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Green Wedding planning takes careful grid choices

May 25, 2015 10:50 amViews: 1582

Planning a real green wedding off the power grid.

Green Wedding planning takes careful grid choices.

Stacie Wickham and Joey Shepp at their green wedding in Mendocino County.

Helping you plan your eco-friendly real Green Wedding.

You may be sorting through an array of green choices that can be overwhelming. Especially if you are planning an off the grid wedding.

This is how Stacie Wickham and Joey Shepp did their planning for their green wedding. The couple met in 2005 when they were both attending the Dominican University of California’s Green MBA program. And they fell in love. As a result, they decided to get married in the most eco-friendly way. And they chose the Shambhala Ranch in northern California to realize their dream.

Green Wedding planning takes careful grid choices like The Shambhala Ranch in California..

The Shambhala Ranch.

The ranch is near the coastal town of Mendocino. It is where the center of the town is run completely on solar power. And you do not see any electrical or phone lines.

On the seventh of July 2007, Stacie and Joey were wed at the ranch. “We strive in our daily lives to conserve energy, reduce waste and save water. So when we were planning our wedding our first objective was to host an event that was in alignment with our values. And that our wedding would leave no harmful environmental footprint behind,” says Stacie.

The couple did just that. They sent paperless invites. Carbon Offsets for all travel. Used organic, local and seasonal food. Reusable table settings. And bio-degradables, organic clothing and recycle wedding rings.

The organic food at the wedding was made on-site by a local caterer. The organic wine was from a local winery. And the coffee was fair-trade.

The couple’s website host provider power is by wind energy.

Stacie and Joey had carbon credits to offset the transportation energy used by their guests. And whenever possible the tables were set with re-usable settings.

Stacie is a part owner of an organic leather design company. And her wedding dress was made from buckskin and recycle materials.

Their engagement and wedding rings were created by local artists from recycle platinum and emeralds.

Instead of creating a gift registry, the guest gifts were spoken words, a song or handmade art.

Guests took photos and videos of the event. And they took part in assisting the bride and groom in getting ready.

The couple gift for their guests was a tree cutting. And they were carefully prepared for planting on their return home.

The newlyweds went off to enjoy an Eco-Honeymoon at the Maui Retreat. They currently own environmentally friendly businesses in northern California.

Green Wedding planning using eco-friendly products and services.

MENDOCINO COUNTY in California.
The California county is a pioneer in solar energy, organic wine production and conservation. Mendocino County was the first county in the United States to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs). And many of the B&Bs, inns, hotels and rentals have been made for the environmentally-conscious visitor.

HOW TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN CALIFORNIA.
You do not need to be a resident to marry in California. Visit County Clerk.

Photos by Arttemis Keszainn.

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