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Weddings that Give Back: Amanda and Andrew – Elberta, MI

Black Sheep Bride has one of the most amazing community of Vendors That Give Back that I’ve ever seen in the wedding industry, however I’m a little biased, since this is my ‘brain child’ and all. The raw talent and purpose-filled passion that exudes in our BSB Vendor Community often leaves me breathless and equally empowered. It is vendors like Apaige Photography that remind me why I launched Black Sheep Bride in the first place. Her passion for the environment and serving her community is LOUD and her personality, style and branding attracts the wedding clients that best represent our mission: Using your love to love others! Grateful to Apaige Photography for sharing this sweet Weddings That Give Back story with us today!  Apaige Photography shared this with BSB, in her submission, ‘AJ and Andrew basically did everything themselves, along with involving as many give back, and local businesses, as possible. From including family members and friends as much as possible, to AJ baking her very own cake – this wedding was my dream and I am so glad I could be included in it.’ www.apaigephotography.com The bride had this to say about her wedding planning: ‘Flowers for Dreams is a Chicago based company that designed all of our bouquets. It was important to have some of Chicago with us on our big day. The company features a new, amazing, local charity each month and contributes 25% of their proceeds to that non-profit organization. We have both worked with or admired many of the agencies they benefit, so it seemed only fitting. The remainder of the flowers came from the Elberta/Frankfort Famers Market. We made all the desserts and rather than a receiving line, we served everyone dessert. Our friend, Patches, officiating also and our toasts were accompanied by a lambic-style sour beer, which we brewed over a year ago.’ www.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.com The couple also chose to invest in ethical jewelry made by Mineralogy. Mineralogy is a collection of limited edition, conflict free, and one-of-a-kind jewelry designed and handcrafted by Chicago metalsmith, Theresa Cowan. Mineralogy creates unusual statement and heirloom quality pieces that pay tribute to the beauty of natural gems and minerals. www.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.com www.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.com Their ceremony and reception were held at the Elberta Life Saving Station, a local historic landmark, known for their long standing support of the community, on Betsie Bay, in Elberta, MI. www.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.com www.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.com The couple, alongside their loved ones, made all of the desserts for their wedding guest, as gifts. Instead of a traditional receiving line, they handed out these charming little jar cakes instead. www.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.com They also invested in Crystal Lake Catering Co. and they incorporate as many local, fresh, farm to table elements as possible in their menu selections. www.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.comwww.apaigephotography.com www.apaigephotography.com Photographer (BSB Vendor):   Apaige Photography //Caterer:  Crystal Lake Catering Co.//Reception Venue: Elberta Life Saving Station//Floral Designer: Flowers for Dreams//Dress Store: J. Crew//Jewelry: Mineralogy Jewelry//Hair Stylist: Salon 415 //

Weddings That Give Back: Ashley & Josh, Michigan

One of our beloved Black Sheep Bride vendors, APaige Photography, tied the knot recently and she was truly such an example of a genuine ‘Black Sheep Bride’. Having known her plans this whole year, it has been an anxious waiting game, but now it’s finally here to share! Thanks to one of our other super-radically-epic-and-loved BSB vendors, Everphoto for being there to document the day so awesomely! First thing we want to point out is Ashley’s dress. It was actually her mother’s wedding dress, they had refashioned by a local seamstress, Nimble Needles. Not only did Ashley wear her mom’s dress, they also got married on her parents property and on their wedding anniversary as well. (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto They gifted all the ladies in the bridal party (as well as sister-in-laws and moms) with Pura Vida bracelets. Pura Vida is a California founded business that saw a huge opportunity to empower communities in Costa Rica, and surrounding areas, with bracelets that support various charities. (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto Ashley and Josh worked hard to incorporate as many local based businesses they could into their wedding day, including wine from Round Barn Winery, made in Baroda, MI. (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto All of their decorations were either recycled, hand crafted, and/or picked up at local thrift/consignment shops. (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto They also used eco-friendly paper goods and compostable bamboo utensils to help reduce wastefulness. (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto The wedding programs were designed by Anna Weekly with the intention of multi-use purposes. Once the ceremony was over guests were able to use the programs to store treats, from the custom trail mix and pop corn bars. (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto Cupcakes were made by Yummy Cupcakes and totally dairy-free and vegan friendly! (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto Participating Vendors: Photography : EverPhoto | Dress Alteration/Redesign: Nimble Needles | Venue: Private Residence | Hair: Cut Out the Rest Salon & Nicole Flier | Make Up: Spatoepia Dowagiac | Cupcakes: Yummy Cupcakes | Wine: Round Barn Winery | Programs: Anna Weekly | Plates and Straws: EcoProducts