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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

Sustainably Stylized Inspiration Shoot: Farm to (Wedding) Table, Washington, D.C.

There is no better feeling than receiving an inspiration shoot submission that truly understands the heart and soul behind Black Sheep Bride (encouraging local, charitable, and sustainable wedding planning practices.) Pollyanna Events reached out to us with this amazing sustainably stylized shoot, devoted to locally grown and the available beautiful things (often taken for granted) that surrounded the vendor team on a hyper-local level. Here’s what she had to say about the vision behind this shoot and take a peek at how colorfully, vibrant and bright it all turned out!
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‘This styled shoot was born out of an everyday love for fields and flowers, the deep rich colors of nature and the delicious, bountiful harvest that blooms with summer. The idea of this shoot was that anyone, especially those that love to garden, could create a beautiful wedding using the natural beauty of the things they grow in their backyard. Working with an amazing group of vendors, we created a styled wedding experience that incorporated the fun, energetic spirit of a whimsical bride while complimenting the beauty of nature’s design. We carefully collected lots of elements from nature, as well as sifted through our homes, and collectively came up with a fabulous styled shoot that hopefully inspires and educates others on focusing on the things that are right in front of you to celebrate such a special event in your life.’ View More: http://graykammera.pass.us/farmstyled1200pxView More: http://graykammera.pass.us/farmstyled1200pxView More: http://graykammera.pass.us/farmstyled1200px
‘This inspired wedding was deep with florals. All arrangements included flowers or vegetables grown directly on the property, but could have just as easily been grown in someone else’s garden. The bride wore a minimalistic floral crown incorporating small white pepper flowers from the garden. The bouquet and sweetheart table used all flowers directly from the farm, highlighting the zinnias and celosias that set the backdrop for the day. The table garland was a mix of farm-fresh flowers and organic produce such as mini-eggplants, peppers and melons that were being grown just a few feet away from the table.’ Blog 1200px-0063 View More: http://graykammera.pass.us/farmstyled1200pxView More: http://graykammera.pass.us/farmstyled1200px Blog 1200px-0006
‘Several aspects were DIY projects. Many of the settings for the table were cobbled together from favorite and easily accessible kitchen items, including the heirloom silver tray passed down through four generations that served as the dessert centerpiece. The wedding favors were a labor of love that included a collection of vegetables and homegrown and homemade canned goods.’
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 Participating Vendors and How They Give Back:
Photography – Gray Kammera Photography
-Gives back: Any excess produce grown at the end of each year is donated to DC central kitchen, from her farm (Working Over Thyme Farm).
Event Planning & Coordination: Pollyanna Events Florals
-Gives back: Donates leftover wedding flowers at the local nursing center for them to enjoy throughout the year.
Hair and Make-up – Alison Harper & Co.
Gives back: They have partnerships with local PTA’s and donate to schools in the area. They also volunteer services for local military soon to be mom’s at Operation Home Front and are currently establishing a relationship with LARS, a local advocacy group for survivors of domestic abuse.
Desserts – Teeny Pies
Gives back: They donate to a few local shelters when extra pies are available to give and also participate in Turn Up the Heat every year, which is a benefit for cervical cancer.
 Hope you LOVED it as much as we did!