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Christian Keenan

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p. 94 beauty & Wellness

Wedding Style

31 Jane Iredale

48 Fresh Invitations

On the Cover

32 Spa

52 Bouquets

17 Green Is…

33 Vert LA

58 Pick A Favor

23 100 Layer Cake

34 Winter Blues

64 Lo Boheme

37 Green City Guide: NYC p. 23

79 Two Birds

p. 37

89 Summer Rayne Oakes 94 Real Weddings 120 Giving Back

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Jennifer Domenick

Jennifer Cachola

Andrea Jacobson

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beauty & Wellness

In Every Issue

65 Cover Story

6 Behind The Cover

71 Eco-Couture

12 Contributors

85 Mother of the Bride

14 Katie’s Note

87 Groom’s Fashion

p. 52

15 Editors’ Picks 29 Real Beauty 60 DIY Style

Tom Van Veen

62 Etsy Love Challenge

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Anywhere you see a highlighted word or company’s name, click on it to find out more about them!

Or daily blog is the best way to learn more about the behind the scenes look at the magazine and new ideas!


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Umbrella Prints One of my favorite shops on Etsy that has the cutest Organic fabric. Their fabrics beg for projects!

Dutch Country Farmers Market The Dutch Country Farmers Market was one of my first experiences at a farmers market as a child, They have some of the best local cheeses and candy! This is also one of my mom’s favorite places!

La Mer I do not use any other moisturizer on my face!

Korres Concealer I have sensitive skin, so eco-friendly and mild make-up is a must for me. I love using Korres products. They simply have the best concealer I have ever used in my life! Even their packaging is eco-friendly!

I am searching for the best organic gummy bears or worms! Know any? Tweet me @GreenWed


Shannon Evans

Love makes your

soul crawl out

from its hiding place. Zora Neale Hurston

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Shannon Evans

roze gold quartz earrings Elizabeth Street, $400

roxanne shoe bootie Novacas, $129


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E dited By M ic h elle S laug h te r

News & Trends for Eco-Couture Weddings

2010 TREND

Designs will celebrate simplicity but the details will really be important colors, embellishments, accessories, etc. Myra Callan Twigs & Honey

Fashion

Twigs & Honey Frothy Pink Confection {left} $55 Spring Wedding Headband {center} $50 Vintage Delight {right} $65 Add an ethereal touch. We love the delicate and romantic collection from Twigs & Honey so much we even put a piece on the cover.

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Tech

Canditto Get instant gratification on your wedding day. Canditto’s photo kiosk lets your guests download images from their digital cameras before leaving the reception. At the end of the night you’ll have a flash drive of candid photos from the day.  $450.

Name Change Express Dreading changing your name? Don’t fret. Name Change Express makes the process stress-free. Packages start at $29.95.

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Books

Style, Naturally Summer Rayne Oakes’ “savvy shopping guide to sustainable fashion and beauty” shows you how to be a green fashionista. $24.95.

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My Wedding Concierge My Wedding Concierge iPhone app helps engaged couples find wedding vendors. You can request more information from a wedding vendor, email, call, and visit their website with just one touch. FREE.


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Think you can’t wear that dress again?

Upcycle that dress!

Dressmaker In a Box

A creative way to upcycle any bridesmaid dress is to make pillows (remember Home Economics class?) or donate the dress. Don’t let it just hang and take up space in your closet.

Wedding Style

WristieLove Wedding The Carry On Bag,  $26 The Bridesmaid Bag, $28

These organic cotton bags from WristieLove Wedding make for chic reusable shoppers. Get The Bridesmaid Bag for your girls and a grab The Carry On Bag for yourself. You will look so chic at the register. 

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An Eco-Beautiful office favorite. Organica Deluxe’s Ginger Cookies are all natural, organic and yummy!

Andrea Jacobson

Green Goodies by k at i e ma r t i n

This limited edition holiday soy candle from Holly Beth really should be available year round! WIN

These organic shea butter soaps shaped into an X and O = Hugs & Kisses baby!

Andrea Jacobson

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These adorable favors are made with birdseed – perfect for nature and your wedding!

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This addictive truffle assortment comes in a box that you can reuse or recycle. Genius idea for favors!

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All scarves and wraps by Nimli are shipped directly from the designer to the customer and completely carbon offset and made with 100% natural fabrics.

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We heart Giggleberry! How cute are these bunting banners made from 55% Hemp/45% organic cotton hand-printed with non-toxic ink. Made in Australia.


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The Willard Hotel Washington, DC Found in the heart of Washington, DC, The Willard Hotel is filled with historic eye candy. From a grand bridal suite to supreme customer service The Willard is a highly sought after venue for District brides. The hotel was recently awarded the International Hotel & Restaurant Association’s Environmental Award for Sustainability. 

Fun Fact: Documentary Associates

The Willard Hotel was the site of two of this issue’s fashion editorials.

Zip Car Zip Car has redefined how people think about transportation.  The hip car-sharing program allows its global membership to travel in style, while preserving the environment. A Zip Car makes for a great eco-friendly getaway vehicle.

Fun Fact:

Our managing editor and cover photographer both are Zip Car members!

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Green Wedding Innovations by kat i e m a r t i n

Green-minded couples have so many options to reduce the environmental impact of their weddings, but choosing an alternative-fuel power source to run the show is arguably the most mindful change a couple can make. For many events, that means finding an eco-friendly mobile generator. The founders of New York City– based GreeNow have pioneered generators that run on 100% renewable, clean-burning, domestically produced biodiesel (and are the only company in the U.S. currently offering them). Opting for a biodiesel generator is a simple decision, but a meaningful one. “Choosing eco-friendly power gave me such peace of mind when planning my 300+ guest reception…” says Kathleen Kretz, whose September 2009 wedding to Jimmy Nalls on Long Island featured a GreeNow biodiesel generator. “I knew I had made a choice that would make a huge difference to the environmental impact of my wedding. My wedding took place right in my parents’ backyard. It meant a lot to me that I was able to use a nontoxic, biodegradable fuel to power the event.”

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The GreeNow biodiesel machine is soybased, so it is less toxic than table salt and it biodegrades faster than sugar. The generator is also ultra-silent, smokeless and odorless! The benefits of using a GreeNow pure-biodiesel generator over a conventional petroleum-diesel machine for your wedding are many. Perhaps most notably, the choice of biodiesel fuel helps curb global warming (biodiesel offers a reduction in life-cycle carbon dioxide emissions of up to 78 percent). Plus, the petroleum diesel used in conventional generators is a non-renewable fuel produced overseas. GreeNow’s biodiesel is produced from renewable resources right here in the U.S.; meaning less fuel consumed in transit, and more jobs and dollars funneled into the US economy. Though GreeNow is based in New York City, they have worked with partners across the country to provide pure-biodiesel generators in cities such as Chicago and Atlanta. Clients include Pope Benedict XVI, Wilco, and the New York City Wine and Food Festival. EBW

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As a wedding designer, daily blog reading is a must for me. Some blogs are greener than others but design elements can always be made green. I love reading 100 Layer Cake for its freshness of ideas, ease of reading and expertise on style and design. It also helps tremendously that they have three amazing ladies that are running the show from both Los Angeles and New York. I got the chance to meet Amanda while I was in Los Angeles earlier this year and chatted with Jillian while I was in New York City. I am looking forward to finally meeting Kristina when I make my way back to LA in 2010. I knew after meeting Amanda that their blog was the

Make an entrance twice. A convertible dress is ideal for the By eco-chic bride. K a tie Ma rtin Add a captivating headpiece for head turning memories.

Photography Max Wanger

one that needed to be featured in our premiere issue! Couples are crazy about 100 Layer Cake and so am I! What makes the 100 Layer Cake blog a certain shade of green? Read on! To enjoy this article to its fullest - click on all the highlighted words (especially their ipod fave lists)!

