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Thankful Thursdays: Michele Renee The Studio, Tampa, FL

Thankful Thursdays is a series we started at the beginning of 2016 to bring awareness to our amazing BSB Vendors that Give Back and share how they use their businesses to serve the environment and their local and global communities! Today we are sharing The Giving Back Story of one of our Tampa BSB vendors, Michele Renee The Studio. When I first heard about Michele many years ago, she was holding a fundraiser for wells to be drilled in India and I knew she was my kind of gal! Fast forward several years and I couldn’t be more honored to have a part of our BSB Vendor Family!  13699595_10209222232260326_534650161_o Photo by Amita S. Photography Michele Renee The Studio is an on location hair and makeup studio specializing in weddings. However, even though they are hair and makeup artists, they believe that beauty comes from the inside out. Not only is it important to have a “beat” face and eyebrows on “fleek,” but it is also important to do good in your community. Michele Renee The Studio encourages giving throughout the year. Whether it is raising money for wells in India or collecting soup cans for Thanksgiving, Michele Renee The Studio is committed to giving back 10% of their profits each and every year. Peek-9 Photo by Jeanine Leigh Photography One charity Michele Renee The Studio is especially close to is a grassroots organization in Tampa Bay, where they’re headquartered, called My Hope Chest. My Hope Chest is the only national 501c3 social service organization focused on reconstructive surgery for uninsured and under insured breast cancer survivors. They are moved to ACT and our goal is to heal and provide closure to the breast cancer journey. By enabling those who desire reconstruction to have it, My Hope Chest works to help all survivors return to a “new” normal with feelings of hope, self-worth and completeness. 329141_10150364563826654_7108681_o My Hope Chest was founded by Alisa Savoretti in the fall of 2003. A breast cancer survivor and Las Vegas Showgirl, she was 38 and without insurance at the time of her diagnosis. Following a mastectomy and only 5 months after finishing her chemotherapy, Alisa returned to the Las Vegas stage and her career as a professional dancer – this time however, minus one breast. Billing herself as the “Lop-sided Showgirl”, Alisa shared her personal story and plans for an organization as a result of it, gaining media attention through a news story on the local CBS affiliate. Alisa had to wait nearly 3 years to acquire her own reconstruction. She realized then that there is a huge gap in treatment that existed for “uninsured” women suffering from a mastectomy. “I realized how my own self-esteem, confidence and self worth, as a woman, returned when I could look in the mirror and see my whole “physical” being once again. It was my healing, a restoration in body mind and spirit.” 13694146_10209222233180349_912319819_o For more information about booking Michele Renee The Studio for your next wedding hair and makeup needs, visit them HERE. If you would like to get involved with My Hope Chest or donate to their effort, visit their website: My Hope Chest.

