Ever considered having an environmentally friendly wedding? Carbon emissions are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when planning a wedding, but this styled shoot proves you can achieve an event that is both aesthetically beautiful and friendly to the environment.
Brighter Planet reported in 2010 that the average American couple will produce a larger carbon footprint on their wedding day—63 tons of CO2—than for the remainder of their entire first year together! With this in mind, event planner Elorie Slater of The Gathery and wedding photographer Casie Zalud discovered a mutual burning desire to showcase ‘green’ wedding design in a completely new way.
The seeds of the ReSource Wedding were born: inspired by heaps of discarded industrial and building materials, Slater and Zalud put together a team to recycle, reuse, reclaim, and bring to life an avant-garde sustainable wedding for a conservation-conscious couple.
In the quest for ever more inspiring wedding venues, Located in Boulder, Colorado USA, the ReSource Yard had long ago captured their hearts and made for the perfect setting.
The bride took center stage at every turn, wearing an upcycled vintage gown by wedding dress designer Maggie Evans. Maggie replaced the original black and white gingham train with leftover pieces of lace and silk, and embellished the gown with salvaged bits of hardware and hand stitching.
Suzanne Blons’ hair and make-up artistry highlighted the dramatic, industrial inspirations for the shoot. She worked with jewellery designer Alysia Sanchez Melnikov, of Blue Hour Designs, to select accessories for both the bride and groom.
Bouncing back and forth between the warehouse and the aisles of the ReSource Yard, Elorie constructed the altar, ceremony site, and reception dinner entirely from salvaged materials. She set a table for eighteen using full-length mirrored closet doors for the tabletop, with a tablescape that included such design elements as pipe fittings, industrial staples, floor tiles, paper drywall tape, and door hardware.
Stephanie Clark of Denver’s Lalé Florals brought incredible enthusiasm to the project. She collected discards from the flower market and foraged for Colorado native plants including lupine, grasses, blanket flower, and wild herbs.
Enjoy the images of this sustainable shoot in the gallery below!
Photography Casie Zalud Photography | Event Planning + Styling The Gathery | Decorations Center for Resource Conservation [CRC] by The Gathery | Floral Design Lalé Florals | Event Venue The CRC Resource Yard | Wedding Gown, Suit +Shoes Maggie Evans Designs | Jewellery Blue Hour Designs | Hair + Make-up Suzanne Blons | Models Blasie Sepac + Haley Rae Shonning