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Sustainably Stylized Wedding Inspiration Shoot: 801 Main Street, Lakeland, FL

Spring is right around the corner, friends! We wanted to take a moment to highlight a recent boho-centric, sustainably stylized, wedding inspiration shoot, put together by some amazing vendors that give back, based in Central Florida! Each vendor incorporated sustainability or giving back into this stylized shoot’s vision or is actively involved in their communities. Read about how each participating vendor gives back and/or shows value in sustainability and helping others. View More: http://samanthaleephotog.pass.us/801eastmainpart1
Amber Veatch (Amber Vetch Designs & Set RentalsFlorals and Design) : 
‘I volunteer through the Junior League of Tampa. I visit Eckerd Readiness Academy once a month with a group of other Junior League members and teach foster teens proper nutrition and health. These are kids who are working toward their GED and career goals, as they will soon be aging out of the foster care system. I also volunteer at my daughter’s elementary school and regularly look for ways to use my talents to give back to our community. I was excited to use the space at 801, because it encourages community involvement and supporting local goods by selling them in their store.’ *Editor Note: Amber is actively involved in the local wedding community and has donated her time, talents and goods in the past to BSB’s Wedding World Changer Charity Wedding.
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Samantha Dahlberg (Samantha Lee Photography) : 
‘Giving back is something that I have always been passionate about, but to be honest I have been less active than I would like to admit. But, coming in 2017 that is going to change for the better. I will be using photography, to bring memories and photographs to families struggling with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This disease has hit my family hard the last couple of years, and I finally realized I can do something to make a difference to the families. My goal is to donate a family session to at least one family a month, to families who are going through the same struggle. My hope is to capture these families with their loved one, before they are no longer themselves. To give them photographs to look back on, so they are able to remember the good times. But I am turning this into a group, and am creating a Facebook group “The Memory Keepers”  for photographers and other creatives to come together and donate their talents to families affected by other diseases that are close to they hearts. A sort-of “home base” for us to share our stories and encourage one-another to give back and use what we do to make a difference. I am also very passionate about using natural light. Not only does it showcase the natural environment around us, but it uses less energy. I love taking my clients to parks, fields, greenery, and all places natural. It’s therapeutic and a great way to bring my clients back to nature, and it’s also what sparked my love for photography in the first place.’
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801 E Main St. is a multi dimensional haven from the mundane side of life. Come experience it yourselves and then share it with the ones you love. 801 E. Main, The Poor Porker and the Corner Store provide a multi-function space, with beignets, coffee, local and artisan made goodies and just plain awesomeness. They have a huge passion for connecting the local community with Lakeland based business owners and upcycling their way into greatness.
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Alicia Rohan (A&P Design:
‘We are a letterpress company that each invitation is printed on our 100 year old antique printing press. It uses no energy and is foot & hand fed. We always print on 100% cotton paper stock which is tree free. Our inks are all soy based. We recycle all old letterpress plates & paper scraps.
We also give back throughout the year to local charities, our church and various foundations we are lucky enough to print for.
Corkskin is one of the most unique papers on the market today. Corkskin is handmade in Portugal and is a versatile, naturally water-resistant sheet with a multitude of applications. Additionally, corkskin is environmentally friendly as only the outer layer of tree bark is used and the tree is not cut down, but left to grow a new outer bark over and over again.’
View More: http://samanthaleephotog.pass.us/801eastmainpart2Megan (Malindy Elene:
‘The gown was designed by Anna Campbell Bridal! She is based out of Australia and has always had a goal to source local and provide ethical fabrics for her garments.  The lace on the gown is hand designed by Anna and then made locally with a small local company in Australia. Her gowns are not mass produced but are made by a small team of women who work in her studio in Australia. No mass production (or poor labor standards) here!  The same goes for her beading on the gown.  We love our designers that are conscious of where and who is involved in the production of their products and are proud of include Anna Campbell in that group!’ *Editor Note: Malindy Elene Couture is actively involved in the local wedding community and has donated several gowns to various charity organizations. BSB has personally received multiple donated gowns from Megan that were sent to Dominican Republic, for a mass charity wedding of over 20 couples. Thank you for all you do, Megan!
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Participating Vendors:
(BSB Vendor) Design & Florals: Amber Vetch Designs | (BSB Vendor) Rentals: Set Rentals |Photography: Samantha Lee Photography | Venue: 801 E. Main | Beignets: Poor Porker | Invitation Suite/Paper Goods: A&P Design | Bridal Boutique: Malindy Elene | Gown Designer: Anna Campbell Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Style Hair and Makeup | Models: Elizabeth Dugan and Tyler Ammons

