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Weddings That Waste Less: Angela + Kyle, St. Petersburg, FL

This past Earth Day our amazing BSB vendor, Kera Photography, captured the wedding day of one SUPER GREEN couple. Angela and Kyle came together at an amazing non-profit venue, St. Petersburg Woman’s Club, to celebrate their love for each other, their community, and their environment. They intentionally choose not to purchase any new decorations for their wedding and up-cycled and thrifted the entire wedding day vision. They also used biodegradable plates and utensils and collaborated with the caterer to incorporate as many seasonal and locally sourced foods as possible. BONUS POINTS: their cake was completely vegan, and they worked with a local brewery to make the wedding day brews on tap vs. serving non-local canned/bottled brands! AngelaandKyle-656 Not only is wasting less and going green a large part of their lifestyles, they also serve the community in huge ways. Kyle is on the board of a non-profit called Creative Clay, they provide resources and supplies to make art available for adults with disabilities. Angela also volunteers for several organizations supporting the St. Petersburg, FL area. Take a peek at this sweet day, you can almost smell the potting soil from here. AngelaandKyle-5 AngelaandKyle-10 AngelaandKyle-33 AngelaandKyle-56 AngelaandKyle-87 AngelaandKyle-117 AngelaandKyle-120 AngelaandKyle-131 AngelaandKyle-162 AngelaandKyle-166 AngelaandKyle-260 AngelaandKyle-430 AngelaandKyle-432 AngelaandKyle-443 AngelaandKyle-501   AngelaandKyle-313AngelaandKyle-340AngelaandKyle-662AngelaandKyle-645 Participating Vendors: Photography: Kera Photography | Planner: Special Moments Event Planning | Venue: St. Petersburg Woman’s Club | Hair and Makeup: Studio KG and Loft 19 | Catering: Chives Innovative Catering | DJ, Photobooth, Lighting: Nature Coast Entertainment | Bouquets: The Bride’s Bouquet | Linens: Connie Duglin Speciality Linen

The Earth Friendly Floral Process via Amanda Jewel Floral and Design

Earth Friendly Floral Process | Written by: Amanda Lankford of Amanda Jewel Floral + Design | Photography by: Katey P Photography  Some time ago Amanda Jewel Floral + Design had the pleasure of inviting a fellow Black Sheep Bride vendor into our studio to help us tell the visual story of floral design. Katey Penton, owner of Katey Penton Photography, brought her camera and shot our methods for two days.   At Amanda Jewel Floral + Design, we strive to be as green as possible when it comes to creating beautiful designs for each event. We would like to offer you a little insider view of how we work in our studio. Step One | Pick up the flowers Believe it or not, flowers don’t arrive in beautiful packages. They come in plain cardboard boxes with a lot of packing material.  Luckily, we don’t mind because we reuse most of it to pack for events. Whatever is left over we recycle.   Amanda Jewel BSB-13 Step Two | Processing the flowers This is one of the longer steps when it comes to floral design, and if done correctly is a key ingredient to lasting freshness. Each flower comes in a bundle and must be shed of its cellophane, rubber bands, and then trimmed and pruned.  This part of the process leads to a lot of plant waste, which we use as an opportunity to add to our compost bin. We always have a lawn bag nearby for clippings and excess leaves that come off of each stem.  This never goes in the trash. Amanda Jewel BSB-56 Amanda Jewel BSB-35 Amanda Jewel BSB-65 Step Three | Design Day Once our flower processing is complete, we begin designing – this is the fun part! And if you thought processing the flowers led to a lot of waste, this makes even more! Amanda Jewel BSB-86  Amanda Jewel BSB-89Amanda Jewel BSB-111 Amanda Jewel BSB-119 Step Four | Compost Once our bag is full of clippings, we dump it in our homemade compost bin.  This compost is then used in our cut flower bed right outside the studio.  We like to keep our garden full of a variety of things which we can incorporate into our designs. Amanda Jewel BSB-76 Amanda Jewel BSB-83 Step Five | Event Day Surprisingly, we can reuse things on an event day instead of simply throwing them in the trash. We always try to recycle/reuse any ribbon, boxes, packaging materials, and any other hard goods that some might throw away.  We turn the flower boxes into a vessel to carry bouquets and arrangements. We use these as many times as we can before they get recycled.   Amanda Jewel BSB-127 Amanda Jewel BSB-131 Step Six | After an Event This is always the hardest part. We put so much love and care into the entire flower process that it sometimes seems like events end so quickly that the flowers have not fulfilled their entire purpose.  At this point, we refuse to throw any stem away. In our consultations with brides, we offer a couple of options of what we can do with the flowers after their event. They can either take them home to enjoy, or allow us to donate them to local nursing homes, friends in the community, etc. This brings joy not only to us, but also to those who receive a fresh flower arrangement from us here at Amanda Jewel. We hope this little insider view of the way we work inspires you to be earth friendly in everything you do. There are many aspects of weddings that are wasteful, and these are a few of the ways we strive to meet the needs of our clients without compromising the ability of future generations to enjoy the beauty of flowers.  To find out more information about Amanda Jewel Floral + Design visit their website here.

