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by Corina

The recent New York drama around some wedding photographer’s gone bankrupt, leaving many couples left in the dark with their wedding photo’s and albums, is so concerning.

I’m happy to see that the Attorney General of NYC is following up on the case, and has issued the following great advice for couples about hiring a wedding photographer.

1. Insist the company identify the photographer who will be at your wedding, and make sure they are listed on the contract you sign

2. Check at least 3 references for weddings that took place within the last 3 months

3. Never pre-pay in full

4. Discuss and decide on due dates for each task and make sure the contract contains that information (ie, proofs are ready for you to view by a certain date)

5. Check to see if the vendor belongs to a wedding photographer’s association

by Corina

Spring weddings are a great time to integrate the color green. It signifies “fresh” and “new”… and against white can make for a crisp modern look, or a classic feel.

This green and white wedding style shoot featured on Green Wedding Shoes is one of their most popular pages, and for good reason!

Check out the subtle use of baby’s breath in the bouquet (it’s so sweet!), and the integration of antique lace as the “something old” is quite eco-fabulous!

green and white wedding

green and white wedding

Photo: Barnaby Draper Studios

by Corina

I love to follow trends.. what woman doesn’t?! But more than that I love to follow eco-fabulous fashion and wedding trends. Of course, no eco-wedding trend should have a shelf life, expiring at the end of the year…after all they are all great, green practices for any green event!

photo by Catie Ronquillo

The Recycled Bride, which also has a fabulous real weddings section of their blog, publishes their take each year on the years great eco-wedding trends.

This year’s report says that the eco-savvy brides and grooms are…

1. still into chalkboards, be it for menu’s, seating charts, or programs they cut down on unnecessary paper waste, and just plane look cool

2. staying away from diamonds by either opting for colored gems or (my favorite) buying man-made stones, which are naturally conflict free

3. staying home for their honeymoons, seeking out romantic hometown adventures (hmmmm? if you lived in San Francisco maybe…)

4. sourcing local food, inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s wedding (of course)

5. opting for a smaller guest list, making for more intimate weddings (and more affordable)

6. recycling, by reusing gowns, party decor, and wedding accessories (though technically, this is called “reuse”)

7. shortening wedding dresses, so they can wear them again (very practical!)

8. registering green to support the sustainable economy (yayyy!)

9. love vintage bird cage veils, opting out of long veiled accessories

10. And last… featuring a more vegetable based dinner, reducing the meat at each plate! (victory for the vegetarians)

The trends are posted at Project Wedding now.. and the photo’s are just adorable, courtesy of Catie Ronquillo (I love the photo shoot!).

by Corina

Every city loves community spirit, and San Antonio is no stranger to street celebrations with the spring and summer Fiesta’s that bring thousands of participants. But along with the people, comes trash…roughly 80 to 100 tons of trash collected from it’s two biggest parades alone. This is why the city adopted a new “Don’t Trash Fiesta” recycling initiative!

Like any good green-minded organization, the City Council put on it’s green cap and passed a new law requiring city events attended by more than 1,000 people, must get Green Event Certification. In past years, about 7 tons of recyclables have been collected at “green” Fiesta’s.

As part of the green event initiative, event volunteers will enroll the support of parade-goers to help collect recyclables. Officials are urging Fiesta participants to designate one person in their group as the designated recycler (kinda like the designated driver). The city will help collection by providing yellow mesh bags to the “green guru” in the group.

Once the event is over, the bags full of recylables, can be handed to an event volunteer.

What a great idea, and a great way to enroll the audience to support green event initiatives!

by Corina

dissolvable wedding dress

British students at Shefield Hallam University in England wanted to challenge the notion that a wedding dress should only be used once, so they designed six sustainable wedding gowns which are made to breakdown in water after the wedding. The dress fabric is weaved with polyvinyl alcohol, a non-toxic adhesive which dissolves in water. Once dissolved away, the gown fabric is left, and can be sewn into five new reusable garments.

Fashion lecturer Jane Blohm said it a press release “In order to reduce fashion’s impact on the environment, the fashion industry must begin to challenge conventional attitudes and practices…The project is a union between art and technology which explores the possibilities of using alternative materials for our clothing.”

While this student project may yet still be years away from being a consumer reality, there are plenty of ways the eco-bride and groom can reduce the impact their wedding fashion choices will have. Consider buying reused, vintage, or having an old family dress or suit re-purposed.

