For this outdoor elopement styled shoot with Julie from Vieira Events, we pulled inspiration from Douro Valley in Portugal. Uniquely olive green, burnt sienna, and soft browns created the color palette. And we pulled pattern inspiration from the Portuguese Azulejos tiles. Additionally, the day included a romantic micro-wedding sized ceremony and intimate outdoor dinner. Proof that stunning weddings come in all sizes.

Meridian House Elopement Ceremony Washington DC © Bonnie Sen Photography
Meridian House Elopement Ceremony Washington DC © Bonnie Sen Photography
Meridian House Elopement Ceremony Washington DC © Bonnie Sen Photography
Groom Wedding Details Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Groom Getting Ready Photos Black and White Fine Art Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Portuguese Inspired Wedding Welcome Basket Vieira Events © Bonnie Sen Photography
Portuguese Inspired Wedding Welcome Basket © Bonnie Sen Photography
Romantic Bridal Details and Pink Suede Shoes Denver Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bride Getting Ready Photos Fine Art Film Photographer Denver © Bonnie Sen Photography
Wedding Ceremony in the Linden Grove Meridian House © Bonnie Sen Photography
Wedding Ceremony in the Linden Grove Meridian House Neutral Altar Arrangements © Bonnie Sen Photography
Sophie Felts Floral Design Wedding Detail Photography © Bonnie Sen Photography
Outdoor Elopement Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bride and Groom Portraits Portuguese Inspired Styled Shoot Outdoor Elopement © Bonnie Sen Photography
Alexandra Grecco Wedding Dress Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Alexandra Grecco Wedding Dress with Sleeves Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Meridian House Outdoor Elopement © Bonnie Sen Photography
Portuguese Inspired Ceremony Program by Emily Baird Design © Bonnie Sen Photography
Portuguese Inspired Wedding Escort Card Display Olive Branches in Baskets © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tassel Escort Cards Modern Wedding Details Vieira Events © Bonnie Sen Photography
Sophie Felts Classic Bridal Bouquet © Bonnie Sen Photography
Kobi by Lovers Society Lace Wedding Dress © Bonnie Sen Photography
Modern Lace Wedding Dress with Long Braid Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Modern Styled Shoot by Vieira Events © Bonnie Sen Photography
Outdoor Elopement Wedding Photos Lace Wedding Dress © Bonnie Sen Photography
Portuguese Inspired Wedding Details Olive Branch © Bonnie Sen Photography
Dapper Groom Wedding Details Fine Art Film Destination Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Alexandra Grecco Wedding Dress with Sleeves © Bonnie Sen Photography
Groom Portraits by Destination Wedding Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Washington DC Elopement Vieira Events © Bonnie Sen Photography
Kobi by Lovers Society Lace Wedding Dress and Modern Long Braid © Bonnie Sen Photography
Meridian House Wedding with Portuguese Details © Bonnie Sen Photography
Outdoor Elopement Dinner Meridian House Linen Grove © Bonnie Sen Photography
Outdoor Elopement Dinner Single Dinner Table Meridian House Linen Grove © Bonnie Sen Photography
Portuguese Inspired Wedding Design Outdoor Elopement Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Modern by Natural Wedding Dinner Table La Tavola Linen White Glove Rental © Bonnie Sen Photography
Black Taper Candles Long Dinner Table Yellow Patterned La Tavola Linen © Bonnie Sen Photography
Rustic Wedding Floral Arrangement Sophie Felts Floral Design © Bonnie Sen Photography
Outdoor Elopement in Meridian House Linden Grove © Bonnie Sen Photography
Small Washington DC Outdoor Elopement at Meridian House © Bonnie Sen Photography
Earth Tone Wedding Details Sophie Felts Floral Design and White Glove Rental © Bonnie Sen Photography
Portuguese Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot Vieira Events © Bonnie Sen Photography
Modern but Rustic Wedding Outdoor Elopement Inspiration © Bonnie Sen Photography

Most importantly this shoot was day two of our workshop for wedding photographers. See day one here. And the Meridian House was the perfect host. Julie and I selected the Meridian House for the juxtaposition. Placing such a formal and classic setting alongside natural elements. Correspondingly a theme that we worked in throughout the shoot.

Of course we got the idea for a Portuguese wedding from venue. The architecture of the Meridian house was perfect. Perfect for a destination wedding. Not to mention that it’s one of our favorite locations in Washington, D.C. Julie’s husband’s family is from Portugal so she was very familiar with many details.

