The best part about what we do at Black Sheep Bride is sharing the giving/sustainable story to wedding content. When we received this submission in our inbox, we had a feeling it was going to be a great fit for you guys, our readers. Taking inspiration from the cherished childhood story, Where the Wild Things Are
, this vendor team couldn’t have put together a better wedding interpretation. From the moss table runner, to the wild flower fields and the branch crown, we are simply overflowing with delight!
The even best part about this shoot, is how are large portion of the vendor team gives back and uses these products, skills/services, design elements to help others. Read along to learn more about this stylized shoot, orchestrated by MAG Events
, Elizabeth Cryan Photography
, and an amazing team of charitable vendors (highlighted throughout).
Elizabeth Cryan Photography
values the importance of using her skills to give back and regularly donates sessions to raise money for fundraisers such as ALS, cancer research, education, etc.
: Every dress is designed and made, by hand, in Colorado… this is one of the keys to success for D’Lola Couture as all the wedding gowns made are manufactured by hand near Denver, Colorado. Each design is hand cut, individually for each order, and hand crafted for each individual bride.
Brackish Bowties: Every tie is handcrafted in South Carolina by a team of 50 artisans and production assistants. And because every single feather is hand selected, no 2 Brackish bow ties are exactly alike. Every tie is a sustainable work of art.
uses locally grown, sustainably farmed flowers, succulents and plants wherever possible in its designs. They are committed to making the environment as beautiful as possible, not only by filling it with plants and flowers, but also by preserving it for future generations of flower lovers! They recycle, compost, and use the most sustainably farmed flowers they can find, from as many local sources as they can! They use a local grower in Arvada, Colorado for many of their flowers. Their greenhouses allow us to get the freshest, most ecologically friendly product available in Denver!
Aside from their sustainable practices, they also educate and encourage their brides to donate their leftover flowers and offer delivery to the hospital nearby (St Joes).
Ashley Schenkein Jewelry works closely with a Denver-based charity, Women’s Bean Project, collaborating on a collection that is sold exclusively by the charity to offer job skills and support to women in need. Also in celebrating the life of a dear friend, Emily, a four time cancer survivor and an inspiration to others, 25% of the proceeds on Emily’s birthday, May 2nd, will be donated to Livestrong Colorado.
4th Kind Entertainment offers their services to a Denver based charity group, called Food For Thought
Kelley Kakes donates to New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue of Colorado, as well as fosters dogs through their rescue. They’ve fostered 62 dogs, thus far! They also purchase all of their eggs through local (as in neighborhood) folks, as well as all of their berries (when in season). They also donate cakes through a non profit organization called Icing Smiles: they make cakes for terminally ill kids, very sick kids, and their siblings.
As for the venue and this gorgeous location backdrop: Piney River Ranch LLC
is located 9,350 feet above sea level at the end of a dirt road, maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Set on the edge of Piney Lake, and nestled at the foot of the majestic Gore Range, Piney River Ranch LLC is a private, forty-acre Rocky Mountain retreat, long known as a favorite wedding and day-trip destination. They are located just twelve miles north of Vail Village, surrounded by thousands of acres of backcountry wilderness within the White River National Forest. Piney River Ranch LLC holds active partnerships with both the National Park Service and the Denver Water Board, each established to preserve the natural beauty of the ranch and its surrounding areas.
Photographer: Elizabeth Cryan Photography
//Dress Designer:D’Lola Couture
//Cinema and Video: 4th Kind Entertainment
//Invitation Designer: Anthologie Press
//Jewelry: Ashley Schenkein Jewelry Design
//Floral Designer: Bella Calla
//Apparel: Brackish Bowties
//Model: Garrett Kidd//Cake Designer: Kelley Kakes
//Event Planner: MAG Events
//Model: Olivia Ritchie//Veils and headpieces: Opam inc
//Other: Patina Preferred: A Vintage Rental Boutique
//Reception Venue: Piney River Ranch LLC
//Dress Store: The Bridal Collection
//Makeup Artist: the parlour