Fashion Shoot in Kolkata with Bridelan

Kolkata Fashion Shoot with Bridelan © Bonnie Sen Photography
Calcutta Fashion Shoot Yellow Cabs with Bridelan © Bonnie Sen Photography
Kolkata High Fashion Shoot Yellow Cabs with Bridelan © Bonnie Sen Photography
Kolkata Fashion Shoot Yellow Cabs with Bridelan © Bonnie Sen Photography
Kolkata India © Bonnie Sen Photography
Calcutta High Fashion Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography
Calcutta High Fashion Shoot RawMango © Bonnie Sen Photography
Calcutta High Fashion Shoot RawMango RaniWalla Jewelers © Bonnie Sen Photography
Calcutta High Fashion Shoot Bridelan Bhavani Kumar © Bonnie Sen Photography
Calcutta Fashion Shoot Gold Lehenga RawMango RaniWalla Jewelers Bridelan © Bonnie Sen Photography
Calcutta Fashion Shoot Gold Lehenga Bridelan © Bonnie Sen Photography
Kolkata Bridge Fashion Shoot Gold Lehenga RawMango RaniWalla Jewelers Bridelan © Bonnie Sen Photography
Kolkata Bridge © Bonnie Sen Photography

Around town, another shoot with creative direction and styling by Bridelan. Bridelan and I both have roots in Kolkata and a strong fondness for the city. My parents were born and raised in the city, although their stories imply that it was a very different place. I still remember going to visit my relatives and taking these yellow ambassador cabs everywhere.

The first few steps from the train station were always in a yellow ambassador cab going across the bridge from the train station to the downtown of the city. Which is why the Howrah bridge as an iconic symbol of Kolkata so we has to be featured in the background of this fashion shoot around town.

Poised on the banks of the Hoogly river our model imitated the structure of the triangulated bridge. The colors in her jewels and her golden Lehenga by Raw Mango are a nod to the fact that the bridge is one of the jewels of the state and region.

Fashion Shoot Vendor Team

Fashion & Wardrobe Stylist: Nisha Kundani, Bridelan Makeup: Bhavani Kumar Jewelry: RaniWalla Jewelers Wardrobe Designer: Raw Mango Model: Helloise Cunha, Inega Models

Muslim Bride Styled Shoot in Calcutta India

Muslim Bride Calcutta India Bridelan India © Bonnie Sen Photography
Muslim Bride Fashion Calcutta India Bridelan India © Bonnie Sen Photography
Muslim Bride Styled Shoot Bridelan India © Bonnie Sen Photography
Muslim Bride Bhavani Kumar Calcutta India Bridelan India © Bonnie Sen Photography
Muslim Bride Ekaya Banaras Calcutta India Bridelan India © Bonnie Sen Photography
Muslim Bride RaniWalla Jewelers Calcutta India Bridelan India © Bonnie Sen Photography
Muslim Bride Styled Shoot Calcutta India Bridelan India © Bonnie Sen Photography
Muslim Bride Fashion Styled Shoot Calcutta India Bridelan India © Bonnie Sen Photography

The Backstory

I met the amazing fashion stylist, Bridelan India, on Instagram a few years ago and that meeting has been such a bright spot in my photography career. We have become friends through Instagram, all while being halfway across the world. It had finally come time to do a styled shoot together in India, and I immediately thought of my birthplace of Calcutta (Kolkata) India.

While the majority of the aforementioned shoot consisted of traditional Bengali wedding style (coming soon), we couldn’t help but pull together a Muslim bride fashion look to highlight the Islamic culture that is prevalent in so many neighborhoods in Calcutta.

Muslim Bride Styled Shoot Vendors:

Fashion & Wardrobe Stylist: Nisha Kundani, Bridelan Makeup: Bhavani Kumar Jewelry: RaniWalla Jewelers Banarasi Sari & Separates: Ekaya Banaras Model: Helloise Cunha, Inega Models

Italian Inspired Washington DC Engagement Shoot

This DC engagement shoot is straight out of Italy (scooter and all!). Nicole and Matt won an Instagram portrait session giveaway we did in partnership with a few of our favorite wedding industry friends vendors: makeup artist Makeup by Kevan, wardrobe stylist Naina Singla, florist Sophie Felts and hairstylist Jewel Hair Design.
Washington DC Engagement Shoot Union Station Black and White Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Washington DC Engagement Shoot Sophie Felts Pink and Orange Bouquet © Bonnie Sen Photography
Washington DC Romantic Engagement Shoot Lace Dress Fine Art Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Washington DC Italian Inspired Engagement Shoot Scooter Lace Dress Fine Art Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Washington DC Romantic Engagement Shoot Scooter Lace Dress Fine Art Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Washington DC Romantic Engagement Shoot Lace Dress Bride and Groom Fine Art Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Washington DC Engagement Shoot Union Station Bride and Groom Black and White Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Washington DC Italian Inspired Engagement Shoot Vespa Scooter Lace Dress Fine Art Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Washington DC Engagement Shoot Sophie Felts Pink and Orange Flowers Vespa Scooter © Bonnie Sen Photography
Washington DC Bar Restaurant Engagement Shoot Union Station Black and White Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography

DC Engagement Shoot Vendor Team

Nicole and Matt were recently engaged (you can read their whole engagement story here) and knew they wanted DC engagement photos but were open to styling ideas. A photographer and stylists’ dream! We got to run with our creative juices! The process started with a moodboard I created on Pinterest of the look and feel to set the tone for the shoot.  