Vendors that Give Back: Vintage Inspired Wedding, Fort Worth, TX

Friends, we have such an inspirational treat for you today! Before we share this delightful inspiration, I wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU to my fellow Aisle Society Wedding Blogger, Megan of Glamour and Grace, for sending this amazing story to Black Sheep Bride to share! It couldn’t be better aligned with our audience and mission, and it practically made my heart explode with happiness. Not only was the ENTIRE vendor team hand picked because of their hearts to serve others and their community, the couple will soon be moving to Spain through Camino Global in 2017 to become full time missionaries.
Ashlee, of Treasured Heart Events, organized the vintage design and logistics of this timeless wedding scene and had this to share: 
‘I have this crazy dream that weddings could change the world! At the core of Treasured Heart Events is the desire to give back and make a difference all over the globe. We do this by giving 10% of our fees to full time missionary families, and our sweet couples get to choose which family their big day will support! We knew that there had to be more wedding vendors out there with a heart to do good in the world, so we set out to find them! We designed this entire inspiration shoot around vendors that have some sort of philanthropic arm to their company, and the beauty of the heart behind their work shines so brightly in this shoot! Each and every detail you see in these photos – from the flowers, to the bride’s dress, to each table setting – are all provided by vendors who give back. We wanted to hone in on the bride, or groom, that desires for her/his wedding day to send ripples around the world – a bride, or groom, that wants to treasure the moments of today, and impact hearts for a lifetime.’
Thanks to all of the participating vendors and their hearts for serving others! Find out how they each give back in the bottom credits: Coordination: Treasured Heart Events  | Photography + Videography: Square 8 Studio | Florist: Details Dallas | Venue: Historic 512 | Jewelry: Keri Starker (Designs that Donate) | Bakery: The Flour Shop | Cupcakes: The Friendly Baker | Dress: Amy Kuschel | Suit: Menguin | Makeup: Arbonne | Calligraphy + Paper: Hello Lettering Co. | Guest Attire: Altar’d State | Car: European Motor Cars LTD | Rentals: Center for Transforming Lives Thrift Store | Hair + Makeup Artist: Kromann Kosmetology
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The video was most definitely my favorite part from the feature. Take a peek!
Participating Vendors (and how they give): 
Coordination: Treasured Heart Events : Gives 10% to support missionaries.
Photography + Videography: Square 8 Studio: Gives 10% to support missionaries.
Florist: Details Dallas: Gives 10% to support missionaries.
Venue: Historic 512 : Rental fees support women and children in need.
Jewelry: Keri Starker (Designs that Donate): Gives 10% to charity
Bakery: The Flour Shop : Donates cakes and baked goods to community events.
Dress: Amy Kuschel : Gives $50 per dress to ‘Gowns that Give’
Suit: Menguin : Gives money to help protect our oceans and penguins.
Makeup: Arbonne : Works with at risk teenage girls to build self esteem.
Calligraphy + Paper: Hello Lettering Co.: Gives 10% to support missionaries
Guest Attire: Altar’d State : Gives 10% to various charities every Monday.
Rentals: Center for Transforming Lives Thrift Store : Support women and children in need.
Hair + Makeup Artist: Kromann Kosmetology : Gives 10% to support missionaries

Thankful Thursdays: Hello World Paper Co.

Thankful Thursdays is a series we started at the beginning of 2016 to bring awareness to our amazing BSB Vendors that Give Back and share how they use their businesses to serve the environment and their local and global communities! Today we are sharing The Giving Back Story of one of our national product based vendors, Hello World Paper Co., based out of St. Louis. unnamed-62 Hello World Paper Co. is a St. Louis based design company specializing in rubber stamp and stationery design. Hello World Paper Co. was founded by retired teacher Kelly Parker Smith in 2014. Kelly combines her love of typography along with her handlettering and illustrations to create unique products to celebrate your new beginnings. Whether you are getting married, moving to a new home, or starting a new company, Hello World Paper Co. can make your new beginning look fabulous. They truly believe that your new beginning can also be a new beginning for others which is why Kelly started giving back 10% of her proceeds to various charities. Recently though, the company decided to give back in a more meaningful way!   unnamed-64 Kelly was a third grade teacher for 10 years in a high poverty area and saw first hand the impact that a good education can have on a child’s future. She is passionate about education, especially literacy, and has given her time and a portion of her proceeds to various educational and humanitarian organizations over the years. She believes in giving back with abandon and never hesitates to support a worthy cause, however she yearned to help more kids in particular, so she decided to build a school like the one pictured below. That’s right, a school.   unnamed-66 Secretly she always dreamed of building a school for kids in need, but it felt overwhelming until she found Pencils of Promise. Pencils of Promise is an organization that allows you to pledge money to support the education of children around the world or you can pledge to build an entire school. Kelly went for her big scary dream. She has pledged to build a school through Pencils of Promise with the help of her clients – brides, grooms, new home owners, teachers, and business owners. Ten percent of the proceeds from every purchase through Hello World Paper Co.’s various shops will go to the campaign and once the money is raised Pencils of Promise not only builds the school, but monitors and supports it through their organization. Once the school is built Kelly and the Hello World Paper Co. team would love to be able to travel there and visit the kids to read them their favorite books. That’s the dream.   Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 12.52.40 PM If you would like to be a part of Hello World Paper Co.’s campaign to build a school you can visit one of their shops Hello World Paper Co. or Hello World Stamps or donate directly to the campaign here:

Thankful Thursdays- Jennifer Juniper Photography, Daytona, FL

Thankful Thursday’s is a series we started at the beginning of 2016 to bring awareness to our amazing BSB Vendors that Give Back and share how they use their businesses to serve the environment and their local and global communities! Today we are sharing The Giving Back Story of one of our newest BSB vendors/photographers, Jennifer Juniper Photography. Jennifer Juniper Photography provides Wedding Photography in Florida – Orlando, Daytona Beach, and surrounding areas and is actively involved in giving back to her community. 12716093_774783595956175_3597218092598964552_o Outside of her photography business responsibilities she also founded a non-profit, called FLOWERFLOWER is a local non-profit organization based in Volusia County, Florida, composed of some of the area’s most talented wedding and event professionals. They believe that by coming together, they can help their local community through events, seminars, wedding-related fundraisers, and charitable acts.  They are not only working to improve their businesses, but also improving the lives of the people around them who allow them to do what they love to do every day. They recently held a charity dinner benefiting a local soup kitchen and provided an elegant dining experience for some of Daytona’s homeless neighbors. FLOWER-0007 crop FLOWER-0023 crop FLOWER-0027 crop Visit Jennifer Juniper Photography and FLOWER to learn more about their upcoming events! Thank you Jennifer for using your wedding business and passion to serve others!

Thankful Thursdays: YouAreRaven

Thankful Thursday’s is a series we started at the beginning of 2016 to bring awareness to our amazing BSB Vendors that Give Back and share how they use their businesses to serve the environment and their local and global communities! Today we are sharing The Giving Back Story of one of our newest BSB vendors/photographers, You Are Raven. Based in Atlanta, GA, You Are Raven has a true heart for fun and quirky couples. Her free-spirited photography style screams loudly through each picture and shows the world there are still amazingly epic and killer-funny and creative people to befriend all around us, they just all happen to be her clients. Not only does she have amazing images, she also has an amazing heart for helping the planet, see what she has to say below…
‘I’m a wedding & portrait photographer based just north of Atlanta, GA.
My couples are the kind of people who are not afraid to be themselves, and they certainly are not going to follow a trend just because it’s a trend. They are the type of couple who celebrates getting married in a way that’s meaningful to them – no pretenses, no “I have to do this because so-and-so did this.” They make their own choices and honor who they really are and what they want in their lives and in their wedding, and they have fun doing it. As a photographer, I really respect that, because that’s exactly how I work, too.’
‘Over the past several years, and especially the past few months, I’ve been working hard to better understand exactly what I bring to the table for my couples. I realized I’m the kind of photographer who invites couples to come play in the spotlight so that I can showcase all the cool and amazing things they bring to the world and to each other in their relationship. I appreciate the fact that my clients are more than just their car, their job, or their brand of coffee, and their wedding is going to be more than just a ceremony, a ring, and a party. It’s going to be an expression of all that they are and, even more importantly, all that they are together. They might be introverts or extroverts, tattooed or buttoned-up, lions or unicorns, or all of the above. No matter what kind of magical creatures they are, I am here to frame them in a way that rings true and shows all that’s unique and wondrous about them.’
‘Part of this journey for me has been really honing in on what’s important to me as a person as well as a photographer, which means giving back in any and every way that I can. Every day I get a little closer to running my business in the most sustainable and green way possible. I focus on labs that offer eco-friendly and sustainable products and methods of printing, and I do almost every bit of my contracts, paperwork, and notes digitally.’11794218_749705098484645_4955494966834577994_ounspecified-3
‘My main charity of choice is Stand for Trees, and though working to save our planet and especially our trees has always been a bit of a passion of mine, since discovering this charity it’s been even more at the forefront of my mind. One of the things that I love about Stand for Trees is that they’ve been growing bigger every year. They’re always adding new projects, and when you donate, you can choose which project you’d like to support, or have them choose which project needs the most help at that moment. There are projects that benefit specific groups of peoples, or an animal habitat, or the land itself, though most benefit all of the above.’
‘Though I have other charities I’m a part of and support, I think that this Stand for Trees will always be the one closest to my heart. Without our planet, we would literally have nothing. We owe her everything, and I want to give back when and how I can.’
For more information about having your wedding photographed by You Are Raven, visit her website here.