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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   

Weddings that Give Back: Gina and Nate- Anderson Hall, CA

There is something nostalgic and magical about seeing such a talented and loving couple come together to be wed, with the communal help of their family and friends. Today’s wedding feature, of Gina and Nate’s wedding day, is slap full of intentionality, handmade tenderness, local community support and oozie amounts of great love! Thanks to our BSB Vendor, Michelle Feileacan Photography, for sharing their images, and their giving story with us! Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng029 Gina (the bride) is an amazing jewelry artist and created her squash blossom, necklaces for her bridesmaids, bolo ties for the groomsmen and even crafted their rings! On top of that, she also sought out the perfect vintage boho dress to walk down the aisle in! Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng498Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng458 The flowers were all grown locally. Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng043Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng508 Their ceremony was held under the redwoods and included lots of laughter, tears, and tattoos. The redwood grove is down the road from their house, and they live in the very same woods they were wed. The trees have a lot of significance in their lives (her business is Talking Tree Designs) so it couldn’t be a more perfect, intentional, space to vow their love. Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng067 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng499 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng495 Even their ceremony was community-driven, they were married by the groom’s father, a local woman played violin, their friends performed music at the ceremony. Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng103 Nate is a tattoo artist and two of his coworkers gave the happy couple matching tattoos, as part of their ceremony. Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng115 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng130 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng147 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng151 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng156 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng419 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng440  Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng475 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng483   Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng529 At the reception, hosted at a neighborhood hall, the community amazingness continued with friends and family bringing the most amazing display of food to share. The served a locally raised pig and then the rest was potluck to save on catering waste.  Friends and family provided the food, made flowers, baked biscuits, it was an amazing experience to witness. People were sharing recipes, swapping stories and marveling over the spread. Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng188 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng264 The band members were also friends of the couple and treated everyone to a great time. Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng331 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng335Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng268 Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng306   Pinzari_Glomb_MichelleFeileacanPhotography_mfpng520 BSB VENDOR- Photographer:  Michelle Feileacan Photography//Event Venue: Anderson Hall//Floral Designer: California sister//  

Weddings That Give Back: Samantha and Ricky – Orlando, FL

We love alternative, tiny, weddings that have intention and generosity at their core! Skipping the traditional wedding HOOPLA, Samantha and Ricky went for a wetter alternative and decided to tie the knot the best way the knew how… in the water at Typhoon Lagoon! Instead of a first dance, they choose to ride their first wave as man and wife and we couldn’t be more in love with their non-confirmative way of getting hitched! Well done guys! Read more from Ricky below. img_0020 “Samantha and I chose to have the ceremony we did because we wanted it to be a genuine expression of who we are, doing something we both love to do, with the people we love. Our intent was to keep it simple, fun, and relaxed for the small group that came. Part of our strength, as a couple, comes from supporting, encouraging, and inspiring each other, and those around us, to be our best and pursue our dreams. Whether it be making a difference directly through our work, Sam through her art and me through my books, speaking engagements, and You Are Valued – the movement to value others, or a random person we feel inspired to help, giving is instrumental in the richness of our relationship.” The best part of their wedding story was that they packed up all their goods in storage and went on a cross-country road trip spreading the love and mission behind You Are Valued across the United States. img_0016img_0015 img_0014 img_0013 You Are Valued is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing about change in our society by reminding people of the value in who they are and what they have to offer the world around them. From bullying, to teen suicide, to drug abuse, low self esteem is at the root of the negative behavior. When someone feels better about who they are, the more likely they are to make healthier choices. By embracing the value of others through various initiatives, lasting change will be inspired, cultivating peace in our world. 12888527_1172756852758812_2887051769852874617_o Their programs on Empowerment, Goal Development, Cultivating Peace/Promoting Compassion for others, and Building Community/Being the Change have received approval by Pinellas County, Florida School Board to be used in the schools health education programs in their Middle School Health Education Classes, High School Classes (Hope, Life Managment Skills, Teen Pregnancy or Teen Parenting Classes, other Health Education or Family and Consumer Science Classes). Other organizations that have used the programs are the Pinellas County Council of PTA’s, FACE IT Program (Families Acting Collaborativel To Educate And Involve Teens), the Coordinated Childcare of Pinellas Overlay program, as well as various private schools and community centers. 11703090_1028399203861245_6221359091926291027_n 11902591_1041374219230410_3785935885208965801_n Wedding Photos by Keith Burnson

