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Eco wedding fair
We heard there was an eco wedding fair in Bristol at the beginning of November (why weren't we invited?) and we thought you'd like to see how inspiring it turned out to be. Thanks to Jennie Hill for her lovely photos.
Jennie Hill's wedding photography
Jennie Hill contacted us a few weeks ago to tell us about her uniquely joyful photography style and we were totally smitten!
Based in Dorset and working as a wedding photographer in Dorset, Devon and Hampshire, Jennie Hill is a farmer's daughter born and bred in the West Country. This must be what makes her an expert on the beautiful light and landscapes that the hills and valleys of that part of the world evoke.
Her style seems to offer a quirky mix of soft country and vintage all rolled into one - quite a new look and thoroughly on trend, as far as we're concerned.
Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations
The lovely Emma Stoner, ethical wedding and reportage photographer, sent us these amazing pictures taken while she was out and about on assignment during the Diamond Jubilee Weekend. We think she has captured the joy, energy and friendship that pulsed our beautiful country during those four days of celebrations.
You can see for yourself what a professional Emma is - for more information and to get a taste of her wedding photography, go to her website.
Eclectic eco-chic London wedding
What we love about the weddings that our fans throw is the total individuality of them and the irresistible melting pot of cultures that boil over!
Ethical wedding photographer, Emma Stoner sent us lovely photos of Jenny and Peter's Jewish wedding held right in the heart of the City at the iconic newly refurbished St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. The couple chose the spot for it's unique character and convenient location not far from their North London flat, so helping to cut down on travel. This beautiful building, with its stylish Victorian inspired interiors and Gothic romantic architecture provides an excellent setting for a wedding.
Creative Humanist wedding
Photographer Emma Stoner recently sent us some lovely images she took for the marriage of Tess Berry-Hart to David Mercatali at Barrington Court Farmhouse, David's uncle's home in Somerset.
Tess and David chose this spot as it's their favourite place and a regular getaway from their busy theatre careers in London. The happy couple were joined by their closest friends and family for the wedding ceremony which was held on a grassy mound of trees and colourful flowers.
They had a beautiful outdoor Humanist service for their marriage which included the planting of a tree as a symbol of their love for each other.
The wedding reception took place in a marquee on the grounds of the farmhouse and Instead of a toast of champagne they went for the Somerset version, a locally produced bubbly cider. Tess and David sourced as much local produce for the food they served at the reception which included a free range, RSPCA approved hog roast from Kenniford Farms in Devon.
Tess's brothers provided the musical entertainment for the day with Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles played on guitar and piano. After dinner the guests milled around the grounds, sipping wine in the fields and enjoying the late afternoon sun and later Tess sung 'Let it Be' with her brothers as they warmed up for the first dance.
For more information about Emma Stoner's wedding photography please go to her website Emma Stoner Weddings.
Creative eco friendly budget wedding
When Sarah Falugo of Green Photographic sent in these amazing pictures of Jo and Ross's budget wedding in Cornwall we just knew we would have to share them!
Jo is an actress and singer and Ross is a musician/songwriter.
They married in a registry office in the morning in jeans and t-shirt and then had a more personal wedding blessing conducted by a humanist celebrant at Maker Heights, Rame Peninsula, Cornwall near where they live and regularly perform their music at local gigs.
Sarah says that this was a super, super budget wedding and the photos, which were taken in a field over-looking Plymouth Sound, were her gift to the couple since they are friends. What a fantastic wedding gift - the wedding looks a million dollars, proof you don't have to break the bank to throw a green wedding.
Peace of green art
This picture by one of our new wedding photographers Emma Stoner was selected to be displayed on the 'Plinth of Peace' on Parliament Square last month. The photo was captured in the very place where it is displayed - opposite the Houses of Parliament.
Emma said 'The 'Peace of Art' image was taken at a spontaneous protest on the 2nd of July 2010, the date was initially given by the judge as the final date of eviction. After a day of uncertainty and unrest activists from the camp headed to the gates of Parliament with peace-flags, followed closely by a throng of press photographers and journalists. After hanging the flags on the gate, they blockaded the road to demand peace and draw further attention to their cause. This picture captures a joyful moment between a young couple living on the square and the euphoric mood of the protest after a dramatic day. Many of the protesters were arrested later that evening and Simon and Anita (pictured) served short-term prison sentences for their part in the action.'
Not only is Emma a talented wedding photographer but she believes wholeheartedly in putting her talent to good use too. And over the past year she has worked closely with the Greenpeace International picture desk, freelancing as both a picture editor and photographer. Alongside this Emma has completed several self-initiated projects further exploring issues of environmental concern and social interest. Most recently she journeyed to Ladakh, Kashmir, documenting the people affected by the devastating floods that hit this Himalayan region in August 2010.
As you can see Emma's true empathy with her subjects shines through and her photographs tell great stories whether they are about your very special and unique wedding day or about the grittier social issues that beset our planet.
For more information and to contact Emma phone: +447554934750 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GU HQ hosted a tea party
We had a lovely afternoon here at GU HQ last Thursday when Rosie Parsons, a very talented wedding photographer, and Vicky of Vintage Teasets braved the deep Devon lanes to come and visit us right here at headquarters.