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Jillian Clark New York City

3 Eco-Friendly things about me: • • •

I don’t own a car and rely  solely on public transportation We recycle all glass, plastic and paper products. Conscious  shoppers whether it’s groceries or just shopping for used items. I love flea markets, salvage and antique stores

3 favorite non-wedding blogs: • Uppercase • Graphic-Exchange • cannelle et vanille

3 must-haves in my purse:  • • •

My Bare Escentuals Natural  Lip gloss Trident, Note pad & pen.

by Julia Child so I can move on to Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi & Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin.

3 favorite places to shop in NYC : • ABC Home in Union Square: Just eye candy everywhere. • Junk in Williamsbur.g • Good Olde Things in Union Square; tons of used & salvaged things.

My 100 Layer Cake Real Wedding Faves: There are so many, but Holly & Billy’s wedding shot by Max Wanger was something else, but I also loved Hollin & Eric’s tree house wedding shot by Ben Blood.

What I’m reading right now:  

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Honestly, I just have the recent Flashdance September 09 Album on repeat. Here’s a taste of what’s on the album: Let’s go surfing The Drums

Home Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Beggin Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

After Hours The Velvet Underground

Perfect Day Lou Reed

About to finish My Life in France

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Kristina

Los angeles

3 Eco-Friendly things about me:

ipod fave list: I generally listen to albums, as opposed to just tracks (unless, of course, it’s a Flashdance mix Depending on the time of year (or even the time of day), I like to listen to different things. The BBC Sessions Belle & Sebastian

The Reminder Feist - I know it’s a few years

old, but I don’t care. I still love it.

Miles of Aisles Joni Mitchell - I should have been a teenager in the 60s.

Riot on an Empty Street Kings of Convenience

Post-War M. Ward The Biz The Sea and Cake

Billie Holiday- Any album will do, but Body and Soul is really nice.

• We compost our kitchen scraps (which makes great mulch for our garden). • We have a little urban farm in our back yard where we grow all sorts of veg- etables and herbs and fruit, organically of course. And then there’s our little flock of chickens. Nothing like fresh eggs and they’re great garbage disposals. I’m trying to convince my husband that we need a pig, but he’s not biting. Not that I blame him...we do live in LA. • I shop almost exclusively at the farmer’s market for our produce. Supporting local, small-scale food production, as opposed to buying grapes shipped in from Chile, is one of the most eco-friendly and delicious things you can do.

3 favorite non-wedding blogs: • orangette - because she posts delicious recipes and writes beautifully • what possessed me - because she’s hilarious. One of the few blogs I actually *read*. • 101 Cookbooks - again, delicious recipes (all vegetarian)

3 must-haves in my purse:  • My reusable grocery bags. Current fave is Patagonia because it’s self-bagging! I get so tired of loosing the little stuff sacks. • Lip gloss. shade varies, but Scandal by Nars is always at the top. • Sigg water bottle. Seriously cannot go anywhere without a water bottle. I get panicky if I leave my house without it. .

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley. Luckily you caught me when I wasn’t only reading a birth book. :)

3 favorite places to shop: • Arrgh! I have to say since I’ve been pregnant, shopping is barely on my radar at all. Which means I can’t remember where I used to like to shop! I’m not big on shopping just for the sake of shopping, so to be honest I do a lot of my purchas ing online. Getting in your car and scour ing the city for the item you want seems so inefficient when you have the entire internet in your lap, most of which offers free shipping. So I guess my first favorite place to shop is “on the internet”. • Abbot Kinney in Venice: which is more of a shopping district, but there are so many cute boutiques and “vintagey” shops and places to pop in for a glass of wine. And it’s 1 mile from my house, which in LA is very important. • I love browsing Surfas in Culver City for interesting ingredients and cooking supplies. Plus they have a little cafe that serves tasty snacks and they sell all sorts of packaging for homemade presents.

My 100 Layer Cake Real Wedding Faves: • Ginny + Ed’s 20’s style wedding shot by Josh Goleman was totally amazing. • Holly + Billy shot by Max Wanger = out of control DIY. • Melissa + Vincent by Weddings by Two was so sophisticated and timeless. • Sonya + Davey by Rebecca of Duet Weddings and shot by Max Wanger was just breathtaking.

What I’m reading right now:   The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver AND

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Amanda

LOS ANGELES

3 Eco-Friendly things about me: • I love my Baggu bags. I love pulling them out when the grocery bagger reaches for the stack of paper or plastic bags. • I recycle paper, plastic, aluminum and glass. • I ride my bike places when I can.

3 favorite non-wedding blogs: • Garance Dore • Sprouted Kitchen • Krisatomic

3 must-haves in my purse:  • My iPhone...It is an appendage at this point. • My MAC Lychee Luxe lipglass. • My Baggu bag, for impromptu grocery trips to Whole Foods.

What I’m reading right now:   Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

ipod fave list: Walking on a Dream Empire of the Sun   (This song always makes me want to drive down Pacific Coast Highway to sunny Malibu in a convertible full of dancing friends)

I Believe 3 favorite places to shop in LA: • American Rag • Satine • Confederacy

Simian Mobile Disco   (Gets me going at the beginning of my workout)

Roche Sebastien Tellier  

My 100 Layer Cake Real Wedding Faves: Oh, how can I choose? I can’t go with just one, sorry. It’s probably a tie between Melissa + Vincent and yes, Holly + Billy and of course, Kristina’s! EBW

(When I need a trip to the Marseille, I just play this song and it satiates me for a few days until I have the urge again)

Road to Somewhere Goldfrapp  (I like to have this song play-

ing in the background when I am designing away)

I Put a Spell on You Nina Simone (Paired with a glass of Pinot Noir and a bubble bath, preferably)

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Max Wanger

Josh Goleman

Ben Blood

Max Wanger

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Josh Goleman

Weddings by Two

Josh Goleman

Michele Waite

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real beauty B y M ichelle S laughte r Name: Amanda Cataldo Age: 24  Location: Boston, MA  Occupation: Office Assistant  Her Day: A very small (20 guest) wedding in an intimate garden in Savannah, GA. We wanted an old-South, secret garden feel, especially for our out-of-town guests travelling from the northern states. Our vision went perfectly with the garden at the Davenport House and the reception at the Olde Pink House. Her Look: Romantic and feminine. Smoky purple lids, soft pink cheeks and a berry lip. 

Expert Tip: Remember that beauty really shines from the inside out. A beautiful smile or laugh can go much further than you would realize. -Jade McCully Expert Tip: Try your makeup look out in advance.  Research your makeup artist of choice in advance.  Do a trial to find the appropriate artist and products that suit your needs. -Jeff Enriquez

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PHOTO Jade McCully

Her Secret: Plenty of sleep the night before, and a glass of champagne the day of. When you are laughing and having a good time getting ready, you start to glow from within. 

Beach No.1 Bronzing Powder, Josie Maran, $30

Cappuccino Eye Shadow, Josie Maran,  $20

Authentic Lip Gloss, Josie Maran,  $20

Mysterious Lipstick, Josie Maran,  $20

Blush Lip Liner, Josie Maran,  $18

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Name: Victoria Creamer Kane Age: 24  Location: Savannah, GA  Occupation: Nanny

Her Day: The ceremony was held at the Whitefield Chapel, an intimate, meaningful spot near the water and under the oak trees and spanish moss of Savannah. After the ceremony, we rode a trolley with the wedding party to the Trustees Garden downtown, where Moe’s Mexican food and friends awaited us.  Her Look: I normally don’t wear very much makeup, so I wanted my stylist to keep it simple. I kept checking with my mom and bridesmaids to make sure it wasn’t too much! Her Secret: The joy of the Lord! William and I were so thrilled at the blessing of being able to unite with one another, that we just couldn’t stop smiling. I think a smile makes a person so lovely.

