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Green Wedding planning takes careful grid choices

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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.

Planning an eco-friendly real Green Wedding.

Sorting through an array of green choices can be overwhelming. Especially if you are planning an off the grid wedding.

This is how Stacie Wickham and Joey Shepp planned their green wedding. The couple met at the Dominican University of CA’s Green MBA program in 2005 and fell in love. And decided to get married in the most eco-friendly way. They chose the Shambhala Ranch in northern California to realize their dream.

Green Wedding planning takes careful grid choices.The ranch is near the coastal town of Mendocino. It is where you do not see any electrical or telephone lines. The center is run completely on solar power.

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 started planning our wedding our first objective was to host an event that was in alignment with our values. And that their wedding would leave no harmful environmental footprint behind,” says Stacie.

The couple sent paperless invites. Carbon Offsets for all travel. Organic, local and seasonal food. Re-usable table settings. And bio-degradables, organic clothing and recycle rings.

The organic food at the wedding was prepared on-site by a local caterer. Organic wine was provided by a local winery. And they served fair-trade coffee.

Their website is hosted by a provider powered by wind energy.

The couple purchased carbon credits to offset the transportation energy used by their guests. Whenever possible tables were set with re-usable table settings.

The Bride is part owner in an organic leather design company. 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 shared song or handmade art.

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

The couple’s guest gift was a tree cutting. It was carefully prepared for planting on their return home.

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

Green Wedding planning using eco-friendly products and services.

MENDOCINO COUNTY California.
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. Many of the B&Bs, inns, hotels and rentals have been designed 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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