Tag Archives: Green Weddings

Lemon Sunshine: Megan & Justin’s Yellow Wedding

A Newport Beach wedding filled with sunny joy and smiles

When I spotted Megan and Justin’s sweet and sunny wedding on OneWed, it instantly made me smile. Everything about this adorable young couple and their wedding just screams *fun*! From the bright and whimsical lemon blossom bouquets to the sunny textile prints of the tablecloths, this is a feel-good party with charm to spare. <!–more–> Talented up-and-coming photo Alicia Danielle captured every detail.

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The bridesmaids wore matching handmade hair accessories — they’re just like the brooch on the sash of Megan’s dress!

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Justin’s super-cool, unique black wedding band is made of Tungsten, a metal that’s stronger than gold or platinum. Tungsten mining also has less environmental impact than gold or silver mining.

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Megan’s dress proves that modest can be fabulous! LDS weddings call for somewhat conservative attire, and Megan rocks a sweet short-sleeved design that’s fresh, modern, and beautiful.

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This is some of the most eco-friendly bridesmaids attire I’ve seen in a while. Are the dresses made of bamboo? Are they vintage? Nope. But those flattering little black dresses, cute gray sweaters, and comfy black flats are absolute wardrobe staples, which means that that these bridesmaids will *really* wear them again and again. And one of the most Earth-friendly things you can do is to extend the lifecycle of all of the products you buy — it reduces your consumption and your overall carbon footprint.

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The ceremony was held in Yorba Linda, followed by a reception at a private home in Newport Beach. And did we mention the scenery??

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Notice how the circles in the tablecloth match the whimsical cake design, which echoes the round shape of the lemon slices in the vase. Coordinating shapes and colors this way gives the whole wedding an effortlessly put-together vibe.

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Thanks again to Alicia Danielle for sending me these pics on short notice and being such a wonderful photographer and great sport!

Carly & Kyle’s Gorgeously Green Vegan Wedding

An eco-beautiful affair in Pennsylvania shows off a special couple’s green values.

This incredible green wedding is best described in the words of the beautiful bride, Carly: “We really wanted our wedding to be a celebration of love and a joining of all facets of our family as well as a good representation of who we are as people. We wanted our care for animals and the environment to shine througha bit without being overt. Our favorite part of the day was having a celebration that was representative of us as a couple and something that paid tribute to our beliefs and brought people together in a meaningful, fun way. We were both so happy to marry our best friend.” <!–more–>

With photos by the lovely and talented Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography, who will be appearing at the uber-cool Lovesick Wedding Expo on January 9th, this is one of the sweetest green weddings we’ve ever seen. Thanks to Carly, Kyle and Carina for sharing!

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The bride and groom made the placecards themselves from locally grown apples. So lovely!

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All of the wedding’s flowers were local and in season…and beautiful!

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While the ceremony was of no particular religious affiliation, the couple included Quaker touches such as the handmade wedding certificate that was signed by each and every wedding guest.

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The wedding arch that the couple stood under to be married was handmade by Carly’s step-dad out of wood from her parents’ backyard.

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The couple saved on paper programs by creating a chalkboard wedding program instead.

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Wedding favors were locally grown basil plants, hand-potted by the bride and groom!

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Carly and Kyle also created their own centerpieces from rustic wooden pots and kale plants.

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The entire menu, including the beautiful wedding cake below, was vegan. Having a vegan wedding, or incorporating vegan and vegetarian dishes, helps the environment because meat production is energy-intensive and damaging to the environment. It can also save you money, and look and taste as great as a conventional menu!

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Thanks again to Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography for sharing this fantastic green wedding with Recycled Bride!

Erin & Mark’s Glam-tastic Atlantic City Wedding

Welcome to Tradesy Weddings Wedding Porn Wednesday! I’m super excited to introduce this new feature, which will bring you  tantalizing, luscious, drool-worthy wedding images taken by some of the most talented wedding photogs in the world, right here every Wednesday. <!–more–>

“What’s wedding porn,” you ask? Wedding porn is photography that captures, in explicit, lingering detail, all of the spectacular visual beauty of a wedding. It’s not baum-chikka-wow-wow porn, though it’s been known to get certain brides-to-be all hot and bothered. Good wedding porn inspires, stimulates desire, quickens the heartbeat, and leaves you wanting more. Kind of like regular porn, but you can look at it at work, and even more like food porn, but not as fattening. (What?? You’ve never seen food porn? Oh my. Go to Food Porn Daily. I’ll wait here.)