PHOTO Jade McCully

Expert Tip: The best looking brides seem to be carefree. Dont let your nerves get the best of you. Relaxing and enjoying everything as it happens is always the best! -Jade McCully Expert Tip: Keep pressed powder, blotting sheets, lipstick and gloss handy throughout your ceremony/reception.  You will be photographed at every moment at every angle.  You want to make sure you are shine-free and have a sexy pout at all times for your photo’s. -Jeff Enriquez

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Cotton Candy Blush, Jane Iredale,   $26.00 Triple Cognac Triple Eyeshadow, Jane Iredale,   $27.00

Active Light Liquid Concealer, Jane Iredale,    $25.00

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Nude Lip Liner, Jane Iredale,  $9.00

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Bronzer/Blush Duo, Jane Iredale,   $26.00


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Eco Beauty Leader

Jane Iredale B y M ichelle S laughte r

The Jane Iredale makeup line is chemical dye and preservative free and helps improve the skin. The company also has a green policy, which includes a team who works to lessen employees’ environmental impact on the workplace, as well as develop sustainable product packaging.

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Front Row L-R: Dream Tint in Medium, $36. Brush-Me Matte, $46

Back Row Longest Lash in Slate Grey, $32

Front Row PureGloss Lip Gloss in Cherry Sparkle, $19 Back Row   L-R: PurePressed Eye Shadow in French Toast/Taupe, $27 PureMoist LipColour in Daisy, $19

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Body Cream, $35 Miessence Intensive Body Cream is a certified organic moisturizer with organic shea butter and a blend of organic avocado and safflower oils, vitamins and antioxidants and is also gluten free. Eye and Neck Cream, $35 Miessence Firming Eye & Neck Serum softens and smooths with organic rosehip seed and avocado oil. It tones and firms with organic nettle, horsetail, hops and olive leaf extracts. Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet and is gluten free!

Mascara, $25

Miessence organic mascara combines the nourishing properties of jojoba oil and shea butter. Made with beeswax and natural mineral pigments for thick lashes.

Herban Lifestyle Gift Set , $50 Treat your body to organic goodness. This collection of soothing products includes: Dolce de Limone Lip Balm, Tangerine Dreamsicle Lip Balm, Blithe and Balmy Body Balm, Sensual Healing Body Balm, Deep Relaxation Massage/ Bath Oil and Soak On It Bath Salts.  

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Man Grooming Gift Set, $55 This all-natural set is filled with organic and pesticide-free essential oils, herbs and spices. The facial soap, shaving oil, after shave and facial lotion makes grooming easy. 


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Eco-Beauty Insider

Vert Eco Luxury Beauty Retailer Los Angeles, CA B y M ichelle S laughte r

Loved For: Providing the best organic beauty, home and baby products under one roof   An Inspired Opening: “ In 2007 everyone was going green, but you still had to go all over the city to find luxury eco-friendly products, “ said Vert owner Jean Seo.   Luxury Bridal Experience: When brides come into Vert, they should expect per-

sonalized and informed service. Vert associates receive an extensive education on both the product lines and what makes them green. Brides coming in for eco-friendly make-up will leave with a special bridal pouch.    Premiere Products: Vert’s inventory includes Jane Iredale, Josie Maran, RMS, Keys and Gentlemen’s Refinery.

Jean Seo’s

Bridal Beauty Picks Absensce Oil Control Primer, Jane Iredale, $35.50 This natural primer keeps your make-up in place, while absorbing oil.

El’ Treatment, Rare Elements, $45 Nourish and stimulate your scalp for healthier hair growth with this treatment.

Rare Earth Mask, Pratima, $29 Treat your skin to this antioxidant rich mask for a more smooth and visibly brightened complexion.

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r e t n i W Blues B y K iana L ewis

It’s that time again.

Daylight savings time has changed. The days are

shorter and the frigid winter temperatures are upon us. This is the time of year when the pounds creep up and the couch becomes more and more comfortable. Not to mention the dwindling motivation to exercise. Some would call this a recipe for the Winter Blues, but don’t fret! There are plenty of ways to continue being healthy during the winter months despite those challenging conditions.

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You don’t need a gym membership. Who says that you need to chance the icy roads just to get a good workout? No one! You can get a great workout in the comfort of your own home. All you need are a few fitness DVDs! You might even have some tucked away. If not, go online or go to your local department store and snag a couple. Be sure to purchase a variety. For instance, one DVD may focus on cardio,

Power

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Almonds Powers • Rich source of Vit. C, Vit. E, and monosaturated fats • Rich in folate, magnesium, fiber, and phosphorus Ways to use • Add them to yogurt, salads, and cereals • Mix them with other nuts and dried fruits to a trail mix

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Spinach Powers • Loaded with vitamins, including folate, Vitamins C, K, E, and A • Packed with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron Ways to use • Add to salads, sandwiches, soups and stews • Include in veggie omelets

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Blueberries Powers • Great source of antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 and 6 fatty acids • Provides a punch of Vitamins K, C, A and the minerals phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium

Ways to use

• Add to cereals, salads, and yogurt • Make a smoothie with blueberries and other fruits/vegetables

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Salmon Powers • Extremely high in protein and omega-3 and 6 fatty acids • Contains high levels of Vitamins D, B12, B6, and Niacin and the minerals magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium Ways to use • Can be prepared grilled, broiled, poached, smoked, baked or raw (sashimi)   

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4-Month

Pre-Marriage Workout Month 1

Begin a cardio regimen

reevaluate regimen

• Dedicate 2 days per week to at least 15-20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise • Add 1-2 extra day per week, until you are up to 5-8 times per week • Add 10-15 extra minutes each week • Choose various equipment pieces (treadmill, elliptical, stairclimber, etc.) or jog or run in your neighborhood

• If you have hit a plateau, change something; increase the weight you’re lifting, add new exercises for different body parts, choose a different piece of cardio equipment (perhaps use a jump rope) • Swap a couple of all cardio days for a class.  Be sure it’s a class that will increase your heart rate, such as kickboxing, a bootcamp or a body pump class • Take a friend, co-worker or spouse along, if you are hit by the boredom bug

Month 2 add weights to cardio regimen • Dedicate at least 2-3 days of weight training per week • On weight training days, combine at least 20-30 minutes of cardio before or after • Do at least 3 different exercises for each body part (chest, back legs, arms, and core) • Remember to stretch after workout

while another on lower body exercises. Surfing the “net” for workouts is another great option. More than likely, you will be provided with instructions, illustrations and videos to assist you. You may need to purchase a few pieces of equipment such as a mat, dumbbells, a jump rope and a stability ball. I recommend having this equipment readily available for use all year round; you never know when you’ll want a quick pump. If you’re looking for interactivity, try a dance class. Dancing can burn

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Month 4 Give it all you’ve got • There is not time to slack. Stick to your work- out appointments and try not to skip days. • If your finances allow it, hire a trainer to give you an extra push during the last month before you walk down the aisle.

hundreds of calories and it’s extremely fun. Choose high-intensity classes such as Salsa, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Line and Belly dancing. If dancing isn’t your thing, join a mall walking group. It’s a free and easy way to exercise. Plus, it will help you stay accountable to someone other than yourself. Eating healthy is the other component that helps keep off winter pounds. Food availability varies but there should be no real change for people with healthy habits. EBW

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making a difference in the city that doesn’t sleep. The New York City Green Wedding Guide is meant not as a definitive listing of the only green resources in New York City, but to show you how to think outside the box for the earth while living in an urban setting. Thinking differently and creatively is the status quo in NYC, so finding innovative ways to save the earth here was actually pretty easy. On these next few pages you will have a brief look into the green mind of one of New York City’s finest photographers Roey Yohai, along with the genius designs of Xochitl Gonzalez of Always A

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Coming from a photographer’s perspective, New York City is hard to beat when it comes to interesting and beautiful green things to shoot. Here is what I found as I scoured the city along with a few staples of my own that are sprinkled in. Couples can really have it all when it comes to a green wedding here, it just takes thoughtful planning.

Union Square Farmers’ market: I shot some things that I thought would be beautiful as décor for weddings...all local! Look at these delicious and stunning edible flowers from Windfall Farms. The Thanksgiving Herbs from Keith’s Farm (read his book: It’s a Long Road to a Tomato) in Orange County, NY. And finally, these beautiful pears from Breezy Hill Orchards. The best listing for all Green Farmers Markets in New York City is here: www.cenyc.org

Mary Cleaver owns and operates Cleaver & Co., a Chelsea-based catering company. She started cooking in her apartment on Mulberry Street in the late 1970’s. She has been shopping at the Union Square Farmers’ Market for more than 20 years. She runs Cleaver & Co. with 25 full-time employees that cater events and serves customers at a stand-alone restaurant, The Green Table. The overarching philosophy of their food sourcing, (which is local) is that it must be seasonal, organic and biodynamic whenever possible. I followed her as she shopped at the Market recently and she opened my eyes to producers I had never noticed before. Foods I always thought were “exotic” (such as these concord grapes) are really just from the Seneca Lake region. She uses these blue lovelies to make a jelly to go on crackers with cheese – so delicious!

The Academy of Sciences has been at the World Trade Center 7 since 2006. They are an amazing organization that tries to change the world for the better by using science. One of the Academy’s most popular programs, Scientists Without Borders, helps investigators and organizations coordinate science-based activities aimed at addressing health, environmental and other challenges in the developing world. I love what they are doing to change the world and as a bonus, they offer an amazing event space with spectacular views of the city–all in a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building!

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Lisa Linhardt Lisa creates custom jewelry from recycled metals, ethically-sourced diamonds, bulls horn and wood scraps from Colombia. The interior of her studio is made with reclaimed barn wood and other repurposed materials. She is a really cool and talented designer. For supremely unique pieces – she will work with you on any design! - you should really check her out. The Upper Rust is a crowded and cozy escape from the modern city. They collect great antiques, and its up to you to go and find unique 1-ofa-kind centerpieces for your table. Find old brooches to transform into hairpieces or frames to beautify your table. It’s a treasure trove of antiques and oddities. They will rent pieces as well! 445 E. 9th St. at Ave. A, NYC, 212.533.3953.

Wheatgrass! Can it get any greener than this? You can purchase any shape and size of grass for your event from Greener Pastures, which is based in Brooklyn (pictured here is their farmstand at the Union Square Farmers Market). They’ll fit in any container and it will stay green for 2 weeks! Another wedding I photographed in Florida used this grass for a great effect as holders for the seating cards.

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Vowhouse is a construction company of 3 (Jason, Guthrie, and Sean), who create décor for weddings using salvaged wood they find all over Brooklyn. An example is this beautiful flowerbox that my friend Carlos Andres Varela photographed. Imagine what great gifts these would make at the end of your wedding!

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Xochitl Gonzalez of Always a Bridesmaid is New York City’s leading eco-friendly wedding planner. She is constantly searching for wedding professionals and vendors that have the same eco-friendly commitments as she and almost 60% of her clients have, while infusing her knowledge of cutting-edge wedding trends. Incredibly helpful and resourceful, her tagline is “to be your extra bridesmaid at your beck and call”. Here are a few fave photos of her most recent green weddings.

I just loved the woody touch that we brought in with the birch wood cake stand and wooden cake toppers. Additionally, this converted factory building was designed to be ecofriendly and uses only natural cooling processes.

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This local wedding was held at Caramoor, a center for Music and Fine Art. The outdoor garden was the most perfect celebration and the bride took the outdoors into the tent for this fantasy garden.

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They used very few flowers and the ones in ice are fabric! The smaller surrounding silver mint julep cups filled with fresh flowers were also favors. The candles were soy and we repurposed all of the ceremony decor around the reception room.


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ABOVE: Gorgeous nigella blossom with pink ranunculus and rosemary accents. TOP RIGHT: The New Leaf Restaurant & Bar uses only local and seasonal, all-natural produce. RIGHT: Dress by Jim Hjlem

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Rebekah and Manuel met in Italy while singing opera together! Their mutual love for music soon turned into mutual love for each other. With the bride originally being from California, she wanted to capture the feel of her home state with fresh food and an outdoor setting. The blending of nature with the urban landscape of New York City really shines through from their portraits in the meatpacking district to their ceremony in the amazingly restored Fort Tyron Park.

To learn more about the park and the New York Restoration Project – Click here!

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Her ultimate feminine bouquet was brimming with green trachilium, roses, nigella blossoms, rosemary, white phlox and ranunculus buds.

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Raspberry Gin Fizz cocktails awaited the guests after the ceremony in Fort Tyron Park

wedding planner Xochitl Gonzalez, Always A Bridesmaid Ceremony Location Fort Tyron Park, New York City Catering & Reception Site New Leaf Restaurant & Bar Music Nu Guajiro Flowers Fleurs Tent Westside Party Rental Rentals Classic Party Rentals

ABOVE: Fleurs did a fantastic job of combining elements from the ceremony and the bridal bouquet into the centerpiece for a lush and modern twist. RIGHT: Beautiful garden urns by Fleurs filled with roses, Queen Anne’s lace, dahlias, hydrangea with tendrils of flowing pink jasmine vines.

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Correspondence We heart these vintage stamps!

Momental Designs Kristy created these pieces of artwork with hand-painted strokes of shimmering ink in shades of gold, coral and sage green. All printed on 100% tree free paper! $1,000 per 100 invitation and envelope sets.

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Look at these darn cute response cards!

Earthly Affair Jennifer’s flair for eco-invitations starts with 100% recycled and FSC Certified cotton papers. She uses earth friendly printing methods, an eco-equipped studio and carbon free shipping. $820 per 100 full invitation sets.

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wedding style Love Birds Vintage Style!

Two Trick Pony Carrie & Laurie are committed to green design. Their “hoofprint” is lessened by hand screen printing and the usage of water-based inks on 100% post consumer recycled paper. $860 per 100 invitation sets.

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Custom Maps… YUM!!

Apiary Design Molly’s custom invitations made with elegant patterns and handsewn details. The fine papers they select are made of 40-50% post-consumer recycled acidfree stocks. Price upon request.

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Luscious

Lovelies

Bouquets made with flowers from sustainable farmers (certified by Veriflora) and flown in on commercial flights and carbon-offset. Holland, US, Canada and New Zealand lead the world in sustainable cut flower farming. Have a luscious bouquet with a green conscious!

Bouquets Elegance & Simplicity, Inc. Photography Jennifer Domenick Love Life Images

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Craspedia (“billy balls”) from Holland, Dianthus (“green trick”) from Holland with a dash of Sandersonia from New Zealand, fastened with hemp twine. Designed by Keya Beale


Ornamental purple kale with berzillia berries from Holland, wrapped with a aspidistra leaf from Florida. Designed by Katie Martin

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Fuschia phalaenopsis orchids from Virginia, “Red charm” burgundy peonies from New Zealand, purple dahlias from California, scabiosa (pods and blooms) from Holland, dried lotus pods from California, dried Pomegranates from California, finished with an an antique brooch by Andrea D’ Ambrosia Designed by Katie Martin

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Purple hybrid anemones from New York, silver brunia from Holland, Uluhe (“fern curls” or “fiddleheads”) from Hawaii, Echeveria from Holland, beargrass from Washington, finished with a vintage bracelet. Designed by Keya Beale

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“Hawaiian charm” peonies from Holland, orange pom pom dahlias from California, orange “Adrem” tulips from Virginia, finished with vintage ribbon. Designed by Keya Beale

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It’s simple: creating a local favor or dessert bar for your guests instead of pre-packaged favors (shipped from who Linen by Table Manners & Set Production by Miguel Vasquez.

knows where) can help save the environment. “Traditional” favors create huge amounts of waste due to packaging and

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shipping. When using candy bars, use biodegradable bags. Here, we used nothing but local favorites. You not only create less waste and reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding by shopping locally, you are supporting your local economy…which is what being green is all about!

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1. A shot glass favorite from the world famous Ben’s Chili Bowl in DC. (They are wind-powered!) 2.The mouth-waterin’ hot sauce that Ben’s Chili Bowl uses is Uncle Brutha’s made in DC. 3&8. Apples from Butler’s Orchard in MD. 4. The cutest lil’ chocolates in town from Historical Chocolate Company located in Northern Virginia. 5. Phillips is a regional favorite for the best seafood in the tri-state area. 6. Warren Brown’s famous Cakelove cupcakes are made locally in DC, MD & VA. 7. The world-renowned spice was originally made in Baltimore and has made MD crab cakes the best in the world (literally) Old Bay Seasoning.

