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Weddings that Give Back: Sally & Susannah- Sequoia Retreat Center, CA

This week BSB will be sharing ONLY national park weddings and various park wedding round up’s, in honor of National Park Week (4/15-4/23)!
(Refer to the bottom of this post for ways to get involved this week)
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Truly in love with this couple’s passion and connection with sequoias and how they incorporated these magnificent trees into their wedding day vision! See what they had to share below!
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‘Redwoods are special. We each developed an appreciation for nature and forests early in our lives thanks to hours and weeks of family time spent hiking and camping in the woods of Texas, Colorado, New Hampshire, and many other beautiful and sacred spaces.
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Susannah’s first job out of college, as part of her Greencorps Fellowship, landed her in the California Sierras, running a campaign to protect California’s old growth Redwoods – one of our greatest assets in the fight against climate change. The aim was to stop Sierra Pacific Industries, a company that owns 1.7 million acres of the most Redwood dense land in the west, from clear-cutting, an unsustainable logging practice that along with taking down our big carbon defenders has and continues to destroy the economic centerpiece of communities throughout the Sierras- communities built on a foundation of sustainable logging. The campaign was not won nor has it been this many years later, but it was these trees – the same ones that we’ll stand tall above and around us on our wedding day – that Susannah made her long-term commitment to the work.
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We knew it was the spot the first moment we stepped foot on the grounds of the Sequoia Retreat Center.
The Sequoia Retreat Center is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains deep within a forest of redwood trees. The land has been held sacred since 1949. This is a place where much love has been experienced and a place where the deepest meaning of life may be explored in an atmosphere of quiet and beauty.’
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Photographer: Carmen Alvarez Photography | Venue: Sequoia Retreat Center | Coordinator: Samar Hattar-Blissful Events | Officiant: Jerusaha, Susannah’s sister | Caterer/Cake: Sequoia Retreat Center | DJ: Santa Cruz DJ Company | Florist: Laughing Gal Floral
____________________________ 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 (Forest) 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: 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!

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. 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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