Melrose Market Studios Shoot Part 1 | Seattle Wedding Photographer

Concept, Photography, Production: AHPhotography
Flowers, Styling: Finch and Thistle
Assistant, Creative Tech: Heather Dow
Dress Designer: Chrissy Wai-Ching
Furniture and props: Vintage Ambiance
Hair and Makeup: Jenny Bowker
Cake and Macarons: Marie Jenkins
Invitations: Bella Figura
Models: Alyssa Cave, Aidan O’Sullivan, Stefani Miller
Venue: Melrose Market Studios


I put together this shoot last month with an amazing crew of people. I don’t do a lot of styled shoots and this was the first time I ever put something this large together myself. My friend Stephen had taken Evan and I to a classy little watering hole called Still Liquor in Capitol Hill. The place was all exposed brick, lit with candles and had a very unique vibe. Then Stephen told me that the place next door was opening up as a reception venue for weddings. Melrose Market Studios has a romantic atmosphere, expansive space, seating built into the pillars and is perfect for a more creative, edgy couple. The venue coordinator, Stacy, is an absolute joy to work with too and I’m very thankful that they opened up the venue to us for the shoot.

I absolutely adore Chrissy Wai-Ching’s bridal gowns and when I contacted her she immediately said yes to collaborating. Her studio is amass with lush colors and flowing fabrics. It’s a little genius lair of sorts. Knowing that one of the dresses was going to be the beautiful ruffled dress with the red trim, I used that as a kind of inspiration to put together some more rustic details. Marie Jenkins, a pastry chef based out of Silverdale, used the dress as inspiration for the cake.

I gave a massive list of ideas to my assistant Heather, including ideas for a table runner, a backdrop and a mason jar chandelier. Heather spent a month sewing, gathering pieces from her grandma’s basement, searching the hardware stores and ultimately constructing some pretty amazing stuff. I knew that I wanted some floral pieces but didn’t know where to start. Luckily for me, my favorite local event designer Rachel from Finch and Thistle was willing to collaborate. Once I called Rachel, the shoot really came together. Rachel coordinated furniture from Vintage Ambiance and she styled everything from the beautiful table to the area with the crates and cake. Her cascading bouquet is one of my favorite details of all.

Here is part 1 of 2. Part 2 has more details and evening photos taken on the rooftop of my friend Janine’s apartment!

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April 6, 2012 - 11:43 am

Melrose Market Studios Part 2 | Washington Wedding Photography » - […] Here’s part 2. Read about the shoot and see part 1 HERE […]

April 6, 2012 - 12:44 pm

evan - Awesome. Great job on putting together such a cool shoot.

May 21, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Featured on Wedding Chicks | Melrose Market Studios Styled Shoot » - […] styled shoot that I put together this past March at Melrose Market Studios is featured on Wedding Chicks today! Check it […]

September 17, 2012 - 11:29 am

Wedding and Event News…. the blog » Thursday Inspiration {Abbey Hepner} - […] was checking out Abbey Hepner Photography photo shoot and the Mason jar chandelier instantly grabbed my attention as being a WOW factor!!! I […]

January 3, 2014 - 7:58 am

Heather + Tom | Bainbridge Island, Washington Wedding Photographer » - […] how sweet they are. Heather has been my go-to woman for anything creative. She made the amazing mason jar chandelier and backdrops for my styled shoot a couple years ago and she adds so much fun to every wedding I shoot! For her wedding she assembled beautiful bouquets […]

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