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Weddings That Give Back: Tammy & Nathan- Pittsburgh, PA

Who said good things can’t happen on Friday, The Thirteenth?  Today’s featured wedding couple went out of their way to show kindness and intentional love with every aspect of their wedding day planning! The couple opted for a charity registry, instead of ‘more stuff’, and choose to support a local Pekingese Rescue where they adopted their dogs from. They also had a dollar dance and the money collected was donated to a rabbit rescue. They hired a farm to table caterer with a 90% vegetarian dinner and skipped unnecessary decorations. The only vendor the couple hired outside of the venue’s vendor guide was our very own BSB Vendor, Sandrachile, specifically because she is an ethical and charitable business owner. Let this story of collective generosity take root in our hearts and breathe life into actionable kindness today! 0001-DSC_0001-jackie 0001-SCP 0135-SCP_3776-Tammy0014-SCP_3660-Tammy 0020-SCP_3666-Tammy  0096-SCP_3742-Tammy 0254-SCP_3889-Tammy 0547-AAA_9957-Tammy 0580-AAA_9979-Tammy 0635-SCP_4199-Tammy 0673-SCP_4234-Tammy 0744-SCP_4305-Tammy 0763-SCP_4324-Tammy 0794-SCP_4355-Tammy   0882-SCP_4443-Tammy 0905-SCP_4466-Tammy  1126-SCP_4679-Tammy 1199-SCP_4752-Tammy 1251-SCP_4796-Tammy 1309-SCP_4854-Tammy 1410-AAA_0028-Tammy 1416-SCP_4939-Tammy 1421-SCP_4944-Tammy 1509-IMG_0075-Tammy 2190-IMG_0494-Tammy_1 2264-IMG_0532-Tammy 2352-SCP_5278-Tammy At the end of the night, once all the fun was had, Sandra (the photographer) went out of her way to deliver all of the wedding leftovers to the local homeless neighbors surrounding the area. This is the example we want to set, am I right? Sandrachile2 sandrachile Participating Vendors:  Photographer (BSB Vendor): Sandrachile | Venue: The Morning Glory Inn | Dress: Glitter and Grit, Designed by Antonio Gual | Shoes: BHLDN  | Groom’s wear: Todd Snyder  | Florals: The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers | Caterer:  Fish Hawk Acres | Cake: Gluten Free Goat Bakery  | Musician: John Parrendo | Wedding favors: Burdick Chocolate | Makeup artist: Hillary Shields | Hairstylist: Tara Mueller | Wedding Band: Samantha Skelton

More of What Matters, Featuring: SoKind Registry

More of What Matters, Featuring: So Kind Registry **Editor Note: Thank you SoKind Registry for your ongoing support as a National Partner and believer in the BSB Mission!** bride Friends and family. That’s what wedding receptions boil down to, right? It would be a lot less work and cost if a wedding consisted solely of a ceremony. No need to worry about finding a venue or coordinating entertainment. No need to worry about menus or seating arrangements. Yet despite the hassle, many people still choose to commemorate one of life’s biggest events with a celebration. Meredith9 Why? Because, as humans, we’re hardwired for connection. Connection is what gives our lives purpose and meaning. And connection is what we crave when we celebrate momentous occasions. We want our loved ones to share in our joy and to support us with their presence. Yet U.S. consumer culture has created an expectation in this country that weddings must be extravagant affairs in order to be special, thereby distorting some of the most important milestones of our lives. Celebrations that should be joyful and meaningful are now often occasions that generate stress, waste, and debt. Sunset chaser SoKind Registry is a registry service designed to provide options for those of us who want to plan celebrations that reflect our lifestyles, promote our values, and enhance our lives. SoKind is for people who want to host more environmentally friendly celebrations, as well as for folks who simply refuse to start a new chapter in their lives with a mountain of debt. It’s for people who don’t view their wedding as an opportunity to impress, but rather as an opportunity to involve their friends and family in one of the most important occasions of their lives. fashion-men-vintage-colorful So go ahead, be creative. What gifts do you truly want? Donations to your favorite charity? Home renovation help? Catering help for the big day? A museum membership? Through SoKind, you can register for gifts of time, experience, and skill, as well as traditional material gifts and secondhand items. The registry is entirely customizable, so the possibilities are endless! Here’s to more fun and less stuff… to more joy and less stress… and to more love and less waste! For more information about setting up your wedding, or milestone, registry visit SoKind Registry today! 

