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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!
 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).’
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.’
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.’
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!)
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.’
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: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: I bought my wedding dress from a local consignment shop (in an effort to be more eco-conscious) called Bridal Aisle.  View More: View More: ‘My engagement ring + both of our wedding bands: Blue Nile which has a  zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds.’ View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: ‘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: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: More: ‘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: ‘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: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: ‘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