Monday, September 20, 2010

An Eco-Friendly Wedding

This summer, on August 21, 2010, my husband and I celebrated our wedding. For us this day was about sealing the bond of our love, but we also realized it was an opportunity to share and practice our eco-friendly values with our friends and family. Of course myself, the bridesmaids, and the mothers were all wearing ecocessories jewelry, all uniquely designed one-of-a-kind pieces that reflected each woman's personality.

{Zipping of the dress - photography by Jer Wilcocks Photography}

The girls all got their hair done at the earth friendly hair salon in Petrolia, Ontario called the Rooted Bohemian. We got ready at my Nana's house in my hometown of Sarnia, Ontario and the reception was held in my mother's backyard gardens during a light summer rain (good thing the guests brought umbrellas!). Our minister was Allan McKeown, who, as a member of the Green Party shared our eco-friendly values too and incorporated this into the ceremony words.

{Me, wearing my ecocessories bridal jewelry featuring recycled pearls and sterling silver chain - photography by Jer Wilcocks Photography}

My dress was custom designed from my mother's original wedding dress. I took my mother's dress to talented Vancouver designer Tanya King, who deconstructed the original and came up with a one-of-a-kind design that reflected my style. The men all wore rented tux's, Sterling Silver Dime Cufflinks by ecocessories, and handmade ties by the Cyberoptix Tielab.

{The bridesmaids were wearing the sustainable and versatile Chameleon Gown by Isadora Clothing - photography by Jer Wilcocks Photography}

The bridesmaids all held paper umbrellas, instead of bouquets, as the wedding day featured absolutely no cut flowers. This was a big way for us to cut on costs and reduce our carbon footprint. My bouquet was made of hand-crafted paper flowers and was completely recyclable. Our centerpieces at the reception hall were all potted plants, all contained in clay pots hand-painted with low VOC paint, that our guests were able to bring home.

{Even the transportation was eco-friendly - here we are heading to the reception by horse drawn carriage - photography by Jer Wilcocks Photography}

Other details that reflected our eco-friendly style were the organic cupcakes we made and served for dessert, the recycled glassware cupcake towers, and the recycled cardboard "Just Married" sign. With every single decision we made (and believe me, there were a lot of them!) my husband and I truly asked ourselves what the best answer was considering the environment. I am so happy and proud of our special day and encourage any bride and groom planning a wedding to think about what eco-friendly details you can incorporate too!

ecocessories offers unique designer wedding jewelry for something old & something new on your wedding day. Browse the designs available online, or please contact me for a custom piece, perhaps incorporating heirloom jewelry of your own.

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Visit ecocessories to shop for recycled bead & sterling silver one-of-a-kind designs.

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