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Sustainably Stylized Wedding Inspiration: Celebrate with BRIGHT purpose!

Weddings are amazing, no? They are full to the brim of ALL the feelings and ALL the great things – grandmothers dancing, tears of joy, beautiful voices, hand holding, delicious eats, I could go on forever. They are a time to do nothing else but enjoy the moments you are given to celebrate life. This put aside, Black Sheep Bride is committed to sharing weddings and inspiritation that encourage and incorporate ways to plan a wedding that actually benefits the larger community and offer a sense of greater purpose. Meigan Canfield Photography and a team of extremely talented Colorado wedding vendors recently planned a styled shoot for this purpose in mind. They wanted to inspire couples to think beyond the standard planning, to consider how to waste less, to know the vendors that “give back” and only use cruelty free products, and to want their wedding to stand for something bigger. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto77 Here is a list of the vendors and how they give back: Photographer :  Meigan Canfield Photography ~ Meagan strives to connect with the industry vendors who “give back” or neutralize their carbon footprint as much as possible, so that she can recommend their services and grow a more sustainable, “green” wedding industry. She also uses an eco-friendly printing company for wedding albums and prints (Loktah). MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto217 Event Designers : ENLY Event Design ~ Is responsible for almost all of the background design in this shoot. They are a team of two beauties who strive to create modern and minimalistic, contemporary pieces. For the shoot, they created their pieces with a “greener” approach considering its lifespan and the materials used during creation. For the shoot, they created a ceremony backdrop that was made from recyclable coasters. They used milk paint (an environmentally friendly paint) to paint the coasters shades of blue. They also hand built the bar, which they created using wood and paper tiles that were made from 100% recycled post-consumer paper, designed and packed to minimize the carbon footprint. These can be fully recycled after their use. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto215 Venue: Blanc ~ Is an old industrial warehouse in the heart of Downtown Denver. The venue was originally built in 1890, and was multi-purposed as both a tool shop and an automotive repair yard. It has since been up-cycled and renovated into a beautiful multi-space location venue for all types of events. It is the perfect venue for a sustainable wedding, because it has been recycled into a modern space which offers a variety of different areas within. There is a naturally lit indoor room that can be used for ceremonies, a beautifully landscaped backyard with a court and cherry blossoms for cocktail hour and a barn that can be used for dinner and receptions. This also eliminates any unnecessary travel from place to place during the event. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto258 Dress Shop: A&Bé Bridal Shop ~ offers a variety of wedding dresses made in different parts of the globe. For this shoot, A&Be offered a dress by the Designer Rebecca Schoneveld (BSB National Partner). Rebecca Schoneveld is based in Brooklyn, New York and all of her designer dresses are handmade by sustainable seamstresses and created using natural fabrics, this eliminates the need for polluting factory work. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto10 Cake Designer: Sugar ~ Offers vegan and organic options for her cakes and deserts. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto69 Florist: Boulder Blooms ~ Strives to showcase local floral product grown in and around the Boulder area, encouraging their daily customers and couples to consider flowers that are in season. They also participate in the Zero Waste Program, recycling and composting more than half their waste material. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto234 Makeup: Alli B Artistry LLC ~ Uses only animal-friendly and vegan makeup brands. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto23 Hair: My Hair Trip Salon ~ Denver’s only green organic certified hair salon. They use the most sustainable, non toxic, cruelty free, hair products. My Hair Trip Salon has just partnered with Green Circle Salons which recycles or finds an up-clycled use for most of their waste from hair clippings, foils, color, styrofoam, and even broken appliances. They are committed to creating as carbon neutral of a salon environment as possible. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto325 Ring Designer: Bucura Designs ~ is owned by a self taught silversmith who locally hand-makes all of her own creations. Most of the stones she uses come from small shops and artisan stone shapers she finds while on trips or donated from other artists who have no use for them. Other stones come from the Rio Grande shop, a go to online source dedicated to supporting the jeweler. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto53 Jewelry Designer: Purpose Jewelry ~ Their jewelry is handcrafted by survivors of modern-day slavery, empowering them through freedom, employment and financial stability. 100% of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a non-profit that provides holistic care for young women rescued from human trafficking. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto355 Invitation Designer: Paper Plates Press ~Created a lovely wedding invitation suite for the shoot. It was printed on 100% recycled cotton paper using a vintage letterpress. Instead of doing a traditional RSVP card that is returned by mail, they printed one that directed guests online to RSVP, to reduce the carbon footprint. In the suite, they included wildflower seeds with the invitation as a gift for guests to plant in their gardens. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto34 Ice Cream: High Point Creamery (Ice Cream Truck) ~ Uses the finest and freshest ingredients (Fresh fruit? Yes, please) to hand-make all of their own ice cream. There are no artificial flavors or coloring, and they offer a couple of vegan options as well. 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Sustainable Southwestern Fiesta Themed Wedding Inspiration, Texas Hill Country

