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Eco-Friendly Outdoor Fall Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 16, 2013

Lindsey & John

September 22

Petaluma, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We loved the meandering paths through the beautiful terraced gardens. It was very romantic, and we could envision all of our guests having the chance to explore the grounds.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The bridal party Mendhi (henna party) was definitely a highlight. We sat around drinking chai and chatting. The henna was so beautiful and unique, and it was a lasting reminder of our awesome weekend of wedding fun! Another highlight was the bridal party dance that we performed to set off the dance party. I choreographed a super fun booty-shaking dance to a medley of three songs. Every time all the bridesmaids were together leading up to the wedding, we would practice, laughing the whole time. It was so much fun to perform, and the crowd loved it! We designed our wedding altar and had it built by our friends at Heritage Salvage with all salvaged materials. It was gorgeous, rustic and tied in my Chinese heritage. The design was inspired by Chinese arches, and we hung a gong in the center that we used ceremonially.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about.

It’s hard to choose just one, but it would probably be when we were eating dinner. I just kept looking around at all our friends and family enjoying each other’s company and felt so incredibly happy to be in that moment surrounded by so much love.

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Eco-Friendly, Succulent-Themed Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 01, 2012

Kristin & Rob

June 30

Monterey, California 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I’ve always wanted an outdoor, garden-style wedding so when we walked onto the grounds of the Old Whaling Station, we knew we had found our own “secret garden.” It was the perfect
backdrop for an intimate, outdoor fete — romantic flowering gardens, winding brick pathways and a historic Adobe house that exuded vintage charm. This was the only venue we visited, and
we knew right away it was “the one.”

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. All the succulent details: glass vessels filled with air plants and succulents hung from the arch; the succulent bridal bouquets and groomsmen boutonnieres; and the wedding favors my mother-in-law planted herself.

2. The handmade chalkboard signs designed by my sister’s boyfriend.

3. My bouquet charm that paid tribute to my late father’s memory. It gave me a sense of comfort knowing that he was with me in spirit that day.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding day you cannot stop thinking about. 

The highlight of the day was doing a “first look” where we saw each other for the first time before the wedding. It was such an emotional, private time where we had the opportunity to
really be there in the moment just the two of us — and take it all in. Plus, I’ll never forget the look on my husband’s face when he saw me in my dress. A few tears of joy were definitely shed.

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Taylar and Neal’s Intimate Affair

Posted by Jeffra on May 09, 2012

Taylar & Neal

November 5

Langley, British Columbia, Canada

From the Photographer: “It was a sunny November day in Langley, BC for Taylar and Neal on their wedding day. It was so amazing to be able to capture their day and the true love they have for each other. “

A lot of the details were handmade, including the paper bouquets and boutonniere, which the bride made from old sheet music. Their ceremony and reception took place in a historic community hall that was built in 1909. It was truly an intimate and romantic affair!

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Being Eco-Conscious: Centerpieces

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 22, 2011

There are several bonuses to being eco-friendly with your centerpieces, and overall you definitely don’t have to sacrifice style. Here are a two things to think about if you’re on the fence:

1. You can use the plants later, or give them away as favors.

2. Using wild, in-season flowers is budget friendly. (Tip: Florists can help you find out what flowers will be in season during your big day.)

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Eco-Friendly Save the Dates

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 22, 2011

Get Eco-Friendly with your Save-the-Dates by printing them on FSC certified paper! Here are a few we found, but there are HUNDREDS of distributors that now print “green”!

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1. SteelPetalPress (Letterpress printed on 100% recycled rag paper)

2. PapierLapin (Items are printed digitally using 100lb FSC certified papers manufactured with wind power and 100% post consumer fiber)

3. LaurenLoweDesign (They are printed on 110 lb brown fiber card stock made with Green-e renewable energy this paper contains FSC certified 100 percent post consumer fiber. No new trees are used)

4. Minted.com (Premium 100% Recycled Paper. FSC-certified, 100% post-consumer waste manufactured with wind-power)

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