I knew we wanted to lean into Washington DC and the classical architecture reminiscent of old Europe – enter Union Station in DC. Union Station provided the perfect old world feel and backdrop to allow for other details to pop. When in Europe this past summer I remember images of puffy pink peonies wrapped in brown paper. Sophie Felts created the perfect bright cheery and puffy bouquet all wrapped in kraft paper just like I had seen in Milan.  

The shoot glam team came together with a classic, romantic and edgy look for Nicole and Matt’s ensembles. Nicole wore a gorgeous black lace dress selected by Naina and perfectly complimenting Matt’s dapper suit. Kevan and Jewel brought the whole look together with a fashionable ponytail and makeup that enhanced Nicole’s natural beauty. Finally, add in a scooter to the mix and you’re instantly transported to Italy!

Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography Wardrobe Stylist: Naina Singla Florist: Sophie Felts Hairstylist: Jewel Hair Design Makeup Artist: Makeup by Kevan

Color-Filled Florentine Spring Fairmont DC Wedding

Where do we even begin to describe this gorgeous Fairmont DC wedding? You may remember Vanessa and Michael’s springtime engagement shoot posted a few weeks ago. Today we are back with their jaw-dropping wedding. If you couldn’t tell from their engagement attire, Vanessa’s style is incomparable! For the wedding day her taste, guts to be a little different and a dream team of vendors led by Laura of Grit & Grace combined to form pure perfection.

Florentine Spring Design

The wedding design was inspired by the Italian paper company Rossi. Rossi makes colorful prints that are classic, elegant and fun. Vanessa and Laura selected one specific print to serve as the inspiration for the rest of the wedding. This pattern featured blue, red, black and gold. The planning duo named the resulting design Florentine Spring. And I can’t think of a better way to describe the wedding day!

Vanessa and Laura carried the Florentine Spring feel throughout the whole wedding. This started with invitations from Haute Papier. The classic and ornate invites featured a Rossi paper, white calligraphy and Oscar de la Renta stamps. The stamps not only a gorgeous detail but also a nod to the bride’s dress. On to the wedding day Grit & Grace and Amaryllis designed an amazing La Dolce Vita escort card display with custom labeled San Pellegrino juice bottles.

 

Colorful Bright Spring Washington DC Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyRed Elegant Haute Papier Wedding Invitations Laura Hooper Calligraphy White Calligraphy © Bonnie Sen PhotographyRed Ornate Elegant Haute Papier Wedding Invitations Laura Hooper Calligraphy White Calligraphy © Bonnie Sen PhotographyRed Wedding Details Dior Christian Louboutin © Bonnie Sen PhotographyRed Black Gold Wedding Details Wax Seal Haute Papier Christian Louboutin © Bonnie Sen PhotographyAmaryllis Red and Yellow Bridal Bouquet Washington DC © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Washington DC Red and Yellow Bridal Bouquet Washington DC Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Wedding First Look Washington DC Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyOscar de la Renta Wedding Dress Colorful Bride Bouquet Amaryllis Floral and Event Design © Bonnie Sen PhotographyOscar de la Renta Wedding Dress Jenny Yoo Bridesmaid Dresses Washington DC Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Hotel Washington DC Wedding Bridal Party Photo Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Hotel DC Flower Girl Dresses Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Hotel Washington DC Wedding Flower Girl Dresses with Sash Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Hotel Wedding Ring Bearer Photos Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyJenny Yoo Bridesmaid Dresses Neutral Taupe Beige © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Colonnade Wedding Ceremony © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont DC Colonnade Room Wedding Ceremony Custom Aisle Runner © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Washington DC Colonnade Room Wedding Ceremony Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Washington DC Colonnade Room Wedding Ceremony Amaryllis DC Colorful Bouquet Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyItalian Lemonade Stand Escort Card Place Card Display Grit and Grace Amaryllis DC © Bonnie Sen PhotographyItalian Lemonade Stand Unique Escort Card Place Card Display Grit and Grace Amaryllis DC © Bonnie Sen PhotographyLemonade Stand Unique Place Card Display Grit and Grace Amaryllis DC © Bonnie Sen PhotographyItalian Inspired Wedding Details Matchbook Wedding Favors Grit and Grace Amaryllis DC © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Hotel DC Wedding Courtyard Cocktail Hour Outdoor Wedding Venue © Bonnie Sen PhotographyItalian Inspired Wedding Details Monogrammed Napkin Ornate Place Settings © Bonnie Sen PhotographyItalian Inspired Wedding Details Monogrammed Napkin Ornate Place Settings Grit and Grace © Bonnie Sen PhotographyItalian Inspired Wedding Details Colorful Wedding Flowers Wedding Cake Grit and Grace Amaryllis DC © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont DC First Dance Wedding Washington DC Black and White Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyFairmont Wedding Washington DC Cake Cutting Washington DC © Bonnie Sen Photography

