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10 Ways to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding

While planning a bepsoke, style centric celebration is at the heart of SMP, so is crafting a wedding that makes the world a better place. Over the years we’ve been inspired by brides who put sustainability at the forefront of their festivities (see some of our faves here + here) and in honor of Earth Day we have Allison Beal of StyleSaint, and Rebekah Carey of A&B Creative here to share their tips for an eco-friendly “I do” from start to finish. Ashley Kelemen captured the bridal beach shoot they crafted with this very sentiment in mind, and there’s more moments to pin in the gallery.

1. FORAGE FLOWERS/GREENS + BUY LOCAL AND IN-SEASON

Foraging for greens to supplement your bouquet and centerpieces is a great way to be sustainable as well as save money. Fields, abandoned lots, and sides of roads are great places to go foraging. Try not to take more than 25% of any particular plant. If you’re buying flowers, farmer’s markets and local flower farms are great places to start. Try to always use what’s local and in season.

2. USE SILK SCRAPS AS FLOWER RIBBON

There is nothing more beautiful or personal that taking the scraps from your dress hem and adding it to your beautiful bouquet. Not only is the quality of fabric the best you could find, but it also adds a personal touch.

3. CHOOSE A REHEARSAL AND SHOWER DRESS YOU’LL WEAR AGAIN

Reserving your “wear once” purchase to only your wedding dress not only reduces wasteful spending but also ups your closet game. 

4. PICK DECOR ITEMS YOU’LL REUSE IN YOUR HOME OR GIFT TO OTHERS

If you aren’t renting, try to purchase used (i.e. vintage candle sticks) or ones that you can use again or give away. If you were to make your napkins for example, a great idea is to give them to friends and family as holiday gifts in packs along with a loaf of bread and jam.

5. CONSIDER LIVING CENTERPIECES THAT CAN BE PLANTED POST-WEDDING

Planted flowers and plants make beautiful centerpieces! In addition to being “green” they can double as favors for your guests and you can even plant some at home after to remember the special day.

6. SERVE LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD

As farm-to-table becomes more and more prominent, catering companies are more likely to have relationships with farms and vendors who can help them create a local, in-season menu for you.

7. ASK YOUR CATERING COMPANY TO COMPOST AND RECYLE

Feeding a group of people at a single time creates a lot of waste, simply having compost and recycling for your catering company can make a big difference.

8. PROVIDE HAND TOWELS IN YOUR BATHROOMS INSTEAD OF PAPER TOWELS

Providing beautiful hand towels for your guests in the bathrooms instead of paper towels not only reduces waste but feels more luxe. 

9. REDUCE PAPER IMPACT

We’re so lucky that today there are beautiful paper options that are also 100% post-consumer recycled. You can use less paper by having your maps, registry information, etc. available on your website as opposed to printed out and included with your invitation. Having a large program at your ceremony and a large menu at your reception also allows your guests to know what’s going on, but eliminates the need to have individual pieces for each of your guests.

10. RENT INSTEAD OF BUY WHEN IT COMES TO DECOR

Vintage rental companies and other niche rental outfits are such an amazing resource for decor. It limits last minute impulse buys and also frees up time that would otherwise be spent scouring Craigslist.

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Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Styling, Coordination And Floral Design: A&B Creative | Brides Dress: StyleSaint – Saint Celine | Bridesmaid Look: StyleSaint – Seafoam Lace | Model – Bride: Brooke Larson | Model – Bridesmaid: Joy Shivers  | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab

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A Wedding with a Pop of Color

Like a little black dress with a fabulous pink shoe, this wedding is the pop of color that every bride loves. And when we say color, we mean COLOR! Bright, pretty pinks and reds and hues that make you want to sip a rum punch and dance the night away. Held at the Haiku Mill with photographs from Anna Kim and florals by Mandy Grace, this little gem is all about the pretty. And there is more here!

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From the Bride… Coming from two very different backgrounds, and with family and friends in Asia, Europe, Australia and the USA, we decided to hold the wedding in a location that was on “neutral” ground! We just so happened to pick one of the world’s best wedding venues and that was apparent from the moment we started planning the day with the amazing team at Haiku Mill.

Favorite moments…
THE BAND. Erin and the band were amazing! Having David Wolf playing with them was a special treat which we really weren’t expecting. For me, that made the evening, especially as we are music lovers.

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS. Having the photographer who took the photos which helped us to choose Haiku Mill as our venue take our photos on the day! Anna Kim and her assistant were amazing.

