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We are proud to announce the release of our new blog! This new url ties directly into our website which will be up and running in December of this year. Please check out our new blog as we will no longer be updating this one. http://blog.emeraldgreenweddings.com All our previous postings (and some new ones) along with your comments can be found on our new blog. Love, Monica & Kate Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
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Just call this new project “Portland’s Next Top Model – Green Version”. I am happy to share with you another Northwest Company leading the way with a new trend in modeling. Project Green Search located in Portland, Oregon, has unveiled a nationwide search for a fresh-faced, environmentally conscious model. This search is specifically aimed at aligning the winner’s personal beliefs about the environment with their new business career. The winner will become “the poster girl for what is ok to sell…and what is not”. The winner of this contest gets the opportunity to make a mark in both fashion and entertainment by incorporating “eco-friendly elements” and the “green message” into modeling. Plus the winner will be crowned at Portland’s Fashion Week, and then showered with all kinds of fun and exciting prizes! If you are interested in this great opportunity, check out the registration requirements on Project Green Search by September 16, 2009. -Monica Cripe Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
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Monica and I have been hard at work lately with our graphic designer working on the logo and color palettes for Emerald Weddings branding. We just finalized it this week and wanted to share with all our readers. Let us know what you think! We will also have a new blog url and website soon so stay tuned! -Kate Hughes Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
That is great! I would love to see pictures of your reception once you have time to share after the wedding!
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2009 on The irony of candy buffets at Emerald Weddings
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In my opinion trying to decide what to use as a centerpiece can be one of the most challenging tasks as a eco-conscious bride. You want something chic and classy but also something that doesn't create unnecessary waste and harm the environment. I always try to avoid using an abundance of cut flowers as I think there are other creative displays which can have a similar effect. I was looking at Martha Stewart Weddings today and found some images which I felt truly captured this. Enjoy! Images courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings -Kate Hughes Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
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Perhaps it is because I almost chose this venue for my own wedding or maybe it just my love for green weddings in general, but when I found this wedding on theknot I absolutely fell in love. Simple, personal and eco-chic! Looks like an amazing wedding. Images courtesy of theknot -Kate Hughes Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
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As I was scrolling the internet the other day looking at everything wedding related I came across a posting about candy buffets. First off, just to be clear, I absolutely love candy buffets! I mean who doesn't love candy? Images courtesy of Project Wedding Candy buffets can be a fun and creative favor at a wedding reception. They can also eco-friendly provided the guests actually eat ALL the candy. However, herein lies the irony and problem with candy buffets. Does all the candy ever really get eaten? This posting I read bothered me a little. I even tweeted about it. "This display took about 60 lbs of candy.Don't listen to the advice about 1/4 cup per person. That can end up looking.... well... a little sad.If you want a "WOW" candy buffet, you need to buy candy for how it displays, not for how much people will actually consume." It really got me thinking about our expectations as wedding guests and brides. Why do we allow ourselves to succumb to practices that generate over consumption and unnecessary waste? If you don't need all that candy why do you want to waste money, time and resources on it? You can still have that candy buffet but why not use your grandmothers mason jars? They are smaller, more functional and can can be just as chic. All it takes is a little creativity. In my opinion it is not about style, it is about redesign. All it requires is a new display. -Kate Hughes Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
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Lets face it, summer is wedding season galore! Even if you are not planning on getting married I guarantee you are probably attending at least one wedding this summer. Instead of focusing solely on being a green bride website I thought I would compile a fun How to be a Green Guest list. Image from Get Married Is a girlfriend of yours recently engaged? Buy her The Green Bride Guide as an engagement gift! Compile a list of your favorite green wedding websites or blogs and send it to her. Wear a dress you already own. If you are hesitant to wear the same dress, just accessorize it differently with something eco-fabulous from eco etsy. Know a great local florist of vendor? Refer your friend to them! Picking up a last minute congratulations card? Make sure you grab the eco-friendly one from Hallmark. Traveling? Purchase a carbon offset for your airfare. Stay at a green hotel Gather a group of friends or relatives and purchase a carbon offset for their wedding (Usually between $150 to $200) Ever feel like giving pots and pans as a wedding gift is too impersonal? How many kitchen utensils does one couple really need? Try getting them something unique instead: A gift certificate to Ticketmaster so they can go see a play, sporting event or concert CSA for a season Make a donation to their favorite charity Night at a local, green hotel in your area Finally, have fun! -Kate Hughes Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
