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Going Zero Waste Elopement: San Francisco, CA

In the midst of one of the wildest seasons of disasters, between earthquakes, hurricanes, and wildfires, we have never been more encouraged by our audience of change making, waste-reducing, intentional living, and loving couples. We see you! Your attention to the environment, the waste, the need, and the love you have to offer the hurting world around you has not gone unseen. Thank you all for using your love to love others and waste less. Today we’re sharing a zero waste elopement from none other than the founder of Going Zero Waste and we couldn’t be more inspired by their story! Read what she had to share below.
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We had a big zero waste wedding planned in November. But, we decided to call it off and move it up to May and we eloped.
We did a big backyard bbq to celebrate with friends and family. Our goal was to produce no trash and we were really successful!
We did the backyard bbq potluck style. We bought a whole bunch of bread from the baker in our own cloth bags. I took my crockpot down to the butcher and had it filled with brisket. I also made a whole bunch of pulled jackfruit and let everyone else bring the sides.
We rented cornhole boards for entertainment. The day after we ferried into the city and met up with our immediate family for our City Hall ceremony.
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I wore a dress I got second hand. Justin wore a suit he’s had for a while. My mom picked up the flowers and the cake plastic free from whole foods. She brought my cake carrier to get the cake to-go to avoid a single-use disposable one.
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 After our intimate ceremony and photos, we had brunch at Kitchen Story SF and ate cake on real plates with real forks, of course.
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Participating Vendors:
Bride: Going Zero Waste | Photography: Allison Andres | Cake and Florals: Whole Foods

Ethically Styled Wedding Inspiration: San Fransisco, CA

Today we are sharing a fun, ethically stylized, inspiration shoot sent to us by the incredibly talented photographer, Praise, from ComePlum in San Fransisco, CA.
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Here is what the team had to share:
‘So grateful to do this ethically styled home shoot with Suzanne and Kevyn (Jill of all trades!) of Atelier Des Modistes and Natasha of The Consistency Project. We incorporated vintage and thrift items from The Consistency Project for the styling of this shoot. Their goal is to reduce waste and their mission statement is “For those who do more with less and waste nothing.” Natasha of The Consistency Project who styled this shoot volunteers at a community thrift store several times a month. Praise, from ComePlum, does international photojournalism work annually, highlighting brands and individuals who give back or focus on socially conscious areas. She has photographed artisans in Kenya, an adoption in India, and orphanages in Romania, thus far.’
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‘The couple, Jeff and Cándida, has been married for 3 years now, and in preparation for the upcoming move, they wanted to share their sweetly styled love nest with the world.  Jeff and Cándida continuously embody what it means to give back. They volunteer with their church in San Francisco, Vive.SF, and work with local budding photographers, teaching them the basics of photography around SF with CanvasTribe.’
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‘The shoot was all about mixing these tailored pieces with items previously loved by others. Its couture meets comfortable. A perfect vibe for this hard-working, yet ever yolo-ing couple. Watch out for Cándida’s forthcoming home/interiors line (perhaps hints of Guatemalan textiles in the pipeline).’
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Photography: ComePlum | Models: Jeff and Cándida Wohlgemuth | Dress, shoes, earrings, hairpiece: Atelier Des Modistes | Pocket square, jacket, sweatshirt, bandana, vintage tees: The Consistency Project