Maryland Science Center Wedding: Heather + Mauno

After I photographed Heather and Mauno’s Renaissance cosplay engagement photo session, I had always wondered how their wedding would look like.  Finally, after few months later, I got the answer. 🙂

Their wedding was so unique that it’s like nothing I had ever seen before anywhere, ever! It was a combination of Renaissance, traditional classic Estonian outfit, Star Wars, astronomy, and everything else in between, especially in the science fiction realm.

Detail shot of the wedding gown sleeves. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Bride and Groom and some of the guests and families stayed at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel and were getting ready there.

Maid of Honor lacing up Bride's wedding gown. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride holding the wedding dress she's wearing. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Love that the Groom, Mauno, wears a tophat. He looks awesome. 🙂
He also carried a cane with him.

Groom holding his tophat. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Detail shot of Bride's Renaissance style wedding gown. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Check out the beautiful details of the Renaissance style wedding dress and jeweleries. It made the Bride, Heather, looked like a princess!

Bride adjusting her Renaissance style wedding dress and jewelries. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Silhouette of Groom in his tuxedo with tophat and cane. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Silhouette of Bride in her Rennaisance style wedding gown. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

After both the Bride and Groom were ready. They decided to do a first glance before the ceremony.
I always loved doing this, photographing and documenting their precious surprise seeing each other for the first time in their wedding outfit, and seeing all the emotions. 🙂

Groom waiting for Bride during for their first glance. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride quietly coming down the stairs excited to meet Groom. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride touching Groom's shoulder during first reveal. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom happy to see each other the first time in their wedding outfit during first reveal. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom posing at the beautiful grand lobby. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The beautiful staircase and the chandelier at the lobby of Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel provides a great complimentary setting for their beautiful wedding outfit.

Bride and Groom cuddling at the beautiful hotel lobby. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding, getting ready photo at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

From the hotel, we all moved to the Maryland Science Center and did several romantic session shots before the ceremony.

Close up of Groom's tux, ribbon, bow tie, and boutonniere. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Check out the gorgeous Bride’s flower bouquet by Divine Designs.

Bride holding her wedding floral bouquet from Divine Designs. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom hugging Bride and smiling together. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride holding Groom's arm and looking at each other. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Detail shot of Bride and Groom shoes, and Groom's cane. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom almost kissed. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom kissing Bride on he forehead. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Close up shot of Groom's gloves with the Bride and Groom in the background. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Full body shot of Bride and her gorgeous wedding dress. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Full body shot of Groom and his traditional Estonian formal outfit with his tophat and cane. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The wedding ceremony was inside the planetarium, which provided a starry night sky, suitable setting for their wedding theme.

Father of the Bride escorting daughter for ceremony procession. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The ceremony begins just like any other typical ceremony.

Bride and Groom holding hands during ceremony. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

However, suddenly all the lights went out and there was an evil laughter heard!

When the lights came back on, Mauno realized that Heather was gone! She was kidnapped!

Groom realized that Bride was kidnapped. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Wedding party almost battled against each other thinking that the other kidnapped the Bride.

The Evil Lord who kidnapped Heather said that Mauno had to pass several tests to get Heather back.

One of the test for Mauno was to play the accordion. He was really good at it, by the way! 🙂

Groom playing accordion during the ceremony. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Then came the fake Bride. Of course Mauno recognize that the Bride was fake after the veil was opened.

A male guests disguises as fake Bride. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Finally the real Bride came back! Yay!

Groom almost kissed the evil twin Bride. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

But then Mauno said, “Wait a minute. You’re not the real Heather! You’re her evil twin!”

Groom realized that she was not the real one but the Bride's evil twin. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Heather’s evil twin complimented Mauno for recognizing her.
Unfortunately, the Groom had to battle with the Bride’s evil twin.
Heather’s evil twin was using this cool red light saber. 🙂

Groom had to battle with Bride's evil twin who was using a red light saber. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

In the end, Mauno won the battle, and Heather’s evil twin got away.

The Evil Lord was not happy that Mauno passed all the tests, so he tried to defeat Mauno with his sword.

The evil lord defeated the Groom and put his sword to Groom's neck. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Then suddenly, the real Heather came to the rescue.

