Updated: Aug 4
Eco & Ivory Events is an eco-friendly wedding planning company based in Pittsburgh, PA, and one of the newest member of the Green Wedding Guild! We are excited to feature this Fire and Ice themed styled shoot they organized, and hope it inspires your own green wedding plans! Check out Eco & Ivory Events for more sustainable wedding inspiration in the Pittsburgh area!
This fire and water inspired styled shoot took place on April 6, 2022 at The WBU Event Venue, a historic Pittsburgh German social club and bowling alley turned into a hip event space. The downstairs part of the venue where the shoot took place features several unique walls, including a hallway full of ornate mirrors, which made for stunning backdrops.
In designing the shoot, I aimed to play off of the venue as much as possible. I used shades of blue to pop against the warm tones of the brick and original steel beams in the space. I chose linens and chair colors that tied in with the multicolor painted wall, and I incorporated ornate pieces into the decor to mimic the wall of mirrors.
The shoot was originally inspired by the “fire and ice” concept from Game of Thrones. Therefore, I integrated a few regal elements into the design. The dress was inspired by the character “Daenerys Targaryen,” and a few décor elements, such as the artichokes and flatware, were chosen because of their resemblance to dragon eggs and dragon scales.
For the fire and water inspired theme, the ceremony arch was designed to be reminiscent of flowing water, while orange accents and candlelight added to the ”fire” element.
My goal was to break from tradition by showing that a green wedding doesn’t have to be green in terms of color and that a moody vibe can be pulled off in the springtime. Various eco-friendly elements and practices were incorporated into the shoot:
The shoot was conducted in a historic building that also regularly contributes to the greater good by recycling, partnering with eco-friendly vendors, and working with caterers to reduce plastic usage and food waste. Supporting a historic building, as opposed to a newly built venue that is not green certified, can be a great option when striving to be more sustainable.
Choosing a sustainable florist was important for this shoot. Steel City Florals is very eco- conscious and engages in sustainable practices like composting and growing their own materials. In planning the florals for this shoot, we worked to ensure that as many flowers as possible were seasonal and local. The arrangements were floral foam-free and donated after the shoot. Incorporating fruit and twigs into the florals added an ethereal touch and helped to bring the outdoors in.
The cake was made from seasonal lavender and embellished with seasonal florals. It was provided by a bakery that uses clean and organic ingredients, and the leftovers were given away after the shoot to ensure they would not be wasted.
When I first laid eyes on the cape, I knew I had to have it! The dress and cape were provided by a wedding dress consignment shop. Going with a clean, simple dress allowed for us to show off the stunning cape, bouquet, and jewelry, all of which were rather elaborate in their design. The suit was rented by a local formalwear rental company.
Wearing antique jewelry can be a great way to keep your wedding more ethical and earth-friendly. The jewelry for this shoot consisted of antique and estate jewelry. The ornate design of the necklace really tied in with the design details on the cape and other décor elements.
Edible décor was used to cut down on the florals while also adding a bit of freshness to a dark and moody space. This included seasonal produce like artichokes and blood oranges. Using a natural or edible favor or place setting embellishment can often be more sustainable compared to using traditional favors and napkin rings. Therefore, I went with an unexpected place setting embellishment, a gooseberry, which could also be a great conversation starter among guests. Other decor items were rented or purchased pre-used from antique stores.
I used samples from Minted Weddings that were made from 100% post-consumer waste
recycled paper for the menu and invitation. To keep paper usage to a minimum, I displayed one
menu on the dining table versus one at each place setting. Bark paper was used for the script
that featured a lyric from Vance Joy’s song, “Fire and the Flood.”
Why was sustainability important to the vendors?
Pittsburgh has been making great strides toward sustainability, but the wedding industry has been slow to catch up. By putting together a shoot in which I strived to work with as many eco-conscious vendors as possible, my goal was to build connections among like-minded vendors and to get them excited about advancing the Pittsburgh wedding industry, while also spreading awareness among the less sustainable vendors. I found that vendors were thrilled to jump on board because they want to support green business and advocate for more sustainable practices in the world of events.
Photographer: Maya Elaine Photography, LLC
Planner /Event Designer / Coordinator: Eco Ivory Event Design
Venue: The WBU Event Venue
Floral Designer: Steel City Florals
Dress Salon: Bridal Maven
Suit: Top Hat Tuxedo
Jewelry: Henne Jewelers
Cake Design: The Butterwood Bake Consortium
Lighting: EF Lighting
Tabletop; Furniture Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals
Linen Rentals: Lendable Linens
Vintage Furniture Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals
Hair: Fierce by Sasha
Stationery: Minted Weddings
Couple: Cydney Cooper & Kailon Lyons
"Angela is a Certified Green Wedding Professional in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her background in the catering field, coupled with planning parties for friends and family, fostered a love of event planning but also made her realize that the wedding and event industry can be incredibly wasteful. So she decided to start Eco & Ivory to help eco-conscious couples plan a more earth-friendly wedding day that's true to themselves and their values."