Want to submit your photos for publication on Wedding Porn Wednesdays? Here’s how.

And now, without further ado, our first featured wedding, photographed by the super-talented Pat Furey, and first posted on The Wedding Chicks (with thanks to the gracious gals at Wedding Chicks for their republishing blessings).

Erin and Mark’s Glamtastic Atlantic City Wedding Adventure

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They got married at the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. It’s all velvet walls and Persian rugs and faux-17th century sculptures. Watch Erin and Mark make it modern and cool.

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Love her style. Love.

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Erin made her bouquet, the guys boutonnieres, and the centerpieces from — get this — the pages of Homer’s The Odyssey. Just take a moment to soak that in. It kind of makes me want to marry her.

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This photo, the one right here below, is one of the most beautiful wedding pics I’ve ever seen. It is perfection. Be sure to check out photographer Pat Furey’s blog to see more of his work, which is more art than wedding photography. Thanks for sharing, Pat!

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Fred & Kameela: Elegant Perfection

A classically elegant wedding, perfectly executed and beautifully photographed

Great chefs create recipes that support, rather than overwhelm, the taste of fresh ingredients. Some of the best architects and interior designers create spaces that are purposefully simple, carefully designed to emphasize the people and activities within. (I promise, this is going somewhere!) Sometimes the best creative moments happen when you skip the bells and whistles and design something that emphasizes its own true nature. <!–more–>

Fred and Kameela’s wedding is a perfect example of this. It’s a wedding that doesn’t try to be anything more, and its stylish simplicity is the perfect backdrop to showcase the obvious warmth and joy of the day. The entire event is perfectly curated and simply stunning. It’s formal without being stuffy, detailed without being overdone, and every single gorgeous photo conveys a story about this beautiful couple and their friends and family.

The pitch-perfect pics were taken by Cesar and Tanya of Perez Photography. They’re one of my faves, and the exceptional photos on their blog are great for inspiration!

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This shot of Fred is one of most moving wedding pics I’ve ever seen. What a sweet groom!

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Kameela and Fred designed and made these wooden signs themselves.

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Not sure if this is a relative or a friend, but very sure that this guy knows how to dress for a party. One word: Dapper. I don’t get to use that word much, and I really appreciate this guy for giving me a reason to.

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The tables were named for things that were personally significant to the couple.

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EJ & Alex’s Eco-Chic DIY Wedding

EJ and Alex wanted their wedding to reflect their eco-conscious ideals, so they incorporated lots of sweet handmade and recycled details into the ceremony and reception. The couple collected and hand painted rocks for their seating charts and table numbers, which were displayed alongside small bunches of fresh lavender and wildflowers. <!–more–>

Family and friends gathered at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco for the celebration. The Center’s original cluster of nine historic, 1907-era military buildings featured beautiful vaulted ceilings, large windows and maple floors. They also grow and harvest their own organic food for catering such events like EJ & Alex’s wedding!

This simple and elegant green wedding was sent to us from Janet Moscarello + Lisa Lefringhouse of JL Photografia. Enjoy the beautiful photos!

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Christine & Tyler’s Eco-friendly Autumn Wedding

The gorgeous hues of purple and green from this Autumn wedding sent over from  Ashleigh Taylor Photography, made for a beautiful eco-chic celebration. Conservation was a very important theme for the couple, Christine and Tyler so they chose to have their wedding at the beautiful Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades, CA. Temescal park happens to be one of our favorite places in Los Angeles for hiking and enjoying nature and panoramic views of the city. It’s truly beautiful! <!–more–>

All the profits from Christine and Tyler’s wedding went back into funding for the park and conserving the surrounding environment. What an impressive and generous idea! We love this couple’s sustainable values, and the gorgeous wedding that reflected their unique personalities.

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The different hues of purples and blues were stunning against her chic white dress.

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The ceremony was intimate and naturally decorated by the beauty of the Park.

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The couple used baby pictures and simple flower arrangements as their center pieces.

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Growing more popular, and taller!, are the tiers of cupcakes and small deserts in place of a cake.

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Bethany & Bryan’s $2,500 Ultimate DIY Wedding

This chic outdoor wedding, sent from our friends at Sarah Christine Photography, shows how a wedding with a small budget can be beautiful in big ways. Bethany and Bryan designed their special day for just $2,500 with help from friends, family, some ingenuity, and Craigslist! The wedding was held at Hudson Gardens, the food came from Safeway, and the dress was passed down (we love that!) <!–more–>

See how this creative couple made their budget work, and get inspired!

