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//
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.
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.’
‘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!’
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!
Spring is right around the corner, friends! We wanted to take a moment to highlight a recent boho-centric, sustainably stylized, wedding inspiration shoot, put together by some amazing vendors that give back, based in Central Florida! Each vendor incorporated sustainability or giving back into this stylized shoot’s vision or is actively involved in their communities. Read about how each participating vendor gives back and/or shows value in sustainability and helping others.
Megan (Malindy Elene) :
Last week I attended an amazing fundraising event, co-sponsored by one of our BSB vendors, Tastes of Tampa Bay (a.k.a. Street Surfer Food Truck), that completely transformed my perspective on our local food bank and community needs. The event was called the Hunger Dinner, put on by Feeding Tampa Bay.
‘In Tampa Bay, over 700,000 people are food insecure, meaning they lack consistent and easy access to safe and nutritionally adequate food. In the United States 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger.’
The premise of the Hunger Dinner was simple: 1. Every guest received an envelope at the time of arrival. 2. After a fun cock-tail hour, they were addressed by FTB’s Director, explaining the purpose of the evening: discussing the true disparity of being food secure and how limited nutritional, sustainable food options are for those that are food insecure. 3. He then instructed the audience to open their envelopes. Each envelop had one of two messages inside: a. You are food secure and will have a nice three course meal, catered by Tastes of Tampa Bay (including formal flatware and plates) or b. You are food insecure and have a very limited budget available to purchase the non-catered food items available (on paper plates). This envelop option also came with one of two stories, explaining why someone might be food insecure. As people went onto their tables, they were met with half of the seats filled with place settings and salad plates, and the other seats were empty. It was truly humbling to watch as the tables filled up with guests and see their reactions as some guest received gourmet meals, and the others, not so much. Conversation continued over dinner as each table discussed how important it is to support organizations fighting food insecurities and to be sensitive to those in need of help.
For more information about giving back to Feeding Tampa Bay visit their website HERE. For every $1 donated you are providing 10 meals to the community. To find your city’s local food back visit Feeding America HERE.