I was so impressed with the way Stacey and Dana integrated eco friendly choices into every aspect of their wedding without overstating their very passionate beliefs.Â The self-proclaimed “tree huggers” set up a small table with pictures and explanations of the green elements of the wedding, among them:
- Recycled invitations and RSVPs by telephone or email.
- The Garrison’s local organic menu and green cleaning practices.
- Wedding favors of wildflower seeds in biodegradable cotton butterflies and donations to the National Resource Defense Council.
- Purchasing carbon off-sets from the Bonneville Environmental Fund.
- Locally grown organic, in season flowers.
Stacey and Dana put an equal amount of thought into their music selection.Â The bridal party was introduced to “Linus and Lucy,” the boppin’ piano instrumental made famous by Charlie Brown, and the newlyweds were announced to “Everyday” by the Dave Matthews Band.
Stacey and Dana shared their first dance to Ben Harper’s intimate and achingly beautiful song, “Happy Everafter In Your Eyes.”Â (Confession: I couldn’t stop listening to it the week before their wedding!)Â Here’s a live version so that you can get a taste…
The colors trumpeted the arrival of spring: the bridesmaids in bold fuschia carrying bouquets in a riot of color…lavendar, blue, yellow, red, fuschia, orange and white…as if the wildflowers Stacey and Dana loved so much had sprung up inside the River Room of the Garrison.
I can’t say enough about what a wonderful job the folks at the Garrison did with Stacey and Dana’s green wedding.Â Every detail was executed flawlessly, from the bride’s walk down the aisle to the table arrangements to the elegant presentation of delicious entrees of poached salmon and tender filet mignon.
Music included the couple’s favorites: Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, G. Love and the Special Sauce…with a dash of Grateful Dead.Â Jeff and I were thrilled to weave together the music and memories in such a personal and meaningful way for Stacey and Dana.
It’s like I always say…we have the best couples!
Photos by Michael Gold
Flowers by Carmel Flower Shop