After falling in love with the history and the architecture of Mt. Washington Mill Dye House in Maryland, Alexis and Mark knew that they had found the perfect backdrop for the industrial minimalist wedding they had always wanted! With the help of Eventi Florals & Events and the floral talents of Crimson & Clover Floral Design, the couple hung greenery and Edison bulbs from the rafters, set up raw wood tables and copper chairs, and added bright, colorful blooms for a look that was uniquely them. Alexis was a bride after our hearts, and not just because she styled her fun and flirty Hayley Paige gown with a magnolia headpiece and sparkly Jimmy Choos! She learned hand-lettering prior to the wedding and made each of the magnolia leaf place cards for their guests — how sweet is that?! We can hardly get over how captivating these images from With Love & Embers turned out and how the couple radiated excitement from beginning to end!
Alexis and Mark
Mt. Washington Mill Dye House, Baltimore, Maryland
My wedding day fashion could be described as modern glam with a touch of stripes and a dash of glitter! I loved everything about my dress from the subtle white satin stripes, to the asymmetric hem and the darling open back. The details were unique and it felt like the perfect dress for me. I wore my hair down with a white half flower crown. My nails were ombre french with glitter (so fun!) and shoes were ombre light blue glitter pumps by Jimmy Choo. I also had the diamonds from both of my late grandmothers’ engagement rings made into earrings for the wedding which felt very special to have a part of them with me on my wedding day.
Mark and I originally wanted to have the wedding in DC where we met and still live, but couldn’t find a venue that we loved and was within our budget. We expanded our search to Baltimore and fell in love with The Mt. Washington Mill Dye House. The building was originally an old cotton mill built in the 1800s that was recently renovated and still has many of the original structural elements. The venue had so much potential with its tall ceilings, exposed beams, natural light, and exposed brick. We knew this was the space for us and looked no further!
The most memorable part of the day was probably our photo session with Jill and Ryan right after our ceremony. Mark and I both love to hike and are pretty adventurous so Jill and Ryan knew we would be up for anything including climbing over a tall fence into a dry river bed in my wedding dress and Jimmy Choos. It was nice to get away for a moment to enjoy our first moments adventuring as husband and wife and the photos were totally worth it!
When it comes to planning your wedding, sit down with your partner early on in the process, and have a conversation about what you do and don’t want to include in your wedding. Do you want a big wedding or a small wedding? Adult only or all ages? Religious, non-religious or hybrid? Destination or local? Ideal budget vs max budget? Then own those decisions and stand by them as a couple! Friends, family and even complete strangers may try to impose their own ideas of what your wedding should or shouldn’t be like. I’m here to remind you that this is your wedding, not theirs! It’s totally okay to skip any wedding traditions or wedding related events that don’t feel right to you. As long as both of you are happy with what you planned that’s all that matters.
I knew that I wanted hand-lettered greenery for my place cards but was trying to save money wherever I could. So a few months before the wedding, I bought a book and taught myself how to hand letter. It’s actually quite easy to learn and a great stress reliever! A few weeks before the wedding I ordered about 200 preserved magnolia leaves and began hand lettering guests’ names with gold leaf pens. I would only complete about 5-10 done per hour so you can imagine how long it took to complete 125 of them, but it was totally worth it! I was so proud of the end result and how it perfectly tied in with the overall decor. Our guests loved them so much, many of them took their leaves home with them!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – With Love & Embers
Event Planning – Eventi Florals & Events
Venue – Mt. Washington Mill Dye House
Floral Design – Crimson & Clover Floral Design
Catering – Copper Kitchen
Cake – Sugar Bakers Cakes
DJ – DJ Phlipz
Stationery – Ruby the Fox
Makeup Artist – Makeup by Dina
Hair Styling – Shelby Anderson Beauty and Hair by Faneela
Wedding Dress – Hayley Paige
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rentals – Something Vintage Rentals
Lighting – Revolution Event Design & Production
Congratulations to Alexis and Mark, and a special thanks to Junebug member With Love & Embers for sharing this Mt. Washington Mill Dye House wedding! For more from this talented photographer, check out this earthy forest elopement at Ricketts Glen State Park!