We just finished a two day “Green Wedding” shoot with Bloomberg News. Look for it to be aired near the end of the year, and of course we will post the link on our site as well.
The story will feature the wedding of Vivek and Christine who were so wonderfully gracious to let the camera’s in on thier unique, organic and locally inspired green wedding. Their special day was filled will the couples passion for supporting organic and sustainable products and service. Unique table arrangements of fruit and vegetables were the centerpiece of this wedding. You’ll see designer and florist Desiree De Lara in action as she places these beauties on each table.
The second part of the shoot was a trip around San Francisco visiting some of my favorite vendors in the green-wedding space. Eco-bling was featured by Brilliant Earth (of course) in spectacular settings and loose diamonds.Â Co-founder Eric Grossberg was knowledgeable and forthcoming about the new and growing niche of conscious jewelry. You’ll learn a lot about what to look for when making this very important purchase!
I made sure we paid a visit to one of the most authentic and truly high-end sustainable caterers I know, LRE catering. Co-owner Kim Stevens shares with us that the companies sustainable choices are really “just part of their personal values” from the onset of business! LRE is committed to supporting local, organic,Â agriculture and slow food, and does so in the most pleasing ways– through exquisite tasting and presented meals.
My dear friend Nicole Sillapere, founder of the famous Sillapere eco-event design firm in San Francisco, not only shares why she’s committed to going green in her business and the events she produces, but shows us some of her favorite eco-design tips! We called it her “Martha Moment” and she shines with helpful ways in reducing, reusing, and sourcing sustainable design for your wedding or special event.
And what’s a green wedding without carbon offsets? I took the Bloomberg team over to visit Jason Smith of LiveNeutral and ClimateCheck. Jason and I graduated from Presidio School of Management together and have had the pleasure of being able to continue to support each other through our mutal businesses. Jason rocked the interview, explaining carbon trading and offsets in the simplest and most meaningful way I’ve heard yet! You’ll begin to see why this simple step in greening your wedding is my #1 Green Wedding MUST!
Our last stop was a conversation with incredibly talented fashion designer Lily Achatz, who is starting a new line of eco-inspired wedding gowns in SF. Being sold at top eco-fashion store EcoCitizen, her green wedding gowns feature repurposed vintage dresses with additions of hemp silk and charmeuse. Lily was incredibly sweet to bring one of her newest gowns for the TV shoot, working around the clock to get it ready for us to see. Lily is a true artist, and you’ll be WOW’ed at the possibilities she brings to your green wedding gown choices!
It was an honor to be able to share these fabulous vendors with the Bloomberg viewing audience and to have them tell their unique and special stories as small green business owners. Talented, smart, and inspired, these friends of mine are the reason I love what I do. Together with the help of each green bride and groom interested in a green wedding that supports their values and beliefs; we are making a real difference and transforming this industry one (aisle) step at a time!
Thanks so much to Vivek and Christine, thier family and friends, Desiree, Eric, Kim, Nicole, Jason, Lily, Joslin of EcoCitizen, and mostly to the Bloomberg News producer Elizabeth Gould and her kick-butt crew who busted through six interview in one day. We’re so happy to be recognized for our work here in San Francisco and to inspire more Great Green Weddings around the country!
The Green Guide is covering green weddings in its May/June issue. The Three Râ€™s of Wedding Bliss has tons of great resources for the DIY green bride, and the few nice suggestions from me here and there, make for a really nice piece! I love that Maureen Ryan, the author, included candles in the conversation. Not a lot of the recent articles Iâ€™ve read have had those resources or mention the importance of non-petroleum based candles at your special event.