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Strawberry Sweethearts; Sustainable Elopement Inspiration

Part 5 of our Green Elopement Styled Shoot Challenge 2022, in partnership with ElopeNC

Kara Mia Events and MKM Photography found their inspiration by considering what was seasonal at this time of year (we held this shoot in April 2022). "I always think of strawberries in springtime! Since strawberries go hand-in-hand with pink and red, the colors of romance, we decided to keep things romantic, and collecting a few vintage details sent us that direction!" -Kate, MKM Photography

Bold red lips were a must for this shoot, and Lovestruck Beauty delivered with a bold yet clean and classic style for the bridal model's hair and makeup!

Like all the gowns from Beautiful & Borrowed Bridal, this one was previously worn is currently being rented out for styled shoots and weddings. Beautiful & Borrowed carries a range of sizes and allows for reversible alterations!

Consignment Jewelry is a wonderful option for your wedding jewelry! Just like with anything second hand, you are cutting down on waste generated by new items and instead prolonging the useful life of an existing item. Plus, you can find some one of a kind pieces through consignment; no two items at Joint Venture Jewelry are alike, and that's where Maria found these stunning pieces to showoff that deep strawberry red!

Maria kept things simple with her floral decor and had a bouquet made for the bridal model. Event Flouret sourced locally grown NC flowers from Piedmont Wholesale.

"All I asked Maria for was bold color, and the vibrant reds, fuchsias, and pinks we worked with delivered on that. The floral details really brought the color to life. " -MKM Photography

This vanilla & strawberry cake from Sweet Bumpas is a perfect encapsulation of the shoot's theme!

"I loved the cake table Maria created—the books added strong lines and a punch of color to the soft pink roundness of Sweet Bumpas's Vanilla & Strawberries cake, and the balance was perfect!" - MKM Photography

The vintage place settings and candlestick holders Maria borrowed from Southern Vintage Table further played up the vibrant red of this shoot, and it all popped nicely on the crisp white linen from American Party Rentals! We also love the added touch of books under the centerpiece arrangement. Books are an inexpensive and reusable way to make decor personal!

There are so many natural ceremony backdrops at Old Lystra Inn, and we love that they chose to highlight the bamboo grove for this shoot. Reverend Katherine Dupree creates custom ceremonies, and even coordinated their outfit for this shoot with a stylish pink suit!


Planner: Kara Mia Events* Florist: Event Flouret* Vintage Rentals: Southern Vintage Table* Linen Rentals: American Party Rentals* Gowns: Beautiful & Borrowed Bridal* Hair & Makeup: Lovestruck Beauty* Officiant: Katherine Dupree*

Venue: Old Lystra Inn*

Photographer: MKM Photography Jewelry: Joint Venture Jewelry Dessert: Sweet Bumpas

*indicates Green Wedding Guild member

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