THE FLORAL DESIGNERS. Mandy Grace turned the Mill into a beautiful dream with her floral designs. It was breath-taking to say the least!

THE VENUE. The concern that the Haiku Mill had for our happiness and the happiness of our guests. From bringing in extra generators to ensure an electricity supply (after the power got knocked out the night before in an epic storm) through to producing extra bottles of whiskey when our guests finished the bottles we had on hand, the sheer care and attention we received from Lindsay, Silvia and the rest of the team ensured that we had a truly magical day.

THE FOOD. Maui Executive Catering outdid themselves! And I will always remember that steak as one of the best I’ve ever had!

Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Videography: Cinemaui | Coordination: Lindsay Miller | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Design | Cake: Cake Fanatics | Ceremony Venue: Haiku Mill | Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair And Makeup: Liz Javelosa | Cocktail Catering: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Musician: David Wolf Weddings | Rentals: Island Rents

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Luxe Wedding at The Haiku Mill

The Haiku Mill is one of the world’s most spectacular venues. Bottom line is that every wedding held in this special space is beautiful. But when you layer in a drop dead gorgeous bride, a style that is as luxe and chic as it is romantic and little details that incorporate a sense of home, The Haiku Mill becomes all the more lovely. With photos from Anna Kim Photography, a design by Mandy Grace and rentals from Ophie Love, this is a wedding for the books!

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From the Bride… Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding, but Haiku Mill managed to meld a flawless night with our unique style as a couple. When Peter proposed on a North Shore Oahu beach in February 2013, we knew we wanted to return to Hawaii for our wedding. The Haiku Mill offered the perfect mixture of elegance and Hawaiian traditions. With our wedding coordinator’s help, our guests were treated to white orchid leis that indicated their table numbers, signature tropical drinks mixed with fresh lilikoi juice, and a wedding cake made with mangoes picked from the grounds of the Haiku Mill.

Our wedding was more than a tropical getaway for 70 of our closest friends and family. It perfectly captured our love for one another in a fairytale setting. There are many beautiful places to get married in Hawaii, but standing under the stars inside the Haiku Mill is a sight unlike any other. Aloha!

Photography: Anna Kim Photography | Coordination: Lindsay Miller | Floral Design: Mandy Grace | Cake: Designer Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Haiku Mill | Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair And Makeup: Ry-n Shimabuku | Officiant: Keli'i Brown | Bar Service: Bars Are Us | Music: Marvin Tevaga | Rentals: Signature | Rentals: Maui Rents | Rentals: Island Rents | Rentals: Opihi Love

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Soft Blue Hawaii Wedding Table Inspiration

If ever there was a day to get completely swept away by the beauty of weddings, today would be the day. This little slice of inspiration heaven sent our way from photographer Wendy Laurel, designers Mandy Grace Designs and Couture Events Maui, is kind of like drifting away on a hammock without a care in the world. Perfectly sweet design elements, a sense of grace built into every detail and a gorgeous bride all wrapped up into inspiration for ANY wedding. And there is more here!

Mandy Grace Designs

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From Wendy LaurelBlue is the color of Hawaii. We have blue oceans and blue skies so designers Mandy Grace (Mandy Grace Designs) and Erica Goldsmith (Couture Events Maui) dreamed up a soft blue wedding inspiration for a fresh take on a Hawaii destination wedding.

They chose an upcountry Maui venue for its wind, sun, fields, and trees. Using hand dyed silk ribbons from Adorn (a new passion of Mandy Grace Designs), blueberries, and loose blue florals, they styled a light airy blue table. Matching in various shades of blue and white Miss B Calligraphy hand-wrote lovely invitations and envelopes with vintage stamps. The classic Audrey Hepburn-style bridal gown and blue shoes added a touch of classic and fun. The pillows were handmade by Couture Events Maui.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Design: Couture Events Maui | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs | Hair And Makeup: Soleil Luna Salon - Nikki Guy | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Dessert: Maui Sweet Cakes | Hand Dyed Ribbons: Adorn From Mandy Grace Designs | Location: Ka Hale Olinda | Pillows: Couture Events Maui | Rentals: The Collection Maui | Table Top Rentals: Set

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Rustic Glam Maui Wedding

When the blushing Bride is one uber talented event planner herself, you know you’re in for a treat. With her stylish eye and creativity, and with the onsite support of Belle Destination Weddings & Events, she crafted one beautiful bash, full of stunning shades of lavender, purple and pink florals by Mandy Grace Design. AMERIS soaked it all up with their lens and this gallery is truly a feast for the eyes.

