Patty could not have looked any more beautiful and Alex any more handsome. This power duo lit up the rooms during their “I dos” at the historic Baltimore Basilica and when they danced the night away at the prestigious Elkridge Club. The Elkridge Club wasn’t just some fancy wedding venue; it was the same place Patty’s parents and grandparents had their wedding receptions and it had deep rooted meaning for the Blaze family.
On this June day in 2023, Patty and her glam squad got prettied up at her parents’ home while Alex and the boys did their thing in their downtown home and clubhouse. The weather was ideal for a wedding day. The stunning and unique bridesmaids’ dresses were all different shades of pink, while the men sported classic black tuxedos. Flowers, details and decorations permeated every nook and cranny of the Blaze’s home, the church, and preeminently the ballroom at The Elkridge Club. Floral trains, bouquets, cascading lanterns and roses from the ceiling abounded. It was nearly impossible to open your eyes and not see pink and white themed flowers near you. Well done Patty and Emilie!
After the sacred and beautiful ceremony at the famed Baltimore Basilica, the bridal party hopped onto the floral-treated trolley bus and went to the ceremony where cocktails and drinks pleased the pickiest of palettes with a live band entertaining the arriving guests. Before the guests took their seats, Patty, Alex, and Patty’s family enjoyed a room reveal. “Enjoy” is an understatement as Patty, her sisters and mom literally jumped in celebration to see their months-long planning and dream ballroom decor and design come to life. I felt honored to witness their private moment knowing that they were over the moon with joy.
Once the festivities began along with their Alma Mater clan from the University of Richmond (goooo Spiders!), the married couple was introduced to live music and pyrotechnics to start what turned out to be the Baltimore wedding of the year! Food, drinks, along with sweet and thoughtful toasts by Patty’s dad John, the Maids of Honor, and the Best Men left few eyes without tears before the non-stop dancing began. The night ended with a confetti popper send-off in front of their clubhouse to wish the newlywed couple all the best.
Join me in congratulating Patty and Alex and their amazing families on their special day and come along with me on a quick sneak peek tour of their wedding photos below. Enjoy these teaser images as I continue to edit the remaining images over the course of the next few weeks. And give a shout out and some love to their wedding team below, especially the incredible Lauren Madura of Elle Ellinghaus & Co. wedding planners. Absolutely the best wedding planner I’ve encountered (a must have for your wedding!).
Bride: Patty Blaze
Groom: Alex McLaughlin
Bridesmaids: Julie Blaze (Maid of Honor), Nellie Blaze (Maid of Honor), Devon Flinn, Delaney Flinn, Kris Blaze, Krissy Perrett, Elli Peltonen, Elle Anderson
Groomsmen: Joey McLaughlin (Best Man), Eric McLaughlin (Best Man), Jake Jangro, Charlie Peterson, Hil Blaze, Zack Backstrom, Ryan Neff, Ethan Heller
Photographer: Trans4mation Photography (me!)
Event Planner: Lauren Madura from Elle Ellinghaus & Co.
Ceremony: The Baltimore Basilica
Wedding Venue and Caterer: The Elkridge Club (Jillian Webber)
Hair and Makeup: Up Dos for I Dos (Hair: Ashley and Liz, Makeup: Nicole and Heather)
Bridal Gown / Veil: Betsy Robinson Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Tuxedoes: Ted Baker Tuxedo
Wedding Bands: Radcliffe Jewelers
Invitation Cards: Papers Plus
Florist: Rennie Friedlander from Simply Beautiful
Entertainment: Affirmative Groove
Uplighting: Event Dynamics
Transportation: American Limousine (Mercedes Van, Trolley, Coach Buses)
Favors: Haymaker Promotions
Linens: Table Toppers
Decorative Tables: Loane Brothers
Stage, Dance Floor, Monograms Decal: Revolution Events
Furniture: Select Events
Officiant: Monsignor Rick