By Ashley Peters
The theme of our styled shoot was luxurious, vintage, vegan glam. So often when people think of vegan weddings images of fields of flowers, wineries and everything boho comes to mind . While that is absolutely fine we wanted to present an alternative option for brides in the DC/Maryland/ Virginia area who wanted to get married in the city instead of a countryside escape. All of the vendors are able to accommodate vegan couples in every aspect from fabric materials, to beauty products, food and more.
The styled shoot took place at Engine Company 12. It is a historic firehouse originally built and in service July 1st 1897 with an 1884 Clapp & Jones 450 GPM steam fire engine and 1887 E.B. Preston hose reel carriage. The Snowden Ashford designed firehouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. It was 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. Personally I think the lighting, and interesting historic details are breathtaking cherry on top for any lucky couple.
Stying and decor were provided by Party Rentals LTD . All styling, and decorating were designed by Events by Sophie. We used jewel tones, luxurious fabrics and vintage inspired glassware to emphasize the decadent and vintage aspects of the theme. All of the colors enhance the natural raw elements found in the furniture and architecture of the space.
The bride is wearing a custom made dress by local designer Syreeta C Fashion. All the materials are not only 100% vegan but entirely ethically sourced with environmental consciousness in mind showcasing certified organic cotton sateen. It 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 classically sophisticated in other traditional elements.
The bridesmaid is wearing a dress ( Rose Petal Alicia Dress from The Population) sourced from Rent The Runway. We wanted to present a practical option for bridesmaids/brides/grooms who were price and consumer conscious. Often bridal party member feel stretched with expenses all for a dress they don’t really want to keep. This provides an alternative will not giving up style or vegan values.
Both the bridesmaid and bride wore jewelry from Lel Jewelry . The jewelry is all ethically sourced, vegan and can be completely customized.
The bride and bridesmaid received hair services from The Stylist Abroad and makeup services from Izzy B Makeup. The primary focus was to enhance their natural, unique beauty as we believe that all ladies are even more gorgeous when they are comfortable in the mirror.
Stationary and seating chart was created by the masterful Steph G Calligraphy. She designed and made these items completely custom with glamorous tones of gold.
The entirely one-of-a-kind decadent vegan cake was brought to life by Killa Cakes. Custom is the name of the game in her bakery including everything from design to flavors. Her cake balanced glam with dainty details for a mesmerizing impact. This particular cake was flavored Coco Loco i.e. malted chocolate cake with chocolate stout sauce, brownie batter buttercream and Oreo crumbs.
At each place setting how fantastic would it be for a guest to arrive to a vegan macaron with their name on it? That is exactly what our guests would arrive to as a lavender flavored macaron from Vegaron with their names scrolled in edible gold awaited them. A perfect DIY project or something that can be sourced out.
The entire styled shoot was captured by the incredibly talented Helen Marie from Photos By HFB. She made sure that every element was capture perfectly and took the time to find the unique spots for those exquisitely breathtaking images.
In this styled shoot we encouraged each vendor to do what they do best and showcase their special talents relating to the theme. Together it was a stunning collaborative image towards a common goal. This shoot is an immensely proud project as the end result is a perfect representation of the culture, style and demographics of the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia ) area. Our diversity and individual stories each individually showcased in a unified group with beautiful and immensely enjoyable result.
Ashley Peters is an American based hairstylist, author and business owner. While many of her brides are stateside she is available for destination weddings worldwide. She is passionate about animal advocacy, connecting through travel, art and always learning something new. When her hands aren’t in hair you’ll find her on a hiking trail, with a good book or off on a crazy adventure with her husband, pups and soy vanilla latte in hand.
Helen Feliciano-Bailey is a wedding & portrait photographer based out of Maryland State and a self-proclaimed coffee-obsessed, vegan-travel-blog enthusiast and wanderer. She is a believer in veganism as a moral compass to inclusivity, compassion, and justice for all sentient beings. Her passions for human connection, storytelling, and artistry can be seen in her professional and personal projects.
Editor’s Note: I am so proud of Ashley Peters and Helen Feliciano Bailey, regular contributors to The Kind Bride blog and uniting forces for this dazzling styled shoot! Ladies… thank you for your relentless passionate attitude, work ethics and gentle souls.