If you haven’t already noticed, we truly treasure and appreciate our Black Sheep Bride Vendor Family. They are the ones that fight for our vision, advocate and promote socially conscious wedding consumerism on a national/international scale. They also lead the trends, by their own examples, and have been redirecting the industry’s path towards purpose and impact. It makes us proud to have this little do-gooder army at our side! It also makes our hearts even more abounding when one of our very own gets engaged!
Sierra Ford Photography
is based on Central Florida and has a true passion for helping others. When she isn’t busy running her wedding photography business, she is actively outside exploring nature and also volunteering at HOPE Helps with her camera in hand. We thought we would take a moment and share her proposal story and how she plans to use her wedding to impact others and the environment.
What started out as a fun weekend on the water, ended up with the sweetest surprise of a lifetime. Mad Props to ‘Mr. Sierra Ford Photography’ for all the planning, custom ring design, and personally hand crafted cedar ring box… I think she has a keeper on her hands folks!
As for their wedding plans… they are already in the works:
‘Almost all of my decor and my dress will be “recycled” from thrift stores. My mom and Grandma have been collecting old table cloths, lace, candleholders etc. and my dress is being sewn by Vintage Opulance
out of old laces and such. We plan to have natural party favors and place settings, such as air plants and succulents for each family! I’m also going create an in depth wedding website to inform people of all the ways we will be choosing to conserve, give back and avoid wastefulness.’
For more information about their proposal story or her work, check out her site for more details
I have lived in Jacksonville, FL for a little under a month now. One of the first things I noticed while trekking to the office everyday was the amount of homeless friends I began to intake. I shared my new found insight to friend and fellow wedding professional, Amber, of Amber Veatch Designs
and she immediately said , ‘Then you must meet my great friend, Mandi! Not only is she a great stylist, [Once Upon a Stylist
], but she also participates in an organization devoted to homeless help! In fact…. she was just proposed to while feeding the homeless in downtown Jax!’
Everything about her story was a reflection of the Black Sheep Bride mission. They will be using their wedding as an opportunity to give back as well, inviting a large group of their ‘downtown neighbors’ to join in their celebrations too. It doesn’t stop there- They are also planning to head over to Africa for their honeymoon and help others across the pond also! Don’t you just LOVE them! I sure do!
So excited and thankful Chloe Austin Photography
was there to capture it all.
Every Wednesday morning Mandi, Jason and crew head downtown and feed the homeless. They have made this apart of their lives for awhile now and what started out as a styrofoam cup of coffee (origin of their non-profits name- Cup of Love
) has become quite the large operation. There was no better place for Jason to drop to one knee than at the place it all began.
And then the hugs and sweet fun continued into their engagement session!!
This is easily the MOST EPIC photo anyone has ever captured at an engagement- Chloe Austin
– WELL DONE!