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.
‘I volunteer through the Junior League of Tampa. I visit Eckerd Readiness Academy once a month with a group of other Junior League members and teach foster teens proper nutrition and health. These are kids who are working toward their GED and career goals, as they will soon be aging out of the foster care system. I also volunteer at my daughter’s elementary school and regularly look for ways to use my talents to give back to our community. I was excited to use the space at 801, because it encourages community involvement and supporting local goods by selling them in their store.’ *Editor Note: Amber is actively involved in the local wedding community and has donated her time, talents and goods in the past to BSB’s Wedding World Changer Charity Wedding.
‘Giving back is something that I have always been passionate about, but to be honest I have been less active than I would like to admit. But, coming in 2017 that is going to change for the better. I will be using photography, to bring memories and photographs to families struggling with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This disease has hit my family hard the last couple of years, and I finally realized I can do something to make a difference to the families. My goal is to donate a family session to at least one family a month, to families who are going through the same struggle. My hope is to capture these families with their loved one, before they are no longer themselves. To give them photographs to look back on, so they are able to remember the good times. But I am turning this into a group, and am creating a Facebook group “The Memory Keepers” for photographers and other creatives to come together and donate their talents to families affected by other diseases that are close to they hearts. A sort-of “home base” for us to share our stories and encourage one-another to give back and use what we do to make a difference. I am also very passionate about using natural light. Not only does it showcase the natural environment around us, but it uses less energy. I love taking my clients to parks, fields, greenery, and all places natural. It’s therapeutic and a great way to bring my clients back to nature, and it’s also what sparked my love for photography in the first place.’
801 E Main St. is a multi dimensional haven from the mundane side of life. Come experience it yourselves and then share it with the ones you love. 801 E. Main, The Poor Porker and the Corner Store provide a multi-function space, with beignets, coffee, local and artisan made goodies and just plain awesomeness. They have a huge passion for connecting the local community with Lakeland based business owners and upcycling their way into greatness.
‘We are a letterpress company that each invitation is printed on our 100 year old antique printing press. It uses no energy and is foot & hand fed. We always print on 100% cotton paper stock which is tree free. Our inks are all soy based. We recycle all old letterpress plates & paper scraps.
We also give back throughout the year to local charities, our church and various foundations we are lucky enough to print for.
Corkskin is one of the most unique papers on the market today. Corkskin is handmade in Portugal and is a versatile, naturally water-resistant sheet with a multitude of applications. Additionally, corkskin is environmentally friendly as only the outer layer of tree bark is used and the tree is not cut down, but left to grow a new outer bark over and over again.’
‘The gown was designed by Anna Campbell Bridal! She is based out of Australia and has always had a goal to source local and provide ethical fabrics for her garments. The lace on the gown is hand designed by Anna and then made locally with a small local company in Australia. Her gowns are not mass produced but are made by a small team of women who work in her studio in Australia. No mass production (or poor labor standards) here! The same goes for her beading on the gown. We love our designers that are conscious of where and who is involved in the production of their products and are proud of include Anna Campbell in that group!’ *Editor Note: Malindy Elene Couture is actively involved in the local wedding community and has donated several gowns to various charity organizations. BSB has personally received multiple donated gowns from Megan that were sent to Dominican Republic, for a mass charity wedding of over 20 couples. Thank you for all you do, Megan!
A week ago Black Sheep Bride officially organized our first Wedding World Changer FREE WEDDING to a deserving couple, Astrid and Gary! The premise was simple, couples were nominated on our site and shared how they are actively involved in their community. If they won the Wedding World Changer wedding, they would also have to donate 100 service hours in the first year of their marriage back into their community. Astrid and Gary were one of the last couples to enter the contest and won the hearts of our vendor team. They’re love, gratitude and sincere appreciation for all those that served on their BIG DAY could not be quantified. My heart is full knowing the Black Sheep Bride and Tampa vendor community came together and gave back to this amazing couple, that have forever touched our lives.
Thanks to The Portos, Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography for providing us with the video and photo highlights from their BIG DAY!
Here is their story: Gary is a firefighter in Palm Harbor with a tender heart for serving others and his community, and Astrid is currently working towards her degree in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, while also volunteering her time on Sundays with her local children’s ministry, at their church. They were planning for a wedding in a few years, however Astrid’s mother’s recent battle with cancer had them seeking ways to plan their wedding sooner. Out of the applications available the Tampa Vendor Team voted and their story touched our hearts most.
When we called to tell Astrid, they were the voted winners, she surprised Gary at his fire station with the news, and luckily for us, recorded the whole thing, refer below!