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I saw this article and immediately thought of all you brides out there. This is a natural, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY spa treatment you can do before your big day! Hopefully it will relieve some stress and allow you to relax a bit. Enjoy! Spa treatments and luxury products have a way of making us feel like a million bucks. Unfortunately, we don't always have the time, money or inclination to indulge ourselves on a regular basis. Whether you want to pamper your face or soothe that dry, itchy skin, we've got easy, effective and natural ways to treat yourself in the privacy of your own home. So go ahead and take that time out for yourself regularly. No one will be able to tell that your radiant skin is the product of an inexpensive visit to your kitchen and bath. To treat dry, rough, itchy skin, try these bath add-ins: · - -Half a pound of sea salt and one pound baking soda. Soak until the water is cool to detoxify your skin and soothe the itch. · - -Two cups Epsom salt. In addition to soaking in it, while your skin is still wet, rub handfuls of Epsom salt on the rough areas to exfoliate skin. · - -A few bags of your favorite tea. The tea provides antioxidants as well as a delicious scent. · - -One cup uncooked oatmeal tied into an old stocking or muslin bag. Oats are not only wonderful for your inner health, but provide a healthy glow on the outside as well, leaving a film on your skin that seals in water. · - -Equal parts of apple cider vinegar, wheat germ and sesame oil. Apple cider vinegar is both antibacterial and alkalinizing (meaning it helps maintain the proper acid balance), while sesame oil and wheat germ add moisture. · - -One cup powdered milk with one tablespoon grapeseed oil. The lactic acid in the milk will exfoliate your skin, and the grapeseed oil will give your skin a powerful dose of antioxidants. Have a homemade facial scrub: Prepare a homemade oat scrub and use on your face every other day. Oats moisturize and exfoliate your skin at the same time. Grind enough rolled oats in a food processor or coffee grinder to fill 1⁄2 cup. Combine with 1⁄3 cup ground sunflower seeds, 1⁄2 teaspoon peppermint leaves and 4 tablespoons almond meal. Mix 2 teaspoons with a small amount of heavy cream. Scrub your face and neck with the mixture, then rinse thoroughly with cool water. Make your own cleansing, moisturizing masks at home: · - -Mix 1 tablespoon plain yogurt with a few dashes of sesame oil. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse. · - -Mash a banana well and mix with a little honey for an instant dry-skin fix. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse. · - -Mix 1⁄4 cup whipping cream, 1⁄2 teaspoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons ripe mashed avocado, and 1 teaspoon calendula petals. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse. (A study completed at the Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, found avocado oil significantly increased the collagen content in skin, maintaining its youthful look. Not only does the oil in avocado act like an emollient, but the fruit also contains moisturizing vitamin E.) · -Another good avocado mix is 1 tablespoon mashed avocado, 2 egg whites and 2 tablespoons honey blended until smooth. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse. · - -Lightly scramble an egg and apply to your face while still warm, leaving it on until it hardens. To remove the egg, place a warm, wet washcloth on your face and allow the moisture to soften it. Eggs are great for tightening wrinkles and smoothing skin. If you have oily skin, apply an egg white only; if you have normal skin, use the whole egg. · - -Simmer an apple covered in water just until soft. Remove from the water, mash, then add to the apple 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon crushed peppermint leaves. Apply the mixture to your face, leave for 5 minutes, then rinse. This works great on oily skin. · - -Mash peeled mango flesh until it turns soft and pulpy. Then massage into skin, leave on for a few minutes, and rinse. This helps clean and tighten pores. · -Add 1 tablespoon of peppermint, yarrow, sage, or hyssop to 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 30 minutes, then strain and cool before dabbing it on your face. This makes a great skin toner for oily skin. -Kate Hughes Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
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Many of us women are concerned about the environment and want to do our part to protect it for future generations. However, some of us are not quite ready to forgo our dream Yang wedding gown for a dress made out of recycled fabric. (I walk by Luly Yang' s shop on 4th Avenue everyday and am obsessed with her dresses). I think many people have a pre-conceived opinion about what it means to "go green". Often times we can have a big impact by making small changes to our lifestyle. For example, I rarely turn the light on in my office, and instead use the natural light projected from my window. And believe it or not, even our Seattle weather provides me with a fully lit office. In addition, the Starbucks cup that holds my semi-complicated "Grande Americano with light cream, two Splenda and three pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup" is thrown in our company compost bin instead of the trash. Making small changes to your wedding ceremony or reception can save you money and impact our environment as well. Think about how many weddings occur each year and how little changes compile into making a real difference. Did you know the average wedding emits anywhere from 9-16 tons of Carbon Dioxide into the air on a single day? That is more CO2 than you or I will emit within an entire year! One suggestion I have on ways to reduce unnecessary waste is to look to your past for inspiration. This helps cut costs and adds a personal touch to your celebration. For my wedding, I used my parents wedding glasses for the traditional toast and their knife set to cut our cake. Using these items provided us with a sentimental touch and retro flare, while eliminating our need to buy two new items for one time use. I know these changes may sound small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but trust me, they really add up. -Monica Cripe Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
