Cactus Inspired Sustainable Stylized Shoot: Northern California

When a group of lifelong friends gather in a cactus grove and let their creativity run wild, magic happens. At least that is the case for today’s sustainably stylized inspiration shoot!

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As a little girl, Elise of Elise Aileen Photography, fell head first into a cactus, resulting in a trip to the hospital and, many years later, the idea behind the creation of this cactus crown shoot came to life. When Elise asked our friend, Mack Floral Design, to collaborate, she was enthusiastic but unsure of how to pull something like that off. Cactus, it turns out, isn’t her go-to for crown making materials. Still, she was inspired by the varying shades of green, the richness in texture and the simple fact that she had never seen one before. After scouting for months to find the perfect Northern California wine country location, she discovered a giant cactus grove on the side of the road, coupled with an abandoned house. It was perfect.

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The shoot features blooms in caramel, indigo, burgundy and blush pink tones, and is accessorized with cherished décor, sustainably sourced from their travels, thrift stores and even their families’ heirloom china cabinets! The heart of the shoot rests in the subtle personal details and in the stories of the women who brought it to life. The table is anchored with a treasured keepsake – a Fulani blanket picked up from a local craftsman in Nigeria where Mack Floral volunteered for the Rafiki Foundation (an organization that she continue to support from afar which serves orphans and widows in ten different countries in Africa). The vintage Nicaraguan cigar box pays homage to the place Elise met and married her husband, and where she continually returns to volunteer for eye care clinics. One of the models serves as an ambassador for Save the Storks, an organization that partners with local pregnancy centers to increase training, tools and resources for expecting mothers. The passion fruit cake was specially crafted by Hollie Fortkamp of Beloved Bakery and features a glass-globed terrarium with a protea perched inside. Afterward the cake was enjoyed by the San Francisco Perspectives Class, an organization that educates and empowers people to serve the global community. The flowers were repurposed (de-prickled!) and spread color and cheer at a local hospice center.

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For all the creative couples looking for inspiration for their big day, we charge you: Be bold! There is beauty in abandoned places, in prickly materials, in creating your vision with the people that matter most – the ones you’ve grown up with, who understand you. Select vendors who share your values, who source sustainable products and design with purpose. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different materials and to incorporate unconventional things. At the end of the day, the flowers were beautiful, the cake delicious, and the pictures perfect, but the real joy was in the camaraderie we felt and the opportunity to share our labors of love long after the shoot was over.

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Vendor List:

Photography: Elise Aileen Photography | Floral Design: Mack Floral Design | Cake: Beloved Bakery | Hair: Ali Pedersen | MUA: Cristina Lopez | Model: Claire Dwyer | Model: Trista Ann Marie Eazell

Off Grid Adventure: Elaine & Kaleb-South Island, New Zealand

As we’re dwindling down in our National Park Week Festivities this week, there are a few fun extras we wanted wanted to share with you. We wanted to highlight not only the weddings in national parks, but the couples that valued going off grid and into nature… so when we saw this video shared on Elaine’s (of KEJ Productions) FB this week, we knew it needed to be shared! However this a few bazillion miles away from an American National Park, we bent the rules for this share, because …. Just look at this glorious natural EARTH wonderfulness! Do you not agree!?

BSB asked Elaine one question: Why? Why was this trip across the globe and off-grid so important to her marriage!? Here was her reply:

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‘Oh gosh. I think so many people live through life wishing they could do a or b. Since Kaleb and I got married we decided we weren’t just going to “wish” but “do”. So we aggressively saved the money and traveled to New Zealand, and it was worth every sacrifice. We were in NZ for almost a month and for 17 days we lived in a motorhome – being off the grid was the most refreshing thing we’ve ever done. It was a true vacation and definitely revealed what we value most and what we do not. We didn’t miss a single thing except our family and cat. Lol. When we got home, we minimalised our possessions immediately.’

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Videography/Photography: KEJ Productions | Motorhome Rental Company: Wilderness Motorhomes NZ

Going Green with Zass Design, Upcycled Jewelry for Every Occasion

Name one color that doesn’t literally represent it’s shade? The answer is: GREEN!
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Being ‘Green’ means so much more than the shade itself, it means wasting-less, and being intentional with our consumerism and how it impacts our environment. With today being St. Patrick’s Day, we thought it would be the perfect day to introduce you to an amazingly GREEN company called Zass Design we met last fall, in Raleigh, NC (thanks to our BSB Vendor, Images by Amber Robinson). They make a wide variety of upcycled jewelry from discarded trash, aluminum cans, magazines, vinyl records, and other sources. My personal favorite from their collection are the Wedding Invitation Studs, made from your Big Day’s paper goods!
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Their philosophy in every creation is to respect the environment and the fundamental principles of eco-design: reduce, reuse, recycle. Every piece has a history, a starting point. Each piece is individual with a unique past, present and a future story of its own.
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Participating Vendors:
(BSB Vendor) Photography: Images by Amber Robinson
Recycled jewelry: Zass Design
Location: Zartiques
Makeup: Frontrow Cosmetics (Cruelty Free- Vegan)

