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Military Weddings that Gives Back – Michelle & Dave, Austin, TX

This Memorial Day we wanted to revisit one of our favorite military wedding features in honor of all those that have served and sacrificed their lives for our country. Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding201311031714 So grateful for today’s featured Real Wedding and how it brings honor and love to those that serve our country! Not only is the groom a selfless man of service, this gorgeous couple is also socially conscious. They decided to get married at the Barr Mansion, ‘The Nation’s only Certified Organic Event Facility’, and donated a portion of their budget t a charity fighting human trafficking, The Polaris Project. Talk about amazing! Their wonderful photographers, at Amanda Summerlin Photography, also pride’s themselves on being green and eco-conscious, as well as donating a portion of their profits to one of several organizations. As a gift for clients that book their wedding day, Amanda Summerlin Photography, provides their couples with a Kiva Card (which provided micro loans to entrepeuners around the world). To date they have provided the Kiva community with over 94 micro loans. Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding2013110345 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding2013110369 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103203 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103249 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103390 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103454 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103536 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103618 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103784 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103810 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103822 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103826 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103837 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103842 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103857 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding20131103870 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding201311031073 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding201311031171 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding201311031344 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding201311031682 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding201311031686 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding201311031708 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding201311032482 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding201311032572 Bouvier_Myers_Amanda_Summerlin_Photography_Wedding201311032911 Venue: Barr Mansion | Photographer: Amanda Summerlin | Floral: Stems Floral | Cake: Polkadots Cup Cake Factory

Sustainably Stylized Inspiration Shoot: Farm to (Wedding) Table, Washington, D.C.

There is no better feeling than receiving an inspiration shoot submission that truly understands the heart and soul behind Black Sheep Bride (encouraging local, charitable, and sustainable wedding planning practices.) Pollyanna Events reached out to us with this amazing sustainably stylized shoot, devoted to locally grown and the available beautiful things (often taken for granted) that surrounded the vendor team on a hyper-local level. Here’s what she had to say about the vision behind this shoot and take a peek at how colorfully, vibrant and bright it all turned out!
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‘This styled shoot was born out of an everyday love for fields and flowers, the deep rich colors of nature and the delicious, bountiful harvest that blooms with summer. The idea of this shoot was that anyone, especially those that love to garden, could create a beautiful wedding using the natural beauty of the things they grow in their backyard. Working with an amazing group of vendors, we created a styled wedding experience that incorporated the fun, energetic spirit of a whimsical bride while complimenting the beauty of nature’s design. We carefully collected lots of elements from nature, as well as sifted through our homes, and collectively came up with a fabulous styled shoot that hopefully inspires and educates others on focusing on the things that are right in front of you to celebrate such a special event in your life.’ View More: http://graykammera.pass.us/farmstyled1200pxView More: http://graykammera.pass.us/farmstyled1200pxView More: http://graykammera.pass.us/farmstyled1200px
‘This inspired wedding was deep with florals. All arrangements included flowers or vegetables grown directly on the property, but could have just as easily been grown in someone else’s garden. The bride wore a minimalistic floral crown incorporating small white pepper flowers from the garden. The bouquet and sweetheart table used all flowers directly from the farm, highlighting the zinnias and celosias that set the backdrop for the day. The table garland was a mix of farm-fresh flowers and organic produce such as mini-eggplants, peppers and melons that were being grown just a few feet away from the table.’ Blog 1200px-0063 View More: http://graykammera.pass.us/farmstyled1200pxView More: http://graykammera.pass.us/farmstyled1200px Blog 1200px-0006
‘Several aspects were DIY projects. Many of the settings for the table were cobbled together from favorite and easily accessible kitchen items, including the heirloom silver tray passed down through four generations that served as the dessert centerpiece. The wedding favors were a labor of love that included a collection of vegetables and homegrown and homemade canned goods.’
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 Participating Vendors and How They Give Back:
Photography – Gray Kammera Photography
-Gives back: Any excess produce grown at the end of each year is donated to DC central kitchen, from her farm (Working Over Thyme Farm).
Event Planning & Coordination: Pollyanna Events Florals
-Gives back: Donates leftover wedding flowers at the local nursing center for them to enjoy throughout the year.
Hair and Make-up – Alison Harper & Co.
Gives back: They have partnerships with local PTA’s and donate to schools in the area. They also volunteer services for local military soon to be mom’s at Operation Home Front and are currently establishing a relationship with LARS, a local advocacy group for survivors of domestic abuse.
Desserts – Teeny Pies
Gives back: They donate to a few local shelters when extra pies are available to give and also participate in Turn Up the Heat every year, which is a benefit for cervical cancer.
 Hope you LOVED it as much as we did!

