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Weddings That Give Back: Carmela + David- Sarasota, FL

Thanks to our BSB Vendor, Misty Miotto Photography, for sharing is this community-driven wedding celebration with us! Misty is an amazing testimony to community service and has helped organize the Central Florida Heart Gallery and countless other non-profit events for years. She is also one of the first cheerleaders and supporters of BSB and we are forever grateful for the encouragement she has poured out onto our mission from the very start of our journey.
He was a College professor with a Ph.D. from Harvard University who’s ideas could make the world a better place, she was a free-spirited bird who had a heart that could wrap around the world three times over. They met through their love of music and are both a part of an amazing band called Passerine. Together they had a love that could change the world. David teaches at the New College of Florida in Sarasota (where they were married) and Carmela is a birth worker at the Rosemary Birthing Home in Sarasota and she helps to bring babies into this world in the most beautiful natural way. Oh and that Big White ball of fur well that’s Gryphon and if you couldn’t tell already he’s part of the family. The bride found her dress at a local consignment shop and reinvented it to be her own. Their rings were designed by a Sarasota based artisan jeweler also. They had the groom’s son make the cake, he worked for years with a local cake baker. The couple opted for a potluck reception and involved their community of family and friends every step of the process.  When these two lovebirds have time off they can be found traveling the world on different adventures and giving back!
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Photography: Misty Miotto Photography  | Flowers: With Flourish | Rings Crafted by Sarasota Artisan Jeweler: Ocean Lily Studio | Cake: Made by son of groom | Food: Community Potluck  | Ceremony: New College of Florida | Reception: Fogartyville Community Media and Art Center | Dress: Good as New Consignment and Bridal Shop | Suits: Joseph Banks
Weddings That Give Back: Carmela + David- Sarasota, FL

Weddings That Waste Less: Angela + Kyle, St. Petersburg, FL

This past Earth Day our amazing BSB vendor, Kera Photography, captured the wedding day of one SUPER GREEN couple. Angela and Kyle came together at an amazing non-profit venue, St. Petersburg Woman’s Club, to celebrate their love for each other, their community, and their environment. They intentionally choose not to purchase any new decorations for their wedding and up-cycled and thrifted the entire wedding day vision. They also used biodegradable plates and utensils and collaborated with the caterer to incorporate as many seasonal and locally sourced foods as possible. BONUS POINTS: their cake was completely vegan, and they worked with a local brewery to make the wedding day brews on tap vs. serving non-local canned/bottled brands! AngelaandKyle-656 Not only is wasting less and going green a large part of their lifestyles, they also serve the community in huge ways. Kyle is on the board of a non-profit called Creative Clay, they provide resources and supplies to make art available for adults with disabilities. Angela also volunteers for several organizations supporting the St. Petersburg, FL area. Take a peek at this sweet day, you can almost smell the potting soil from here. AngelaandKyle-5 AngelaandKyle-10 AngelaandKyle-33 AngelaandKyle-56 AngelaandKyle-87 AngelaandKyle-117 AngelaandKyle-120 AngelaandKyle-131 AngelaandKyle-162 AngelaandKyle-166 AngelaandKyle-260 AngelaandKyle-430 AngelaandKyle-432 AngelaandKyle-443 AngelaandKyle-501   AngelaandKyle-313AngelaandKyle-340AngelaandKyle-662AngelaandKyle-645 Participating Vendors: Photography: Kera Photography | Planner: Special Moments Event Planning | Venue: St. Petersburg Woman’s Club | Hair and Makeup: Studio KG and Loft 19 | Catering: Chives Innovative Catering | DJ, Photobooth, Lighting: Nature Coast Entertainment | Bouquets: The Bride’s Bouquet | Linens: Connie Duglin Speciality Linen

Sustainably Stylized Wedding Inspiration: Celebrate with BRIGHT purpose!

