My wife and I were invited to an amazing event last weekend as part of nearly 100 friends and family who watched Christina and Devin tie the knot. The light rain on our drive to Madison, VA broke on queue just before the beautiful ceremony. My blog title may seem a little farfetched but this truly was a one-of-a-kind experience. Everything was hand-crafted, created, or repurposed right down to the officiant who was Christina’s 3rd grade teacher and now a vice principal at a local high school. The best part is it wasn’t a gimmick. It’s how Christina and Devin live their lives, a huge impact on those who love them and minimal impact on their environment.
Sure the band used some electricity and there were twinkly lights strung around the tents so no one would hang themselves on guide wires. Other than that everything could be repurposed or recycled.
Attendees sat on hay bales covered with linens the bride’s mother handmade.
All the plates, napkins, utensils, and cups were 100% biodegradable. Tablecloths were made of book pages and old topographical maps.
Guests were asked to bring a covered dish and the response was wonderful. We dropped off our dish in the kitchen when we arrived and everything was arranged with no worries. When it was time to leave we stopped by the kitchen and found our dish washed and ready. Luckily Christina and Devin have many friends and family who are wonderful cooks and foodies.
Round One! Each table had fresh cut flowers from friends and family gardens and the table runners were made by Christina’s mother Bonny from Goodwill linens.
Just to be clear this wasn’t some vegetarians only get together.
Christina made this wonderful lemon wedding cake.
Having any event with near zero environmental impact is hard work and not for everyone. It’s the reason weddings are a 40 billion dollar a year industry. Its easier for most people to just buy stuff. We’re blessed to have friends not like everyone and who worked so hard to make this a special day for Christina and Devin and all who joined them.