2017 Mother’s Day Round Up

Happy Mother’s Day, friends! via GIPHY In honor of this special day, we are celebrating some favorite Wedding Mom Moments from our BSB vendors and friends! 17620094_10212246607456161_6537423670639149283_oThis bride Sarah, is not only wearing the dress her mother, and her mother’s mother wore before her, she honored both of her grandmothers by asking them to be her flower girls! Photo: Karen J Hawley Photography 17917765_10154670321756559_4837993967453568876_oDon’t you just love the mom’s reaction in this image, after seeing her daughter in her wedding gown!? Photo: Lauren Lindley Photography 18403512_1574993765846131_5830236332095007556_n Bride and her fur-baby on her wedding day. Submitted by: FairyTail Pet Care | Photo: Bumby Photography, LLC 18425549_1365844580165094_6431935103572596556_n Photo: Sandra Chile Photography 18449702_10211494682176129_1638470760163846057_o A mother’s job is never done! Love that this mom didn’t skip a beat, even in her wedding gown! Photo: Jeannie Capellan Photography 18485654_1365844456831773_955138098413304699_n Mom sharing a moment with the groom, as she puts on his boutonniere. Photo: Sandra Chile Photography 18485961_10211657555705796_6981341344042275492_n Mother and Grandmother and the Bride spending the last few minutes before the ceremony in prayer. Photo: Monica Puryear Photography 18491670_10211494704856696_3387519940384275447_o This bride gave her daughter this hanker chief on her wedding day, to save for her own wedding day in the future. Photo: Jeannie Capellan Photography 17807530_10101040057284059_7147428293395969197_o Mother of the Bride getting emotional putting the bride’s jewelry on. Photo: Katey Penton Photography 17880500_10154670320816559_6509173624165017443_o This is such a great representation of so many of our moms, on our wedding days… This mom is walking her daughter down the aisle and just as excited to see the guests as the bride is- love it! Photo: Lauren Lindley Photography 18447321_10100147776598039_350789708971334464_n Amber Veatch Designs on her wedding day sharing a moment with her sweet little girl. Photo: Jessica Lea Photography 18423219_1511601282204638_1281658552285968583_o Mother and Daughter at a Destination Wedding Experience, thanks to TruBlue Travel. 18404157_10155356778545238_1682719809678791684_o Nicky got married recently here in the US after living here for about 20 years. Her Irish mom (and the whole family) flew in for the wedding. Photo: Julie Verlinden Photography 18423727_10154572056622544_2732888286380221260_n-2 This bride’s mom capturing a glimpse of her daughter in her wedding dress and ended up in sweet tears.  Submitted by: Sandra Explains It All | Photo: Leah Dor Photography.   We wish you all a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! 

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts (That Give Back Instead)

Is your Mom like mine? via GIPHY For many years, Mother’s Day was a real challenge for me to prepare for, my mother could care less about brunch, rose bushes, or jewelry. Her love language happens to be quality time, and so is mine… I also love to receive words of affirmation, but that is neither here, nor there (you can email me your kind affirmations at anytime). It wasn’t until I had children, that this dilemma was resolved, due to my own selfish desires. Three years ago, my husband asked me what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day and after much pondering I suggested we go tubing down Rainbow River, a sacred place, for local Floridians, in the spring and summer. I pitched the idea to my Mom and that has been our Mother’s Day tradition ever since. via GIPHY No fancy gifts, no overcrowded restaurants, no need to get dolled up. We take a short road trip north, lock our phones in the cars (hence no photos), tie some tubes together, and float in crystal clear water for half the day. This is my idea of fun, where I can JUST BE in the sunshine and refreshing spring-fed waters, with no responsibilities, while my boys hop in and out of the tubes, periodically snorkeling and exploring with their daddy, like untamed baby river otters. via GIPHY However we don’t share traditional gifts these days, we still value giving back to others on Hallmark Holidays!   Here is a list of 5 amazing organizations and projects you could give to, in honor of your mom!   Preemptive Love Coalition – Donate $25 and help refugee moms in Syria and Iraq, by donating in your mom’s honor and receive this sweet digital download to deliver the news. 18404174_10155344952449343_6132866201767739394_o     Heartful.ly Mother’s Day Campaign – Donate $20 to provide a week of healthy meals to one woman residing at N Street Village, in Washington D.C.. 14692146_10154115627203095_8623675151447297861_o     Every Mother Counts: Donate $25 and provide the basic supplies and treatment needed for a new mother in Uganda to give a safe and healthy birth. #OrangeRose 16403251_1273610469353699_5910819535052379971_o   Promise Love Foundation: PLF is in place to assist families in need with fundraising the cost of adoption and providing resources to the community about the fostering and adoption process. #NationalFosterCareMonth 18341754_10155409581886336_6057403286401540105_n   ApParent Project: Host a Mother/Daughter Cereal Box Drive! One cereal box can produce over 50 paper beads and provide over 11 jobs in Haiti! ApParent Project is a social enterprise non-profit that offers opportunities for the Haitians be able to provide for themselves and their families, empowering them to rise up out of poverty… to be able to keep their families together… to avoid relinquishing their children to orphanages, through upcycled jewelry, home decor, etc.   Hope you all have a lovely Mother’s Day! 

