It’s easiest to capture a wedding day when the couple casts a clear vision. From the start, these two knew that they wanted a wedding day with a classy style at historic locations. We utilized the many spots that the city of Baltimore has to offer from a historic mill, to an elegant art museum and the colorful city streets in between! All of this started with their wedding venue, the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House, which fit their wedding vision perfectly!
Jenna and Steven’s wedding was black tie optional with a James Bond kind of look. The theme colors for their wedding were moody and chic with a black and white color palette that included touches of green. Even the wedding invitations were black and white!
This black and white wedding placed the groomsmen in tuxedos and the bridesmaids wearing differently styled black silk evening gowns contrasted by white rose bouquets. The ladies also wore black slips during the getting-ready portion of the day with the bride in white. The entire day held a classy, modern vibe with touches of gold within the setting of the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House.
During the venue selection process, Jenna shared that “when asked what his dream venue was, Steven mentioned an old car garage turned into an event space.” The Dye House was the first venue they visited and as the bride summarized, they “immediately knew, we LOVE the industrial vibe with open and exposed rafters. It’s an urban chic space that we love.”
The Mt. Washington Mill Dye House’s historic details meet modern design with exposed brick and rustic wood-beamed ceiling covered by Edison lights. Details that the couple added to the venue included having guests write on vinyl records as the guest books, serving cannolis instead of cake, a candy bar as the wedding favor (DIY by the bride!), and late-night snacks provided by McDonalds (these were a really big hit!)!
Steven even built a photo backdrop painted black and white with the couple’s “The Giffords” neon sign attached to it. I love taking blue hour photos as the sun goes down and the courtyard lights (and their neon sign!) turn on. The rest of their day was split up between various walkable Baltimore locations that continued to fit the bill of their wedding theme.
Mt. Washington Mill Dye House doesn’t allow the wedding party to arrive until one hour before the ceremony. This meant that the couple had to do a first look, portraits, and wedding party photos elsewhere before the ceremony. The couple opted for separate suites with their wedding party to get ready at the gorgeous Hotel Revival.
The bride’s suite included a separate room with double doors perfect for both a dad and bridesmaid first look. Having separate spaces allowed the bride and groom to each have a private moment to read letters from one another. The hotel provides great views overlooking Mt. Vernon Place which became one of the day’s photo opp stops!
Getting creative with photo locations came easily since Hotel Revival is perfectly positioned by so many beautiful spots! We chose the Walters Art Museum because it was walkable and they loved its columns, white marble and natural light. The epic marble staircase and inner courtyard perfectly fit for a first look and this couple’s larger wedding party. The Walters provided a very European look in contrast to the industrial style of the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House. We followed this up by some additional shots in the trees of Mt. Vernon Place and walking through the Baltimore city streets!
On top of their wedding style and location, the other parts of Jenna and Steven’s wedding that mattered the most to them were the candid moments of the day. Jenna shared that how my “photography captures memories and the feelings in the moment” was what originally drew her to my work! We were able to capture, as Jenna put it, the “natural and genuine” moments that became the markers of their day.
From meeting on a rooftop bar to tying the knot, these two had such a beautiful story that was easy to tell!
Here are some quick tips on how to best use the Dye House’s spaces for a wedding!
Looking to plan an industrial style wedding in Baltimore? I know just the place!
Venue | Mt. Washington Mill Dye House
Dress | Love Couture Bridal
Portraits | Walters Art Museum & Mt. Vernon Place
Florist | Flowers & Fancies
Caterer | Copper Kitchen
DJ | Premier DJ Services – Dan Huynh
Photographer | Shelly Pate Photography
Hair | Behind the Veil
Getting Ready | Hotel Revival Baltimore
Makeup | Artistry by Lexi