A San Fransisco Destination Elopement

When my old friends from the architecture world Cat & Joe told me their plans to have a destination elopement wedding in San Francisco City hall, I don’t think I fully believed them! The day came and went, and it was even prettier than I could have ever imagined!

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How did this all go down, you may be wondering? Well I flew out to San Francisco on a Tuesday night, that cross country flight really kills a whole day! But this way I had the whole rest of Wednesday to scout out City hall and to do their “at home” engagement session (coming soon to this blog). I went to City Hall to see how these weddings worked, and wow what a gorgeous building! Also, so many couples getting married at the rotunda! Funny enough, not too many professional photographers around. Fortunately my couple reserved the Fourth Floor Balcony so we didn’t have to avoid the crowd that was all over.

After they got married the couple and their family went off for drinks, and we met up later at the Cliff House for dinner which was located right next to the beautiful Sutro Baths and Land’s End forest. Right at sunset we walked around the trees and down to the baths for some sunset photos, which are always ALWAYS a big hit!

J & L’s Fall Wedding

J & L’s Fall Wedding in DC from last year was certainly one of my favorites. I could wear these Chloe flats every day!

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A Fall wedding in DC is so popular, and I know exactly why. The weather is absolutely perfect in DC for an outdoor wedding, and the colors of fall are so deep and rich that they complement a black tie wedding perfectly. This wedding was supposed to be at the Carnegie library in DC but had to change plans with only ONE MONTH of notice! Fortunately the wedding found a new venue and was at the AIA building (so funny how I ended up back at that building after my past career as an architect). We took advantage of the new location of the wedding by doing portraits around this part of town that included the Corcoran building, the DAR and even the Red Cross building. So much great architecture in DC for a classic black tie wedding which makes us wedding photographers happy happy!

PS – how great are these colors on film? Seriously, I can’t get enough of these skin tones and berry colors on medium format. Also, while this was a church wedding at Gonzaga, the church was so bright that I was even able to shoot a good amount of Kodak Portra 800!

When Wedding Planners Gather on the Eastern Shore

As wedding photographers, there’s nothing better than to get to spend the day with some of the areas best wedding planners to kick off wedding season. I was lucky enough to document this gorgeous setup and then join everyone for dinner last may. It was the absolute perfect weather for dinner outdoors (It’s possible!).

This shoot was originally posted on Style Me Pretty Living along with some tips on entertaining from the planners of this event – Pop the Cork Designs and Adriana Marie Events. I must be craving nice weather, this was the perfect day for a dinner Al fresco on the Chesapeake bay!

Catering: Rouge Catering

Florist: Crimson & Clover

Calligrapher: Anchor Point Calligraphy

Cookies: Fresh Bakes

Venue: Historic Londontown

Rentals: Party Plus Tents & Events

Invitations: Alison Barnhill

Videography: Adora Wedding Films

Music: Austin Ellis

A Stunning Shoot at the Washington DC National Cathedral

It has been a dream of mine to be published on the wedding blog OnceWed, and so when it finally happened last year I couldn’t have been more thrilled! You can check out the whole feature here: https://www.oncewed.com/featured/elegant-garden-inspired-indoor-wedding-ideas/

Having a beautiful setting like the National Cathedral is one of the perks of hosting an event at the National Cathedral school. It’s also a perk of living in Washington, DC and being a wedding photographers we get to enjoy all these views. The buildings on the campus are stunning in their ne0-Gothic style, but also their grounds are spectacularly maintained. As the sun set over the limestone buildings, the colors of the atmosphere turned to beautiful shades of pink and blue. This is really one of the best wedding venues we have in DC, what a place to have your wedding ceremony!

Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions, Margo Fischer | Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography | Venue: National Cathedral School, Danielle Capecchi | Invitation Suite: The Dandelion Patch, Heidi Kallett | Wedding Cakes: Catherine George Cakes | Florals: Petals by the Shore, Kelly Shore |  Wedding Gift: Marigold & Grey, Jamie Kutchman | Hair & Make-Up: Amie Decker Beauty | Artist: Brittany Branson | Draping: Drape Kings, Meredith and Marybeth | Rentals: Select Event Group | Vintage Furniture: Something Vintage | Wedding Dress: Pas de Deux Bridal | Rings: Susie Saltzmen  | Groom’s Suit: Alton Lane | Models: Anastasiia Putkova + Sepehr Hajireza