was key to the wedding.

What was unique and special about your wedding: Since this was not their first wedding, they didn’t do a lot of the “traditional” things, which made it unique to us. Every year they go to JazzFest in New Orleans and knew that they wanted to bring some of that fun and funk to Baltimore. Debbie surprised Mitchell and hired a second line band that played at their ceremony and then at the conclusion, Debbie announced to their guests that they would be marching back to the reception through the streets of Baltimore. Only her daughter and friend knew of this plan, and had beads hidden at the Pagoda which they brought out for everyone to wear or throw along the parade route back to the reception.

Favorite Details: There are so many. Rich Rimkunas, who is also their best friend, got ordained for us and incorporated details about the history of Patterson Park in the ceremony, while we were standing at the foot of the Pagoda, looking over Baltimore City. They also loved that the dance floor was always full of our family and friends.

Most unexpected event on the day of the wedding: Not a single hitch! Everything went as planned, but exceeded our expectations in the amount of fun everyone had! Debbie did surprise Mitchell with a groom’s cake in the shape of his double bass.

Piece of advice: Hire a wedding planner, at least for the day of, which they did. Make sure to eat something before your wedding-it’s going to be a long night! Try to do a little something each week leading up to the wedding so that you can just relax and enjoy the day. Try to find vendors that you have a relationship with so that they understand what you are looking for. They were lucky enough to know both the caterer and the floral designer personally. They gave them a vague idea of what they wanted, and told them run with it. The results were awesome from both!

Honeymoon destination: Green Turtle Cay, Abaco – Bahamas

Location: Pagoda in Patterson Park for ceremony and reception at Chesapeake Wine Company.

Wedding Planner: Lemon and Lime Event Design

Music: Dixie Power Trio at the wedding/second line and Junkyard Saints at the reception

Caterer: Blacksauce Kitchen

Flowers: Local Color Flowers

Cake: Patisserie Poupon for the wedding cake and Baltimore Cakery for the groom’s cake

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Officiant: Rich Rimkunas

Wedding Dress: Trashy Diva from New Orleans

Hair & Make-up: Dot Andrews from Sima Salon

   
   

Mitchell Pressman & Debbie Jones

NAOMI CATALDO/URBAN ROW PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NAOMI CATALDO/URBAN ROW

OCCUPATIONS: Mitchell is the owner of Chesapeake Wine Company in Canton; Debbie has been working with him at the store for the last 2.5 years.

NUMBER OF ATTENDEES: 100

Number of Attendants: Four; Debbie’s grown daughter Alexandra Bush and her best friend Mary Rimkunas and Mitchell’s two older brothers Howard & Jonathan.

How You Met: Debbie had been a customer at his wine shop since 2006. She started working for a vineyard in Maryland and then Mitchell became HER customer. That is when their friendship truly developed.

The Engagement: Mitchell proposed to her sometime before sunrise in Patterson Park while Debbie was walking my dogs. She was truly surprised, as he came looking for her in the park.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Baltimore and New Orleans. They wanted to choose vendors to work with that were as local as possible, with some of them living within walking distance to Patterson Park (Urban Row and Blacksauce Kitchen, for example). Since they are both music lovers (Mitchell graduated from Peabody, studying double bass), music was key to the wedding.

What was unique and special about your wedding: Since this was not their first wedding, they didn’t do a lot of the “traditional” things, which made it unique to us. Every year they go to JazzFest in New Orleans and knew that they wanted to bring some of that fun and funk to Baltimore. Debbie surprised Mitchell and hired a second line band that played at their ceremony and then at the conclusion, Debbie announced to their guests that they would be marching back to the reception through the streets of Baltimore. Only her daughter and friend knew of this plan, and had beads hidden at the Pagoda which they brought out for everyone to wear or throw along the parade route back to the reception.

Favorite Details: There are so many. Rich Rimkunas, who is also their best friend, got ordained for us and incorporated details about the history of Patterson Park in the ceremony, while we were standing at the foot of the Pagoda, looking over Baltimore City. They also loved that the dance floor was always full of our family and friends.

Most unexpected event on the day of the wedding: Not a single hitch! Everything went as planned, but exceeded our expectations in the amount of fun everyone had! Debbie did surprise Mitchell with a groom’s cake in the shape of his double bass.

Piece of advice: Hire a wedding planner, at least for the day of, which they did. Make sure to eat something before your wedding-it’s going to be a long night! Try to do a little something each week leading up to the wedding so that you can just relax and enjoy the day. Try to find vendors that you have a relationship with so that they understand what you are looking for. They were lucky enough to know both the caterer and the floral designer personally. They gave them a vague idea of what they wanted, and told them run with it. The results were awesome from both!

Honeymoon destination: Green Turtle Cay, Abaco – Bahamas

Location: Pagoda in Patterson Park for ceremony and reception at Chesapeake Wine Company.

Wedding Planner: Lemon and Lime Event Design

Music: Dixie Power Trio at the wedding/second line and Junkyard Saints at the reception

Caterer: Blacksauce Kitchen

Flowers: Local Color Flowers

Cake: Patisserie Poupon for the wedding cake and Baltimore Cakery for the groom’s cake

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Officiant: Rich Rimkunas

Wedding Dress: Trashy Diva from New Orleans

Hair & Make-up: Dot Andrews from Sima Salon