Tropical Destination Wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica

What do we all need in our lives as we are heading into the dead of winter? A tropical destination wedding, of course! You know that we love all destinations weddings and travel around here (remember this Oregon beauty?). However, this time of year as the sun sets early and we are freezing our behinds off there is something so wonderful about looking back on a gorgeous tropical destination wedding.

Couple Portraits Tropical Destination Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Beach Destination Wedding Bride Shoe © Bonnie Sen PhotographyHyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Destination Wedding Venue © Bonnie Sen Photography
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Montego Bay Jamaica Destination Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Groom Attire Jamaica Destination Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Groom Blue Suit © Bonnie Sen Photography
Destination Wedding Tropical Bridal Bouquet © Bonnie Sen Photography
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Destination Wedding First Look © Bonnie Sen Photography

Beach Destination Wedding Couple First Look © Bonnie Sen PhotographyTropical Destination Wedding Couple Photos in Palm Tree © Bonnie Sen PhotographyTropical Destination Wedding Bouquets © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Bride and Bridesmaid Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Bridal Party Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Groom and Groomsmen Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Wedding Party Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Destination Wedding Groomsmen Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Destination Wedding Couple Portraits Beach © Bonnie Sen Photography
Montego Bay Destination Wedding Beach Ceremony Bride Walking Down the Aisle © Bonnie Sen Photography
Montego Bay Destination Wedding Beach Ceremony © Bonnie Sen Photography
Montego Bay Destination Wedding Ceremony © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Steel Drum Band Jamaica © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Steel Drums Jamaica © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Bamboo Chairs Ratan Chargers Jamaica © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Jamaica © Bonnie Sen Photography

Tropical Destination Wedding Place Setting Jamaica © Bonnie Sen PhotographyTropical Destination Wedding Montego Bay © Bonnie Sen Photography

Bride and Groom Black and White Wedding Photography Couple Kissing © Bonnie Sen Photography
Champagne Toast Wedding Black and White Photography © Bonnie Sen Photography

Kelly and Blake got married at the gorgeous Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall. They booked the venue site unseen – a risk that totally paid off! Kelly’s family is from Jamaica so they knew guests would have to travel one way or another so why not head to the islands! The two said their I dos on the beach in a ceremony officiated by Kelly’s uncle and recited the very same vows her uncle and aunt had said years earlier. The cocktail hour featured a steel band followed by dinner on the sand.

Kelly wore a Sarah Janks wedding gown and sparkly  Jimmy Choo sandals. Her tropical bouquet was the perfect compliment to her sleek gown adding that hit of the islands to her look. One of the most special times of the day had to be the couple portraits. Kelly and Blake have known each other since high school! And been together for 8 years! This day was a long time coming and I was honored to capture the celebration.

See more of this gorgeous beach wedding on Brides here.

Vendor Team:

Venue: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall || Travel Coordinator: A Beautiful Day Wedding Planning || Bride’s Dress: Sarah Janks|| Bride’s Veil: DiDomenico Design || Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Zen Spa at Hyatt Ziva Montego Bay || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo for Dessy || Groom’s Attire: Enzo Custom Clothiers || Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Dominion Jewelers || Ring Box: The Mrs. Box || Floral Design: Tai Flora Services || Paper Products: Ribbons & InkBliss Paper Boutique || Catering & Cake: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall || Reception Music: Elite Media Concepts || Rentals: Tai Flora Services || Videography: Paperboys

To Milan, With Love

This summer we spent a few weeks traveling throughout Europe and Milan was one of the stops on our journey. The thought of being in a beautiful city filled with fashion and not doing some sort of photoshoot was definitely out of the question.

During this shoot we wanted to capture the essence of the Italian girl: brave, outgoing, adventurous and optimistic. We shot outside the gorgeous Duomo di Milano among the pigeons, people and indescribable Italian light. Our girl wore a fashion forward embroidered dress and simple hair and make up. Both elements allowed her effortless beauty to shine through.

The moral of the story, go to Europe every summer and live the life of the Italian girl.

