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Weddings That Give Back: Ashley & Josh, Michigan

One of our beloved Black Sheep Bride vendors, APaige Photography, tied the knot recently and she was truly such an example of a genuine ‘Black Sheep Bride’. Having known her plans this whole year, it has been an anxious waiting game, but now it’s finally here to share! Thanks to one of our other super-radically-epic-and-loved BSB vendors, Everphoto for being there to document the day so awesomely! First thing we want to point out is Ashley’s dress. It was actually her mother’s wedding dress, they had refashioned by a local seamstress, Nimble Needles. Not only did Ashley wear her mom’s dress, they also got married on her parents property and on their wedding anniversary as well. (C) EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO They gifted all the ladies in the bridal party (as well as sister-in-laws and moms) with Pura Vida bracelets. Pura Vida is a California founded business that saw a huge opportunity to empower communities in Costa Rica, and surrounding areas, with bracelets that support various charities. (C) EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO (C) EVERPHOTO (C) EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO (C) EVERPHOTO Ashley and Josh worked hard to incorporate as many local based businesses they could into their wedding day, including wine from Round Barn Winery, made in Baroda, MI. (C) EVERPHOTO All of their decorations were either recycled, hand crafted, and/or picked up at local thrift/consignment shops. (C) EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO They also used eco-friendly paper goods and compostable bamboo utensils to help reduce wastefulness. (C) EVERPHOTO (C) EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO (C) EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO (C) EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO The wedding programs were designed by Anna Weekly with the intention of multi-use purposes. Once the ceremony was over guests were able to use the programs to store treats, from the custom trail mix and pop corn bars. (C) EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO (C) EVERPHOTO (C) EVERPHOTO (C) EVERPHOTO (C) EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO Cupcakes were made by Yummy Cupcakes and totally dairy-free and vegan friendly! (C) EVERPHOTO EVERPHOTO Participating Vendors: Photography : EverPhoto | Dress Alteration/Redesign: Nimble Needles | Venue: Private Residence | Hair: Cut Out the Rest Salon & Nicole Flier | Make Up: Spatoepia Dowagiac | Cupcakes: Yummy Cupcakes | Wine: Round Barn Winery | Programs: Anna Weekly | Plates and Straws: EcoProducts

Weddings that Give Back: Megan + Chris, North Bend, WA

There is nothing more refreshing and uplifting than an outdoor wedding feature! Megan owns an amazing social enterprise jewelry brand, called Tuli, based out of Uganda and decided that her wedding would be a perfect time to debut their new bridal line of upcycled paper bead jewelry. She used her entrepreneurial resourcefulness and created one stellar DIY Wedding, and the $ saved was donated to serve others in Uganda! Read below to learn more about how they planned their day with intention and purpose. m_c656 ‘When Chris and I first met in Jacksonville, Florida, we bonded over being from the west — he’s from Denver and I’m from Seattle — and over the things we missed about our respective homes: mountains and craft beer. So, it was only fitting that we had our wedding at an old hops farm at the foot of the Cascade Mountains.’m_c49 ‘I founded Tuli, a social enterprise that sells jewelry made in Uganda, and had been getting a lot of requests for a line of wedding jewelry. So, I decided to debut a new line at our wedding, and each of my bridesmaids and I wore a piece from the new collection. The jewelry is made using recycled paper and creates fair-waged, sustainable work for Tuli’s partners in Uganda.’m_c409 ‘We made most of our wedding decor ourselves, with help from family and friends, and what we couldn’t make, we bought from small, independent businesses and Etsy vendors. My family owns a custom home company, so I stained and painted scrap wood leftover from job sites to make signs. My favorite was a twist on the classic ceremony/reception signpost: I included directions for Denver, where Chris is from, and Tokyo, where the two of us live and work currently.’ m_c546 m_c556 m_c222 m_c214m_c474 m_c536 ‘To save money, we bought wholesale flowers and succulents and spent a day putting together the wedding flowers ourselves. It was a great way to bring all our friends and families from around the world together before our big day!’ m_c608 m_c638 m_c557 ‘My brother built us a bar so we could have craft beer on tap for our guests — it tastes better and we didn’t have to worry about litter from bottles and cans!’m_c645  m_c391 m_c317 m_c259  m_c121m_c797  m_c866 m_c877 ‘Overall, we kept things simple, fun and inexpensive. We wanted to have a small ceremony and a special day to celebrate with our friends and family, and we donated to Uganda what was left over from the money we would have used on a fancy wedding.’ m_c801 Participating Vendors: Venue: Meadowbrook Farm, North Bend, WA | Photography: Courtney Bowlden Photography | Flowers: Blooms by the Box and SucculentsPlus | Menus, place cards, signs, etc: Designed by bride | Pint glasses: Designed by bride; printed by DiscountMugs | Food: Double Barrel BBQ | Dress hanger: Handmade by Breanna | Bar: Handmade by Father and Brother of Bride  of AJ Development | Flower girl headband and basket: Handmade by Bride | Jenga: Handmade by Bride and FOB (of AJ Development) using recycled scrap wood | Wedding arch: Handmade by Bride’s brother (of AJ Development) using a tree from bride’s parent’s property | Cake topper: Top of the Cake | Makeup: Cris Make Up | Hair: Natasha Nadvorna

Vendor Spotlight: Sierra Ford Photography gets Engaged!

