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Weddings That Give Back: Tom + Dustin- New York City, NY

This is the love story about the parents of a cute Maltipoo. Her name is Captain. BlackSheepBride_0067 Captain’s parents, Tom and Dustin, met while attending Yale University and fell in love on an adventure-date hiking to the top of East Rock in New Haven. From that day on, they were inseparable and their adventuring continued with their beloved pup right by their side. February 11th, 2016 holds special significance for their story. On this day there was a worldwide announcement that a LIGO experiment discovered gravity waves. Tom is a mathematics teacher at a collegiate school in Brooklyn and Dustin is also in the field of science and math, as a Data Scientist for Capital One. February 11th was also the day they got engaged in their home in Washington, D.C.! As they planned their intimate wedding day they intentionally choose to focus on their love and their community more than anything else. They wanted to be true to who they were and what was important to them, and their wedding reflected accordingly. BlackSheepBride_0042 They kept their attire simple and encouraged their wedding party to wear what they wanted, so long as they rocked out black leather bomber jackets. They wanted the Rare Book Room to speak for itself, as it did, and added minimal florals and punk-rock accents to make it their own. They choose BSB vendor, Modern Rebel Co., to plan and coordinate their day and through her giving-back business model donated a portion of their wedding budget to Homes for the Homeless. This donation benefits a homeless youth summer camp that empowers and equips youth through a variety of programs and services. Tom and Dustin also donate regularly to MSF and SPLC. They are also incredibly passionate about education and making STEM accessible to all students. BlackSheepBride_0034 BlackSheepBride_0035 BlackSheepBride_0036 BlackSheepBride_0037 BlackSheepBride_0038 BlackSheepBride_0039 BlackSheepBride_0040 BlackSheepBride_0041  BlackSheepBride_0043 BlackSheepBride_0044 BlackSheepBride_0045 BlackSheepBride_0046 BlackSheepBride_0047 BlackSheepBride_0048 BlackSheepBride_0049 BlackSheepBride_0050 BlackSheepBride_0051 BlackSheepBride_0052  BlackSheepBride_0054 BlackSheepBride_0055 BlackSheepBride_0056 BlackSheepBride_0057 BlackSheepBride_0058 BlackSheepBride_0059 T&DWedding-316BlackSheepBride_0060 BlackSheepBride_0061 BlackSheepBride_0062 BlackSheepBride_0063 BlackSheepBride_0064 BlackSheepBride_0065 BlackSheepBride_0066 Participating Vendors: Wedding Planner: Modern Rebel Co. | Photography: Aaron and Whitney Photography | Paper Goods: Penny Ann Designs | Venue: The Rare Book Room at Strand Book Store | Florals: Brooklyn Blooms | DJ: 74 Events | Catering: Red Egg NYC | Cake: Baked NYC | Rings: Macha Jewelry Weddings That Give Back: Tom + Dustin- New York City, NY

Vendors That Give Back: MG Hair and Makeup

Fashion. Lights. Makeup. Hairspray. Sometimes fashion shows can seem like the last place to give back, however, there are definitely the exceptions. -desai_foundation_diwalionthehudson2048-0057 Last week MG Hair and Makeup donated their services as a part of Diwali on The Hudson with the Desai Foundation and fashion designer, Payal Singhal, and performed all of the hair and makeup for their runway show. -desai_foundation_diwalionthehudson2048-0004 Both the Desai Foundation and Payal Singhal wanted to partner and create a ready-to-wear line of clothing to help benefit the great work being done to provide vocational training and economic empowerment to women in rural India and the US. -desai_foundation_diwalionthehudson2048-0323 Featured in both Vogue India and Elle India, this event was a unique collaboration of not just monetary contribution but of deep vocational education as various pieces from the collection are also being made by one of the centers in India. -desai_foundation_diwalionthehudson2048-0042 Your purchase can support this amazing foundation and also be a unique piece of fashion from a top fashion designer. For more information about Payal Singhal x Desai Foundation, visit here. Thanks to our amazing vendor, MG Hair and Makeup, for serving and supporting the global community in such HUGE WAYS!

Vegan Weddings that Give Back: Amanda & Brandon- New York City, NY

Amanda & Brandon’s wedding tops all the charts of animal friendliness was entirely vegan. The two met in NYC at a dive bar in the east village years ago where they really hit it off. After discovering they both lived a vegan lifestyle they knew it was meant to be. They celebrated their marriage at 26 Bridge in DUMBO where every aspect of their wedding was vegan. From cocktail hour to the brides shoes, everything was animal friendly. Surrounded by friends and family they celebrated well into the evening. The bride’s gown was even made by our very own BSB vendor and amazing wedding gown designer, Rebecca Schoneveld! Thank you to Bri Johnson Weddings for submitting this wedding story for us to share with you!


Amanda is a Former Research and Outreach Assistant to Director at Catskill Animal Sanctuary and Founder at Benevolent And Enlightened Beauty.

