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Sustainably Stylized Wedding Inspiration Shoot: 801 Main Street, Lakeland, FL

Spring is right around the corner, friends! We wanted to take a moment to highlight a recent boho-centric, sustainably stylized, wedding inspiration shoot, put together by some amazing vendors that give back, based in Central Florida! Each vendor incorporated sustainability or giving back into this stylized shoot’s vision or is actively involved in their communities. Read about how each participating vendor gives back and/or shows value in sustainability and helping others. View More:
Amber Veatch (Amber Vetch Designs & Set RentalsFlorals and Design) : 
‘I volunteer through the Junior League of Tampa. I visit Eckerd Readiness Academy once a month with a group of other Junior League members and teach foster teens proper nutrition and health. These are kids who are working toward their GED and career goals, as they will soon be aging out of the foster care system. I also volunteer at my daughter’s elementary school and regularly look for ways to use my talents to give back to our community. I was excited to use the space at 801, because it encourages community involvement and supporting local goods by selling them in their store.’ *Editor Note: Amber is actively involved in the local wedding community and has donated her time, talents and goods in the past to BSB’s Wedding World Changer Charity Wedding.
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Samantha Dahlberg (Samantha Lee Photography) : 
‘Giving back is something that I have always been passionate about, but to be honest I have been less active than I would like to admit. But, coming in 2017 that is going to change for the better. I will be using photography, to bring memories and photographs to families struggling with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This disease has hit my family hard the last couple of years, and I finally realized I can do something to make a difference to the families. My goal is to donate a family session to at least one family a month, to families who are going through the same struggle. My hope is to capture these families with their loved one, before they are no longer themselves. To give them photographs to look back on, so they are able to remember the good times. But I am turning this into a group, and am creating a Facebook group “The Memory Keepers”  for photographers and other creatives to come together and donate their talents to families affected by other diseases that are close to they hearts. A sort-of “home base” for us to share our stories and encourage one-another to give back and use what we do to make a difference. I am also very passionate about using natural light. Not only does it showcase the natural environment around us, but it uses less energy. I love taking my clients to parks, fields, greenery, and all places natural. It’s therapeutic and a great way to bring my clients back to nature, and it’s also what sparked my love for photography in the first place.’
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801 E Main St. is a multi dimensional haven from the mundane side of life. Come experience it yourselves and then share it with the ones you love. 801 E. Main, The Poor Porker and the Corner Store provide a multi-function space, with beignets, coffee, local and artisan made goodies and just plain awesomeness. They have a huge passion for connecting the local community with Lakeland based business owners and upcycling their way into greatness.
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Alicia Rohan (A&P Design:
‘We are a letterpress company that each invitation is printed on our 100 year old antique printing press. It uses no energy and is foot & hand fed. We always print on 100% cotton paper stock which is tree free. Our inks are all soy based. We recycle all old letterpress plates & paper scraps.
We also give back throughout the year to local charities, our church and various foundations we are lucky enough to print for.
Corkskin is one of the most unique papers on the market today. Corkskin is handmade in Portugal and is a versatile, naturally water-resistant sheet with a multitude of applications. Additionally, corkskin is environmentally friendly as only the outer layer of tree bark is used and the tree is not cut down, but left to grow a new outer bark over and over again.’
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‘The gown was designed by Anna Campbell Bridal! She is based out of Australia and has always had a goal to source local and provide ethical fabrics for her garments.  The lace on the gown is hand designed by Anna and then made locally with a small local company in Australia. Her gowns are not mass produced but are made by a small team of women who work in her studio in Australia. No mass production (or poor labor standards) here!  The same goes for her beading on the gown.  We love our designers that are conscious of where and who is involved in the production of their products and are proud of include Anna Campbell in that group!’ *Editor Note: Malindy Elene Couture is actively involved in the local wedding community and has donated several gowns to various charity organizations. BSB has personally received multiple donated gowns from Megan that were sent to Dominican Republic, for a mass charity wedding of over 20 couples. Thank you for all you do, Megan!
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Participating Vendors:
(BSB Vendor) Design & Florals: Amber Vetch Designs | (BSB Vendor) Rentals: Set Rentals |Photography: Samantha Lee Photography | Venue: 801 E. Main | Beignets: Poor Porker | Invitation Suite/Paper Goods: A&P Design | Bridal Boutique: Malindy Elene | Gown Designer: Anna Campbell Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Style Hair and Makeup | Models: Elizabeth Dugan and Tyler Ammons