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Monica and I are currently working with a client, Mary in the Washington, DC area. She is recently engaged and in the beginning planning stages for her June 2010 nuptials. Naturally, one of the first things on her to do list was to announce her engagement and start thinking about sending save the date cards. After I reviewed her list I realized that many people may not be aware of pingg.com. It is another great green wedding resource which brides might not think to use. I used them to announce my own engagement back in September 2008 and I highly recommend them. They have a beautiful wedding section with famous designers contributing to their designs. In addition, many of the designs are free or available for a small fee of $10. You can even customize and put your own photo in the card! Your tree free save the date is then sent out as an email to your guests. Although I would not recommend this for your wedding invitations it is a great, inexpensive and eco-chic way to communicate with your guests. Once again, going green saves green! Just look how gorgeous the free ones are. These ones are available for $10: -Kate Hughes Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
The recession is horrible; there is no doubt about that. I have countless number of friends, family members and acquaintances who have either been laid off or taken severe pay cuts as a result. I am sure all of us have been affected in one way or another. It is a scary, scary time. However, every once in awhile I see glimpses of hope. Hope for a new beginning, a new outlook and a new start. This article, posted today by the Wall Street Journal reminded me of that hope. The article, to me, gets to one of the underlying and foundational problems of global warming: overconsumption. We are all guilty, myself included. It is easy to get wrapped up in the glitz and glamour of things. New iPhone for $99 (even if your current one works just fine)…why not? Cute, trendy top on sale at Forever 21 I tell myself yes, I think I could really use this top for that party I have this weekend. It is hard to force yourself to stop for a second and ask yourself: Do I really need this? There is a famous saying when conducting market research where you have to stop and ask yourself the following: Do I need to know? Or, do I just want to know? The same is true with overconsumption. Do I need this? Or, do I simply just want it? After all, do we really need 88 different types of Pantene products when we shop at Target? Or 24 different versions of tape measures available to us at Wal-mart? No, I am not making that up, just read the article. -Kate Hughes Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
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Edible wedding favors are just so divine. When guests mail back their reply card they can select a pie flavor. What a sweet and environmentally friendly way to personalize your wedding. -Kate Hughes Source: the knot and Green Bride Guide Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
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An email exchange with an employee of The Green Bride Guide over the past week has made me wonder how many couples actually calculate the carbon footprint of their wedding. I might post something on the knot's discussion board about this and survey all the beautiful brides out there. It is actually a lot less expensive than one would think!TerraPass and Carbon Fund are the best organizations I have come across so far. Favors have always seemed so wasteful to me so it is kind of fun to think of creative ways to show your appreciation and love for the environment. My fiance and I made the decision to offset all of our guests travel for our green wedding this summer and use it as a favor. I worked with a local San Francisco vendor, Pixie Stick Press to print customized welcome cards on 100% post consumer recycled paper informing guests of the donation. It has actually been kind of fun entering in all the details knowing we are at least minimizing our impact on the environment. And... I just can't wait to give our guests their favor! I love them! -Kate Hughes Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
Whenever I think back to a wedding I have attended it always brings up such fond memories. It is the celebration of a new beginning between two people who love and are committed to one another. I love visiting with all the guests that traveled so far just to be there, tasting the great food, dancing to the music, admiring the beautiful decorations, etc. It is such a joyous event; it is hard to think about the true cost of a wedding. And no, I am not talking about the $20,000 plus a couple and their parents spent on the event. I am talking about the true cost. I was surprised when I read that the average wedding emits anywhere from 9-16 tons of CO2 into the air on a single day! That is more than the average person will emit in one year! This brings me to a question I battle with: How do you minimize the overall carbon footprint of your wedding without sacrificing style? I believe it comes down to choices...choices coupled with creativity. Force yourself to think outside the box and embrace new ideas and concepts. This blog aims to be a place for you to explore your ideas and hopefully find some new inspiration. -Kate Hughes Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2009 at Emerald Weddings
Kate Hughes and Monica Cripe has shared their blog Emerald Weddings
Jun 22, 2009