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#EndChildMarriage via Bridal Musings and UNICEF

From the start of my wedding career (pre-Black Sheep Bride) I have always been fond of Bridal Musings. It was only natural that upon meeting Elizabeth and Claire at last fall’s NYC Bridal Fashion Week we would have a lot to talk about and align with. Their hearts for helping others and using their influence in the wedding industry give me so much appreciation for what we do! Today is International Women’s Day, celebrating and bringing awareness to equality for women across the globe, so in honor of this special day, they partnered up with UNICEF in UK to create a wedding shoot/campaign to bring awareness to something very near and dear to my heart: ENDING Child Marriage! You should note, the following film/images are not swoon worthy and will most likely leave you unsettled, but that is the goal: We can continue to live in a world of blind ignorance. Let this film and visual representation resonate in your hearts and minds, and be willing to say: ‘I can do something, for someone, somewhere.’ ClaireGraham_BridalMusings_Unicef-102b_kyt9dl ClaireGraham_BridalMusings_Unicef-99_xadfsg

15 million girls per year are married

before the age of 18. 

This is not okay. Let us join together as a wedding community and share this unfortunate information so that it will ignite action and help those that are helpless. ClaireGraham_BridalMusing_Unicef-242_av19lg ClaireGraham_BridalMusing_Unicef-245_qgdhyx For for information about this campaign, please feel free to visit Bridal Musings here.   Shoot Coordinator & Stylist: Always Andri Wedding Design / Photographer: Claire Graham Photography / Videography: Studio 1208 / Video Music by SuRie & Nick Bentley of Studio 1208/ Venue: Nonsuch Mansion / Special Thanks To: Coco Wedding Venues / Stationery: Kate Ruth Romey / Cake Designer: Olofson Design / Wedding Dress: Rock the Frock Bridal / Suit: Alexandra Wood Bespoke / Bridal Accessories: Kelly Spence / Florist: Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design / Linens: Table To Dine For / Hair and Makeup: Jo Irvin Love Hair / Aisle Runner & Chair Covers: Stress Free Hire / Assistant Stylist: Gemma Hallett / Art Direction: Elizabeth & Claire of Bridal Musings

Ultimate Black Sheep Bride Wedding- Lauren & Brian, Colorado

One.org recently featuring a wedding couple that used One, along side of other charities, in their wedding day details. Naturally, Black Sheep Bride needed to find out more and we were pleasantly surprised to see it didn’t just stop with supporting One… The amount of thought and love that went into to incorporating socially conscious products on their Big Day is so overwhelmingly amazing! See for yourself! Photo’s Courtesy of Lisa Anne Photography 2014-09-23_0002 Lauren and Brian are both teachers for at-risk students and had huge passions for supporting causes near and dear to their hearts! The invitations were the catalyst, they wanted something eco-friendly, and then saw that they could also help other people in the process, when they came across Cards for Causes. From there it was ON! They began brainstorming ways to incorporate causes into almost every facet of their wedding day! It made their BIG Day even more worth celebrating! 2014-09-23_0003 2014-09-23_0004 They had a board showcasing each cause represented and provided their guests with information about ways to help. The list of causes/products represented on their big day is awe-inspiring: Bead for Life, TOMS, Sseko, Endangered Species Chocolate, Peru Paper, To Write Love on Her Arms, One, Feed, Unicef, Live Strong, White Knot, Big Hearts Fund, Charity Water, The Alzheimer Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Wildfire Relief Fund. 2014-09-23_0005 2014-09-23_0006 2014-09-23_0007 2014-09-23_0008 2014-09-23_0009 2014-09-23_0010 2014-09-23_0001 2014-09-23_0011 2014-09-23_0012 2014-09-23_0013 2014-09-23_0014 2014-09-23_0016 As if that wasn’t enough awesome do goody’ness… they took it up a notch further and spent a week of their honeymoon volunteering at an animal sanctuary… These are the kinds of friends you need in your life, right?? Such an amazing example of using love to love others! 2014-09-23_0015