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Going Zero Waste Elopement: San Francisco, CA

In the midst of one of the wildest seasons of disasters, between earthquakes, hurricanes, and wildfires, we have never been more encouraged by our audience of change making, waste-reducing, intentional living, and loving couples. We see you! Your attention to the environment, the waste, the need, and the love you have to offer the hurting world around you has not gone unseen. Thank you all for using your love to love others and waste less. Today we’re sharing a zero waste elopement from none other than the founder of Going Zero Waste and we couldn’t be more inspired by their story! Read what she had to share below.
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We had a big zero waste wedding planned in November. But, we decided to call it off and move it up to May and we eloped.
We did a big backyard bbq to celebrate with friends and family. Our goal was to produce no trash and we were really successful!
We did the backyard bbq potluck style. We bought a whole bunch of bread from the baker in our own cloth bags. I took my crockpot down to the butcher and had it filled with brisket. I also made a whole bunch of pulled jackfruit and let everyone else bring the sides.
We rented cornhole boards for entertainment. The day after we ferried into the city and met up with our immediate family for our City Hall ceremony.
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I wore a dress I got second hand. Justin wore a suit he’s had for a while. My mom picked up the flowers and the cake plastic free from whole foods. She brought my cake carrier to get the cake to-go to avoid a single-use disposable one.
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 After our intimate ceremony and photos, we had brunch at Kitchen Story SF and ate cake on real plates with real forks, of course.
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Participating Vendors:
Bride: Going Zero Waste | Photography: Allison Andres | Cake and Florals: Whole Foods

Styled For a Cause: Jourdan + Solomon- Blind Pass Beach, FL

BSB received an email a few months ago from one of our favorite BSB vendors, sandrachile. It went a little something like this….
‘…I’m don’t even know how to start this email because I have a crazy situation here (crazy awesome!). I found a girl in Ft. Myers that was putting together a styled shoot “with purpose”…’
…and the rest was history!
Thanks to sandrachile for introducing us to Emily Bivens Creative. She has a heart for serving others and recently organized a series of stylized shoot workshops to give back to charity. Emily put together this sweet collection of details, while also highlighting ethical and socially conscious brands. A portion of the attendee ticket costs was donated to A21 (fighting human trafficking) after the event.
Following photos by: Emily Bivens Creative
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The bride and groom, Jourdan and Solomon, were a real married couple.  The photoshoot was a celebration of their upcoming anniversary as well as an opportunity for the photographers in attendance to support charity, and add some seaside to their portfolios. And, just as in a real wedding, they rolled with the unpredictable weather. Thankfully, the rain from Hurricane Harvey stopped just long enough to squeeze in the photoshoot. The strong winds made for some beautiful waves! 
BSB Vendor, Celia Grace, was also a part of this fun experience. They are an amazing wedding fashion brand committed to crafting beautiful fair trade wedding dresses. Jourdan wore their lovely ‘Eleanor’ gown for the shoot. Shop their collection here.  The stationery for Design:FL was designed by Emily Bivens Creative and printed on fair trade Mr. Ellie Pooh Paper.DSC_6055
The flowers from this shoot were donated to Douglas T. Jacobson Veteran’s Home after the event.
DSC_5953 Following photos by (BSB Vendor): sandrachile 0009-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0012-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0013-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0015-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0016-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile   0019-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0025-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0028-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0031-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0044-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0064-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0065-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile 0077-Florida-Wedding-sandrachile The devastation in Texas and Louisana caused by Hurricane Harvey is heart wrenching. The bride’s mother is undergoing chemo treatments and didn’t evacuate to a shelter due to immune system concerns. The hospital opened to allow her to continue receiving treatments but they were staying in an apartment with a flooded garage. The family opened up a Go Fund Me for her here. Even though Hurricane Harvey has passed, the survivors are still working to rebuild their homes and hearts. Let’s lift up this family and all of those who have been affected by this disaster!   PARTICIPATING VENDORS: Styled by: Emily Bivens Creative | Flowers: Floral Artistry of Sanibel | Dress: Celia Grace | Rentals: So Staged Events | Tablecloth: All Event Rental and Design  | A21 www.a21.org | Cake: Pastries by Design  | Stationery: Emily Bivens Creative | Printed on Mr. Ellie Pooh Paper | Bride and Groom: Jourdan and Solomon *Styled For a Cause: Jourdan + Solomon- Blind Pass Beach, FL

