Light and Airy Summer Hay-Adams Wedding

It is no secret that I love a Hay-Adams wedding! The venue has so many elements that make this photographer happy: beautiful light, good bones, stunning views and flawless service. Okay, that last one may not be for the photographer in me but it is still an amazing detail.

Katy and Matt’s Hay-Adams wedding was no exception and if anything only fueled my love affair with the space. Katy and Matt worked with A. Dominick Events to plan a light, airy and cheery summer wedding – just like Katy. The day started with getting ready in one the Hay’s gorgeous bridal suites. Katy bridesmaids wore the most adorable pjs before slipping in to their stunning neutral dresses (remember these neutral bridesmaids beauties?). Although Katy’s backless lace gown stole the show!

Modern Wedding Couple Portraits © Bonnie Sen PhotographyHay-Adams Hotel Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGreen and White Classic Wedding Invitations Cheree Berry Paper © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWhite Wedding Boutonnieres Hay-Adams Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGreen and White Botanical Classic Wedding Invitations Cheree Berry Paper © Bonnie Sen PhotographyClassic Wedding Details Jimmy Choo Bride Shoes © Bonnie Sen PhotographyTraditional White and Green Bridal Bouquet Sidra Forman © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBride and Bridesmaid Pajamas Getting Ready Photos The Hay-Adams Weddings © Bonnie Sen PhotographyClassic White Lace Wedding Dress © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBride Getting Ready The Hay-Adams Hotel Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyClassic White and Green Bridal Bouquet Sidra Forman © Bonnie Sen PhotographyCream Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses The Hay-Adams Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyHoly Rosary Church Washington DC Wedding Ceremony © Bonnie Sen PhotographyHoly Rosary Catholic Church DC Wedding Ceremony © Bonnie Sen PhotographyHoly Rosary Church DC Wedding Bride and Groom © Bonnie Sen PhotographyHoly Rosary Church DC Just Married © Bonnie Sen PhotographyOutdoor Bridal Party Photos Walking © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBridal Party Photos in Lafayette Park Washington DC © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGroom Groomsmen Candid Photos © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBride Bridesmaids Neutral Long Dress Illusion Top © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBride with Bridesmaids in White Dresses © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWedding Dress Open Back Peach Bridesmaid Dresses © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWedding Party Portraits Lafayette Park Washington DC © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGroomsmen in Tuxes Photos Lafayette Park Washington DC © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWedding Couple Photos Close Up © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBride and Groom Outdoor Photos © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGroom Kissing Bride Lace Wedding Dress © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBride and Groom Laughing Washington DC Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBride and Groom Laughing Couple Poses DC Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyBride and Groom Laughing Photos in Park Washington DC © Bonnie Sen PhotographyHay-Adams Light and Airy Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyPeach Flower Centerpiece Mercury Glass Votives Sidra Forman © Bonnie Sen PhotographyPeach Ivory White Wedding Sidra Forman © Bonnie Sen PhotographyPeach White Green Centerpiece Wedding Sidra Forman © Bonnie Sen PhotographyClassic Wedding Cake Peach Cake Flowers Buttercream Bakeshop Sidra Forman © Bonnie Sen PhotographyButtercream Bakeshop Classic Wedding Cake The Hay-Adams Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWedding Signature Cocktails Hay-Adams Hotel © Bonnie Sen PhotographyThe Hay-Adams Wedding First Dance © Bonnie Sen PhotographyThe Hay-Adams Wedding First Dance Kiss Black and White Photography © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWashington DC Black and White Film Photographer Hay-Adams Hotel © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWashington DC Black and White Film Photographer Hay-Adams Hotel Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWashington DC Film Photographer Hay-Adams Hotel Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography

After the ceremony at Holy Rosary Catholic Church (another gorgeous space) the bridal crew headed back to Lafayette Park for formal portraits. In addition to being across the street from the Hay-Adams, Lafayette Park is such a great option for wedding photos. The park offers a variety of backdrops from DC focused to beautiful and neutral greens. We elected for mostly greens for Katy and Matt. The greenery complimented the overall aesthetic of this wedding including the pop of green in the Cheree Berry Paper invites.

After photos and a cocktail hour in the dark and moody Hay-Adams room the celebration continued in quintessential Hay-Adams wedding space – The Top of the Hay. Decked out with stunning neutral linens and cream chairs the perfectly peach flowers by Sidra Forman popped. Finished off by a super sweet first dance, thoughtful toasts and, of course, a skyline view shot – this wedding was one for the books.

