April marks the beginning of wedding season, and with spring in the air, it's a great time to be inspired to give back to planet Earth. Although it may be difficult to make every element of your wedding eco-friendly, even a little change can make a big impact. One effective yet simple way to plan a more environmentally conscious wedding is to shop locally. Did you know there are enough local resources to plan your entire wedding without having to drive more than 30 minutes from Westport? Just think of all the gas, miles and time you save! Not to mention, you will be supporting local businesses all the while, which keeps our beautiful hometown economy strong and thriving. The best part is, many local vendors also offer environmentally friendly options, like eco-conscious stationery from Bespoke Designs.
“We work closely with companies that are deeply eco-conscious. This invitation [pictured] is created on tree-free paper using low-VOC inks in a 100 percent wind-powered facility,” says Shari Lebowitz of Bespoke Designs.
In the case of flowers and decor, look no further than Fiore Flower Studio. This creative and unique company uses plant-dyed silk ribbon, recycled wood chargers and up-cycled brass candle holders paired with fresh floral arrangements inspired by wildflowers. Even jewelry can be eco-friendly: Faye Kim, a fine and custom jewelry destination in Westport, participates in the global effort to preserve our planet's future as a certified retailer of Harmony Recycled Metals.
PRO TIP: We asked a local pro, Sarah True, owner and creative director at True Event, for her No. 1 piece of advice when planning a "green" wedding.
"One of the most common questions we get when working with couples is how they can donate the flowers at the end of the night," Sarah says. "It is a great way to be able to recycle your wedding flowers and to spread joy to people in nursing homes or in hospitals and to let the flowers live on past the wedding day. And there are some amazing companies out there that will do it for you. One of our favorites is Repeat Roses, and another is Rebloom."
Models: Rob and Hannah Guinta
Venue: The Inn at Longshore
Bridal Hair and Makeup: Whip Salon
Dress: Designed by Lela Rose. Available at Plumed Serpent
Headpiece and Veil: Designed by Debra Moreland. Available at Plumed Serpent
Rings, Earrings and Bracelet: Faye Kim
Shoes: Designed by Jeffrey Campbell. Available at Shoes'N'More
Specialty Lighting: Vivid Events
Cake: The Cakebox
Chairs and Table: Abbey Tent
Flowers and Styling: Fiore Flower Studio
Stationery and Calligraphy: Bespoke Designs