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.
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!
‘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.’
‘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.’
in Missoula did the floral design – and incorporated lots of local wildflower blooms’
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.’
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!’