Meet Lizzie Randazzo of Market Colors.
Market Colors, an awesome online artisan space, with one major belief:
‘Where we shop can make a difference.’
So with that mantra in mind and in heart … she began pursuing ways to make a bigger impact in the world through creative means- fashion. She traveled back and forth to Kenya several times and sought out ways to help women get to a place of self sustainability through artisan jewelry and accessory design. Market Colors collaborates with African based artisans to create products that are high-quality and equally eye-catching and trendy for the end consumer.
Lizzie was also recently a bride herself and recognized the impact her wedding day planning had on the world and made sure to incorporated some fun MC pieces into their BIG DAY! They have also been used as wedding day favors at other wedding celebrations as well. The options are endless and the variety is captivating.
‘Market Colors is a nonprofit that exists to make a difference in the lives of craftsmen throughout the world. We call it Handmade Impact.’
Photo Credit: Shutter Life Productions
(top) & KT Crabb Photography
Check out the video all about their mission and why your wedding choices make such an impact to artisans across the pond.
For more information on how to get Market Colors at your wedding day- Check out… www.marketcolors.com
In leau of the Black Sheep Bride Debut… I put together a stylized shoot that out-shined all the rest. The purpose of the shoot was to inspire, challenge and encourage wedding couples/vendors to consider their day a gift… not completely for themselves, but rather a gift for those in need, they help with each vendor/product choice they make in the process. Each participating vendors helps on a local or global level in their giving and each choice made in the planning process was with the intention of taking each $ and making it count for GOOD.
Accessories: The Giving Keys
Dress: Rent The Runway
Venue: The Barn Theatre at Winthrop
Paper Goods: Invitation Consultants
/Oh Hello Events
Furniture/Rentals: Anna Jane Styling
Shoe Drop Off Organization: Dando Amor
Confetti Wands: Oh Goodie Design and Events
Flags/Cake Topper: I Heart Flags
Photography: Jerdan Photography
(and the lovely help of Out of the Box Photography
Cinematographer: John Roquemore
Florals: TaylorMade Wedding and Event Flowers
Succulent pieces: Flowers on the Fly
Ceramics: Don Sizemore Ceramics
Turf Table Top: Forever Lawn Tampa
Its pretty amazing that couples are finding enough value in using their wedding budgets to give back that they would dedicate their entire wedding theme to TOM’S! Just imagine all the children they served through purchasing products that give back. Be on the look out for the full wedding showcase soon!
Special Thanks to Ashley and Todd Films
in Northern Florida for sharing their beautiful story.
Dede & Kyle Engagement
from Ashley and Todd
This past spring I trekked over to Austin, TX for a conference like none other, called IF: Gathering. It was a gathering of over 1,000 ladies looking to be more than the status quo and seek to make an impact with their giftings and passions. While I was there I received the opportunity to learn and meet with The Giving Keys!
It was like love at first… do-gooder-hippie… sight… We were meant to be! The take old keys, stamp simple messages on them, and hand them off to the world with a basic message: ‘#Payitforward’. The intention of the trendily-delicious jewelry isn’t to hold them hostage in your jewelry box for life, but rather to share the message with someone in need. They also help rehabilitate the homeless of LA back into the work force with their up cycled phenomenon.
So Like I do best when I see something that intrigues me… I struck up a conversation and told them all about my plans for the future with Black Sheep Bride! They were immediately interested and looking to get more awareness into the wedding industry – SO Brides, bridesmaids, grooms, HECK WHY NOT THE ENTIRE GUEST LIST… could rock these lovely gems out with style on anyone’s wedding day… all while giving back and helping spread the positive messages on each piece.
Check them out! www.thegivingkeys.com and start Paying It Forward
Photo Credit: Jerdan Photography