Excited to learn that a few of our BSB vendors, Styled by Kelsey V. (Wedded Weekend organizer) and Camel and Birdie (calligrapher), were a part of this amazing southwestern stylized shoot, designed by Garnished Event and captured by Kati Hewitt Photography! We thought today couldn’t be a more perfect day to share some desert and fiesta-infused wedding inspiration. KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3997 Creativity was at its peak when this vendor team paired a bit of modern desert style with a touch of traditional fiesta elements. Tiny, bright potted cactus danced along the woven Serape table runner (long blanket like shawl native to Mexican and often brightly covered). Gold terrariums incorporated with white desert rocks and succulents brought the perfect amount of modern aesthetics to the shoot. The vendor team also popped in a few mini donkey pinatas to add a bit of fun to the already festive feel. We are also in love with the hand painted, 3-tiered cake, by Get Caked, added another unique touch to finish off the southwestern vibe. Last but not least, the breathtaking view of the Texas hill country was the perfect backdrop to make this styled shoot one for the books! KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4329 Kelsey is currently in Thailand for the next 6 weeks, teaching hair, makeup, and basic cosmetology practices through Shear Love International, an organization empowering local women to create their own business through hair design. KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4056 Catrina, of Camel and Birdie, is pretty much the coolest person around and personally inspired and taught me calligraphy last fall. Her heart for serving others and her community encourage us daily! KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3935 Renegade Custom Made Gowns has designed some of the funnest, boldest, out of the box, and sustainable couture wedding gowns available to creative alternative brides around the world. KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4213 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3929 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4079KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3930  KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3940  KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3944 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3960 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3964 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3973 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3977  KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3992 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3994 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP3996 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4013 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4022 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4024 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4027 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4029 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4032  KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4043 KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4050   KatiHewittPhotography_KHP4266 Photographer:  Kati Hewitt Photography | Jewelry: A. Tak Crafts | Veils and headpieces: Bark and Beam | Calligrapher: Camel and Birdie  | Jewelry: Chloe and Isabel | Event Venue: D6 Retreat | Event Designer: Garnished Event | Cake Designer: Get Caked | Linens and Coverings: Lavish Linens | Hair Stylist: Lori Nichols | Invitations: Lynsey Creative | Hair Stylist: Martha’s Healing Hands | Dress Designer: Renegade Custom Made Gowns | Heirlooms and extras: Sisters Vintage Party | Equipment Rentals: The Gathering Table Co. | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Xedo | Models: Lauren Elizabeth & Kolin Maki