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Supplies Plywood 2x4 piece of wood Old newspaper Old frames Spray paint in shades of your color palette* Small vases Chair

DIY Photobooth

Photos by Kath Connerton

Event Designer Stephanie Frazier Grimmer of Couture Parties designed an eco-friendly photo booth sure to inspire smiles and good fun from your guests. Be sure to add your own personal touch to this simple DIY project! by Michelle Sl aughter & Cherelle Heck

You can follow Stephanie on Twitter: @coutureparties

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Screwdriver and screws Staple gun Hammer and nails 

*Yeah, we know spray paint is not the easiest on the environment. Try Krylon’s® H2O Latex spray paint, as it is lower in VOC’s than any other spray paint currently on the market. Or try hand painting with zero VOC paints like the ones from American Pride.


2 instructions 1. Spray paint the frames and let them air dry. 2. Staple the newspaper to the plywood. 3. Staple the last piece of wood with newspaper. 4. Once both pieces are covered, drill the piece of wood onto the plywood to make a shelf.

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Family photos Decor accessories from your home Handmade props

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Etsy Love Challenge We challenged wedding planner & Etsy designer Ati Tafao-Braganza of Gekd Boutique to a design a wedding landscape filled with Etsy designers. Here is what she Ph otog r aph y by J en n i fer C ac h o l a

Stationery Gekd Boutique Venue Scott’s Garden of Walnut Creek Bouquet Melody Braganza of Kiss the Diva Centerpiece & Dessert Table Floral Arrangement Kelly Pham of Once Upon a Time Floral Linens 1000 Fine Linens

Here’s to going green, while spending less green! The Etsy challenge to me meant using items from many Etsy designers (including my own designs) in a vintage garden theme. We incorporated handmade Etsy finds and borrowed flatware and crystal from mammas, aunties and grannies! All serving platters and stands were purchased from consignment stores. Ati Tafao-Braganza

Desserts Jenuine Sweets Desserts & Temptations Peachy Perfections Favors Wristie Love From This Moment Planners

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Designer Spotlight

Lauren Christensen Lo B o h em e i San Di ego, C A

T w i t t e r:   @lo bo h e m e

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Loved For: Handmade luxury bridal accessories for hair and decor What is the inspiration behind your dÉcor collection? My grandmother’s are huge inspirations in everything I do. I find whimsy and beauty in the everyday objects they collected, and it is my hope that the work I create using many of these things will keep their legacy alive. I’m sure my Grandma Marge never imagined that the stacks of old music sheets tucked away in her closet would now sit atop beautiful wedding cakes, however I know she would be proud to see them being shared with couples in love! FROM TOP:

Who is the Lo Boheme bride? The Lo Boheme bride has a finely tuned eye and finds beauty in the details.  She believes it is the personal touches that set her apart. Her sense of style is unique and bold, and while she respects tradition, she’s not

Vintage Music Sheet Garland, $40. Vintage Map Cake Garland, $35. Vintage Map Garland, $40.

afraid to step outside of it. Each Lo Boheme bride is different, but that’s what makes her so special!

Vintage Music Sheet Garland, $40.

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Do you have any tips for personalizing your wedding day? I think that by focusing on what your wedding day means to you as a couple, the ideas will reveal themselves.  One of the things I love most about weddings is the gathering of so many different personalities, backgrounds, and memories, so take advantage of this! Get your guests involved on the big day by asking them to share stories or memories on note cards at each place setting.  My wedding day went by in such a blur that I wish I could have had more time with each person who came. I think that a personal note from everyone would be

such a fun way to remember all who shared in such a momentous occasion, plus I’m sure they would be a riot to read every year!   What’s next for Lo Boheme? So many ideas, so little time!! We have been working hard on some beautiful 20’s inspired headpieces that incorporate vintage rhinestone necklaces and chains, they are a little bit flapper, a little bit rock and roll, and a whole lot of sparkle! EBW

See Lo Boheme’s hair accessories in the cover spread on pages 65-69!

Vintage Music Cake Topper, $105

FROM LEFT: Vintage Button Cake Topper, $95. Tattered Ribbon Cake Topper, $105. Vintage Music Sheet Cake Topper, $100.

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Make an entrance twice. A convertible dress is ideal for the eco-chic bride. Add a captivating headpiece for head turning memories.

Photography Andrea Jacobson The Observatory

By Michelle Slaughter

Make-up & Hair Jeff Enriquez

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eco-chic on the cheap

I believe a bride should choose what speaks to her and not worry about what trends she should be keeping up with. Lauren Christensen, Lo Boheme

The Dress Cotton blend woodland lace over Swiss satin-face cotton batiste strapless gown with hand-draped sweetheart bodice and detachable tiered skirt. This gown can be worn short or long. The Cotton Bride, $2,850

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The Accessories WIN THIS!

Pink angled mini blusher veil with dramatic pouf. Twigs & Honey, $45. Lo Boheme “mini hat” made from gray dupioni silk, varying shades of pink and ivory goose, ostrich, and stripped coque feathers, vintagestraw bow from the 1960’s and pink French veiling from the 1950’s with miniature chenille polka dots. Holly, Lo Boheme, $220.

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Made from new and vintage silk petals, vintage French veiling from the the 1940s, velvet millinery trim from 1930s japan, and a rhinestone and beaded earring from the 1960s. Haley, Lo Boheme, $125. Made from the most delicate 1930’s French veiling in black with miniature ivory polka dots. Sophia, Lo Boheme, $75.

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My goal is to create modern and wearable pieces that give a nostalgic nod to a bygone time. Lauren Christensen, Lo Boheme

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make-up Carola Myers

hair Elegant Hair by Giselle

“Summer” gown Bikini cup with romantic silk organza halter. Made with a hemp/silk blend. Available in F;ax or Wheat. $1,850

Eco-

Couture..

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Bracelet Casa Linda Hairpiece DK Designs

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Adele Wechsler is the pioneer of ecocouture wedding gowns. All of her dresses are hand-cut and hand-sewn in Toronto. Her gowns are made with certified organic hemp, silk blend fabrics, recycled lace and remnant fabrics. With this new collection comes the infusion of color with vegetable dyes. A bride can truly reuse their wedding gown with several new styles that also have the versatility of having removable elements such as detachable skirts and interchangeable pieces. Adele Wechsler’s style is remarkable and truly unique.

“Cypress”gown Trumpet, strapless gown with asymmetric draping with feminine daisy acccent. Made with 100% Vegetable Dyed Silk. Available in other colors, $2,475

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hairpiece Feathers & Frills

necklace Andrea D’Ambrosia

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“Leaf” Strapless, A-line gown with sweep. Tri-colored twist of vegetable dyed silk organza, Made with Hemp and Silk Blen Organdy. Available in other colors, $1,850

earrings & necklace Andrea D’Ambrosia Hairpiece Nomsa

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Headband Feathers & Frills

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Necklace and earrings Andrea D’Ambrosia

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“Brook” Sweetheart sleeveless sheath gown with satin organza ruffles. Made with Hemp and Silk Blend Organdy. Available in Flax or Wheat. $2,475

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Vintage neckalce and consignment shoes.

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Model: T H E Artist Agency

Two Birds

Necklace and earrings by Andrea D’Ambrosia

St yled by Robin Fisher

Photography Jennifer Domenick Lov e Li fe I m ag es

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Looking for a fashion-forward, eco-friendly, reusable bridesmaid dress for your upcoming wedding? Whether you are planning a classic, trendy, evening or beach wedding, the Two Birds Bridesmaid collection is your answer. These high quality dresses, produced in the USA, are available in a wide range of vibrant colors and lengths that can be wrapped in over 15 different ways to flatter any body type. Which means these dresses really can be worn again.

