If you guessed Costa Rica as the destination wedding location for today’s Real Wedding feature, you were absolutely correct! Meet Sara and Josh…
Costa Rica was a special location for Sara, who frequently visited the country as a child. She and Josh chose to hold their ceremony on the shores of Las Baulas National Park, which is an active nesting ground for the Olive Ridley turtle. They repurposed items such as salvaged milk jugs, paper bag menus, burlap table runners and dramatic pieces of driftwood for eco-friendly wedding décor.
The couple infused lots of local flair into their wedding celebration with handmade fine wooden products from local Costa Rican artisans, and a local Costa Rican menu including Arroz Con Palmito, Gallo Pinto, fresh Costa Rican coffee and Tres Leches, a traditional dessert (yum!). A local Brazilian duo set the tone for a party with festive Samba rhythms , and after dinner, a local Reggae band entertained guests. Oh what a night!
Many Eco-Beautiful Wedding wishes to Sara and Josh!
Photography: Costa Vida Photography
Event and Floral Design: Kirsten of Four Winds Weddings & Events
Event Rentals: Eventos Artesanos
Reggae Band: Tilawa
For our evening crowd, here’s a sneak peek at tomorrow’s Real Wedding feature! This couple chose a bit of paradise for their wedding day (there’s a huge hint about the location in this pic if you look closely) and managed
to keep it eco!
Come back tomorrow to peep the details!
Photo by Jonathan Cooley
A vintage-themed wedding is always full of creativity and style! Incorporating vintage items into your wedding day is awesomely green, and many of the items can find a place in your home afterwards.
So go ahead and use Grandma’s china for your bridal party table.
Fill a trunk with beautiful fresh flowers.
You know those milk crates that you found at a yard sale last year but had no idea what to do with? Use them to showcase your wedding cake.
Even that hutch from your old bedroom at Mom’s can wow your guests with a sweet collection of childhood pics of you and your groom or use it for your candy bar at the end of the night.
Whichever way you decide to add a little vintage to your day, it’s all Eco-Beautiful!
Upcycle ‘to your heart’s content!
We’re coming across some very stylish grooms these days who are really stepping it up with fashion and flair. For the groom who is mixing colors and patterns to create a unique aisle style, a traditional floral boutonniere often just won’t do. That’s why we love these cute lapel pins from Hello Oliver! These pins are the perfect touch of color on the lapel, and the designer offers a variety of colors.
You could even mix and match colors in your palette for the groomsmen. Sweet!
Check out Hello Oliver on Etsy!
A gown from one of our fave designers, Monique Lhuillier, recently made an appearance on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.
The dress, worn by actress Zhang Yugi, was actually from Lhuillier’s Spring 2013 Resort collection. Full of color and glamour, we could totally see it on the wedding aisle!
In case you missed the collection last fall, here are a few more gowns that just may inspire you to think outside the box a bit for your wedding-day look:
Fashion forward and bold? Yes.
Glamorous and unforgettable looks for an Eco-Beautiful Wedding? Absolutely.
Photo Credits: Style.com
Jenny and Paul’s wedding last summer was all about family and friends! The couple enlisted the help of loved ones to create a day that was stamped with tradition and reflective of their desire to recycle as much as possible. There was definitely some fun DIY thrown into the wedding-day mix; the bride made cookies with her grandmother for the dessert display and the groom made the wooden cake toppers, using his grandfather’s wood carving tools!
Just a few more eco details about their day:
- The bride’s sister made a hanging bunting for the tent (she worked on it for 6 whole months!).
- The reception table décor was collected by the bride’s mom and lots of friends.
- The washboards displayed throughout the venue belonged to the bride’s dad and his siblings.
Within two weeks of their wedding, this couple moved to Senegal where the bride is working on her Ph.D in soil sciences and the groom is teaching second grade in an international school.
Many Eco-Beautiful Wedding wishes to Jenny and Paul!
Photography: Rachel Joy Photos
Venue: Century Village Museum
Caterer: The Reserve House