Weddings are changing and that’s a good thing. The wedding industry is wasteful – the average wedding produces 400 pounds of garbage and 63 tons of C02. Micro Weddings are trending this year but my hope is that they continue even after we start gathering once again in larger numbers. Planning a small, intimate celebration is just one way to reduce waste and have an eco-friendly wedding. I teamed up with an amazing group of local vendors to showcase inspiration for sustainable weddings for the top wedding destination in Ohio.
Our Florist was Sarah Shaffer of Shaffer Creative Co. Sarah used a combination of fresh plants from her garden, other locally sourced materials like bamboo from her neighbor’s farm and recycled flowers from a real wedding earlier in the week. Her inspiration for the bride’s flower crown was the 2018 Heavenly Bodies MET Gala. The dress was an eco-friendly lace gown by Fable Dresses. The dress was made of recycled materials. We used Generation Tux for the groom’s attire because renting suits is a more sustainable practice. We chose to highlight a local donut shop, Penny’s Pastries, for the dessert and stuck with one flavor option to cut down on waste. Hair and makeup was done by local artists Savannah Gordon and Jennifer Eshelman. Of particular note is the groom’s long, nontraditional hairstyle that included loose waves and a ribbon accent. Our local officiant was Douglas Cherryholmes. Favors were from The Burning River Co. I wanted to showcase a favor option that is not single use (like at a lot of weddings) and reminds folks that “There is No Planet B.” Event Coordination was handled by Reagan Canady of Reagan Canady Events. Reagan also put together a lovely table scape using all found/recycled materials. She also included fresh produce from Florist Sarah Shaffer’s garden and a loaf of artisan bread made by her grandma. Our venue was The Hangar at Hocking Hills Scenic Weddings. The venue is stunning even without single use decor and showcases the natural beauty of the area.
Our models were real-life engaged couple Billie and Cary. Shortly after meeting Cary, Billie asked if she could cook him breakfast. “He’s been coming around ever since,” she said. It has been clear to them from the very beginning that their hearts beat to the same drum. They are both very compassionate, warm-hearted, Virgos with a soft spot for plants and animals. They love being outside with their fingers and toes in the dirt. They are big rock hounds. Cary’s proposal was very thoughtful. He carefully added intention into the entire day, including offerings to the land. He asked Billie if she would take a hike into the woods with him to look for some sandstone walls near their land. When they found the gigantic sandstones in the forest, Cary asked Billie to sit with him for a while. That’s when he reached in his pocket and pulled out a geode with the ring inside. It was on 02.02.2020 – a palindrome. Please enjoy some of my favorite photos from this Barefoot Elopement.