A styled shoot celebrating some of the best sustainable wedding vendors in South Australia.
It was hot and the road was all twists and turns and hills. I don’t think I properly breathed out until I parked the car and delivered the cake to it’s temporary home in the cleared out fridge. It was a sustainable wedding shoot on a beautiful property at Willunga, and I was bringing the cake. Alone. On an hour’s drive. Down bumpy, dusty, hilly, dirt roads with SO. MANY. CORNERS. It was a white knuckled drive, certainly.
But then I pulled into the property and had a wander around the gardens, set at the bottom of hill and surrounded by tall gums. I met some of the other vendors who were also participating in the shoot and we chatted business, and other things.
The bride and groom came out and we all gasped and admired- the dress was stunning (and made in Adelaide from sustainable fabrics), the groom looked incredible in a green linen jacket (also made in Adelaide) and the couple were real life gorgeous. The flowers, from an organic farm just up the road, were an explosion of gorgeous pastels put together by the talented Bonnie, who was also running the day.
Then there were photos. Lots of photos. The groom made us coffee from his coffee cart and we drank from handmade ceramic cups. Bonnie’s mum made us pizza in the wood-fire pizza oven and it was delicious. Then the sun softened and we wandered up the hill to the arbour which appeared to have sprouted up magically from the grassy hill. The bride and groom were so in love and excellent models and there was a lot of laughter as we threw eco confetti at them over and over, so Alexis, the photographer, could get that perfect shot.
It was a gorgeous evening and it just made me love what I do even more. There is something special about these people who choose to run their businesses with a conscious effort to cause as little harm to our planet as possible. Because it is often harder, to make this choice. It is often more expensive, which can cost you clients sometimes. But the people who make these choices, who work in alignment with their ethics and who value their environmental responsibility, these are the people to surround yourselves with. There is a warm gentleness, joy and respect, apparent when a group of these people come together to collaborate, and that is exactly what I felt at this shoot among the trees in Willunga.
Below I have listed all the vendors who were part of this wedding shoot, as well as some other South Australian sustainable wedding vendors I know of. If you are planning your wedding, I recommend checking out these talented, gorgeous humans! (Especially if you have had to change plans due to COVID 19 and are now planning to get married at the end of 2020 or in 2021- I know lots of these businesses will have a tough time for the next few months, so your support would be extra special!)
(All photos in this post are by the very talented Alexis from Goldlight Photography.)
Vendors from this shoot:
Coordination, Styling and Florals: Bonnie Blooms
Stylist: Jessica Blessica
Photography: Goldlight Photography
Dresses: Caleche Bridal
Suit: Joseph Uzumcu
Venue: 47 Quarry
Jewellery: Charlie Buttons
Ceramics: Mrs Fisher’s Pottery
Catering: Pressed Pantry
Cake: Thistle and Whey
Caravan Bar: Grain and Vesper
Coffee: The Craftsman’s Cup
Wine: Gemtree Wines
Hair and Makeup: Ivy Blacker Makeup
Furniture: Fleurieu Event Hire
Table Linen: Olive and Myrtle Home
Confetti: Eco Confetti
Models: Sam and Sharayah Whittaker
And other ethical wedding vendors from South Australia:
Hire: The Rustic Barn
Photographer: Capture the Present Photography