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Eco-Friendly California Wedding Elopement in the Mountains {styled shoot}

Are you ready to head to the gorgeous mountains for a spectacular styled shoot? This eco-conscience photo shoot from Autumn Noel Photography features stunning views of a natural landscape. As Autumn writes . . .  "sheer rock mountains behind us, vast views of the Carson Valley in front, beauty was all around and our beautiful bride and groom fit right in". Keeping with the eco-friendly theme - this shoot showcases unique recycled paper invitations infused with wildflower seeds. A few seeds were even planted right before the vendor team left the location and the storm clouds were rolling in.

Wedding Vendors: includes handmade artists via affiliate partnership
Photographer: Autumn Noel Photography — Ring Dish: Beachwood Street Designs — Dress Store: Betty and Beaus Bridal Boutique — Invitation Designer: Botanical Paperworks — Hair Stylist: Carla Carillo — Makeup Artist: Carla Carrillo — Cupcake Toppers: Cork Country Cottage — Wedding Garter and Better Together Signs: Fallen Star Couture Inc. — Other Location: Hope Valley — Equipment Rentals: Tahoe Entertainer — Handmade Cookies: The Cookie and Crumb — Favors and Gifts: WildBloomerySubmitted via Two Bright Lights

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Other amazing features from this wedding are the beautiful vintage yellow chair that was a rental and other items from thrift stores. Many handmade items from small businesses were included and to continue their support for small business, the bride was outfitted from a local bridal boutique. Autumm wrote . . . "As floral arrangements aren't great for the environment we opted out and let nature provide the greenery for this lovely elopement."

An Exclusive Offer : Save 10% on Eco-Friendly Tableware

This 4th of July, instead of celebrating in red, white and blue - you can celebrate in green. Not only will you be saving money, you will also be able to celebrate your next party with stylish eco-friendly tableware at 10% off. Simply visit Restaurantware and use my exclusive coupon code BRENDABLOG10 to save 10% on your purchase. Wishing all of my readers a wonderful holiday weekend. I'll be taking Monday off, but I'll be back here on Wednesday morning with something that's fun and free.

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Plantable, Eco-Friendly Wedding Confetti + another goodie

Looking to sprinkle a little eco-friendly love on your wedding day? Daisy Days has just added a ton of new colors to their heart and flower shaped plantable confetti styles. The eco-friendly wedding confetti is perfect for putting inside pew cones or even used inside plantable favor boxes {available at Daisy Days}.

heart shaped plantable paper confetti
{These hearts come in 18 amazing, vibrant colors and are embedded with wildflower seeds}

five petal plantable wildflower seed confetti
{This flower confetti comes in 17 vibrant and trendy colors &
are embedded with annual and perennial wildflower seeds}

There's now even shredded confetti and the all new Growfetti Handmade Recycled Plantable Wildflower Seed Confetti. This handmade plantable confetti is 100% biodegradable, 100% recycled paper and grows into wildflowers flowers when planted.

And, lastly, I'd want to share with you a unique wedding item. There's a new twist on the unity sand ceremony and it's the Unity Sand Frame from Daisy Days. For this special sand ceremony - you simply pour the sand into the bottom of the frame. Then, with a special Keeper Plate, you seal the sand in place. This prevents the sand from mixing or leaking. You can then add other items to the frame to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake. Some items might include flowers from your bridal bouquet, decorations, or even shells from a destination wedding. You can change the picture at anytime without disturbing the sand. LOVE THIS!!!

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2 Free Tickets to Boston's Elegantly Green Wedding Showcase

The Elegantly Green Wedding Showcase will be taking place at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA on May 15th, 2011. The first 2 to leave me a comment below stating they'd like to attend {each ticket admits a couple} will be able to attend at no charge. Regular price is $5 per person $8 per couple. The event will take place from 12:30 pm – 5 pm.

The Elegantly Green Wedding Showcase will give you everything you need to plan an eco-chic event. For an Elegantly Green Wedding and Event, this Showcase reflects environmentally sound choices for newly engaged couples on how to plan any Earth Friendly Event with flair. Your hosts for this year’s Show are Pure enV Planning, In the Pink Ink Events (both eco-conscious wedding planning companies) and SEAMS Couture (eco-fashion designer). A hand picked list of the best ‘Green’ Vendors in New England and beyond has been selected to participate. A Fashion Show featuring the finest in Eco-Chic Wedding Fashion will happen thru out the day and guests will learn about making green choices in many different wedding categories and will be entered to win a romantic weekend get a way and many other services. All of the giveaways have a value that exceeds $300. Eco-Gift Bags will be given to the first 50 guests. Even Miss Earth and Miss Teen Earth Southern New England will be at the show.

Photo Shoot : an Eco-Friendly Lime Inspired Bridal Shower

Some of you might remember seeing today's photo shoot in the current issue of Eco-Beautiful Weddings. Today I have more photos and all of the details that went into the making of this entirely eco-friendly bridal shower tablescape photo shoot. I had the great pleasure of working with Karine {Seasons of Life Wedding and Event Planning LLC} and Kricia {Kricia Morris Photography} in Hawaii to bring the vision to life. And, the amazing part of this shoot? The approximate cost for the tablescape {not including silverware} was just $75.

Please note: the descriptions in this post are from Karine.I wanted to create an eco-friendly tablescape that incorporated limes. Limes are a cost-effective decoration and their rich green color lends itself perfectly for a luscious table top design. All great tablescapes have dimension and layers. Lemon leaves provided a base to begin the creation. Plants from the garden center were transplanted into biodegradable lime green planters. Mixed among the plants were a variety of herbs. I dressed up the containers they came in with a square of unbleached cotton and a piece of lace. These would then be given as favors to guests.


Part of my goal in creating an eco-friendly tablescape was to repurpose items. A trip to the thrift store yielded the cute yellow plates. The bistro chairs were found on Craigslist for $5 each and with a fresh coat of apple green paint, they became fun and functional accent.


The garden theme was further developed by adding artichokes and succulents-all items that could be used in cooking, baking and planting. The paper flowers that I created were from the pages of old bridal magazines. It seemed like such a waste having them sit around so with a simple flower pattern template, a floral wire and glue gun a bouquet and napkin holders were created.


All wonderful tables are only as good as the food that is served on them. Kricia was formally a caterer and she came up with a delicious menu.

• Farmer’s Market Crudités Tray – Featuring asparagus, sugar snap peas, green beans and yellow bell pepper with a ranch vegetable spread

• Individual Spinach and Bacon Quiche

• Harvest Salad – Featuring spring mix tossed with red onions, green apples, candied walnuts and gorgonzola cheese with raspberry vinaigrette

• Key Lime Dessert Squares

• Marry Me Mojito – A cool and refreshing blend of mint, lime, rum and tonic


Advice to the Bride cards were strung like a garland and clipped with sweet little clothespins.


Thank you so much Karine and Kricia for creating and photographing such a lovely eco-friendly bridal shower table-scape that can easily be used for weddings and any other party event as well.

Wedding Vendors:
Coordination & Design: Karine of Seasons of Life Wedding and Event Planning LLC
Photography: Kricia of Kricia Morris Photography
Invitation Suite: Brenda of Wedding Girl
White Linens and Main Table: Pacific Party Rentals
Lace and Muslin linens: from Karine’s personal supply
Bird Salt and Pepper Shakers: Pier One
Drink Tub and Stand: Target