Eco-friendly Vintage Elegance.
We simple adore a lovely wedding -- who doesn't?! -- + of course sharing one of a kind unique ideas that we come across daily. Usually it's a new way to present placards or a twist on a wedding tradition that catches our eye, but this time it was sustainability that won us over.
This wedding comes from one of our very own vendors, Christina Forst Bushnoe, co-owner + founder of TeaCloud, who got married past fall. (Yay! Congrats). Christina's wedding theme was set in place from the moment she said, YES. As a sustainability consultant, it was so very important to her to incorporate her everyday passion into her own wedding. It is even something that has carried over into her new business, TeaCloud, that she started with with her sister Bonnie; from sourcing decisions to packaging.
This eco-friendly love story took place this past fall in Catskill, NY at the Shakespeare on the Hudson River. From the perfect green + blue color palette to all the simple little elegant touches, this wedding has given us a whole new perceptive on life in general. We were so inspired by her green thumb that we reached out to Christina personally to have her share all the details of her happily "green" after.
Here is what Christina had a say...
Sustainability is becoming more top of mind for everyone now, but I found that much of the guidance I found online about "greening" your wedding related to things like foregoing paper invitations, recycling bottles or re-using heirloom pieces - not super helpful. So I tried think more about ways to lessen our overall impact and to source responsibly.
The Groom, Adam, worked with a jeweler to custom design the brides engagement ring - adorned with a rose cut diamond, turquoise embellishments + a lily of the valley design.
I worked with a caterer committed to the sustainable food movement. Making our 100-guest wedding as close to a zero-waste event as possible was one of our goals. It ended up being about 94% zero-waste, which included the cocktail hour, full dinner and a late-night food truck. We diverted 95 lbs of food scraps and compostable paper waste (or 5 large bags of compost) and 135 lbs (9 bags) of recycling from the landfill or incinerator, ending up with only 13.5 lbs (or 1.5 bags) of trash from the entire evening. We partnered with a sustainable waste management company who was onsite during our event and who worked closely with our caterer to separate waste throughout the evening. Our caterer also partnered with local farms that offer organic produce and free-range, hormone-free poultry and meats. We put together an in-season menu reflecting tastes of the region that was de-lish!
We also worked with an "eco-florist" who specializes in organic, locally-grown, native, and in-season varieties only, including adding a lot of natural green herbs and fern fronds.
Planning For Paradise: Any advice for future couples who want to follow this trend?
Christina: I would definitely encourage other couples to consider the small changes they can make at their weddings to be as sustainable as possible and to work with vendors who are on board with those approaches.
VENUE | Shakespeare On The Hudson,
PHOTOGRAPHY | AMBER BAUHOFF PHOTOGRAPHY
Wedding Gown: BHLDN | Necklace: BHLDN | Earrings: Kate Spade | Veil: Sandra's Design | Headpiece: Meg Jewelry | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN + Here | Groom Attire: Hugo Boss | Grooms Shoes: Johnston + Murphy | Ties: Brooks Brothers | Rings: Von Bargen's Jewelry | Videographer: Brides and Film | Caterer: Bridge Creek Catering | Food Truck: Walter's Hotdogs | Compost partner: Zero to Go | Florist: Good Old Days Eco Florist | Decor and vintage rentals: North Country Vintage | Calligrapher: Pretty Mail Calligraphy | Hair + Makeup: Lari Manz Hair and Makeup | Live Music: Swirl Music | DJ: JTD Productions