Weddings That Give Back: Michelle and Joe- Key West, FL

One of our very own BSB Vendors, friends, and ethical fashion advocate, Michelle, of Michelle For Good and Co-Founder of The Tote Project, recently tied the knot in South Florida to her amazing guy, Joey!
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 True to form, Michelle and Joey made sure to incorporate as many ethical, charitable and sustainable wedding day details as they could and used their intimate destination wedding to shop small, waste less and serve others. Read more about how they were intentional throughout the post.
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Shop Small: ‘We are both advocates of fair trade and the sweatshop-free movement, so we tried to shop small when we could. We bought the flower girl basket and guest book from designers on ETSY, and I surprised Joey with a wedding day gift of a Brackish Bow Tie, (another amazing BSB find).’
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Michelle’s Bridal Jewelry: Her awesome bridal jewelry was designed by her good friend Destiny, of Destiny Conner Jewelry.  ‘She designed a custom hair piece and earrings for me. She donates 10% of her profits to the Imagine Foundation.’
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The Venue: The couple choose to get married at The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, FL.  The venue is a non-profit museum. The house was built in 1851 and purchased as Hemingway’s home in 1931, all of the furniture is preserved in it’s original form. The estate still remains to be the single largest residential property on the island of Key West.
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The Bridesmaids Gifts:  ‘I bought my maids of honor (I couldn’t pick just one, all my bridesmaids were maids and matrons of honor haha) Purpose Jewelry for their gifts and asked them to wear the pieces in the wedding. Purpose Jewelry is made by human trafficking survivors and 100% of the proceeds go to them. I also surprised them with Sand Cloud towels to go with the destination wedding theme. They donate to protect marine life.’
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Tuxes: The Wedding Party Tuxes were rented from Generation Tux.  ‘We didn’t initially see a give-back component on their site, so I tweeted at them and asked if they’d be willing to donate if we chose them as a vendor. They agreed and donated 10% of the price we paid to UNICEF to support Syrian Refugees. They also said they are working to incorporate giving back into their business model..woohoo!’ (<<<< TALK ABOUT CHANGE MAKER! Go Michelle and Joey!)
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Wedding Rings: ‘My engagement ring and wedding band were from Brilliant Earth, and Joey’s band was from another Black Sheep Bride vendor, Tenzabelle. It was super important to us to get conflict-free rings and Brilliant Earth gives back to communities negative affected by the illegal diamond trade.’
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Photographer: We chose Andrew Abajian as our photographer. He’s not only a great friend of ours, he also does humanitarian work and has photographed the efforts of Saddleback/Rick Warren around the world.
Wedding Invitations: We ordered recycled paper wedding invitations from Minted.
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All Photos courtesy of Andrew Abajian.

Real Wedding that Give Back: Kim & Ben- Weston Red Barn Farm, Missouri

There is nothing more rewarding than finding stories about amazing couples that have embraced the sheer impact their wedding day can have on those around them… Kim and Ben, YOU GET US + WE GET YOU!  We are truly so inspired by the sustainable and socially conscious choices you made on your Big Day! Thanks to Image Clairity for sharing their wedding images and the ‘Giving Back Story’ of their wedding with us! The Groom was just beginning his Master’s program in Sustainability and it came in quite handy, read below about all the ways they choose to be intentional and as locally sourced as possible… Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R10152 Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R6084 Kim’s family grew the flowers at home and Kim and her bridesmaids each assembled their own bouquets. Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R50791Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R11174
Kim is a childhood leukemia survivor so she purchased her gown at a Brides Against Breast Cancer Event-where all the proceeds went toward supporting breast cancer patients and their families.
Kim’s Ring was from her Grandmother’s and her veil was hand-sewn from her mother’s dress, as well.
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Ben brewed bottles of the beer, as well as baked the wedding cake himself. Ben’s best man created the cake topper out of 3D models of the couple and printed them from a 3d Printer.
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Ben’s cousins also contributed their own elderberry wine.
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Kim’s mother sewed the groomsmen vests. Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_MM14451DUG608004R10151 If all of this wasn’t enough they also used a local, all natural, all organic farmer to grow the meal and make the barbecue. Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R2031  Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R4054  Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R6086   Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R9134 Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R9139 Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R9140 Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R10154 Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R10155 Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R10156 In an effort to be less wasteful they opted for wooden/compostable utensils.  Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R10158  Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R10160  Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R11162 Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R11163 Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R11164 Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R11169Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_MM14451DUG608004R10150    Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_MM14451DUG608004R10158 Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_MM14451DUG608004R10160Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_2602Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_2832
Photographer:  Imageclairity | Reception Venue: Weston Red Barn Farm