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Sustainably Stylized Wedding Inspiration: Celebrate with BRIGHT purpose!

Weddings are amazing, no? They are full to the brim of ALL the feelings and ALL the great things – grandmothers dancing, tears of joy, beautiful voices, hand holding, delicious eats, I could go on forever. They are a time to do nothing else but enjoy the moments you are given to celebrate life. This put aside, Black Sheep Bride is committed to sharing weddings and inspiritation that encourage and incorporate ways to plan a wedding that actually benefits the larger community and offer a sense of greater purpose. Meigan Canfield Photography and a team of extremely talented Colorado wedding vendors recently planned a styled shoot for this purpose in mind. They wanted to inspire couples to think beyond the standard planning, to consider how to waste less, to know the vendors that “give back” and only use cruelty free products, and to want their wedding to stand for something bigger. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto77 Here is a list of the vendors and how they give back: Photographer :  Meigan Canfield Photography ~ Meagan strives to connect with the industry vendors who “give back” or neutralize their carbon footprint as much as possible, so that she can recommend their services and grow a more sustainable, “green” wedding industry. She also uses an eco-friendly printing company for wedding albums and prints (Loktah). MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto217 Event Designers : ENLY Event Design ~ Is responsible for almost all of the background design in this shoot. They are a team of two beauties who strive to create modern and minimalistic, contemporary pieces. For the shoot, they created their pieces with a “greener” approach considering its lifespan and the materials used during creation. For the shoot, they created a ceremony backdrop that was made from recyclable coasters. They used milk paint (an environmentally friendly paint) to paint the coasters shades of blue. They also hand built the bar, which they created using wood and paper tiles that were made from 100% recycled post-consumer paper, designed and packed to minimize the carbon footprint. These can be fully recycled after their use. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto215 Venue: Blanc ~ Is an old industrial warehouse in the heart of Downtown Denver. The venue was originally built in 1890, and was multi-purposed as both a tool shop and an automotive repair yard. It has since been up-cycled and renovated into a beautiful multi-space location venue for all types of events. It is the perfect venue for a sustainable wedding, because it has been recycled into a modern space which offers a variety of different areas within. There is a naturally lit indoor room that can be used for ceremonies, a beautifully landscaped backyard with a court and cherry blossoms for cocktail hour and a barn that can be used for dinner and receptions. This also eliminates any unnecessary travel from place to place during the event. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto258 Dress Shop: A&Bé Bridal Shop ~ offers a variety of wedding dresses made in different parts of the globe. For this shoot, A&Be offered a dress by the Designer Rebecca Schoneveld (BSB National Partner). Rebecca Schoneveld is based in Brooklyn, New York and all of her designer dresses are handmade by sustainable seamstresses and created using natural fabrics, this eliminates the need for polluting factory work. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto10 Cake Designer: Sugar ~ Offers vegan and organic options for her cakes and deserts. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto69 Florist: Boulder Blooms ~ Strives to showcase local floral product grown in and around the Boulder area, encouraging their daily customers and couples to consider flowers that are in season. They also participate in the Zero Waste Program, recycling and composting more than half their waste material. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto234 Makeup: Alli B Artistry LLC ~ Uses only animal-friendly and vegan makeup brands. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto23 Hair: My Hair Trip Salon ~ Denver’s only green organic certified hair salon. They use the most sustainable, non toxic, cruelty free, hair products. My Hair Trip Salon has just partnered with Green Circle Salons which recycles or finds an up-clycled use for most of their waste from hair clippings, foils, color, styrofoam, and even broken appliances. They are committed to creating as carbon neutral of a salon environment as possible. