Last month we had our first styled shoot of the year…

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For this shoot we set out to create an intimate and very romantic setting… We used a deep red color palette inspired by Marsala, the Pantone Color the Year, with hints of powder blue and varying neutrals throughout. To enhance the intimacy and passion we recreated the moments of a wedding that focus solely on the bride and groom – their first dance, cutting the cake, and toasting at the sweetheart table. The passion and chemistry is tangible between the models – real life newlyweds Jane and Cody who will celebrate their first anniversary in March – and is emphasized in the décor with touches of fruit in the florals and tablescape.

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Cast Iron Studios provided the perfect setting for a Valentine’s shoot, romantically lit with industrial features that we balanced with the romantic colors and wild-like flowers. The two contrasting styles blended well thanks to all the little details that brought everything together. We brought in some vintage furniture from Vintage Ambiance to add a pop of the Valentine’s Day aura. The gorgeous florals were done by Flower Lab and perfectly fit in with the romantic and intimate theme that accompanies Valentine’s Day. Then there were the desserts which included several different flavors of cake, all gluten free, plus chocolate covered salted caramels, macaroons and a raspberry chocolate bite size ball of love from Purple Wine Bar and Café. Purple also provided several appetizers including a delicious crab cake with a kick, bruschetta and a divine baked brie.

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The very talented Celena from Francis and Company completed the calligraphy sign hanging above the dessert table, by hand, which reads, “I have found the one whom my soul loves.” This beautiful quote perfectly sums up the focus of our shoot: The happy couple isn’t just throwing a big party for their friends and family with dinner, dancing, and entertainment. They are starting a marriage; they are entering into a special bond that is intimate and exclusive to the two of them. That is what we tried to capture – the intimacy of marriage and how Valentine’s Day is a chance to celebrate that. Thanks to Stacey Jacobsen’s very keen eye and talented photography skills, the theme of the day was perfectly captured. It was such a treat to work with Stacey again, we not only did a wedding together this past summer, but she shot my own wedding.

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The stationary was designed by Emily Carlson (who also designed our Jen Leslie Events website and logo) and I love how it turned out! Elegant, high quality, and beautiful, the invites and menu enhanced the look of the table setting and décor.

We decided to put the bride in two dresses, both from Cicada Bridal. First the “ceremony” dress,  a traditional white mermaid with a sweetheart neckline that was elegant and sexy. Then we put her in a “reception” dress that was a magnificent deep red ballroom gown and wow, it looked amazing! When the bouquet rested against the red dress it amped up the romantic, passionate vibe.

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We loved working on this shoot and we hope you feel inspired to create an intimate and glamorous Valentine’s Day wedding!


We wanted to give a BIG thank you to all of the creative partners that were involved:

Photography: Stacy Jacobsen Photography

Bridal Gowns: Cicada Bridal

Cake: Stone Layne Baked Specialties

Calligraphy: Francis & Co.

Florals: Flower Lab

Hair & Makeup: Makeup Artist Angela

Paper Goods: Emily Carlson

Rentals: Vintage Ambiance + Grand Event Rentals

Venue: Cast Iron Studios


Also, thank you to Seattle Met Bride & Groom for featuring this shoot. You can view the article here