Tropical Destination Wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica

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
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Montego Bay Destination Wedding Beach Ceremony Bride Walking Down the Aisle © Bonnie Sen Photography
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Tropical Destination Wedding Steel Drum Band Jamaica © Bonnie Sen Photography
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Tropical Destination Wedding Bamboo Chairs Ratan Chargers Jamaica © Bonnie Sen Photography
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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

An At-Home Engagement Lifestyle Session

It was so fun to be able to hang out with my friends Cat & Joe and their menagerie of animals! I was so delighted that they flew me out to San Francisco to photograph and document their elopement at San Fransisco City Hall! We spent the day before the wedding catching up over mimosas and getting them warmed up and camera ready. Their place was so perfectly styled for this shoot, and I love being able to freeze this part of their lives in time for just a short while. Like most of my portrait sessions and engagement sessions, this shoot was all film. Living on the East Coast has so many benefits but damn that California light gets me every time!

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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 spring blossom family photo shoot in Alexandria, Virginia

There is nothing more fun than then when my friends get married and have babies than getting the opportunity to do their family photo shoot.  The only thing that makes it better is when they are not just friends but former clients with some practice in front of my camera.

J & E got married right around the time I was getting started in photography and I was delighted when they asked me to photograph their big day (which was then featured on the Knot). Back at the time of their wedding they chose to skip an engagement session and bank it for a family photo shoot down the line… what can I say, they are planners!

Fast Forward to a Family Photo Shoot

Now that J & E are an adorable family of three and it was time for them to cash in that shoot. I knew E was going to style everything perfectly but she blew me out of the water with their outfits for the day. I was so excited to see her crotched summer dress and little man’s shorts with suspenders (how can you go wrong with a baby in suspenders?).

Lucky for us the crabapple trees were going nuts around that time so we had plenty of spring blossoms to work with for the shoot. As Washington DC photographers you know we can never get enough of shooting the blossom (cherry or otherwise).

We did the shoot around their home of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. I just love shooting around a family’s neighborhood. It is so special to be able to capture that exact moment in their lives.

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Getting the Most out of your Portrait Session

Getting the most out of your portrait session is often a question I get asked, and I’m glad! I want everyone to have a wonderful experience with the portrait session. Additionally I also want everyone to absolutely love their photos! From my experience if you’re having a good time it shows in the photos. We don’t want any “deer-in-headlights” looks or “annoyed-this-is-taking-so-long” faces so I try to do everything possible to keep the shoot efficient.

So here are my biggest tips on getting the best possible results!

1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare.

Are you unsure about where to start? What location to pick, what date, what to wear? Not to worry! With any portrait session I include a complimentary phone consultation to get the wheels turning. It’s much easier to talk through multiple locations and dates than to do a back and forth on email. If you’d like a casual, laid back session, then doing a portrait at the monuments probably isn’t going to work. If you want to dress up and do something epic, then we can make that happen too! In one phone call we can knock out all your questions and narrow down some options. These quick 15-30 min phone calls have always helped getting the most out of a session.

 

2. Dress for the Location

Once you pick the mood and the vibe of the shoot that can be a great starting point for clothing & wardrobe. An at-home session would be perfect for casual clothes that coordinate with your home decor. If you place is bold and dramatic, dress that way! If it’s soft and full of neutral tones, like this at-home session, lean into that. For the outdoor shoot you should fit the season. Spring calls for bright, light, cheery colors. Fall would be great for flannels, cozy sweater, scarves and boots like this engagement session. But always dress up more than you normally would. It’s a photoshoot! While we do want to capture your authentic spirit, we also want to portray you in your best light.

 

3. Pets, Props and Themes

Oh how much I love all of these things! If you’re nervous about your photos being too stiff because there’s no action then it’s always great to add an activity! I absolutely loved this Christmas tree cutting engagement session or this foodie culinary engagement shoot. It’s so much fun to grab a bottle of champagne and have a picnic and get a little tipsy before the photos. For kid-centric photos it can be great to bring along bubbles, or their favorite scooters and toys. Pets are always great to document as part of the family, but I suggest only having them around for a portion of the shoot.

 

4. After all that, relax and get into it!

Most of the effort comes from planning and preparing for the shoot. Once you’re there, let me take over! No matter the weather or the crankiness of family members we can make the shoot a success! If you’ve followed the instructions above and have prepared then the shoot will be a breeze. Relax and make sure that you’re having a good time with your loved ones. I’ll be there to capture every bit of it!