Portland City Hall Elopement | Sustainable Fashion | Food City of the Year - Destination Wedding Cit

Updated: Oct 21, 2018

This Portland elopement is full of eco-friendly inspiration and sustainable fashion that we want to share in depth for you. There are some incredible alternatives out there that will help you transform your own wedding into one that is conscious about environmental and ethical problems so that you can lower your impact and do more good.

Check out the highlight video below, the amazing photos and scroll down to read about the sustainable alternatives!

Men's Fashion: David Wood Clothier

David Wood has a store full of fine clothing that I'd be honored to wear - I am totally into women wearing tailored menswear. I might be a tad obsessed with his style and his store. He not only sources incredible pieces from Italy and from other fine made in America apparel companies, but he's also a fine tailor and has some really great shoes and men's fashion accessories.

Typically, menswear at a wedding is relatively sustainable in that it is often rented. When you're thinking about clothing, things that can be re-used over and over are much more sustainable than those that are single-use. Of course you also have to think about the materials (natural are better than synthetic) and the ethics (made in a factory that pays living wages and has ethical working hours and conditions, maybe even a green factory!), but for most people, having something that's reusable is great because it both reduces the demand for new pieces of clothing and re-uses what's already out there. For this groom, he wanted to build on his existing wardrobe because he thinks long-term with his clothing and invests in a small wardrobe filled with long lasting pieces. David Wood was the perfect place to go because all of his pieces are tailored to perfection, are made from artisans using ultra high-quality materials, and are curated and sold locally, person to person.

He and David worked together to mix texture and print within a tonal look perfect for late summer/early fall. Tan linen brought in the summer feels, while a small grey houndstooth was a nod to fall. The blue shirt had a fine linear print, paired with a similar blue paisley tie. The green pocket square added a pop of personality because, well, it's a piece of sunshine that drew out smiles from everyone who passed by! The shoes were leather, oxford style sneakers, bringing the functionality of a wedding day filled with walking around the city and the style of this fashion-forward groom together into a beautiful piece.

Bridal Fashion: Silviyana Bridal (Rania Hatoum, Designer)

Finding an eco-friendly wedding gown is hard. Why? Because not many boutiques or designers market their gowns as such! Luckily, Silviyana Bridal Boutique in San Jose has made its eco-friendly gowns searchable, helping brides to find an option that suits their values. In the wedding gown industry, perfection is ideal, which means that a whole lot of fabric (often synthetic) and even a whole lot of "imperfect" dresses are going into landfill. Synthetic fabrics are made of plastic, so over time they only deteriorate into micro-fibers that are saturating the oceans and being mistaken as food by the fish early on in our own food chain. Moreover, sequins are plastic, so are many of the non-glass beads used to adorn dresses. Rania Hatoum is a designer who not only makes incredibly beautiful gowns, but she also experiments with using alternative fabrics to replace the synthetic organza or polyester's that the wedding industry has grown so accustomed to.

The "Catcher" dress is made of abaca, a material made from banana fibers, Philippine native cotton, and glass beads on the bodice. This dress was in ivory, which is the natural abaca color. It was naturally textured - like a linen would be - but it was light and floated behind the bride as she walked unlike any fabric I've ever seen before! Typically, with a dress that has a fairly heavy looking, full skirt like this dress, the outer layer does not float; that makes this dress even more special!

Silviyana Bridal has filled their store with eco choices for brides, but they also are on a mission to give a platform to indie designers as well! I'm all about green initiatives, and also helping designers get their work into the world. The boutique also carries accessories, from which we pulled this hand-made in LA hat from Jill Courtemanch Millinery.

Hair and Makeup: Big Day Beauty

Chrissy of Big Day Beauty is a traveling event hair and makeup artist who I've worked with before. I am so glad that she worked with this bride because she was able to create the most beautiful low up-do that encapsulated sleek romanticism, with a soft, architectural feel. Confession - I am literally obsessed with chignons and wear them a couple time a week when my hair is long. I couldn't help but gawk at this amazing hair! The makeup was soft, but colorful, with a mauve eye and lip that matched the flowers and hand-dyed silks perfectly.

Big Day Beauty offers eco-friendly hair treatment options at the salon such as Inca Glow, which is a completely organic and natural hair smoother. While hair and makeup is one of those areas where you're probably going to encounter plastic packaging to be able to have quality, long-lasting hair and makeup, Chrissy and I are doing our best to minimize the impact on the planet by engaging in proper recycling. At my studio, I have a beauty product TerraCycle box that is the perfect place to put any of the plastic packaging from her high-quality products.

Jewelry: Market Square Jewelers

Jewelry is one of the easiest ways to make a more sustainable and ethical choice because it can mean choosing a company like Vrai and Oro who are based on strong values, or it can mean heading down to your local vintage or estate place! Some companies re-use metals, or if they use new metals, they make sure it is sources ethically. For diamonds, the most ethical option is to purchase something that's re-used, or that's man-made, above ground. Buying local is always a great option too, although many times that's impossible unless you're looking at vintage or paying high-dollar for a jeweler to source and make a special piece for you.

For me, here in Portland Maine, where I need access to already made jewelry locally, Market Square Jewelers is the best of both worlds. Not only do they have an enormous and incredible collection of vintage jewelry, but they make some of their own pieces too and re-use old stones. That is the Elizabeth Henry Collection that you can check out in previous blogs (this one too).

This elopement features one of the coolest men's weddings bands I've ever seen. It's yellow gold and engraved with leaves, but the leaves are imprinted in such a way that the overall texture is reminiscent of a hammered look. I can't even explain it well enough - look for yourself!

In addition to that amazing men's band, this elopement also has probably t