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Off Grid Adventure: Elaine & Kaleb-South Island, New Zealand

As we’re dwindling down in our National Park Week Festivities this week, there are a few fun extras we wanted wanted to share with you. We wanted to highlight not only the weddings in national parks, but the couples that valued going off grid and into nature… so when we saw this video shared on Elaine’s (of KEJ Productions) FB this week, we knew it needed to be shared! However this a few bazillion miles away from an American National Park, we bent the rules for this share, because …. Just look at this glorious natural EARTH wonderfulness! Do you not agree!? BSB asked Elaine one question: Why? Why was this trip across the globe and off-grid so important to her marriage!? Here was her reply: Processed with VSCO with m5 preset ‘Oh gosh. I think so many people live through life wishing they could do a or b. Since Kaleb and I got married we decided we weren’t just going to “wish” but “do”. So we aggressively saved the money and traveled to New Zealand, and it was worth every sacrifice. We were in NZ for almost a month and for 17 days we lived in a motorhome – being off the grid was the most refreshing thing we’ve ever done. It was a true vacation and definitely revealed what we value most and what we do not. We didn’t miss a single thing except our family and cat. Lol. When we got home, we minimalised our possessions immediately.’ Processed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset IMG_4938Processed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset Videography/Photography: KEJ Productions | Motorhome Rental Company: Wilderness Motorhomes NZ

Weddings that Give Back: Sally & Susannah- Sequoia Retreat Center, CA

This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Park Week (4/15-4/23)!
(Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week)
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Truly in love with this couple’s passion and connection with sequoias and how they incorporated these magnificent trees into their wedding day vision! See what they had to share below!
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‘Redwoods are special. We each developed an appreciation for nature and forests early in our lives thanks to hours and weeks of family time spent hiking and camping in the woods of Texas, Colorado, New Hampshire, and many other beautiful and sacred spaces.
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Susannah’s first job out of college, as part of her Greencorps Fellowship, landed her in the California Sierras, running a campaign to protect California’s old growth Redwoods – one of our greatest assets in the fight against climate change. The aim was to stop Sierra Pacific Industries, a company that owns 1.7 million acres of the most Redwood dense land in the west, from clear-cutting, an unsustainable logging practice that along with taking down our big carbon defenders has and continues to destroy the economic centerpiece of communities throughout the Sierras- communities built on a foundation of sustainable logging. The campaign was not won nor has it been this many years later, but it was these trees – the same ones that we’ll stand tall above and around us on our wedding day – that Susannah made her long-term commitment to the work.
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We knew it was the spot the first moment we stepped foot on the grounds of the Sequoia Retreat Center.
The Sequoia Retreat Center is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains deep within a forest of redwood trees. The land has been held sacred since 1949. This is a place where much love has been experienced and a place where the deepest meaning of life may be explored in an atmosphere of quiet and beauty.’
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Photographer: Carmen Alvarez Photography | Venue: Sequoia Retreat Center | Coordinator: Samar Hattar-Blissful Events | Officiant: Jerusaha, Susannah’s sister | Caterer/Cake: Sequoia Retreat Center | DJ: Santa Cruz DJ Company | Florist: Laughing Gal Floral
____________________________ WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK! Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come! April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United States Buy a National Park (Forest) Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE. Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fundraising initiatives!

National Forest Wedding: Becky & Geoff- Mt. Hood National Forest, OR

This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Parks Week (4/15-4/23)! (Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week) View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoff Well, we couldn’t just stop with one Mt. Hood National Forest Wedding, so we are sharing two!!! It’s a double-header, full of eco, rustic themed glory!!  Thanks to our BSB Vendor, Karen J Hawley Photography, for sharing this fun Mt. Hood National Forest wedding with us today! View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoffView More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoff View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoffView More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoffView More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoff View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoffView More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoff View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoffView More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoffView More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoff View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/beckyandgeoff Venue: Mt. Hood Ski Bowl | Photography: Karen J Hawley Photography | National Forest/Park: Mt. Hood National Forest | Rentals: Something Borrowed Portland | Eco Florist: Emerald Petals | Dress: Maggie Sottero from Bridal Exclusives | Cake: As Good As It Gets | Ice Cream: Salt and Straw ____________________________ WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK! Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come! April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United States Buy a National Park (Forest) Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE. Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fundraising initiatives!

National Forest Wedding: Alison & Andrew- Mt. Hood National Forest, OR

This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Parks Week (4/15-4/23)! (Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week) View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/alisonandandrew Give us all the pine trees and Pacific North West foresty gorgeousness! Thanks to our BSB Vendor, Karen J Hawley Photography, for sharing this Mt. Hood National Forest wedding with us today! View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/alisonandandrew View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/alisonandandrew  View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/alisonandandrew View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/alisonandandrew View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/alisonandandrew View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/alisonandandrew View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/alisonandandrew View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/alisonandandrew View More: http://karenjhawleyphotography.pass.us/alisonandandrew Photography: Karen J Hawley Photography | National Forest/Park: Mt. Hood National Forest ____________________________ WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK! Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come! April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United States Buy a National Park Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE. Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fundraising initiatives!

National Park Wedding: Lauren & Frankie – Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Parks Week (4/15-4/23)! (Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week) View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative Thistles, berries, rolling hills, snow capped mountains, wild flower trails, and trees for days… these are the very things we think about when we hear about summertime weddings in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  Lauren and Frankie’s elopement didn’t miss a single thing either, thanks to Rad Red Creative. View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative  View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative  View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative National Park: Rocky Mountain National Park.  Photography: Rad Red Creative | Accommodations: The Pines Lodge | Dress: David’s Bridal | Suit: Calvin Klein | Bowtie: Two Guys Bow Ties ____________________________ WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK! Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come! April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United States Buy a National Park Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE. Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fundraising initiatives!