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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!

Weddings That Give Back: Devin and Kay- The Lyons Farmette, CO

Truly can’t get enough of this sweet, spring-inspired, farm wedding, photographed by our friend, Meigan Canfield Photography. We loved what she had to share during the submission process, we decided to keep it organic and introduce the wedding story with her words and images alone! Hope this wedding brightens your day, as much as it did ours. Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay014 ‘I met Devin, from DWC Creative, at The Big Fake Wedding a couple of years ago in Denver. If you do not know what the Big Fake Wedding is, it is a wedding show in the form of an actual wedding. Honestly, it was the coolest thing I have ever done in the industry. No regrets … none. I met the most talented and personable vendors there, including the artist/bride, herself! Devin (the bride) took part in the Big Fake Wedding as part of the event design. Fast forward and the wedding vendor is getting married and planning her own wedding! Devin handmade the watercolor, calligraphic table cards and hand painted the mini potted succulent guest gifts, and her mother made the crochet buntings. Her jewelry and shoes were handmade and specially ordered through small, growing businesses, her flowers were arranged by an amazing BSB vendor, MJM Designs, a florist that donates proceeds to the humane society. The thrifted table vases and handmade crochet blankets were donated to the couple’s local homeless shelters this past winter. There was so much kindness and charity gifted behind the scenes of every observable, beautiful little detail. And on top of all of that, I fell completely in love with their love for each other and for every single person they invited to their big celebration. It was one of those weddings that force you to feel all of the feels for people you truly have only met a couple of times, but now feel like you know transparently. Devin and Kay you deserve the BEST of the best.’ –  Meigan Canfield Photography Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay002  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay021  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay029 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay032 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay039  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay059 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay065 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay069 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay075   Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay123 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay130  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay139 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay212  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay224 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay229 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay237 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay238 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay239 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay242    Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay336 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay339  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay346Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay781Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay380 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay421 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay440  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay332Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay344 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay486  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay629Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay529 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay540   Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay561 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay563 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay568  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay576 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay589 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay268 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay271 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay272 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay286 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay258 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay308 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay314  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay132Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay684Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay466Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay624Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay642  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay637 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay656 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay649  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay678  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay693  Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay810 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay848 Cole_Witkiewicz_MeiganCanfieldPhotography_DevinandKay901 Listed below are all of the vendors who helped make the wedding sustainable, green or charitable in some way. Hand-Made Details • DWC Creative : Hand-lettered and watercolored RSVPs, Escort Cards, Guestbook, chalkboard signs, table numbers.• Other things hand-made by Bride (with some help from Groom and MOB) – Painted, potted succulents, candles (including mason jar candles filled with grain from grooms brewery), colorful paper bunting, necklaces worn by bridal party and MOB, picture collage of old wedding photos wrapped around the tree, large frame for hanging polaroids.• Beach Daisy Jewelry (MOB Etsy Store) – Crocheted bunting • Ele Handmade – Handmade leather shoes • Ittybittybunnies (Sarah Buckly Etsy Shop) – Hand-Embroidered quilt hoop that says Devin & KayVendors that Give Back• MJM Designs, LLC (BSB Vendor!) – Floral Arrangements”Sustainable” Details or Hand-Made Goods• Harvest Table Company (The Lyons Farmette) – Wood tables made from locally salvaged barn wood• True Blue Vintage Rentals (Longmont) – Vintage pink velvet Victorian sofa rental•Locally Thrifted – Crocheted blankets by the fire pit and glassware/vases for flower arrangements Photographer:  Meigan Canfield Photography//Event Designer: DWC Creative//Dress Store:A & Be Bridal Shop//Dress Designer: Anais Annette//Jewelry: Beach Daisy Jewelry//Other:Cured//Other: Donna Beth Designs//Shoes: Ele Handmade//Floral Designer: MJM Designs, LLC//Cake Designer:Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Moo Mobile//Event Venue:The Lyons Farmette// Quilted Goods: Ittybittybunnies // Furniture Rental: True Blue Vintage Rentals // Tables: Harvest Table Company   

