Eco-Friendly Wedding Details

A few months ago I helped photographer Sabine Scherer promote her Eco-Contest. Free wedding photograhy for a creative wedding that is also eco-conscious. And, not only is this wedding both of those, but it is also budget friendly! Hopefully these photos and descriptions will help provide some ideas to incorporate into your day. A lot of these ideas are easy to do. Thanks so much for sharing the results Sabine!

babys breath bouquet

From Sabine, I loved that they had a basket on the bench with them during the ceremony with all the pictures of the loved ones that could not join them. The wedding took place at the beautiful Leonard Lake in northern California.

wooden branch arbor

Frankly, I think all ceremonies should end with a canoe ride. How cool is that! I agree!

lake canoe wedding

When you drove up to the Lake houses you were welcomed with a little packet (printed on recycled paper of course) that had all the information of where the guests were staying. These were tied to the tree with twine and clothespins. Very cute. All the jars you see were collected from thrift stores, craigslist and friends. To fill all these jars Regina & Tim made their own soy candles (much friendlier than your average paraffin candle) and got flowers that were local and in season.

mason jar vases

This was a brilliant idea – Regina & Tim did not want to go through a ton of glassware, so everyone wrote their name (with twig pencils) on a label attached to mason jars. This way guests only used one glass for water & lemonade throughout the evening. I wanted to do the same thing at my own wedding – hence its so brilliant! The table runners were from burlap sacks Regina and Tim collected from a local coffee roaster and can be composted after the wedding. Apparently the leftovers were used for sack races. Too bad I missed that part of the weekend.

woodsy wedding

All the food was local organic seasonal food. And the bread was to die for! To top it all off the beef came from the fields right next to Leonard Lake Road. It doesn’t get much more local than that. All of the wine and beer served were also local and organic. The beer came in kegs so not to have too many bottles to recycle. To wrap it all up, at the end of the night they used compostable corn plates for the pie.

pbj wedding menu

And to top it all off Regina & Tim went on an eco-friendly honeymoon at Suenos Tulum, Tulum Mexico!

Thanks so much Sabine! And the contest was such a success that she wil be offering it again in a few months, so if you want some free wedding photography and are planning a green wedding – or maybe this has provided some ideas! – make sure you keep checking her blog. I will also let you know when the contest starts. I really love how it turned it. And, Sabine is getting married this week – at the same location!! Congrats to you and your new husband!! Can’t wait to see your photos.