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Big Fake Wedding Recap: New York City, NY

The Big Fake Wedding New York City : Bold Colors, Skylines, Foraged Florals and Acrobatic Fun! As always, New York City did not disappoint at this past Big Fake Wedding NYC! Check it out for yourself and take a look at the killer list of participating vendors, at the end of this post! Grateful to for being our represented BSB Vendor and sharing their charitable wedding registry platform with the amazing guests in attendance! Photos below courtesy of Olli Studio OLLISTUDIO_0039AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0057AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0071AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0089AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0102AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0112AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0123AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0161AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0163AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0165AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0188AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0197AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0205AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0206AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0214AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0218AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0291AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0294AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0297AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0303AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0305AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0348AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0351AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0368AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0384AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0393AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0402AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0405AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0430AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0460AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0477AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0485AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0495AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0515AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0518AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0524AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0576AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0624AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0646AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0662AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0667AFTER OLLISTUDIO_0674AFTER Photos below courtesy of Authentic Photo D4S_2237-13 D4S_2372-26 D4S_2509-37 D4S_2529-39 D4S_2555-41 D4S_2606-44 D4S_2638-45 D4S_2646-47 D4S_2650-48 D4S_2660-50 D4S_2737-60 D4S_2744-62 D4S_2770-67 D4S_2800-69 D4S_3186-90 D4S_3215-95 D4S_3224-98 D4S_3231-100 D4S_3234-101 D4S_3248-106 D4S_3250-107 Photos below courtesy of 13 One Photography _MG_1559 F30A0077-2 F30A0085 F30A0098  F30A0135 F30A0315  F30A0337  F30A0346  F30A0385 F30A0391 F30A0394-2  F30A0419 F30A0449 F30A0493-2  F30A0604 F30A0634  F30A0669 F30A0671 F30A0681  F30A0686  F30A0848 F30A0888 F30A0716F30A1043 F30A1099 F30A1111 Also take a moment to check out the NYC fun in action via Yamean Studios Films   Participating Vendors: Presenting Partner : WeddingWire| Bridal Hair Accessories : Untamed Bridal| Bridesmaid + Groomsman Accessories : Symrik | Catering : Neuman’s Kitchen| Custom Love Songs : MelodyWed| Day-of Coordination + Tables 2, 10 : Dee Weddings | Dessert Bar : Sweet Pistachio Patisserie | Dessert: Cake Shooters : Got Cake! Cake Bar | Doughnuts : Keyhole Doughnuts | DJ + Emcee : Scratch Weddings | Entertainment: Band : Silver Arrow Band | Entertainment: Cirque Performance : Cirque Central | Event Lighting : Universal Light and Sound| Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Table 1) : You’re the Boss! Weddings + Events | Floral + Event Design (Personal Flowers + Tables 4, 6, 8) : Wyld | Floral + Event Design (Registration Table + Tables 3, 7, 11) : Campbell Events | Floral + Event Design (Sweetheart Table + Tables 5, 9) : LVR Events | Gifts : Wedding Flats : Talaria Flats | Gifts + Favors : Jefais Club Wedding Favors | Hair : Pinned & Proper | Helicopter : Wings Air Helicopters | Hotel : The Washington Jefferson Hotel | Invitations + Programs : Bella Figura | Jewelry : Cosh NYC | Makeup : Best Face Forward Makeup Studio | Menswear : The Groomsman Suit | Paper Accents : Pineapple Street Designs | Photo Booth : Photobooth Creative | Photography : 13 One Photography | Photography : Authentic Photo | Photography : OLLI STUDIO| Registry : | Rentals : Party Rental Ltd. | Spa : Shimmer Medspa | Venue : Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers | Videography : Yamean Studios Films | Wedding Dress : Paisley Bridal | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor : Ferrari Sparkling Wine

Big Fake Wedding NYC Recap

Over the past year, of partnering, participating and promoting Big Fake Wedding, we have noticed one special nugget of goodness: when there are children involved… They come very close to stealing the show and at the Big Fake Wedding NYC…nothing was getting in the way of this family’s cuteness!
We just love the way the brick-walled beer hall venue complimented the feminine soft dainty florals and design elements incorporated into the big city experience. With ‘European Sky’ as the main focus of inspiration the vendor collaboration and vision was a piece of …BIG APPLE Pie, see what I did… BIG APPLE, instead of cake… HA! I kill me!
Photos below : Laura Lee Photography
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And you can never go wrong with a fun highlight video either:
Participating Vendors:
Bath + Body: Olivenar | Bridal Party Gifts: Things Remembered | Catering + Venue: Houston Hall | Ceremony Musician: Natalie Hall Classic Strings | Day-Of Coordination: Look Sharp Events | Dessert Bar: Got Cake! Cake Bar | Entertainment (DJ Shelly): EastCoast Entertainment | Floral + Event Design (Bouquets/Boutonnieres + Tables 4, 8): Flowers by G Bella | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Table 2): LVR Events | Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 3, 6): White Elephant Events | Floral + Event Design (Registration Area + Tables 5, 7, 9): Ashley Peraino Events | Groomsmen Attire: The Tailory New York | Guest Book: MDB Weddings | Hair + Makeup: Kookla | Hair Accessories: Kerry Ann Stokes | Hotel: Cambria Hotels + Suites NYC – Chelsea | Invitations (Gold Rush Suite): Cariad Lane Calligraphy | Invitations (Golden Floral): Engaging Papers | Jewelry: Chloe + Isabel | Paper Accents: Park Slope Press | Party Favors: Moments On Magnets | Photo Booth: Poppy Booth | Photography: Laura Lee Photography | Photography: Samantha Lauren Photographie | Photography: Sophie Kawalek Photography | Programs: My Darlin’ | Signage: Buffy Weddings | Videography: First Take Filmworks | Wedding Cake: Cake Heights | Wedding Dress: Theia | Whoopie Pies, Mini Brooksters + Mini Bars: Baked | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari Sparkling Wine | National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge|