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.

Bride and Groom Portrait Classic Ritz Carlton

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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

Michelle and Derek are two architects in Seattle who love to cook! For their engagement shoot they rented The Pantry in Seattle.  Then we all followed the shoot with a cooking lesson and finally private dinner as their engagement party.

Engagement sessions have the opportunity to be as creative and personal as possible, and therefore I try to incorporate as many personal details as possible! Michelle & Derek are two of my destination wedding clients. And as a result of my family living in Seattle we were able to work out an engagement session in the Spring to complement their late summer Oregon Coast wedding.

The engagement shoot consisted of making an apple pie, something they often do considering Derek is from eastern Washington State which is known for it’s apples. During the shoot the two of them dreamed about opening a restaurant as their next career.

As seen on Cottage Hill the rest of the credits are at the bottom!

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CREDITS

Bride & Planner, Michelle Hamilton Makeup by Clarins of Nordstroms, Seattle Apron was sewn by mother Nora Hamilton, pattern design is from Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida, fabric from Drygoods Design Bride’s striped shirt is from Lika Love Groom’s Shirt is from Butch Blum

Fall in Capitol Hill, DC Engagement Session

We love this beautiful fall day and started in the couple’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Granted, mostly so we could grab some photos with the puppy! The fall colors and  light is amazing and the sun is peeking out just a tiny bit this day. I am so excited for this couple’s wedding at the super modern, long-awaited,  Line Hotel this Fall.

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Engagement session suggestions

For your engagement session consider making it personal and memorable by planning an activity or capturing your lives as they are right now. This could mean an at home session, or a jaunt around your neighborhood or favorite areas. It gives you something to do and it always ends up with the absolute best, most authentic, relaxed and natural engagement photos. Just to get the ideas flowing you could go wine tasting, coffee cupping, have a picnic in the park, etc. Most of all think romantic and engagement-ey, so you’ll still get polished, professional photos.

Some more of our favorite creative and out of the box engagement sessions are Joe and Cat’s At home Session, this Christmas Tree Cutting session or this At-home Cooking session in Seattle!

Ok, I’m ending this year on a positive note with this adorable engagement session. Sally & John go to Butler’s Orchard  in Germantown, Maryland every year to cut down their own Christmas tree. So for their engagement session of COURSE we had to do the same thing! However, when we got there in early December we were told that all the trees were out! Must be a popular idea! Well we all asked really nicely and they let us up there to get a small tree… and it was just perfect!

If you haven’t been to Butler’s Orchard in Maryland, I highly recommend it! I think it’s our little town’s claim to fame. And it’s amazing during Christmas!

Can’t wait for their wedding next fall at Woodend in Bethesda! Sally works at the so very popular Salt & Sundry and Little Leaf shop, and John is a very talented artist and architect, so yea basically we are all going to get along very well 🙂

 

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What do we all need in our lives as we are heading into the dead of winter? A tropical destination wedding, of course! You know that we love all destinations weddings and travel around here (remember this Oregon beauty?). However, this time of year as the sun sets early and we are freezing our behinds off there is something so wonderful about looking back on a gorgeous tropical destination wedding.

Couple Portraits Tropical Destination Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Beach Destination Wedding Bride Shoe © Bonnie Sen PhotographyHyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Destination Wedding Venue © Bonnie Sen Photography
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Montego Bay Jamaica Destination Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Groom Attire Jamaica Destination Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography
Groom Blue Suit © Bonnie Sen Photography
Destination Wedding Tropical Bridal Bouquet © Bonnie Sen Photography
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Destination Wedding First Look © Bonnie Sen Photography

Beach Destination Wedding Couple First Look © Bonnie Sen PhotographyTropical Destination Wedding Couple Photos in Palm Tree © Bonnie Sen PhotographyTropical Destination Wedding Bouquets © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Bride and Bridesmaid Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Bridal Party Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Groom and Groomsmen Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Wedding Party Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Destination Wedding Groomsmen Photos © Bonnie Sen Photography
Destination Wedding Couple Portraits Beach © Bonnie Sen Photography
Montego Bay Destination Wedding Beach Ceremony Bride Walking Down the Aisle © Bonnie Sen Photography
Montego Bay Destination Wedding Beach Ceremony © Bonnie Sen Photography
Montego Bay Destination Wedding Ceremony © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Steel Drum Band Jamaica © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Steel Drums Jamaica © Bonnie Sen Photography
Tropical Destination Wedding Bamboo Chairs Ratan Chargers Jamaica © Bonnie Sen Photography
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Tropical Destination Wedding Place Setting Jamaica © Bonnie Sen PhotographyTropical Destination Wedding Montego Bay © Bonnie Sen Photography

Bride and Groom Black and White Wedding Photography Couple Kissing © Bonnie Sen Photography
Champagne Toast Wedding Black and White Photography © Bonnie Sen Photography

Kelly and Blake got married at the gorgeous Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall. They booked the venue site unseen – a risk that totally paid off! Kelly’s family is from Jamaica so they knew guests would have to travel one way or another so why not head to the islands! The two said their I dos on the beach in a ceremony officiated by Kelly’s uncle and recited the very same vows her uncle and aunt had said years earlier. The cocktail hour featured a steel band followed by dinner on the sand.

Kelly wore a Sarah Janks wedding gown and sparkly  Jimmy Choo sandals. Her tropical bouquet was the perfect compliment to her sleek gown adding that hit of the islands to her look. One of the most special times of the day had to be the couple portraits. Kelly and Blake have known each other since high school! And been together for 8 years! This day was a long time coming and I was honored to capture the celebration.

See more of this gorgeous beach wedding on Brides here.

Vendor Team:

Venue: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall || Travel Coordinator: A Beautiful Day Wedding Planning || Bride’s Dress: Sarah Janks|| Bride’s Veil: DiDomenico Design || Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Zen Spa at Hyatt Ziva Montego Bay || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo for Dessy || Groom’s Attire: Enzo Custom Clothiers || Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Dominion Jewelers || Ring Box: The Mrs. Box || Floral Design: Tai Flora Services || Paper Products: Ribbons & InkBliss Paper Boutique || Catering & Cake: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall || Reception Music: Elite Media Concepts || Rentals: Tai Flora Services || Videography: Paperboys