If you haven’t already noticed, we truly treasure and appreciate our Black Sheep Bride Vendor Family. They are the ones that fight for our vision, advocate and promote socially conscious wedding consumerism on a national/international scale. They also lead the trends, by their own examples, and have been redirecting the industry’s path towards purpose and impact. It makes us proud to have this little do-gooder army at our side! It also makes our hearts even more abounding when one of our very own gets engaged! Sierra Ford Photography is based on Central Florida and has a true passion for helping others. When she isn’t busy running her wedding photography business, she is actively outside exploring nature and also volunteering at HOPE Helps with her camera in hand. We thought we would take a moment and share her proposal story and how she plans to use her wedding to impact others and the environment. IMG_5170View More: What started out as a fun weekend on the water, ended up with the sweetest surprise of a lifetime. Mad Props to ‘Mr. Sierra Ford Photography’ for all the planning, custom ring design, and personally hand crafted cedar ring box… I think she has a keeper on her hands folks! DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO IMG_5437 DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO12140010_10206596466043454_124801163142601525_o Screen Shot 2015-12-12 at 3.07.17 PM As for their wedding plans… they are already in the works: ‘Almost all of my decor and my dress will be “recycled” from thrift stores. My mom and Grandma have been collecting old table cloths, lace, candleholders etc. and my dress is being sewn by Vintage Opulance out of old laces and such. We plan to have natural party favors and place settings, such as air plants and succulents for each family! I’m also going create an in depth wedding website to inform people of all the ways we will be choosing to conserve, give back and avoid wastefulness.’ For more information about their proposal story or her work, check out her site for more details.

Weddings that Give Back- Jen & Rishi

A few months ago we featured an amazing engagement session for a couple of love birds looking to show love to others and with utmost excitement… TODAY… We get to share their awesome 2-day long wedding festivities! Check out what the bride had to share about her wedding planning process and how she conscious incorporated vendors and products that gave back! ‘The Sangeet (night before the wedding) was held at a local venue, sponsored by an organizations called Source MN, whose goal is to bring hope and opportunity in the city. They work with homeless people and do anti-trafficking awareness and education. We love being able to use a space that is doing good in our community.’ View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: I bought my wedding dress from a local consignment shop (in an effort to be more eco-conscious) called Bridal Aisle.  View More: View More: ‘My engagement ring + both of our wedding bands: Blue Nile which has a  zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds.’ View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: ‘I worked with Gracie over at Miriam Designs {who we sell at Paisley + Sparrow} to get rings and necklaces for my ladies. Miriam Designs works with women who have overcome addiction. My sister (MOH) wore the Kana necklace directly from my shop. It is made by Purpose Jewelry who works with women who were formerly trafficked. Bridesmaids also received lip balm from Honest Company who makes sure they make sure every vendor operates according to GMP standards which mandate fair labor wages and working conditions. Their products are good for your body, the environment and the people making them!’ View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: More: ‘We had leftover envelopes from our invitations so I folded them over and wrote numbers on them for table numbers! The envelopes otherwise would have gone to waste. We also used succulents paired with candles (from the consignment shop) for half of our table centerpieces instead of flowers. We hated to throw away beautiful flowers after only using them for a day! I found pots at local thrift shops and painted them gold so they all matched. We gave away some and the rest are in various places around our home! :)’View More: ‘For our wedding favors we decided to gift each guest with a bar of Hand in Hand Soap – For each bar of soap we give, one bar will be given to a child in need. {also found in my shop!}’ View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: ‘However we did registered for some gifts, we also gave the option to donate to International Justince Mission – a human rights agency that is bringing rescue and freedom to victims of slavery, sex trafficking and other forms of violence. We raised over $300!’ ‘The rest of our vendors we went with small locally owned businesses rather than larger corporations. My Hair/Makeup was done by Jen Santoro Rotty, Invitations and Programs were done by Libby Design , Photography : On3Design for Photography and our videography:  Acowsay‘ To find out more about Jen and her amazing socially conscious boutique, visit: Paisley + Sparrow.