Tampa Wedding Community Gives Back to Couple in Need – Wedding World Changer Day

A week ago Black Sheep Bride officially organized our first Wedding World Changer FREE WEDDING to a deserving couple, Astrid and Gary! The premise was simple, couples were nominated on our site and shared how they are actively involved in their community. If they won the Wedding World Changer wedding, they would also have to donate 100 service hours in the first year of their marriage back into their community. Astrid and Gary were one of the last couples to enter the contest and won the hearts of our vendor team. They’re love, gratitude and sincere appreciation for all those that served on their BIG DAY could not be quantified. My heart is full knowing the Black Sheep Bride and Tampa vendor community came together and gave back to this amazing couple, that have forever touched our lives. Thanks to The Portos, Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography for providing us with the video and photo highlights from their BIG DAY! GPP_8478 Peek-2 Here is their story: Gary is a firefighter in Palm Harbor with a tender heart for serving others and his community, and Astrid is currently working towards her degree in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, while also volunteering her time on Sundays with her local children’s ministry, at their church. They were planning for a wedding in a few years, however Astrid’s mother’s recent battle with cancer had them seeking ways to plan their wedding sooner. Out of the applications available the Tampa Vendor Team voted and their story touched our hearts most. When we called to tell Astrid, they were the voted winners, she surprised Gary at his fire station with the news, and luckily for us, recorded the whole thing, refer below! A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the participating vendors, sponsors, and donors that helped make their WEDDING POSSIBLE: Planning: Oh Hello Events | Ceremony Design: Bourbon and Blush Events | Reception Design: Amber Veatch Designs | Floral Design : Andrea Layne Floral Design | Photography: Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography | Venue: CL Space Ybor | Hair + Makeup: Michele Renee |  Paper Goods: Citrus-Press Co. | Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay | Cocktail Hour Catering: Chalk Board Special | Linens: Kate Ryan Linens | Cake : Trudy Melissa Cakes | DJ: Graingertainment | Bartending : Mix It Up FL | Ceremony Altar/Rentals: Wish Vintage Rental | Pipe and Drape: Coast To Coast Event Rentals | Smaller Wooden Signage: Aerie Lane | Rectangular Farm Tables, Chargers: Set Event Rentals | Media Partners: Creative Loafing and Marry Me Tampa Bay | Succulents: The Succulent Source | Lavender: Tin Can Event Company | Chairs, Square Tables, Dinnerware, Flatware, Glasses: A Chair Affair | Videography: The Portos | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: The Bride Tampa | Tuxes: All Brides 2 Be Tampa | Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Ybor | Peek-3 Peek-4 Peek-5 Peek-6 Peek-8 Peek-9 Peek-10 Peek-11 Peek-12 Peek-13 Peek-14 Peek-15 Peek-16  Peek-18 Peek-19  Peek-21 Peek-22 Peek-23 Peek-24 Peek-25 Peek-26 Peek-27 Peek-28 Peek-29 Peek-30 Peek-31 Peek-53 Peek-54 Peek-55 Peek-56 Peek-57 Peek-58 Peek-59 Peek-60-2Peek-32 Peek-33 Peek-36Peek-35  Peek-37 Peek-38 Peek-39 Peek-42 Peek-43 Peek-44 Peek-45 Peek-46 Peek-48  Peek-50  Peek-52 We also found out on the day of their wedding, that a local news station covered their awesome story at the same time the wedding was taking place! Here is the sweet video of their story online. Thanks to Jennifer’s husband, from Oh Hello Events, for recording the segment! Black Sheep Bride couldn’t be more proud of our community of #VendorsthatGiveBack for making this event possible! It was truly an honor to work along side each and every vendor! We will be taking this first event and creating a plan of attack so we can duplicate efforts in other cities next year! Find out about the other locations over at Wedding World Changer’s website. Thank you all for making this day possible! Astrid and Gary’s humble hearts and gracious spirits were worth all the hard work!  

