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.
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!
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
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 (malarianomore.org
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?
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.
Accessories: The Giving Keys
Dress: Rent The Runway
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
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
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! www.thegivingkeys.com and start Paying It Forward
Photo Credit: Jerdan Photography