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.

 

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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.

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Classic Four Seasons Baltimore Wedding

I absolutely love the Four Seasons Baltimore! And I truly loved photographing this wedding. All day as I shot I couldn’t help but think how excited I was to blog it because of how much I loved the venue. Living in DC we don’t get a lot of really dense urban weddings with tall buildings in the background (or really experience tall buildings much at all).  As an architect/photographer I loved being able to incorporate verticality in to the photos. So between the urban location, the gorgeous space at the Four Seasons Baltimore, the beautiful lines throughout the day and a gem of a couple we were set up for a perfect day.

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Falling for the Four Seasons Baltimore

Our couple lives in New York City but the groom grew up in the Baltimore area so they chose to do the wedding back home in Maryland. They selected the Four Seasons Baltimore for their wedding venue because of the wonderful harbor views, the outdoor terrace and the large and comfortable banquet rooms. Not to mention the spa at the hotel is a huge bonus too!

The flowers and decor were all white with touches of green. I love a classic, elegant and timeless wedding with a little edge to it, like the slit in this bride’s dress. The acrylic pedestals at the altar and the mix of square and rectangular tables perfectly captured the mix of modern elements paired with beautifully classic flowers.

The bridal party was intimate, only the bride’s two sisters and her best friend, and the same number on the groom’s side.  I strongly believe that a small wedding party is key to a calm and enjoyable celebration for the bride and groom. And this bride and groom deserved the most wonderful day ever.

I can sincerely say that this bride made me want to be a better person. The whole day she was trying to make sure everyone else was okay, their flowers were pinned, they were comfortable and that all were having a good time. She was truly a selfless and unbelievably caring person that we can all strive to be more like ever day. I was honored to be a part of their day and worked my darnedest to get them the best damn photos ever!

Vendor Team

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, Maryland

Wedding Coordinator: Leslie Mckenzie of Elizabeth Bailey Events

Florist: Blue Vanda Designs

Dress: Pronovias

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

A Beautiful Library of Congress Engagement Shoot

We are only a few weeks away from M & A’s wedding with one of our favorites, Favored by Yodit. Yodit is a Washington DC area wedding planner who specializes in multi-cultural weddings. We were excited to meet up with this gorgeous couple for their engagement shoot at the iconic Library of Congress.

M & A’s engagement shoot was a great exercise in how to “work around the crowds.” I love the Library of Congress, both the exterior and interior spaces, but I always expect huge crowds. If you know anything about my personal passions you know I also can’t get enough of the design of the building. The Library of Congress is built in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture.

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Dressed to Impress

One of my biggest tips for any shoot is that the people dress to match the environment of the location. M & A didn’t disappoint for their engagement shoot! M had her hair and makeup done professionally and the two dressed to the nines to fit into the formal nature of the space. Can we talk about those tassels!?!?

After a few shots inside and outside the Library we hopped across the street to the garden area of the Capitol building for some more casual shots in jeans. I don’t know if my favorite part is her perfect button down or the red lip.

We are so excited for M & A’s wedding at the beginning of September at the Cosmos Club and The Mayflower Hotel! Could there be two more gorgeous spaces for a wedding? If you’ve ever been to an Ethiopian wedding before you know the music, food and dancing are going to be F-U-N! Not to mention if this sneak peek of the couple’s style is any indication we are going to have some gorgeous fashion in our future.

Destination SoHo Engagement Session

Traveling to New York’s SoHo area for an engagement session is always such a highlight of our year. And this year destination engagement shoots seem to more popular than ever.

Hometown vs. Your Town

So often couples get married in one (or both) of their hometowns but not where they currently live. There is something so special about an engagement session in the city that you and your partner have chosen to build your life in together. We are able to capture photos that feel just like the two of you: walking on the streets you walk everyday or grabbing a drink at your favorite local spot.

For this engagement session our couple, Jackie & Ari live in Manhattan but are getting married here on the Eastern Shore. We traveled up on a gorgeous day to capture these two perfectly in their element. Since the bride works in fashion we decided SoHo was the ideal picturesque neighborhood to shoot.

After walking around SoHo for a bit and having some trouble catching a cab we finally made it to the High Line for the second part of our shoot. Pro tip – the High Line is not my favorite location to shoot. The number of tourists makes it really tough and if you’ve been there before you know that the path is quite narrow and linear. This is great for getting some leading lines and good perspectives but terrible for letting people pass through. Soon after arriving there a freak storm passed through! But I’m so very happy with the photos.

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SoHo New York City Engagement Session, Washington DC Fine Art Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen PhotographyDon’t get me wrong I love a good hometown wedding and a monument portrait session but engagement sessions like this day create images that they will cherish forever. Especially if they ever choose to move away from the city! But shhh don’t say that out loud to any New Yorker!

Minimalist & Modern Wedding Inspiration in Charlottesville, Virginia

Anyone who knows me knows that I am all about simplicity in design; whether that be in clothing, interior design, architecture or a wedding. I’m borderline obsessed with how much beauty is found when everything is stripped away leaving just a simple minimalist aesthetic.

Minimalist Inspiration

When we partnered with Linda Ha Events for this styled shoot we drew inspiration from the modern interior design of the venue and minimalistic simplicity of the dress. What resulted was a shoot that was modern and playful while still perfectly effortless. With nothing left to hid behind we were able to capture the true beauty of each element of the day.

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Modern Minimalist Groom Portrait Common House Charlottesville, VA © Bonnie Sen Photography
Modern Minimalist Groom Portrait Common House Charlottesville, VA © Bonnie Sen Photography
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Modern Minimalist Wedding Portrait Common House Charlottesville, VA © Bonnie Sen Photography

All in the Simple Details

Common House, a contemporary social club, set the stage with clean lines mixed with cozy interiors to showcase the young couple’s effortless beauty and style. Colleen West adorned the table with breathtaking florals and simple brass accents. The deckled edge of the Refine Studio‘s paper goods added just enough texture to counter the sleek tablescape and attire. But, I’m not going to lie that my favorite part might just be Melanie’s just messy enough pony.

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Modern Minimalist Wedding Portrait Common House Charlottesville, VA © Bonnie Sen Photography
Modern Minimalist Wedding Portrait Common House Charlottesville, VA © Bonnie Sen Photography

Our goal for this shoot was to remove all of the details that can so often be distracting. We wanted to see the simple beauty of the dress, the space, the flowers, the models. We could not be more happy with the end result! Finally, you can see more of this shoot featured on JoyWed and a huge thanks to our vendor team!

Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography | Creative Direction & Planning: Linda Ha Events | Venue: Common House Charlottesville | Floral: Colleen West | Beauty: Emily Artistry | Paper Goods: Refine Studio | Models: Melanie Collazo-Espinosa & Matthew Yeager | Gown: Sarah Yanks | Bridal Shop: Fabulous Frocks | Sweater: Massimo Dutti | Jewelry: Madewell