Inside an Eco Wedding
This week, Front Row Bride catches up with non-for-profit organisation We Do Ethical onset of a recent ‘ethically inspired’ photo shoot. Just look at these gorgeous gowns! And guess what? They are pre-loved and you’d never even know! For the eco-warrior in you, if you’ve been dreaming of a greener wedding there are plenty of tips and ideas right here.
Hello We Do Ethical! How did it feel being a Boho Bride for the day?
Being a Boho Bride was so much fun! I always like having my hair and make-up done. Tara Sanger made the most of by facial features and Wendy Peart did a fantastic job using bridal hair accessories in a unique way, which stayed in for the whole shoot, might I add!
I absolutely loved being immersed in the luxury environment. The grand building and grounds of Knighton House, the vegan food by Kara’s Vegan Supper Club, relaxed style of the natural flowers by Bohotanical, Cake by Lucie Loves To Bake, Prosecco Bar by Bubble and Squeak, that were used to style the shoot made the whole day so beautiful.
I really enjoyed working with the fabulous photography duo Alexandra Szigeti and Csako Gabor who run Kiss In Light Photography.
The highlight of the day for me was being chauffer driven around in the beautifully styled VW Camper!
What was your favourite item that you had the pleasure of wearing?
Bridal Reloved supplied all of the dresses on the day. Bridal Reloved are a chain of award-winning bridal boutiques who help brides have a greener wedding as the dresses are pre-loved, not that you’d ever know!
Kate Rushall who runs the company has become a supportive friend who loans me the most beautiful boho-style dresses for award ceremonies. I even had the chance to wear a stunning grey lace dress by Madeline Isaac James, when I co-hosted the ‘Plastic Ocean Rescue’ themed fashion show for the Miss Eco Award round on the Miss England stage in September. I love Kate, her ethos, and her dresses! You must visit Bridal Reloved in Dorchester.
Is this the style of wedding you would go for?
Yes! I would love to have a zero-waste, eco-friendly wedding. I have modelled for two eco-wedding shoots this year and as a result picked up some great tips and ideas for my big day… Whenever that may be!
I love to discover and share new brands and ways to live better. This is a focus of my own, helping people to be the change through my own brand We Do Ethical. I have managed to make some fantastic contacts in the eco wedding industry who I will definitely be calling upon in the future. Watch this space!
A little birdy told us that you are involved with a lot of upcycling and recycling; is that why the pre-loved dresses in the Shoot meant a lot to you?
The little bird is correct! I am involved in recycling and upcycling clothing through my We Do Care Programme which is one of four community beneficial programmes run to achieve the aim of my NPO.
We collect and recycle/upcycle around 10 tons of unwanted, pre-loved clothing through our partnerships, events and projects including the Miss Dorset Contest.
I run Miss Dorset and have judged Miss England for the past five years to find a beauty with a purpose. We discover brand ambassadors of young women who want to make a positive difference in the World. It’s really important to me and we’ll be on the search for Miss Dorset 2019 very soon!
The Shoot took place in Dorset. Can you tell us about the venue for any bride-to-be looking?
Knighton House is a rural Georgian venue that has a striking façade, rolling lawns, abundant orchard and breath-taking panoramic views of the Dorset countryside.
It’s a hidden gem, perched above the banks of the winding River Stour and the pretty Dorset villages of Bryanston and Durweston.
When you arrive, you fell very grand and their grass is so soft that it just makes you want to run around barefoot all day!
Click here to view Knighton House.
Props Stylist – Dreaming Of Vintage
Eco-wedding Event Planner: Gwenda Gawel