Grandeur and greenery combined to create one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen on May 9, 2009, in Macon, Ga. I was invited, as an MNN correspondent, to cover the eco-friendly nuptials of Mandy Schmitt and Sean Mahoney.
The bride and groom demonstrated how relatively nouveau environmentally sound practices and true Southern gentility don’t have to clash when it comes to a traditional wedding – after all, white goes with everything, even green!
Before walking down the aisle, Mandy introduced me to some of the many people who helped her and her now-husband pull off a green wedding
that spared no luxury. First, the dress maker. All the bridesmaids' dresses were designed by Morgan Boszilkov
, an Atlanta designer whose small designer dress line is very green- and sustainability-focused. Far from being cloaked in palms, the 10 indigo-clad attendants looked entirely eco-chic in Morgan’s knee-length designs sewn out of hemp silk by a local, sustainable tailor.
Next, the invitations. Canterbury Press
, the first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified printer in Atlanta printed all of the invitations. Many guests actually opted for an entirely online invitation, an unconventional, eco-friendly move by the couple and one of the groom’s favorite green aspects. In those cases no paper was printed at all. But for the few invitations sent via mail, Canterbury Press could trace each of them back to the person who cut down the tree.
And then, the cake baker. Rather than one grand white cake, Mandy’s love of confections drew her to several smaller sweet selections from Atlanta bakery, Scratch Organic Baker
. Using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, Stephanie Bente created five different all-natural cakes. A crowd favorite: the strawberry cake covered with the bright red berries that just screamed spring from the center of the dessert table.
The entire reception was catered with all-natural, sustainable foods, including the wild game venison caught by the bride’s father. Coordinating the eco-conscious buffet-style dinner was no problem according to head caterer Bobbie Jo Carver (firstname.lastname@example.org
). The bride knew exactly what she wanted, Carver told me while preparing for the reception.
Mandy knew what she wanted, and she got it, right down to the recycled pressed glass necklaces she gave as bridesmaids gifts. She invited me to her wedding to garner press for the incredible organic, all-natural and all-around eco-friendly vendors she found during this process. So now I invite you to visit their websites to support all things sustainable from the small business to the locally grown. Also, you can find more information on Mandy and Sean’s wedding website www.seanmandy.com