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Stylishly Sustainable Wedding Inspiration – Houston, Texas

When our BSB Vendor, Smith House Photo, submitted this Sustainable Stylized Wedding Inspiration Shoot we were awe-stuck by the dainty, industrial, organic softness that came with such a big message: You don’t have to sacrifice beauty and details to have a sustainable wedding! Here is what she shared with us about their vision:  ‘Our goal in planning this inspiration shoot was to encompass all that Black Sheep Bride stands for: Gorgeous weddings that support and give back in the community. We wanted to show that simply by selecting vendors who GIVE BACK, your wedding day can make a huge impact.’   2015-06-13_0001 2015-06-13_0002 2015-06-13_00112015-06-13_0012 2015-06-13_0003 2015-06-13_0004 2015-06-13_0005 2015-06-13_0006 2015-06-13_0007 2015-06-13_0008 2015-06-13_0009 2015-06-13_0010 2015-06-13_0013 2015-06-13_0014 2015-06-13_0015 2015-06-13_0016 2015-06-13_0017 2015-06-13_0018 2015-06-13_0019 2015-06-13_0020   Participating Black Sheep Bride #VendorsThatGiveBack : Celia Grace Wedding Dresses We were so excited to include Celia Grace for our bridal gowns and we couldn’t possibly describe her business better than the designer does herself on the Celia Grace Website , “Each Celia Grace wedding dress is exquisitely handcrafted using vintage-inspired lace, exclusive hand woven silks, and stunning beading and detail work. Celia Grace wedding dresses are made in safe, fair, and empowering Fair Trade conditions and we give back locally with each dress sold. Our eco silks respect and protect the environment.” On top of that, each and every gown is totally swoon-worthy. Metalicious Metalicious is an incredible, hand made jewelry company that aims to leave the world a better place for our kids and future generations. Recycled materials are used in each step of the process, from the metals to the materials they’re shipped in. Not to mention, every single piece is gorgeous. Plan Our Day Event Services Inspired by the eco-friendly wedding trend, Samantha decided to push her creative boundaries to design a wedding that would reduce waste, and support sustainability without sacrificing a gorgeous detail. Vintage plates and silverware graced the picnic-style Bride and Groom table, and each place setting had a gorgeous stemmed glass. Scrap wood placecards were adorned with names and napkins were made of recycled materials. Smith House Photo From the moment the planning process began with Samantha, Becki knew her job of capturing the details would be easy. There is nothing more exciting than connecting with other vendors who have a heart for our community, giving back and perfectly planned details.   Other Local Participating #VendorsThatGiveBack: Floral Concepts by Cynthia Cynthia, Owner of Floral Concepts by Cynthia was an easy choice for our bouquets and floral arrangements. As a small, local business owner she aims to use in-season flowers to promote sustainability and always goes above and beyond for her clients. Jolly Roger Sweets Every couple wants something unique at their wedding, and Jolly Rogers Sweets is bound to be making appearances in the upcoming wedding season. This newly launched business is Houston’s first bicycle cart that serves vegan raw cookie dough! Jolly Rogers also makes delicious Jams that would be a perfect wedding favor. Allison Katherine Designs It’s no secret that calligraphy is a hot topic in the wedding world, but Allison Katherine is not your average calligrapher. While her paper goods are beautiful, we especially love her recycled mediums and unique signage. Plus, we never turn down the opportunity to work with another local business! Tout Suite Ever since this bakery opened up in our neighborhood, we’ve been fans. They use support local farmers, serve on recycled paper goods, and have a menu that tastes as good as it looks. Model: Annie C Patten

BSB Vendor Guest Post: Why I Donated Everything Last Year.

Why I Donated Everything – A Year for Living Water Everything (Written by Becki Smith, of  Smith House Photography) As confident as I was in what we wanted to do, the word still sounded like the scariest thing in the world. My husband and I had already gone from two full-time salaries to one so that I could start my own photography business, so the idea of giving our business profits away as well… well it seemed absurd to most people. It even seemed absurd to US some days. But it was so worth it. You see, I have always had a heart for the nations. In 2011 I traveled to Kenya to volunteer at the Maua Methodist Hospital, and in 2012 I spent six months in five different counties giving my time to various missions and ministries around the world. Upon returning to Texas, I struggled with balancing marriage, creativity, business ownership AND serving the nations. During Advent in 2013, a small seed was planted to give RADICALLY. To not just give our excess, but to give until it hurt. It was a foreign idea to me, but the seed was planted, and it started to take root very quickly. It is a whole different way of thinking, especially for someone raised on the American dream like I was; someone raised to save for retirement and work hard for nice things. (Don’t get me wrong, those things aren’t BAD! Just different.) I wish I could say my husband and I sat down and looked at our finances, at what we needed to live off of for the bare necessities and budgeted to give everything beyond that. But we didn’t. Our decision to give every penny of our business profits (and more) was totally based on a pull at our hearts. It wasn’t rational, it wasn’t planned, it wasn’t budgeted. It was radical. It was scary. (It was actually impossible on what we had coming in. That could be a whole additional blog post.) But it was amazing. View More: Not only did we donate more than $12,000 to Living Water, take a trip to Nicaragua to physically build a well, and sponsor a well to be built this summer – but WE CHANGED. Our mindsets, our goals, our relationships – they were all affected, and in the best of ways. Even as a self-employed photographer, I was no longer working for myself. I began to value my time and my profits even more than I did when they were my own. I became stricter on pricing and give-away sessions because I saw each moment and each dollar as Clean Water, not just a scarf I wanted or a new pair of shoes. My goals were no longer on being published or being the most popular photographer in my area. My goals were to serve well for the sake of my clients and my benefactor, not my own recognition. Time spent worrying about what others were doing and how many weddings I was behind my competitor was redirected to genuine thank you cards, to prayers for the ministry, to seeking new ways I could pour my heart into Living Water and my clients. I walked a fine-line between keeping my clients informed of my giving and using the year as a marketing ploy. I never wanted my intentions to seem self-centered or self-seeking. Not all of my brides and grooms even knew about my goals when they booked me. But despite redirecting funds from marketing and promotion to donations, my business flourished. My relationships with my clients strengthened, and they spoke for me; which is the most humbling thing in the world. View More: View More: I am so thankful for a year of giving, and while our business will turn a profit this year, our entire outlook is different. We will continue to support Living Water International, as well as other non-profit organizations with our time, talents, and profits. We will continue to serve our current clients and give them the best of ourselves before seeking new ones. We will continue to pray for the marriages and families we have the pleasure to photograph. And all in all, we will continue to give out of our best rather than out of our excess. i love black sheep bride-0016i love black sheep bride-0017 i love black sheep bride-0013 All photos courtesy of Smith House Photography.