It is no secret that my husband Tom and I love all things architecture.So when we met this adorable couple, with an architect groom, we knew it was a match made on a blueprint. Hayley and John are getting married later this year in Annapolis but for their destination engagement shoot we headed north to Rhode Island.

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Summer Engagement Shoot Rhode Island Film Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Casual Summer Engagement Shoot Barefoot Bride White Lace Dress Film Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
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Engagement Shoot Beach Oceanfront Newport Rhode Island © Bonnie Sen Photography
Atlantic Ocean Shoot Beach East Coast Newport Rhode Island © Bonnie Sen Photography
East Coast Engagement Shoot Beach Newport Rhode Island © Bonnie Sen Photography
Destination Engagement Shoot Beach Newport Rhode Island © Bonnie Sen Photography

Second only to architecture is our love for travel so we love a destination engagement shoot. We absolutely loved visiting Newport, Rhode Island for the first time. It is impossible to not feel like you are in a Diane Keaton movie as you stroll along the beach and staring up at the stunning houses. If only I hadn’t left my perfect cream turtleneck at home!

We will be back near the water in September as these to tie the knot with the help of Strawberry Milk Events and can’t wait get these two behind the camera again.

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Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Wedding Bride Pajamas © Bonnie Sen Photography
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Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Wedding Getting Ready Matthew Christopher Gown © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bridal Portraits Matthew Christopher Gown © Bonnie Sen Photography
Eastern Shore Wedding Maryland Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bride and Groom Portrait Eastern Shore Wedding Maryland Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay © Bonnie Sen Photography
Blue Vanda Designs Bridal Bouquet Maryland Wedding Photographer ©  Bonnie Sen Photography
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Stylish Bridal Party Pink Bridesmaid Dresses Mix and Match Dresses Washington DC Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
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Pink Bridesmaid Dresses Blush Dress Blue Vanda Designs Washington DC Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Mix and Match Pink Bridesmaid Dresses Blush Dress Blue Vanda Designs Washington DC Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
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Wooden Chuppah Blue Vanda Designs Elizabeth Bailey Weddings Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay © Bonnie Sen Photography
Waterfront Wedding Ceremony Eastern Shore Wedding Hyatt Regency Cambridge © Bonnie Sen Photography
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Eastern Shore Wedding Hyatt Regency Cambridge Frist Dance Photos Black and White Fine Art Photography © Bonnie Sen Photography

An Eastern Shore wedding was an obvious choice for Jackie and Ari’s wedding celebration. Jackie has been visiting Maryland with her family for years so the shore is already full of happy memories. Fast forward past a Bumble swipe and a waterfront proposal in NYC, it was time for Jackie and Ari to pick a wedding venue. The couple knew they wanted a spot where their guests could all be together, relax and enjoy a weekend away. Enter The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Golf, Resort, Spa and Marina.

This gorgeous property gave the couple everything they wanted in a wedding weekend: a quick escape for their friends and family, a waterfront ceremony and a gorgeous ballroom (no rain plan worries here!). After a waterfront ceremony under a modern wooden chuppah the celebration moved indoors for dinner and dancing. Jackie and Ari worked with the amazing Leslie of Elizabeth Bailey Weddings and Jeff of Blue Vanda Designs to bring the outdoors in to the Hyatt’s ballroom.

Jackie envisioned a “California chic vibe” with decor that was “natural, lush, organic, effortless, and feminine.” Leslie and Jeff achieved this look with a mix of different sized tables and centerpieces including a tree centerpiece made of privet and camilla leaf branches growing out of the table, a head table with a runner of greenery, rocks, succulents, moss, and terrariums and place cards with names calligraphed on magnolia leaves.

The celebration was rounded out with a few quintessential Eastern shore wedding details. Nothing says Maryland more than a crab cake entree and Smith Island Cake wedding cake (the state cake of Maryland). Top it all off with a little confetti!

See more of Jackie and Ari’s celebration in Modern Luxury Weddings Washington DC.

Eastern Shore Vendor Team:

Venue: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
Wedding Planner: Leslie McKenzie of Elizabeth Bailey Weddings
Bride’s Gown: Matthew Christopher
Alterations: Zoya’s Atelier
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Becky Watson, Oxygen Salon
Groom’s Tux: MySuit
Groom’s Shoes: Gordon Rush
Rings: Stuart Krell, F. Silverman Jewelry
Florals: Blue Vanda Designs
Cake: Smith Island Cakes by Angie Pendry
Invitations: Ruby The Fox
Calligraphy: Miya of Layers of Loveliness
Reception Tables: Syzygy Event Productions
Rentals: White Glove Rentals, Select Event Rentals and Table Toppers
Lighting: EventPro
Entertainment: SoundConnection from Andy Kushner Entertainment
Videographer: Ryan Geldermann Cinematography

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 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

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