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From the beautiful Bride… As a wedding planner, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of countless beautiful weddings and have witnessed more than my fair share of the joy and love that occurs at them. Being on the other side of things, as the Bride, was an experience I couldn’t have prepared for though, and it was truly the time of my life!

Nick and I first met back in 2006, through a mutual friend, one night out at a local bar. Within weeks, we became inseparable, and have spent the last eight years together sharing in life’s big and small moments, creating a home, building our businesses together, enjoying mornings, soaking in sunshine, and oh yeah…traveling to Maui. We love Maui more than any other spot in the world. And after six straight years of traveling there together, it has become our home away from home.

When we first got engaged, the thought of planning our wedding locally was overwhelming to me, as I knew that it would just feel too much like work. I wanted the weeks leading up to our wedding to be fun and relaxing for both of us, and we both wanted the spot where we said our “I do’s” to be special to “us.” So, the decision to host our wedding in Maui was a no-brainer, and one that did not surprise any of our friends and family! We wanted to design a wedding that showcased what we love about Hawaii, create a relaxed atmosphere filled with high-end details for all our guests who traveled so far, and spend the day surrounded by our nearest and dearest. Nick and I love to host parties, and so infusing our personal laid-back, fun, and stylish style, came very naturally.

On our yearly trip to Maui, in 2013, we were able to meet up with the lovely ladies of Belle Destination, who I knew would be the perfect allies in planning our dream wedding. They helped us find the perfect venue, and shared with me all their top vendor recommendations. From their tips, I set to work building our A-team of vendors, and designing our perfect day! The best decision we made though was to bring the power duo, AMERIS, down from Victoria with us. I have had the pleasure of working alongside them many times, and the talent and instincts that they possess is ridiculous! And they are just as much fun as they are talented, and so having them a part of our day was so special. When we look through our photos, we know that we will forever remember not just how our day looked, but how we felt during those moments. And that is something that I will always be grateful for! So, to all you Brides out there… do NOT skimp on a photographer! The morning and afternoon, spent with our wedding party and photographers was a total blast, and one of my favorite memories is being carried over a fence by the groomsmen, to get to Nick for our First Look! Hilarious!

Our wedding ceremony, was special to us for so many reasons. It was such an intimate group of family and friends who were there with us, and getting to share that moment with them was amazing! We asked one of our best friends to perform our ceremony, and he made the whole experience incredible. He also managed to get ordained, and so was able to legally marry us, which was the cherry on top. My favorite moment of the ceremony would have to be split up into two: walking with my Dad towards everyone, and laughing as we stumbled through our vows.

Food and drink were really high on our priority list, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with the quality that both Aloha Events Catering and Garnish Events supplied. Our friends constantly make fun of us for being self-acclaimed “mixologists,” and so getting to work with Steph and her amazing team at Garnish, was a dream come true! Not only are their drinks so tasty, but the level of attention to detail that they put into everything, is a wedding planners dream! My favorite drink we served, the “Rose-jito”, literally had a pink garden rose garnished on each one! Amazing!

Trying to narrow down my other favorite details is near impossible, but I will try. The florals by Mandy Grace completely exceeded my expectations! She perfectly infused the jewel tones of our palette (navy, purples, pinks, and white), and I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect bouquet! The chair garlands, our ceremony archway, and the fact that she was able to find peonies in October…incredible! Being able to dine al fresco, was a big priority as well! Back home, it is near impossible to host a reception outside without a tent. We took a big risk not renting one for our own wedding, but the gamble totally paid off, and we were treated to the perfect Maui evening. With the lights strung between the trees, candles lit on the table, and the stars above, it was picture perfect.

Creating the perfect guest experience was also really important to us, as we were so appreciative that so many of our friends and family would travel so far for us! We organized a few outings for everyone (snorkel tour, picnic lunch etc.), which allowed us to spend time with everyone! And on the actual wedding day, all of our guests hopped on a bus and were whisked away to the “secret” wedding venue. This was one thing that we had SO much fun with while planning, and it really built up the excitement for our guests! We managed to keep our wedding venue a total secret to everyone, and so they were driven along a windy coast-line, and towards the lava fields of South Maui, with no idea of where they were going! Once they arrived at the spot, they were greeted with custom cocktails, acoustic guitar music provided by the seriously talented David Wolf, and a million dollar view. The rest of the day/evening, was filled with lots of music, drinks, food, and laughs! As the night came to a close, and Nick and I were whisked off to our ride, we could hear them chanting “Newlyweds! One more song! Newlyweds! One more song!” The perfect end, to the perfect day!