Fair Trade Weddings that Give Back: Abigail + Keith- Covington, KY

Wedding planning can be the most magical, and equally most financially burdening, time of your life, especially if the engaged couple is the one paying. After much research, thought, and consideration, Abigail and Keith decided to get off Pinterest and Instagram, and started thinking outside the box. Abigail owns an amazing ethical marketplace, called Seven Seeds, and we wanted to honor their sustainable wedding story, on no better day than World Fair Trade Day! Below Abigail took the time to share with BSB, how she managed to pull off her socially conscious wedding, while on a budget. davidson-details-18 THE DILEMMA OF A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS WEDDING   Throwing a 100% socially conscious wedding is quite the challenge. I knew that I wanted to do things as ethically as possible, and here again, we had to prioritize. Not everything about our wedding was done completely consciously when it came to sourcing everything we needed. At times, we sacrificed sustainability for budget. But we did what we could, and that’s what living a conscious lifestyle is all about: taking baby steps, doing what you can until you can do more.   THE DRESS More and more brides are stepping outside the box and choosing a less traditional wedding dress. I took my sister to try on dresses in my city’s bridal district, but something didn’t seem right. I didn’t feel beautiful in any of them, and even cheap wedding dresses are expensive. What was the point in spending thousands of dollars on a dress that I didn’t love and was made in a sweatshop anyway?! davidson-details-19 TOP: Style Saint ($88) The top of my dress I ordered from Style Saint. Style Saint’s clothing is all 100% sweatshop free. When you purchase an item from them, you receive a piece of paper that tells you how many hours of fair wage labor it took to make that item, how many gallons of water were saved throughout the production process, and how many yards of sustainable fabric were used. davidson-details-21 SKIRT: Made with love by my mom! I’m lucky enough to have a master seamstress as a mother. We spent months going back and forth to the fabric store and her house, looking for the right patterns and fabrics that would go perfectly with my top, creating a dress that was fancy enough to get married in, but reflected my personality more than a traditional gown. I’m so glad to have worn something that was made by hand just for me! davidson-getting-ready-49 MOH DRESS: my mom, again. Since we decided to have a smaller ceremony, I didn’t have a full bridal party. Instead, my sister and my husband’s best friend we the only ones who stood beside us as our Matron of Honor and Best Man. After again doing some shopping around and not being able to find anything we liked, my mom made my sister’s dress as well! This was so fun because we were able to make it compliment my dress perfectly. davidson-getting-ready-36 THE TUX: Instead of a tux, Keith wore a plain black suit he already had!   THE RINGS: ENGAGEMENT RING: Purchasing a diamond that was mined ethically was very important to me. The diamond industry is wrought with injustices like human trafficking and child labor, and diamonds and other precious stones and metals are often used to fuel civil wars and other types of violence in certain parts of the world. I knew that if I’m going to wear this ring for the rest of my life, I didn’t want to look at it every day wondering if this stone which is meant to symbolize selfless love and commitment was dug out by a seven year old being forced to do back-breaking labor for thirteen hours a day. davidson-details-04 Many of the “conflict-free” rings you’ll find in traditional jewelry stores are still far from ethically-sourced. In order to qualify as “conflict-free,” the stone must not be used to “finance rebel movements against recognized governments.” However, this leaves out a huge number of diamonds that are contaminated by violence, child labor, unfair working conditions, and environmental harm. In other words, it’s very possible for a diamond to qualify as “conflict-free,” yet was still obtained through extremely unjust measures.   So, my ring was purchased from Brilliant Earth. Brilliant Earth goes “beyond conflict-free” by ensuring that each of their carefully selected suppliers adhere to strict labor and environmental standards. They use only recycled metals and each ring comes with a “birth certificate” which shows you exactly where your stone came from. The team at Brilliant Earth is also passionate about advocating for awareness and education about the corruption and injustice in the jewelry industry and gives back 5% of its profits to communities harmed by the industry.   