Hay-Adams Wedding Vendor Team:

Church: Holy Rosary Church Reception Venue: Hay Adams Hotel Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography Event Planner: A. Dominick Events  Floral Design: Sidra Forman Hair and Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty Paper Materials: Cheree Berry Paper   Cake: Buttercream Bake Shop Dancefloor: Fabrications Events

Masculine & Refined Oceanfront Wedding in La Jolla, California

Rob and Franco’s oceanfront wedding in La Jolla, California has everything you could possibly want in a destination wedding. Impeccable design, thoughtful details, meaningful cultural traditions, dapper style and two of the nicest grooms in the world. These two met through mutual friends, survived long distance and a cross-country move to be together before heading back to West coast where it all started to tie the knot.

Rob and Franco opted for an oceanfront celebration that reflected their personal styles. They wanted the wedding to feel like a gathering in their home with all their favorite people. They incorporated masculine-yet-refined elements and textures. And showcased the coastal city they hold dear to their hearts.

Modern Vellum Wedding Invitations © Bonnie Sen PhotographyLa Jolla CA Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyOceanfront Wedding La Jolla CA © Bonnie Sen PhotographyModern Masculine Wedding Invitation © Bonnie Sen PhotographySake Ceremony Set Pottery © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWedding Blankets Outdoor Ceremony © Bonnie Sen PhotographyOrange Wild Ceremony Arrangements © Bonnie Sen PhotographyModern Mixed Ceremony Seating Outdoor Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWooden Bistro Chairs Rod Iron © Bonnie Sen PhotographyHairpin Farm Tables Outdoor Wedding Tables Garland © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWedding Bundt Cake © Bonnie Sen PhotographyModern Green White Gold Wedding Cake Geometric © Bonnie Sen PhotographyModern Linear Green Gold Wedding Cake © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGroom Attire Blue Suit © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGroom Tie Wedding Attire © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGroom Wedding Attire Blue Suit © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGroom Pocket Square Wedding Outfit © Bonnie Sen PhotographyGrooms Wedding Portrait Same Sex Wedding © Bonnie Sn PhotographyCalifornia Wedding Style Modern Portraits © Bonnie Sen PhotographySame Sex Wedding Portraits Grooms Kissing © Bonnie Sen PhotographySame Sex Wedding Portraits Grooms © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWedding Leis Polynesian Wedding Tradition © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWedding Leis Polynesian Wedding Tradition Sunset Photos © Bonnie Sen PhotographyWedding Leis Gay Wedding Sunset Photos © Bonnie Sen PhotographyCalifornia Wedding Portraits Palm Trees © Bonnie Sen PhotographyCalifornia Same Sex Wedding Ceremony © Bonnie Sen PhotographyCalifornia Same Sex Wedding Ceremony Aisle © Bonnie Sen PhotographyTraditional Sake Ceremony © Bonnie Sen PhotographyCalifornia Wedding Ceremony © Bonnie Sen PhotographyCalifornia Gay Wedding Ceremony First Kiss © Bonnie Sen PhotographyCalifornia Same Sex Wedding Ceremony Just Married © Bonnie Sen PhotographyChampagne Saber Ceremony Wedding © Bonnie Sen PhotographyRing Bearers © Bonnie Sen PhotographyDestination Wedding Same Sex First Dance © Bonnie Sen PhotographySiva Samoa Samoan Dance © Bonnie Sen Photography

The modern botanical invitations set the tone for the celebration. Rob and Franco wanted the invites to serve as a nod to the venue’s history and feel like a researcher’s botany book. The letterpressed invitations from Minted are accented with a vellum overlay, green envelopes and vintage stamps from the grooms’ home states.

The countless personal details continued on the wedding day. The two wore lapel pins in place of boutonnieres to represent their sweet pup, Aki. Earlier in the day, Rob and Franco distributed the same pins to 10 of their closest friends to thank them for being a part of their pack. During the ceremony they included a sake ceremony as a nod to Franco’s practice of Nichiren Buddhism. And donned traditional Hawaiian Maile leis to honor Franco’s Polynesian heritage.

I could go on and on about all the perfect detail but you can see more of this gorgeous wedding and all the thoughtful details on Martha Stewart Wedding here. Don’t miss the engagement story, inscription on the saber and story behind Franco’s Polynesian dance.

Oceanfront Wedding Vendor Team:

Location: The Martin Johnson House  | Day-of event coordination: Adore Wedding Design | Catering: Culinary Concepts | Flowers: Layered Vintage | Leis: Puna Kamali’I Flowers | Stationery: Minted | Cake: Hey There Cupcake! | Music: Tim Anderson Rentals: Folklore Rentals | Rob’s suits: Hugo Boss | Accessories, J.Crew (shirts and Franco’s tie); The Tie Bar (Rob’s tie); Hava Lazar (wedding rings); Bruno Magli (shoes)| Lighting: Farm Tables and More | Sake set: Eastern Market Pottery | Donuts: Donut Bar | Guestbook: Undercover

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
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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