::Kristen Marie Photography::

kelsey & david | the big four ice caves 

There are so many photos to be shared and I'm not even sorry. 

I rushed home after Yeah Field Trip to get back in time to photograph Kelsey and David who flew up from California to share a day with me for some pre-wedding photos. I was really grateful for the back to back scheduling because I was offered an incredible opportunity to apply what I had learned over the weekend but all I could mull over was how serendipitous it was that I could join these two in an emotional journey after the talk I gave at Field Trip and only reinstated how important it is to practice what we preach. 

We stopped for Nepalese food and then drove to the Ice Caves where we pranced around for a few hours, then swooped back to Seattle to grab my husband so we could share one last meal. All the while, diving into what's made our relationship work and what hasn't. And it's what we needed and wanted to do. 

After such a wonderful weekend, I'm so grateful for the new relationships and vulnerability that was shared. Thanks to everyone who came up to say hi, who just let me dance by myself or felt safe to share some brave stories.



See you in October, K&D!


A Pacific Northwest Forest Elopement and reception at home | Homestead Seattle 

Aside from an editorial shoot, I wanted to create an elopement that was based around the realistic and achievable aspect of weddings. I wanted friends supporting them in their marriage, offering up labors of love and taking part in the day... a friend will make a cake, another friend will make a meal, , another friend will marry them, another friend will be creating some arrangement that look like they were picked from the backyard that day. I wanted comfort, some good taste and overall, realistic plannings and decisions that are all coming together to hold a couple accountable and in celebration with their marriage. I loved the idea of first coming together in community and enjoying a meal before getting married. Usually wedding ceremonies can feel so out of place for guests because they don't all know each other or are more transfixed on the bar opening. Sharing a meal before getting married is that perfect balance of comfort and getting to know others before coming together in support of the ceremony. Homestead Seattle allowed the perfect set up for getting ready, portraits and a meal with friends before venturing out into the Seattle woods and getting married. I also wanted to see a bridesmaid in a suit!

 It was a lot of hard work and interwoven ideas into one vision that was executed so well by such talented individuals. I was so fortunate to have my first planned out editorial shoot run as smoothly and beautifully as it did. Thank you for all the wonderful help, friends! 


Huge thanks to: 

Getting Ready, Portraits, Dinner Scene: Ryan & Michele Tansey, Homestead Seattle 

Florals: Rachel Bowes, Finch & Thistle 

Decor: Frances Lane San Francisco, ABC Rentals

Paper Goods & Calligraphy: La Happy 

Attire: The Dress Theory (Houghton and Rue de Seine) Suit styling from Ryan Ward

Leather Goods: Westward Leather 

Ties: Gold Coast Goods, Samantha Baker

Hair & Make Up: Shyn Midili 

Cakes: Karen LoNardo for Finn's Bakery 

Models:  Stefanie Konarska, Pat Konarska, Ian Bruce, Eleanor LoNardo, Riley McCormick, Ben Fife

Consultant:  Eleanor Lonardo  

Assistants: Michael Parker, Tyler Ray


Blair + Isaak | Captain Whidbey Inn Wedding

Time is so fleeting. I feel like I blinked and then made it halfway through winter. Blair and Isaak were married last summer at the incomparable Captain Whidbey Inn. 

They were so kind to me and filled this venue with  many loving people. I took one of the first ferries out so I could start the day early and when I arrived, it was raining.  Tents were opened up, tables covered and we kept an eye on our integrated phone apps that would tell us down to the minute when the rain would stop. Sure enough, it did and the sun managed to show its face during the ceremony. 

The Captain Whidbey Inn really has to be one of my favorites that I've photographed. It's like stepping back in time, from the creaking stairs to the sinks in the room. I would love to go back and photograph it again. 

The butcher paper, the transparent tent, the wood details and scaping foliage and florals. So lovely. 

Congratulations, Blair and Isaak. Thank you for allowing me to document such a beautiful day. Megan Keller of Akurant Event put everything together kept the day running smoothly. 








Captain Whidbey Inn

Whidbey Island, WA 

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