Real Bride// Kristin x Steven

June 15, 2017

Real Bride// Kristin x Steven

Real bride Kristin joined us this week to talk a little about how she met her husband and how they planned their ethical wedding. Their beautiful wedding was held at Willowfield Lavender Farm in Mooresville IN. 

Photography | Ashley Link Photography 

http://ashleylinkphotography.com/

 

My husband Steven and I met in Southern California (where we were both living at the time). We joined (and then eventually led) a small group/bible study from a church in the area. We became close friends and then made the leap to start dating several months later. I finally figured out that I liked Steven (as more than a friend) while I was actually on a date with another guy. This guy was nice and genuine, but I just couldn’t stop thinking “I’d rather be having a conversation with Steven right now.” 

Before the wedding

  We have chosen to be intentional with purchases and decisions we make - doing our best to be aware of the unseen consequences of things (unintentionally supporting sweatshop labor, for example). So when we were planning our wedding, it was no different. Now, sometimes purchasing the ethical option is much more expensive. So, in order to keep costs down, we DIY’d a lot of the decor, and purchased a few items from secondhand stores (groom's jacket, bride’s shoes). And for some things, we simply cut them out (ex, our invite was one page, and had all our info for guests on a website).

 

bridesmaids

Groomsmen 

Our wedding was at the most magical of places - Willowfield Lavender Farm (in Mooresville, IN, just outside Indianapolis). It is a dreamy organic lavender farm owned by two of the sweetest human beings on planet earth, Kieran and Libbe O’Connor. There are so many reasons why this is an amazing venue, but here are just a few: 
  • They only book one wedding a weekend. Meaning you have flexibility in set up times and also free/open access to the venue for rehearsal & rehearsal dinner if you choose to have the dinner there.
  • They are both professional and ridiculously flexible/friendly. They can basically make anything happen, but they will be realistic with your expectations.
  • Libbe & Kieran are just the best (expect lots of hugs).

DIY Things:

• Favors – handmade tea light holders made from logs/branches from the backyard

(plus some from a tree that fell in one of the recent storms)

• Invitation Envelopes – made from old scrapbook paper (and some from recycled

catalogs & magazines)

Kristin is currently working on a new company called Trace Fashion made in Indianapolis, employing women who are getting out of the adult entertainment industry (who have been trafficked or exploited and are in need of a career change)

 

Kristin wore the Eleanor dress with a beautiful beaded belt that can be found here: https://www.celia-grace.com/collections/wedding-dress/products/eleanor

For more photographs of this beautiful wedding the full collection is online here: 

https://www.dwell.com/collection/real-bride-kristin-x-steven-ea258f59

List of Vendors:

Venue – Willowfield Lavender Farm (organic farm, family & locally-owned)
• Photographer – Ashley Link Photography (local)
• Caterer – Caveman Food Truck (local business using as much local foods as possible,
meats & veggies, etc & compostable plates)
• Wedding Dress – Celia Grace (fair trade)
• Bride’s Shoes – Goodwill J (2nd hand)
• Bride’s Ring – Ash Hilton Jewellry (handmade from recycled nickel and beach gold)
• Groom’s Ring – Metal Wendler (handmade)
• Groom’s Jacket – Newman & Co (2nd hand)
• Groom’s Shoes – Nisolo (made ethically in Peru)
• Groomsmen’s Ties – Mrs Bowtie (handmade in England)
• Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Blue Canoe (made in USA, with organic materials)
• Bridesmaids’ Necklaces – 31 Bits (made ethically with recycled paper by artisans in
Uganda)
• Bride’s Bouquet – Bliss Haven Farms (local flower farm)
• Bride’s Necklace – The Giving Keys (create jobs for those transitioning out of
homelessness in LA area)
• Groom’s Socks – Mitscoots Outfitters (yes, I am crazy enough to pay attention to
even this much detail) (made in USA, employ those transitioning out of
homelessness)
• Invitations – Casey Makes (local etsy shop/graphic designer)
• Coffee & Hot Chocolate for Afogato bar – Equal Exchange Co (fair trade)
• Honeymoon Destination – Jicaro Island Eco Lodge in Nicaragua
• Rehearsal Caterer – Public Greens (donate profits to feeding children in local after
school programs and teach them about healthy eating)



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