To say that I am in love with today’s wedding and the photographer behind it [Sarah Gormley Photography] is an understatement. Just WAIT until I unleash the awesomeness of this lily pond meets Monet inspired wedding shoot on you!

Everything about this shoot is just awesome – the couple, the styling, the location [Washington, DC’s Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens] and the way they executed a theme, perfectly. Sometimes themes can come off overboard, or cheesey, especially when attempting to tie it to real-life wedding things, but Sarah & her list of A+ vendors [listed below] killed it. Ok, enough gabbing from me …. prepare for awesomeness:

Monet Inspired Lily Pond Wedding Shoot at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in DC


Sarah, the photographer, shares:

After hearing about the lily ponds at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a little-known National Park Service site tucked away in a northeast corner of the otherwise bustling city of Washington D.C., I knew I wanted to do a lily-themed styled shoot. However, it was important to me to find some sort of a twist on the traditional wedding theme of lilies, to find something that more closely reflected my own style as a photographer, and most importantly, the style of the couple I was working with.


Floral Designer: Liz Borst
Invitation Designer:  Jenna Ketchmark Design
Equipment Rentals:  Something Vintage
Lily Pad Headpiece:  Scarlett and Maria
Feather Hairpiece: Ice Green Eyes
Dress & Suspenders: Junction Vintage
Bowtie: J.Crew

The inspiration for the shoot:

 Meditating on ways in which lilies have manifested themselves in art in the past, I decided to incorporate Monet into the mix, using a Water Lily print by the famous impressionist painter as color inspiration. This allowed us to focus on darker, earthy greens, purples and browns, and to style the bride in a more alternatively-cut vintage lace dress. Old paint brushes, antique books and a classic Underwood typewriter help to date to the shoot back to the early 1900s, when Monet completed the bulk of his renowned Water Lilies series.

Love and thanks to my dear friends Samantha and Joey, and of course to all the amazing vendors who made this shoot possible.

Click inside for the rest of this beautiful Monet inspired lily pond wedding shoot!

Just amazing – a special thanks to Sarah Gormley Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this beautiful wedding shoot feature possible!



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