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Going Green with Zass Design, Upcycled Jewelry for Every Occasion

Name one color that doesn’t literally represent it’s shade? The answer is: GREEN!
Images by Amber Robinson | Zass Spring Summer
Being ‘Green’ means so much more than the shade itself, it means wasting-less, and being intentional with our consumerism and how it impacts our environment. With today being St. Patrick’s Day, we thought it would be the perfect day to introduce you to an amazingly GREEN company called Zass Design we met last fall, in Raleigh, NC (thanks to our BSB Vendor, Images by Amber Robinson). They make a wide variety of upcycled jewelry from discarded trash, aluminum cans, magazines, vinyl records, and other sources. My personal favorite from their collection are the Wedding Invitation Studs, made from your Big Day’s paper goods!
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Images by Amber Robinson | Zass Spring Summer
Their philosophy in every creation is to respect the environment and the fundamental principles of eco-design: reduce, reuse, recycle. Every piece has a history, a starting point. Each piece is individual with a unique past, present and a future story of its own.
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Participating Vendors:
(BSB Vendor) Photography: Images by Amber Robinson
Recycled jewelry: Zass Design
Location: Zartiques
Makeup: Frontrow Cosmetics (Cruelty Free- Vegan)

Sustainably Stylized Wedding Inspiration: Louisville Water Tower, KY

During the spring and summer months in Louisville, the Ohio River serves as a riverfront communal playground. Families can be found relaxing on boats, taking long strolls along the sandy banks, and collecting sea glass and driftwood, as momentos. In honor of Louisville Water Tower Park, the historic landmark that ties past and present history all together, Design in Mind Events pulled together a team of 19 talented vendors to style a tranquil yet romantic wedding theme around water. The color scheme of blues (cornflower blue, light blue and serenity blue) brought to view the natural beauty of the celebration and the habitat surrounding the venue. With these items in mind, it made sense to design tall sails, as well as, incorporate sea glass and driftwood to showcase the water theme. There were also some subtle visual ties such as the bride’s hairstyle to signify waves of water, a pageant bouquet to represent the doric column of the tower and the off-centered cake to emulate the spiral staircase.
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Eco-friendly elements also played an important role in this styled shoot. To offset the use of flowers, Design in Mind Events incorporated plants and paper water lilies made by Papillon Originals. The hemp silk bridal gown was designed by Elizabeth Crum of Evenweave Bridal, wedding bands by Naturaleza Organic Jewelry, vintage dishes by The Southern Soiree, furniture by Once Borrowed Vintage, cake made with local ingredients by Flour de lis Bakery and last but not least, Louisville Pure Tap — promoting clean tap water versus the purchase of bottled water for any event large or small. Louisville Water Tower Park is a true gem in Kentucky’s history and an exceptional event venue to celebrate your own BIG moments in life, while also supporting local historical landmarks and clean water initiatives in the Louisville community!
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Weddings that Give Back: Kayla & Reece- Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Nothing is quite as inspiring as tender, authentic, candid and intentional wedding stories! Today’s wedding feature is officially being added to the BSB list of all-time favorites, thanks to our BSB vendor, LIV Photography. Thank you Olivia for sharing their story with us and capturing their sustainable wedding with such delicate care, it is like reaching in and literally feeling all of the tender emotions in every single image. blog-55
‘Kayla and Reece met through the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s campus chapter of International Justice Mission. They led the campus organization side by side serving as co-Presidents and developed a deep friendship with the same heart for seeing justice come for people worldwide. When Kayla took a semester off to do a Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Las Vegas, their friendship turned into a relationship. It’s obvious that these two are better together and they have a joined heartbeat to serve the poor, love others well, and change the world.’
[What is International Justice Mission (IJM): IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.
They combat slavery, sex trafficking, property grabbing, police abuse of power and sexual violence in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America and South and Southeast Asia.
Their vision is to rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible.]
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‘Their wedding day reflected these priorities. Kayla chose to do as many fair trade and ethical aspects as possibles. From thrifted and DIY decor, to foraged native florals, to a vintage custom made dress and sustainable wedding rings, they made the main aspects of their day line up with their core values. They combined budget, give-back, and amazing style together for one magical wedding.’ blog-13 blog-19 blog-23 blog-25 blog-87 blog-89 blog-50  blog-72blog-41blog-53  blog-59  blog-74 blog-76 blog-83 blog-84 blog-105 blog-106 blog-91 blog-93 blog-96 blog-98 blog-101  blog-108 blog-111 blog-112 blog-114   blog-126 blog-129 blog-130 blog-132 blog-136 blog-145  blog-157 blog-159 blog-161 blog-163 blog-165 blog-174 blog-178blog-146 Photography: LIV Photography | Dress: Andrea’s Vintage Bridal | Rings: Ingle and Rhode UK | Getting Ready: Schlegelmilch House | Ceremony: Carson Park | Reception: Bye the Willow  

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