Modern and Rustic Wedding Place Setting Gold Flatware © Bonnie Sen Photography
Buttercream Bakeshop Hand Painted Wedding Cake © Bonnie Sen Photography
Small Outdoor Elopement Dinner at Meridian House Washington DC © Bonnie Sen Photography
Rustic European Inspired Wedding Details Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Earth Tone Wedding Details Vieira Events © Bonnie Sen Photography

Outdoor Elopement Design Inspiration

Ultimately this workshop shoot lets us live out our wildest destination wedding dreams. We used this opportunity to visualize a lot of the imagery we want to create. Whether it’s here or in Portugal. Now or in the future. Together with the venue, many of the details helped transform us to Portugal for a destination wedding. Intrinsically, the use of pattern was the element that pulled the design together.

Moreover, the patterned La Tavola linen on a single dinner table mimicked the Azulejos tiles. And was layered with natural but modern pieces from White Glove Rentals. Also a hand-painted Buttercream Bakeshop cake and stationery details from Emily Baird Design rounded out the shoot.

Ultimately all the elements tied together with warm earth tones. Coupled with stunning textural elements. Overall this Portuguese shoot created the ultimate outdoor wedding and elopement inspiration. Not to mention the workshop attendees were thrilled. Firstly with the photos they got. Secondly only did we get to create beautiful imagery, but we also got to go to Portugal!

In conclusion, see more of this Portuguese inspired shoot on Style Me Pretty.

Outdoor Elopement Styled Shoot Vendors:

Designer & Planner: Vieira Events
Stylist and Workshop Coordinator: Naomi Pak
Florist: Sophie Felts Floral Design
Paper Goods: Emily Baird Design
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Cake and Cookies: Buttercream Bakeshop
Venue: Meridian House
Models: The Artist Agency
Bridal Shop: Lovely Bride
Dress with Sleeves & Cape: Alexandra Grecco
Lace Dress: Kobi by Lovers Society
Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Ana B
Film Lab Sponsor: Goodman Film Lab

There was good motivation for this colorful wedding photography workshop. Looking to shake things up from the pastel and neutral weddings we see so often in Colorado and beyond, we decided to go big and bold for this styled shoot. This colorful wedding inspired shoot was day one of our first-ever workshop for wedding photographers. It was our first real workshop and it was fun.

Firstly, we love teaching and interacting with other wedding photographers. Whether they are from Colorado or across the country. Secondly, Getting to create stunning shoots (like this one) for the workshops is a wonderful added bonus. Ultimately this was a blast and can’t wait for more workshops soon.

Colorful Wedding Invitations by Emily Baird Design © Bonnie Sen Photography
Earth Tone Bridal Bouquet by Sophie Felts © Bonnie Sen Photography
Colorful Earth Toned Wedding Inspiration Vieira Events © Bonnie Sen Photography
Dried Floral Installation with Orange Flowers by Sophie Felts © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bright Yellow Rehearsal Dinner Dress and Earth Tone Bridal Bouquet © Bonnie Sen Photography
Unique Bright Yellow Dress and Brown Suit Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Unique Colorful Wedding Dress in Bright Yellow Colorful Wedding Inspiration © Bonnie Sen Photography
Wispy Earth Tone and Spice Inspired Wedding Floral Installation by Sophie Felts © Bonnie Sen Photography
Burnt Orange Suit Fashion Forward Groom © Bonnie Sen Photography
Natural Bridal Hair Sleek Cat Eye Makeup Makeup by Ana B © Bonnie Sen Photography
Off the Shoulder Black and Brown Dress Rehearsal Dinner Outfit Ideas © Bonnie Sen Photography
Neutral and Earth Tone Inspired Wedding Fashion Fine Art Film Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
High Fashion Wedding Styled Shoot Burnt Orange Suit and Creamy White Turtleneck © Bonnie Sen Photography
Colorful Wedding Inspiration Orange Specialty Cocktails © Bonnie Sen Photography
Spice Color Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Orange Brown and Earth Tone Wedding Inspiration Vieira Events Style Shoot © Bonnie Sen Photography
High Fashion Bridal Gown with Deep V Neck and Spaghetti Straps © Bonnie Sen Photography
Spice and Autumn Colors Wedding Inspiration Fine Art Film Destination Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography.jpg
Modern Wedding table design
Colorful Rehearsal Dinner Table La Tavola Red and Yellow Linen Vieira Events Orange Taper Candles © Bonnie Sen Photography

Linen Inspiration

Ultimately, by taking inspiration from the bold colors of La Tavola‘s new linen patterns we created a rehearsal dinner theme for the shoot. Using this as a starting point everyone on the amazing vendor team was able to run wild with their inspiration. And add their own interpretation of bold and colorful to the design. As a result the components worked out and blended together quite well.

