Weddings are glorious, beautiful days of celebration, but often they are days that also come with an extensive amount of waste. To prove that you can have a beautifully natural wedding that’s both sustainable and eco-conscious, this group of creatives got together to create sustainable wedding inspiration magic.
‘We aren’t the size eight cover girl type, but I think she’s absolutely beautiful.’
About Britta & Chelsea
They both sat, swiping away at their phones, laughing at the thought that they would ever find anyone they actually connected with on a dating app. But, they both swiped right for each other, and it was a match. A week later and Britta was nervously sitting in a bar two pints deep already as Chelsea wandered around the city trying to find where the bar was. From that day forward, they’ve been thanking the dating app gods that brought them together. Their relationship has been nothing short of magical; neither woman never genuinely knowing what love was until they found each other.
“After we met online, Chelsea ever so casually asked when we were meeting up. I tried at all costs to avoid answering because I was so nervous as I had never met anyone off an app before, and I thought Chelsea was a pro by this point. Funnily enough, when we met up, I couldn’t stop talking [it was the pints], and Chelsea was the nervous one.
I really do praise the Hinge gods because, before Chelsea, I could never fully accept my sexuality or who I was. Through her strong sense of self, she completely drew it out of me in a way I had never thought possible. Now I live loudly and proudly in the queer community, something I had longed to do.
I love myself for who I am more than I ever dreamed possible thanks to Chelsea, and I can’t believe the first blind date I ever went on turned out to be my wife so quickly.”Britta
About the Sustainable Wedding Inspiration
Nobody wants to miss out on adding all the gorgeous details to making their wedding day perfect, but there are ways to go about it that are more considerate of the environment. For some, it may seem daunting, altering your wedding to a more eco-friendly one. I think people would be surprised by the abundance of sustainable wedding ideas and options available for a greener wedding.
In our everyday lives, we are consistently making an effort to be more environmentally conscious, and it makes sense to reflect those values in a wedding. The whole process for us opened our minds to the array of options available for greener weddings and made obvious the wild amount of waste that can go into a wedding if you aren’t conscious.
By doing this shoot, we enable others to be inspired and educated about ways to improve their environmental footprint. The people around us inspire us, and we hope that we can be an inspiration for future weddings and that they look to this shoot and create a day that was as beautiful as ours.
The Melbourne-based creatives that brought this sustainable wedding inspiration together:
Katie Reeve – a life celebrant who delights in everyday real-life stories. She wants to help the couple celebrate their unique story. Her aim in life is to live as eco-friendly as she can – a journey that is forever evolving. This can be seen in her work, with her focus on the beauty of nature providing the scenery which allows the couple to truly hold the focus.
Kylie Knight Photography – a photographer with a candid and fun style who loves photographing eco-friendly weddings and tries to help couples by suggesting options that create less impact on the environment. Kylie lives a vegan lifestyle and really cares about animal welfare in our society.
Nat owns The Graceful Bloom – a floral studio in Warrandyte. Nat sources locally grown flowers and uses reusable, recyclable, upcycled, or natural products in her floral design. She’s part of the #nofloralfoam movement and so none of her creations include the very damaging and toxic floral foam. She also doesn’t use synthetic ribbons, wrapping paper or any other single-use plastics.
Jennifer from Love Me Twice – a platform for brides looking for pre-loved and sample dresses [which was set up almost 12 years ago]. This way, brides could have a quicker turn-around time, get a more affordable dress, choose a more eco-friendly option, or get access to dresses they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. Jennifer is also a bridal designer who loves to use fabrics from pre-loved dresses for new custom creations.
Inèz is a cruelty-free hair & makeup artist – She is passionate about making her clients feel beautiful and at their very best. She’ll listen to their unique requirements and work together with them to create a look that enhances their natural features and conceals their insecurities. All the products in her kit are carefully considered, and tested. She tries to run her business and her life as sustainable as possible, for example by using fewer disposables and where unavoidable more sustainable disposables (e.g., without plastic, from recycled/recyclable/compostable materials), buying second-hand clothes, using an ethical bank and a green energy provider for her business and home.
Sue runs the beautiful Mimosa Glen Homestead Cottage and Woolshed – originating in the early 1880s in the Macedon Ranges, about 100 km north of Melbourne. At Mimosa Glen, they are very mindful of their impact on all their surroundings and strive to constantly improve to provide an ethical wedding venue.