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Weddings that Give Back: TLove & Jeannette, Maine

In honor of Pride Appreciation, we wanted to celebrate this incredibly compassion-driven love story with you all one more time. This incredible couple used their wedding day to serve and positively impact their family, their community and the environment around them. Thank you to our BSB Vendor, Tara Lynn Bridal, for sharing their story with us and for creating the ethical wedding attire. Molly Haley captured the day in all of it’s locally sourced, organic and intentional goodness. Upon receiving their ‘giving back story’ we were blown away by the sheer magnitude of kind thoughtfulness that went into making their socially conscious wedding a success! See what the couple had to share below: Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900002 ‘For our wedding, we wanted to infuse as much of our personalities and our consciousness into the day as possible.  We are passionate about local farms, the local economy, and local arts as well as cooperative living communities.  Our intention was nurture our guests by practicing consciousness for the environment, our community and ourselves.’ Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900007   Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900044 ‘Our flowers were also organic and purchased from local Maine farms and from a friend’s personal garden. We also had both of our wedding outfits custom-made out of organic hemp and cotton from Tara Lynn Bridal (Tara Lynn is not only eco-friendly, she also donates a portion of her annual profits to a Vermont-based domestic violence non-profit and a few other causes)’. Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900017 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900018 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900021 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900024 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900025 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900026 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900029 ‘As part of our ceremony, we included a group guided kaleidoscope yoga circle with over 120 participants, our guests.’Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900031 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900036Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900033  Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900038 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900039 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900040 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900042  Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900010Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900046 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900047 ‘Our dinner menu was buffet-style, vegan, organic with all produce from local Maine farms and prepared and cooked by us and our friend, who is a vegan chef. We composted everything from our community meal, including our dinner wares, and donated it to Zero Food Waste.’ Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900008Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900050Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900053 ‘Our take away gifts were reusable vintage purple Ball Jars with lids to be used to drink from at the wedding day and beyond. We also held a safe and sober space for the entire weekend.’ Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900004 ‘To support local arts, we hired several local musicians, a local swing dance instructor to help choreograph a group dance for our wedding party, as well as visual artists (live painters) to celebrate the day’Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900055 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900056 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900060 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900061 Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900062 ‘For our gift registry we accepted donations for a cross country road trip to explore and document cooperative living communities throughout the U.S.. We will be compiling this trip into a video documentary screening as a way to educate and give back to our community.’ Smith_Richelson_Molly_Haley_Haley2015082900066 Photographer:  Molly Haley//Event Venue: Live Well Farm//Fashion Designer: Tara Lynn Bridal//    

Vegan Weddings that Give Back: Amanda & Brandon- New York City, NY

Amanda & Brandon’s wedding tops all the charts of animal friendliness was entirely vegan. The two met in NYC at a dive bar in the east village years ago where they really hit it off. After discovering they both lived a vegan lifestyle they knew it was meant to be. They celebrated their marriage at 26 Bridge in DUMBO where every aspect of their wedding was vegan. From cocktail hour to the brides shoes, everything was animal friendly. Surrounded by friends and family they celebrated well into the evening. The bride’s gown was even made by our very own BSB vendor and amazing wedding gown designer, Rebecca Schoneveld! Thank you to Bri Johnson Weddings for submitting this wedding story for us to share with you!

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Amanda is a Former Research and Outreach Assistant to Director at Catskill Animal Sanctuary and Founder at Benevolent And Enlightened Beauty.

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Weddings that Give Back: Katie & Adam, Philadelphia, PA

Today’s real wedding feature comes from Radian Photography and we are truly giddy to share this story! Love everything Radhika had to share with BSB about Katie and Adam’s giving back wedding story!
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 ‘Katie and Adam met while at grad school at UPenn, and Ian got to know them both there as well. What started out as close friendship quickly evolved into a deep love for each other and helping the world as well. They clearly took so much time to not only build an intentional relationship, but also create an intentional celebration at their wedding to honor their love and lives and share that with friends and families.
They were married on June 4th, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA and chose the Ridgeland Mansion to be their venue because their mission is to ensure that all families impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by the community. 100% of the cost of reserving the venue went to the non-profit.’
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‘Invitations from Vistaprint were printed on recycled paper to cut down on paper waste (there were also no RSVP cards – instead, guests were asked to call or e-mail in their RSVP).
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‘Katie’s dress was vintage from an antique store, Cape May Antique Center, in Cape May, NJ. Somehow it fit perfectly and no alterations were needed. The best guess as to its age would be 1950s/60s. The diamond in Katie’s engagement ring is vintage as well – probably from the early 1900s/1910s.  No blood diamonds there! The wedding bands were both from Etsy, and Katie’s is from Katie Carder Fine Jewelry, which donates a portion of profits ($2,000 in the last 3 years) to animal rescue organizations.’ _DSC0085_DSC0174 ‘The flowers in the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets were local from Triple Tree Farms in Gap, PA and were assembled by the bride herself! Decorations included vintage Ball jars either passed down to us from family members or re-used from friends’ weddings. The growlers are part of Katie and Adam’s collection. Decorations (fans/chalkboards) were all re-used from friends’ weddings. Katie and Adam are donating tablecloths and table runners to Goodwill.’ _DSC0207_DSC0226_DSC0230_DSC0232_DSC0240_DSC0250_DSC0260-2_DSC0262_DSC0280_DSC0489
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‘Ian and I (Radian Photography) actually met while working for a nonprofit in Durham, NC that empowers students with the academic skills and personal well-being they need to be successful in college and beyond. I work there full time now and Ian is actually writing his dissertation on it as well. We already donate our time to photograph events and take the photos for the annual report, and are actively using our business, so that is directly benefits them, as well as other educational opportunities in Durham. While photography has our hearts, we want to make sure our business is benefitting the world!’
_DSC0539_DSC0579_DSC0662_DSC0725_DSC0915 ‘Katie and Adam rescued their cats and are huge animal lovers and therefore live a vegetarian lifestyle. The caterer at their wedding was a local Philadelphia food truck, Jerry’s Kitchen Food Truck, that provided an all-vegan meal at dinner. A large majority of the beer at the reception was also home-brewed. They made sure everything they used was either recyclable (as in bottles) or compostable (cups, plates, napkins, cutlery) , and worked with Bennett Composting to ensure that things were disposed of in the correct way.’ _DSC0983_DSC1149_DSC1255_DSC1270DSC_0165DSC_0506DSC_0708DSC_0784DSC_0846DSC_0981
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 

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 www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/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 www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/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 www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto All of their decorations were either recycled, hand crafted, and/or picked up at local thrift/consignment shops. (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto They also used eco-friendly paper goods and compostable bamboo utensils to help reduce wastefulness. (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/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 www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto Cupcakes were made by Yummy Cupcakes and totally dairy-free and vegan friendly! (C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/everphoto(C) EVERPHOTO www.everphoto.net www.facebook.com/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