Already a member? LOGIN |

Eco-Friendly Wedding Shower- Holland, MI

Ashley Paige of APaige Photography has been one of the most active and encouraging vendors we’ve had on Black Sheep Bride, since our conception last year. She proves not only to ‘talk the talk’, but also to ‘walk the walk’ straight down the aisle, as a soon-to-be socially conscious bride. We featured their eco-wedding plans and engagement session a few months back and you can take a peek here. As the soon-to-be’s draw closer to their October ECO-Wedding date, they decided to have an Eco Wedding Shower to start up the wedding festivities with a green spirit! Not only was the wedding shower eco-friendly, she also took a break from the Bridal Spotlight to capture all the fun/decor, camera in hand, and caught some of the sweetest moments with her beautiful guests! APA_2326
Here is what she had to say: ‘When people have weddings, tons of food is thrown out, tons of trash is created, and a ton of lives are harmed (for food)… and that has never been okay with me. I have never wanted more damage to be done because I Was getting married… The more I talked to my mom about this, the more she just hopped on board with my idea. I have been so blessed to have her because I am crazy busy focusing on other bride’s weddings, that it’s been hard to focus on my own. So she took off running. Finding every eco-online store we could – thinking about where we could buy or make our simplistic food – and how to recycle/upcycle as much as possible. It’s been a great experience and I’m just really looking forward to my wedding day, because it’s on my mom and dad’s wedding anniversary (and even at their home), and I get to wear her refashioned wedding dress as a big thank you to all she has done for me through this process.’
APA_2337APA_2339-2APA_2358APA_2360
She wanted to put a lot of focus on thrifted, local and upcycled planning decisions. All of the wild flowers came from a local stand that they found down their road, the cupcakes were made by a local vegan-friendly cupcakery, Yummy Cupcakes in South Bend, and a large majority of the goods were thrifted from a local antique shop in Holland, MI called Not So Shabby .
APA_2367APA_2369APA_2377APA_2388 The mason jars were almost all exclusively owned by her grand parents, they cleaned and recycled them and all of the guests brought a coffee cup for the coffee bar at the wedding, so those will be on display for their actual wedding use as well. APA_2391APA_2442APA_2443
They also used bamboo utensils and decomposable plates made from sugar cane, which will be used for the wedding fun as well!
APA_2448 And when she wasn’t running around taking photos of her guests and awesomely thrifted decor, she snagged a few sweet moments with her groom, friends and family! APA_2460APA_2520APA_2438APA_2346APA_2526 And this pretty much sums up the cuteness of the day! You can feel all the love that surrounded them as they celebrated their upcoming vows! Can’t wait to share their wedding. Self 08

Weddings That Give Back- Maureen & Burke (Mata Traders)

The more we explore and learn about socially conscious/ethical fashion brands the more we are excited to learn about their own personal wedding journeys and how they incorporated giving back into the planning process! Today’s Real #WeddingsThatGiveBack feature couple has an active voice in the Ethical Fashion world, since she founded and runs Mata Traders! Mata Traders is an independent fair trade company from Chicago, IL.  They work with women’s cooperatives in India and Nepal to produce beautiful hand-made clothing and accessories using traditional hand block-print fabrics and natural dyes.  Their designs are contemporary, young, and fun with bold patterns and lots of hand-stitched details. They decided to have their intimate wedding at her in-laws home in Montana. They knew it had to be a small guest list, because they had to accommodate enough space for everyone to eat dinner on their gorgeous patio area. They ended up with roughly 60 guests in attendance. Green Door Photography was present to capture all of the gorgeously intimate (and ethical) details and the beautiful backdrop that the Montana Mountains had to offer. Set up Her gorgeous gown and the groom and groomsmen’s ties were designed by one of our amazing Black Sheep Bride vendors, Celia Grace. Celia Grace is an ethical/fair trade wedding gown company devoted to empowering female artisans in Cambodia and providing clean drinking water through every eco-silk gown purchased! burkeFull set of jewlery ‘I brought a lot of jewelry options, as you can see. I waited until the dress was on to take care of the final touches and see what jewelry worked the best. Although a Faire Collection horn necklace from Vietnam and Mata Traders’ very own Queen of Heaven necklace were very close runners up, a simple long stranded green and brass necklace given to me by Burke’s 96-year old Grammie was the winner.’ Best picture ever  Candid couple Music First look Putting ring on ‘I tried to be simple about designing them and picked the Flights of Floral cut in the red petal print from the Spring ’14 collection. I think I pulled it off, and I love the fact that my girls can keep wearing these dresses post-wedding since they are just the right amount of casual.’ Group Screen-shot-2014-06-08-at-2.44.04-PM2Habitat Events in Missoula did the floral design – and incorporated lots of local wildflower blooms’ Menu The Bride’s good friend, Jen Parsons, from Tiny Pine Press created the custom place cards, menus, and the little note attached to each guest’s party favor. ‘I was so in loooove with all of it – Jen watercolored the inspiration for the floral designs herself and they were so sweet and colorful. Speaking of the party favor, I had one of our women’s cooperatives in Rajasthan hand-bock print an original Mata floral design on a napkin and add hand-embroidery. Then I found sleek bamboo napkin holders from fair trade company Zen Zen to for the finishing touch.’ FT Napkin holders  FULL table setup  Seating2MaureenWedding_Stuff1Louisa  maureen_burke      0131 0302 0339low   Magical And here we have the lovely bride and groom at the end of the evening! ‘I am one happy camper as you can tell. I got some good advice from somebody before the wedding to remember to take a few private moments throughout the day to process, take it all in, and be in the moment. We did that and it helped! It IS one romantic, fantastic blur though, one I will recount many times over for the rest of my life. And, thank goodness for amazing photos from Green Door Photography to help remember the day!’

