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Jax is where it’s at!

A few months ago I decided impulsively to participate in Jacksonville’s Annual Crowd Funding Festival- One Spark, along side several hundreds of other amazingly creative people. I signed up on the last day of registration, I knew nearly no one in the city and I stalked out The Landing’s venue director – to host my last minute project.. like a cheetah about to attack a gazelle… Real Talk People- It was serious! Everything about the trip was challenging, last minute and hard, hard work… but at the end of week of networking, pitching and acquiring a million more freckles (standing in the direct sunlight 5 days straight)… I was so encouraged for the future of Black Sheep Bride’s success. 2014-07-17_0002 Never in a Million years would I think, one of those countless One Spark Connections… would lead BSB back to Jacksonville to accept an awesome opportunity to work hand and hand with KYN (Business Accelerator Program.) For the next 6 months Black Sheep Bride will be working side by side the awesome KYN team (business/branding minded rad folks) to bring BSB up to speed, and get our mission out to the world! Make sure to like our BSB Facebook page to follow along with all the new progress! 10478596_785888028099930_7730218306428533512_n

10 Ways to SAVE… the world! Weddings that Give Back!

Let us pretend for a moment… that we ALL fall into the average wedding budget category. According to Wedding Stats the average wedding in 2014 cost roughly $28,671… and if you took 10% of that budget and dedicated it to completely selfless awesomeness… that would be $2,867 !! 2014-07-17_0003 Here are some ways to take your 10% and Change the World! 1. 102 orphans could be fed for 30 days. (Dando Amor) 2. 28,000 trees planted (Trees for the future) 3. 10 girls would be able to attend school (Heifer) 4. 1892 meals will be provided to the homeless. 5. 143 people will receive clean water (Let it flow) 6. 5 oncology  family support groups/Dinners (for up to 100 people)  can be organized for children diagnosed with cancer.  (Children’s Cancer Center) 7. 76 children sponsored for one month. (Compassion International) 8. 50 Microloans rewarded to impoverish women to start a business. (Global Giving) 9. 2,867 of Malaria Treated lives saved ( 10. 11,468 children everywhere will get one meal to eat. (Feeding Children Everywhere) Isn’t it crazy how such a small number… 10%… can make such a big impact on others! How will you use your 10% of wedding change to make world change?

BSB Inspiration Shoot- Winthrop Barn Theatre, Riverview, FL

Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0066 In leau of the Black Sheep Bride Debut… I put together a stylized shoot that out-shined all the rest. The purpose of the shoot was to inspire, challenge and encourage wedding couples/vendors to consider their day a gift… not completely for themselves, but rather a gift for those in need, they help with each vendor/product choice they make in the process.  Each participating vendors helps on a local or global level in their giving and each choice made in the planning process was with the intention of taking each $ and making it count for GOOD. Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0069 Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0071 Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0074 Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0073 Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0067 Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0068 Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0072 Participating Vendors: Accessories: The Giving Keys Dress: Rent The Runway Cake/Treats: Piquant Venue: The Barn Theatre at Winthrop Paper Goods: Invitation Consultants/Oh Hello Events Furniture/Rentals: Anna Jane Styling Shoe Drop Off Organization: Dando Amor Confetti Wands: Oh Goodie Design and Events Flags/Cake Topper: I Heart Flags Photography: Jerdan Photography (and the lovely help of Out of the Box Photography) Cinematographer: John Roquemore Florals: TaylorMade Wedding and Event Flowers  Succulent pieces: Flowers on the Fly Ceramics: Don Sizemore Ceramics Turf Table Top: Forever Lawn Tampa

Engagement Film with a Lot of TOM’S Love!

  Its pretty amazing that couples are finding enough value in using their wedding budgets to give back that they would dedicate their entire wedding theme to TOM’S! Just imagine all the children they served through purchasing products that give back. Be on the look out for the full wedding showcase soon! Special Thanks to Ashley and Todd Films in Northern Florida for sharing their beautiful story. Dede & Kyle Engagement from Ashley and Todd on Vimeo.  

The Giving Keys- Socially Responsible Product Spotlight

This past spring I trekked over to Austin, TX for a conference like none other, called IF: Gathering. It was a gathering of over 1,000 ladies looking to be more than the status quo and seek to make an impact with their giftings and passions. While I was there I received the opportunity to learn and meet with The Giving Keys! It was like love at first… do-gooder-hippie… sight… We were meant to be! The take old keys, stamp simple messages on them, and hand them off to the world with a basic message: ‘#Payitforward’. The intention of the trendily-delicious jewelry isn’t to hold them hostage in your jewelry box for life, but rather to share the message with someone in need. They also help rehabilitate the homeless of LA back into the work force with their up cycled phenomenon. So Like I do best when I see something that intrigues me… I struck up a conversation and told them all about my plans for the future with Black Sheep Bride! They were immediately interested and looking to get more awareness into the wedding industry – SO Brides, bridesmaids, grooms, HECK WHY NOT THE ENTIRE GUEST LIST… could rock these lovely gems out with style on anyone’s wedding day… all while giving back and helping spread the positive messages on each piece. Check them out! and start Paying It Forward today! Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0052Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0050Jerdan Photo Winthrop Barn_0051 Photo Credit: Jerdan Photography