After the past few years, it’s so evident how everything we do impacts, well – everything. So we’re thrilled to bring you a stunning (and so golden) editorial put together by a team of eco-friendly and sustainably-minded wedding vendors in Perth. The team had the vision to show that low-waste, environmentally-conscious ceremonies can be beautiful. It all came to life from the vision of photographer Kat of Red Eclectic.
Kat, already passionate about mindful, eco-friendly weddings (Kat donates a tree with Carbon Neutral’s tree planting program for every elopement, donates money to the Malala Fund for every wedding, even her photography prints are provided in environmentally friendly packaging, alongside online copies of photos only held for twelve months to minimise her digital carbon prints) wanted to show that intimate, environmentally – conscious weddings (and in this case elopements!) can still be beautiful. The vision for this shoot, to show off a winter’s day (“We don’t believe in “wedding seasons” she says) making the most of an intimate Airbnb in the forest. “We wanted to show how intimate an Airbnb can be, where a couple can get ready together and enjoy all the special moments of coming together and celebrating afterwards. We only used vendors who are environmentally responsible.”
The styling, brought to life by Lea of Sustylable Event Hire who brought to life Kat’s vision of “a fireplace being the centre point of the wedding ceremony, with its ability to provide warmth on a winter’s day as well as a permanent structure you could easily decorate”. Lea filling the space with an abundance of the beautiful candlelight. Her range of reusable styling items is sourced locally from secondhand or vintage stores.
The beautiful blooms are next, styled by Gray Lane Event Design who works to create foam-free flower arrangements, Katie using offcuts from previous projects, dried her flowers (including blooms from her own grandmother’s garden) to create the beautiful floral details – including the bride’s flower crown.
The bride dressed in an incredible golden gown from Rosa Bridesmaids (a registered ethical clothing manufacturer brand made in Perth, using fabrics used in Australia). Her hair and makeup styled by Go to Gilly Makeup and Hair who only uses products from strict natural ingredients, organic & vegan makeup brand Inika Organic. Our groom wore a taupe coloured suit from suit rental co Suit Vault.
The couple, marrying by the candlelit fireplace in a ceremony officiated by Sally Bruce Celebrant. Sally encourages her couples to create meaning and significant (to them) weddings. She uses recycled paper to print the vows for each of her weddings, re-wearing the same outfit as often as she can, drives a carbon offset-hybrid vehicle and sticks to local weddings to minimise travel.
And of course, once any celebration is complete, it is time to feast! The newlyweds enjoyed a tray of delights from Alma Catering and cake from Chris’ Kitchen. Alma Catering focuses on plant-based, seasonal produce, bought in bulk and free of plastic. Extending that ethos, chefs Nacha and Fer cook without additives, preservatives and refined ingredients. Composting their food scrapes, using plant-based cleaning products and reusable containers, tableware and cutlery. They even make their plant milk!
“As wedding vendors, we should be providing our services as ethically and sustainably as possible, and I wanted to highlight that an ‘eco wedding’ can still be beautiful” says Kat. And I am sure you will agree, with beauty such as this, there is no excuse not to go green (or.. gold!).