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Magical Fall Wedding: Green Wedding Styled Shoot Challenge 2020

Updated: Jul 29, 2021

On September 26th, 2020, the Green Wedding Guild held their first Sustainable Wedding Styled Shoot Challenge at Windy Hill Farm in North Carolina. We had four teams participating, each led by a Guild planner who created a wedding style while keeping to a set of sustainable guidelines. The guidelines are as follows:

  • Flowers must be sourced locally and seasonally, and no floral foam may be used.

  • No “new” items may be purchased for this shoot. Decor may be rented, borrowed, or thrifted.

  • Attire & accessories may be pre-loved, from a rental company, or from a sustainable designer.

  • Food (if used) should be seasonally & locally inspired.

  • Stationery (if used) should contain recycled content, be sourced from sustainably managed forests, or in some other way promote sustainability (eg: seed paper, bamboo paper, etc.).

Each team created a beautiful and unique look, and we were blown away by each design! In this series of posts we want to share the styles created by each team, and some of the decisions our planners made to accomplish their look.

Fall Style by Kara Mia Events

Photography by Kivus & Camera

What inspired your theme/style?

The style of my set was inspired by the autumn color palette and the rustic feel of the beautiful farm venue.

How did you stick within our guidelines on sustainable flowers? Who did you work with? If you designed yourself did you try any new techniques?

Staying within the guidelines for sustainable flowers was a breeze! I worked with Event Flouret, who put together a beautiful bridal bouquet and bud vases made up of vibrant local and seasonal flowers.

Give us more details behind your vendor decisions. What sustainable choices did you make for Attire? Dessert? Rentals? Food? Stationery?

For the bride’s attire, we found a beautiful boho-chic dress at Oak City Bridal, which specializes in consigned bridal attire. Our model, Casey, brought her own shoes to wear, and we worked with Joint Venture NC to find vintage jewelry to pull the look together! We found the majority of the groom’s attire in our model Devin’s closet, and pulled it together with the pop of a floral patterned tie that could easily be worn again from Jada’s Men’s Accessories in Durham.

The caprese skewers and macarons were provided by Sage and Swift Catering, and the cake was by Happily Desserted. Both are members of the Green Wedding Guild and have some great eco-friendly practices in place!

The compostable wooden skewers and drink stirrers were courtesy of

SmartPack USA, which offers many wooden and bamboo alternatives to plastic disposables. As a company, SmartPack USA also gives back by partnering with Feeding America and Island Harvest to help fight hunger.

Rentals were provided by American Party Rentals and Southern Vintage Table. I love rentals because of the emphasis on reusing!

The stationary provided by Minted was printed on recycled paper.

What was your favorite part of your setup?

That’s a tough one! I loved all of it, but I think my favorite part was the dessert table.

Vendor Team

Venue: Windy Hill Farm

Planner: KaraMia Events

Photographer: Kivus & Camera

Rentals: Southern Vintage Table, American Party Rentals

Flowers: Event Flouret

Stationary: Minted

Macarons & Catering: Sage & Swift

Cake: Happily Desserted

Hair & Makeup: Perfection by Patricia

Gown: Oak City Bridal

Groom's Tie: Jada's Men's Accessories

Jewelry: Joint Venture Jewelry

Bamboo Picks & Stirrers: SmartPak USA

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