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Sustainably Stylized Wedding Inspiration: Celebrate with BRIGHT purpose!

Weddings are amazing, no? They are full to the brim of ALL the feelings and ALL the great things – grandmothers dancing, tears of joy, beautiful voices, hand holding, delicious eats, I could go on forever. They are a time to do nothing else but enjoy the moments you are given to celebrate life. This put aside, Black Sheep Bride is committed to sharing weddings and inspiritation that encourage and incorporate ways to plan a wedding that actually benefits the larger community and offer a sense of greater purpose. Meigan Canfield Photography and a team of extremely talented Colorado wedding vendors recently planned a styled shoot for this purpose in mind. They wanted to inspire couples to think beyond the standard planning, to consider how to waste less, to know the vendors that “give back” and only use cruelty free products, and to want their wedding to stand for something bigger. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto77 Here is a list of the vendors and how they give back: Photographer :  Meigan Canfield Photography ~ Meagan strives to connect with the industry vendors who “give back” or neutralize their carbon footprint as much as possible, so that she can recommend their services and grow a more sustainable, “green” wedding industry. She also uses an eco-friendly printing company for wedding albums and prints (Loktah). MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto217 Event Designers : ENLY Event Design ~ Is responsible for almost all of the background design in this shoot. They are a team of two beauties who strive to create modern and minimalistic, contemporary pieces. For the shoot, they created their pieces with a “greener” approach considering its lifespan and the materials used during creation. For the shoot, they created a ceremony backdrop that was made from recyclable coasters. They used milk paint (an environmentally friendly paint) to paint the coasters shades of blue. They also hand built the bar, which they created using wood and paper tiles that were made from 100% recycled post-consumer paper, designed and packed to minimize the carbon footprint. These can be fully recycled after their use. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto215 Venue: Blanc ~ Is an old industrial warehouse in the heart of Downtown Denver. The venue was originally built in 1890, and was multi-purposed as both a tool shop and an automotive repair yard. It has since been up-cycled and renovated into a beautiful multi-space location venue for all types of events. It is the perfect venue for a sustainable wedding, because it has been recycled into a modern space which offers a variety of different areas within. There is a naturally lit indoor room that can be used for ceremonies, a beautifully landscaped backyard with a court and cherry blossoms for cocktail hour and a barn that can be used for dinner and receptions. This also eliminates any unnecessary travel from place to place during the event. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto258 Dress Shop: A&Bé Bridal Shop ~ offers a variety of wedding dresses made in different parts of the globe. For this shoot, A&Be offered a dress by the Designer Rebecca Schoneveld (BSB National Partner). Rebecca Schoneveld is based in Brooklyn, New York and all of her designer dresses are handmade by sustainable seamstresses and created using natural fabrics, this eliminates the need for polluting factory work. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto10 Cake Designer: Sugar ~ Offers vegan and organic options for her cakes and deserts. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto69 Florist: Boulder Blooms ~ Strives to showcase local floral product grown in and around the Boulder area, encouraging their daily customers and couples to consider flowers that are in season. They also participate in the Zero Waste Program, recycling and composting more than half their waste material. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto234 Makeup: Alli B Artistry LLC ~ Uses only animal-friendly and vegan makeup brands. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto23 Hair: My Hair Trip Salon ~ Denver’s only green organic certified hair salon. They use the most sustainable, non toxic, cruelty free, hair products. My Hair Trip Salon has just partnered with Green Circle Salons which recycles or finds an up-clycled use for most of their waste from hair clippings, foils, color, styrofoam, and even broken appliances. They are committed to creating as carbon neutral of a salon environment as possible. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto325 Ring Designer: Bucura Designs ~ is owned by a self taught silversmith who locally hand-makes all of her own creations. Most of the stones she uses come from small shops and artisan stone shapers she finds while on trips or donated from other artists who have no use for them. Other stones come from the Rio Grande shop, a go to online source dedicated to supporting the jeweler. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto53 Jewelry Designer: Purpose Jewelry ~ Their jewelry is handcrafted by survivors of modern-day slavery, empowering them through freedom, employment and financial stability. 100% of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a non-profit that provides holistic care for young women rescued from human trafficking. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto355 Invitation Designer: Paper Plates Press ~Created a lovely wedding invitation suite for the shoot. It was printed on 100% recycled cotton paper using a vintage letterpress. Instead of doing a traditional RSVP card that is returned by mail, they printed one that directed guests online to RSVP, to reduce the carbon footprint. In the suite, they included wildflower seeds with the invitation as a gift for guests to plant in their gardens. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto34 Ice Cream: High Point Creamery (Ice Cream Truck) ~ Uses the finest and freshest ingredients (Fresh fruit? Yes, please) to hand-make all of their own ice cream. There are no artificial flavors or coloring, and they offer a couple of vegan options as well. 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Weddings That Give Back: Michelle and Joe- Key West, FL

