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#Vendorsthatgiveback : July Giving Highlights

July is Black Sheep Bride’s birthday month and boy has it been a fun, impact-filled, month indeed! As we grow and continue to use this platform to serve others and promote wedding professionals that value giving back, we wanted to start a series devoted to highlighting how our BSB #Vendorsthatgiveback have supported their communities each month! 1. Wedding World Changer Day- Tampa, FL : Our first BSB organized FREE wedding made possible by a group of generous business owners in Tampa, FL! This couple’s tender hearts for serving others awarded them the wedding of their dreams on 7/5/16. The groom is a firefighter and the bride is pursuing her degree in pediatric occupational therapy and volunteers regularly with children’s outreach, while also helping her mother fight a battle against cancer. It was truly a gift to be a part of this process from start to finish. Can’t wait to plan the next round in 2017. See the full recap here. Peek-30 Planning: Oh Hello Events | Ceremony Design: Bourbon and Blush Events | Reception Design: Amber Veatch Designs | Floral Design : Andrea Layne Floral Design | Photography: Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography | Venue: CL Space Ybor | Hair + Makeup: Michele Renee |  Paper Goods: Citrus-Press Co. | Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay | Cocktail Hour Catering: Chalk Board Special | Linens: Kate Ryan Linens | Cake : Trudy Melissa Cakes | DJ: Graingertainment | Bartending : Mix It Up FL | Ceremony Altar/Rentals: Wish Vintage Rental | Pipe and Drape: Coast To Coast Event Rentals | Smaller Wooden Signage: Aerie Lane | Rectangular Farm Tables, Chargers: Set Event Rentals | Media Partners: Creative Loafing and Marry Me Tampa Bay | Succulents: The Succulent Source | Lavender: Tin Can Event Company | Chairs, Square Tables, Dinnerware, Flatware, Glasses: A Chair Affair | Videography: The Portos | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: The Bride Tampa | Tuxes: All Brides 2 Be Tampa | Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Ybor | 2. Savannah Lauren Photography– Tampa, FL: Dedicated her time and talent to All Faiths Food Bank, out of Sarasota, to document a series called the “Hunger Narrative” at their food distribution sites, while also listening to people’s stories and helping them raise awareness and breaking down stereotypes on hunger. 13653199_10154417104638092_6014324782866941326_o 3. Simply Catering– Atlanta, GA: Back to School Block Party: Simply Catering just hosted their “FIRST ANNUAL AUNT LEXI’S BLOCK PARTY,” on Friday, July 29th, in a local Atlanta based neighborhood. They are not only provided a fun dinner, but actively engaging their community for donations, and gifted the children with backpacks and school supplies before the new school year starts. 13782137_10101381113025688_7182226097556539503_n 4. Lida Mathews Photography– Conroe, TX:  The Dream Center in Conroe, TX helps provide resources and help for the homeless communities of East Texas. Due to its size, it doesn’t meet the requirements for The Birthday Party Project, so Lida Matthews’ church group decided to made these sweet children’s birthday party happen on their own! 13640980_10101135234104048_2492976617485191862_o 5. Military Wedding- Tampa, FL: After hearing of the selfless dedication of this engaged couple and the journey they’ve been on to serve our country, while also planning their wedding day, a group of wedding vendors came together to give them the wedding of their dreams! See full recap here. (C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer Planning + Design: Bourbon and Blush Events // Photography: Alexis June Weddings // Linens: Kate Ryan Linens// Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay // Venue: Rialto Theatre  // Floral: Inna Olimpiyuk Events // Table and Chair Rentals: A Chair Affair // Lounge Furniture: Danilyn Vintage Rentals // Dishes and Decor: Ever After Vintage Weddings // Stationery & Ceremony Backdrop: Blush Design Studio // Pet Sitting: FairyTail Planning // Wedding Cake: Trudy Melissa Cakes // Transportation: His and Hers Limousines // Entertainment: DJ Jenks // Mini Desserts: Sweetly Dipped Confections _____________________ Can’t wait to see what our vendors are up to for AUGUST! Stay tuned!