Colorful and Playful Wedding Inspiration Vieira Events Denver Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Contemporary Wedding Inspiration Spice Colored Dinner Table Design Vieira Events Sophie Felts Floral Design © Bonnie Sen Photography
Earth Tone Wedding Inspiration with Pops of Orange and Red Contemporary Wedding Design © Bonnie Sen Photography
Orange and Red Wedding Inspiration with Black Details Modern Table Numbers by Emily Baird Design © Bonnie Sen Photography
Fun Linens on table La Tavola

The wedding designer, Julie of Vieira Events described the overall aesthetic of the shoot best: “For this styled shoot, we sought to create a sophisticated, colorful, and playful ambiance. Something that one would want for a rehearsal dinner or engagement party. Reflective of two families and potentially cultures coming together to break bread.”

Ultimately the most important to this design concept was trying something new. Using pattern and color in a fresh way. This is more possible to do at wedding events like the rehearsal dinner. Linens go a long way for major design impact. Similarly, minimalist and modern flowers complete the look because they have such a large impact.

See more of this colorful wedding styled shoot featured on Ruffled. In conclusion, publication on a blog is the cherry on top.

Colorful Wedding Styled Shoot Vendors:

Designer & Planner: Vieira Events
Stylist and Workshop Coordinator: Naomi Pak
Florist: Sophie Felts Floral Design
Paper Goods: Emily Baird Design
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Venue: Fostr Collaborative
Models: The Artist Agency
Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Ana B
Staffing: Precision Event Consulting and Staffing
Film Lab Sponsor: Goodman Film Lab

Family Photo Shoot in New York: Did you all know I went to high school in New York? Upstate New York that is, but I’ve been going to New York City for as long as I can remember. On one of those many trips to the city, one of my sister’s mommy friends requested a family photoshoot to document their time in the city, as they were about to move to Europe.

We started the shoot on the rooftop of their Midtown apartment building, which had amazing views of the city skyline. With a rambunctious toddler and amazing spring weather, Central Park was an easy choice for the second location. Although little Ved was skeptical of me and my giant camera, with a few snuggles we were able to catch some smiles and tender moments between these three.

New York City Skyline Fine Art Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Family Photo Shoot Colorado Portrait Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Central Park Family Photo shoot Fine Art Film Portrait Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Small boy with parents - Candid Outdoor Family Photos Colorado Family Photographer ©Bonnie Sen Photography
Candid Father and Son Moment During. Family Photos Denver Portrait Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Mother Son Moments During Family Photos Colorado Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Black and White Family Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Family Photo Shoot New. York City Colorado Portrait Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography

Scheduling Family Photo Shoot

Most of the time during the shoot the family thinks that none of the photos turned out. When actually we get a ton of great shots every time. It’s our job to make sure we do. And it’s easy to see how. The kids are so darn cute! Trust me, photographing kids is not nearly as bad as it seems.

Although a family photo shoot can be tricky to schedule, documenting milestones like this are such an investment in the future. With family photo shoots I suggest keeping them short and sweet, with few wardrobe and location changes. Keep them fun and low pressure and I can guarantee that we will get some amazing shots.

Ultimately I’ve seen these photos cherished for many years afterwards. These photos are often used to decorate the halls of homes. How special for a family to make memories with the background of more memories. I can guarantee that no one has regretted having a family photo shoot.

As a Colorado wedding photographer, I love a good outdoor wedding in the woods and unique, creative details. Sally and John’s ’70s inspired wedding at Woodend Sanctuary took creativity to a whole new level. As the wedding approached, I knew with Sally and John at the helm the day was going to be amazing (who could forget their adorable Christmas tree farm engagement shoot) but the couple far surpassed my expectations. It was a bonus that this wedding was published in Washingtonian Weddings!

