Weddings That Give Back: Tammy & Nathan- Pittsburgh, PA

Who said good things can’t happen on Friday, The Thirteenth? 

Today’s featured wedding couple went out of their way to show kindness and intentional love with every aspect of their wedding day planning! The couple opted for a charity registry, instead of ‘more stuff’, and choose to support a local Pekingese Rescue where they adopted their dogs from. They also had a dollar dance and the money collected was donated to a rabbit rescue. They hired a farm to table caterer with a 90% vegetarian dinner and skipped unnecessary decorations. The only vendor the couple hired outside of the venue’s vendor guide was our very own BSB Vendor, Sandrachile, specifically because she is an ethical and charitable business owner. Let this story of collective generosity take root in our hearts and breathe life into actionable kindness today!

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At the end of the night, once all the fun was had, Sandra (the photographer) went out of her way to deliver all of the wedding leftovers to the local homeless neighbors surrounding the area. This is the example we want to set, am I right?

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Participating Vendors: 

Photographer (BSB Vendor): Sandrachile | Venue: The Morning Glory Inn | Dress: Glitter and Grit, Designed by Antonio Gual | Shoes: BHLDN  | Groom’s wear: Todd Snyder  | Florals: The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers | Caterer:  Fish Hawk Acres | Cake: Gluten Free Goat Bakery  | Musician: John Parrendo | Wedding favors: Burdick Chocolate | Makeup artist: Hillary Shields | Hairstylist: Tara Mueller | Wedding Band: Samantha Skelton

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

5 Reasons This Couple was Grateful for their Disaster Wedding

*Editor Note:  With Hurricane Harvey currently causing major devastation to the East Coast of Texas and the surrounding areas, we wanted to take a moment and send our Texas friends our love and prayers for safe keeping. This is a very serious situation and there is still so much work to be done. As rescue and relief teams are making their way into the hardest hit areas, we are hopeful that everyone gets the immediate help and relocation to drier ground they require. With that said, we wanted to remember one of our most beloved love stories from one of last year’s natural disaster to give a glimmer of hope, in the midst of hard times, for our Texas vendors and wedding couples impacted by this nasty storm. 

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It’s been almost a year since Hurricane Matthew ravaged its way through the Caribbean and coastlines of Florida, GA, and the Carolinas. This storm brought so much devastation, loss of life, property damage, demolished communities and ruined quite a few wedding plans, but one of our BSB vendors, Finny Hill Photography, used the unexpected natural landscape to bring beauty to the beastly circumstances. We reached out to Finny Hill to see if their couple would like to take a moment to tell us 5 reasons they were grateful for the way their unplanned BIG Day turned out, their responses couldn’t have melted our hearts bigger. Thank you to Stephanie and Joshua for sharing your gracious hearts with all of us.

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Five reasons we are grateful to have gotten married during Hurricane Matthew (in no particular order)

1. Appreciation for Community

When things fall apart, you have a choice; you can let them stay in a heap on the floor or you can pick them back up and keep trying. Through Hurricane Matthew trying to crash our wedding, we were able to see our community (people we don’t even know personally), dear friends, family, and insanely amazing photographers/vendors, rally together to make our wedding happen- no matter the circumstances. Talk about feeling loved.

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2. Unity Through The Unexpected

Josh and I rarely shy away from a challenge; we are always eager to learn lessons and strengthen our bond. This was an opportunity for us to unite together and truly see what our relationship was made of. We stayed grounded and held each other up through the many hardships are thrown our way.

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3. Actively Choosing Happiness

We were able to confirm a belief we share, that we have the ability to choose happiness no matter the situation, which is exactly what we did. Even after our vendors, friends, and family cancelled on us, we kept choosing happiness.

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4. Unique Story

No one will have a story like ours. Beginning our day by clearing our ceremony sight of fallen trees and debris, frantic phone calls to push the reception to Sunday, getting married without power (in what ended up being perfect weather) with only immediate family and our closest friends, partying by candlelight and dancing to the sounds played on a Bluetooth speaker. These moments are where the memories are made.

