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

Destination Wedding in Oregon Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

When my friend and talented architect Michelle asked me to consider photographing her destination wedding on the West Coast I immediately knew we were in for a treat. Though we went to different universities Michelle and I both studied architecture. I met Michelle when we were both studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Architecture school alumni always have a common understanding of many things: design, hard work, graphic design and general font usage, among other random skills. Those of us who went to Copenhagen always take that one step further. Anyone who spends time in Copenhagen obsesses over minimalist design and aesthetics along with creating a cozy environment wherever we go.

 

Modern Graphic Wedding Invitation Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen PhotographyAlderbrook Station Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen PhotographyView at Alderbrook Station Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography

Modern Graphic Wedding Invitation Burgundy Bridal Bouquet Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings Bonnie Sen Photography

Window Alderbrook Station Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography

Bride Hair Flowers Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bride and Groom Portraits Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography

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Destination Wedding Oregon © Bonnie Sen Photography Martha Stewart Weddings First Look on Dock
First Look on Dock Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography

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Wedding Couple Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Ceremony by the Water Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
First Kiss Ceremony Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Post Ceremony Photos Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Welcome Sign Modern Typography Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Typewriter Guest Book Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Guest Book Typewriter Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Rosemary Refresher Specialty Cocktail Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen PhotographyAlderbrook Station Modern Typography Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Modern Black and White Seating Chart Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Black and White Seating Chart Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Modern Black and White Table Number Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Farm Table Barn Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Modern and Rustic Wedding Menu Place Setting Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
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Rustic and Modern Wedding Details Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Card and Gift Table Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography

Black and White First Dance Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography

Family Style Dinner Paella Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography
Candid Bride and Groom Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography

Wedding Guests Destination Wedding Oregon Martha Stewart Weddings © Bonnie Sen Photography

Day Full of Details

All of these elements were evident in the details of Michelle and Derek’s destination wedding. Every design component was carefully curated; the guests experience was thoroughly considered; and the best part of all was that the bride enlisted the help of the amazing wedding planner, Tara Lee of Sugarcomb Eventsto help execute all of the ideas. Michelle also wanted to ensure that as many as personal touches and local Seattle details were worked into the day. This included her co-worker sketching the venue for the invitations, a local dress designer (Luly Yang)cake baker, florist and more.

You may remember this couple from their pie-baking themed engagement shoot from a few blog posts back. Michelle took the photos from their engagement shoot, compiled them into a recipe book with all of their favorites and gifted it to Derek on their wedding day. The groom’s gift to the bride was a set of bespoken notebooks to fill up with memories. The first entry started with their wedding day (swoon!).

Fête Fit For Feature

I could go on and on about these two and the amazing details of their day but the professional writers at Martha Stewart Weddings captured it so well. You can see the full destination wedding feature here. I was so thrilled and honored to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. I often feel very much like a part of my couples’ life stories and even more so for a destination wedding. However with the personal connection and amazing thoughtfulness of this couple I felt a part of their story more than ever.

Vendor Team