Going Zero Waste Elopement: San Francisco, CA

In the midst of one of the wildest seasons of disasters, between earthquakes, hurricanes, and wildfires, we have never been more encouraged by our audience of change making, waste-reducing, intentional living, and loving couples. We see you! Your attention to the environment, the waste, the need, and the love you have to offer the hurting world around you has not gone unseen. Thank you all for using your love to love others and waste less. Today we’re sharing a zero waste elopement from none other than the founder of Going Zero Waste and we couldn’t be more inspired by their story! Read what she had to share below.
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We had a big zero waste wedding planned in November. But, we decided to call it off and move it up to May and we eloped.
We did a big backyard bbq to celebrate with friends and family. Our goal was to produce no trash and we were really successful!
We did the backyard bbq potluck style. We bought a whole bunch of bread from the baker in our own cloth bags. I took my crockpot down to the butcher and had it filled with brisket. I also made a whole bunch of pulled jackfruit and let everyone else bring the sides.
We rented cornhole boards for entertainment. The day after we ferried into the city and met up with our immediate family for our City Hall ceremony.
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I wore a dress I got second hand. Justin wore a suit he’s had for a while. My mom picked up the flowers and the cake plastic free from whole foods. She brought my cake carrier to get the cake to-go to avoid a single-use disposable one.

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 After our intimate ceremony and photos, we had brunch at Kitchen Story SF and ate cake on real plates with real forks, of course.
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Participating Vendors:
Bride: Going Zero Waste | Photography: Allison Andres | Cake and Florals: Whole Foods

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.

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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!

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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.”

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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.

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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 |

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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.

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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