One lucky couple will be selected to enjoy an unforgettable NYC getaway. This offer includes a Friday night (April 22nd) dinner at the romantic and unbelievably delicious vegan restaurant, Pure Food and Wine. You’ll then head to Sanctuary Guest Suites Bed & Breakfast for one nights stay and to relax before your big photo shoot day. On Saturday, April 23rd, you’ll arrive at The Green Spa and Wellness Center in Brooklyn for a side-by-side manicure treatment, using all vegan products. You’ll then meet up with your clothing stylists – Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart and Dan Mims to discuss your ‘look’ for the photo shoot. It’s then time for a professional makeup application with celebrity makeup artist, Christopher Drummond. Once you’re glammed up and feeling great you’ll be off to a 2 hour photo shoot with Erin Nicole Brown Photography. The day will close with an intimate vegan dinner with the master vegan chef of 4 Course Vegan, Chef Matteo. Below is more information about each of the companies and/or people that you’ll be working with during this awesome getaway!
Friday Night Dinner – Pure Food and Wine
Pure Food and Wine opened in the spring of 2004, and is still the only upscale exclusively raw and vegan restaurant in the country. Conceived and cofounded by Sarma Melngailis, Pure Food and Wine’s unique culinary take on organic cuisine elevates raw-vegan food to a new place among high-end and concept restaurants. The restaurant was featured twice in New York Magazine’s “Top 101 Restaurants” and five years in a row in Forbes magazine’s list of “All Star New York Eateries” with three stars, in the company of the most highly rated restaurants in the city. In both cases, the restaurant is included on its own merits, not in any vegetarian category. As Forbes wrote in their December 2007 and December 2008 issues “‘Raw’ and ‘vegetarian’ are not adjectives usually associated with haute cuisine, but at Pure Food and Wine, as if by magic, such ingredients are turned into exquisite and exotically delicious offerings.” …“Pure Food and Wine’s menu of raw vegetable concoctions may make this the Big Apple’s most unusual restaurant—as well as one of its best.”
Bed & Breakfast – Sanctuary Guest Suites
Housed in a white walk-up building, the Sanctuary Guest Suites consists of six floors and a beautiful rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Each of our apartments has a fully equipped kitchen, a separate bedroom, and a private bathroom. We also offer a bed-and-breakfast style common room to ensure our guests can meet other people, and foster a sense of community. In addition, we offer a variety of spiritual programs for the fulfillment of the soul, and community outreach opportunities to uplift the spirit. We chose the East Village of Lower Manhattan, because of its creative spirit and diversity along with its user–friendly travel connections to the rest of the city.
Couples Manicure – The Green Spa & Wellness Center
Since 1998, nestled in the heart of Bay Ridge, The Green Spa & Wellness Center‘s quaint environment continues to customize treatments for all. Our three floor luxury wellness center is proud to announce our facilities are housed in a sustainable, eco-conscious building, offering treatments for Men, Women & Children alike. Whether you are interested in a day at The Green Spa or a relaxing afternoon massage in our “duo suite” you are in the right place! Every guest is treated as a VIP member… each and every time. We are proud to provide you with the very best of pampering & tranquil services a wellness center has to offer.
Stylists – Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart & Dan Mims
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart is the Founder & Creative Director of Vaute Couture, the vegan fashion house that spent a year developing the first chic winter coat that was at once warm enough for a Chicago winter and completely animal free, and represents a voice for the animals in the fashion industry that believes animals are not ours to wear. Since launching last fall, Vaute Couture has been featured on the cover of VegNews Magazine, in Marie Claire Magazine, on FOX’s Bones, in Oprah.com, and has several celebrity fans including Alicia Silverstone, Emily Deschanel, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Ally Sheedy. TeenVogue.com said, “We can’t think of a better way to stay warm this winter.” Leanne has been named 1 of 7 Top Emerging Green Designers (Ecouterre), 20 under 30 To Watch (VegNews Magazine) and 1 of 40 Redefining Green (Grist.org). Vaute Couture donates all profits from one of its’ coat styles to the Farm Sanctuary. Leanne has been coordinating campaigns for animals since she was 8 years old and has been vegan for 10 years, this summer.
In 2006, Dan Mims graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors in Philosophy (and hundreds of hours of activism under his non-leather belt). As he had always intended, Dan immediately moved to New York City. He did not intend, however, that New York would move him as much as it has — catalyzing a deep passion and respect for personal style and presentation. After going vegan six years earlier, and after working for nearly four years in media sales and marketing for Spin Magazine and Yahoo!, Dan recently founded The Ethical Man — which may be the first-ever online boutique dedicated to cruelty-free men’s fashion — to bring style, value, and peace of mind to ethical men around the world. He also drums for vegan band HERE (set to release their first album in Fall 2010) and manages an underground art space, The Yolk.
Makeup Artist – Christopher Drummond
Christopher began his career in the beauty industry as a fashion model over fifteen years ago.He became very successful and found that he loved the industry. However, he also found that modeling did not provide the creative rewards he desired. He was also upset with the fact that the products that makeup artists used on him were full of harsh chemicals, and animal biproducts.
After a chance meeting at a makeup counter, he was offered a job as a makeup artist, even though he had never applied makeup on a woman before. Five years later, he decided to create what he considered the “perfect” makeup line: products that were all natural, organic based and vegan or vegetarian.
Since then, he has become a huge proponent of creating looks for women that are real, unaffected, beautiful and glowing. His philosophy is one of simple glamour. He has worked with some of the biggest celebrities in the industry, including Jennifer Lopez, Brooke Shields and Glenn Close. Visit Christopher’s website by clicking here and his blog by clicking here.
Photographer – Erin Nicole Brown
Your engagement photo shoot will be conducted by vegan photographer, Erin Nicole of Erin Nicole Brown Photography. The photo package will include:
- Up to two hours of photography
- Color and black & white photographs
- A private online gallery to enjoy your engagement photos to share with friends and family (up for one month)
- Up to fifty images on DVD, which will include hi/low resolution images, color-correction, and removal of blemishes
Erin Nicole received a BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts. She is a homeowner in Brooklyn where she lives with her husband and dog. Erin Nicole is an avid cyclist, eats vegan and loves to travel. Her energy and enthusiasm shine through her unique documentary style photographing weddings, engagements and portraits. Visit Erin Nicole’s website today.
Saturday Night Dinner – 4 Course Vegan
In January 2003, 4 Course Vegan, based in Williamsburg, opened its doors in hopes to bridge communities through this transformative dining experience. Chef Matteo serves plant-based, worldly fare with emphasis on the freshest organic, local, and seasonal ingredients, without the use of any animal products. Chef Matteo supports the local and sustainable farmers of the Union Square Greenmarket and the rooftop gardens in Brooklyn. It is extraordinary to know where and by whom your food is grown. All the while, procuring the freshest ingredients, often times picked that morning to share with guests who dine at 4 Course Vegan.
Wedding Consulting – Karine Brighten Events (runner up prize)
After Karine Brighten completed an intensive two-year college program in Event Planning at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec, she worked as an event planner for the largest event planning company in Canada. Karine is dedicated to planning affordable, eco-friendly events in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is committed to reducing the environmental impact that events can have on the planet. You can make your next event eco-friendly by taking into consideration environmental and social impacts when deciding on components such as catering, location, and invitations.
Karine has worked on many types of projects including fundraising events, green weddings, grand openings, professional conferences, and corporate parties. Her clients include eco-conscious individuals, green businesses, and non-profit organizations looking to have a cost-effective, successful event with minimal environmental impact. Karine is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Vegetarian Society.