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!

Vintage Wedding Love

I am a big fan of anything with a vintage appeal. 

I collect vinyls of my favorite musicians rather than CDs, I collect vintage fashion and old nicknacks like compasses reading glasses and old photographs, and of course I have a collection of old cameras, including my favorite, my brass and cherry wood large format camera shown below, the same type of camera that was used during the 19th Century.

When I was planning my own wedding, I wanted to incorporate my vintage taste into the decor. My husband is a writer, and I’m a photographer, so I wanted to put a little bit of ourselves into the decor. We displayed a family heirloom, a black Royal typewriter, circa 1940’s, which we used for our guestbook, and I found some typewriter keys to spread around the table. I brought my beloved brass and cherry wood camera, as well, and if my collection of old cameras was more impressive back then, I would have brought more to add to our table settings.

I really like making things, so for our wedding favors, I taught myself how to do a photo screen print. I made a design via Photoshop - a silhouette of my husband and I with floral accents and our initials, and I screen printed them onto an old supply of handkerchiefs, which were then folded and tied with ribbon. (Photographs supplied by my wedding photographer, the amazing Ashley O’Dell)

All of these details were integrated into a beautiful setting at the Lanam Club, a mansion built in 1916 with intricate hand-carved wood, white accented ceilings and dark wood and leather furniture throughout. 

With my love for the vintage aesthetic, it’s easy to say that my favorite weddings to shoot are for those who also swoon over those same old-timey details as I. And, though I absolutely love what I created for my own wedding, now that I’ve been in the wedding biz for a while, there are so many cool ideas that I wish I had discovered back then.

That’s why I put together a collection of inspiration boards, for all of you likeminded couples that are searching for those perfect, personalized details for your wedding. I love finding interesting ideas of all kinds, from dress, to decor, to gift ideas for your wedding party.  Even more, I like to see what my couples come up with for their wedding day!