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Bracelet by Casa Linda

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Bracelet vintage

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Necklaces & Earrings by Andrea D’Ambrosia

hair Elegant Hair by Giselle

Photos The Artist Agency

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Mother of the Bride LOOKS It’s that special day, the day that you and your little girl have looked

#1 k o o L EVENING ROOM

forward to for years. Your daughter will be the center of attention on her special day, but it’s also important that you feel beautiful and standout from the crowd. B y R obin F is h er

Victor Costa Vintage Dress, $275 1960’s vintage purse, $28 1940’s Vintage Earrings, $45 Maybelle Patent Open Toe Pump, $104

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Perfect Dress 1 Respect the date, time,

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dress with more classic detailing. Remember the pictures will be around for years to come, even after the trend has passed. And remember, if it’s classic, you can wear it again!

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Make sure that the color of the dress you choose

compliments the color of the bridal party, but not so much that you look like another bridesmaid.

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Stay true to your personal style when picking a dress.

If you don’t love it, leave it on

Eco Skin

the rack and keep looking!

Tamarix Dress, $216

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Make sure that your dress

Nugarrd Designs

fits appropriately, check

Short 3 Golden Grass Necklace, $148 Golden Grass Drop Earrings, $118

the front view and the back. Invest in custom tailoring if

Nashelle Designs

needed to ensure that you

Gold metro Bangles, $48 each

have that perfect polished fit.

Olsen Haus Karma Evening Shoe, $165

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fashion Formal Wear for the Groom

Eco-Friendly B y C h ristiana G reene

ORGANIC/ECO-FRIENDLY Materials This New Wool and Linen suit with the Organic Cotton shirt is perfect for the eco-friendly groom. The jacket, vest and pants are made of lightweight, pure, new wool from Australia (52%) that is blended with Belgium linen (48%). Each piece of the suit is unbleached, dyed synthetically and made in Macedonia. The shirt is wrinkle-resistant, made of 100% certified organic cotton from Turkey, chlorine-free bleach, not dyed/synthetic dye. It is made in Macedonia as well. To complete the look, add the Sonic Fabric necktie, the black belt and a pair of sustainable shoes such as the Acton Shoe by Sanders. The suit is available in black and savanna (natural) colors. The shirt is available in white, stone gray, plum, chocolate, and black. Sonic Fabric Necktie is available in black, gray or dark brown and in skinny, medium or standard widths.

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For a casual look: Try just the jacket, button down shirt and pants WITHOUT the tie and vest. Or wear the shirt, belt and pants with just the tie‌ this is also a great casual look with sneakers such as Converse (Chuck Taylor style) or Vans (in Authentic Originals, Era Originals, or Organic Canvas Authentic).

OTHER PLACES for ECO-FRIENDLY/ ORGANIC Formal Attire: Rawganique.com Hempworld.com Bagir.com Nau.com Bollorganic.com

New Wool and Linen Jacket, $250, 888-523-0945

Sonic Fabric Necktie in gray/black, $90-$140

New Wool and Linen Vest, $110

Acton Shoe by Sanders, $139.95

New Wool and Linen Pant, $130

Captain Belt by The Vegan Collection, $19.95

Organic Cotton Shirt in white, $85

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VINTAGE FORMAL For Groom

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! Vintage Bespoke Tailored light grey suit by StyleService on eBay UK, $160 GBP or $266.14 USD

! For a casual look: • No tie, but with pocket square. • Keep the tie, but take off ` the jacket.

Other great sources to find vintage suits:

Vintage Solid Blue Skinny Narrow Necktie Swing Wembley by Booklovertoo’s Antiques & Collectibles on eBay, $14.99

• SavvyRow.com • Etsy.com

• For a very casual look, but cool look…pair this with sneakers (converse or vans).

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! Salvatore Ferragamo Brown Textured Leather Belt, $56 by BlazesEmporium on eBay Navy/Red polka dot vintage scarf silk pocket square, $22.95 by Classy Things by Tatiana on eBay Allen Edmonds “McAllister” Men’s brown shoes, $9.99 on eBay


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Summer Rayne Oakes As a TV personality, author, model, entrepreneur and sustainability activist, Summer Rayne Oakes has single handedly helped take being green mainstream.  Some of you may be wearing shoes from her Zoe & Zac line, while others have seen her on the Discovery Network’s Planet Green.  Amidst her hectic globetrotting schedule, Summer Rayne took the time to catch up with EBW, while at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Sustainable

Style PHOTO Abdul Smith

with Summer Rayne Oakes

By Michelle Sl aughter

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What was the inspiration behind Style, Naturally? I love amping up new audiences about the environment. Fashion and beauty is a great medium for women - and it’s the industry I know best, so I decided to set out and write a style book for people who obsess over fashion but wouldn’t have “green” in their lexicon. It’s a book that plays the part of a style guide but has the heart of an environmental tome. In a way, I view it as a covert book on the environment - a wolf in sheep’s clothing if you will.

What suggestions do you have for honeymoon style? If you have a passionate relationship, you don’t need much. A little organic lip balm and perhaps a hair brush to make yourself look decent afterwards (wink, wink).  

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You probably just spent a ton of money on your wedding so look for more affordable products that don’t carry a hefty price tag. I’ve found a lot of great furniture (and kitchen) finds through second-hand and vintage stores. Literally my home is filled with vintage items and hand-me-downs! And you’ll spend a lot of time in the bedroom, so happy to report that Portico Home and I are coming out with a fashion-forward, organically-certified bath and bed line this April, so look out for that. I’ve also just worked on launching the most positively beautiful sustainably-harvested wooden plate, bowl and vase line called a.d. schwarz with Ashoka Fellow and South African architect, Allan Schwarz. I had a friend purchase four plates as wedding gifts believe it or not! And another friend purchase one for her parent’s wedding anniversary. You can check out the items at Environment Furniture and Linhardt Design Studio.

With the creation of Zoe & Zac, would you ever considering

designing an eco-friendly bridal shoe line? The goal of zoe&zac was to create a more wearable, fashion-forward and affordable green shoe line – first for women and children – and later as a whole family brand, including men and boys. The line, which has everything from organic cotton and linen to recycled rubber and recycled PET -  has sold very well, especially the shoes for young girls so we are looking forward to unroll a new season. Haven’t entertained the thought of creating an eco-friendly bridal shoe line. My educated guess is that some of the more luxe materials that are eco-friendly would drive the price up significantly, so one would have to decide between affordability and aesthetic.

What’s next for you? Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Currently working on S4, a new B-2-B marketplace to allow interior and fashion designer to search, rate, compare and purchase more sustainable materials, so hopefully come 2010, there will be more designers incorporating more eco-materials into home and clothing products as a result. EBW

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Tiered ruffles give many gowns in 2010 a sense of whimsy and movement. Back in Black: Surprisingly black has made its way into fashion-forward wedding attire – from sashes to headpieces. Asymmetrical necklines: Blame it on Michelle Obama’s infamous oneshoulder Inaugural Gown because asymmetry is in.

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Summer Rayne’s

Bridal Hot List Dresses

Summer Rayne’s Eco Couture Bridal Trends Flowers: Dresses this year are sprouting all sorts of pretty fabric flowers Handmade headpieces: This has carried over from on trend street style. Many brides are choosing to wear everything from beautiful satin headbands to fancy feathered or floral millinery instead of traditional veils and tiaras. Layered Ruffles:

PHOTO Esther Havens

What tips can you give newlyweds wanting to incorporate eco-friendly decor elements into their home?

Adele Wechsler Tara Lynn Studio Deborah Lindquist Mini dresses: For brides who don’t mind showing some leg, mini dresses are popular this season. Beading: Beautiful hand beading gives certain dresses this season lavish detailing. Pockets: This is a particular trend that has carried over from 2009. It’s perfect for the practical bride.

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Jewelry Linhardt Design Studio Christine J. Brandt Brilliant Earth

Makeup Tarte Cosmetics RMS Beauty Jane Iredale

Hair MOP John Patrick    


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THE Green-Ass Bride & Groom by D a n a L a R u e & H u n t e r S ti e b e l

Follow Astrid @ChampagneP_LLC on Twitter.

Illustration by Astrid Mueller

Being eco-conscious can have a reputation of costing more but the Green-Ass take on planning means you’ll be saving the planet while saving some money too.

Using containers you can use again in your home and fruits you can eat afterwards is the Green-Ass way!

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Having a green wedding doesn’t have to be an all or nothing situation. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, from just a few dashes of eco-goodness to an all out green-a-palooza, any steps you take are steps in the right direction. To start you off, here are 5 simple steps that add up to a big positive impact on both your carbon footprint, and your budget blueprint – making saving green while being green a cinch! When it comes to your china registry keep it old school. There is a reason everyone wants to be “the original”, because the original is often the best. The same is true for almost all your table settings. We promise you there have been no great breakthroughs in plate technology in the past fifty years. In fact, quite often, more current items are made of costeffective lower grade materials. Rather than paying top dollar for a ‘60’s inspired piece at Bloomingdales, why not pay a lot less for the original from a replacement service? Sites such as Metlox of California or Replacements. com, are always on the lookout for bits and pieces to complete classic sets. Their detective work is your good fortune: not only will you be purchasing an item that hasn’t seen a factory

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in 30-50 years, you may very well be getting something sturdy and stylish enough to last fifty more. Buy Handmade as much as possible. In doing so, you’re not only supporting independent artists, but also ensuring a sweatshop and factory-free purchase, often with more character and charm. Sites such as etsy, artfire and shopindie have extensive selections of handmade items, the quality and style of which could give any designer name a run for their money. From favors to invitations to dresses, accessories and rings, you can easily plan an entirely handmade (and rockin’) wedding on any budget! You can even register with My Handmade Registry to encourage handmade gifting from your guests. Want to know more? Read 101 Reasons to Buy Handmade to learn more about the benefits. If you are going the route of disposable plates and utensils, make sure to go biodegradable. A couple of years ago biodegradable disposables were rare and cost a great deal more than plastic disposables, but times have changed.  Plates, cups and flatware made out of biodegradable sugar cane or potato and corn starches can be easily found at an affordable price. So rather than your fork starting in a factory and taking


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Buy your used gown at Recycled Bride! Left and Below: Check out the plates from our registry!

TOP LEFT: Photo by Tom Van Veen

Follow them @brokesassbride & @freshhubby on Twitter.

up permanent residence in a landfill, it comes from the earth and returns to the earth. Best yet, BioSmart has a starter pack deal with all the plates, cups and flatware you need for fifty people for only twenty dollars. That’s forty dollars for a hundred happy guests and one happy earth. Sure that Asian Orchid is beautiful, but if you think the gas guzzling planes required to fly them in are hurting the environment, wait until you see what they do to your budget.. An infinitely cheaper and environmentally responsible option is to make sure to select in-season and local varieties, by shopping at your local flower mart or farmers market. Better yet, use potted

Learn more about Dana & Hunter at The Broke-Ass Bride blog.

plants such as succulents, lavender, herbs or other replantable selections. Today’s silk and artificial flowers look just as good as the real deal and can be repurposed after the big day. Use fruits and vegetables as filler: a bowl full of colorful apples or artichokes can make a simple yet stunning impact as a flower-free centerpiece. OK, OK you love steak, We get it. But according to a Japanese study it takes 169 mega joules of energy to produce just 2.2 pounds of beef. In plain English that is enough energy to power a light bulb for twenty days straight. Imagine how long you could leave the lights on with the energy saved by taking beef off of the

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wedding menu. When you take in to account the wads of cash you will also be saving by taking that top dollar item off the menu, all of a sudden a chicken, fish, and vegetarian option menu is sounding pretty sexy isn’t it? You won’t be missing anything: In our past life as cater-waiters, when serving a hundred people simultaneously, the most frequently served preparation for a steak was... dry. The opportunities to make your wedding just a little greener are endless, but don’t fear the green police judging you for not doing enough. The only police you should hear on your wedding day will be singing, “Every little thing she does is magic.” EBW

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weddings carina & jeff York, SC i page 94

hallie & matt Glen Echo, MD i page 100

jen & jason Monkton, MD i page 103

dana & david Washington, DC i page 106

anna & dennis Washington, DC i page 109

karen & tim Island of Jersey, Channel Islands i page 112

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ABOVE: Carina & Jeff hopped on Caroline’s bike for some fun pics! RIGHT: Carina’s bouquet was filled with ornitholagum, stephanotis, mini calla lilies and bear grass. FAR RIGHT: Mango and white mini calla lilies with ornitholagum accents

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Carina and Jeff’s love story is one to shed tears over. Reading their personal account on Caroline Ghetes’ blog pulled our heart strings along with the amazing footage that Caroline caught the day of their wedding. Falling in love at a physical therapy session may not sound romantic but their romance is one of storybooks. Then they made their lives super easy by contracting with The Garden Café in York, SC. The location provides catering, flowers, cakes and a horse and buggy to boot! Carina also used lots of cute eco-friendly elements from Etsy and local artisans. From her eco-friendly shower (not shown) equipped with recycled décor to their biodegradable lanterns, this wedding was as green as it gets!


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Carina ordered her favors from Etsy designers and collected vintage plates and napkins for the reception.

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Hallie and Matt celebrated their vows with a vintage twist at the famous and magical Glen Echo Park. The antique amusement park is now a national park with environmental, history and arts outreach programs. Their ceremony was held right in the park, followed by a whimsical reception in Glen Echo’s prized Bumper Car Pavilion. The Pavilion is a large outdoor structure built in 1923 (also affectionately called “The Scooter”) which was closed in 1968. The Pavilion was reopened for educational programs in the early 1980’s, in addition to community swing dances and private events. ABOVE: Her yummy shoes by Christian Louboutin. BELOW: The Cuddle Up: Where the Tilt-A-Whirl use to be.

Hallie & Matt played up the carnival theme by offering tickets to the nearby carousel, bringing in a Good Humor ice cream truck, having freshly shaved snow cones and served cotton candy with the wedding cake! Their escort cards were vintage-style postcards and each was from the town or city where that particular guest was from! All the details made for a perfect Eco-Beautiful day!

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TOP: Tickets for the functioning carousel! ABOVE: The Popcorn stand. BELOW: The Good Humor Truck popped in for a visit.

Wedding PlanneR Rebecca Dick, Wish Special Events Venue Glen Echo Park Photographer Documentary Associates Caterer Main Event Caterers Floral Designs Atelier Floral Design Officiant Rev. Amanda Tate Music Bialek’s Music (DJ Patrick Miranda & Capital Strings) Hair Eric Easterling Hairstylist

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jen& jason Aug ust 15 , 2009 Photography by Laura Black Photography, llc

THEIR STORY Jenn & Jason met in Colorado while working with Americorps for 10 months. While working together, they fell in love and Jason packed up his things and headed to Baltimore to meet Jenn’s family. Not too long after they moved to Portland together and found themselves in the throws of wedding planning. Fun and green planning made for a sweet and whimsical wedding day. Jenn made Jason promise in their vows that Jason would get her a puppy! ...A puppy arrived within the week.

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Behind the scenes greening

LEFT: Jenn’s great grandmother’s ring was her “something old” which she wore on her right hand. TOP: Décor at the Gardens of Steve & Lorrie Walker BOTTOM: The bridesmaids held smaller versions of Jenn’s bridal bouquet with peach rose accents.

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Living a sustainable lifestyle meant having a sustainable wedding for Jenn and Jason. Not wanting to have a big wedding, they focused on the important elements of the day. It was imperative to them to have local, vegan and organic foods along with seasonal and local flowers. The open seating to reduce paper needs (with display menus being the only paper used that day). Her brother, a chef, created a 5 layer organic cheesecake for their “cake”. Their seeded Invites (by Lucky Onion) were customized, using a combination of 100% recycled papers and pulp paper embedded with natural flower seeds. Her dress was hand made with sustainable silks. Using local musicians with traditional bluegrass, gospel, blues, country, swing and folk influences created an appealing lazy summer backdrop to the day.