Milan Fashion Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography
Milan Cathedral Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyDoors Milan Cathedral Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyDetails Milan Cathedral Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyMilan Cathedral Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBlack and White Photos Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyModel at Duomo di Milano © Bonnie Sen PhotographyDuomo di Milano Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography

Black and White Photo Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography

Model at Milan Cathedral Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyModel at Duomo di Milano Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyMilan Details Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFront of Milan Cathedral Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyEmbroidered Dress Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography
Simple Hair and Makeup Milan Destination Wedding Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography

Jardin de Buis Love Bird Shoot Part 2

We are back today for part two of our Jardin de Buis “love bird” shoot with Veronica Rogers and Max Owens Designs. As I talked about yesterday I tend to pull inspiration from architecture, scenery and my surroundings but I love seeing what spurs creativity in others. As Veronica gathered inspiration for the shoot she was drawn to de Gournay intricate bird drawings.

Veronica carried the birds and aesthetic of these drawings through out to create the “love bird” theme. The bird inspired make up, subtle bird accents in the stationery and, of course, the real birds featured in many scenes reinforced her design. Veronica strived to show brides that a theme doesn’t have to feel kitsch or tacky. A theme can be used as a feeling and overall direction for a wedding.

European Inspired Styled Shoot Invite Carli Anna © Bonnie Sen Photography
Wedding Invitation on Handmade Paper by Carli Anna © Bonnie Sen Photography
European Inspired Wedding Jardin du Buis © Bonnie Sen PhotographyEuropean Inspired Venue and Gardens Jardin du Buis © Bonnie Sen PhotographyJardin du Buis New Jersey © Bonnie Sen PhotographyEuropean Inspired Wedding Venue Jardin du Buis © Bonnie Sen Photography

European Styled Shoot Table Scape © Bonnie Sen Photography
European Wedding Styled Shoot Romantic Flowers © Bonnie Sen Photography
European Wedding Styled Shoot with Max Owens Design © Bonnie Sen Photography
European Wedding Styled Shoot Simple Modern Menu © Bonnie Sen Photography
European Wedding Styled Shoot Place Setting © Bonnie Sen Photography
White Rose © Bonnie Sen Photography
Wooden Charger Detail © Bonnie Sen Photography
Wedding Flower Arrangement Orange and Cream © Bonnie Sen Photography
Champagne Coupe European Inspired Styled Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography
European Inspired Floral Installation © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bird Cage and Flowers © Bonnie Sen Photography
Dramatic Bird Inspired Styled Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography

Feather Eyelashes Love Birds Styles Shoots © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBird Feather Eyelashes © Bonnie Sen Photography
Dahlia Flower Arrangements © Bonnie Sen Photography

Vendor Team:

Styling and Design: Veronica Rogers | Florist: Max Owens Designs | Venue: Jardin de Buis | Paper: Carli Anna | Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | Hair and Make Up: Anna Breeding | Model: Anderson Noel | White Dress: Samuelle Couture from SPINA | Green Appliqué Dress: Santos Costura | Skirt: Liz Martinez | Pink Bodysuit: Fleur du Mal | Blue Dress: Dennis Basso from Gossamer | Veils and Headdress: Agnes Hart | Shoes: Prada and Tamara Mellon | Jewelry: Sofia Kaman | Tux: Gucci | Bird Rental: Taxidermy Rental

Jardin de Buis Love Bird Shoot Part 1

It is no secret that I am inspired by all things architecture and the venue for this styled shoot was everything I could hope for and more in a shoot location. Jardin de Buis is an old dairy farm turned home to a landscape designer. The property features exquisite formal gardens, extensive grounds, and stunning structures decorated with one of a kind European antiques. Stepping through the doors truly transports you to the French countryside, oh and did I mention it is in New Jersey (cue picking up your jaw off the floor).

It is hard to choose my favorite spot on the property as there are just so many unique details and special corners. That said the detail of the greenhouses is pretty close to the top of the list. The owners of the property rescue soon to be retired greenhouse from a local university. The owner transport the greenhouses to the property and fill with plants. The greenhouses and connected orangerie are the perfect escape in the middle of the busy world.

