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Thursday, November 30, 2023

The Earth-friendly Ways to Say ‘I Do’

How to plan a wedding that honors your love for each other and the Earth

Text and photos by Yohanna Wendt 

Every element from this styled shoot featured ways to repurpose and be environmentally friendly while still creating a stunning wedding experience.


The floating water lights were created from 6-inch beach balls and lights that were held together by netting fabric, which came from a safety net for a modified special needs bed that was no longer in use.

Sustainable Food

The dessert table was designed and made from old outdoor umbrella stands and chandeliers that were either being thrown out or sold off after renovations of various dining rooms. Everything was given a coat of paint, and then, being careful to not create more waste while creating the wooden round table tops, the hanging elements were ready to be hung. The side poles and top cross-sections were made usable by utilizing scraps of metal inserts, bolts and nuts.

Wedding Catering

The caterer provided an organic spread that was not only stunning, but made from locally grown produce and tasted superb.

The overhead draping on the head table was created from an old pallet that was being thrown out. The greenery was collected from clippings around the neighborhood as people were trimming their trees/bushes. They gladly donated them.

The venue features donated and reclaimed elements, from the wood on its outdoor bar to the boats and arches for beautiful backdrops to add more flair for the beautiful day.





Wedding Design

The table settings were found at garage sales and online garage sales.

The jewelry was provided by estate jewelry brokers who specialize in reselling unique
and gorgeous gem styles. The florals were a mixture of repurposed silk flowers coupled with the greenery from clippings that came from overgrown bushes from around the neighborhood. The dresses were previously owned and found at secondhand stores.

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Coordinator & Photographer:
Yohanna Wendt Photography

Sarah St. Amand


Front Paige Events

Hidden Lake Weddings & Events

Amici Catering

Canapé & Co

Steven Kretchmer Fine Jewelry
Platinum 1911

Table Rentals:
Event Rents

Dessert table design:
Yohanna Wendt

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