One of our very own BSB Vendors, friends, and ethical fashion advocate, Michelle, of Michelle For Good and Co-Founder of The Tote Project, recently tied the knot in South Florida to her amazing guy, Joey!
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 True to form, Michelle and Joey made sure to incorporate as many ethical, charitable and sustainable wedding day details as they could and used their intimate destination wedding to shop small, waste less and serve others. Read more about how they were intentional throughout the post.
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Shop Small: ‘We are both advocates of fair trade and the sweatshop-free movement, so we tried to shop small when we could. We bought the flower girl basket and guest book from designers on ETSY, and I surprised Joey with a wedding day gift of a Brackish Bow Tie, (another amazing BSB find).’
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Michelle’s Bridal Jewelry: Her awesome bridal jewelry was designed by her good friend Destiny, of Destiny Conner Jewelry.  ‘She designed a custom hair piece and earrings for me. She donates 10% of her profits to the Imagine Foundation.’
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The Venue: The couple choose to get married at The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, FL.  The venue is a non-profit museum. The house was built in 1851 and purchased as Hemingway’s home in 1931, all of the furniture is preserved in it’s original form. The estate still remains to be the single largest residential property on the island of Key West.
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The Bridesmaids Gifts:  ‘I bought my maids of honor (I couldn’t pick just one, all my bridesmaids were maids and matrons of honor haha) Purpose Jewelry for their gifts and asked them to wear the pieces in the wedding. Purpose Jewelry is made by human trafficking survivors and 100% of the proceeds go to them. I also surprised them with Sand Cloud towels to go with the destination wedding theme. They donate to protect marine life.’
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Tuxes: The Wedding Party Tuxes were rented from Generation Tux.  ‘We didn’t initially see a give-back component on their site, so I tweeted at them and asked if they’d be willing to donate if we chose them as a vendor. They agreed and donated 10% of the price we paid to UNICEF to support Syrian Refugees. They also said they are working to incorporate giving back into their business model..woohoo!’ (<<<< TALK ABOUT CHANGE MAKER! Go Michelle and Joey!)
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Wedding Rings: ‘My engagement ring and wedding band were from Brilliant Earth, and Joey’s band was from another Black Sheep Bride vendor, Tenzabelle. It was super important to us to get conflict-free rings and Brilliant Earth gives back to communities negative affected by the illegal diamond trade.’
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Photographer: We chose Andrew Abajian as our photographer. He’s not only a great friend of ours, he also does humanitarian work and has photographed the efforts of Saddleback/Rick Warren around the world.
Wedding Invitations: We ordered recycled paper wedding invitations from Minted.
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All Photos courtesy of Andrew Abajian.

Weddings that Give Back- Jen & Rishi

A few months ago we featured an amazing engagement session for a couple of love birds looking to show love to others and with utmost excitement… TODAY… We get to share their awesome 2-day long wedding festivities! Check out what the bride had to share about her wedding planning process and how she conscious incorporated vendors and products that gave back! ‘The Sangeet (night before the wedding) was held at a local venue, sponsored by an organizations called Source MN, whose goal is to bring hope and opportunity in the city. They work with homeless people and do anti-trafficking awareness and education. We love being able to use a space that is doing good in our community.’ View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi I bought my wedding dress from a local consignment shop (in an effort to be more eco-conscious) called Bridal Aisle.  View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi ‘My engagement ring + both of our wedding bands: Blue Nile which has a  zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds.’ View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi ‘I worked with Gracie over at Miriam Designs {who we sell at Paisley + Sparrow} to get rings and necklaces for my ladies. Miriam Designs works with women who have overcome addiction. My sister (MOH) wore the Kana necklace directly from my shop. It is made by Purpose Jewelry who works with women who were formerly trafficked. Bridesmaids also received lip balm from Honest Company who makes sure they make sure every vendor operates according to GMP standards which mandate fair labor wages and working conditions. Their products are good for your body, the environment and the people making them!’ View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishiView More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi ‘We had leftover envelopes from our invitations so I folded them over and wrote numbers on them for table numbers! The envelopes otherwise would have gone to waste. We also used succulents paired with candles (from the consignment shop) for half of our table centerpieces instead of flowers. We hated to throw away beautiful flowers after only using them for a day! I found pots at local thrift shops and painted them gold so they all matched. We gave away some and the rest are in various places around our home! :)’View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi ‘For our wedding favors we decided to gift each guest with a bar of Hand in Hand Soap – For each bar of soap we give, one bar will be given to a child in need. {also found in my shop!}’ View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi View More: http://on3weddingphotography.pass.us/jenrishi ‘However we did registered for some gifts, we also gave the option to donate to International Justince Mission – a human rights agency that is bringing rescue and freedom to victims of slavery, sex trafficking and other forms of violence. We raised over $300!’ ‘The rest of our vendors we went with small locally owned businesses rather than larger corporations. My Hair/Makeup was done by Jen Santoro Rotty, Invitations and Programs were done by Libby Design , Photography : On3Design for Photography and our videography:  Acowsay‘ To find out more about Jen and her amazing socially conscious boutique, visit: Paisley + Sparrow.

Purpose Jewelry- Handcrafted by Survivors for your Wedding Day.

collagy-01_45c787fe-6e08-493e-8783-2928f0268283_2048x2048 In 2007, International Sanctuary (iSanctuary) was created to address the many needs of the young women of sex trafficking through holistic care and empowerment. The women are placed in mentoring programs, and provided with an education, medical and dental care, scholarships, and micro-loans in order to prepare them for the future. iSanctuary works with survivors in Mumbai, India and Orange County, California, and has served over 300 young women.  In September 2014, International Sanctuary launched Purpose, a fashion jewelry brand that empowers human trafficking survivors through employment and financial stability. Girls and women are able to join healthy workplace communities that empower their transformation from victims to survivors. They are no longer defined by their past abuse as they are now skilled artisans who are building a bright future. iSanctuary provides a safe and loving environment where young women are free to laugh, grow, and be themselves Go to Purpose Jewelry’s Site today and finding the perfect pieces for your wedding day look and help others while you’re at it!   Purpose Jewelry