Weddings are amazing, no? They are full to the brim of ALL the feelings and ALL the great things – grandmothers dancing, tears of joy, beautiful voices, hand holding, delicious eats, I could go on forever. They are a time to do nothing else but enjoy the moments you are given to celebrate life. This put aside, Black Sheep Bride is committed to sharing weddings and inspiritation that encourage and incorporate ways to plan a wedding that actually benefits the larger community and offer a sense of greater purpose. Meigan Canfield Photography and a team of extremely talented Colorado wedding vendors recently planned a styled shoot for this purpose in mind. They wanted to inspire couples to think beyond the standard planning, to consider how to waste less, to know the vendors that “give back” and only use cruelty free products, and to want their wedding to stand for something bigger. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto77 Here is a list of the vendors and how they give back: Photographer :  Meigan Canfield Photography ~ Meagan strives to connect with the industry vendors who “give back” or neutralize their carbon footprint as much as possible, so that she can recommend their services and grow a more sustainable, “green” wedding industry. She also uses an eco-friendly printing company for wedding albums and prints (Loktah). MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto217 Event Designers : ENLY Event Design ~ Is responsible for almost all of the background design in this shoot. They are a team of two beauties who strive to create modern and minimalistic, contemporary pieces. For the shoot, they created their pieces with a “greener” approach considering its lifespan and the materials used during creation. For the shoot, they created a ceremony backdrop that was made from recyclable coasters. They used milk paint (an environmentally friendly paint) to paint the coasters shades of blue. They also hand built the bar, which they created using wood and paper tiles that were made from 100% recycled post-consumer paper, designed and packed to minimize the carbon footprint. These can be fully recycled after their use. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto215 Venue: Blanc ~ Is an old industrial warehouse in the heart of Downtown Denver. The venue was originally built in 1890, and was multi-purposed as both a tool shop and an automotive repair yard. It has since been up-cycled and renovated into a beautiful multi-space location venue for all types of events. It is the perfect venue for a sustainable wedding, because it has been recycled into a modern space which offers a variety of different areas within. There is a naturally lit indoor room that can be used for ceremonies, a beautifully landscaped backyard with a court and cherry blossoms for cocktail hour and a barn that can be used for dinner and receptions. This also eliminates any unnecessary travel from place to place during the event. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto258 Dress Shop: A&Bé Bridal Shop ~ offers a variety of wedding dresses made in different parts of the globe. For this shoot, A&Be offered a dress by the Designer Rebecca Schoneveld (BSB National Partner). Rebecca Schoneveld is based in Brooklyn, New York and all of her designer dresses are handmade by sustainable seamstresses and created using natural fabrics, this eliminates the need for polluting factory work. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto10 Cake Designer: Sugar ~ Offers vegan and organic options for her cakes and deserts. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto69 Florist: Boulder Blooms ~ Strives to showcase local floral product grown in and around the Boulder area, encouraging their daily customers and couples to consider flowers that are in season. They also participate in the Zero Waste Program, recycling and composting more than half their waste material. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto234 Makeup: Alli B Artistry LLC ~ Uses only animal-friendly and vegan makeup brands. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto23 Hair: My Hair Trip Salon ~ Denver’s only green organic certified hair salon. They use the most sustainable, non toxic, cruelty free, hair products. My Hair Trip Salon has just partnered with Green Circle Salons which recycles or finds an up-clycled use for most of their waste from hair clippings, foils, color, styrofoam, and even broken appliances. They are committed to creating as carbon neutral of a salon environment as possible. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto325 Ring Designer: Bucura Designs ~ is owned by a self taught silversmith who locally hand-makes all of her own creations. Most of the stones she uses come from small shops and artisan stone shapers she finds while on trips or donated from other artists who have no use for them. Other stones come from the Rio Grande shop, a go to online source dedicated to supporting the jeweler. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto53 Jewelry Designer: Purpose Jewelry ~ Their jewelry is handcrafted by survivors of modern-day slavery, empowering them through freedom, employment and financial stability. 100% of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a non-profit that provides holistic care for young women rescued from human trafficking. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto355 Invitation Designer: Paper Plates Press ~Created a lovely wedding invitation suite for the shoot. It was printed on 100% recycled cotton paper using a vintage letterpress. Instead of doing a traditional RSVP card that is returned by mail, they printed one that directed guests online to RSVP, to reduce the carbon footprint. In the suite, they included wildflower seeds with the invitation as a gift for guests to plant in their gardens. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto34 Ice Cream: High Point Creamery (Ice Cream Truck) ~ Uses the finest and freshest ingredients (Fresh fruit? Yes, please) to hand-make all of their own ice cream. There are no artificial flavors or coloring, and they offer a couple of vegan options as well. 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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!
 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).’
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.’
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.’
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!)
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.’
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.

Bridal Party Gifts that Give Back – Featured Social Enterprise: Latch Co.

Continuing with our Sustainable Summer Series, we wanted to share an awesome social enterprise company called LatchCo. They have all the goods to help make your sustainable bridal party gift giving complete! LatchCo is a one stop shop for all things socially responsible. Each item has a story and helps a specific cause. The idea for the site came when Founder, Jenny Long was traveling abroad assisting with humanitarian causes. Realizing just how many socially responsible companies and products were out there, she wanted to not only help promote these great companies that are giving back, but make it easier for the socially responsible shopper to find great products. Each product at LatchCo has a story; bags that give to education, eco-friendly eyewear that plants trees, jewelry made by women that have escaped human trafficking, coffee that funds adoption projects.. and much more. In addition to searching the site by product categories, shoppers can search by region benefiting from the purchase or initiative benefiting from the purchase. Here are a few LatchCo gift ideas for your wedding day pose: The Bridesmaid Gift: Brave Collection (multiple colors)
This delicate, handcrafted cotton and brass bracelet  says “Brave” (Klaa-han) in Khmer and was handmade in Cambodia by a local artisan to empower women across the globe. 10% of their profits are donated to fight human trafficking in Cambodia.
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The Groomsman Gift: Socks to Give Clean Water
The purchase of these unique and ethically made socks provides 18 months of clean water to someone in need through
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This elegant, white beaded drop necklace is made by women in Uganda. Giving them employment enables them to provide food and education for their children.
Proceeds from the purchase of this handmade, cotton linen necktie go towards building water wells in Nicaragua.
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Proceeds from these handmade leather sandals support clean water efforts in Guatemala. Bonus – they come in just about any color you want. Sandals
If you would like to see more socially responsible gift and bridal products, check out LatchCo.