::Kristen Marie Photography::

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 


the morning ames came by - a birth story. 

October 5th, 2013 had been suprisingly warm and completely clear, unexpected for Seattle. I had been wrapping up wedding coverage close to midnight in Columbia City when Kelly had sent me a message letting me know her contractions had started. Knowing there'd still be time (and with her ruthless convincing ;) ), I went back home to unpack and repack, shower and wait to for the go ahead to get back in the car back towards Columbia City. Rhett called shortly after 1:00 AM, informing me Kelly was pushing and you wouldn't believe how quickly I could put my shoes on and get in the car. 

When I'd arrived, Kelly had already passed the first stage of labor and I walked into their home with Kelly ready to deliver. The next few hours changed my life. I'd never witnessed something so empowering, so beautiful and so comfortable at the same time. Ames arrived just after 4 am, whimpering, loved, with every noise and action he gave off met with laughter and joy.  I sat on the nightstand and watched as they got to know a new being. They were bewildered that they could even create something so flawless, untouched and refined. But they were two wondeful people who created a wonderful person. I was present and yet a quiet witness as they let life buzz around the three of them. They were paused in a moment of something they couldn't articulate.  Around 6am, I knew it was time to go and let them have their time alone. I headed back to Seattle but stopped at the only diner open in Belltown. As I sat there looking at my eggs, I couldn't believe how wired I was and what I'd just witnessed. Life. I looked around and wondered if any of the folks at the bar who were still up from the night before would ever understand what I was feeling. I hoped so.

It reignited a long since dwindled flame in my heart for the nursing education that had been put on hold to fulfill a business choice in photography. I so desperately wanted to work within Labor & Delivery. When the waitress brought me my check and asked why I had luggage, I enthusiastically exclaimed "Oh, those are cameras. I just photographed an incredible birth". She paused with an eyebrow raise, my plate of half eaten hashbrowns in her hand and to be kind said "...oh! Well, thanks for coming by this morning". Thanks for coming by this morning, Ames. 



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