The real Bride came to rescue Groom from the evil lord. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

She battled the Evil Lord using a blue light saber.

Bride battled the evil lord using a blue light saber. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Evil Lord was defeated and the real Heather told him to go away.

Bride holding a blue light saber told the evil lord to go away. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Their theatrical play was really entertaining. All the guests, including us, laughed seeing their great show.

Then the ceremony continued with the vow, exchanges of the wedding ring, and the blessing.

Wedding ceremony in the planetarium with candle lights with starry night backdrop in the planetarium sky. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom kissing, while Best Man, Maid of Honor, Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Flower Girl, and Ring Bearer pretending to be at war against each other.. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom posing with light saber and Zelda's sword. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Groom’s wedding band had the Star Wars Galactic Empire logo on one side and Death Star on the other side.

Groom's wedding band with the Star Wars Galactic Empire logo and Bride's engagement ring. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com White and yellow floral table centerpiece and Draco star constellation table name. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Instead of using the typical numbers, they use star constellation names for the tables such as Draco, Perseus, Pegasus, etc.

White and yellow flower table centerpiece by Divine Designs and Perseus star constellation table name. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The white and yellow flower table centerpieces by Divine Designs really added nice touch of color contrast to the overall look of the table.

Table settings and view of the main hall. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Check out this super cool wedding cake with the decoration taken from the famous painting Starry Night from Vincent van Gogh.

Wedding cake by Sherry's Cakes and Bakes with decoration taken from the Starry Night painting from Vincent van Gogh. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Detail shot of Wedding cake by Sherry's Cakes and Bakes with decoration inspired by Starry Night painting from Vincent van Gogh. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Sherry’s Cakes and Bakes sure did and awesome job making this cake!

Detail shot of the painting on the wedding cake by Sherry's Cakes and Bakes with decoration taken from the Starry Night painting from Vincent van Gogh. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

In addition to the main cake, they also had a Boba Fett mask cake. 🙂
They sure love Star Wars! 🙂

Star Wars Boba Fett mask wedding cake by . Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

They had several food stations, so guests were free to roam and get their favorite food.

A row of cocktail glasses containing grits with corn and crabcakes on top. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom getting their dinner from one of the food stations with Dinosaur fossil bones in the background. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The prominent features of the main hall in the Maryland Science center were the Dinosaur fossil bones especially the huge T-Rex bones display.

View of guests eating at their tables in the main hall with a T-Rex bones and skull in the foreground. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Father and Mother of Bride and other guests listening to toast speeches. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com A plate with grilled selection including sausage, veal rib, and skewered beef from Aramark catering

The food stations were provided by Aramark catering. Some of the grilled selections include sausage, veal rib, and skewered beef.

A plate of pasta salad from Aramark catering. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

There were also pasta salad, and the delicious crab cake with grits.
They were all really delicious! I would say they were one of the best catering from weddings I’ve had so far.

Close up detail shot of cocktail glass containing grits with corn and crabcakes on top from Aramark catering. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Maryland Science Center building provided an awesome backdrop for a romantic shot of the Bride and Groom.

Bride and Groom cuddling with the building in the Background. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Finally it’s cake cutting time!

Bride and Groom cutting the wedding cake. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Cake slices with the inspired painting from Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Just like the table names, the Maryland Science Center main hall also featured star constellations on the floor. Cool huh? 🙂

Guests twirling and dancing Estonian traditional folk dance around Bride and Groom. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

It was very entertaining to see the Bride and Groom and the guests performing Estonian traditional folk dance.

Bride and Groom dancing and circled by guests. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom doing the dip kissing with the beautiful Maryland Science Center building the background. Baltimore Maryland Science Center wedding reception and ceremony photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Congratulations Heather and Mauno!
May you live happily ever after! 🙂

 

Leo Dj

Vendors

Venue: Maryland Science Center

Hotel: Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

Make up: Alison Harper and Company

Hair: Alison Harper and Company

Dress: Romantic Threads

Tuxedo: Men’s Warehouse

Florist: Divine Designs

Decorations: Divine Designs or handmade by Bride and Groom

Cake: Sherry’s Cakes and Bakes

Catering: Aramark

DJ: Ah-Jott Entertainment

Cards: Handmade by Bride and Groom

Wedding favors: Handmade by Bride and Groom

 

 

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