Weddings that Give Back : Becca & Gordan

In the midst of one of the hottest months of the season, we thought we’d share a little cooler inspiration of what’s to come with fall! When the wedding couple is studying Environmental Science, its only fair that their wedding be ECO-FRIENDLY to the umpteenth power. One of our awesome Black Sheep Bride Vendors, Tara Lynn Bridal, recently shared this earth-friendly wedding story with us and it has us ‘Green with Envy’! Captured at The Wild Center Natural Museum in Tupper Lake, NY, Becca and Gordon live and love to share awareness of living eco-friendly and environmentally conscious. They both had very unique attire, as well as vegetarian food and setting for their wedding. The bride bought her unique wedding dress from an organic farm in Calfornia, at an auction to help support the farm. The groom’s suit was 100% hemp, made in Vermont by Tara Lynn Bridal. They used sustainable air plants for their florals and both adorned wooden wedding bands, as well. Photography by Out of the Ordinary Photography Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2402bw Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2501cc Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2687cc Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2704cr Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2730ccsunny Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2797cc Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC2823cr Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC3215 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC3227 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC3347 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_IMG0566 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC3363 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_DSC3386 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_IMG0287 Ryals_Bennett_Out_of_the_Ordinary_IMG0774cc2

Stylishly Sustainable Wedding Inspiration – Houston, Texas

When our BSB Vendor, Smith House Photo, submitted this Sustainable Stylized Wedding Inspiration Shoot we were awe-stuck by the dainty, industrial, organic softness that came with such a big message: You don’t have to sacrifice beauty and details to have a sustainable wedding! Here is what she shared with us about their vision:  ‘Our goal in planning this inspiration shoot was to encompass all that Black Sheep Bride stands for: Gorgeous weddings that support and give back in the community. We wanted to show that simply by selecting vendors who GIVE BACK, your wedding day can make a huge impact.’   2015-06-13_0001 2015-06-13_0002 2015-06-13_00112015-06-13_0012 2015-06-13_0003 2015-06-13_0004 2015-06-13_0005 2015-06-13_0006 2015-06-13_0007 2015-06-13_0008 2015-06-13_0009 2015-06-13_0010 2015-06-13_0013 2015-06-13_0014 2015-06-13_0015 2015-06-13_0016 2015-06-13_0017 2015-06-13_0018 2015-06-13_0019 2015-06-13_0020   Participating Black Sheep Bride #VendorsThatGiveBack : Celia Grace Wedding Dresses We were so excited to include Celia Grace for our bridal gowns and we couldn’t possibly describe her business better than the designer does herself on the Celia Grace Website , “Each Celia Grace wedding dress is exquisitely handcrafted using vintage-inspired lace, exclusive hand woven silks, and stunning beading and detail work. Celia Grace wedding dresses are made in safe, fair, and empowering Fair Trade conditions and we give back locally with each dress sold. Our eco silks respect and protect the environment.” On top of that, each and every gown is totally swoon-worthy. Metalicious Metalicious is an incredible, hand made jewelry company that aims to leave the world a better place for our kids and future generations. Recycled materials are used in each step of the process, from the metals to the materials they’re shipped in. Not to mention, every single piece is gorgeous. Plan Our Day Event Services Inspired by the eco-friendly wedding trend, Samantha decided to push her creative boundaries to design a wedding that would reduce waste, and support sustainability without sacrificing a gorgeous detail. Vintage plates and silverware graced the picnic-style Bride and Groom table, and each place setting had a gorgeous stemmed glass. Scrap wood placecards were adorned with names and napkins were made of recycled materials. Smith House Photo From the moment the planning process began with Samantha, Becki knew her job of capturing the details would be easy. There is nothing more exciting than connecting with other vendors who have a heart for our community, giving back and perfectly planned details.   Other Local Participating #VendorsThatGiveBack: Floral Concepts by Cynthia Cynthia, Owner of Floral Concepts by Cynthia was an easy choice for our bouquets and floral arrangements. As a small, local business owner she aims to use in-season flowers to promote sustainability and always goes above and beyond for her clients. Jolly Roger Sweets Every couple wants something unique at their wedding, and Jolly Rogers Sweets is bound to be making appearances in the upcoming wedding season. This newly launched business is Houston’s first bicycle cart that serves vegan raw cookie dough! Jolly Rogers also makes delicious Jams that would be a perfect wedding favor. Allison Katherine Designs It’s no secret that calligraphy is a hot topic in the wedding world, but Allison Katherine is not your average calligrapher. While her paper goods are beautiful, we especially love her recycled mediums and unique signage. Plus, we never turn down the opportunity to work with another local business! Tout Suite Ever since this bakery opened up in our neighborhood, we’ve been fans. They use support local farmers, serve on recycled paper goods, and have a menu that tastes as good as it looks. Model: Annie C Patten