9 Helpful Tips to Responsible Wedding Day Foraging, via Runaway Romance

9 Helpful Tips to Responsible Wedding Day Foraging   Written By : Runaway Romance | Photography by: Page & Holmes Photography em Mother Nature has so much to offer and if you look closely there is an endless supply of inspiration and small wedding day décor to be found in her. This said, we all know how seeing nature as an ‘endless supply’ can devastate landscapes and the delicate balance of fauna and flora… so here are a few of my own tips inspired by my “foraged” Modern African elopement with its locally found bouquet, flower crown and table decor. em-490 1. Don’t repeatedly forage in the same place. Or from the same plant. It takes time for the life cycle of plants to come full circle so make sure you aren’t cutting out any stage of that regeneration by not giving the plant or patch of nature time to restore itself. em-522em-575 2. Try not take the entire plant or all the flowers or seeds from a plant. That delicate lifecycle we were talking about needs adult plants, flowers for pollination and seeds to be spread. If you take all of them not only do you interfere with its next generation, there are tons of little creepy crawlies, bees and birds that could be affected by the lack of pollen, fruits or seeds. em-574 em-517 3. Try foraging things that have already fallen. It’s always better to try and forage things that have already fallen vs still growing. This is especially true for fruits or edibles (It’s amazing to save something from waste rather than pick something that could later be eaten) The up side to this is that once a leaf, seed or branch has fallen it is normally at its peak of interesting’ness or beauty and you can get some amazing textures and colours that are just so much more exciting than green. (I say this like green isn’t interesting but you know what I mean) em-548 em-549 em-550 4. Sometimes foraging is Illegal. In South Africa it is illegal to pick wild flowers and foliage form parks, reserves and/or open public spaces. So make sure wherever you are looking to forage you have permission and aren’t breaking any laws. Also don’t use ‘foraging’ as a nice way of stealing! If its food, crops or flowers that actually do belong to someone else do the right thing – ask them first… em-523 5. If it’s someone’s home leave it alone no matter how pretty it is. Possession is nine-tenths of the law (or so I’ve heard in movies) so if that ‘oh so stunning’ something is some creature’s home admit defeat and move on… there is plenty of pretty to go around without needing to demolish a little critters home.  em-533 em-535 6. Some things are poisonous.  So this is more for you than nature… but unless you know more than a thing or two about nature it’s always better to err on the side of caution. There are a number of plants, leaves, fruits and mushrooms that shouldn’t be touched never mind used for table decor. Very, very basic rule of thumb – if you are in a wild area and the fruit tree or tasty looking treat you want to include in your shoot has not been touched by a bird or insect you probably shouldn’t touch it either. em-568 7. Know what to wash and paint and what to keep raw. Finding your natural treasures is only the first step. The second step is knowing how to use and display them in a way that showcases the best of their natural, raw and probably rough beauty. I know it’s tempting to foil, dip and spray everything to fit into your colour scheme…but instead try make your décor set up or creative direction work around your found treasure not the other way around. em-551 8. Always try to eat, or donate, the food you use in shoots or décor. Hunger is a real thing and beauty without purpose or thought is a luxury we no longer have. Being able to eat it after you use it will also mean knowing if it is poisonous, not spraying it or painting it… This can be (very) difficult to do when you have time constraints, when you have been on site all day and are exhausted and stuffing everything into the rubbish bin seems a lot easier than separating out edibles and recyclables…but again see it as a challenge. Do it as often as you can and don’t quit because you caved once. em-580 em-581 em-521 9. When getting rid of seeds, leaves or other foraged goodness try compost them in a neutral place or return them to where they came from. Again this may seem like more effort than it’s worth especially when it’s been a long day/week/month. But spreading seeds that aren’t local or from that area can introduce invaders. These invaders can destroy eco systems and full landscapes! Just ask Australia or any other history book that shows the repercussions of introducing animals or plants to a place they don’t belong. I know these steps can sound like a lot of effort or a bunch of ‘hippy’ rules and nobody likes rules… but we are coming into a time when going slowly and thinking before we take or consume is important if not critical to ourselves and planet. SO do what you can, tell other people about what you learn and don’t underestimate the bigness of your small actions (…and also ENJOY some of our favorite highlight images from this gorgeously sustainable elopement) em-520    em-526      em-543 em-544   em-564   em-572   em-576     em-586 em-592 Participating Vendors:

Sustainable Bridal Style Inspiration : Alt Beauty via Sandra Chile

We love the positive response that has come from a recent bridal session with one of our BSB Vendor, Sandra Chile. Her heart to challenge the status quo, giving back and empower others around her can not be measured by words alone! She had this idea to bring awareness to all forms of beauty and came to the vision for this magical bridal session, with Vida Mechelle. Since she initially shared this shoot, it has been featured on over 4 publications, across the globe, including Huffington Post! BSB couldn’t be prouder of you Sandra! Here is what she had to share:

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‘In a society lead by fitness maniacs, diet pills and shakes, plastic surgery obsessions, and extensive emphasis on corrective makeup (hello contouring) ; we have been told that the value of each individual relies strictly on the looks, with absurd standards imposed by an unrealistic media.’ 

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‘As a wedding photographer, I am always faced with the need to digitally “perfect” the human body. A body that is already perfect in its nature.

I am one of the very few photographers who does not offer retouching services, not because I can’t, but because I believe what makes people pretty is who they are, and how they embrace candid life (not how smooth their skin is, how white their teeth can be, nor how many stretch marks they “don’t” have).’ SCP_6446

‘Since she was 8 years young, Megan has suffered from Alopecia Areata Universalis, a condition that affects her along with 6.6 million Americans, which makes her hairless.

However, Megan is beautiful, and she has tried since a young age to open the door to the modeling industry, an industry that has the door only halfway open to her.’  

 SCP_6414 ‘Until the day I photographed Megan, she had never posed without her wig, but the beautiful dresses and accessories of Kata Banko Couture, the amazing flowers of Sapphire & Lace and the support and talent of Mashaida Tran from Anywhere and Somewhere Photography convinced Megan to embrace her beauty “boldly”, and to scream out to a world that sees hair as a beauty statement, that ANYONE can be gorgeous!’ SCP_6418

‘It was a special and memorable day. Not because it was the hotest day of the year, nor because it rained or stormed on us. It was a memorable day because this beautiful lady decided, for the first time ever, to put her insecurities aside and become vulnerable in front of my camera. She is one of the 6.6 million Americans that live with Alopecia, a condition that makes her bald.’

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‘And I would like to personally dedicate these pictures to all the girls struggling with their image. Whether it is weight, height, acne, skin, hair or anything else: You are beautifully perfect!’

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