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I am quite keen on green weddings. Although I do love the color, I mean the green, eco-friendly- reduce the carbon footprint your union, kind of green. And although Kermit may have said it’s not easy, Melissa and Derek prove that it’s not only possible but beautiful too. Lucky for us, Sharalee Prang Photography was there to capture the beauty of green surroundings, environmentally friendly DIY, and a couple so darling it will make you green with envy
Held on a relative’s property, (which is always a great way to reduce energy usage for those looking to go green) Melissa created the succulent bouquets, bouts, and centerpieces herself. The groom and his boys even wore recycled rubber tire sandals blending fashion conscious with eco-conscious. The fabu favors of home roasted coffee and homemade jam make a great breakfast treat for guests the day after ensuring not dust collecting goodies here. And in what I think might the best bridal entrance I’ve seen in a while, the bride’s dad rowed her in on a boat while Derek’s brother played guitar. Minimal carbon emissions and an in-house band, double earth friendly bomb! The clincher of this carbon friendly day, was a tree potting ceremony symbolizing their union. (Move over sand ceremony, I may have a new favorite tradition…)
All in all this is the kind of wedding that makes you look at all the ways you can declare your love to each other and the earth without sacrificing design and style. A little bit of boho and whole lot of chic Melissa and Derek’s wedding is great blueprint for leaving a smaller footprint. Thank you, Sharalee Prang Photography for capturing this gorgeous green day. And congratulations Melissa and Derek!
Photographer: Sharalee Prang Photography
Catering: Formaggio Fine Foods & Catering
Kyle and Whitney wanted to have an outdoor wedding but failed to find a venue that was perfect for them. ”Kyle and I both enjoy nature and really connect with God through His creation,” says bride Whitney. ”Thus, my immediate ideal wedding venue was worship in the woods. Simple. Yet, not as easy as I had hoped.” They lucked out and found the perfect venue and with the help of family and friends, turned the completely rustic spot into their dream wedding venue.
I really love how Kyle and Whitney included God in their wedding day, everything from tables named after hymns to washing each other’s feet during the ceremony. And aside from their completely DIY ceremony venue, their decor consisted of glass bottle vases and burlap table runners that the couple got for free from friends!
We asked Kyle and Whitney to give us more information about their wedding celebration, and I was ecstatic to see they both responded and really put a lot of thought and effort into their answers. Keep reading to learn more about this beautiful wedding.
Regarding their venue:
[Whitney] “As a little girl, I never dreamed about the details of my future wedding; nor did I create my fantasy wedding through Pinterest as a young woman. But soon after Kyle had proposed, I had an image of our wedding being outside somewhere in the woods. Kyle and I both enjoy nature and really connect with God through His creation. One of our favorite things to do is worship Jesus under the stars or before a mountainside with just our voices and a guitar. Thus, my immediate ideal wedding venue was worship in the woods. Simple. Yet, not as easy as I had hoped. We struggled from the time we were engaged until three months before we were married to find a location.”
[Kyle] “With Whitney away at school, my job was to check out the potential wedding venues. We went through 7 or 8 different potential venues that all didn’t work–from the bayside to a farm to parks, all of them were either too expensive, not what we had in mind, or unavailable. One of the coolest things about the spot in the woods that we ended up with was the way God provided it for us. We were tired of searching and about to plan an indoor wedding when a friend of mine told me about a land plot in the woods that a local church had just bought. I called the pastor to run the thought by him of using the plot as our wedding venue, and amazingly, his enthusiastic response was, “Sure, that sounds great!” I met with him three months before our big day and recorded video of the site for Whitney to see. It was breathtaking, and I knew that she was going to love it. Closer to wedding day, about four weeks out, the church provided a working team of about 20 people to help clear weeds, chop, chainsaw, and mulch the area where the ceremony would be. God amazed us with how He made it all come together. Within the last couple days (and hours) before the ceremony started, family and friends sweated to help us get the decorations, bride’s tent, and generator running to power the PA system.”
Regarding the DIY details:
[Whitney] “As far as details, we really wanted to keep everything as naturally beautiful as possible. I wanted to keep waste down and used as many materials as I could think of that would be low-cost and recycleable. The bottles we used along the walkway came from a local bar that serves a large variety of unique beverages (this means cool bottles). All the signs came from old wood found in Kyle’s family’s barn. I also love lace! Kyle’s mom found a neat dead branch with vines wrapped around it that we chose to hang lace on for a curtain.”
Regarding washing each other’s feet:
[Kyle] “In the book of John from the Bible, Jesus washes the feet of His disciples. Many would say that Christ was showing a moral example of servanthood for us to follow, but Whitney and I believe that this is truly God in the form of man, humbling Himself to the lowest of the low. In those times, the feet were the dirtiest part of the body–no one touched another person’s feet. But Jesus demonstrates His desire to enter into the dirtiest, ugliest parts of our lives and cleanse us. After washing their feet, He would go to the cross and lay down His life to make us whole, new, and clean.
