An Eclectic and Modern Jewish Wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

Emily Semmel (25 and a business analyst) and Eli Tucker (26 and a senior associate) met through mutual friends at a dinner in Arlington, Virginia. Emi

Emily Semmel (25 and a business analyst) and Eli Tucker (26 and a senior associate) met through mutual friends at a dinner in Arlington, Virginia. Emily was interning in D.C. and Eli was working in the city as a financial consultant. Eli challenged Emily to a game of Super Nintendo, which ended in a draw and an invitation to go on a real date at the Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. and dinner in Georgetown. "He quickly won my heart, and I couldn't imagine myself with anyone else," says Emily. Eli proposed to Emily with a princess cut solitaire diamond on New Year's Eve in Cancun, Mexico. The couple chose to have their wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland because they wanted something, unconventional, modern and fun. They signed a traditional Jewish contract before their ceremony on the steps of the museum's spiral staircase. The wedding's color scheme was cobalt blue, lemon yellow and silver. "We selected our color palette based on the art that encompassed the museum," says Emily. The bride wore an ivory, trumpet style Sophia Tolli wedding dress with lace appliques and the groom wore a navy blue suit from Saks Fifth Avenue. The bridesmaids wore cobalt blue, knee length dresses and carried yellow calla lily bouquets. The groomsmen wore khaki suits with light blue paisley ties. The reception was held at the Sculpture Barn and Gardens attached to the museum. For favors, the couple gave small jars of honey to their guests. This wedding's funky twist created memories that last a lifetime.

"Despite the heat, I went with a trumpet style, ivory gown by Sophia Tolli," says Emily. "The sweetheart neckline and corset that laced up beautifully in the back made it an obvious choice for me."
The groom wore a deep navy blue suit from Saks Fifth Avenue with a white rose boutonniere, while the  groomsmen wore khaki suits with light blue paisley ties.
The couple signed a traditional Jewish wedding contract in front of the bridal party before their ceremony.
The unconventional ceremony took place on the spiral staircase in the American Visionary Art Museum. "We wanted a location that captured our vision: eclectic, modern and fun!" says Emily.
The bridesmaids wore knee-length, cobalt blue dresses in various styles and carried yellow calla lily bouquets. "The bouquets were simple yet stunning yellow calla lilies that held up magnificently in the heat," says Emily.
The ceremony and reception were held at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. "Decorations were minimal because the galleries throughout the museum were intriguing and unique," says Emily.
Guests found their escort cards hung on a line with clothespins.
"I think our favors captured our day perfectly. They were small jars of honey with the label, 'Celebrating the Sweetness of Life' affixed to each one," says Emily.
A Mosaic School Bus Decorated with Flowers at the Art Museum Venue
The reception was held at the Sculpture Barn and Gardens, which is attached to the American Visionary Art Museum.
The wedding photo session took place among the quirky artwork at the American Visionary Art Museum.