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the participating vendors, sponsors, and donors that helped make their WEDDING POSSIBLE:
Planning: Oh Hello Events | Ceremony Design: Bourbon and Blush Events | Reception Design: Amber Veatch Designs | Floral Design : Andrea Layne Floral Design | Photography: Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography | Venue: CL Space Ybor | Hair + Makeup: Michele Renee | Paper Goods: Citrus-Press Co. | Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay | Cocktail Hour Catering: Chalk Board Special | Linens: Kate Ryan Linens | Cake : Trudy Melissa Cakes | DJ: Graingertainment | Bartending : Mix It Up FL | Ceremony Altar/Rentals: Wish Vintage Rental | Pipe and Drape: Coast To Coast Event Rentals | Smaller Wooden Signage: Aerie Lane | Rectangular Farm Tables, Chargers: Set Event Rentals | Media Partners: Creative Loafing and Marry Me Tampa Bay | Succulents: The Succulent Source | Lavender: Tin Can Event Company | Chairs, Square Tables, Dinnerware, Flatware, Glasses: A Chair Affair | Videography: The Portos | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: The Bride Tampa | Tuxes: All Brides 2 Be Tampa | Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Ybor |
We also found out on the day of their wedding, that a local news station covered their awesome story at the same time the wedding was taking place! Here is the sweet video of their story online. Thanks to Jennifer’s husband, from Oh Hello Events, for recording the segment!
Black Sheep Bride couldn’t be more proud of our community of #VendorsthatGiveBack for making this event possible! It was truly an honor to work along side each and every vendor! We will be taking this first event and creating a plan of attack so we can duplicate efforts in other cities next year! Find out about the other locations over at Wedding World Changer’s website.
Thank you all for making this day possible! Astrid and Gary’s humble hearts and gracious spirits were worth all the hard work!
A few months ago Black Sheep Bride shared a proposal unlike most witnessed on Pinterest and You Tube these days… Its was set in the middle of a homeless outreach event and the engagement ring delivered in a styrofoam cup. Why you might ask? Well because that is where this couple’s love was founded, helping others and providing warmth through coffee and hot cocoa to their ‘downtown neighbors’ (the Downtown Jacksonville homeless) via the groom’s non-profit, called Cup of Love. It was something that resonated deeply with me, because I was living in Downtown Jax at the time and quickly became friends with a lot of the homeless folks this couple served every week! So when it was time to tie, you better believe I was excited to see the wedding day photos!
And this is the part of the feature where you are going to want to pull out your tissues, because when I saw these photos of the couple serving their Guests of Honor (the downtown homeless guests) before anyone else… It was such an amazing example of love and selfless kindness to consider someone doing on their Big Day. What a great way to start off their marriage right, by sharing kindness and care to others.
Vendors: Photographer: Chloe Austin Photography | Wedding Planner: Dairing Events | DJ: Jacob Towe | Make Up: Jill Stonier | Hair : Amanda Burke | Cater: Southern Grill | Florist: Lynda Vaderson | Venue: South Point Community Church | Decor: Ten23 designs, Lotions & Potions, Amber Veatch Designs
I have lived in Jacksonville, FL for a little under a month now. One of the first things I noticed while trekking to the office everyday was the amount of homeless friends I began to intake. I shared my new found insight to friend and fellow wedding professional, Amber, of Amber Veatch Designs and she immediately said , ‘Then you must meet my great friend, Mandi! Not only is she a great stylist, [Once Upon a Stylist], but she also participates in an organization devoted to homeless help! In fact…. she was just proposed to while feeding the homeless in downtown Jax!’
Everything about her story was a reflection of the Black Sheep Bride mission. They will be using their wedding as an opportunity to give back as well, inviting a large group of their ‘downtown neighbors’ to join in their celebrations too. It doesn’t stop there- They are also planning to head over to Africa for their honeymoon and help others across the pond also! Don’t you just LOVE them! I sure do!
So excited and thankful Chloe Austin Photography was there to capture it all.
Every Wednesday morning Mandi, Jason and crew head downtown and feed the homeless. They have made this apart of their lives for awhile now and what started out as a styrofoam cup of coffee (origin of their non-profits name- Cup of Love) has become quite the large operation. There was no better place for Jason to drop to one knee than at the place it all began.
And then the hugs and sweet fun continued into their engagement session!!
This is easily the MOST EPIC photo anyone has ever captured at an engagement- Chloe Austin– WELL DONE!
We are so glad you have it!
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