National Park Wedding: Lauren & Frankie – Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Parks Week (4/15-4/23)! (Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week) View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative Thistles, berries, rolling hills, snow capped mountains, wild flower trails, and trees for days… these are the very things we think about when we hear about summertime weddings in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  Lauren and Frankie’s elopement didn’t miss a single thing either, thanks to Rad Red Creative. View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative  View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative  View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative View More: http://radred.pass.us/elopement-radredcreative National Park: Rocky Mountain National Park.  Photography: Rad Red Creative | Accommodations: The Pines Lodge | Dress: David’s Bridal | Suit: Calvin Klein | Bowtie: Two Guys Bow Ties ____________________________ 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 States Buy a National Park 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!

National Park Wedding: Stephanie & RJ- Banff National Park, Alberta (CA)

Grab your jackets and passports, because today we’re crossing the border and celebrating a park wedding from our northern neighbor: CANADA! This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Parks Week (4/15-4/23)! (Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week) IMG_0403 ‘RJ really liked the idea of our wedding  being us and somewhere beautiful in the mountains right from the start. I liked the idea, but of course kept thinking about the reality of having a wedding with out my family and we are all quite close.  I went back and forth on both ideas for a while until finally sticking with the “elopement” route. For me, whenever I would think about planning a bigger, more traditional wedding, I kept thinking about whatever everyone else would like and enjoy, then I would get overwhelmed on the details and didn’t like the idea of spending so much money on one day. Ultimately, I thought about what would be most enjoyable for just us. We are both introverted, adventurous, love to travel and don’t like attention type of people, so this is what made the most sense. The actual day was so laid back, enjoyable and involved NO stress, and most importantly was about just the two of us and starting a new life together.. and that’s what I wanted.
(Plus, it was a lot more fun planning a two week vacation for me and my soon to be hubby, rather than a big expensive dinner and party for 100+ people.. but that’s just how I’m wired).
As for the place, we wanted 1) beautiful mountains and 2) somewhere we had both never been. RJ brought up Canada, which I initially thought was strange.. I had no idea how beautiful parts of it were. But when he told me about this specific area and the national park and I did some major Google Image searching, I was completely hooked. I think our wedding pictures (photographed by Shirley Burnett Photography) easily show why we went with that gorgeous location.’
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Photography: Shirley Burnett Photography ____________________________ 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 States Buy a National Park 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- Micah & Payne, Oregon

Two weeks ago we were tagged in an Instagram Post by Rescue Chocolate. It was a photo of their yummy, vegan chocolate goodness at a recent wedding their product was used at. Rescue Chocolate uses a portion of their chocolate bar sales to save animals in shelters. After chatting with the bride in the comments thread of the image, we knew her wedding story was a perfect fit for Black Sheep Bride’s Wedding Wednesday series. See what she had to share:
“We had a destination wedding in the middle of nowhere, Oregon. And our wedding weekend getaway was at The Historic Balch Hotel. Our dogs are a huge part of our lives, but they couldn’t (and didn’t want to) make that long trek, so we found Rescue Chocolate and had their faces put on delicious chocolate bars for all of our guests. We also chose three non-profit animal welfare groups to donate to in lieu of gifts, and bought every fleece blanket at Wal Mart for guests to cozy up with and later donated them to local rescue groups. And in keeping with true Oregonian fashion, we used freeze dried flower petals for most of the decor so no matter what the wind picked up and blew away, it would be earth friendly! As for our bouquets, we used lots of beautiful, hand-picked wild flowers and a few random fillers from Portland Wholesale Flower Market.”
  Photography by Tegyn Friedman Photography | Videography by: Unveiled Productions
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