Photography: AMERIS | Event Planning: French Kiss Events | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Design | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Hair & Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Lighting: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Wedding Venue: Sugarman Estate | Bar Service: Garnish Events | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Bridesmaid Dress Boutique : Blush Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Sophie Grace Maui | Day Of Coordination: Belle Destination Weddings And Events | Furniture Rentals: Opihi Love Wedding Coordination & Event Design | Musician: David Wolf | Paper Goods: French Kiss Events | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy

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Elegant Maui Destination Wedding

Maui weddings are gorgeous. Plain and simple. But this elegant affair planned by Belle Destination Weddings & Events totally takes that gorgeous and raises it to the next level. Captured by Tamiz Photography with florals from Bella Bloom Floral Boutique, this gallery will have you oohing and awwing until the very last image.

From Belle Destination Weddings & EventsWhen one envisions getting married in Maui, there is usually a beachy/tropical idea that looms in the mind; however, there are those who long for the destination experience while not compromising on their ideal classic wedding affair. Enter Mike and Megan, an absolutely adorable and fun-loving couple from Calgary looking to swap the cold for the temperate weather of gorgeous Maui. From the Bride…“We met at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in an undergraduate physiology class. We had a mutual friend in the class, but since Mike sat in the front row, and I sat in the back row, we chatted only periodically. At the end of the year, we found out that we’d both been accepted into similar four-year programs at UBC. This prompted an increasing number of Facebook messages, and lots of flirting in class, but neither of us was brave enough to ask the other out. It took another year of this before we finally went out on a date!” Then came the proposal! Mike pulled out all the stops, setting up a penthouse suite at a ritzy hotel during one of their many mini-getaways to Banff. From the Bride… “I knew something was up! Later in the evening, Mike presented me with a large gift, which, when unwrapped, revealed a smaller gift inside. This “Russian doll” present contained six increasingly smaller gifts, one wrapped inside the next. Removing the last layer of wrapping paper revealed an engagement ring!” The couple chose Maui as their destination location of choice. Giving their guests a break from their norm up in Canada was important, thought they were not necessarily sold on the traditional Hawaiian-style affair. From the Bride…“Initially we wanted to get married on the beach, but we soon found out that there are many potential pitfalls to consider when planning a beach wedding. All of the beaches in Hawaii are public, so you can often end up with some uninvited guests! Inclement weather, such as rain and blowing sand, can also be a challenge to work around. We found Haiku Mill on the Style Me Pretty blog, and we knew that it would be the perfect wedding venue.” Haiku Mill proved to be the perfect venue for the classic elegance they sought. It was a small affair of just 25 guests, keeping with their idea of a low-key wedding event. From the Bride… “We envisioned an intimate, low-stress, wedding with close friends and family. Deciding on a destination wedding was difficult, because we knew that several friends and family members wouldn’t be able to attend. But in the end, a destination wedding allowed us to spend more time with our guests, because we got to see them over the course of the whole week, not just on our wedding day. By the time our wedding rolled around midweek, everyone was in “vacation mode”, thanks to some beach time and plenty of poolside drinks. This made for a really relaxed and enjoyable wedding day!” The couple entrusted in us to design an event that would not only compliment and enhance the gorgeous venue, but also encapsulate the romance and elegance that they wanted their guests to experience. With the assistance of Bella Bloom Floral Boutique, we kept an emphasis on loose structured florals in neutral and cool tones, blending in accents of driftwood, and tons of candlelight. We utilized natural elements such as wood furniture – tables, chairs, and lounges, and candlelight to create warmth and rusticity. No detail was left untouched. Set provided the gorgeous specialty china, glassware, and flatware that adorned the place settings. The place settings were accented with a single fragrant gardenia (the bride’s favorite flower) to add another scent element to the guests’ experience. The result was dripping in utter romance and simple rusticity, creating the most perfect backdrop for this intimate and love-inspired event! All of the beauty of the event, and most importantly, that of the couple, was captured by the incredible Tamiz Photography.

Photography: Tamiz Photography | Floral Design: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Catering: Maui Executive Catering Company | Hair & Makeup: Mira Carman | Entertainment: Kelly Villaverde | DJ: DJ Del Sol | Officiant: Pastor Pia Aluli | Calligraphy & Stationery: Miss B Calligraphy | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | China, Glassware, & Flatware Rentals: Set | Furniture & Lighting: Signature | Wedding Planning & Design: Belle Destination Weddings & Events

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