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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.  

Pet-Friendly Stylized Inspiration Shoot with Purpose: Riverwood Mansion, TN

Today’s styled wedding shoot was inspired by the vibrant and artistic East Nashville community that is home to Riverwood Mansion and incorporates the couple’s love for animals. With a casual, intimate ceremony under the shade of a 200 year old magnolia tree, and Southern front porch cocktails, the invitation was open of guests to bring their furry best friends. Eclectic decor from the hands of local artisans set the tone for a creative celebration of love. The doggie details were thoughtful and cohesive with the overall vision while fulfilling our heartfelt mission to find our couple’s foster pup, Etta, a local rescue dog, her forever home. The best part of this shoot is all the dogs were a part of a local rescue group and have since been adopted. MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot409MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot131 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot3 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot6 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot17 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot25 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot315 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot34 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot36 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot56 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot60 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot87 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot226MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot90 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot93 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot108 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot109 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot118 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot330 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot342 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot351 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot358 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot365  MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot126  MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot137 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot144 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot154 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot157 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot166 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot174 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot184 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot195 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot212   MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot236 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot254 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot258 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot269 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot271   MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot324 MandyWhitleyPhotography_styledshoot280 The best part of this shoot is all the dogs – especially the star of the day, Etta, who was (at the time) a part of a local rescue group – she has since been adopted. Photographer:  Mandy Whitley Photography//Caterer: 8 Lavender Lane Catering & Events//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Artisan East//Model:Asher Wilkinson//Model:Darrin Nelson//Other: East C.A.N.//Officiant: Elope in Nashville//Dress Store: Fabulous Frocks of Nashville//Model:Gabi Sutton//Equipment Rentals: Grand Central Party Rentals//Event Designer:Megan Sanders & Casey Todd//Model:Mollie Wilson//Apparel: Otis James Nashville//Specialty Foods: Pickers vodka//Reception Venue: Riverwood Mansion//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: The Dog Spot//Makeup Artist: Wonderfully Made Beauty//Cinema and Video: Yanay Films//  

Ethically Styled Wedding Inspiration: San Fransisco, CA

Today we are sharing a fun, ethically stylized, inspiration shoot sent to us by the incredibly talented photographer, Praise, from ComePlum in San Fransisco, CA.
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Here is what the team had to share:
‘So grateful to do this ethically styled home shoot with Suzanne and Kevyn (Jill of all trades!) of Atelier Des Modistes and Natasha of The Consistency Project. We incorporated vintage and thrift items from The Consistency Project for the styling of this shoot. Their goal is to reduce waste and their mission statement is “For those who do more with less and waste nothing.” Natasha of The Consistency Project who styled this shoot volunteers at a community thrift store several times a month. Praise, from ComePlum, does international photojournalism work annually, highlighting brands and individuals who give back or focus on socially conscious areas. She has photographed artisans in Kenya, an adoption in India, and orphanages in Romania, thus far.’
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‘The couple, Jeff and Cándida, has been married for 3 years now, and in preparation for the upcoming move, they wanted to share their sweetly styled love nest with the world.  Jeff and Cándida continuously embody what it means to give back. They volunteer with their church in San Francisco, Vive.SF, and work with local budding photographers, teaching them the basics of photography around SF with CanvasTribe.’
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‘The shoot was all about mixing these tailored pieces with items previously loved by others. Its couture meets comfortable. A perfect vibe for this hard-working, yet ever yolo-ing couple. Watch out for Cándida’s forthcoming home/interiors line (perhaps hints of Guatemalan textiles in the pipeline).’
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Photography: ComePlum | Models: Jeff and Cándida Wohlgemuth | Dress, shoes, earrings, hairpiece: Atelier Des Modistes | Pocket square, jacket, sweatshirt, bandana, vintage tees: The Consistency Project

