Posts Tagged ‘Eco-Friendly’

May
22
DIY Wednesday: Repurposed Wine Bottle Centerpieces
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself, Reception

By: Danyelle Mathews

Wanting to make your wedding a little more green? Up cycle wine bottles to create these eye catching centerpieces.

Supplies: Wine bottles (Start saving ‘em or call around to local restaurants and offer to pick up empty bottles) • spray paint (Choose a combination of satin and glossy paint to add more interest) • primer • gold metallic paint • round paint sponges

Step One. In a well ventilated area, paint your bottles in light even coats. Don’t apply the paint too heavily or you’ll end up with drips. If your bottles are dark colored glass like brown or green, use primer first.

Step Two. When the bottles are dry gather your metallic paint and sponge brushes. Pour a small amount of the metallic paint onto a paper plate.

Step Three. Lightly dab one of the round sponge brushes into the metallic paint. Tap excess paint onto the paper plate.

Step Four.  Gently dab the round paint sponge onto the bottle. Repeat to create a pattern you love.

Step Five. Add water and flowers; then arrange a mix of taller and shorter bottles on the reception tables.

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Apr
22
Kalista + Kyle: A Romantic Eco-Friendly Arts Center Wedding by Sequins & Candy Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Sometimes, it all starts with the dress. Jenny Packham’s ‘Eden’ gown was the main source of inspiration for Kalista and Kyle’s whimsical California wedding, which took place at Sausalito’s Headlands Center for the Arts. The 1920′s-inspired nuptials celebrated Beat poets, library books, a love of beer, and all things eco-friendly—and we couldn’t be more in love with the unique spin on romance. Special thanks to Sequins and Candy Photography for sharing the images with us today! You can find even more details in the complete gallery.

Kalista and Kyle are the ultimate California couple. They met on a sailboat six years before their wedding, and, according to the bride, fell in love almost instantly. “We connected on our mutual craving for adventure,” she says. Planning their intimate arts center wedding was its own wonderful adventure—the couple created almost every decorative element of the day (including the graphic invitations and limoncello favors) themselves. They exchanged vows under a favorite quote from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and, after the wedding, planted the citrus and birch trees they married in front of in their home backyard.

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Dec
11
Natural Enchantment by Keepsake Memories Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Becca and Sam’s wintry palette of midnight blues and charcoal grays is totally getting us in the mood for the holidays. After seven years together, the pair tied the knot in a handmade, outdoor wedding on Emerald Isle, North Carolina.  Their DIY approach involved keeping the entire event as eco-friendly as possible, utilizing natural décor, sola flower bouquets, and organic goods.  It was a magical evening of  relaxed, laid-back fun and about a million kisses (we can’t get enough of all of their kissing shots)!  Keepsake Memories was there to capture the day, including this stunning photo of the bride in front of a vintage bathtub at The Watson House.

With the help of her bridesmaids, Becca crafted the bouquets and boutonnières using Sola flowers (hand-carved from Tapioca trees), baby’s breath, grapevine, and greenery.  Becca wore a gorgeous ruffle-skirt ball gown and walked down the aisle with her parents as Sam played an acoustic version of Bron-Yr-Aur by Led Zeppelin on the guitar.  There, on the scenic grounds of the estate, the couple took their vows in a completely personalized ceremony in front of one hundred and twenty five guests.

After the ceremony, the couple took a moment alone together to revel in the joy of being married!  Then, a rustic, natural reception ensued under a tent.  Midnight blues were incorporated into the place settings, while handcrafted centerpieces of grapevine, winter berries, pinecones, and vintage lanterns adorned the tables.  The evening continued with an after party that lasted til 2am!  Read more about their sweet story just below…

Photography by Keepsake Memories

Bridal Gown by Galina for David’s Bridal

Venue & Coordination The Watson House

Catering by Seaside Sensations

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May
23
Eclectic + Eco-Friendly in Seattle
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

This week’s real wedding from Jagger Photography is entirely charming and lovely.  We totally adore the way Beth and Kevin infused their values and personality into a day that was, well, completely ‘them!’  Beth chose a color palette that paired natural tones with mulled wine and cranberry hues.  The florals were sourced from a local farm- (and they really pop in the photos)!  The vibe was laid back and cozy.  All in all- the couple went for sweet simplicity, natural beauty, and sustainability… and the photos couldn’t have turned out more perfect.  Enjoy!

Jagger Photography

Homegrown Sandwich Shop

Handwritten Chalkboard Art

DOC: The Invisible Hostess

Golden Gates Park

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