The theme of our shoot was luxurious vintage vegan glam. Vegan weddings are often associated with the countryside — think fields of flowers, wineries and everything boho — and we wanted to present an alternative option for couples in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area who want to get married in the city. All of the vendors are able to accommodate vegan couples in every aspect, from fabrics, to beauty products, to food.
The shoot took place at Engine Company 12. It is a historic firehouse originally built 1897, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, and meticulously restored in 2013. When you step inside, you are instantly enveloped by the history and elegance of this timeless gem and historical neighborhood landmark.
The bride is wearing a custom dress by local designer Syreeta C Fashion. All the materials are 100% vegan, ethically sourced and were selected with environmental consciousness in mind. The certified organic cotton sateen is timeless, minimal and clean, allowing the bride's beauty to shine and versatility of creative accessories.
The groom is wearing a tux from Old Town Tuxedo. His burgundy velvet jacket adds a pop of fun and personality while staying classy and sophisticated to match the other traditional elements. The bridesmaid is wearing a Rose Petal Alicia Dress from The Population) from Rent The Runway. We wanted to present a practical option for price conscious bridesmaids/brides/grooms who don’t want to give up style.
Both the bridesmaid and bride wore jewelry from Lel Jewelry. The jewelry is all ethically sourced and can be completely customized.
The primary focus of hair and makeup for the bride and bridesmaid was to enhance their natural, unique beauty, as we believe that all ladies are even more gorgeous when they are comfortable in the mirror.
Stationery and seating chart were designed with glamorous gold tones.
The entirely one-of-a-kind decadent vegan cake was created by Killa Cakes. Her creation balanced glam with dainty details for a mesmerizing impact.
Each place setting had a lavender-flavored macaroon with the guests’ names scrolled in edible gold. It’s a perfect DIY project, or something that can be sourced out.
In this shoot, we encouraged each vendor to do what they do best and showcase their special talents. It was a stunning collaboration. The end result is a perfect representation of the culture, style, and demographics of the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia) area, and we are very proud of the way our diversity and individual stories were showcased in this unified group.
Words and photos by Helen Feliciano-Bailey, as told by Amber Marlow.
Photography | HFB Photography
Event Space | Engine Company 12
Planning and Decorating | Events by Sophie
Bridal Dress | Syreeta C Fashion
Groom’s Tux | Old Town Tuxedos
Bridesmaid Dress | Rent the Runway
Jewelry | Lel Jewelry
Calligraphy/Invitations/Stationary | Stephanie G Calligraphy
Hair | The Stylist Abroad
Makeup | Izzy B Makeup
Cake | Killa Cakes
Macaroons | Vegaron
Rentals | Party Rental LTD
I love holding on to the in-between, and otherwise missed moments. I long for the rawness of life because it's where love shines the brightest. That intimacy and uniqueness we each carry is what I love to photograph. My photography journey officially began with the inexplicable need to photograph my daughter's every move. I bought my very first low-end digital camera and the rest is history. It isn't the most glamorous of stories but one that I do cherish. I LOVE what I do and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to be a part of my client's lives. I may pour my heart into each session but believe me, it's always about you ;)