Sustainable Stylized Shoot: Where The Wild Things Are, Colorado

The best part about what we do at Black Sheep Bride is sharing the giving/sustainable story to wedding content. When we received this submission in our inbox, we had a feeling it was going to be a great fit for you guys, our readers. Taking inspiration from the cherished childhood story, Where the Wild Things Are, this vendor team couldn’t have put together a better wedding interpretation. From the moss table runner, to the wild flower fields and the branch crown, we are simply overflowing with delight! The even best part about this shoot, is how are large portion of the vendor team gives back and uses these products, skills/services, design elements to help others. Read along to learn more about this stylized shoot, orchestrated by MAG EventsElizabeth Cryan Photography, and an amazing team of charitable vendors (highlighted throughout). __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_1ecryanphotography1908 Elizabeth Cryan Photography values the importance of using her skills to give back and regularly donates sessions to raise money for fundraisers such as ALS, cancer research, education, etc. __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_72ecryanphotography1620 D’Lola Couture: Every dress is designed and made, by hand, in Colorado… this is one of the keys to success for D’Lola Couture as all the wedding gowns made are manufactured by hand near Denver, Colorado. Each design is hand cut, individually for each order, and hand crafted for each individual bride. __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_6ecryanphotography1174 Brackish Bowties: Every tie is handcrafted in South Carolina by a team of 50 artisans and production assistants. And because every single feather is hand selected, no 2 Brackish bow ties are exactly alike. Every tie is a sustainable work of art. __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_10ecryanphotography0841 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_12ecryanphotography1012 Bella Calla uses locally grown, sustainably farmed flowers, succulents and plants wherever possible in its designs. They are committed to making the environment as beautiful as possible, not only by filling it with plants and flowers, but also by preserving it for future generations of flower lovers! They recycle, compost, and use the most sustainably farmed flowers they can find, from as many local sources as they can! They use a local grower in Arvada, Colorado for many of their flowers. Their greenhouses allow us to get the freshest, most ecologically friendly product available in Denver! Aside from their sustainable practices, they also educate and encourage their brides to donate their leftover flowers and offer delivery to the hospital nearby (St Joes). __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_25ecryanphotography1805 Ashley Schenkein Jewelry works closely with a Denver-based charity, Women’s Bean Project, collaborating on a collection that is sold exclusively by the charity to offer job skills and support to women in need. Also in celebrating the life of a dear friend, Emily, a four time cancer survivor and an inspiration to others, 25% of the proceeds on Emily’s birthday, May 2nd, will be donated to Livestrong Colorado. __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_18ecryanphotography1679__Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_20ecryanphotography0949 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_26ecryanphotography1856 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_29ecryanphotography1071 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_31ecryanphotography1861 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_33ecryanphotography1290   __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_3225ecryanphotography1289copy2 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_3424ecryanphotography1271 4th Kind Entertainment offers their services to a Denver based charity group, called Food For Thought__Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_3523ecryanphotography1254copy __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_3614ecryanphotography1894 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_3720ecryanphotography1236 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_3822ecryanphotography2025 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_4021ecryanphotography2011 Kelley Kakes donates to New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue of Colorado, as well as fosters dogs through their rescue.  They’ve fostered 62 dogs, thus far!  They also purchase all of their eggs through local (as in neighborhood) folks, as well as all of their berries (when in season). They also donate cakes through a non profit organization called Icing Smiles: they make cakes for terminally ill kids, very sick kids, and their siblings. __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_4126ecryanphotography1291 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_4228ecryanphotography1373 As for the venue and this gorgeous location backdrop: Piney River Ranch LLC is located 9,350 feet above sea level at the end of a dirt road, maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Set on the edge of Piney Lake, and nestled at the foot of the majestic Gore Range, Piney River Ranch LLC is a private, forty-acre Rocky Mountain retreat, long known as a favorite wedding and day-trip destination. They are located just twelve miles north of Vail Village, surrounded by thousands of acres of backcountry wilderness within the White River National Forest. Piney River Ranch LLC holds active partnerships with both the National Park Service and the Denver Water Board, each established to preserve the natural beauty of the ranch and its surrounding areas.__Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_45ecryanphotography2074 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_43ecryanphotography1354__Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_46ecryanphotography1338  __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_49ecryanphotography2175 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_51ecryanphotography1409  __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_56ecryanphotography1988 __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_5417ecryanphotography1191__Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_55ecryanphotography1983 Participating Vendors: Photographer:  Elizabeth Cryan Photography//Dress Designer:D’Lola Couture//Cinema and Video: 4th Kind Entertainment//Invitation Designer: Anthologie Press//Jewelry: Ashley Schenkein Jewelry Design//Floral Designer: Bella Calla//Apparel: Brackish Bowties //Model: Garrett Kidd//Cake Designer: Kelley Kakes//Event Planner: MAG Events//Model: Olivia Ritchie//Veils and headpieces: Opam inc//Other: Patina Preferred: A Vintage Rental Boutique//Reception Venue: Piney River Ranch LLC//Dress Store: The Bridal Collection//Makeup Artist: the parlour//