Star Wars Weddings That Give Back: Winnie & Danny- Lonsdale, British Columbia

“You are the Light to my Saber.” Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016265 We recently received this amazing Star Wars themed wedding submission from  Family Creative Imagery and we’ve been saving it for today! Not only are the photos, design, and story absolutely amazing, we fell in the love with Winnie and Danny’s sentimental hearts and desire to waste less!  Winnie not only donated her dress to charity after their wedding, they also invested in a sustainable venue, rented/upcycled almost all of their decorations and incorporated air-plants for their guests to take home and enjoy for many years to come! Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny100120163 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny100120167 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201625 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201630Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201635Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201640 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201644Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016137 This unique story starts with Winnie (the bride) hinting that she’d like to keep her hand diamond-free. Because of her tiny clue, Danny knew that his proposal would need a little flare – and so, a lightsabre would be his “engagement ring” – and the eventual symbol of their wedding day. The groomsmen were all donning Star Wars themed socks, hankies and boutonnieres. Their first look was at a local park that held sentimental value for the couple. Winnie and Danny’s neighbourhood dog-walker was on hand, and approached with their adorable dogs during their portrait time. Of course, they requested “family portraits” with their furry kids. Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016180Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016187Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny1001201653Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016100Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016120Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016124Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016145 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016150 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016161Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016183  Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016191 “We loved the challenge of creating a modern, glam wedding with a touch of Star Wars. We teamed up with Bespoke Decor to come up with a design. Working with a palette of navy, blush and gold, the Star Wars elements playfully unfolded in the form of signage, stationery and mementos from Danny’s childhood — his Mom literally sent us a box of Star Wars goodies from their basement. We especially loved the amazing Star Wars candy buffet that Bespoke Decor created… And, we softened the Star Wars theme with loose, blush-toned arrangements by Garden Party Flowers. Xerographicas, Winnie’s favourite air plant, and Cafe au Lait dahlias were featured throughout.” – Smitten Events Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016209 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016233 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016238 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016261  Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016240 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016255 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016260Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016203Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016208 Winnie and Danny’s ceremony was planned for the upper floor of the newest venue on Lonsdale, The View. However, Smitten Events made a quick call to bring it inside when the wind and the rain picked up. With a chuckle, Danny professed to fight with Winnie against the Darkside. While holding the tears at bay, Winnie agreed. Once declared husband and wife, their parents crossed light-sabres as a symbol of their unity. Then they danced their way back down the aisle, while friends and family cheered them on. Danny’s dad captured the spirit of the day with Star Wars pun after Star Wars pun. His testimony, “Winnie, I know you are the Obi Wan for Danny,” got a real roar from the crowd. Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016317 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016321Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016345 Two Storm Troopers stepped out onto the deck, during cocktail hour photos and the tears that Winnie had so proudly held back during the ceremony, started to flow down her face. It was a surprise that neither Winnie nor Danny were expecting. Without any luck, the couple had tried to arrange Storm Troopers long before their wedding day. But as the day approached, Smitten Events found a way to pull it together. Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016385Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016390Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016406Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016449   The best part was that their venue is a sustainable and LEED Gold Standard building. “The View was built to the LEED Gold Standard, with energy efficiency measures throughout the building, including occupancy sensors, heat pump systems and natural ventilation. Geothermal walls beneath the building, in the park and walkway provide clean heating and “air-conditioning” throughout the building. Rain water “run off” is collected onsite and treated through a vegetated bio-swale incorporated into the landscaping on the site. All rainwater flows to the water feature and bio-swale in Rey Sargent Park. The building also hosts a Lonsdale Energy Corporate “sub-station” that provides energy to neighbouring residential complexes.” Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016461Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016588 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016463Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016591 Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016626Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016628Tam_Padovan_FamilyCreativeImagery_WinnieDanny10012016536 May The Force Be With You, Winnie and Danny! Participating Vendors:  Photographer:  Family Creative Imagery | Makeup Artist: All Dolled Up Studio | Design and Decor: Bespoke Decor | Cinema and Video: Family Creative Imagery Films | Floral Designer: Garden Party Flowers | Equipment Rentals: Lonsdale Events | Caterer:Savoury Chef | Event Planner: Smitten Events | Transportation:Star Limousine | Event Venue: The View on Lonsdale    

Weddings That Give Back: Poonam & Nishkaam- Santa Monica, CA

Did you know?
It only takes 50 cents to provide a day’s rations to a hungry child in the midst of a conflict zone.
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Poonam Kaushal and Nishkaam Mehta, of California, knew the statistics and they shared in their concern for the global hunger pandemic. Upon their exciting engagement announcement, Poonam and Nish decided to do something totally different with their $20K wedding budget. They used their wedding dollars to feed the children of Cameroon, through World Food Programme’s Share The Meal app.
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‘Right now you have 20 times more smart phones, than hungry children around the world,’ said Nish to a local Santa Monica news station. That statistic alone is mind blowing and sobering enough to make you think twice about that most recent iPhone upgrade.
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 Instead of a traditional multi-day Indian wedding and registry, the couple donated the large majority of their wedding budget to support 40,000 meals and raised hundreds of thousands of more meals through their crowd sharing campaign.  Their Million Meals for Love campaign launched on January 14 and concluded on Valentine’s Day with a simple civil ceremony and intimate reception. They have since raised 270K+ meals and are simply grateful to their loved ones and honored to be a part feeding and empowering the children of Cameroon through their Million Meals for Love campaign!
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If you would like to get involved and Share the Meal with hungry children worldwide, Download the app today and donate!   
Photographer credit: Matei Horvath Photography