by: Lauren

With the inauguration happening yesterday and all of the presidential talk, I thought today would be the perfect time to share this beautiful bridal portrait session that took place on the USS Sequioa! Planned and designed by Bellwether Events and photographed by Kurstin Roe, this bridal session is filled with historical beauty!

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From Janice of Bellwether Events:

When I first met Abigail over lunch at Washington DC’s Southwest Waterfront we spent a few hours discussing her many wedding plans and ideas. One of the things we talked about was that she wanted to a bridal portrait session before the wedding. She asked me if I could think of a unique, historical place to do the shoot. Here in DC, we have a plethora of historical locations. And most of them, except for the most exclusive places, have been photographed time and time again. So as I gazed out over the Washington Channel, I saw the perfect idea: The famous presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia, docked just blocks from where Matt and Abigail live. Commissioned in 1925, it has served every administration since, and hosted the most notable of history’s foreign dignitaries. The Sequoia may be the most important piece of Americana not owned by the government, with a large collection of presidential photographs and original memorabilia. My husband worked on the southwest waterfront for fifteen years, so we had a connection to the Sequoia’s captain, who graciously welcomed us aboard in the early hours of an April morning.  

After some brainstorming, Abigail and I settled on a loose Edwardian theme to blend with the style and decor of the yacht. We each picked up props here and there over the months preceding the shoot, some of which made second appearances on the wedding day. We knew that we wanted to do a completely different hair and make up look for the shoot than was planned for the wedding. We took the same approach with the bouquet, requesting a cascading style, but otherwise letting the floral designer surprise us with her choices. We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny morning on the water, and a stunning yacht at our disposal. Admittedly, the shoot ran long because we kept stopping to look at the historic photos and artifacts on the ship. One just can’t help but feel the nearly 90 years of previous events all around you. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and many photos from the shoot were on display at the wedding. 

I love the idea of doing things a bit differently for the bridal portraits instead of exactly the same as what you have planned for your wedding. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have an amazing location like a presidential yacht!

Brides, are any of you planning on doing bridal portraits? What’s your plan- will you be doing something fun and different like this bride did?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Kurstin Roe / Design & Planning: Bellwether Events / Venue: The USS Sequoia / Bridal Bouquet: Growing Wild / Hair & Makeup: Josephine Love / Garter: The Garter Girl / Parasol: Bella Umbrella
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Lauren

Founder & Editor at Every Last Detail
Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.
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  1. Tamara Nicole

    How fun! Also, those shoes are amazing :)

  2. Loverly

    The lighting, the ombre bouquet, the shoes, and the theme are all the best things about this shoot!

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  4. Kelly

    Oh wow! I love how (photographer probably pulled) the flag to use as a background. Great idea.

  5. {The NotWedding}

    Brilliant bridal session! The creativity is immaculate.

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