Photos byÂ KMH Photography
The Springs Preserve is a marvelous spot get married at in Las Vegas, but did you know it’s also an eco-friendly wedding venue? That is one of the reasons environmentally conscious couple Heather and Jose chose to be married there in their gorgeously green wedding!
Their photographer, Kristen ofÂ KMH PhotographyÂ writes: “Say hello to the coolest eco-super-couple around! Heather & Jose are friends of mine, and I was absolutely delighted when they asked me to be their photographer. They are ardent hikers, mountain climbers, organic produce consumers and friends of the environment. I knew their wedding would be super cool, DIY and earthy-themed, with Heatherâ€™s fabulous flair added to it.”
And indeed, this couple reallyÂ walk the walk – their wedding was full of ecologically friendly decisions and incorporated many green details into the planning. For starters the venue, Springs Preserve, is Platinum LEED certified, constructed ofÂ environmentally friendly materials and in a sustainable design. It’s alsoÂ US Green Building Council certified for its energy and water efficiency, decreased CO2 emissions and for its focus on a sustainable future for itself and Las Vegas. Totally amazing.
But beyond the selection of a green venue, this environmentalÂ wedding doesn’t stop there!
Holding the wedding and reception in the afternoon instead of the evening limited the need for extra lighting. Avoiding traditional and not-so-green cut flowers, Heather instead held a bouquet of succulents and tillandsia. As favors, wedding guests took home the similarlyÂ designed centerpieces as well as home baked goodies in compostable cellophane bags.
Reclaimed wood was used for not only the cute cake stands, but also the ring pillow and guestbook, bringing in a rustic feel. Escort cards and table numbers were hand painted postcards of parks (including the one Heather and Jose were engaged at on a four day backcountry camping trip – Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.)
The green doesn’t stop there though! As far as fashion, Heather wore a white ballgown with black ivy and floral detailing paired with eco-sensitive jewelry, including her fair trade diamond ring. She also chose (I love this) recycled tire sandals for her bridesmaids to wear for dancing in.
Even the stationery was green – from the invitations printed on flower seeded paper with eco-paper ribbon as an accent,Â to the programs and dinner menus printed on paper made with elephant dung!Â The menus also featured a quote by noted naturalist and early environmentalist John Muir: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
After dinner and dessert, Heather and Jose delighted their guests by showing off their polished dance moves at the reception in a choreographed dance they learned together.
I love this totally green affair. Kudos to Heather and Jose for their commitment to the environment and for not only showcasing their love for one another, but also their love for Mother Earth by incorporating so many eco-friendly options into their sustainable wedding!
Vendor and Venue Details:Â
Photographer: KMH PhotographyÂ / Wedding Venue: Gardens Arboretum at Springs Preserve / Reception Venue: Gardens Terrace at Springs Preserve / Wedding Planner: Tory L Cooper Events / Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal / Jewelry: Green Diva JewelryÂ / Floral: DIY / Catering: Culinary Arts Catering / Stationery: PooPoo Paper,Â Eco Ribbon:Â Earth InvitationsÂ / Dance Choreography:Â Â A Perfect Wedding Dance
Heather and Jose have their first look…
Jose’s boutonniereÂ also featured the spidery looking tillandsia!
awesome! love the vibrant colors and the special dance!
Beautiful presentation of their wedding and I love what you wrote! Thanks so much for sharing this wedding!
Wow Kristen, the lighting and tone of these photos is so magnificent! You out did yourself! I love the image of the bride’s reflection in the wine glasses – amazing touch! Were the florals done locally?
Angie, I believe the flowers were done by the bride. I’m not sure if she did them totally herself or got some help, however.