What could be more “Eco Chic” then an Earth Day photo shoot with local vendors using sustainable resources and an elopement? Not much we think!
On Earth Day 2017 several Vancouver Island vendors, and a really amazing couple, came together to make a styled shoot and an elopement a huge success.With a passion for the environment and sustainability, Melissa founded Eco Chic Affairs in 2016. She offers sustainable wedding and event planning that allow couples the day of their dreams while ensuring a minimal carbon footprint.
Melissa developed, coordinated and helped to design the shoot. She wanted to focus on the sustainable resources that are so abundant on the Island while showcasing an Eco wedding and the local talent.
There was one problem, its not very eco friendly to have a photo shoot and then have items go to waste. It was then that an idea was born. Why not use a real couple and have them elope afterwards using items from the shoot?
Mitch and Sarah were the perfect couple for the shoot. With an affinity for nature from a young age they have developed an appreciation and respect for the environment which has continued into their adult lives. They try to live with a minimal impact on the planet and make decisions that reflect this, such a buying local and organic foods, limiting landfill contributions and educating the next generation on these important matter. One big decision was their wedding day and how to go about bringing these aspects of their lives into one of their most important days as a couple.They chose to reflect their core values by having a small elopement at a sustainable venue using items from the shoot. They were not sure how it would turn out to step away from the “norms” of a traditional wedding but they could not be happier with the decision they made.
The venue for the shoot and elopement was The Parkside Hotel & Spa. An amazing hotel located in downtown Victoria that is built to LEEDs standards. The Parkside offers green wedding alternatives and unique ceremony and reception locations. Filled with natural beauty and eco features, The Parkside was the perfect venue.
The stunning dress seen on Sarah in the photos is from Love Me Do, a second hand dress store located in Victoria. They offer amazing second hand gowns that have only been worn once. The dress used was two piece consisting of a raw silk silvery blue pocketed skirt and a locally made lacy silk camisole. This dress would typically cost nearly $2,000.00 new however is for sale at Love Me Do for $600.00. Love Me Do helps the modern bride to be both eco and budget conscious!
The suit seen on Mitch is from Outlooks for Men in Victoria. The handsome suit and accessories are Canadian made and one of many options in their store. Buying or renting suits locally supports the Canadian economy while encouraging companies to source ethical clothing.
The beautiful decor and set up/design was done by Danielle from Trend Decor. Danielle owns all of the items seen in the shoot so nothing was bought or made for the shoot. With the items being available for rent, they are reused for different weddings which saves couples from having to buy all of their decor and saves the environment from the over production of supplies.
Danielle not only offers decor but does amazing design and set up for weddings and events. The inspiration for the decor came from a large driftwood piece that was in Danielle’s yard. They built the table scape with this as the focal point. The bamboo chairs, cedar plank dishes and pottery were all made by locally. The stationary is seeded paper that is meant to be planted after use. All stationary was hand wrapped and created by local graphic designer, Berenice Sanders, from Studio 745.
The greenery, flowers and succulents all came from the talented Tina at Platinum Floral Designs. Not only did she assist with the design and beautiful set up, but she also found all the items from her own and neighbours backyard. Not one thing was ordered in or shipped in for the shoot. Tina offers local greenery and florals that are pesticide free and an amazing choice for an eco wedding!
The creative and gorgeously shot photos were done by Hattie Root Photograph. Hattie has a deep love for the environment and everything wild. Her love of nature can be seen in her work as a natural light photographer, where she uses her surrounding to help capture the moment while incorporating textured elements and natural light.
Alexandra, a lead artist for Elate Cosmetics in Victoria BC, did the makeup on the bride for the shoot. Using only Elate products, which are chemical free, cruelty free and vegan ingredients, she did an amazing job giving the bride a natural chic look.
Elate Cosmetics are made in Canada and packaged in an environmentally conscious way. As they are local, safe and deliver glamorous results, they are a great choice for your cosmetics needs.
Hunt and Gather Hair Co. owner, Mandy, did the hair for both the bride and groom. Using Davines Sea Spray and Texture Dust on the bride and Davises moulding clay on the groom. Every product created, designed and produced by Davises is obtained with 100% clean energy. Hunt and Gather Hair Co. is a locally owned and operated hair salon that provides eco friendly hair products and services.
The beautiful, and delicious, cake is from local bakery Ruth & Dean. Ruth & Dean prides itself on sustainability by reducing their garbage in their restaurant, utilizing composting programs and sources as many ingredients locally as possible. They decorate their cakes with foraged flowers and repurpose props and stands for display in their wedding work.
The wedding rings, necklace and earrings were made by Emma Glover Design. Emma designs and hand makes contemporary fine jewellery that celebrates beauty in imperfection. She find inspiration in nature and in the community, thus she is committed to conducting her business with environmental and social consciousness.
Located in Victoria BC, Emma sources her materials responsibly, reuses and recycles materials and creates one of a kind pieces that are carefully created to last a lifetime. These aspects are internal to her ethics as a designer. The rings were made of 14k solid gold and moissanite. Moissanite is a man-made diamond alternative.
The 8ft harvest table and matching benches were handcrafted by Pascal, of PDS Woodwork, in his rural home-based woodworking shop just outside of Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island. Very often their event rentals are purchased post event by their client who fall in love with the rustic yet elegant look of their products. Some wedding couples even gift picnic tables as thank you gift for their loved ones or event a harvest table for their dining room. When doing so, they are supporting the craftsmen-ship of a local island vendor.
It's not every day that a talented group of individuals gets to come together creatively while taking a stand for the environment. In the end, the shoot turned out better than any of the vendors could have imagined and the elopement was perfect.
The West Coast Eco Earth Day Elopement Crew
(Eco Chic Affairs, Hattie Root Photography, Trend Decor, Platinum Floral Designs, The Parkside Hotel & Spa, Love Me Do, Outlooks for Men, Elate Cosmetics, Hunt and Gather Hair Co, Ruth & Dean, PDS Woodwork, Emma Glover Design and Mitch & Sarah.)