Sustainably Stylized Inspiration Shoot: Farm to (Wedding) Table, Washington, D.C.

There is no better feeling than receiving an inspiration shoot submission that truly understands the heart and soul behind Black Sheep Bride (encouraging local, charitable, and sustainable wedding planning practices.) Pollyanna Events reached out to us with this amazing sustainably stylized shoot, devoted to locally grown and the available beautiful things (often taken for granted) that surrounded the vendor team on a hyper-local level. Here’s what she had to say about the vision behind this shoot and take a peek at how colorfully, vibrant and bright it all turned out!
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‘This styled shoot was born out of an everyday love for fields and flowers, the deep rich colors of nature and the delicious, bountiful harvest that blooms with summer. The idea of this shoot was that anyone, especially those that love to garden, could create a beautiful wedding using the natural beauty of the things they grow in their backyard. Working with an amazing group of vendors, we created a styled wedding experience that incorporated the fun, energetic spirit of a whimsical bride while complimenting the beauty of nature’s design. We carefully collected lots of elements from nature, as well as sifted through our homes, and collectively came up with a fabulous styled shoot that hopefully inspires and educates others on focusing on the things that are right in front of you to celebrate such a special event in your life.’

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‘This inspired wedding was deep with florals. All arrangements included flowers or vegetables grown directly on the property, but could have just as easily been grown in someone else’s garden. The bride wore a minimalistic floral crown incorporating small white pepper flowers from the garden. The bouquet and sweetheart table used all flowers directly from the farm, highlighting the zinnias and celosias that set the backdrop for the day. The table garland was a mix of farm-fresh flowers and organic produce such as mini-eggplants, peppers and melons that were being grown just a few feet away from the table.’

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‘Several aspects were DIY projects. Many of the settings for the table were cobbled together from favorite and easily accessible kitchen items, including the heirloom silver tray passed down through four generations that served as the dessert centerpiece. The wedding favors were a labor of love that included a collection of vegetables and homegrown and homemade canned goods.’
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 Participating Vendors and How They Give Back:
Photography – Gray Kammera Photography
-Gives back: Any excess produce grown at the end of each year is donated to DC central kitchen, from her farm (Working Over Thyme Farm).
Event Planning & Coordination: Pollyanna Events Florals
-Gives back: Donates leftover wedding flowers at the local nursing center for them to enjoy throughout the year.
Hair and Make-up – Alison Harper & Co.
Gives back: They have partnerships with local PTA’s and donate to schools in the area. They also volunteer services for local military soon to be mom’s at Operation Home Front and are currently establishing a relationship with LARS, a local advocacy group for survivors of domestic abuse.
Desserts – Teeny Pies
Gives back: They donate to a few local shelters when extra pies are available to give and also participate in Turn Up the Heat every year, which is a benefit for cervical cancer.
 Hope you LOVED it as much as we did!

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cake Designer: Sugar ~ Offers vegan and organic options for her cakes and deserts.

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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.

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Makeup: Alli B Artistry LLC ~ Uses only animal-friendly and vegan makeup brands.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photographer:  Meigan Canfield Photography//Dress Store: a&bé bridal shop//Makeup Artist: Alli B Artistry LLC//Event Venue: Blanc//Floral Designer: Boulder Blooms//Ring Designer: Bucura Designs//Design and Decor: ENLY Event Design//Specialty Foods: High Point Creamery Food Truck//Hair Stylist: My hair trip salon//Invitation Designer: Paper Plates Press//Jewelry: Purpose Jewelry//Cake Designer: Sugar Breck//

 

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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