There were too many beautiful and thoughtful details on the wedding day to mention but they all revolved around the Rossi paper colors. The soles of Vanessa’s shoes, poppies in her bouquet and glassware on the tables provided the perfect red. The mother of the bride’s dress, a denim linen and navy velvet drape throughout the ballroom pulled the hint of blue. Vanessa selected napkin rings and golden urns for the ceremony for the metallic accent. And finally black played a major role in the day of look from the black Louis chairs, custom black head table all the way to the monogrammed dancefloor.

The celebration wrapped up in the Fairmont DC ballroom with even more Italian details. A limoncello and prosecco specialty cocktail and pasta vegetarian entree. The icing on the cake was the Buttercream Bakeshop 4 tier wedding cake sitting atop a cake stand wrapped in Rossi paper. Truly La Dolce Vita!

Fairmont DC Wedding Vendors:

Venue, Catering and Cake The Fairmont Hotel | Wedding Grit & Grace | Decor Amaryllis Floral and Event Design | Officiant With This Ring I Thee Wed | Wedding Dress Designer Oscar de la Renta | Wedding Dress Salon Carine’s Bridal Atelier |Veil Lela Rose purchased at Elizabeth Johns Salon | Wedding Shoes Garter The Garter Girl |Bride’s Earrings Neiman Marcus | Bridal Clutch Sarah’s Bag | Hair and Makeup Hair & Makeup by Claudine | Bridesmaid Dresses Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Menswear Suitsupply | Groom’s Shoes Salvatore Ferragamo | Invitations and Menus Haute Papier | Invitation Calligraphy and Grapefruit Table Numbers Calligraphy Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Custom Labels for Escort Cards Paper Daisies Stationery | Custom Linen Napkins Bella Lino | Rentals DC Rental and White Glove Rentals | Music Entertainment Exchange | Favors Matchboxes For Your Party

Springtime Washington DC Engagement Session

Vanessa and Michael’s love story is proof that sometimes office romances do work out. And we are so glad it did! This month we are going to take a peek back at both their Washington DC engagement shoot and their Florentine Spring wedding at the Fairmont Washington DC with Grit & Grace.

Spring Washington DC Engagement Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGeorgetown Engagement Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographySpring Georgetown Engagement Shoot Light Blue Lace Dress © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGeorgetown Engagement Shoot Blue Lace Dress Statement Earrings © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGeorgetown Washington DC Engagement Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGeorgetown Canal Washington DC Engagement Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBride and Groom Georgetown Washington DC Engagement Shoot Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGeorgetown Washington DC Engagement Shoot Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyKennedy Center Washington DC Engagement Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBlack and White Stripe Dress Twirl Kennedy Center Washington DC Engagement Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBlack and White National Mall Washington DC Engagement Shoot © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBlack and White Engagement Dress National Mall Washington DC Engagement Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography

 

Back to Vanessa and Michael’s sweet story. Vanessa met Michael when she started at his company shortly before graduating from Georgetown University. The office was fittingly located at the notoriously scandalous Watergate building and they quickly realized there was something more to their relationship than work. So, on one balmy evening in June 2011, they broke the office ‘rules’ and went on a first date. Fast forward almost six years, Michael took Vanessa back to the Watergate rooftop to ask the question she had been waiting to hear.

After that yes, we headed back to the neighborhoods so dear to their hearts for a fun and light filled spring evening Washington DC engagement shoot. We started with a couple cocktails, a stroll down Georgetown’s iconic streets and finished up at the roof of the Kennedy Center (overlooking that fateful Watergate).

Vanessa killed the wardrobe game. The two started in a springy blue dress and blue suit and then changed in to a more evening black and white look. Vanessa’s pop red shoes were a close contender but I have to say both of her statement earring choices were a personal favorite.

Get ready to ogle over these two and check back for their dreamy wedding soon!

Attire:

Blue Lace Dress: Club Monaco Both Earrings: BaubleBar Silver Shoes: Valentino Striped Skirt: TY-LR from Rent the Runway Black Top: Club Monaco Red Shoes: Christian Louboutin