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Bethany’s dress was handed down from a cousin, keeping it special in the family, and her jewelry was vintage chic.

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The couple chose a venue that was already very green and provided a great background for guests and photographs.

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Their arrangements featured a few eye catching flowers and made the most of lots of green foliage.

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All the flowers were provided by a local florist, Santa Fe Floweral, and cost only $150!

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Minimal designs and fonts kept things classic and low cost.

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The centerpieces were simple, but the use of white table cloths and chairs made things look bright and clean.

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Pat & Ray’s 50th Anniversary Hoe-Down

These super-charming 50th wedding anniversary party pics came to us from Lauren Rae Photography, the proud granddaughter of the happy couple! Pat and Ray’s anniversary celebration was made special by Lauren Rae and her parents , who helped plan and design it like the wedding reception that the loving couple never had. As Pat and Ray are big fans of bluegrass music and culture, a “hoe-down”-themed party was a perfect fit for them. <!–more–>

Fresh flowers, vintage bottles, mason jars, and mismatched china made the table decor warm, welcoming and chic. A local caterer provided the yummy BBQ dinner, and a family friend made three beautiful cakes for the desert bar. The family danced the night away to the tunes of Elvis, Johnny Cash and music from the 1950s. Pat and Ray’s celebration proved that a DIY reception built with labor of love can become a very special memory for all!

Enjoy!

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Liviya and Colin’s Beautiful Bird-Themed Wedding

I’m so excited to share this absolutely beautiful wedding with you today! It was sent to us by Chad & Anastasia Photography, a married photog couple who met in India and take some of the most breathtaking, creative, artistic photos we’ve ever had the privilege of publishing. <!–more–>

Liviya and Colin are a super cool couple, and their wedding reflects their smart modern style. Colin writes about snowboarding for major magazines, and Liviya is a doctor. They got married at the historic Golden Gardens Bathhouse in Seattle, an amazing picturesque location with a serene forested hillside to the east, and a beautiful sandy beach to the west that looks over the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Liviya’s stunning and unique dress is by Lena Medoyeff, a Portland Oregon business with a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Lena dresses are locally made of fair trade silks from a family run mill at the foothills of the Himalayas.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy these gorgeous pics!

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Dayna & Ian’s Woodsy Vintage DIY Wedding

Eco-friendly rustic details and handcrafted charm make a Florida wedding fabulous

Dayna and Ian’s super-special green wedding was the vision of the bride, who played the role of planner, coordinator, stylist, and designer. Every detail from the wooden centerpieces to the decorative potted plants were designed by Dayna and constructed by hand, with help from Ian and their family and friends. Dayna and Ian wanted their wedding to be environmentally friendly, supportive of local vendors and artisans, and an opportunity to enjoy the warmth and love of the people in their lives. <!–more–>

Dayna and Ian’s wedding was featured on Ruffled a while back, and the photos were sent to us by Becka from the fabulous Studio 222 Photography.

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Dayna’s incredible necklace is from Etsy seller Quirky Beauty, and her dress is by Nicole Miller.  Don’t you just love the way the warm gold tones compliment Dayna’s hair and complexion? Stunning!

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Dayna and Ian decided to forgo cut flowers for both economical and environmental reasons. Instead, they potted their own plants and flowers for decorations, then kept them in their home after the wedding.

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I just love this unique venue — an old industrial train depot with a beautiful public park across the street!

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Many of the decor items for the wedding were found via Etsy, Craigslist, and local thrift stores.

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Eighty-five pounds of wood rounds were hand-cut by Dayna’s mom’s fiancé and shipped from Oregon. They were used for center piece bases on the guest tables and cake stands on the dessert table. Friends contributed by gathering canning jars, cutting fabric & ribbon, gluing buttons, stamping kraft paper, baking desserts, and making pom-pom flowers from string.

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A local restaurant created a tasty buffet of Cuban food, which was served on biodegradable disposable plates and silverware. The disposable cups weren’t as green, but could be reused by guests throughout the celebration because they had scratch-off labels to be personalized.

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The groom loves beer, so local brews were enjoyed by all! A four-tap kegorator served up two homebrews and two brews from Cigar City, a local Florida brewery.

Many thanks to Studio 222 Photography and Dayna and Ian for sharing these gorgeous and inspiring pics with Recycled Bride!

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