A San Fransisco Destination Elopement

When my old friends from the architecture world Cat & Joe told me their plans to have a destination elopement wedding in San Francisco City hall, I don’t think I fully believed them! The day came and went, and it was even prettier than I could have ever imagined!

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How did this all go down, you may be wondering? Well I flew out to San Francisco on a Tuesday night, that cross country flight really kills a whole day! But this way I had the whole rest of Wednesday to scout out City hall and to do their “at home” engagement session (coming soon to this blog). I went to City Hall to see how these weddings worked, and wow what a gorgeous building! Also, so many couples getting married at the rotunda! Funny enough, not too many professional photographers around. Fortunately my couple reserved the Fourth Floor Balcony so we didn’t have to avoid the crowd that was all over.

After they got married the couple and their family went off for drinks, and we met up later at the Cliff House for dinner which was located right next to the beautiful Sutro Baths and Land’s End forest. Right at sunset we walked around the trees and down to the baths for some sunset photos, which are always ALWAYS a big hit!

Intimate Spring Wedding in DC’s Irongate Restaurant

This intimate wedding last spring at the Irongate Restaurant in Northwest Washington, DC was a perfectly planned day. It was featured on Washingtonian and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites on the blog! This was truly a dream of a wedding. I would expect nothing else when working with super talented wedding planners & florists Kruse & Viera. Read on below for how this perfectly pretty day unfolded.

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You can read the Washingtonian article for the story of the couple! They do a much better job of writing than I do! All I know is that if I had to do our wedding all over again I would definitely wear two dresses this time!

The day started out with the bride getting ready at the Kimpton hotel right across the street. Having been married before the bride had the huge wedding with many bridesmaids so this time she opted for a very small bridal party – just her niece as her maid of honor. This little girl was the most perfectly helpful assistant! The bride stepped into her Carolina Herrera dress after getting her hair and makeup done in a salon. The general atmosphere of the bridal suite was very relaxed, with lots of time and space and breathing room. Once the bride was dressed we headed outside to meet the Groom for their first look.

The first look was perfectly scaled for an intimate wedding, I loved the setting of the streets around Dupont Circle. The weather in late April could not have been more perfect and I was thrilled with the lighting of the day. After the first look guests were welcomed with signature drinks into the courtyard. Shortly after that the ceremony was officiated by a fellow colleague, followed directly by dinner and dancing.

The rest of the evening was a garden party with heavy passed hors d’oeuvres and lots of great wine.  We went back across the street to get the bride into her second party dress. The Enaura bridal dress was perfect for their first dance and cake-cutting to end the evening.

The Details

Photographer: Bonnie Sen Photography | Planner & Florist: Kruse and Vieira Events | Venue: Iron Gate | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch | Caterer: Iron Gate | Hair & Makeup: Karma by Erwin Gomez | Bride’s Gown (ceremony): Carolina Herrera | Bride’s Gown (reception:) Enaura Bridal | Vintage Rentals: White Glove Rental Entertainment: Kyle Moore, Mixing Maryland

Spring Family Photos in Chevy Chase

Springtime is a great time to update family photos in DC! Even if the weather is unpredictable all you really need is a room with decent light. I love working with past clients like my brides on keeping their family photos updated. For this session the mom, and interior designer, dressed the girls in perfectly coordinated chambray shirts and black bows. We spend less than hour chasing the girls around and I am so in love with the results!

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I know it can be hard to wrangle the kids, get them dressed in coordinating outfits and to wrestle a bow in their hair – but it’s usually worth it for some heirloom family photography. The whole process here was less than 45 minutes and we got a ton of great imagery and I believe we captured the true and distinct personalities of these two kiddos.

With family and kid photography it really is about preparation. I always suggest doing the shoot when they are in their “best mood” which is usually in the morning. Keeping lots of snacks and bribes around is helpful to get them to follow instructions! But after a few photos of smiling and looking at the camera I prefer to let the family loose to relax, draw, spin and do as they like so that we can get more relaxed photos. This is much more possible in an “at-home” session rather than at a park where they can run much farther, and faster, than any of us!

Editorial Beauty Shoot

A simple beauty editorial shoot with:

Makeup: Real Doll Makeup, Lauren Jaber

Hair: Jewel Hair Design

Models: Kelsey & Sara from THE Model Agency

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After many gloomy and gray months of winter I was desperate to photograph something again soon! So I pulled this  Editorial Beauty shoot together with my friend Lauren, a makeup artist. The concept of the shoot was to showcase natural beauty and clean, modern lines of style. The entire shoot was with natural light, in my garage. Shot on a Contax 645 with Fuji Pro 400h 120 film and developed & scanned by Goodman Lab.

Robin & Jesse at the Ritz Carlton DC Wedding

A wedding in March is pretty rare in DC, we are at the tail end of March right now and it’s a 75 degree day while we had a snowstorm and delay of the Cherry Blossom peak bloom just a week or two ago. But for this couple the day was sunny and clear last spring when Robin & Jesse got married in the Foggy Bottom area of Washington, DC. Their traditional Jewish Wedding with Ketubah signing and everything happened indoors, where it was nice and warm and cozy and we were outside for just the portraits. In DC I love shooting a mix of film and digital photography so that our local clients can get the advantage of both mediums. There was a super talented team behind the making of this wedding, credits at the bottom! Originally seen on United With Love.

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Event Planning: A. Dominick Events  | Photography: Bonnie Sen | Floral Design: Amaryllis | Hair: Artistry by Claudine |Makeup: Claire Ashley Beauty |  Cinematography: Ryan Geldermann Wedding Cinematographer |Calligraphy : Lettering By Lynne  | Venue & Cake: The Ritz Carlton Washington Dc | Rentals: DC Rentals |Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Lighting : Frost Lighting | Invitations: A Fabulous Fete | Welcome Tags: Flourishing Penguin | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier