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Boho Chic Shoot at Fort Steilacoom Park

When three photographers like Kerry JeanneJenny Ostenson and Rebecca Anne  join forces to create a shoot, good things are bound to happen. And with Il Bel FioreWanna Cupcake? and Allie Way Design are on board to contribute to all the pretty – pretty is just a guarantee. This entire gallery is just one beautiful boho moment after another, and it’s all waiting for you here.

From Kerry…We three photographers met for the first time at Anthem Tea & Coffee in downtown Tacoma to talk about our vision after connecting through a photographer’s group on Facebook. Rebecca mentioned that it was her dream to style a Bohemian shoot. That immediately piqued my interest. My family has a long history of being wanderers and even my mother’s name means, ‘Bohemian One’. It felt only natural to make this the theme and inspiration for our shoot.

Each detail of our shoot is saturated in the Bohemian lifestyle. From the heirloom quilt, the drape-y lace, vibrant flowers to the wingback chair. Every piece has a bit of the story. We chose Fort Steilacoom Park specifically for our shoot. The trees, long grass and beautiful wild flowers provided the perfect backdrop scenery. The park is a huge area and diverse in its foliage, so we decided to use several areas of the park to set each of our scenes. I think that out of all our ideas, this was the best. It allowed us to have three completely different swoon-worthy moods, but kept the storyline consistent with our vision.

The decision to work with Wanna Cupcake? to create our dessert was a no-brainer. I had worked with Karie and Jim on a personal project months ago and since then we’ve had a great relationship. Karie knew exactly how to make our vision for the cakes come to life. The end product was gorgeous and added the perfect touch to our table scene.”

From Allie…I loved modeling for this shoot! I got to have my hair and makeup done, and play dress up and wear a floor length lace gown, and my main man looked so handsome in his suit. It felt like our wedding day all over again. It was dreamy, romantic, and so very fun. Working with three photographers sounds challenging but was actually very easy, and everything went seamlessly. They all seemed to have a similar vision and overall idea for the day, and they worked together very well. I loved creating custom calligraphy pieces for the shoot. I’ve always appreciated art and design, and recently have gotten more into hand-lettering and calligraphy. I run a small Etsy business, Allie Way Design, and it has surprised me with a variety of business opportunities and new connections. I truly enjoy the process of custom hand-lettering, and am excited to see how my business continues to grow and develop.

From Rebecca…I loved collaborating with two other photographers. We were all on the same page with what we wanted and how we wanted to do the shoot. It made things so easy! I brought up my dream of doing a Bohemian themed shoot and that was it, that was our shoot. We each brought pieces from our own homes to help create this shoot, along with pulling in pieces from some amazing vendors. Jenny brought our elegant yellow crystal plates, candles, books and details. Jenny and I brought in all the lace and fabric for the lace tent. Kerry had gorgeous furniture pieces. And Jenny’s grandmother had the most beautiful quilts. Oh yeah, and I gold tipped our succulents in the back of Jenny’s car before our shoot in the pouring rain.

Allie contacted me through our model search on Instagram and as soon as I saw her inquiry I knew her and her husband were the perfect match for our shoot. I knew Allie through college and I had admired her calligraphy for quite some time so it was not even an option not to use her talents! Plus she is the sweetest person ever!

Gina from Il Bel Fiore is a florist I have worked with in the past and does first class work! I felt so comfortable just telling her our theme and color scheme and letting her create…and she did! I could have looked at her flower arrangements all day long.

From Jenny…Deanna Wahl with Lounge 9 Salon, and Korrine Claxton of Korrine’s Facial & Waxing Studio have been long time professionals, and personal friends of mine. I have worked with both of them on several projects, and I knew they would each bring something unique to this stylized shoot. Deanna was a wonderful addition to our team because of her knowledge of the industry and the ability to take an idea and go with it. Korrine has experience working on stylized shoots and is able to see the vision through the photographer’s eyes.

The apple core quilt top used in the table scene was made some time in the mid 1900′s. It was hand pieced and hand stitched together. The fabrics range from the late 1800 to around 1940. The quilter is unknown. Cheryl Collins, Jenny’s mother-in-law finished the quilt by adding batting and a backing then machine quilting in 2014.

The “Joseph Coat” quilt top used in the sunset scene was made by an elderly women who made quilt top to supplement her retirement income. Just strips of fabric hand sewn together. Probably made around 1950 or 60. Cheryl finished the quilt by adding batting and a backing and machine quilting in 2012. Cheryl has won several awards for her quilting work over the years.

Photography: Kerry Jeanne Photography | Photography: Jenny Ostenson Photography | Photography: Rebecca Anne Photography | Floral Design: Il Bel Fiore | Hair Stylist: Lounge 9 Salon | Calligraphy: Allie Way Design | Cake Bakery : Wanna Cupcake? | Chalk Signage: Chalk Artistry & Design | Make Up Artist: Korrine's Facial & Waxing Studio

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Vintage Bridal Inspiration

Truth be told, it really doesn’t get much prettier than Bainbridge Island.  But add in a world of gorgeous vintage-inspired details + a gallery of light-filled images from Kelly Marie Photography and you’re looking at an entirely new definition of stunning.  Think a breathtaking forest setting meets perfectly imperfect florals meets a whole lot of yummy treats.  See every last beautiful moment in the full gallery.

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Summer
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Forest
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From Kelly Marie Photography… Although I am based out of Lodi, California, I spent many years of my life in the Pacific Northwest. The environment and people of Bainbridge Island, Washington are what shaped me into the person I am today. It is this town where I realized I wanted photography to be more than a hobby. Because of this, I wanted to take what inspires me about the PNW and share it with others.

Yes, Washington has a reputation for rain. However, I chose to design my shoot based off the golden light that shines through the forest. I loved the feel of mixing golds with the earthy greens and browns. Practically all the props used are vintage, from the candlesticks to the gold glass buttons adorning the moss. Moss and ferns are a part of everyday life on Bainbridge, so I embraced these plants. It is these ferns along with the wild foxgloves that make up the bouquet (plus baby’s breath because who doesn’t love baby’s breath!). The brownie cakes were made with vintage molds and drizzled with a powdered sugar icing. The candles are a lovely DIY element; the candles were bought at the dollar store, and then I painted on gold sparkles to fade to the top. I love how the sparkles captured the light! I also chose to hint towards the weather of Washington with the lyric “Like the rain, I have fallen for you.” These words were painted on leaves with gold paint.

I hope you enjoy these photos and are inspired by them. I had a wonderful model, Samantha, and the beautiful natural setting of Bainbridge Island.

Photography & Design: Kelly Marie Photography

Romantic Seattle Wedding at The Foundry

Ladies and gents, meet the epitome of mountain chic.  A laid-back meets totally elegant Seattle affair that is one part rustic, one part industrial and all parts pretty.  It’s the kind of effortlessly cool soiree that combines fab paper goods from Paper Delights, lush florals from Flora Nova and an entire world of amazing moments captured by Gabriel Van Wyhe.  See them all right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Our wedding day has come and gone and my new husband, Stuart, and I have officially returned to our normal routine. BUT, that doesn’t mean I can’t still spend a few hours of my day swooning over our gorgeous wedding photos, right?!

Deciding to get married in Seattle was an easy decision for us. Although Stu spent 18 years of his life in California, and I was born and raised in the Seattle area, the Emerald City is where we first met and where the story of “us” began. We picked December 7th, 2013 as our wedding date because it was almost exactly one year from the day we got engaged (December 8th, 2012) and because we’d had our first official date in the month of December five years prior. December is a very special month for us!

We chose the wedding venue based on the interior design details. Stu and I love a good weekend ski trip. There is just something about spending the day on the mountain and then coming home to a log cabin to warm your feet by the fire. To us, The Foundry provided us with those same feelings and was a lot closer than driving out to the snow covered mountains! From the sliding barn doors to the wooden chandeliers and the roaring fireplace, The Foundry offered a warm escape from the chilly outside weather.

Seattle gets dark around 4 pm in December, so we stuck with lighter shades for our wedding day colors. My bridesmaids wore gorgeous soft blue dresses and carried bouquets filled with white roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus, blush blue posies with silver accents, baby’s breath and hints of dusty miller (my favorite!). My bouquet was similar, but contained a very special detail. My mother surprised me with a small black and white photo of my late grandmother on her wedding day. She attached it to my bridal bouquet with a single white ribbon. I felt so special knowing that my grandmother was there with me as I walked down the aisle.

My overall stylistic goal was a cozy winter affair. The ceremony took place in a large ballroom-style space with high vaulted ceilings and gorgeous wooden chandeliers. Hurricane candles were arranged along the aisle and yards of white drapery was strung along the back wall to cover an otherwise blank space. After the “I Do’s,” two large sliding barn doors were opened to reveal the cocktail room. This room contained a roaring brick fireplace, wine barrel cocktail tables, countless votive candles and various chalkboard signs. It was a log cabin dream come true! A month prior, Stu and I handpicked hundreds of pine cones from our neighborhood park. We spent a few days washing and drying them. They were then placed sporadically throughout the venue. We even included some on our wedding cake!

Another reoccurring theme throughout the wedding was our wreath logo. The ladies at Paper Delights were kind enough to help us create an image that incorporated our initials inside a green laurel wreath. It provided a wintery touch without looking too Christmas-y. We included the logo on our invitations and hung a real laurel wreath as a backdrop for our ceremony.

The best part of the wedding was seeing the images and details that Stu and I had been dreaming of come to life AND THEN getting to share all of those details with our families and friends! It was such a special day for us and being surrounded by all our loved truly made the day unforgettable.

Photography: Gabriel Van Wyhe | Floral Design: Flora Nova | Wedding Gown: I Do Bridal | Cake: Morphy's | Invitations: Paper Delights | DJ: Marc Sense With Integral DJ's | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridal Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Catering : Herban Feast | Hair & Make-up : Michelle Mai Smith | Hotel: Olympic Fairmont Hotel | Venue: The Foundry