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.’
Megan (Malindy Elene)
‘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!