Jardin de Buis Marble Bust © Bonnie Sen Photography
Jardin de Buis Romantic Wedding Styled Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography
Jardin de Buis Romantic Wedding Styled Shoot Pillar Candles and Taper Candles © Bonnie Sen Photography
Jardin de Buis European Inspired Styled Shoot Place Setting © Bonnie Sen Photography
Jardin de Buis Romantic Wedding Styled Shoot Place Setting © Bonnie Sen Photography
Love Birds European Inspired Mantle Decor © Bonnie Sen Photography
European Inspired Styled Shoot Couple Photos © Bonnie Sen PhotographyCouple Portraits on a Couch European Inspired Styled Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyCouple Portraits in a Window European Inspired Styled Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyRomantic Couple Portraits Love Birds European Inspired Styled Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyRomantic and Fashion Forward French Inspired Styled Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyIllusion Dress with Floral Applique French Inspired Styled Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyRomantic Mantel Flowers French Inspired Styled Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyLove Birds European Inspired Styled Shoot Couple Photos © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWe partnered with Veronica Rogers and Max Owens Designs for this “Love Bird” inspired styled shoot. Check back tomorrow for more details on where Veronica pulled inspiration (and no she is not quite as architecture obsessed as I am). And if you just can’t wait this shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty.

Vendor Team:

Styling and Design: Veronica Rogers | Florist: Max Owens Designs | Venue: Jardin de Buis | Paper: Carli Anna | Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | Hair and Make Up: Anna Breeding | Model: Anderson Noel | White Dress: Samuelle Couture from SPINA | Green Appliqué Dress: Santos Costura | Skirt: Liz Martinez | Pink Bodysuit: Fleur du Mal | Blue Dress: Dennis Basso from Gossamer | Veils and Headdress: Agnes Hart | Shoes: Prada and Tamara Mellon | Jewelry: Sofia Kaman | Tux: Gucci | Bird Rental: Taxidermy Rental

Pretty Pink Baby Shower for a DC Wedding Planner

When a wedding planner is about to have her first baby, you know the baby shower going to be good! My good friend Blair from SoCo Events had her first baby girl about a year ago now (#bloggingbacklog). As soon as she mentioned that she was pregnant I knew that it would a lovely and perfect shower.

When planning the fall baby shower Blair used the time of year as an opportunity to focus on food and flowers that were perfectly in season. She honored fall while staying true to the pink theme and not caving to the autumnal colors. The star of the show (except Blair’s adorable baby bump) was the absolutely delightful dahlias from the amazing florist, Amaryllis Designs. The blooms were at the peak season and grown in the owners of Amaryllis’ very own garden in eastern Maryland.

The perfectly pink theme was carried through the whole event from the gorgeous baby shower invitations and menus to the Sugarfina gummy teddy bear favors (custom monogrammed, of course!). For the baby shower food, the event a brunch so the passed hors d’oeuvres were mini-pancakes, chicken and waffles, and fruit kebabs provided by Bethesda Country Club.

Baby Peterson is one sweet little girl and it was so fun to see her mama showered with so much love by her friends and family.

Pink Baby Shower Place Setting © Bonnie Sen Photography
Pink Baby Shower One Long Table © Bonnie Sen PhotographyPink Baby Shower Floral Menu © Bonnie Sen Photography
Pink Baby Shower Dahlia Centerpiece © Bonnie Sen PhotographyPink Baby Shower Amaryllis Designs Washington DC © Bonnie Sen Photography
Pink Baby Shower Yogurt Parfait © Bonnie Sen Photography
Single Pink Dahlia Arrangement © Bonnie Sen Photography
Pink Baby Shower Specialty Cocktail © Bonnie Sen PhotographyPink Baby Shower Favors Sugarfina © Bonnie Sen Photography

Pink Shower Table Setting © Bonnie Sen PhotographyPink Baby Shower with Single Dahlia Arrangements © Bonnie Sen Photography
Table Setting for Pink Baby Shower © Bonnie Sen PhotographyPink Baby Shower Mini Pancakes © Bonnie Sen Photography

Pink Baby Shower Long Table Floral Menu © Bonnie Sen PhotographyPink Dahlia Centerpiece © Bonnie Sen Photography