MY BAND: I wanted a super simple and delicate band to match my ring. I originally ordered a matching band from Brilliant Earth, but returned it because I didn’t like the shape. I decided instead to go with a local artisan jewelry maker, a friend of a friend. Old Hills Design Company created a perfectly dainty rose gold band for a really affordable price. Vanessa, owner and Chief Ring Maker, is super nice, flexible, quick, and cares about using eco-friendly metals and other materials in her jewelry. I highly recommend her! davidson-bride-groom-35 HIS BAND: My husband got his ring for like $15 off of ebay and I have no idea where it came from. Hey, you can’t win them all, right?! davidson-details-05 THE FLOWERS I am craaaazy about how my flowers turned out! Here again, we took the DIY route in order to save money. I’m lucky enough to have an artist as a best friend, who has dabbled in floral design for fun (although she could make a career out of it if she wanted). I essentially gave Jackie the reigns when it came to the flowers, and she was able to gather local, sustainably-sourced flowers from several different places and arrange them herself. Two Little Buds | That Girl’s Flowers | Jackie’s yard davidson-details-11  abbie-keith-preview-06 For my bouquet, my sister’s bouquet, small bouquets for the moms and grandma, and boutonnieres for my husband, best man, dads, and grandpas, I spent a total of $100 on these babies (yes, we were very resourceful and tactful, but I’m pretty sure we also got lucky with this price). Jackie, my sister, and I had a flower-arranging party a couple days before the wedding and had a lot of fun putting the bouquets together! davidson-bride-groom-38 HAIR, MAKEUP, NAILS I got my hair and makeup done by my friends Holly and Amy, who are pros at making people look and feel beautiful. We got our nails done at Spruce Natural Nail Shop in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. Most typical nail salons are filled with chemicals that are not only harmful for you, but have found to cause problems like infertility among the workers after being exposed to them day after day. Not only that, but nail salons are a hotspots for human trafficking, abuse, underpayment, and other unethical practices. Spruce Nail Shop not only treats its employees well, but all of their products are natural, eco-friendly, vegan, and cruelty-free. Plus, their shop is SO cute and comfortable! davidson-getting-ready-15 VENUE: Finding the right venue was quite difficult. Location is often one of the most expensive parts of a wedding, and it often comes with rules and stipulations about food and drinks which can increase your budget even more.   We landed at The Frock, a small studio and event space in Covington, Kentucky that is run by a florist, a photographer, and an event planning company. The ladies of The Frock are amazing and so helpful. Usually the space is used for events like showers, business meetings, launch parties and the like; this was the first wedding that was held there. We had both the ceremony and the reception there, which made for a different feel than a traditional wedding. Guests arrived, got drinks, and mingled for about 20 minutes. We rolled out a rose colored walkway for my dad and I, then had a short ceremony and everyone except parents and grandparents just stood to watch. We didn’t want a bunch of time in between the ceremony and reception, so we just combined it into one big party! We set up a DIY photo booth and brought out chairs for people to sit and eat following the ceremony. It was out of the box, but so intimate; I’m really glad we decided to use this space! davidson-details-22 DECORATIONS: The Frock didn’t need much decorating, as it was already so beautiful and elegant! We hung a “Best Day Ever” balloon, some twinkle lights, and a few vases with gold paper flowers, but kept the decorations minimal. davidson-details-39 FOOD & DRINKS: This was the one area where we sacrificed sustainability for budget. We catered a taco bar from a local joint and one of Hamilton Ohio’s best kept secrets, Allen’s Market, which came highly recommended by our brother-in-law. We purchased our beer and wine in bulk from a local liquor store and paid a couple really awesome friends of a friend to be our bartenders for the evening. We used regular old paper plates, cups, and utensils. davidson-reception-006 DESSERT: My Dad owns Maggie Moo’s ice cream in Centerville, Ohio. I looooove ice cream, and neither my husband nor I are big fans of cake, so we decided to just have an ice cream bar instead! It was so fun, and our friends and family loved it.   COFFEE BAR: I was so excited to have a La Terza Coffee espresso bar at our wedding. La Terza Coffee not only roasts the best coffee in Cincinnati, but they care deeply about social enterprise. All of their coffee farmers are paid and treated fairly, and David Gaines, La Terza’s primary owner, is one of Seven Seeds’ Co-Founders! Feel free to let him know if you’d like more information on getting a full-service coffee and espresso bar at your wedding or event.   Our guests loved the way we did our food, and I got a lot of comments about how they preferred the taco bar, ice cream, and espresso bar over the traditional sit down dinner with some food that was probably much more expensive and didn’t taste as good. Again, don’t be afraid to step outside the box and forget about tradition!   