Phoebe and Brett’s wedding had ethical intentions at its core. From using a CSA (community supported agriculture) florist, to sourcing local female vendors, to donating leftover food to homeless charities, its a wedding that’s all heart. And also a ton of fun and stylish – have you seen the punky tartan outfits and the bride’s boots?!
The couple had a mostly traditional Quaker wedding, which is a self-uniting ceremony. Brett explained that, “It occurs as a meeting for worship. There is no clergy and anyone who is moved may stand and speak. Fortunately, here, in the state of Pennsylvania you can get a self-uniting marriage licence, so we only needed two witnesses to make the whole thing legal.” And of course, being a Quaker wedding meant that electronics were not allowed in the ceremony, so photographer Sandrachile documented it from far away and in a non-intrusive way.
The bride’s ethically-sourced tartan dress was custom made by local artist Anthony James Sirk, which she teamed with some bad ass shoes by Jeffrey Campbell from Poshmark, and the groom’s kilt by Quality Kilts matched Phoebe’s dress perfectly.
Hiring ethical and eco-friendly vendors actually played a big part in their day. Bistro to Go Café and Catering reduced the carbon footprint by providing a mostly vegan and vegetarian menu, and leftover food was donated to homeless people. They also used an eco-friendly stylist, greenSinner, who included upcycled and vintage decorations along with CSA flowers. Their invitations and RSVPs were online, and they registered for a charitable wedding registry.
At first glance, this is a gorgeous wedding full of all the details that Rock n Roll Bride readers go nuts for. But this is actually a styled shoot! And it has a beautiful story behind it…
Vanessa (‘Vanny’) and Martin are very close friends of photographers Anna and Johannes. When they were all children, Anna’s little sister brought her friend Vanny home from school. Vanny’s father had died of cancer and her mum had a new boyfriend and so was almost never home. Vanny was mostly living off pizza and soft drinks, said Anna. “Since my family is very sociable (and crazy), we kind of adopted Vanny and so she spent a lot of time with us during those years, and we went through a lot together. Johannes and I had a styled shoot planned, and we asked Vanny and her boyfriend Martin to be the models. What they didn’t tell us was that not only they were freshly engaged, but they were also expecting a baby! Our shoot then turned out to be half styled and half real wedding, with me doing a speech in church, everybody crying, and our friends playing the parts of the bridal party!”
This was going to turn out to be something so special for Vanny because, said Anna, “During the preparations, she told me that they are really short on money (what with looking for a bigger apartment now the baby was on the way), and that she was so happy I’d asked her to model because now she would have the wedding she feared she would never be able to afford. So we decided to go all out with the styling and ended up with crazy happy bridesmaids, groomsmen, and me doing a speech behind the altar and crying myself while telling everyone how happy I was that Vanny and Martin got their happy ending together!”
By the time you read this I will be back from the US of A and probably jet-lagged to the hills! I’ll be blogging all about my American Adventures really soon, but in the meantime I’ve got this beautiful Scottish wedding from CandySnaps Photography to share with you.
Fiona & Darren were married at Boturich Castle, Alexandria. They were married outside (which in legal in Scotland) and in front of the impressive castle. The bride wore a beautiful gown and veil handmade for her by a friend and vintage jewellery which had belonged to her Grandparents. The groom wore traditional Scottish kilt, the tartan of which was an Irish pattern (Murphy) which was his Grandmother’s family name.
“Our wedding was a relaxed, homespun wedding with as many of our friends involved as possible,” the bride told me. “Another friend played me up the aisle in the keyboard – Rolling Stones – She’s Like a Rainbow the instrumental part. Many of my friends helped make all of the decorations – pom poms, moustaches, lips and glasses and jam favours.”
“I was so glad that it was able to be outside as that was what I wanted the most. I wanted a wedding where everyone would be laughing and smiling all day with a lot of fun. We did so much of it ourselves I wanted the personal touches to be really apparent.”