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5. Back To The (Original) Basics

From the beginning, Josh and I secretly always wanted a small wedding to celebrate our love with the people we loved most. Because of the hurricane, our ceremony was the intimate gathering we had originally envisioned.

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Final Thought

They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. If that’s true then a hurricane must mean the whole universe believes in our marriage just as much as we do.

Weddings That Waste Less: Angela + Kyle, St. Petersburg, FL

This past Earth Day our amazing BSB vendor, Kera Photography, captured the wedding day of one SUPER GREEN couple. Angela and Kyle came together at an amazing non-profit venue, St. Petersburg Woman’s Club, to celebrate their love for each other, their community, and their environment. They intentionally choose not to purchase any new decorations for their wedding and up-cycled and thrifted the entire wedding day vision. They also used biodegradable plates and utensils and collaborated with the caterer to incorporate as many seasonal and locally sourced foods as possible. BONUS POINTS: their cake was completely vegan, and they worked with a local brewery to make the wedding day brews on tap vs. serving non-local canned/bottled brands!

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Not only is wasting less and going green a large part of their lifestyles, they also serve the community in huge ways. Kyle is on the board of a non-profit called Creative Clay, they provide resources and supplies to make art available for adults with disabilities. Angela also volunteers for several organizations supporting the St. Petersburg, FL area. Take a peek at this sweet day, you can almost smell the potting soil from here.

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Participating Vendors:

Photography: Kera Photography | Planner: Special Moments Event Planning | Venue: St. Petersburg Woman’s Club | Hair and Makeup: Studio KG and Loft 19 | Catering: Chives Innovative Catering | DJ, Photobooth, Lighting: Nature Coast Entertainment | Bouquets: The Bride’s Bouquet | Linens: Connie Duglin Speciality Linen

Weddings That Give Back: Tori + Seth- Charleston, South Carolina

Let’s pretend for a moment…

You are getting married. You have all the FEELS. Every single detail planned out with locally-sourced intentionality and you can’t wait to see all the things you’ve orchestrated finally come to life. There is one thing though you haven’t had much of anything to do with and that is… your honeymoon. Your fiance has kept the honeymoon under wraps and for good dang reason…. It’s the first sacredly-magical adventure you get to take as a newly married couple and it is his “right of husband-ly passage” to make it epic. At least, that was the case for today’s featured couple, Tori & Seth!

Seth (creator/designer of Bolt Farm Treehouse) spent countless months salvaging barn wood, antique windows and hardware to build, by hand, the best wedding gift his bride could ask for…. a honeymoon treehouse. So after they shared their conflict-free, eco friendly, wedding rings and said their vows in front of their closest loved ones, after they ate their farm to table catered meal, and collected up their upcylced, thrift store sourced, wedding day decor, they took a stroll, on the same property where the wedding was held, to find the treehouse patiently waiting for their sweet newlywed arrival.

In addition to giving regularly to their church, they are also actively involved and partner with One Worth Health and have gone on several medical mission trips with them to Nicaragua and Uganda.

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Participating Vendors: 
Photographer (Charleston local): Sully Sullivan | Photobooth (Charleston local): Carolina Fun Booth | Videographer: Anchor Films | Strings (Greenville local): Classic Touch Music | Blue Grass Band (Greenville local): New Dixie Storm | Wedding planner & florist (Charleston local): Ashley Garrett with Fraiche Event Design | Hair: Brittani Joyner (Willow Salon) | Makeup (Mount Pleasant local): Charleston Lash and Beauty Bar | Catering (farm to table, Greenville local): Thoroughfare Food Truck | Rentals: A Darling Day | Featured art (local Charleston artist): Blake Little | Wedding dress: The Bridal Collection | Designer: Sottero & Midgley; Rebecca Ingram “Brecia” dress | Ring: Alexis Russell (uses recycled materials & conflict-free diamonds) | Cake & cake pops: Palmetto Sweets