Weddings That Give Back: Tori + Seth- Charleston, South Carolina

Let’s pretend for a moment… You are getting married. You have all the FEELS. Every single detail planned out with locally-sourced intentionality and you can’t wait to see all the things you’ve orchestrated finally come to life. There is one thing though you haven’t had much of anything to do with and that is… your honeymoon. Your fiance has kept the honeymoon under wraps and for good dang reason…. It’s the first sacredly-magical adventure you get to take as a newly married couple and it is his “right of husband-ly passage” to make it epic. At least, that was the case for today’s featured couple, Tori & Seth!
Seth (creator/designer of Bolt Farm Treehouse) spent countless months salvaging barn wood, antique windows and hardware to build, by hand, the best wedding gift his bride could ask for…. a honeymoon treehouse. So after they shared their conflict-free, eco friendly, wedding rings and said their vows in front of their closest loved ones, after they ate their farm to table catered meal, and collected up their upcylced, thrift store sourced, wedding day decor, they took a stroll, on the same property where the wedding was held, to find the treehouse patiently waiting for their sweet newlywed arrival. In addition to giving regularly to their church, they are also actively involved and partner with One Worth Health and have gone on several medical mission trips with them to Nicaragua and Uganda.
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Participating Vendors: 
Photographer (Charleston local): Sully Sullivan | Photobooth (Charleston local): Carolina Fun Booth | Videographer: Anchor Films | Strings (Greenville local): Classic Touch Music | Blue Grass Band (Greenville local): New Dixie Storm | Wedding planner & florist (Charleston local): Ashley Garrett with Fraiche Event Design | Hair: Brittani Joyner (Willow Salon) | Makeup (Mount Pleasant local): Charleston Lash and Beauty Bar | Catering (farm to table, Greenville local): Thoroughfare Food Truck | Rentals: A Darling Day | Featured art (local Charleston artist): Blake Little | Wedding dress: The Bridal Collection | Designer: Sottero & Midgley; Rebecca Ingram “Brecia” dress | Ring: Alexis Russell (uses recycled materials & conflict-free diamonds) | Cake & cake pops: Palmetto Sweets

Tampa Charity Wedding Recipients Pay It Forward One Year Later- Wedding World Changer

Today is the one year anniversary of our first Wedding World Changer FREE WEDDING! The Wedding World Changer premise was simple, couples were nominated and shared how they are actively involved in their community. Gary is a firefighter in Palm Harbor (Tampa, FL) with a tender heart for serving others and his community, and Astrid was working towards her degree in Pediatric Occupational Therapy at the time, while also volunteering on Sundays with her local children’s ministry. They were planning for a wedding in a few years, however, Astrid’s mother’s recent battle with cancer had them seeking ways to plan their wedding sooner. Out of all the applications available the Tampa Vendor Team voted and their story touched our hearts most. Click HERE to see the full gallery from their wedding day. Peek-52 There was one major stipulation to winning the Wedding World Changer wedding. The winning couple would pledge to donate 100 service hours back into the community, within the first year of marriage. Astrid and Gary have spent the last twelve months serving others to make good on our 100 volunteer hours promise and we are thrilled to update you on their newlywed giving adventure! IMG_8517 I love what Astrid shared with BSB about the journey through giving in their first year: “We wanted to take some time to THANK YOU for the amazing experience that you have provided to us! It has been a year since Gary & I were gifted with our dream wedding, but we believe that paying the goodness forward has been an even bigger blessing for our marriage. We began our community service journey a little later than we wanted to due to our “busy” schedules. We thought the best thing to do would be to sit down and make a “plan” on what we believed would work best to complete our hours. Well, we were in for a reality check because life had plans of its own… many stressors were presented throughout the months that made it difficult for Gary & I to spend time together. It took us a couple of months to realize that life was not going to stop so that we could fulfill our promise to you. Come January, we decided we needed to just dive in and see where the journey would lead us. The moment we started volunteering changed our hearts forever. It was during this time that we both were able to forget about all of the worries in the world and focus on helping others. We no longer had excuses as to why we were too “busy”, but instead looked for moments to make a difference in someone else’s life. It brought us closer, as a couple, and in a way forced us to make time for each other. It then turned into something we were both passionate about and enjoyed doing together. Overall, the experience has helped build the foundation of our marriage and taught us how rewarding and humbling it feels to give back to those in need. We feel that giving back is now something that is instilled in our hearts and we will continue to follow this journey wherever God may lead us.” IMG_8513 IMG_8515 Astrid and Gary have touched the lives of so many in our community, thanks to this awesome 100-hour challenge! They have volunteered with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (in honor of her Mom), collected Christmas gifts for families in need with the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, dedicated hours of hard, dirty, work at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Kinship Urban Farm, fed hundreds of downtown neighbors with Thorn Homeless Ministries, served at their local Goodwill, walked for ALS research, and volunteered with several other smaller fundraising events for local charities. cicis team walmart Check out the The Portos highlight video from their wedding below. Huge thanks to Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography for photographing all of the sweet details from this special BIG DAY… and a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the participating vendors, sponsors, and donors that helped make our first Wedding World Changer event: Planning: Oh Hello Events | Ceremony Design: Bourbon and Blush Events | Reception Design: Amber Veatch Designs | Floral Design : Andrea Layne Floral Design | Photography: Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography | Venue: CL Space Ybor | Hair + Makeup: Michele Renee |  Paper Goods: Citrus-Press Co. | Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay | Cocktail Hour Catering: Chalk Board Special | Linens: Kate Ryan Linens | Cake : Trudy Melissa Cakes | DJ: Graingertainment | Bartending : Mix It Up FL | Ceremony Altar/Rentals: Wish Vintage Rental | Pipe and Drape: Coast To Coast Event Rentals | Smaller Wooden Signage: Aerie Lane | Rectangular Farm Tables, Chargers: Set Event Rentals | Media Partners: Creative Loafing and Marry Me Tampa Bay | Succulents: The Succulent Source | Lavender: Tin Can Event Company | Chairs, Square Tables, Dinnerware, Flatware, Glasses: A Chair Affair | Videography: The Portos | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: The Bride Tampa | Tuxes: All Brides 2 Be Tampa | Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Ybor | _____ Stay tuned for upcoming Wedding World Changer details and Charitable BSB Events in the near future.