Thankful Thursdays: Simply Catering, Atlanta, GA

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 Georgia BSB vendors, Simply Catering. 12794933_1144190672266776_6904845648755437375_o Photo above: Andie Freeman Photography Simply Catering is an Atlanta based socially conscious family owned catering company serving up love one plate of food at a time. The family discovered quickly the amount of waste accumulated after a wedding in regards to leftover food. Over the last 14 years, Grandma Judy has established a wonderful relationship with their local Soup Kitchen and Emergency Shelter where she makes donations on Mondays and Thursdays. 11240726_1031510313543083_259172355_n     On the 1st Saturday of every month they participate in The Hot Food Giveout, an opportunity to serve the community with a warm meal usually influenced by the season or holiday.  They have also consistently contributed to the Carroll County Child Advocacy Center, Toys for Tots, and Youth Villages at Inner Harbor, non-profit organizations dedicated to advocating for sexually, emotionally, or physically abused children, and rehabilitating the mental health of children and youth. blacksheepbride112345951_780178908752726_1474025905_n Through these small efforts, they believe that the experience of sharing a nutritious meal is a powerful component for ending poverty and they are committed to helping others, while minimizing their ecological footprint. 11358290_1611312705788413_1867574584_n This year they are hosting the “FIRST ANNUAL AUNT LEXI’S BLOCK PARTY,” a Block Party on Friday, July 29th, in a local neighborhood where they are not only providing a fun dinner, but actively engaging their community for donations towards providing the children with backpacks and school supplies before the new school year starts. They are currently accepting volunteers, monetary donations, and school supplies. If you would like to be a part of this amazing event, please email: nicole@simplycatering.org SCHeadshots (304) For more information about having your wedding or event catered by this amazing company, visit Simply Catering.

Fair Trade Vintage Boho Wedding Ideas that Give Back

2014-09-26_0019 When Celia Grace first connected with Black Sheep Bride, they shared this amazing gallery of images from a recent Fair Trade Dress shoot and we were totally swooning over the collaborative masterpiece that was created to accent the bride’s beautiful Fair Trade/vintage style. Loveridge Photography did an outstanding job taking this vision to a whole new level with the warm, organic and earthy scenes captured from her artistic perspective. Hello Friday Event Design provided styling and graphics. The wedding dress was contributed by Celia Grace, a fair trade company that provides fair wages to global artisan cooperatives for their labor. Each Celia Grace wedding dress sold provides a water filter to someone in need around the world!  2014-09-26_0011 The venue was set within the beautiful garden space of Dana Powers House with bold and whimsy local bloom arrangements designed by Lori Boe Floral Design . The vintage rusty chic chairs were provided by Embellish Vintage Rentals. 2014-09-26_0029 2014-09-26_0004 HumanKind  (a fair trade shop that provides artisans around the world a fair wage for their work) provided some of the gorgeous textiles and design elements.  Lisa Leonard‘s fair trade necklace and bracelets are made by several Ecuadorian women, each piece of jewelry purchased helps children in Ecuador go to school, through Jungle Kids. 2014-09-26_0020 2014-09-26_0005 2014-09-26_0006  2014-09-26_0008 2014-09-26_0009 2014-09-26_0010  2014-09-26_0012 2014-09-26_0013 2014-09-26_0014 2014-09-26_0015 2014-09-26_0016 2014-09-26_0017    2014-09-26_0021 2014-09-26_0022 The yummy cupcakes came from It Takes a Bakery, who’s goal is to hire and empower at risk teens through teaching them the art of baked goods!  And those detectable truffles are made with all natural and fair trade ingredients by Mama Ganache . 2014-09-26_0023 2014-09-26_0024 2014-09-26_0025 2014-09-26_0026 2014-09-26_0027 2014-09-26_0028  2014-09-26_0030 2014-09-26_0031 2014-09-26_0007 We hope this gives your wedding planning ideas a little more global vision! It is so easy and holds so much value to consciously incorporate vendors and products into your day that help others! How will your Big Day help others!? Collaborative Vendor Team: Photography: Loveridge Photography, Venue: Dana Powers House, Dress: Celia Grace, Hair and Make Up: Sammy Williams Hair and Make Up, Accessories: Lisa Leonard, Baked Goods: It Takes a Bakery, Truffles: Mama Ganache, Decor: Humankind Fair Trade, Styling and Paper Goods: Hello Friday Events, Florals: Lori Boe Florals, Vintage Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals