Raphael and I got married at the Inn Of The Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon, CA on July 1, 2018.
We wanted to make our wedding as eco-friendly as we could so I worked hard on planning it (in only 6 months!) Here are some of my personal tips on throwing a more sustainable wedding.
The invites: We saved a lot of paper and postage by using Paperless Post for both our wedding and rehearsal dinner invites and they were adorable. It was also really easy to track who was coming and who wasn’t, which was especially helpful since we pulled off this wedding in only six months.
The ‘Thank You’ cards: Our thank you’s were printed on seed paper by a company called Botanical Paperworks. After the recipients read them, they can plant them in the ground and they’ll grow into wildflowers!
Our wedding was about 75% plant-based. Appetizers included a Mediterranean Bazaar with crudites, olives and hummus, quinoa cakes (instead of crab cakes) and avocado toasts. For the entrees, we had three options: a vegan creamy black truffle risotto, a vegan lasagna and an organic chicken dish served alongside farmer’s market roasted vegetables, roasted fingerling potatoes, a brussels sprouts salad and a caesar salad.
Our desserts were hand-made by our beautiful bridesmaids Summer and Torrey. They did such an amazing job. They made the best gluten-free and vegan cupcakes on Earth (with a cream cheese frosting, yum) and an assortment of vegan chocolate & peanut butter bon bon’s.
The decor: A lot of the decor at the venue were items from our own home! We re-used the LOVE neon sign and re-claimed wood “Adventure Awaits!” signs from our living room on the dessert table and brought our own glass jars and a globe for the guest book table. Instead of a guest book, we had everyone sign a printed canvas photo of us that is now hanging in our living room. The envelope box, table numbers & signs, cake topper and seating chart sign were all made from reclaimed wood by artists I found on Etsy.
Since we held our wedding at a restaurant, we didn’t need to ship in special tables, chairs, arches, etc. They already had everything on-hand, even the rustic log cupcake platters.
The attire: Instead of forcing my bridesmaids to buy fast-fashion dresses, I gave them a color and allowed them to purchase their own so there was more of a chance of them wearing the dress again. It also gave them the opportunity to borrow from a friend, which some of them did. The groomsmen rented their tuxes from a tux shop.
My dress was from BHLDN but I actually re-used a pair of old shoes (ha) and all of my jewelry and my purse was my own. The only thing new was the dress ;)
We wanted to make sure our jewelry was ethical so we purchased our wedding bands from a company called Vrai and Oro who craft their jewelry right here in Los Angeles using responsible practices . My engagement ring was created by a company called Brilliant Earth and made with a conflict-free diamond + recycled gold. If you don’t know much about the diamond industry and why it’s important to purchase conflict-free, here is an article from TIME.
Our flower arrangements were created by Angela’s Florist and man they did a wonderful job. I had the florist use local flowers that were in-season to avoid shipping expensive flowers in. They were perfect.
For the wedding guest gifts, we gave everyone a rose quartz gemstone at their place setting. We wanted everyone to feel the love, ha. Fun fact: rose quartz is known to magnetize love and open your heart.
Bridesmaid Gifts that give back
I’m a big fan of the FEED Projects, a company that donates meals to children in need around the world through the World Food Program. So for my bridesmaids, I decided to gift them each a blush FEED 10 bag which provided 90 school meals.
Okay so this part of our wedding wasn’t so eco-friendly but it was a fun surprise to Raphael from his groomsmen - a Ferrari for the night. I won’t lie, it was really fun to drive for a day.
Photos by the incredible Jes Workman
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