Introducing The 2016 Wedding World Changer Couple: Astrid and Gary, Tampa, FL

It’s with great pleasure and so much emotion we are excited to announce the first ever Wedding World Changer Couple, Astrid and Gary! Black Sheep Bride will be celebrating our second birthday on 7/5/16! Since our launch we’ve desired to put on a free wedding for a deserving couple that have been actively involved in giving back to their community, so this past January we got the ball rolling and launched the Wedding World Changer site! Couples nominated themselves and shared their stories, vendors from all over the world have reached out, interested in participating in their areas! Due to proximity, Tampa, FL is our first market and we will be celebrating Astrid and Gary’s wedding day on Tuesday, 7/5/16, thanks to the love, support, hard work, and time and financial investments of amazing local vendors passionate about giving back! Here are some adorable photos from their engagement session with Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography. Astrid&Gary-11 Photo by Jeanine Leigh Photography Here is their story: Gary is a firefighter in Palm Harbor with a tender heart for serving others and his community, and Astrid is currently working towards her degree in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, while also volunteering her time on Sundays with her local children’s ministry, at their church. They were planning for a late fall wedding, but Astrid’s mother’s recent battle with cancer had them seeking ways to plan their wedding sooner. Out of the applications available the Tampa Vendor Team voted and their story touched our hearts most. So excited to share this special day with a couple that we have all grown to love so closely!   A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the participating vendors, sponsors, and donors that helped make their WEDDING POSSIBLE: Planning: Oh Hello Events | Ceremony Design: Bourbon and Blush Events | Reception Design: Amber Veatch Designs | Floral Design : Andrea Layne Floral Design | Photography: Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography | Venue: CL Space Ybor | Hair + Makeup: Michele Renee |  Paper Goods: Citrus-Press Co. | Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay | Cocktail Hour Catering: Chalk Board Special | Linens: Kate Ryan Linens | Cake : Trudy Melissa Cakes | DJ: Graingertainment | Bartending : Mix It Up FL | Ceremony Altar/Escort Card Display/Rentals: Wish Vintage Rental | Pipe and Drape: Coast To Coast Event Rentals | Smaller Wooden Signage: Aerie Lane | Rectangular Farm Tables, Chargers: Set Event Rentals | Media Partners: Creative Loafing and Marry Me Tampa Bay | Succulents: The Succulent Source | Lavender: Tin Can Events | Chairs, Square Tables, Dinnerware, Flatware, Glasses: A Chair Affair | Videography: The Portos | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: The Bride Tampa | Tuxes: All Brides 2 Be Tampa | Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Ybor |   Photos below courtesy of Jeanine Leigh Photography Astrid&Gary-17    Astrid&Gary-18    Astrid&Gary-32 Astrid&Gary-33   Astrid&Gary-61 Astrid&Gary-68 Photos below courtesy of Green Pearl Photography GPP_3818 GPP_3863 GPP_3922 GPP_3940  GPP_4160 Can’t wait till July 5th to see their wedding day come to life! Keep your eyes peeled, there is MORE to come from their BIG DAY! For more information about the 2017 Wedding World Changer Events, check out

2016 Wedding World Changer Day

Last year for our first birthday we encouraged newlyweds, engaged couples and wedding vendors across the globe to give back on one dedicated day, we graciously deemed this self-proclaimed holiday as Wedding World Changer Day! It was such a blast, there were people participating all across the U.S. and all the way below the equator in South Africa. To say it left a mark on our hearts would be an understatement, check out the recap here.  This year, with the encouragement of several vendors in our Black Sheep Bride Vendor Community, we are taking it up a notch! Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-7 This year we are expanding the Wedding World Changer campaign with the intention of providing 10 weddings in 10 cities between July 5th, 2016 and July 5th, 2017!   Thank you to the amazing vendors that helped make our Wedding World Changer stylized shoot such a success (and on a really short notice): Amber Veatch Designs, Citrus-Press Co.Set Event Rentals, Trudy Melissa Cakes, The Portos, Regina As The Photographer, Bourbon and Blush Events, Malindy Elene, Wish Vintage Rentals, Winthrop Barn Theatre.   Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-9 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-41Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-14 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-16Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-15  Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-19    Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-23 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-26 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-18 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-49 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-29  Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-31 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-33 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-36 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-39  Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-43 Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-45   Wedding-World-Changing-Day-Promo-54 So if you want to find out if your city made the list, want to apply to be a vendor at your local event, or have a lucky couple that actively gives back in their community you think would be a good nomination…. Check it out and apply at WWW.WEDDINGWORLDCHANGER.COM ! Participating Vendors: Design/Planning : Amber Veatch Designs | Rentals/Table Settings: Set Event Rentals | Paper Goods: Citrus-Press Co. | Cake: Trudy Melissa Cakes | Videography: The Portos | Photography: Regina As The Photographer | Planning: Bourbon and Blush Events | Dress: Malindy Elene| Chair Rentals/Decor: Wish Vintage Rentals | Venue: Winthrop Barn Theatre.