Weddings that Give Back: Megan & Joe- Leesburg, VA

Today’s wedding is not only stunning, but most importantly, it is incredibly impactful. The couple chose to use their wedding day to serve others by donating to The Fisher House (and Young Life). Fisher Houses provide military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. brandilynn_aines_photography-9922 Our amazing vendor, Brandilynn Aines Photography documented their day and has a shared heart for non-profits serving the military. She uses her wedding & portrait services to donate and bring awareness to soldier suicide & mental illness. She is a surviving daughter of soldier suicide with a step-dad who suffered from PTSD & Bi-Polar Disorder. She wants to bring more awareness to others who may have no connection to the military or someone who suffers from mental illnesses. It’s a serious issue that our country is facing and there needs to be more awareness brought to help stop this tragic epidemic. As far as local and globally giving back, there are local chapters in the organization called Stop Soldier Suicide, as well as National Chapters. Giving has been a pretty positive impact on her business through getting to know more military families and teaching people about this issue. brandilynn_aines_photography-9947brandilynn_aines_photography-3259brandilynn_aines_photography-3098brandilynn_aines_photography-3119 brandilynn_aines_photography-0317brandilynn_aines_photography-0217brandilynn_aines_photography-0889brandilynn_aines_photography-6957brandilynn_aines_photography-6942 brandilynn_aines_photography-9969brandilynn_aines_photography-0026 brandilynn_aines_photography-0073 brandilynn_aines_photography-0756 brandilynn_aines_photography-0784 brandilynn_aines_photography-3328 brandilynn_aines_photography-3365brandilynn_aines_photography-0137   brandilynn_aines_photography-0373 brandilynn_aines_photography-0431 brandilynn_aines_photography-0437 brandilynn_aines_photography-0543  brandilynn_aines_photography-3238brandilynn_aines_photography-3406brandilynn_aines_photography-0927 brandilynn_aines_photography-0877 brandilynn_aines_photography-0610 brandilynn_aines_photography-0613brandilynn_aines_photography-0958      brandilynn_aines_photography-6889 Photography: Brandilynn Aines Photography // Venue: Raspberry Plain // Florals : Terri David / terridlax@yahoo.com // Hair: Monica Mather / salofleurdelis@yahoo.com // Makeup:  Jordan Ward / Jordan@glambarmua.com// Videographer: Chris Hall-Tipping / p.703.303.6408 // DJ: DJ Phlipz // Cake: Niko Cakes, Laura Siko // Catering: Dianna Gilbert / dianna@rrcatering.com // Bridesmaids Dresses : After Six // Groomsman Attire:  Men’s Warehouse // Invites: Jesse Wells / jesskawells@gmail.com // Cigar Rollers: Cortex Cigars// Charities supported: Donations made to The Fisher House and Young Life

Weddings that Give Back: TLove & Jeannette, Maine

In honor of Pride Appreciation, we wanted to celebrate this incredibly compassion-driven love story with you all one more time. This incredible couple used their wedding day to serve and positively impact their family, their community and the environment around them. Thank you to our BSB Vendor, Tara Lynn Bridal, for sharing their story with us and for creating the ethical wedding attire. Molly Haley captured the day in all of it’s locally sourced, organic and intentional goodness. Upon receiving their ‘giving back story’ we were blown away by the sheer magnitude of kind thoughtfulness that went into making their socially conscious wedding a success! See what the couple had to share below: Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900002 ‘For our wedding, we wanted to infuse as much of our personalities and our consciousness into the day as possible.  We are passionate about local farms, the local economy, and local arts as well as cooperative living communities.  Our intention was nurture our guests by practicing consciousness for the environment, our community and ourselves.’ Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900007   Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900044 ‘Our flowers were also organic and purchased from local Maine farms and from a friend’s personal garden. We also had both of our wedding outfits custom-made out of organic hemp and cotton from Tara Lynn Bridal (Tara Lynn is not only eco-friendly, she also donates a portion of her annual profits to a Vermont-based domestic violence non-profit and a few other causes)’. Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900017 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900018 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900021 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900024 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900025 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900026 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900029 ‘As part of our ceremony, we included a group guided kaleidoscope yoga circle with over 120 participants, our guests.’Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900031 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900036Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900033  Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900038 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900039 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900040 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900042  Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900010Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900046 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900047 ‘Our dinner menu was buffet-style, vegan, organic with all produce from local Maine farms and prepared and cooked by us and our friend, who is a vegan chef. We composted everything from our community meal, including our dinner wares, and donated it to Zero Food Waste.’ Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900008Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900050Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900053 ‘Our take away gifts were reusable vintage purple Ball Jars with lids to be used to drink from at the wedding day and beyond. We also held a safe and sober space for the entire weekend.’ Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900004 ‘To support local arts, we hired several local musicians, a local swing dance instructor to help choreograph a group dance for our wedding party, as well as visual artists (live painters) to celebrate the day’Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900055 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900056 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900060 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900061 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900062 ‘For our gift registry we accepted donations for a cross country road trip to explore and document cooperative living communities throughout the U.S.. We will be compiling this trip into a video documentary screening as a way to educate and give back to our community.’ Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900066 Photographer:  Molly Haley//Event Venue: Live Well Farm//Fashion Designer: Tara Lynn Bridal//