Vegan Weddings that Give Back: Amanda & Brandon- New York City, NY

Amanda & Brandon’s wedding tops all the charts of animal friendliness was entirely vegan. The two met in NYC at a dive bar in the east village years ago where they really hit it off. After discovering they both lived a vegan lifestyle they knew it was meant to be. They celebrated their marriage at 26 Bridge in DUMBO where every aspect of their wedding was vegan. From cocktail hour to the brides shoes, everything was animal friendly. Surrounded by friends and family they celebrated well into the evening. The bride’s gown was even made by our very own BSB vendor and amazing wedding gown designer, Rebecca Schoneveld! Thank you to Bri Johnson Weddings for submitting this wedding story for us to share with you!

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Amanda is a Former Research and Outreach Assistant to Director at Catskill Animal Sanctuary and Founder at Benevolent And Enlightened Beauty.

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Vendors: Photography: Bri Johnson Weddings | Venue: 26 Bridge | Florist: Taproot Flowers | Caterer: Naturally Delicious | Wedding DJ: Star Talent INC | Cake by: Blossom Bakery | Videographer: Dave McGrath |Invitations: Hello Tenfold | Bridal Gown Designer: Rebecca Schoneveld | Bridal Shoes: Beyond Skin | Bridal Jewelry: Vintage | Wedding Bands: Patrick Irla Jewelry | Hair + Makeup: Amy Klewitz and Justine Sweetman | Bridemaid Dresses: The Radical Thread Co.

Ultimate National Park & State Park Wedding & Engagement Round Up

“From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters…”
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We are so grateful to each and everyone that took the time to share their National and State Park weddings, engagements and proposals with us this week. As National Park Week comes to a close, please don’t stop there. Our National Park Services are in desperate need of our love and support, so let us do our part and honor the land that was made for you and me (cheesy, much?)
We hope you enjoy our National Park Week Finale Round Up! (Credits below each image)
White In Revery | Ocala National Forest, FL
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Laura Goldenberger Photography | Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Bergreen Photography | Yosemite National Park, CA
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The Hearnes | Zion National Park
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Dave Shay Photography | Lake Raleigh Park, NC
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Jessica Schilling Photography | Planning + Styling: Moxie Bright Events | Florals: Martha Claire Floral Design |Signs + Invitation: Calligraphy Nerd
Sweets: Nicole Bakes Cakes | Dresses: Solstice Bride (white dress) and Joanna August (black gown) |Hair + Makeup: Angelina Panelli | Joshua Tree, CA
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NV Maui Media  | Maui Rainforest, HI
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Rachel Gomez Photography | Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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 A Tale Ahead Photography | Uvas County Park, CA
www.StevenMillerPix.com | Steven Miller Photography Orlando
Steven Miller Photography | Grand Canyon, AZ
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Tabitha Photography | Moss Park, FL
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Christopher + Julie | Designed/Planned: Oak and Honey Events | Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH
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Carmen Alvarez Photography | Butano State Park, CA
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A Tale Ahead Photography | Yosemite National Park, CA
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Cat Lemus Photography & Cinema | Castlewood Canyon State Park, CO
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Bergreen Photography | Sequoia National Forest, CA
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Amanda Matilda Photography | Colorado National Monument, CO
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Kristina Staal Photography | Montauk Lighthouse National Monument, NY
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Logan Smith Photography | Mt. Rainer, WA
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Square 8 Studio | Somewhere Between Sequoia National Park and Yosemite National Park
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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK!
Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come!April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United StatesBuy a National Park (Forest) Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE.Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fundraising initiatives!

Eco- Friendly Wedding that Gives Back: Ashley and Chris

Happy Earth Day to all of you! What a great day to encourage and remind us to use our planet wisely and with more intention every day of our lives and not just once a year! We wanted to feature a wedding that was sensitive to sustainability, giving back and eco-friendly alternatives and we found just the one, courtesy of our amazing BSB vendor, Oak and Honey Events.

View More: http://janelleputrichphotography.pass.us/wedding-submission-ashley-chris

We love what the bride had to share about why it was important to have a sustainable wedding day:

‘Chris and I have always been very eco-minded, but after purging most of our belongings and moving to Costa Rica in 2012, we had a whole new appreciation for reducing waste in the world. Chris proposed with an estate ring from the 1930s—we both love that it has a story and a history. From there, we found Melanie Tindell of Oak and Honey Events, who specializes in sustainable events, and she guided us toward a day we could really be proud of!’

