Capturing a sustainable wedding

Posted on: 11th February, 2020

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

by Mags Riordan Bumblebee Flower Farm

Funny word that – ‘Sustainable’. It’s fast becoming the most overused, almost abused, word in our vocabulary today, with a lot of confusion surrounding it’s meaning; it’s open to so many different interpretations depending on your point of view.

For me this was the closest quote I could find to fit my beliefs ‘Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance’.

I did some research for statistics on the carbon footprint of weddings in Ireland, but I couldn’t find a reliable source and what I did find was misguiding and unreliable. There’s a lot I could say on what I found but this is a short article so suffice it to say, we all know it’s an area where we can have a huge impact on the future we want to create with the choices we make. If we don’t start making positive environmental decisions the only sacrifice ultimately, will be our own future!

I’m sharing with you the most magical unique eco-friendly wedding shoot I was involved in last summer to give you a flavour of the incredible talent that’s available on our doorstep here in West Cork. 

I think the images will have far more impact than my words.

Kate Bean, one of West Cork’s leading photographers, was the lady who brought us all together and captured these incredible images, I’m always amazed by the emotion Kate captures in her photographs, she seems to have this sixth sense and brings things to life through the lens; her images sustain me through the winter months when little is in bloom.

I love this dress and everything that Alice stands for, her creative vision using a host of unlikely ingredients to the beautiful bespoke bridal wear that results. 

These truly are a work of art. 

For brides looking for an ethically produced custom design, Alice Halliday Couture is based in Skibbereen West Cork. Alice also styled this shoot.

Finer details in Clonakilty provided the most beautiful eco stationary, which in my opinion would make such pretty keepsakes and would almost be criminal to consign to the dustbin. 

Jess from Little Green Shoot in Skibbereen created the most interesting bespoke vegan wedding cake with incredible natural food dyes to tie in with the colour brief. I love the shape and layered effect.

Celtic Fusion provided the groom’s attire. Their wish is to create a new standard for the impact of fashion with their choice of fabrics, construction processes, and positive work practices. They also plant a native tree for every purchase. 

Aoife De Burca Jewellery is available in West Cork Crafts. Aoife’s jewellery is beautiful, each piece is unique and thoughtfully crafted, presented and inspired by nature and the surrounding landscape. 

I think this is true for all of us, nature, our natural world and working in harmony with her is the driving force. For me, everything I grow has to support nature in some way, by providing nectar and pollen for our pollinators to feeding our invertebrates, birds and ultimately ourselves. 

A picture tells a thousand words and these images speak volumes about the wonderful talent here in West Cork

Pilgrim’s restaurant kindly provided the venue.


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