[Whitney] “God’s call on our marriage is that we would love each other the way He has loved us. We wanted to wash each other’s feet during our ceremony to demonstrate to each other and our loved ones that we were committing to serving each other and laying down our rights, just as Jesus Christ did for us.”
Regarding their centerpieces:
[Whitney] “We again wanted to be resourceful and creative, including personal elements here and there. During high school and college, I worked as a barista and developed a love for coffee. I thought it would be really neat to use burlap coffee bags as the table runners, and my boss sent me several in the mail. Our marriage counselor cut them, lined them with lace, and ironed them–amazing blessing! To add to the coffee sacks, we sprinkled coffee beans around the centerpieces.
“Kyle and I really enjoy hymns. Many of them have such depth and linguistic beauty. Because of this we decided to look for old hymnals at a free book warehouse called The Book Thing in Baltimore, MD. We were only able to find two hymnals but grabbed more than twenty colorful, neat-looking, antique books. We really liked the idea of having hymns for centerpieces, so we picked a different hymnal for each table and had the sheet music printed on cardstock. We also seated our guests based on each hymn.
“A lot of our decorations, such as the antique bottles, came from Kyle’s parents home. It was such a blessing to pick out these treasures. We got bunches of wildflowers from a place called Willow Oak Herb Farm.”
Regarding the aisle runner:
[Whitney] “Funny story actually–we didn’t plan on having it at all! This was actually the design of our marriage counselor. The morning of our outdoor wedding, it POURED down rain! Our friends and family who were helping set up were asking us to think about having it inside. Our marriage counselor ran to a local coffee roaster and collected more burlap sacks to use as an aisle runner, so that we would have decorations for a last minute indoor ceremony. We decided to trust God and have our ceremony outdoors, like we had planned, and they used the runner as a ‘red carpet’ for the wedding party to enter the reception. As far as we know, our marriage counselor just cut the burlap bags and sewed them together end-to-end. She was a huge help!”
Congrats Kyle and Whitney!
Photographer: Petruzzo Photography
Ceremony Venue: Private area, Maryland
Reception Venue: Private Church, Maryland
Hair and Makeup: Family Friend
Floral: Willow Oak Herb Farm
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The L.A. Table sells plastic dinnerware for weddings and special events. The full line of products includes serve ware, coordinating large and small plates (great for appetizers, salad, and dessert), bowls, flatware, cups, and embellished napkins. The prices are unbeatable, the quality is impressive, and we highly recommend The L.A. Table for all your catered wedding events.
The products from L.A. Table are what I call reusable, not disposable, which makes them an eco-friendly option for a green wedding! Especially true for the cups! The best-selling cup is a heavyweight barware highball vessel that comes in three sizes: 2, 5, or 10 ounces (shot glass, cocktail glass, drink glass, respectively). This cup is nice enough to be washed and reused for future gatherings.
There are several styles of plates to choose from. L.A. Tables carries a modern white square plate (6.5, 9.5, 10.75 inches) and several white round styles with gold, silver, or black patterns (7.5 and 10.25 inches). It’s cool to mix and match the patterns for a vintage look that’s budget friendly.
We recommend the Casino design for a ritzy engagement party, holiday wedding, or vintage affair.
For the bridal shower, how about the Venezia pattern? It’s a girly floral design.
For the wedding, choose a style that matches your theme:
–For a retro throwback, check out the Empress pattern.
–Nature-inspired wedding theme or a touch of whimsy? Silver willow is perfect.
–Is your style classic, traditional, or simple? I recommend the princess pattern.
–For a garden wedding, go with the wisteria pattern. There are wisteria tumblers to match!
The napkins. Love, love, love these. Once again, L.A. Table delivers a high quality, unique product for the budget bride. The buffet napkins are embossed with a beautiful lace pattern and a soft finish that oozes elegance. Not your average napkin, my friends.
The flatware is the only standard item you’ll find in The L.A. Table’s inventory. The best part about the flatware is that you can buy 50 pieces for under $5. I did the math, and you can’t beat this price. A word of caution though, and this applies to any plastic cutlery product, plastic knives suck. Unless you’re serving guests a pull-apart tender meat, seafood, or pasta dish, guests will struggle to cut and eat their meat with a plastic knife. If you’re serving steak, just avoid the plastic cutlery all together. In my opinion, I’d skip the plastic cutlery for the meal, but use plastic forks for dessert.
Depending on where you book your wedding reception, you may or may not need to provide the place settings. Many catering halls provide this as part of the wedding package. But if you want something a little extra special, ask for a discount if you provide your own plates. The discount may just pay for your order from The L.A. Table.
The L.A. Table is currently offering a 20% discount to readers of this blog, and the samples are $1.50 plus shipping. Use promo code DIYBRIDE20 at check out. I hope you will check out the site, and order samples to see the quality for yourself.
facebook: The L.A. Table
Disclosure: DIY Bride has a financial relationship with The L.A. Table, meaning we may have received compensation for this content and/or related content. We firmly stand behind our review and recommendation, and are committed to promoting only those companies we feel offer our community excellent products, ethical business practices, and outstanding customer service.
Need something to do with all that tissue paper you save from gifts (like from your bridal shower)? If you’re like me, you can’t bear to throw it all away and see it go to waste. This is a very easy tutorial to turn all that tissue paper into a pretty backdrop for your alter, welcome table, or photo booth!
Tissue Paper Leaf Backdrop
- Tissue paper (chances are you have a ton of it for free, but if not, you can buy a pack at the dollar store)
- String (I used white elastic because I had some left over from another project, but you can use any kind of string or heavy thread)
- Glue Stick
- Scissors (Let’s assume you already own a pair!)
Estimated cost: $5
Step 1: Cut several strands of string to your desired length. For this project I cut six strands of string that were five feet long. You’ll need to decide the right amount and length for your space.
Step 2: Fold your tissue paper several times over so you can cut a bunch of leaves at once. I cut my leaf by freehand but feel free to use some kind of template or use a pencil to draw it out. Don’t worry – as you can see from my example, they don’t have to be perfectly shaped! In fact, I think it looks better when they are all a little different.
Step 3: Measure about a foot from the top of the string to leave bare. This will allow you to tie your string to whatever you are using. Again, you will have to judge the best length for this based on your needs.
Step 4: Take two leaves of the same color, and preferably from the same batch you cut out so that they match. Carefully apply glue to one side of one leaf, place the string on top, then apply glue to the other leaf, and place it on top of the first leaf and string, lining them up the best you can. Be very careful and gentle with the glue, so you don’t rip your leaves. Also, don’t forget to put down some newspaper or cloth to protect whatever surface you are working on.
Note: Position the leaves differently on the string to for a more natural look, or position all leaves in the same direction for a very modern, symmetrical style.
Step 5: Repeat Step 4 as often as desired! For mine, I did six leaves per string, about six inches apart.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for each string!
Step 7: Put your leaf strands somewhere safe to dry. Once they are dry, you can use scissors to trim away any imperfections on the leaves (or just leave the imperfections – it adds character!).
Step 8: Hang your leaf stands as desired. Ta-da! Almost instant backdrop!
The leaves are perfect for fall, but you could do this with any shape, like flowers for spring or snowflakes for winter. What shape would you choose for your wedding? It’s an easy and cheap project that makes a huge statement. If you try this DIY, be sure to send us pictures!
Tree Beginnings is the authority is eco-friendly wedding favors, including tree seedlings, flower bulbs, herbs, and more. Founded by Sheila and her husband, Rick in 1992, Tree Beginnings has grown to be the leading wedding vendor for DIY favors, especially for green weddings and nature-themed events. Sheila is a true delight to work with, and we gladly support this green wedding business at DIY Bride.
The goal of a DIY wedding is to infuse as many elements of personal style into the details as possible. Giving a tree seedling as a wedding favor worked for Sheila and Rick when they married because of their passion for nature. “Trees were his thing,” Sheila recalls. Two decades later, personalized, eco-friendly wedding favors are among the most popular trends. Take a look at the Tree Beginning’s image gallery, and find the favor that suits your passion for nature.
Cute tags, ribbons, and packaging dress up tree favors for weddings, bridal showers, and other special events. Each order is packaged by hand at the Tree Beginnings headquarters– a 100-year old farmhouse in the finger lakes region of New York. On their website, you can even see a photo of the original wedding tree favor planted at the house.
Weddings are about celebrating the love a couple share, and the most memorable wedding favors remind guests of the newlyweds for years to come, in a very personal way. If you and your mate share a love for nature, and want to have memorable wedding favors that keep on giving, then a tree seedling wedding favor is the pefect fit. To celebrate Earth Day, Tree Beginnings is sweetening the deal even more when you place an order in April. You’ll get 2 tree seedlings absolutely FREE! So go now, and order the only wedding favor that lasts a lifetime.
Disclosure: DIY Bride has a financial relationship with Plant a Memory, meaning we may have received compensation for this content and/or related content. We firmly stand behind our review and recommendation, and are committed to promoting only those companies we feel offer our community excellent products, ethical business practices, and outstanding customer service.
On my first official day as the Real Weddings intern, I wanted to showcase a beautiful wedding from my home state of Oregon. In the words of photographer Sara Gray, “Brooke and Galen decided to do things a little differently – they went to a covered bridge they loved in college and exchanged vows in front of family and friends at this simple elopement ceremony.”
The bride and groom were married in front of the Goodpasture Bridge in Eugene. It is one of the longest covered bridges in Oregon, as well as one of the oldest at 73 years old. After the vows, they toasted their new marriage with their party of eight. What I adore about this wedding is the love that jumps off the page. This wedding feels so organic, rich, and full of happiness. Which is what weddings are all about. Enjoy.
Photographer: Sara Gray Photography
Venue: Goodpasture Bridge
Location: Eugene, OR