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The couple was committed to keeping their wedding as environmentally friendly as possible by up-cycling a lot of their wedding decor, as well as sourcing locally. Spice of Life Catering provided delicious, sustainable, and locally grown food for the couple’s big day. Ashley and Chris also re-sold their wedding items at The Recycled Wedding Boutique, so that other couples could give their items a second life. In addition, prior to their wedding, the couple volunteered at the national park at which they were to be married, planting trees.

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PhotographyJanelle Putrich Photography | Event Design & PlanningOak & Honey Events | VenueHines Hill Conference Center | FloralTwig Floral + Event Design | Wedding Dress (skirt)Something White | CakeHummingbird Bake Shop | CatererSpice of Life Catering | MakeupMKleinman Artistry | HairFringe and Foundation Studio | DJDJ Goodwin | BartenderSweet Water Caravan | Tent and RentalsMiller’s Party Rental Center

State Park Wedding: Holly & Ben- Stonewall Jackson State Park, WV

Here is our second installment of National/State Park Wedding/Couple VIDEOS features! This sweet hillside wedding was brought to BSB by Rebecca of WV Motionworks! We love this wedding for many reasons, the live blue grass band, the local community vendors, they potted a tree during their wedding ceremony and most importantly …. their love for each other and their love for nature! We’re particularly fond of the bride’s vows:

‘I vow to always be your camping partner….even if you forget the tent poles…’

State Park: Stonewall Jackson State Park, WV | Videography: WV Motionworks | Venue: Stonewall Resort | Florals: Blooms Florist | Cupcakes: Bonnie Belle’s | Photography (Featured image): Britani Edwards Photography | Hair: Emily from Tonique’s Trilogy | Make Up Artist: Flawless Faces by Megan

 

Weddings that Give Back: Sally & Susannah- Sequoia Retreat Center, CA

This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Park Week (4/15-4/23)!
(Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week)
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Truly in love with this couple’s passion and connection with sequoias and how they incorporated these magnificent trees into their wedding day vision! See what they had to share below!
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‘Redwoods are special. We each developed an appreciation for nature and forests early in our lives thanks to hours and weeks of family time spent hiking and camping in the woods of Texas, Colorado, New Hampshire, and many other beautiful and sacred spaces.
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Susannah’s first job out of college, as part of her Greencorps Fellowship, landed her in the California Sierras, running a campaign to protect California’s old growth Redwoods – one of our greatest assets in the fight against climate change. The aim was to stop Sierra Pacific Industries, a company that owns 1.7 million acres of the most Redwood dense land in the west, from clear-cutting, an unsustainable logging practice that along with taking down our big carbon defenders has and continues to destroy the economic centerpiece of communities throughout the Sierras- communities built on a foundation of sustainable logging. The campaign was not won nor has it been this many years later, but it was these trees – the same ones that we’ll stand tall above and around us on our wedding day – that Susannah made her long-term commitment to the work.
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We knew it was the spot the first moment we stepped foot on the grounds of the Sequoia Retreat Center.

The Sequoia Retreat Center is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains deep within a forest of redwood trees. The land has been held sacred since 1949. This is a place where much love has been experienced and a place where the deepest meaning of life may be explored in an atmosphere of quiet and beauty.’

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Photographer: Carmen Alvarez Photography | Venue: Sequoia Retreat Center | Coordinator: Samar Hattar-Blissful Events | Officiant: Jerusaha, Susannah’s sister | Caterer/Cake: Sequoia Retreat Center | DJ: Santa Cruz DJ Company | Florist: Laughing Gal Floral

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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK!

Did you know that the National Park Services has over 12 billion dollars of outstanding repairs and needs across the 2000 parks and forests they maintain? Go grab your annual NPS Pass today and help support the future of our planet for generations to come!

April 15-16 and April 22-23 : Free Admission to any National Park in the United States

Buy a National Park (Forest) Pass (for $80). There are also FREE Passes available for active military, and students in the 4th grade, as well as discounted passes for Seniors. Learn more HERE.

Find the closest park to you and volunteer or support their fundraising initiatives!