{un}convention BROOKLYN sponsor: Slingin' Pretty!

Company: Slingin' Pretty
Owners: Brandon Kirk and Marita Cardenas
City: Richmond, VA

Brief description of your hustle: We are a hair and makeup duo providing beauty services for weddings, events and photo shoots.

How are you a “game-changer” in the wedding industry? We get inspired by something that's different. We were sick of seeing our instagram feed chock full of only white brides in floral crowns. We decided to start trends. What is the next floral crown? What can wedding style and beauty look like if it isn't featured with white heterosexual woman? How can we influence this?

What inspires you to “do weddings differently”? For one, Brandon got hitched recently, and it was our first experience with a same-sex wedding. We had firsthand experience on how love and beauty can look different from the norm. Also, being a multi racial, multi gender duo, we SEEK out clients who would like to push the boundary of tradition. Our 2016 wedding season will reflect these values even more, and we are stoked about it!

What is one of your favorite creative projects you’ve worked on? We have been a part of a recurring photo shoot series called Birthstones and Blooms. It features bridal elements such as a bridal/groom-esque model, a wedding cake or florals... but in a different way. We showcase a particular month's birthstone and flower. We try to put a different spin on it- like a scarf made of deep red carnations (for our January shoot) and have it draped on an African American model who has a strong, bold lip color on... so very not traditional bridal. 

Photo by carly romeo & co.

Photo by carly romeo & co.

What are three ingredients for a perfect day at your company? That we get to work in a space with lots of natural light, that our clients like to listen to a lot of 90's R&B hits while we are styling them and that as a duo we are in sync with each other- our work on client's, from eye shadow color to they type curl set in the hair all tell's the same story (a phrase we use often).

If you were in charge, what would the next big wedding trend be? A move towards more sleek, simple monochromatic style. Getting away from barns, mason jars, loose messy buns and such. Incorporating more modern and sophisticated elements. More suit and tie and less slacks with cowboy boots.

What are you most looking forward to at {un}convention? Sharing experiences that seemed limiting and stifling and brainstorming about how we can grow from those times and set standards and creativity for the next time!