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By: Jennifer Ewens | Posted: 01/24/2014
As supporters of the Eastside Food Co-op and members of the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, Brianna and Peter are self-described "sustainable enthusiasts." But when the couple got engaged last year and started planning their wedding, Brianna was disappointed with the lack of resources available for crafting a sustainable and local business-friendly event.
"It’s been very hard," she admits. "There isn’t very much out there, just a few blogs."
In an effort to document their progress and hopefully inform other eco-friendly brides, Brianna started her own blog, The 100 Mile Wedding, where she discusses everything from choosing a caterer to finding The Dress.
Location and food were two important aspects for the couple, and after settling on Camrose Hill Flower Farm in Stillwater, they enlisted chef Ian Gray of The Gray House to cater their August 23, 2014 wedding. Brianna and Peter are even assisting in the food and drink prep by foraging and pickling their own mushrooms and learning how to make their own hard cider with local apples.
But that’s not all the pair is doing to bring some DIY flair to the big day. The napkins, for example, were a homemade project Brianna tackled using ticking linen.
The desire to buy local also translated to their attire. Instead of opting for chain stores, both Brianna and Peter purchased from boutiques unique to the Twin Cities. Brianna found her dream gown at Bridal Accents Couture, while Peter is getting his tux custom-made from Heimie’s Haberdashery. Even Brianna’s engagement ring is eco-friendly and socially responsible. As opposed to a mined diamond—also known as a blood diamond—Peter popped the question with an American-made, lab-grown sparkler from Gemesis.
As the wedding inches closer, Brianna admits that the planning process has been difficult with so few resources at her disposal. And while her and Peter have definitely gotten mixed reactions to their sustainable wedding, she hopes their guests don’t feel like they’re being preached to. Says Brianna, "We just want to introduce quality food and beautiful décor that’s sustainable."
Emily Howald Sefton is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s deputy features editor and Mpls.St.Paul Weddings’ editor. See bio
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