There is nothing more monumentally important in a girl’s wedding day details quite like her accessories… And these awesome jewelry & accessory companies use every purchase to fulfill equally awesome purpose!
, Monogram Necklace, $30, Made and manufactured right here in the USA… Employing and Restoring women off the streets of Nashville and giving them an opportunity to live a better life.
2. The Giving Keys
, Never Ending Necklace, $55, Employing those transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles… with repurposed
3. Noon Day Collection
, Minted Necklace, $28, Empowering artisans around the globe, in Uganda, Ethiopia and Ecuador through jewelry.
4. 31 bits
, Havana Trim, $42, Giving displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to combat poverty through fashion.
5. Rose & Fitzgerald
, Golden Spikes, $88, Works with master hand-craftsmen in Africa to create and curate unexpected, beautiful pieces mixing traditional craft with a stylish flair.
6..Trades of Hope
, Sorbet Teardrops, $36, Empowers women to create sustainable businesses worldwide.
In leau of the Black Sheep Bride Debut… I put together a stylized shoot that out-shined all the rest. The purpose of the shoot was to inspire, challenge and encourage wedding couples/vendors to consider their day a gift… not completely for themselves, but rather a gift for those in need, they help with each vendor/product choice they make in the process. Each participating vendors helps on a local or global level in their giving and each choice made in the planning process was with the intention of taking each $ and making it count for GOOD.
Accessories: The Giving Keys
Dress: Rent The Runway
Venue: The Barn Theatre at Winthrop
Paper Goods: Invitation Consultants
/Oh Hello Events
Furniture/Rentals: Anna Jane Styling
Shoe Drop Off Organization: Dando Amor
Confetti Wands: Oh Goodie Design and Events
Flags/Cake Topper: I Heart Flags
Photography: Jerdan Photography
(and the lovely help of Out of the Box Photography
Cinematographer: John Roquemore
Florals: TaylorMade Wedding and Event Flowers
Succulent pieces: Flowers on the Fly
Ceramics: Don Sizemore Ceramics
Turf Table Top: Forever Lawn Tampa
This past spring I trekked over to Austin, TX for a conference like none other, called IF: Gathering. It was a gathering of over 1,000 ladies looking to be more than the status quo and seek to make an impact with their giftings and passions. While I was there I received the opportunity to learn and meet with The Giving Keys!
It was like love at first… do-gooder-hippie… sight… We were meant to be! The take old keys, stamp simple messages on them, and hand them off to the world with a basic message: ‘#Payitforward’. The intention of the trendily-delicious jewelry isn’t to hold them hostage in your jewelry box for life, but rather to share the message with someone in need. They also help rehabilitate the homeless of LA back into the work force with their up cycled phenomenon.
So Like I do best when I see something that intrigues me… I struck up a conversation and told them all about my plans for the future with Black Sheep Bride! They were immediately interested and looking to get more awareness into the wedding industry – SO Brides, bridesmaids, grooms, HECK WHY NOT THE ENTIRE GUEST LIST… could rock these lovely gems out with style on anyone’s wedding day… all while giving back and helping spread the positive messages on each piece.
Check them out! www.thegivingkeys.com and start Paying It Forward
Photo Credit: Jerdan Photography