Tying the Knott: A Baltimore Wedding

“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” —Janos Arnay

My friend Monica and her new husband, Kemp Knott, both seem to adhere to the belief that is quoted above! They got married this past weekend and I’m so glad I got to be a part of the experience! It was pretty awesome to witness two people so in love and excited to start a life together!

The new married couple, Monica & Kemp Knott (click to view their wedding site)
The newlyweds, Monica & Kemp Knott

Along with the wedding, I was happy to take part in some spring adventures! I got to explore local Baltimore neighborhoods and venture off to Washington, DC too! (My next blog post will talk about DC, so keep an eye out!)

Before the Wedding

I traveled to Baltimore, Maryland with my good friend, Leah! We all grew up in Sweeny, a small Texas town, and have kept in touch! Leah made all of our travel arrangements, which was great! She set us up to stay at the Radisson at Cross Keys which turned out to be a nice hotel in a super cute area!

The hotel looked like a regular building on the outside, but inside, it was very nice! In addition to that, there was a courtyard connected to it that had food and shopping options. Also, the hotel had a gym!

We got to our hotel on Friday, 6/5/2015 and settled in. Then we freshened up and went to the groom’s house for the rehearsal dinner! The house that Kemp grew up in was very nice. The provided appetizers, main course, and dessert were an added bonus as well! Also, everyone that we met seemed friendly!

With all that said, we called it a semi-early night so we could prepare for the main events the next day!

From left to right: Sammy, Leah, Monica, and myself having fun at the rehearsal dinner

The Ceremony & Reception

Leah and I woke up the morning of the wedding (6/6/2015) and went to get some exercise. She went on a long run (she used to do cross country) and I went on a long walk! When we got back, we talked about how we both discovered these secret pathways in the neighborhood! According to Baltimore Heritage, “The paths were part of a hierarchical system of roads in front of houses, service lanes in the rear, and footpaths that provided convenient ways to cross through the neighborhood in a natural setting. Each path is named with a distinctly country ring: Squirrel, Hilltop, Laurel, Tulip. Others are decidedly British: Audley End, Tintern, St. Margaret’s, Litchfield.” It was an adorable neighborhood!

You can learn more about these paths by reading “Behind the Scenes Tour of the Secret Paths of Roland Park & Original Home of the Odyssey & Baltimore Lab Schools.”

We decided to talk more about our mornings over breakfast at Village Square Cafe (conveniently located in the courtyard of the hotel). This cafe was so cute! *Side note – the food was so good that we ate breakfast there the next morning as well.

Finally, it was time to get ready for the wedding! The ceremony took place at Shrine of the Sacred Heart at 11am. Following the lovely ceremony, there was a cocktail hour and reception at the Grand Historic Venue. Everything about the day was so nice and Monica and Kemp looked so happy!

Fun Events for the Newlyweds

After the reception came to an end, the new bride and groom met us out to go bar hopping in Baltimore! It was awesome to be able to spend time with them both. They had everyone in the group meet them at Power Plant Live, which is full of great dining and entertainment options and is just one block from the World Famous Inner Harbor!

The first place we went to was Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden. We relaxed on the patio for a few hours and enjoyed some sunshine and specialty brews! Then, we went across the street and ordered pizza (which was delicious) from Joe Squared. This restaurant is actually named “Best Pizza in Maryland” and was also featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! Following that, we went to Fells Point, another neat neighborhood, and ended our night by visiting a few bars!

All in all, it was a great time and I’m so happy that Monica and Kemp set aside time to hang out with all of their friends!

Now they’re off on their honeymoon (in Europe) and I’m back here working in Texas. Hopefully they’re having a blast!

My trip to Baltimore was very successful and I’m so glad that I decided to go! Visiting DC the day after the wedding was awesome as well! But I’ll tell you more about that later!

Have a great week! Let me know if you have any questions about Baltimore!

Melissa Woodring 🙂

Author: MissLissa91

Hi! I began writing blogs for my Emerging Media and Communication degree when I was attending UT Dallas. I graduated in May 2012 with my Bachelor of Arts. Following that, I worked as a Social Media Specialist and Digital Marketing Analyst for Navigation Solutions, a Hertz Company. Once a week for about two years, I wrote travel related blogs for HertzNeverLost while I worked for that company. Now, I work as a Marketing Expert for ReachLocal and I help small and medium businesses with their online advertising! I've decided to devote some personal time to blogging and I'm excited to begin sharing my own passions, interests, and discoveries with y'all! Check out the "MazingMelissa" site to see what's going on!

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