An ethically inspired Pittsburgh Wedding with striking tartan and vintage detail

Today I am excited to share this ethically inspired Pittsburgh Wedding with striking tartan and vintage detail.

Pheobe and Brett threw the rule book out the window to create a vibrant, badass and ethically responsonsible Big Day.

Images were captured by Sandrachile Photography assisted by Jenni Grace.

Sandra says of the couple and their day…


Phoebe and Brett are simply the coolest most amazing couple ever.

Their relationship was born among pool, books, bars, and NYC.

Years later they decided to embrace Pittsburgh as their new town, and Lawrenceville as their new home.

This was one of the multiple reasons they decided to have their wedding there, because this couple understands what consumer power means, and leaving their wedding money where they live was a priority for them.


Their wedding day was a fun chain of offbeat events and traditions meaningful to them.

Brett’s kilt represented his heritage and Phoebe’s dress was made with a handmade tartan brought from Scotland, that matched the groom’s kilt.

They also had custom perfumes, chosen especially for their wedding day.

The wedding ceremony was celebrated under the Quaker tradition, which means it was self uniting, and electronics were not allowed, so we had to photograph the event from far away in a non-intrusive way.

They had a parade encouraging everyone to walk from the ceremony venue to the reception site to save on fuel consumption.

They had cider instead of champagne for the toasts and an ice cream bar instead of traditional cake.

DJ Deesus, their vinyl DJ made us all dance, and the mother & daughter line dance, and a bridal swing dance was equally energetic and fun.

Everything was carefully put together with an equal love for one another and for those who participated with them that day.

Most importantly, their wedding was among the most ethical ones I’ve had…


In order to remain eco friendly as possible, Phoebe and Brett hired an Eco- friendly stylist who included upcycled and vintage decorations along with CSA flowers.

They intentionally supported local businesses, that were women-owned.

They reduced their carbon footprint by offering a mostly vegan/vegetarian catering and donating the leftover food to homeless people.

Their attire was ethically sourced and partially vintage, and the tartan for the bride’s dress was hand woven by a Scottish artisan.

Their invitations and RSVP’s were also online, and they registered for a charitable wedding registry.

The day they created was absollutely magical, and proves that it is entirely possible to produce social change while having the best day of your life.


Wedding Vendors

Photography: Sandrachile assisted by Jenni Grace

Ceremony venue: Arsenal Cider House and Wine Cellar

Reception Venue: Spirit

Wedding coordination: Devoted To You Events

Wedding dress: Custom made by local artist Anthony Sirk

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell via Poshmark

Groom’s-wear: Quality Kilts

Wedding stylist and florals: greenSinner

Lighting: Ever Forward Lighting

DJ: DJ Deesus

Catering: Bistro to Go

Ice cream (instead of cake): Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream

Linens: All Occasions

Favors: Dan Wyke and Jackie Walker

Make Up: The Gilded Girl

Hair: Kat Mareino – Metamorphosis Salon & Day Spa

Wedding rings: Paul Michael Design

Groom’s Watch: Vincero Collective

Bride’s jewelry: Studebaker Metals

Brides’ perfume: Penhaligon’s London

Groom’s perfume: Burning Barbershop

Calligraphy was made by the mother of the bride


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  1. Reply

    Wow! The photographs really captured the feel and mood here Alison! Amazing looking wedding. Hope you are well?

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