Kate Ansari owns Main Street Ballroom in Ellicott City, Maryland. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting there multiple times. When I heard that Kate had bought a venue just a hop, skip, and a jump from my Baltimore home… it’s safe to say I was excited. Haven Street Ballroom is the brand new sister venue and is currently in pre-construction. They are on schedule to get a new bathroom and bridal suite, but have been using the free time to host open houses each weekend this month.

I had the opportunity to host the first open house of January at Haven Street Ballroom on January 5th. When given the chance, I knew I immediately wanted to build an incredible vendor team to help bring the party to life. Jess Albins Events was the PERFECT coordinator to rally the troops. Not only that, but she designed gorgeous corners in both the back and front of the venue which enabled lots of stunning photos to be created. I am so grateful for her hard work. She was the lifeline of this entire event!

Our appointments were snagged up quickly, which made for a busy day in the best way. From a taco bar to the photo booth, there was lots to enjoy. We also provided many different vendors to talk to. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and we hoped that this experience would offer some fun to preparing couples. We had a blast, and I hope the people in the following photos did, too!

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And, of course, we had some fun amongst friends!

Photography | Ashton Kelley Photography

Planning & Design | Jess Albins Events

Venue | Haven Street Ballroom

Lettering | Signs Of Our Lives

Photo Booth | My Snap Bash

Rentals | Vintage Affairs

Florals | Modern Foliage

Beauty | Amanda Merrell Beauty

Paper | EAlexDesigns

Favors | Mouth Party Caramel

Mural | White Coffee Creative Co.

Music | B’More For The Record

Tacos & Treats | Santoni’s Marketplace & Catering

Brews | Monument Brewing

After Party | Urban Axes



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  1. Audrey

    January 14th, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    How fun to do photos at an open house! Looked like a lot of fun!

  2. Tashamonique Puckey

    January 14th, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Ashton, you are the cutest and these sessions are life. I’ve been waiting to see the outcome. Well done my friend, well done!

  3. Lifelong Impressions

    January 14th, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    The black and white couch is super cool! I love your style!

  4. Lindsay

    January 14th, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    How exciting for this new venue!!! And for you!!! You are already rocking the new year in Baltimore !!!!!

  5. Alona

    January 15th, 2019 at 2:10 am

    That definitely looks like a lot of fun!

  6. Vanessa

    January 16th, 2019 at 9:49 am

    This looks like it was such an amazing day!! I love the colors of the outside!!!