Colorful Retro 70s Inspired Wedding Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bright Green Mrs Box for 70s Inspired Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Blue Thistle Boutonniere and Bright Green Mrs Box for 70s Inspired Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Boho Bride Getting Ready Photos Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Boho Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready Destination Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bright Colorful Bridal Bouquet with Daisys Amsale Wedding Dress Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bridal Portraits Boho Bride with Hair Down Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Groom Getting Ready Photos Colorado Wedding Photography © Bonnie Sen Photography
Colorful Retro 70s Inspired Wedding Bride and Groom Portraits Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bride and Groom Photos Washington DC Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Sitting Bride and Groom Photos Washington DC Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bright and Colorful Bridal Bouquet Amsale Wedding Dress Indochino Suit © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bright and Colorful Wedding Bouquet Amsale Wedding Dress Indochino Suit © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bridal Hair Flowers Bright and Colorful Wedding Bouquet Amsale Wedding Dress Indochino Suit © Bonnie Sen Photography
Boho Wedding Family Portraits Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Retro Boho 70s Inspired Wedding Ceremony Backdrop © Bonnie Sen Photography
Retro Boho 70s Inspired Wedding Ceremony Macrame Backdrop © Bonnie Sen Photography
Boho Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bride Walking Down the Aisle Vintage Rug Ceremony Aisle Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Woodend Sanctuary Wedding Ceremony Ceremony in the Woods Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Woodend Sanctuary Wedding Ceremony Ceremony in the Forest Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Boho 70s Inspired Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Colorful Tassel Escort Card Display Unique Wedding Details © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bright and Colorful Tassel Escort Card Display Unique Wedding Details © Bonnie Sen Photography
Woodend Sanctuary Wedding Black and White Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bride and Groom Dancing Photos Black and White Wedding Photographer Colorado © Bonnie Sen Photography

The tone for the wedding was set by stunning and oh so groovy invitations, designed by the groom. On the wedding day, good vibes, the ’70s theme and thoughtful details were incorporated throughout. The couple skipped a traditional bridal party and found other ways to involve their loved ones in the celebration. Family members walked the couple down the aisle and performed readings, the groom’s college roommate officiated the ceremony and friends performed a Fleetwood Mac song for Sally’s entrance.

In addition to the personal touches, the decor and handmade elements set this wedding apart. From the ceremony’s floral macramé backdrop, which Sally helped the florist hand-tie, to the tassel escort card display, every detail was spot on. The couple truly wanted the evening to feel like casual and homemade so they served a family-style Italian menu complimented by a Negroni Sbagliato cocktail. Finally, the night ended with red-velvet cake, cider doughnuts, and gelato push pops.

I know, as a Colorado wedding photographer, I have many days of shooting weddings surrounded by nature ahead of me but this retro celebration will always hold a special place in my heart.

See more of Sally and John’s ’70s inspired wedding on Washingtonian Weddings.

’70s Inspired Wedding Vendor Team:

Venue: Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

Event Coordinator: Kristin Andrews

Florist: Saivita Floral Design with Holley Simmons

Invitations: Designed by the groom

Caterer & Cake: Corcoran Caterers

Hair Stylist: Shannon Sheridan

Bride’s Attire: Amsale

Groom’s Attire: Indochino

Music: DJ Van Petty of MyDeeJay

Transportation: K & V Limousine Service

Videographer: By Marg and Msi

String Lights & Lanterns: Elegance & Simplicity

Oysters: Rappahannock Oyster Co.

Treats: Garden District (doughnuts); Dolcezza (push pops)

Getting-Ready Hotel: Mason & Rook

I’ve realized that I don’t often post my family and newborn photography as much as the other types. Which just isn’t right because I love these types of baby, maternity and family photo sessions! I’m hoping to shoot much more in the near future. Especially since we will have a great little natural light photo studio in the back of our new home – a true dream for a Colorado portrait photographer.

Newborn Photos Colorado Portrait Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
At Home Newborn Photos Natural Light Film Photographer Denver © Bonnie Sen Photography
Family Photos with Newborn Black and White Photography Denver Colorado © Bonnie Sen Photography
Mom and Daughter in White Newborn Photos Colorado Portrait Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
At Home Family Portraits Fine Art Film Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Newborn Baby Girl Photos in Bow Colorado Portrait Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
All White Newborn Photos Film Family Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
At Home Family Portraits Denver Family Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Black and White Family Photos Newborn Colorado Family Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography

This newborn session is especially dear to me in so many ways. This session is the reason why the beautiful mom, Naomi, and I initially connected, and we have since become good friends. I can’t imagine the last few years without knowing her. Of all the people in DC, she is high on my list of people I am missing since we moved. I hope she reads this and know how much she means to me 🙂

As a film photographer I love natural light and as a Colorado portrait photographer I love shooting outdoors. Charlotte’s newborn photos, however, are proof that those two things are not mutually exclusive. We captured sweet little Charlotte in her parent’s bedroom with the most beautiful natural light steaming in. The family’s neutral outfits perfectly complimented each other and we have to Charlotte’s super sweet bow.