A country affair with handcrafted old Hollywood glamour
This stunning wedding at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse, a two hundred-year-old farmhouse on an ostrich farm, 9 miles up a winding hill in Los Olivos, California, features incredible paper details, a glamorous handcrafted bridal look, and a surprise performance by Alissa and Rich! Alissa and her friends created so many special handcrafted elements for the wedding that she was inspired afterwards to start her own wedding business! Read on for more about this unique bride and groom and their incredible wedding day…
Here at Tradesy Weddings we take a special liking to anything recycled, organic, and green. We absolutely loved Natalie Portman’s vegan wedding that took place over the weekend in the BEAUTIFUL Big Sur, California. Portman tied the knot to her long time beau Benjamin Millepied in a Rodarte gown in the presence of friends and family in a beautiful and green ceremony. The reception was held at a friends house with all traditional Jewish wedding traditions including a 20 minute hora dance. The menu was strictly vegan and they opted out of the cake for French macaroons. You can see the entire story here.
So tell us what you think, Do you love the idea of having a vegan wedding or is vegan going too far for food tastes?
We get so happy when the smartest, most talented sustainably-minded designers list their items on RecycledBride.com. The latest brilliant designer to join our ranks is Crystal Brooke McCann of SilkUtopia. Crystal hand-paints repurposed silk dresses, using brilliant color, cutting-edge couture designs, and even, on occasion, fallen parrot feathers that the designer collected over one year.
All images from the SilkUtopia website, www.silkutopia.com
“There are a lot of beautiful, beautiful dresses in the world, and I just don’t see the need to create more waste,” says Crystal. ”My wish when people wear my clothing is that they feel good and they feel original and different, and you really have to be…not afraid to stand out in a crowd.” Hear more from Crystal in the video below.
We’re in love with Crystal’s exuberant, bright dresses and the unique style they’ll bring to your wedding day or special occasion. You can wear her gowns as a wedding dress, bridesmaids dress, and/or on your honeymoon, and you’ll want to wear them again and again afterwards too. See some of SilkUtopia’s listings on Recycled Bride >>
You found “the dress”. But what about…the other dresses? I’m talking about the fabulous frocks you’ll wear to your rehearsal dinner, engagement party, bridal shower, and other pre-wedding events. Here are a few of my faves:
The ultimate rehearsal dinner dress, via Etsy
The sculpted lace heart dress by Odasf is chic, elegant, and playful. It also keeps your heart front and center, where everyone can see it!
Vintage white cocktail dress, via Posh Girl Vintage
A vintage 1950s ivory damask cocktail dress from Posh Girl Vintage is sweet, sophisticated, and has class for miles.
See more of my rehearsal dinner dress picks on OneWed >>
Do you know what’s in your makeup and personal care products?
You may have heard of Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute video about consumerism in American society that explores the hidden environmental and social consequences our love affair with its stuff. The Story of Stuff went viral online, and has now been viewed over 10 million times on-line and in thousands of schools, houses of worship, community centers and businesses around the world.
Now Annie Leonard brings us The Story of Cosmetics. It’s a quick watch and a great introduction to learning about the potentially harmful effects of personal care products. I think it’s especially important for engaged women and newlyweds to be aware of these issues, as we prepare to have our own families and make choices about the products they use. Watch the video below, and check out SafeCosmetics.org to educate yourself about how to make healthier choices.
Did you miss me today? I missed you too! Normally I cook up something extra fun for the blog on Mondays (We observe Monday Funday like a holiday around here). But due to extenuating circumstances (I’ve got the sniffles; one of our dogs got into something utterly disgusting and needed an emergency bath), today’s post is all about…well, other posts I wrote for other websites!
A fun article of mine was published today on Project Wedding, all about non-floral decorating ideas. Or, I should say, non-cut flower decorating ideas. From bouquets to boutonnieres to centerpieces, there are a million ways to adorn your green wedding in loveliness without incurring the high cost and heavy carbon footprint of cut flowers. Conventional cut flowers are bad for people and the planet, causing pesticide pollution, carbon emissions from international transport, and underpaid, unprotected laborers (to name just a few icky elements of the industry). This book tells the whole story.
Recycled paper flowers from Paper Platypus - just one of many cool floral alternatives in my article on Project Wedding
Also be sure to check out my favorite HairDos and Hair Don’ts (get it?) for brides, over on OneWed today. This post features a quick run-down of all the icky and harmful hair product ingredients you should be avoiding, and then talks about three of my absolute favorite hair care products in the world. Natural hair care can be tricky, because so much of the good foaming and cleansing and hold that we like is produced by the exact chemicals we want to avoid. But I’ve been diligent in my research and found some great stuff that I know works.
Live Clean hair smoothing creme has miraculous and eco-friendly Argan Oil! Click to learn more.
Oh, and on Wednesday, I’m going to be on the radio! It feels very retro and academic-glam. Plus, I can wear my PJs and nobody will be the wiser. Details to follow…