Sustainably Stylized Wedding Inspiration: Louisville Water Tower, KY

During the spring and summer months in Louisville, the Ohio River serves as a riverfront communal playground. Families can be found relaxing on boats, taking long strolls along the sandy banks, and collecting sea glass and driftwood, as momentos. In honor of Louisville Water Tower Park, the historic landmark that ties past and present history all together, Design in Mind Events pulled together a team of 19 talented vendors to style a tranquil yet romantic wedding theme around water. The color scheme of blues (cornflower blue, light blue and serenity blue) brought to view the natural beauty of the celebration and the habitat surrounding the venue. With these items in mind, it made sense to design tall sails, as well as, incorporate sea glass and driftwood to showcase the water theme. There were also some subtle visual ties such as the bride’s hairstyle to signify waves of water, a pageant bouquet to represent the doric column of the tower and the off-centered cake to emulate the spiral staircase.
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Eco-friendly elements also played an important role in this styled shoot. To offset the use of flowers, Design in Mind Events incorporated plants and paper water lilies made by Papillon Originals. The hemp silk bridal gown was designed by Elizabeth Crum of Evenweave Bridal, wedding bands by Naturaleza Organic Jewelry, vintage dishes by The Southern Soiree, furniture by Once Borrowed Vintage, cake made with local ingredients by Flour de lis Bakery and last but not least, Louisville Pure Tap — promoting clean tap water versus the purchase of bottled water for any event large or small. Louisville Water Tower Park is a true gem in Kentucky’s history and an exceptional event venue to celebrate your own BIG moments in life, while also supporting local historical landmarks and clean water initiatives in the Louisville community!

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Participating Vendors:

Photographer:  Photo Lulu//Invitation Designer: Coulter Creative Design//Event Designer: Design in Mind Events//Officiant: Dr David Huddleston//Linens and Coverings: Events LLC//Dress Designer: Evenweave Bridal//Equipment Rentals: Fifty Chairs //Bakery: Flour de lis Bakery//Hair Stylist: Hair Bar//Apparel: Handmade by Peake//Other: Louisville Pure Tap//Event Venue: Louisville Water Tower Park//Ring Designer: Naturaleza Organic Jewelry//Design and Decor: Once Borrowed Vintage//Paper Props: Papillon Originals//Professional: Photo Lulu Photography//Groomsman Attire: Shirts, Ties N Links//Jewelry:Studio Genevieve//Makeup Artist: The Beauty Patrol//Other: The Southern Soiree//

Vendors that Give Back: Charity Wedding to Deserving Couple, Minneapolis, MN

Gary and Kanika were at Steller Hair Company, getting their hair done, a week ago. As Katie, owner of Steller Hair Company, gave Gary a beard trim, he told her of the couple’s fears and what they wanted to do. They originally planned to travel to India and have their wedding, alongside their family, but those plans were derailed and they decided to act faster than expected. Due to the uncertainties with immigration, Gary and Kanika decided they didn’t want to risk waiting to get married, and why wait? Katie immediately said, we will have your wedding here, and we will plan it for you.

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Katie then put a post on her personal Facebook seeing if anyone would be interested in helping her plan this special day (in 5 days!).  ‘Within 48 hours, and hundreds of messages, Steller Hair Company is proud to partner with these amazing businesses/people to give our neighbors a wedding that they can look back and feel love and support, not fear.’

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‘We, at Steller Hair Company, love people.

We love our clients.

Steller Hair has the honor of hosting this wedding.

This wedding is a statement of love, not politics.

One thing that we can all relate to as humans, nothing is guaranteed in life.

Tomorrow is never a promise, it is always a gift.

So why wait to do what we feel in our gut/soul/heart/mind is right and true?

We live in a world of uncertainty.

We live in a life of uncertainty.

We live in a body of uncertainty.

I am so thankful to live in a city where when someone is struggling, we rise up and help.

Thank you Minneapolis!

We are not supporting this wedding because we pity this couple, we are contributing because we value our people. We value love. We value community.

Cheers to love!’

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Amazing Participating Vendors (that donated their time, talent and goods to this deserving couple):

Venue/HMUA/Planning : Steller Hair Company | Officiant: Nora McInery  | Beer: Fulton Brewery | Popsicles: Jonny Pops | Reception: Pizza Nea | Photographer: Empiria Studios | Videographer/Live Feed: Metro Connections | Rings: Kelsy Lee- Karol | Paper Goods: Maker of Rad Design | Stylist/Boutique/Personal Shopper: Arc Value Village | Florals: Foxglove Market and Studio | Popcorn: Maddy and Maize | Nail Care: Frenchies Nail Care | Music/DJ: Minnesota Wedding Party | Rentals (Chairs/Tables/Glassware): Sibella Events

Special thanks to our ethical fashion friends at Hazel and Rose for sharing this story, for us to find!