Sustainable Stylized Shoot: Images By Amber R – Raleigh, NC

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you on this glorious spring day!
Today, we are sharing an amazing collaboration shoot with multiple BSB Vendors: Images by Amber Robinson, Camel+Birdie (Calligraphy+ Signage), Rebecca Schoneveld (Wedding Gown Designer). There are so many upcycled, reused, sustainable, and vintage elements in this shoot, you’ll be sure to be inspired. From the brew cuff and earrings, made from recycled beer cans, to the vintage heirloom shawl, that has been passed down through 4 generations, to the locally grown and sourced flowers used in the centerpieces and bouquet. They even organized the shoot at a venue that is also a real working farm. We hope it makes you as GREEN with ENVY as it did us.
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Photographer: Images by Amber Robinson | Styling: HoneyBee Mine Events | Rentals/Furniture: The Prettiest Pieces | Fine Jewelry: Tacori at Diamonds Direct | Guinness BrewCuffs / Earrings: Zass Designs | Invitation Suite / Calligraphy: Camel+Birdie | Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Gown Designer: Rebecca Schoneveld at Gilded Bridal | Cake: Simply Cakes | Floral: Bowerbird Flowers + Apothecary | Makeup: The Basic Chic | Hair: Megan McIntyre M2 Studio | Ring Boxes: The Family Joolz | Venue: 1870 Farm

Sustainable Stylized Shoot: Images By Amber R – Raleigh, NC

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.
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.
Participating Vendors:
Bride: Going Zero Waste | Photography: Allison Andres | Cake and Florals: Whole Foods

Styled For a Cause: Jourdan + Solomon- Blind Pass Beach, FL

BSB received an email a few months ago from one of our favorite BSB vendors, sandrachile. It went a little something like this….

‘…I’m don’t even know how to start this email because I have a crazy situation here (crazy awesome!). I found a girl in Ft. Myers that was putting together a styled shoot “with purpose”…’
…and the rest was history!
Thanks to sandrachile for introducing us to Emily Bivens Creative. She has a heart for serving others and recently organized a series of stylized shoot workshops to give back to charity. Emily put together this sweet collection of details, while also highlighting ethical and socially conscious brands. A portion of the attendee ticket costs was donated to A21 (fighting human trafficking) after the event.
Following photos by: Emily Bivens Creative
The bride and groom, Jourdan and Solomon, were a real married couple.  The photoshoot was a celebration of their upcoming anniversary as well as an opportunity for the photographers in attendance to support charity, and add some seaside to their portfolios. And, just as in a real wedding, they rolled with the unpredictable weather. Thankfully, the rain from Hurricane Harvey stopped just long enough to squeeze in the photoshoot. The strong winds made for some beautiful waves! 
BSB Vendor, Celia Grace, was also a part of this fun experience. They are an amazing wedding fashion brand committed to crafting beautiful fair trade wedding dresses. Jourdan wore their lovely ‘Eleanor’ gown for the shoot. Shop their collection here.  The stationery for Design:FL was designed by Emily Bivens Creative and printed on fair trade Mr. Ellie Pooh Paper.DSC_6055

The flowers from this shoot were donated to Douglas T. Jacobson Veteran’s Home after the event.


Following photos by (BSB Vendor): sandrachile

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The devastation in Texas and Louisana caused by Hurricane Harvey is heart wrenching. The bride’s mother is undergoing chemo treatments and didn’t evacuate to a shelter due to immune system concerns. The hospital opened to allow her to continue receiving treatments but they were staying in an apartment with a flooded garage. The family opened up a Go Fund Me for her here. Even though Hurricane Harvey has passed, the survivors are still working to rebuild their homes and hearts. Let’s lift up this family and all of those who have been affected by this disaster!



Styled by: Emily Bivens Creative | Flowers: Floral Artistry of Sanibel | Dress: Celia Grace | Rentals: So Staged Events | Tablecloth: All Event Rental and Design  | A21 | Cake: Pastries by Design  | Stationery: Emily Bivens Creative | Printed on Mr. Ellie Pooh Paper | Bride and Groom: Jourdan and Solomon

*Styled For a Cause: Jourdan + Solomon- Blind Pass Beach, FL

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

Ever heard of Rebecca Schoneveld in Brooklyn?

Of course, you have!

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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! 

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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)
If you’d like to add to this list, please feel free to share your recommendations to for consideration!