Its not often we get visitors here, we usually have to trek out to the big city to find our friends, so there was definitely a celebratory atmosphere. The GU kitchen produced a delicious polenta cake which went down a treat with fair trade tea.
Rosie snapped away for posterity, even insisting on recording a new portrait of me! Then after tea, we showed them around; they inspected the cutting garden, woods and veg patch and talked to the chickens before driving off into the early dusk making their way back to the big cities.
Vintage wedding in Wales
Vicky and Ads got married on 15th August 2009. They threw a vintage 1920s style wedding at Treowen House, Monmouthshire. Thanks to Rosie Parsons photos, we can see what a brilliant time they had!
Vicky is a hopeless collector of vintage china, wedding stylist and lover of all things 1920's, so it was a given that the wedding had to be decorated with her lovely china and locally grown seasonal flowers. The bride wore an original 1920's flapper dress and she made her own jewellery from recycled vintage jewels.
Fabulous farm wedding
When Lisa Dawn, a West Country photographer sent in these photos of the recent wedding she shot in Somerset in England, we just had to post them here. The photography is great and, of course, Huntstile Organic Farm where the wedding was held this summer, is one of our favourite wedding venues.
Professional wedding video offered for no cost
Want a video momento of your green wedding but can't afford it? Read on for this generous offer.
Two creative young film graduates are looking to break into the wedding video industry and they are offering to come and film your wedding for free! All footage will be shot on High Definition and the sound will be professionally recorded. They are a discreet two man crew (sound man and camera man).
The service will provide you with:
Their professional service
All this completely FREE OF CHARGE!
Carbon neutral photography
Modern photography, by its very nature is pretty eco friendly - there are no chemicals used in the processing, you only use as much paper as you need for your official printed photographs and if you insist, you can have all your wedding photographs in digital form rather than choosing a wedding album, thus canceling out the printing process altogether.
So its hard to see how a wedding photographer would stand out from the crowd as having a more ethical business than others. But some go that extra mile and MyWeddingStory.co.uk is one of those. Having already committed to going carbon neutral when he joined GreenUnion in 2007, Jonathan achieved his goal and gained his certificate in January 2008.
Here's how they did it...
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How do you choose an eco friendly wedding photographer?
By its very nature, modern photography is really quite eco friendly. Most wedding photographers use state of the art digital photographic equipment which does away with chemical printing techniques and masses of photographic papers. While this means they're already halfway there, there are other things you could ask a photographer to satisfy yourselves that he or she meets the overall ethos of your wedding day.
A lot of photographers offer fixed packages which include a set number of images printed and mounted into hand bound books, which are gorgeous, but most of these books come all the way from Australia and are usually air freighted. Instead, ask them if they could find an alternative closer to home. Now, whilst we've got nothing against Australia, and the books will definitely have been made by people who are paid a fair wage, there are skilled hand made paper makers and book binders in every country worldwide, so asking your photographer to go that extra mile will open their horizons and keep skills in your own country.
Make sure your photographer can supply you with a preview CD, instead of printed preview pages, or better still, choose a wedding photographer who has a password protected website where you, and your family and friends, can view all the images and order them online.
If you want them to go that extra mile, then check out your photographer's personal eco credentials. For instance Jonathan Ryan at MyWeddingStory, who we've just welcomed as a new partner, offsets his own carbon emissions and supports the protection of woodland near where his lives.
All our photographers do their own bit for the planet. See if we have one near you by checking out the Photographers' partner pages.
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Green wedding photography offer
Wedding photographer, Beth Beljon is looking for an environmentally conscious couple planning to throw and eco-friendly wedding. “We are looking for the most creative, authentic, green and organic wedding. It's simply beautiful to see more couples not only making a commitment of love to each but to the earth." says Beth who wants an opportunity to record such a happy occasion.
Beth will waive her shooting fee and donate six hours of photography time to the couple chosen from anywhere in the US or elsewhere (she has a secret hankering to shoot an English eco wedding!)
She stipulates that eco chic couples should be environmentally mindful in all aspects and details of their wedding including invitations, attire, location, flowers and food - no problems for all you GreenUnion regulars.
Beth Beljon is an established and published photographer who has covered weddings around the globe for nearly a decade. She provides stunning photography for modern and mindful couples and her photo journalistic style is elegant and graceful, capturing each event in a visually organic documentary.
The deadline for entries is 15 December 2007. The couple chosen will be announced through her website on 1 January 2008.
Contact Beth at email@example.com for more information.
Trash the dress ... or not
Ever thought what you'd do with your dress after the big day?
I have a confession to make, my gorgeous hand made dress is in the attic. Because it's not a typical wedding dress, I thought I'd dye it and my shoes an interesting colour and wear them to parties and balls in the future or, at least, my daughter would want to dress up in them and dream of her marriage to a handsome prince.
Sadly, the parties didn't call for such a frock and we weren't blessed with children so my beautiful wedding dress still languishes in the attic, and now I've grown out of it. But I'm still not sure I can give away this very tangible memory of one of the happiest days of my life.
So what will you do with yours?
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