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Sustainable Wedding Fashion for All Sizes: Rebecca Schoneveld- New York City, NY

Ever heard of Rebecca Schoneveld in Brooklyn? Of course, you have! WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-51 copy What started as an Etsy shop in 2010 has now blossomed into a nationwide brand with collections available across the country and at their flagship store in Brooklyn, NY.  For those of you who are lucky enough to visit Brooklyn and make it to the Schone Bride flagship store, they offer a very unique and exclusive custom gown experience.  Close to 80% of the flagship wedding clients select a custom Rebecca Schoneveld gown that is one of a kind.  Schone Bride loves encouraging the creative minds of their wedding clients and allows them to be a part of the “dress design” experience.  You can change a color, match the top of one gown with the skirt of another, add a sleeve, raise a neckline, as long as the “laws of gown making” say it can be done, Rebecca Schoneveld’s team will say ‘Absolutely’! Schone Bride has the honor of dressing a diverse group of wedding design clients and they are proud of that, as are we. They focus on heirloom quality fabrics and fits that work on a wide range of body types to highlight the unique beauty of the diverse women who wear their gowns. Schone Bride offers sizing from 00-30, and unlike many other wedding design and clothing brands, they do not apply surcharges for a dress being a different size.  From body shape to background, culture, gender, age, and religion, they celebrate each individual who walks through their doors. The majority of Rebecca Schoneveld gowns are produced in Gowanus Brooklyn, right down the street from our flagship store Schone Bride.  We believe in keeping the “New York Atelier” tradition alive and well. Take a peek at their latest collection below. Rebecca Schoneveld is a National BSB Partner and we are forever grateful for her support and alignment in our mission to give back and waste less!  WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-23 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-42   WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-99 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-136 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-145 copy WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-151 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-216 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-244 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-269 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-298 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-343 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-350 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-450 WSPCo-11282017-Rebecca-Schoneveld-Shoot-462 Photographer: Katherine Marchand | Wild Scout Photo Co. Model: Krista Mays Dresses: Rebecca Schoneveld Accessories: Lulu Frost // Eugenie Bee Rings: Digby and Iona Florals: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide List for BSB Couples

We’re often been asked for recommendations for planning guides, magazines, publications that help engaged couples plan INTENTIONAL wedding days. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite wedding planning guides that are sure to help you in your journeys. Our goal is to provide you with all available resources to plan your day without fuss, without wastes, and with BIG PURPOSE.
Below you will find books and magazines that are either 1. Eco-Friendly/Zero Waste Friendly 2. Budget Friendly 3. Everyone Friendly. (Disclosure: Affiliate links included below)
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If you’d like to add to this list, please feel free to share your recommendations to hello@blacksheepbride.com for consideration!

Plastic-Free Wedding: Amber + Tyler- Daytona, FL

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Our uber talented and kind-hearted BSB vendor, Jennifer Juniper Photography, recently photographed a plastic-free wedding on the East coast of Florida and we are so excited to share highlights of their day with you all. The couple was passionate about going plastic-free because they have a sincere adoration for sea turtle and ocean conservation. Read what Amber had to share about her Plastic-Free Wedding below.
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‘The decision to have a plastic-free wedding was an easy one for us. My husband is a HUGE Jack Johnson fan, and we recently attended a few of his shows. Jack made his events more than just about the music and celebration, he made it about how gathering a group of people together is the perfect audience for talking about issues in our world. Part of our inspiration came from that belief, and the other half came from my EXTREME love of turtles. I used to work for a non-profit humane society in the area, so animals are a BIG part of our lives. During my time at the humane society, I took a group of camp students to a local marine science center. During my FIRST visit to the Marine Science Center, I watched a volunteer teach a group of 5-year-olds about the impact a plastic bag has on a Sea Turtle. She talked about how a Sea Turtle can’t see the difference between a plastic bag and a jellyfish and how the bags can make the turtles very sick. That was my moment. I went home that day and vowed NEVER to use plastic bags again. Since then, I’ve been able to convince my friends and family about stopping the use of single-use plastic bags and either bringing their own, using paper or just skipping the bag altogether.
From both of our ideas, we began to think of ways that we can make an impact on the audience we had in front of us on our special day. What if… we could make a small difference? So we did! We began to drum up ideas that could make this event a success. My favorite was the art we created from our beach cleanups (shown below). Jack Johnson had done something similar for his tour, so we grabbed some inspiration from this. We did regular beach cleanups leading up until the big day, and I took only a small portion of what we collected and used it for inspiration to make an art piece to display to our guests on our big day.
We also gifted our guests’ cookies in addition to our favor donation to a local marine science center. The cookies, of course, would have been wrapped in plastic. So we had to find an alternative, which wasn’t hard to find with a little research.’
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‘You may ask if having a plastic-free wedding meant we “saved” money. We didn’t really “save” money because when it came to this initiative we weren’t going to take no for an answer. We replaced A LOT. Trash bags, straws, coffee stirrers, etc. In the aspect of “saving money,” we did a lot on our own. Tyler is incredibly handy and loves to spend time in the garage wood-working. So together, we created some really cool pieces for the big day. All of the signs and decor we had were made from upcycled wood from a local shop. A local succulent artist dedicated to the conservation of the beach helped me create beautiful succulent pieces. To purchase things of this nature would have probably been more expensive, and they wouldn’t have any underlying meaning to them. We did save money when we said no to things like balloons, fake flowers, etc. It’s crazy, but during our beach cleanups, we found SO many fake rose petals cluttering the beach. Do I think this event cost more from going plastic-free? Yes. Do I think it was worth it? Yes, I didn’t spend an unheard of amount of money, a few dollars here and there to know we’re making a bigger impact.’
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Tyler and I REALLY loved making this day the way it was. We were also sponsored by the Sea Turtle Conservancy and Naked Turtle Rum company in our efforts for the sea turtles and going plastic free. Naked Turtle Rum provided our guests with custom cocktails and items for use in our recyclable bag favors, and the Sea Turtle Conservancy set up the partnership with Naked Turtle Rum and provided us resources for our guests to learn more about their efforts. In addition to favors, we adopted a Sea Turtle from the Marine Science Center.  DSC_9619 DSC_9625
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“So What Can I Get You for Your Wedding?” via SoKind Bride

“So What Can I Get You for Your Wedding?”  