2016 Wedding World Changer Day

Last year for our first birthday we encouraged newlyweds, engaged couples and wedding vendors across the globe to give back on one dedicated day, we graciously deemed this self-proclaimed holiday as Wedding World Changer Day! It was such a blast, there were people participating all across the U.S. and all the way below the equator in South Africa. To say it left a mark on our hearts would be an understatement, check out the recap here.  This year, with the encouragement of several vendors in our Black Sheep Bride Vendor Community, we are taking it up a notch! Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-7 This year we are expanding the Wedding World Changer campaign with the intention of providing 10 weddings in 10 cities between July 5th, 2016 and July 5th, 2017!   Thank you to the amazing vendors that helped make our Wedding World Changer stylized shoot such a success (and on a really short notice): Amber Veatch Designs, Citrus-Press Co.Set Event Rentals, Trudy Melissa Cakes, The Portos, Regina As The Photographer, Bourbon and Blush Events, Malindy Elene, Wish Vintage Rentals, Winthrop Barn Theatre.   Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-9 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-41Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-14 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-16Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-15  Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-19    Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-23 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-26 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-18 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-49 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-29  Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-31 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-33 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-36 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-39  Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-43 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-45   Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-54 So if you want to find out if your city made the list, want to apply to be a vendor at your local event, or have a lucky couple that actively gives back in their community you think would be a good nomination…. Check it out and apply at WWW.WEDDINGWORLDCHANGER.COM ! Participating Vendors: Design/Planning : Amber Veatch Designs | Rentals/Table Settings: Set Event Rentals | Paper Goods: Citrus-Press Co. | Cake: Trudy Melissa Cakes | Videography: The Portos | Photography: Regina As The Photographer | Planning: Bourbon and Blush Events | Dress: Malindy Elene| Chair Rentals/Decor: Wish Vintage Rentals | Venue: Winthrop Barn Theatre.

Eco Friendly Vintage Bridal Shoot- St. Augustine, FL

One of our amazing Black Sheep Bride vendors and stellar photographer, Ashlee Hamon Photography was recently in St. Augustine photographing a wedding and had the opportunity to photograph an awesome Eco-Friendly Bridal Shoot the next day. This is what she had to say: ‘I wanted to take advantage of all of the gorgeousness America’s oldest city has to offer. While in the city for an amazing  Casa Monica real wedding I decided to maximize my time and shoot some styled bridal portraits before heading back home to Tampa. I borrowed a beautiful gown and head piece from Malindy Elene and used my actual brides bouquet from the day before! The 20’s dress, the calla lilly recycled bouquet (made by: Anything with Plants and Flowers) and my stunning red headed assistant were all I needed to galavant around and create beautiful portraits. __Ashlee_Hamon_Photography_INC_20sBridalStyleShootinStAugustine32 __Ashlee_Hamon_Photography_INC_20sBridalStyleShootinStAugustine12 The hair and make up was thanks to 100 Percent Pure. They are an amazing company whose corporate offices are run by 100% solar energy, they use biodegradable formulas, recycled packaging , and they are 100% cruelty free. The whole look came together perfectly and truly fit the mood of the beautiful city. We wandered many alley ways and found the most unique architecture. My favorite spots were around Flagler, with it’s perfect elegance and history. __Ashlee_Hamon_Photography_INC_20sBridalStyleShootinStAugustine55 __Ashlee_Hamon_Photography_INC_20sBridalStyleShootinStAugustine44 The gown and head piece were contributed by Malindy Elene, whom is a huge advocate of cause-minded business and gives back throughout the year: – All of their unsold/older samples off the floor (which is about 20 – 30 a year), we donate to Bride’s Against Breast Cancer to benefit breast cancer research – Any bracelet, earring, sash, etc that starts to get a little ruined are taken apart and used for other things needed: either repairs to other items or special touches to current bride’s gowns! – The owner Megan is on the board for different events for the Children’s Cancer Center and actively promotes their events and cause! – Shopping Local: they did a spotlight feature on all of the other local boutiques (non-bridal) in the area that they love and did blog features on all of them to help spread the love! Girl’s really loved that actually! – Recycling mother’s gowns: They are a HUGE believer in this! What is your mom really going to do with her old gown and/or veil? Probably nothing lol! So if she is okay with it, they always recommend turning it into a rehearsal dinner gown, using the veil as your own, or tweaking it to a more modern style. It’s a really cool touch to your wedding day, an easy “something borrowed” and “something old” and what a sweet moment … Their seamstress does a ton of these a year. __Ashlee_Hamon_Photography_INC_20sBridalStyleShootinStAugustine41 __Ashlee_Hamon_Photography_INC_20sBridalStyleShootinStAugustine43 __Ashlee_Hamon_Photography_INC_20sBridalStyleShootinStAugustine36 __Ashlee_Hamon_Photography_INC_20sBridalStyleShootinStAugustine29 __Ashlee_Hamon_Photography_INC_20sBridalStyleShootinStAugustine10 __Ashlee_Hamon_Photography_INC_20sBridalStyleShootinStAugustine65 Thank you Ashlee Hamon Photography for sharing this gorgeous sessions with us to see the gorgeous  impact socially conscious vendor choices can have on a Bridal Shoot.