Lydia + Brian’s Chicago Engagement

Last week, I frolicked around Chicago with Lydia + Brian for a brisk spring engagement session, warming them up for their upcoming wedding in August. We spent some time goofing around and playing among the city bunnies in the sculptural garden of the Museum of Contemporary Art, before heading over to Promontory Point for a skip in the meadow, and a view of the sunset on the water. The day ended with an epic “air sword fight” on the rocks, where Lydia triumphed. 

I’m so happy to have had this shoot with this adorably playful couple, and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in August, along side wedding planning extraordinaires, Naturally Yours Events.


Committed

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to become a member of the Green Wedding Alliance.

While this is exciting news on its own, I am now even more excited to announce that I will be participating in Committed, an eco-friendly bridal show, hosted by the Green Wedding Alliance.

If you are a green couple, and want to explore vendor options for an eco-friendly wedding, or if you just want to check out some fantastically unique vendors, definitely check out the show! Tickets are only $10 per person, or $15 per couple!

Check it out!


Being Green

I can easily say that one of the most valuable lessons I have been taught as a child was to throw away my trash, recycle and to not be wasteful. Even as a young girl, I remember how upsetting it was to see garbage on the streets. 

As I transformed into an adult, being eco-conscious became even more important to me. I had lived in Tokyo for a year, where the sidewalks are so clean that you would probably feel comfortable eating off of them; where soon-to-be expired food in grocers were given to the homeless; where people carried around trash in their purse all day to avoid littering; and where a poster illustrating the dozens of categories of recyclables and how to dispose of each one, was provided by the city for the residents. 

When I returned to the states, I knew that my responsibility hadn’t changed. I avoided unnecessary items, like straws, and plastic bags, I have a fortress of packaging material that I’ve kept to reuse, and I recycle as much as I can, even if it means making a trip to special recycling facilities now and then - you may even spot me transporting bottles from trash cans to recycling bins when I’m out and about (just pay no attention to me)! 

Naturally, I would be interested in carrying over the same principles within my business.

What a surprise it was when I discovered that there was an alliance of likeminded, eco-friendly wedding vendors based in Chicago, called the Green Wedding Alliance

Fast-forward to today, and I’m happy to announce that I am officially a member! Through them, I’ve learned new ways of being eco-friendly, and I’ve been able to meet other vendors that I can gladly recommend to my eco-conscious clients. It’s a wonderful group of people, and I’m excited to be involved. 

If you are at all interested in planning a “green wedding,” they have some great articles on how to do so, here. They also have some exciting events coming up, including the Committed bridal show in March, featuring all eco-friendly vendors, as well as the Great Wedding Recyclery in April, where couples can sell decor, etc. from their wedding, to other couples - a garage sale, of sorts. Such a cool event!

Anyway, I am so happy to be a part of this group, and can’t wait to move forward as an eco-friendly wedding vendor!




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