Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Finalists!

Alright, this is going to be a long post as all of the finalists are implementing many great ideas for their green wedding. Just for reference, venue selection and catering had the largest impact on who the finalists were as I feel these two aspects of wedding planning have the largest potential to impact the environment and make a statement to your guests.

So now it is up to you to chose the couple you feel is most deserving of the free coverage. Good luck to all the contestants and for those that don't win, I hope we can still work together! You all have demonstrated a true commitment and it would be an honor to work with you!

1. Leslie and Sheldon, California

Venue: Outdoor wedding and reception at San Elijo State Beach in California. Guests will be camping.
Catering: Pizza and Italian fare from local restaurant Leucadia
Flowers: Local and organically grown florals from Seabreeze Organic Farm
Dress and Rings: Both have purchased antique wedding rings from a store that went out of business in 1928 to avoid supporting gold mining and conflict diamonds. They plan to purchase hemp clothes that they can wear again.
Gifts/Registry: Asking for donations to be made to several animal shelters and support groups.
Transportation: none needed, all onsite.
Invitations: None mentioned, using their website to post information
Honeymoon: Drive to Lake Tahoe and rent a cabin

Other info shared by Leslie:
My fiancĂ© Sheldon and I have been planning this wedding for a long time, and trying to save as much money as possible. We have been friends for about seven years, and started dating on Valentine’s Day, 2005. We adopted our dog Daisy in June 2005, and we have been a happy little family since then. We became officially engaged in November 2007, with the purchase of antique rings at an estate sale. We are planning a wedding for Spring 2009.
I am a vegan, and Sheldon is a vegetarian. We believe very strongly in animal rights and preserving the environment.

2. Stephenie and Mark, Illinois
Venue: Peggy Notebart Nature Museum in Chicago for reception is the desired location, ceremony to be at nearby church.
Catering: Greg Christian Organic Cateror
Flowers: Local and seasonal florals to be donated at a Hospice Mark's mom directs following the wedding.
Dress and Rings: Dress will be recycled to make a baptismal gown as is tradition in her family.
Gifts/Registry: Asking for donations to be made to NAMI and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of their family members who have suffered these maladies.
Transportation: Trying to find biodeisel or hybrid bus for transportation
Invitations: Printed on recycled paper with no extra decorative pieces.
Honeymoon: Not mentioned
Miscellaneous: They are serving Black Apron Collection Coffee from Starbucks that promotes high quality farming practices where grown and benefits clean water. Using soy candles for wedding which support US jobs, lower melting point to reduce energy use, supports local economy of wax producers.

Other info shared by Stephenie:
Sustainability is something I’ve always been passionate about. I recently designed Green Grocer Chicago, a neighborhood grocery store that features locally sourced and organic foods. My design utilized as many sustainable finishes as possible such as, bamboo flooring, low VOC paints, and energy efficient lighting. The cashwrap was built out of reclaimed wood from an old church in the city. I am also studying for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Exam. LEED Accredited Professionals are professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity w/ LEED requirements, resources, and processes.

Finally the most important of all our sustainability practices is something I like to call eco-Education. Knowing that we created the most sustainable wedding will be a rewarding feat, but even more rewarding will be the impact that this could have on our guests. We will definitely be creating a wedding website for all of our guests to view throughout the duration of our engagement. Our website will be used as a vehicle to inform all of our friends & family on the methods we are using to create our eco-wedding. In addition we hope to have weekly tips on ways they can green their lives.

3. Colleen and Tom, Louisiana

Venue: Outdoor ceremony in Lake Tahoe where Tom used to live, reception to follow in NYC (family spread out over 5 states, chose one which will limit the size of the wedding)
Catering: Local organic farmer, no red meat
Flowers: Local and organic flower farmer
Dress and Rings: Tom's grandmothers ring, antique.
Gifts/Registry: Sapling trees for favors supporting the Arbor Day Foundation, looking for sustainable household items for registry such as bamboo, organic cotton, composting bin
Transportation: Not needed for ceremony
Invitations: Recycled paper postcards, with website for rsvp
Honeymoon: Eco-resort desired

Other info shared by Colleen:
First, a little background. I'm a freelance writer, among my gigs is blogging about green and not-so-green celebrities for Plenty magazine. (

Tom and I met on MySpace. I wasn't on there for dating; I had given up on Internet dating a good four or five times. And when he found me, he wasn't looking for a date. He and a friend were bored at work, and decided to have a contest to find the biggest loser on MySpace. (Isn't this romantic?!) Tom went with his default search, which was women in my age range in Brooklyn. The thumbnail from my main photo caught his eye; in it, I was wielding a bb gun in a vintage housedress looking like a homicidal maniac. He glanced at my profile and bookmarked it for later, then continued on with his cruel game.

Turns out he's not always so cruel, nor am I a homicidal maniac. We hit it off from our first date, when we went to see the Flaming Lips play, and I fainted. It was still the best concert ever. That was the beginning of our adventures, which have already taken us halfway across the country. We are now living in the Deep South while he attends grad school for landscape architecture. (One of the areas he wants to concentrate on in his future practice is reclaiming neglected urban areas for green space.) On the afternoon of this past New Year's Eve, we were visiting home for the holidays. Tom and I went for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, where he proposed to me. (Photo attached from right after the proposal.) I know this is going to sound so corny, and especially feels weird to say as a formerly jaded New Yorker, but it was one of the happiest days of my life.
When Tom first asked what kind of ring I would want, I made it clear that I didn't want a blood diamond and I'd prefer a vintage ring. So my engagement ring was his grandmother's, and was purchased in the 40s in New Orleans, not so far from where we happen to live now.


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This is a great blog…I am in the process of delving into wedding planning and all the research is starting to pay off. I enjoy reading articles and blogs like this it is heartwarming. I am planning a christmas wedding 2008 and I love all the ideas.