Written by: Lorelei G. Voorsanger, SoKind Registry User

It should have been a question that filled us with delight and anticipation, but when our friends started to ask us what they could get us as wedding gifts, both Mark’s and my face dropped. “A new salad bowl? Some dishtowels? A set of steak knives?” Nooooo!!!! You see, we are so rich. And I don’t mean the kind of rich that you might be thinking, with three houses, five cars, and money to burn. Not that kind. But we’re so rich with love and family. And we’re especially rich with stuff. STUFF. This was the second marriage for both of us, and when we came together to blend families, we looked around and realized we had at least two of everything. Two sets of frying pans, two sets of camping gear, two toasters. Two sons and two… no, wait… THREE daughters. See! We had some to spare! We pared down most things to just one (but kept all the kids), and still, our garage and storage areas were bountifully full. View More: http://jonibilderback.pass.us/loreleiandmark Hmmmm…. Could we get away with being stern about our “no gifts” policy? We gave it some thought and decided that either people might think we’re grouchy and not grateful, or they would haul off and get us yet another set of pillowcases (we have 68 pillowcases… no joke) that we really don’t need. We had to find a way to redirect our guests to something that we could feel good about receiving. That’s where our SoKind registry came in. We brainstormed with the kids about activities that the whole family could feel good about (donations to causes we care about, passes to the local pool so we could all splash around on a hot day, home-cooked meals to give the kids a break from my weird dinners) and a few lovely indulgences for our honeymoon like a massage or bicycle rental or hotel room view upgrade.  Since we didn’t know where or when we would be able to go on our honeymoon, the “credits” to apply toward our romance at a later date were perfect. It couldn’t have fit our personalities more! We customized our registry to the hilt with a background, funny descriptions, goofy family photos, and creative requests for gifts. The kids showed it to their friends, proud that our family wasn’t asking for fine china, but instead for donations to specific charities. Then, at our picnic-in-the-park wedding reception, as Mark and I were having a friendly hula hoop competition (I won) and eating our body weight in BBQ and cornbread, we overheard our friends saying: “Did you see their registry??!! It’s HILARIOUS! Here. I have it on my phone, I can show you.” We were delighted and flattered to hear people raving about how creative and fun and thoughtful it was that we put our own spin on the wedding gift tradition. View More: http://jonibilderback.pass.us/loreleiandmark And I’m pleased to report that (aside from a cheese grater that stands two feet tall. What is THAT????), we received the most delightful “gifts.”  A piece of artwork made by a friend who had just traveled to Thailand and brought back materials to make a collage, a rum cake, a coupon for a couple’s massage, movie tickets, and many more thoughtful gestures. We didn’t get any more STUFF to clutter up our garage!!! For more information, visit SoKind Registry.

How to Combat Christmas Card Chaos and Holiday Waste!

PSA: If you send Christmas/Holiday Cards each year to all of your amazing friends, family, and clients (if you’re a business) this is by no means a deter your efforts, I am actually quite jealous of your organizational skills, and postage stamp marketing budgets. This post is intended to educate the masses on how to be less wasteful in the holiday card process, so you know your options and also know your cards are eternally welcomed in my mailbox. With that said, let’s take a moment … and think about Christmas’s past… Where did all of your gorgeous cards land after the first of the year. I am not much of a betting woman, but I have a feeling, they went in one of three places: 1. A Kitchen Drawer, 2. A Box stashed away to live its days in darkness for the rest of eternity, 3. The trash. Photo Robin Hammond/iconphotos ph 07866 489 959 Debora Stevenson Recycling London. 05.12.06

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Today we want to chat about #3: ‘The Trash’. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day household waste increases by nearly 25% in the US alone, this adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week in our cities landfills. With wrapping paper, dead spruce trees, and ribbon leftovers galore… We know how to make one heck of a nasty mess! American’s spend over 7 billion dollars on greeting cards each year. With an estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards purchased in the US, that is enough to fill a football field 10 stories high and harvest over 300,000 trees. * But there is good news, you have options and here they are: 1. Eco-friendly cards are becoming more and more popular as conscious consumers speak out for sustainable alternatives. However it is too late for Christmas, jot these 3 awesome companies down, not only do they utilize eco-friendly paper options, they also have a strong business foundation on giving back to the community/planet. ecopaper

1. Paper Culture 2. Caroline Creates 3. Artifact Uprising

2. You could also go paperless, waste-less, with a fun e-card this season, you still have a few hours left to get them sent out before Santa arrives. Care2 has a great selection of e-card options and every card sent a donation is made to charity. care2logonew 3. You can also recycle your cards through St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Recycled Card Program here. 6a010535daec11970c017d40e1dfbd970c-800wi So that is why I will leave this here for all of you to enjoy… From our crazy, imperfect, work-in-progress family to yours… Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Belated Happy Diwali and Happy Eid (and all the other holidays your amazing family might celebrate throughout the new year). Hope 2018 brings you many happy memories and much success.

Thank you all for giving me a reason to do what I love and write about my passions for change, in and out of the wedding industry!

You are all loved so BIG in my book!

Eternally Yours,

Danielle | Leading Lady of BSB

Sources: Greeting Card Association 2015 |  Cal Recycle | Recycle Works