Happy Valentines Day, Friends! Isn’t it nice to know folks are gathered around the world sharing their hearts and love with others today?
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BUTTTT…what if you could LITERALLY SHARE YOUR HEART with a stranger?
Did you know? There are over 120,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States alone.
What if your 1 life could save 8 lives? Would you be willing to give up the ‘goods’ for the sake of others once your life was completed?
Here is a quick crash course for your consideration:
Well, what is stopping you? Sign up and BECOME AN ORGAN DONOR today! GO OUT IN STYLE: GIVING BACK!
I Give You My Heart- Organ Donors Needed on Valentines
In the midst of one of the wildest seasons of disasters, between earthquakes, hurricanes, and wildfires, we have never been more encouraged by our audience of change making, waste-reducing, intentional living, and loving couples. We see you! Your attention to the environment, the waste, the need, and the love you have to offer the hurting world around you has not gone unseen. Thank you all for using your love to love others and waste less. Today we’re sharing a zero waste elopement from none other than the founder of Going Zero Waste and we couldn’t be more inspired by their story! Read what she had to share below.
We had a big zero waste wedding planned in November. But, we decided to call it off and move it up to May and we eloped.
We did a big backyard bbq to celebrate with friends and family. Our goal was to produce no trash and we were really successful!
We did the backyard bbq potluck style. We bought a whole bunch of bread from the baker in our own cloth bags. I took my crockpot down to the butcher and had it filled with brisket. I also made a whole bunch of pulled jackfruit and let everyone else bring the sides.
We rented cornhole boards for entertainment. The day after we ferried into the city and met up with our immediate family for our City Hall ceremony.
I wore a dress I got second hand. Justin wore a suit he’s had for a while. My mom picked up the flowers and the cake plastic free from whole foods. She brought my cake carrier to get the cake to-go to avoid a single-use disposable one.
After our intimate ceremony and photos, we had brunch at Kitchen Story SF and ate cake on real plates with real forks, of course.
BSB is always grateful for couples, like Ashley and James, that value planning weddings that give back. Our amazing BSB vendor, Liz Washer Makeup, was chosen to help the bride with her wedding day look. The couple also skipped formal favors and donated to a charity near and dear to their hearts (details below).
Ashley shared this about their decision to donate to charity:
‘My husband and I wanted to do something with a bit more of an impact than giving our guests a bottle opener or trinket. My husband volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house in the past and we have both been impacted by close family members dealing with serious medical conditions. We thought that donating to the Ronald McDonald house was the ideal fit for us so that we could give a little bit of assistance to a family in need who’s relying on their services.’
Makeup: Liz Washer Makeup | Venue: The Delaney House | Photographer: Seth Kaye | Hair: Wendy P., The Lift | Flowers: McClelland’s Florist | Dress: Bridal Corner
>>> Weddings that Give Back: Ashley + James – Holyoke, MA
Thanks to our BSB Vendor, Misty Miotto Photography, for sharing is this community-driven wedding celebration with us! Misty is an amazing testimony to community service and has helped organize the Central Florida Heart Gallery and countless other non-profit events for years. She is also one of the first cheerleaders and supporters of BSB and we are forever grateful for the encouragement she has poured out onto our mission from the very start of our journey.
He was a College professor with a Ph.D. from Harvard University who’s ideas could make the world a better place, she was a free-spirited bird who had a heart that could wrap around the world three times over. They met through their love of music and are both a part of an amazing band called Passerine. Together they had a love that could change the world. David teaches at the New College of Florida in Sarasota (where they were married) and Carmela is a birth worker at the Rosemary Birthing Home in Sarasota and she helps to bring babies into this world in the most beautiful natural way. Oh and that Big White ball of fur well that’s Gryphon and if you couldn’t tell already he’s part of the family. The bride found her dress at a local consignment shop and reinvented it to be her own. Their rings were designed by a Sarasota based artisan jeweler also. They had the groom’s son make the cake, he worked for years with a local cake baker. The couple opted for a potluck reception and involved their community of family and friends every step of the process. When these two lovebirds have time off they can be found traveling the world on different adventures and giving back!
Photography: Misty Miotto Photography | Flowers: With Flourish | Rings Crafted by Sarasota Artisan Jeweler: Ocean Lily Studio | Cake: Made by son of groom | Food: Community Potluck | Ceremony: New College of Florida | Reception: Fogartyville Community Media and Art Center | Dress: Good as New Consignment and Bridal Shop | Suits: Joseph Banks
Weddings That Give Back: Carmela + David- Sarasota, FL
BSB received an email a few months ago from one of our favorite BSB vendors, sandrachile. It went a little something like this….
‘…I’m don’t even know how to start this email because I have a crazy situation here (crazy awesome!). I found a girl in Ft. Myers that was putting together a styled shoot “with purpose”…’
…and the rest was history!
Thanks to sandrachile for introducing us to Emily Bivens Creative. She has a heart for serving others and recently organized a series of stylized shoot workshops to give back to charity. Emily put together this sweet collection of details, while also highlighting ethical and socially conscious brands. A portion of the attendee ticket costs was donated to A21 (fighting human trafficking) after the event.
The bride and groom, Jourdan and Solomon, were a real married couple. The photoshoot was a celebration of their upcoming anniversary as well as an opportunity for the photographers in attendance to support charity, and add some seaside to their portfolios. And, just as in a real wedding, they rolled with the unpredictable weather. Thankfully, the rain from Hurricane Harvey stopped just long enough to squeeze in the photoshoot. The strong winds made for some beautiful waves!
BSB Vendor, Celia Grace, was also a part of this fun experience. They are an amazing wedding fashion brand committed to crafting beautiful fair trade wedding dresses. Jourdan wore their lovely ‘Eleanor’ gown for the shoot. Shop their collection here. The stationery for Design:FL was designed by Emily Bivens Creative and printed on fair trade Mr. Ellie Pooh Paper.
The flowers from this shoot were donated to Douglas T. Jacobson Veteran’s Home after the event.