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An Eco-friendly Bayside Wedding in California at a Yacht Club

Today's wedding of Emily and Kirk in Newport Beach, California is absolutely gorgeous with it's shades of green and grey - which are carried thru the entire wedding with the use of succulents, from the brides bouquet to the reception centerpieces {which were made with love by Emily's mother}. Paired with the succulents were sand dollars and sea shell details. The beautiful photographs were taken by Heidi Ryder Photography and Heidi wrote . . . "It was a sweetly emotional day and it was obvious Emily and Kirk were so excited to become husband and wife." 

Photographer: Heidi Ryder Photography
Floral Designer: Urban Gardener
Musicians: Pete Goslow
Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca
Cake Designer: French's Cupcake Bakery
Jewelry: Anthropologie
Event Venue: Balboa Yacht Club

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An Eco-Wedding : an event where nothing went to waste

So excited to share today's wedding {well mock-wedding} with you. It's by Michelle Savin, an organic mom turned eco stylist.  Michelle is known as the organic conscious mom, but shares her love for natural weddings in this piece - as well as her tips and tricks to help you easily include eco-wedding ideas into your special day. I will now turn this post over to Michelle as she explains her ideas behind this absolutely stunning shoot . . .

I created an eco wedding at a home in Naples, California. A wedding at home not only saves money, but it also reduces the carbon footprint. The backdrop of the Naples Canals was the perfect setting for her big eco wedding day.

Abigail De Jesus from Completely Gail created adorable recycled invitations and place cards that set the tone for the eco event.

I styled the wedding with burlap tablecloths, bamboo place settings, sustainable bamboo seating, reclaimed wood, succulent centerpieces, driftwood, and Beeswax votives. I used different shades of burlap to create the perfect setting. 

The cake was simple and was presented on a recycled cake board on a reclaimed wood table. Rossmoor Pastries was used because they are a green company that delivers their cakes using natural gas vehicles.

Nisie's Enchanted Florist in Los Alamitos, CA definitely enchanted the eco wedding. The succulent bridal bouquets and boutonnières were breathtaking. Not only were they strikingly beautiful but also their beauty could live on. They were planted after the shoot.

The Bride Gladys up-cycled a dress and borrowed what she needed. As the night wore on the beeswax votives from Bluecorn naturals glowed in Mason jars. LED lights ran lanterns strung above the dance floor. It was an event where nothing went to waste. Pierce Larick from New Revolution Photography captured the glow and joy in it all.

Eco Wedding Stylist: Michelle Savin
Photographer Pierce Larick of New Revolution Photography 
Eco Wedding Invitations and Paper: Completely Gail
Flowers and centerpieces: Nisie's Enchanted Florist
"Green" Wood Chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Bees Wax candles: Bluecorn Naturals
Wedding Cake: Rossmoor Pastries
Venue: a wedding at a home in Naples, California
Models: Gladys and Gerardo

An Herb Garden Inspired Wedding

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any type of herb

I love the smell of fresh herbs in the summer and having them be incorporated into a garden wedding is just perfect. There are so many ways to incorporate herbs into a wedding (or even a bridal shower), including:
• the actual bouquets and boutonnieres
• actual decor (wreaths, hanging pots, centerpieces)
• favors (potted herbs doing double duty has take home gifts and place cards)
food (herb butter, herb roasted potatoes, thyme marinated grilled chicken, Summer herb crusted salmon)

Plus, herbs are a great solution for "green weddings". Not only are they green in color, but they are eco-friendly when planted in pots and given to guests to take home and use.
Image Credits and Resources:
potted herbs lining the aisle from Snippet and Ink, bouquet with thyme, rosemary and sage from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation from Style Me Pretty, table setting from Grey Likes Weddings, cakes from Brides, herb centerpieces in silver buckets with tables named after herbs from Snippet and Ink, herb centerpiece from Style Me Pretty, herbs in wood crate from Brides, herb seed packet table cards from Brides, place card favors from Brides, terra cotta potted herbs from Lucky Me, herb butter from Brides, place card favor from Martha Stewart Weddings