TOP: Jenn & Jason go for a chauffeured canoe ride after the ceremony! BOTTOM: Jenn’s dress was custom designed by Lena Dress. The designer has a direct connection to silk growers that she met while she was working in the Peace Corps.

LEFT: Coffee With T provided BELOW: Jenn’s brother (the pastry chef) constructs the amazing organic 5 layer wedding cheesecake masterpiece

Venue The Gardens of Steve and Lorrie Walxker Caterer Coffee With T Flowers My Secret Garden Dress Lena Dress Cake Wedding Cakes by Mike Carstens Band Bluestone Invitations Lucky Onion

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Dana’s bouquet was comprised of blue delphinium, pink astilbe, pink roses, yellow freesia and ivory lisianthus .

LEFT: Dana gets ready in her gown donated by Adele Wechsler & Jessica Fox. Adele custommade a Korean Korum bow to help integrate David’s heritage. BELOW: The couple enjoy their eco-friendly ride in their yellow pedicab!

This lucky couple won the 1st Annual $50,000 green wedding giveaway from the Washington DC Green Wedding Consortium for Earth Day, 2009. Their reception was held at the historic Decatur House Museum after their beautiful ceremony at the Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church. The couple made their way to the Decatur House in true eco-friendly style by pedicab! Everything from her Adele Weschler gown to her organic cake was carefully planned to be as gentle on the environment as possible and their entire wedding was carbon offset through Carbonfund. A blending of Scottish and Korean traditions were intertwined with with green flair. An intimate affair of fifty, just next door to the White House!

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Their organic cake was designed by Cakes by Design with reusable flowers!

ABOVE: Avalon Caterers used nothing but farm fresh ingredients from local and organic farmers and all staff either carpooled or took the metro to the Decatur House! BELOW: Local and Dutch flowers filled the recycled glass containers

Wedding Planne Katie Martin & Tara Davis of Elegance & Simplicity, Inc. Ceremony Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Venue Decatur House Museum Catering Avalon Caterers Bridal Styling Polished Image & Style Dress Adele Wechsler “Organic” photo booth action!

Flowers Elegance & Simplicity, Inc. Music Evan Reitmeyer of Mydeejay.com Videography Jessica Pi Productions Make-up Carola Myers Hair Elegant Hair by Giselle Cake Cakes by Design

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Karen & Tim’s magical love affair spans

ful all-natural silk chiffon gown (which is

over several years and countries. Karen

now part of his amazing collection) and

Brost, world-renowned fashion designer

designed her “Grace Kelly meets Rock

from Ohio, moved to New York City

& Roll” red cocktail dress for the recep-

in 1991 where she worked for some

tion! Their wedding was held on the

of America’s largest brands, including

Island of Jersey in the Channel Islands,

Anne Klein, Hugo Boss, Ann Taylor and

UK (situated off the coast of France).

Express. While in New York, she started

Their enchanted wedding was held at

her own collection: Karen Brost. While

the 12th century castle Mont Orgueil near

traveling through Europe in 2003 for her

the tiny village where Tim was born and

next collection, she met Tim (by chance)

raised. Keeping their heritage and using

in a London restaurant. They had no idea

local vendors was vital to Karen and

that they had just met the love of their

Tim as they planned their wedding day.

lives. Finally after 3 years of a long-dis-

The party did not end that night, as they

tance courtship, Karen moved to London

greeted their guests again to a beach

to be with Tim and to continue design-

odyssey on the grounds of the castle for

ing her collections. In 2008, they were

lunch the next day with fresh fish from

engaged and the first phone call she

local Jersey farmers. Every last detail

made was to Chris Kole of The Cotton

of this wedding screams green passion,

Bride. Chris custom designed her beauti-

fashion, love and culture.

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ABOVE LEFT: Karen’s custom vintage 40’s style Emerald engagement ring designed by Nikki Galloway. ABOVE RIGHT: Karen’s 40’s Finger Wave Hair Style.

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ABOVE: Ceremony was held in the Medieval Room. LEFT: A surprise gift from Karen’s parents to Tim for the couple’s combined Scottish heritage

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Post-Ceremony Champagne and Canapes in the Queen Elizabeth Room.

Wedding Planner Nicola Lucas, Jersey Heritage Bridal Gown Chris Kole at The Cotton Bride Red Cocktail Dress for Dancing Chris Kole at The Cotton Bride Wedding Headpieces Bespoke Milliner in London/ Edwina Ibbotson. Jewelry Designer (All Rings) Nikki Galloway

Karen’s planner Nicola handmade wooden ornaments for all of the children and then handpainted their names on them. The girls received princesses and the boys, knights. The ladies received vintage teacups and saucers filled with local candy. The men received fun retro wrapped gifts, such as pop guns and whoopi cushions.

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Venue Mont Orgueil Castle Gorey Village, Jersey Caterers Jersey Pottery Florist and Overall Decor Design Mark Howe

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Sinatra Singer (from London) Paul Holgate Custom Children’s Favors (Knight and Princess) Nicola Lucas Balloon Artist Royston Cupcake Tower Cupcake Heaven Vintage Teacup Favors Vintage stores around the island Hair and Makeup Adrian at Matisse Hair Salon Hotel The Grand Hotel Jersey


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LEFT: Balloon Artist Royston entertained the guests throughout the evening with his amazing balloon creations

Paul Hogate is England’s #1 Sinatra singer

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Tim, despite a broken bone in his foot, was still able to whisk his new wife around the dance floor.

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giving back

HOG

For kids BY Cherelle Heck

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A Wedding Photographer’s Journey to Giving Back…

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The HOG For Kids Project was created to help impoverished children in the Dominican Republic. Most of the children in the Dominican Republic are in extreme poverty and are very disadvantaged. The program was created by Dominican Republic native Gustavo Fernandez, a San Francisco based wedding and portrait photographer. HOG For Kids strives to raise public awareness and support for the children and also educate people about the growing problem. Almost half of Dominicans are poor and most of the schools are overcrowded. Many children are not in school because their family cannot afford it. Most children experience unhealthy living conditions, as a result, their health suffers.  Gustavo uses his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to draw attention to the cause. His second annual ride will go to at least 18 U.S. cities. At each city he will meet up with his clients and take pictures of his clients children for a small fee. 

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Gustavo then asks them to support a child in need in the Dominican Republic through Children International, an international humanitarian organization that offers dental and medical care. Clients pay to sponsor a child for a year. A one year sponsorship is $264. His 2009 trip took place in July and August and the goal was to have at least 50 Dominican Republic children get sponsored. Gustavo then went to the Dominican Republic and took pictures of each sponsored child in their neighborhoods and displayed the pictures on different social media outlets during his journey. Many people watched and followed his Twitter and Facebook pages to keep up with the project. He also published the photos in photographer magazines. Gustavo FernĂĄndez has shot internationally and loves traveling and adventure. He grew up in the Dominican Republic and photographs weddings across the U.S. He is a member of Wedding & Portrait Photographers International and Professional Photographers of America. He also works with other foundations in the San Francisco area. EBW

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Photo by Andrea Jacobson of The Observatory

Inscription on leaf bowl reads: “May your days together be good and long upon the earth”

Paloma’s nest Caroline Colom Vasquez of Paloma’s Nest created this one of a kind Ring Bearer Bowl™ just for Eco-Beautiful Weddings magazine. Her artwork uses the finest quality in natural clays, woods and fibers. Her studio is 100% powered by renewable wind energy. Caroline also uses recycled, upcycled and biodegradable products in all of her pieces of artwork and packaging whenever possible. 

WIN THIS!

Click on the “Win This” badge and search for the “Paloma’s Nest Giveaway” blog post on our daily blog. Leave a comment on the post about what you are doing to make a difference for the environment in your office and home. The winner will be chosen on Valentine’s Day 2010!

Good Luck & Get Greening! Katie Martin

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