Sustainable weddings are becoming increasingly popular as couples become more environmentally conscious. These weddings prioritise sustainability and minimise their impact on the planet. I had the opportunity to shoot a sustainable wedding styled shoot at Blackhouse Forest Estate with other amazing sustainable suppliers. I’m always impressed by the creativity and artistry that goes into them.

Venue Blackhouse Forest Estate – Blackhouse Forest Estate is an eco-friendly lodge located in the Yarrow Valley in the Scottish Borders. It is nestled in over 1,000 acres of woodland and hills and is available for exclusive stays, events, retreats, and filming. The lodge is powered by hydroelectric, biomass, and solar energy, and water is sourced directly from the hills and cleansed with UV light. The estate strives to encourage biodiversity and offset every stay by planting trees. Guests can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and yoga, and stargazing on the terrace at night. The lodge uses natural soaps and shower washes inspired by chemical-free living.

Prop Hire by Cheeky Hound Prop Hire – This company specialises in unique, vintage, and sustainable props that can be used for weddings and events. They source their pieces from secondhand shops and repurpose them to create beautiful and sustainable decor.

Makeup by Katie – This makeup artist uses all-natural and cruelty-free products to create beautiful and sustainable looks for her clients. She also prioritises reducing waste by using recyclable packaging and avoiding single-use products.

Cake by The Victorian Sponge – This baker creates delicious cakes using locally sourced and organic ingredients. They also prioritise sustainability by using recyclable packaging and avoiding single-use products.

Florals by Feathergrass Florals – This florist uses only locally grown and seasonal flowers, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation.

Headpiece by Saint Beth – Saint Beth is an artisan bridal accessories brand that specialises in creating bespoke pieces for romantic brides. They use sustainable and ethical materials, to reduce their environmental impact.

Dress by Rowan Joy Bridal – Rowan Joy’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond the materials used in the dress. They prioritise ethical production practices and work closely with their suppliers to ensure that their materials are sourced responsibly and without harm to people or the environment. This means that not only is the dress beautiful and elegant, but it also has a positive impact on the planet. The Rowan Joy bridal dress used for this shoot is named Iris. It is a modern and sustainable take on the 1940s silhouette. The dress features delicate silvery ivory and soft pink appliques that are made from sustainable and eco-friendly materials. The appliques are created using an innovative embroidery technique that reduces waste and minimises the environmental impact of the dress.

Iris is crafted from heavy silk crepe, a luxurious and sustainable fabric that is known for its durability and longevity. Silk is a renewable and biodegradable material that is produced without the use of harmful chemicals. It is also a hypoallergenic material, making it a great choice for brides with sensitive skin.

Vow Booklets by Wedding Artwork – Wedding Artwork is a bespoke stationery company that creates an exceptional experience for its clients by using high-quality and locally-sourced materials. The company is run by a multi-talented couple, who are dedicated to listening to their clients’ visions and using their expertise to bring them to life. Wedding Artwork values classical beauty and old-world aesthetic, which is reflected in their creations. They use romantic handmade paper, luxurious gold foil embossing, silk ribbons, and wax seals to create heirloom stationery that can be treasured for years to come. By using locally-sourced supplies, Wedding Artwork is committed to promoting sustainable practices and supporting the local economy. With their attention to detail and passion for creating beautiful stationery, Wedding Artwork is the perfect choice for couples who value quality, sustainability, and classic elegance.

Suit by Walker Slater – Walker Slater is a sustainable brand that prioritises the use of wool, which is one of the most eco-friendly and sustainable materials in the fashion industry. They are a proud partner of the Campaign for Wool, an organisation that promotes wool from ecological and socio-cultural standpoints. Wool has always been the backbone of the brand due to its versatility, moisture absorption, temperature regulation, and bacteria resistance properties. Walker Slater’s vision is to spread the gospel of wool and engage with independently-minded customers across the globe who wish to contribute towards creating a greater world. By choosing wool, Walker Slater is promoting sustainable and responsible fashion practices that have a positive impact on the environment.

As you can see, each of these suppliers is doing their part to make the wedding industry more sustainable. By choosing suppliers like these, couples can have a beautiful and meaningful wedding while also minimising their impact on the planet. It was an honour to shoot this elopement and to see firsthand the incredible work that these sustainable suppliers are doing.

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