Modern, Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration

bride and groom

The inspiration for today’s lovely styled shoot started when the photographer, Kate Ignatowski, was making some eco-friendly changes to her small business and felt overwhelmed trying to make everything eco-friendly. She eventually realized if we all just make small changes where we can, it can add up to create a big impact! She thinks that ideology can carry over to weddings, and we definitely agree! Environmentally-conscious couples shouldn’t feel pressure to have to have a zero-impact wedding, but they can totally include a few thoughtful, eco-friendly ideas into their day, while staying true to their style. Here’s how the team did it…

invitation trifold

All of the stationery for the shoot was designed by Smock and printed on eco-friendly bamboo paper.

calligraphy invitation

flower crown golden hour bride

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

The gorgeous backdrop was Pioneer Farm, located about an hour north of NYC.

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sunset bride

small green bouquet

hanging can decor


hanging dried herbs


Guest favors were fruits + veggies from the farm’s garden, housed in reusable organic cotton tote bags. Dried flowers, foraged from the property, were wrapped together and hung above the table.

hanging dried herbs

escort cards

chalkboard frame happy hour table

chalkboard dinner items


bride and groom

bride and groom

The pretty dress was handmade by Kendal Leonard Designs out of organic cotton sateen, organic cotton cording, and organic cotton thread. It’s pretty much the epitome of effortless beauty. Love it!

greenery arm band

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And tell us you’re not swooning over this amazing tablescape! The team built the table from a slab of salvaged wood placed atop saw horses from the farm’s shed. The moss + succulent runner + test-tube inspired vase installation by Mimosa Floral are definitely pin-worthy table details. See even more tablescape inspiration here!

wooden table

ranunculus and moss

ranunculus and moss

fish icon table name

hanging cans

Thanks so much to everyone below for sharing their ideas for a modern, eco-friendly wedding with us today!

photographer: Kate Ignatowski // florals: Mimosa Floral // location + farm table: Pioneer Farm // invitation: Smock // assistant: Claire Teator // wedding dress: Kendal Leonard Designs // calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher // gold bracelet + ring: Aquarian Thoughts // models: Brooklyn + Patrick Coats

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  1. Organic wedding dress – exquisite! Dried flowers, wrapped and hung above the table, and farm fresh fruits and vegetables for favors makes me wish I had been there!

  2. So unique. Precious wedding. The bride’s bouquet is my favorite! Love the table too.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing our shoot, GWS! :)

  4. Thanks so much for featuring our shoot GWS! We love you! We had such an amazing time putting it together! robbing my recycling for the tree lanterns I think was my favorite part, oh, and the sage bouquet! Hope that turns into a new trend :) Big hugs to Kate who always takes such amazing pics and who is the best creative collaborator ever!

  5. I love every details of this eco-chic wedding! The tin cans, the simple invitations, the organic souvenirs, the elegant set-up… and everything! 😊 Kudos!

    Angel Meg 💞

  6. What a beautiful wedding, we love the eco-friendly touches!


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