Angela Baguet of Eco & Ivory Event Design is an eco-friendly wedding planner, so sustainability is always at the forefront of her planning and designs. This intimate wedding styled shoot was no exception, starting with the venue! This shoot was beautifully photographed by Linnea Marie Photography at Succop Nature Park, which is part of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, an organization that is focused on the education, conservation, and protection of birds.
The styled shoot was inspired by natural elements, particularly rocks and crystals and the trees and forestry found at the park. While most couples opt to say their vows at one of the other beautiful areas this venue has to offer, Succop Nature Park has a gorgeous pine tree that can hold a very small, intimate ceremony inside and around it, and Angela really wanted to feature it in this shoot. The trees and scenery made for stunning backdrops, which cut down on the need to bring in extra rentals and décor.
Amethyst, rose quartz, and moss were the inspiration behind the color scheme. Rocks and crystals, some of which were sourced from a yard sale and some from MoonStones, were placed in the hanging tree orbs and scattered throughout the shoot to provide a sense of earthiness.
Bramble & Blossom, a sustainable florist in the Pittsburgh area, provided the florals. They use only seasonal and American grown flowers and forage many of their own blooms and greenery locally. They found some very unique blooms from a few nearby farms to incorporate into the arrangements for the shoot.
The “moss bark” linen used for the cake table was another great inspirational piece and was meant to fit right in with its earthy surroundings. The cake was purchased from Butterwood Bake Consortium, a bakery that uses clean and organic ingredients, and was repurposed as a birthday cake afterward.
The furniture, dinnerware, and linens were rented from Event Source and Mosaic, two rental companies that utilize green cleaning practices, among other sustainable operations. Most of the remaining décor was borrowed or pre-used inventory. The pillar candles consisted of beeswax, a great sustainable wax alternative.
The invitation suite was made by Sal Studios and consisted of handmade wildflower seed paper. The menu was a reused sample from Minted Weddings, and the other stationery pieces were made from flower petals and bark. To keep paper usage to a minimum, Angela displayed one menu on the table, rather than at each place setting.
The dress and accessories were provided by Bridal Maven, a wedding dress consignment shop. Other attire, such as the groom’s attire and bride’s shoes, were pre-used from the couple’s closet or borrowed. The rings consisted of a topaz gemstone ring, which added a little “something blue” to the day, and a pre-loved wedding band. Hair and makeup were done by Lightning Hair Lounge & Wellness Center, which prides itself on using 100% vegan and cruelty-free beauty products.
As someone who loves to delve into personal and spiritual growth, Angela loves the healing nature of crystal jewelry and thought that a handwritten quote from Rumi was the perfect romantic detail to add a touch of spirituality to the shoot.
Overall, this eco-friendly styled shoot focused on doing more with less, and we hope it will inspire couples to use what’s found around them in nature when planning and designing their big day!
Venue: Succop Nature Park
Photographer: Linnea Marie Photography
Planning & Design: Eco & Ivory Event Design *
Florist: Bramble & Blossom
Dress: Bridal Maven
Hair & Makeup: Lightning Hair Lounge
Cake Table Linen: Mosaic
Rentals & Linens: Event Source
Invitation: Sal Studios
Menu: Minted Weddings Model Couple: Jessica and Kevin Batchelor
Crystals: MoonStones… A Metaphysical Haven
*indicates Green Wedding Guild members
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.