So for now, here are some great green wedding fashion resources…

Reconstructing Clothes for Dummies
is like the beginning of a whole new way to look at your unwanted clothes

You can find your dream wedding gown and save some cash by buying pre-owned wedding dresses

Gently used wedding gowns in good condition and like new veils, and other recycled bridal dresses and accessories

You can always find the best recycled, re-purposed, offbeat items for your eclectic wedding taste on Etsy Wedding

by Corina

by Corina

This is such a beautiful story of finding love in the jungle of Costa Rica, and bringing it home with a couple of coconut rings!

Found on Sparkle & Hay Blogspot

MaryBeth & Justin: A Green Wedding by Wrinkle in Time Photography

by Corina

This was asked by a reporter recently, and I thought I’d publish my full remarks…

We live in a time where people have a growing concern for our environment– loss of biodiversity, pollution, social injustices, and fossil fuel dependency. This concern has driven millions of people to choose a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. These consumers are known at the LOHAS (Lifestyle of the Healthy and Sustainable) market, and are about 50 million people in the US today. This market represents individuals who are willing to pay more to have an organic, healthy lifestyle that supports sustainable systems.

Vibrant Events was started because I feel that the wedding industry has missed the opportunity to support the sustainable economy. It sells over-consumption and unsustainable products, trying to get brides and grooms to buy more, more, more. Until just the last three years, it was extraordinarily difficult for couples to fully integrate their sustainable lifestyles into their wedding. It took 1) a lot of research and work to find the right products and services, and 2) it was hard to find sources that lived up to a certain refined style aesthetic people wanted for their wedding. But now with the onset of companies like Organic Bouquet, Brilliant Earth, and the HauteGreen movement happening in NYC, there are plenty of high quality, and high style sustainable alternatives to meet every couples needs.

Within the green wedding market there has been a wonderful trend in wedding gowns. The fashion industry has been slow to green itself, for a number of reasons, so I can’t be more happy to see today the amazing trend among gown designers to think eco-friendly. I’m certain this will continue and grow as more designers think outside of the box, and create stylish and sustainable alternatives for the green-minded bride!

But of course, my favorite trend within green weddings, is the ability for couples to offset the carbon emissions from the event through several organizations like Though still controversial, I’m a big believer in using innovative solutions to combat the challenges we face environmentally and socially, and to me, carbon offsetting is a solution we can engage in now. I like that kind of immediate gratification, and I think most brides and grooms do too!

by Corina

The EPA lists reuse as the top strategy for reducing waste in landfills. Quilters have know the fabulousness of scrap material reuse for centuries, and create masterpieces of art and meaning with them. So I wondered what was possible with the reuse of scrap material for a green wedding or special event. Here are some fun, whimsical, and playful opportunities to integrate reuse of linens!

Feel free to send more ideas my way. This was a lot of fun to research.

1.  Escort Cards: Perfect for the DIY bride who may have integrated customized vintage table runners into her tablescapes. From Martha Stewart .com here is a very cute way to guide your guests to their tables. Find DIY directions online here.

2. Flower Vessels: Are you like me and can’t bare to throw out (or recycle) beautiful glass milk containers, ceramic yogurt jars, and other sweet food vessels? Then reusing them with vintage scrap fabric can create a gorgeous alternative to your usual flower vases, and could be a very unique approach to your special event centerpieces. 100 Layer Cake shows you how to re-create these vessel alternatives here.

 3. Bunting Banner: Festive for yourbackyard or any special event, bunting banners easily utilize scrap material, old curtains, or plastic shower curtail you can’t bare to chuck away. Decide on a color palate or range of colors, find some fun scrap materials, grab your pinking sheers, make a cardboard triangle template, and start cutting! Crafting a Green has directions for you online here.

4. Napkins & more: Check out this article from Apartment Therapy which has multiple uses for your home, but might be translated to an event. Like  lavender sachet’s as favors for your guests, or re-creating fabric scraps as napkins!

by Corina

Head’s up on this amazing workshop with the founders of Cafe Gratitude, in Los Angeles May 1st & 2nd. We’ll be participating in the March 20th, 21st workshop in San Francisco, and I’m so excited!

The foundation of being in relationship is explored with the guidance of Cafe Gratitude founders, Mathew and Terces Engelhart. Personally, I’ve declared them  models in relationship and marriage for myself, and I can’t wait to deepen my understanding of the love that they embody and radiate!

Check out all their powerful workshops through out the year. But if you are getting married this year, and live in LA, I say this one in particular is a must!

Kindred Spirit- LA style 2

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