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Real Eco-Friendly Wedding: Erin + Greg

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 22, 2010

Erin + Greg

October 2010

Erin wore a ‘recycled’ vintage family wedding gown that was worn by her grandmother and aunt, altered slightly for a more modern fashion sensibility. A photo tribute of brides in the heirloom dress let guests appreciate its family significance. A welcome table on the front lawn greeted guests with hot spiced cider and tea cookies. Handcrafted escort cards hung by clothes pins on a twine line between massive front lawn trees. Tables dressed with linen and burlap overlays, fall flowers, twigs, berries, pumpkin and gourds were named for Nashville landmarks and identified with art collage table numbers. A harvest-inspired home style dinner with locally sourced southern cuisine began with biscuits, butter and jam pre-set on the tables and ended with wedding cake and home made pie.

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Vendors:

Wedding venue:  Cedarwood

Floral and design:  Cedarwood

Photos:  Jim Veezy Photography

Favors:  The Nature Conservancy

Here are a few ways this eco-conscious couple reduced their wedding imprint on the environment:

  1. Having the ceremony and reception at the same venue eliminated travel emissions and the couple provided shuttles for out of town guests to reduce traffic
  2. Instead of traditional favors, Erin and Greg purchased carbon offset contributions through the Nature Conservancy
  3. Outdoor settings for the ceremony and celebration saved energy
  4. No plastic!  All food service and bar ware were re-usable china and glassware. The venue also recycles and composts organic materials from their flower design studio and catering kitchen
  5. Served beer by the barrel (kegs) purchased product from a local brewery instead of bottles to reduced landfill waste.  No bottled water – the venue provided chilled filtered water instead
  6. Cedarwood designers included seasonal produce and flowers from the farmer’s market as part of their ‘farm fresh’ arrangements of natural, renewable flowers and greenery for wedding décor

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