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Honeymoons with Purpose Series: Celia Grace Bridal Shoot – Belize

Here is an inspiring throwback to Celia Grace‘s Bridal Shoot in Belize! Love the gorgeous greenery and natural beauty radiating inside and out every aspect of these image. Celia Grace is the wedding industry leader in fair trade wedding gown design. Not only are they helping the environment with their eco silks, natural dyes, and sustainable processes, they also provide a fair wage to female seamstresses in Cambodia and provides them with a skill to support their families. On top of that, every gown sold also provides a school uniform to a girl in need through Tailored for Education. They recently visited Belize’s Eco Resort and Reserve, Hidden Valley Inn, and had the opportunity to capture these awesome gowns in a Bridal photo shoot that will make us all want to quit our jobs and go take a vacation. 20121209_16-06-56-09_Belize_FASHION_j1 Hidden Valley Inn is a private nature reserve set on 7,200 acres of wilderness in the Maya Mountains of Belize. An area of awesome beauty and diverse landscape, the Reserve is home to many of Belize’s native cats, rare raptors and wildlife. The Reserve includes miles of trails, crystal clear creeks, majestic waterfalls, verdant ravines and breathtaking vistas.  Over 81 species of wild orchids thrive here, clinging to the walls of rocks and fern that line aqua-blue jungle pools. Hidden Valley Inn is a sanctuary and paradise for the wild, and an exclusive experience for our guests…where else can one have a private waterfall for the day? 20121210_18-28-01-62_Belize_FASHION_j8 20121210_18-38-27-21_Belize_FASHION_j8 20121210_18-31-16-55_Belize_FASHION_j8 20121210_17-58-48-07_Belize_FASHION_j6 20121210_18-40-29-77_Belize_FASHION_j8 20121210_18-13-55-03_Belize_FASHION_j8 20121210_18-23-53-02_Belize_FASHION_j8 20121210_18-21-09-99_Belize_FASHION_j8 20121210_18-52-33-60_Belize_FASHION_j8 Participating Vendors:  Photography: Jacklyn Greenberg/JAGstudios  | Belize Destination Coordinator: Romantic Travel Belize | Destination Wedding Planner: Destination Bride | Eco Resort: Hidden Valley Inn | Animal Rescue: The Belize Zoo | Wedding Gowns: Celia Grace | Models: Destinee Arnold (Miss Belize 2012, Miss Ethnic World 2013), Grace Whitney

Weddings That Give Back- Maureen & Burke (Mata Traders)

The more we explore and learn about socially conscious/ethical fashion brands the more we are excited to learn about their own personal wedding journeys and how they incorporated giving back into the planning process! Today’s Real #WeddingsThatGiveBack feature couple has an active voice in the Ethical Fashion world, since she founded and runs Mata Traders! Mata Traders is an independent fair trade company from Chicago, IL.  They work with women’s cooperatives in India and Nepal to produce beautiful hand-made clothing and accessories using traditional hand block-print fabrics and natural dyes.  Their designs are contemporary, young, and fun with bold patterns and lots of hand-stitched details. They decided to have their intimate wedding at her in-laws home in Montana. They knew it had to be a small guest list, because they had to accommodate enough space for everyone to eat dinner on their gorgeous patio area. They ended up with roughly 60 guests in attendance. Green Door Photography was present to capture all of the gorgeously intimate (and ethical) details and the beautiful backdrop that the Montana Mountains had to offer. Set up Her gorgeous gown and the groom and groomsmen’s ties were designed by one of our amazing Black Sheep Bride vendors, Celia Grace. Celia Grace is an ethical/fair trade wedding gown company devoted to empowering female artisans in Cambodia and providing clean drinking water through every eco-silk gown purchased! burkeFull set of jewlery ‘I brought a lot of jewelry options, as you can see. I waited until the dress was on to take care of the final touches and see what jewelry worked the best. Although a Faire Collection horn necklace from Vietnam and Mata Traders’ very own Queen of Heaven necklace were very close runners up, a simple long stranded green and brass necklace given to me by Burke’s 96-year old Grammie was the winner.’ Best picture ever  Candid couple Music First look Putting ring on ‘I tried to be simple about designing them and picked the Flights of Floral cut in the red petal print from the Spring ’14 collection. I think I pulled it off, and I love the fact that my girls can keep wearing these dresses post-wedding since they are just the right amount of casual.’ Group Screen-shot-2014-06-08-at-2.44.04-PM2Habitat Events in Missoula did the floral design – and incorporated lots of local wildflower blooms’ Menu The Bride’s good friend, Jen Parsons, from Tiny Pine Press created the custom place cards, menus, and the little note attached to each guest’s party favor. ‘I was so in loooove with all of it – Jen watercolored the inspiration for the floral designs herself and they were so sweet and colorful. Speaking of the party favor, I had one of our women’s cooperatives in Rajasthan hand-bock print an original Mata floral design on a napkin and add hand-embroidery. Then I found sleek bamboo napkin holders from fair trade company Zen Zen to for the finishing touch.’ FT Napkin holders  FULL table setup  Seating2MaureenWedding_Stuff1Louisa  maureen_burke      0131 0302 0339low   Magical And here we have the lovely bride and groom at the end of the evening! ‘I am one happy camper as you can tell. I got some good advice from somebody before the wedding to remember to take a few private moments throughout the day to process, take it all in, and be in the moment. We did that and it helped! It IS one romantic, fantastic blur though, one I will recount many times over for the rest of my life. And, thank goodness for amazing photos from Green Door Photography to help remember the day!’

Black Sheep Bride is Pre-Registering Vendors Nationwide!



Black Sheep Bride is a wedding network connecting brides with socially conscious vendors, products and inspiration that incorporate giving back!

There is an estimated 1.2 Million Millennial Brides in today’s wedding market seeking cause-minded wedding options and we are here to connect this movement across the nation.

We’ve officially began the 30 day pre-registration process for our upcoming 2015 site launch.

Only 200 nationwide vendors will be accepted now through 11/15!

We are looking for :

Awesome Wedding Vendors (pledging to give back with their time, product, finances)

Socially Conscious Product Partnerships, looking to advertise on our site.

Cause Minded Content Contributors

(Stylized Shoots, Real Weddings, Bridal Showers, Engagements, Product Features, Bride Interviews)

Apply today! 

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