Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's Not Easy Being Green

...Or so it used to be in the wedding world. These days, however, there are increasingly diverse ways to incorporate eco-friendly elements into your wedding day.

As today is Earth Day, as well as Wedding Wednesday here at Under A Paper Moon, I wanted to focus on one of the companies that is making it easier to bring "green" into the bridal world of white.

Certainly no stranger in the wedding industry, Olivia Luca is a Portland, Oregon-based company specializing in customizable bridal attire and putting an emphasis on environmental and social responsibility. All designs are sewn in Portland to people paid living wages.

Some of Olivia Luca's environmentally sustainable practices include donating fabric scraps to groups who can use them, helping support alternative/renewable energy through their utility service providers, recycling and using recycled paper products as much as possible (something you know I love!)

Through Olivia Luca's design studio, a client can design her own dress by selecting from available bodice and skirt styles, as well as choosing fabric type and color in addition to other details.

Among their many fabric offerings are several eco-friendly fabrics, including organic cotton sateen, hemp/silk charmeuse, hempcel, organic linen, soy knit, bamboo/organic cotton knit, organic printed cotton, as well as fair trade handwoven silk shantung and fair trade handwoven silk organza.

In addition to dressing brides, Olivia Luca offers garments and accessories to clothe an entire wedding party from dresses for bridesmaids, mothers,and flower girls to ties and vests for ring bearers and groomsmen.

Whether outfitting your wedding party in eco-friendly clothing, using recycled paper products, hosting your wedding during daylight hours to cut down on the use of electricity, holding your ceremony and reception at the same location to reduce driving, or serving food made with locally-grown ingredients, there are many ways you can help to make your event a little more eco-friendly.

Your wedding day is one filled with commitment, as you look forward to a long life shared with your spouse, and it's a perfect time to commit to helping care for the Earth too.


vicki archer said...

Beautiful dresses for beautiful brides, xv.

abigail said...

wow. i wish all this had been around 7 years ago when I got married!
Such great resources, and such beautiful dresses!

Kimberlee said...

gorgeous post Courtney - and not only are they obviously socially and environmentally aware, their dresses are stunning! x

Georgia B. said...

the dresses are gorgeous.

and these photography sets are so creative—quite out of the typical box of wedding photography.

MissKarenAshley said...

Those dresses are so pretty they make me want to get married....almost

Chrisy said...

Really enjoyed this post...a visual feast...

Courtney said...

Great post, I love the look of these styles. Thanks for sharing this talented designer.