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

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

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

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

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