PHOTOGRAPHER: After speaking with lots of brides who had gone before me, this was the one thing that almost all of them said to prioritize. “You’re not going to be able to save your dinner, dessert, or decorations. Your photos you will keep forever,” they said. I took their advice and wanted to make sure to capture this day as beautifully as I could. I worked with Jenn Manor once before on a spread about the conscious scene in Cincinnati for Conscious Magazine Issue 04, and she did a wonderful job. I loved her style and felt it would fit well with my own. abbie-keith-preview-05   REGISTRY: Keith and I debated a lot about whether or not we even wanted a registry. Though there were definitely things we needed for our home, we are somewhat of minimalists, and the last thing we wanted was a bunch of new STUFF we didn’t need! However, I know most people (myself included) really enjoy getting gifts for others, so I created a couple registries anyway.   We ended up using Thankful Registry. Thankful is based on the concept of gratitude over greed, and values individuality, thoughtfulness, and equality. They make it really easy for you to create your own beautiful registry website and add products from any website on the Internet. So you can shop around and add products from all of your favorite ethical brands, as well as add a Honeymoon Fund where guests can give money through PayPal. davidson-details-30 GIFTS: We decided against giving party favors to all of our guests, mostly because it just seemed wasteful to spend a thousand dollars on some little trinket that would most likely get thrown out. I did a lot of research to find something that would be actually practical and wouldn’t use a bunch of plastic packing material, but didn’t come up with anything that would be worth it. I’m pretty sure no one cared.   As for gifts for our parents, officiant, MOH and best man, we carefully picked out and purchased very personalized gifts, most of them from Etsy. They were almost entirely handmade, from an initial charm bracelet for my mother-in-law, to a hammer engraved with my handwriting for my dad. For my good friend who did my makeup, we got a bracelet from The Shine Project, a brand that employs first generation college students. And for my friend who did my flowers (and like a ton of other stuff), a giftcard to Continuum, a favorite women’s clothing and accessory boutique in Cincinnati where everything is produced ethically and sustainably.   MORAL OF THE STORY: I am so, so happy with how our wedding day turned out. We celebrated with the people we love, we didn’t spend a ton of money, and I could feel good about what I was wearing. I was really happy to give up the comparing game of the Brides of the Internet and do things simply instead. abbie-keith-preview-14 Throwing an affordable, conscious wedding is a challenge. In the end, my advice to you is this:   Prioritize and be realistic. So, be yourself! Wedding “rules” are so outdated, so do things the way you want! If you don’t want a white dress, don’t wear a white dress. If you don’t want to have it in a traditional venue, then don’t. If people want to judge you, that’s their problem, and they can do things the way they want on their wedding day!   If you can’t afford to source everything 100% ethically, then do what you can. Choose a few things, and fight to find vendors, artisans, and brands that care about social justice and giving back to the community.   Set proper expectations. Remember: it’s a special day, but it’s still just a day. Chances are, not everything is going to go your way. That’s okay! Part of living a conscious lifestyle is learning how to choose your battles and decide what is important to stand up for. So, be kind. Go with the flow. Remember what this day is about. abbie-keith-preview-12 Use your resources! Perhaps the best piece of advice I can give you is: let people help you. Did you notice a trend in this post? My friends and family did practically everything! From my dress, to my flowers, to my hair and makeup, I called on my talented people and asked if they would contribute in one way or another. Of course the people who love you are going to be happy to do so. Not only does this cut down on costs (a lot!), but it also makes the day so much more speci davidson-ceremony-52abbie-keith-preview-16davidson-ceremony-07davidson-reception-058 Dress: Top – Style Saint | Skirt/MOH Dress: made by Bride’s mom (Tracie Hendrix) | Engagement ring: Brilliant Earth | Bride’s band: Old Hills Design Co. | Flowers: sourced from Two Little Buds,  That Girl’s Flowers and arranged by Jaclyn Stephens | Venue: The Frock | Nails: Spruce Nail Shop | Hair: Amy Michael (friend) | Makeup: Holly Mullinix (friend) | Food: Allen’s Market (local small business) | Ice Cream Bar: Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream, Centerville (local small business) | Coffee Bar: La Terza Coffee | Photographer: Jenn Manor | Registry: Thankful Registry