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto325 Ring Designer: Bucura Designs ~ is owned by a self taught silversmith who locally hand-makes all of her own creations. Most of the stones she uses come from small shops and artisan stone shapers she finds while on trips or donated from other artists who have no use for them. Other stones come from the Rio Grande shop, a go to online source dedicated to supporting the jeweler. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto53 Jewelry Designer: Purpose Jewelry ~ Their jewelry is handcrafted by survivors of modern-day slavery, empowering them through freedom, employment and financial stability. 100% of the proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, a non-profit that provides holistic care for young women rescued from human trafficking. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto355 Invitation Designer: Paper Plates Press ~Created a lovely wedding invitation suite for the shoot. It was printed on 100% recycled cotton paper using a vintage letterpress. Instead of doing a traditional RSVP card that is returned by mail, they printed one that directed guests online to RSVP, to reduce the carbon footprint. In the suite, they included wildflower seeds with the invitation as a gift for guests to plant in their gardens. MeiganCanfieldPhotography_Blanc041316MeiganPhoto34 Ice Cream: High Point Creamery (Ice Cream Truck) ~ Uses the finest and freshest ingredients (Fresh fruit? Yes, please) to hand-make all of their own ice cream. There are no artificial flavors or coloring, and they offer a couple of vegan options as well. 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2016 Weddings That Give Back Review

What a fun year 2016 has been! We’ve shared so many great articles, guest collaborations, stylized shoots, and most importantly our real wedding features! Nothing validates our mission to change the wedding industry for GOOD, quite like sharing stories of REAL couples using their love to love others, through their wedding planning process! With that said, we want to celebrate this year’s couples with you all, cause their good deeds deserve extra LOVE! via GIPHY You know what I love most about what we do? I’ll tell you, our BSB love stories break boundaries like nothing else in the wedding industry that I’ve ever seen. BSB is extra special, because it is an amazing platform that brings people of all different walks of life, backgrounds, beliefs, passions, together as one, with one single thing in mind: SERVING OTHERS and living a life of gracious, generous intentionality. There is no style, or aesthetic, the only thing that aligns these couples is their KINDNESS, not our decorations, budgets, wedding designers, ethnicities, religions, political stances, lifestyle choices, nothing, but selfless love for others binds us together! I am so proud of what we have become over the past two and a half years, here is to many more!   Here is a recap of this years featured couples, and for those on our waiting list awaiting to get published, we are grateful for your patience and stoked to share your stories in 2017! TFP-m+p-4984 Micah and Payne, Oregon | Photography by Tegyn Friedman Photography | Videography by: Unveiled Productions | Venue: The Historic Balch Hotel FINEARTENGAGEMENT-28 Michelle and Joey, California | Photo Andrew Abajian Photography Hudacko_Capel_Paige_Schaberg_Photography_AmySteffanengagement138 Amy and Steffon, South Carolina | Photo Paige Schaberg Photography Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900042 TLove and Jeannette, Maine | Photographer:  Molly Haley | Event Venue: Live Well Farm | BSB Vendor and Wedding Fashion Designer: Tara Lynn Bridal m_c801 Megan and Chris, WA | Venue: Meadowbrook Farm, North Bend, WA | Photography: Courtney Bowlden Photography | Flowers: Blooms by the Box and SucculentsPlus   918_061213 Alyssa and Matt, Connecticut | Make Up: Makeup Artistry by Liz | Photography: Alissa Dineen | Prep: Simsbury Inn | Venue: The Riverview | Cinematography: JPod Films | DJ: CT Party Pros | Hair: Salon 511 12771921_10157033738520497_1411709455819282290_o Antoinette and Martin, Ohio View More: http://gypsyrainphotography.pass.us/emilieandbryan Emilie and Bryan, North Carolina | Photo: Gypsy Rain Photography Bira_Bira_Imageclairity_CM14301dug000604R9139 Kim and Ben, Missouri | Photographer:  Imageclairity | Reception Venue: Weston Red Barn Farm JD1_7116 Erin and Kevin, California | Planning: ‘Cause We Can Events | Photography: Danto Photography | Makeup: Nicol Artistry  | Flowers: Brie’s Honey Bees and Flowers |Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden  View More: http://janelleputrichphotography.pass.us/wedding-submission-ashley-chris Ashley and Chris, Ohio | Photography: Janelle Putrich Photography | Event Design & Planning: Oak & Honey Events | Venue: Hines Hill Conference Center | Floral: Twig Floral + Event Design | Wedding Dress (skirt): Something White | Cake: Hummingbird Bake Shop | Caterer: Spice of Life Catering | Makeup: MKleinman Artistry | Hair: Fringe and Foundation Studio | DJ: DJ Goodwin | Bartender: Sweet Water Caravan | Tent and Rentals: Miller’s Party Rental Center www.apaigephotography.com Sarah and Max, Michigan | Photographer:   Apaige Photography//Floral Designer: Eastern Floral//Event Venue: Grand Rapids Downtown Market//Musicians: Music Host Entertainment//Dress Store: The Brides Project US//Hair/Makeup: Serendipity Hair Design//Cake: Cascade Confections SPENCER-426 Elizabeth Joy and Greg, North Carolina | Photography: Mackensey Alexander Photography | Florist: The Farmer’s Wife | Venue: Private Residence | Dress: Vintage | Rings: Heirloom & Hand Crafted in Ethiopia | Decor: Goodwill | Food: Food Trucks 1D8A6508 Julia and Matthew, Iowa | Photography: Lasting Memories Photography and Laura Lachman Photo | Videography: Rano Lovan | Hair: Linda Wright of Moda Salon Des Moines Iowa and Kierra Taylor | Wedding Venue: St. Augustin Catholic Church | Ceremony Music: Vanessa Burdine | Reception Venue: Tournament Club of Iowa | Sound: Jimmi Van Luong Peek-31 OUR FIRST WEDDING WORLD CHANGER RECIPIENTS : Astrid and Gary, Florida | 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 | ©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer Kim and Jose, Florida | Planning + Design: Bourbon and Blush Events // Photography: Alexis June Weddings // Linens: Kate Ryan Linens// Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay // Venue: Rialto Theatre  // Floral: Inna Olimpiyuk Events // Table and Chair Rentals: A Chair Affair // Lounge Furniture: Danilyn Vintage Rentals // Dishes and Decor: Ever After Vintage Weddings // Stationery & Ceremony Backdrop: Blush Design Studio // Pet Sitting: FairyTail Planning // Wedding Cake: Trudy Melissa Cakes // Transportation: His and Hers Limousines // Entertainment: DJ Jenks // Mini Desserts: Sweetly Dipped Confections _DSC1149 Katie and Adam, Pennsylvania | Participating Vendors:  Photography: Radian Photography | Catering: Jerry’s Kitchen | Composting: Bennett Composting | Invitations: VistaPrint | Wedding Dress: Cape May Antique Center | Venue: The Ridgeland Mansion | Dessert: Federal Donuts | Rings: Katie Carder Fine Jewelry | Flowers: Triple Tree Flowers  jakejill_engagement_jakeandkatie_158 Jill and Jake, Maine | Photo Jake & Katie blog-163 Kayla and Reece, Wisconsin | Photography: LIV Photography | Dress: Andrea’s Vintage Bridal | Rings: Ingle and Rhode UK | Getting Ready: Schlegelmilch House | Ceremony: Carson Park | Reception: Bye the Willow jonraynayborcityclspacewedding-103 Rayna and Jon, Florida | Photographer: Savannah Lauren Goux_Schindele_Eleveneleven_Films_and_Photography_BriChris67 Bri and Chris, PNW | Eleven Eleven Films and Photography 0101_Joel Bedford Photography-0101 Amy and Jean- Francis, Ontario | Dress: Celia Grace Fair Trade Wedding Gowns | Florals: Marie-Eve Best | Paper Goods, Food, Cake, Decor, Wedding Bands: Bride, Friends & Family | Make-up: Oresta Organic Skin Care
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Heather and Matthew | Photographer: Kelly Ginn Photography | Fair trade/upcycling vendors and brands: Ten Thousand Villages | Mata Traders  | Toy De Jour | Brilliant Earth  | Ashlye McCormick  | DeepBlu
finny-hill-photography_travel-photographers_stephjosh-wedding_015 Stephanie and Joshua, Florida (day after Hurricane Matthew hit) | Photo Finny Hill Photography em-564 Eco Elopement, South Africa | Photographer: Page & Holmes | Concept, styling & flowers: Runaway Romance | Venue: Emily Moon River Lodge | Décor: Amatuli Artefacts | Stationery: Rebelove Wedding Stationery | Hair & Makeup: The Art of Makeup | Bridal gown: Loca Vintage Bridal | Jewellery: Katy Valentine | Hike and getting ready outfits – Stitch & Steel | His & Hers Mini Cakes: Clare’s Cakes | Cocktails: Emily Moon River Lodge dsc_3937 Andrew and Miki, New York | Photo Bridget Collins chrisgabbyfilm_11 Gabrielle and Chris, California | Photographer: Chloe Moore Photography | Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden (non profit/botanical garden) | Hair/Makeup: Nicol Artistry | Styling: Circa Vibes  | Dress: Sugarcloth US …and so many more to come in 2017! Here is to a new year, full of amazing love stories that serve a bigger purpose in helping the planet and our global community!!!

Sustainably Styled: Rainy Day Inspiration Shoot- Holland, MI

APaige Photography has done it again with another gorgeous Sustainably Styled Inspiration Shoot using, almost exclusively, Black Sheep Bride Vendors to make this Rainy Day Shoot super fun and super impactful! APA_6413APA_6393  APA_6474 APA_6485 APA_6491 APA_6513 APA_6522 APA_6528 APA_6578 APA_6580 APA_6589 APA_6606 APA_6617 APA_6629 APA_6642 APA_6666  IMG_8433 IMG_8438   Continue reading Sustainably Styled: Rainy Day Inspiration Shoot- Holland, MI