This couple is rad – and so, it’s only fitting that so is their woodsy white wedding in Big Sur! The moment we say Big Sur, you know it’s going to be cool, right? Want to know the coolest part? Almost every element of Adam & Danielle’s wedding gives back thanks to the businesses they worked with; from eco-friendly tableware down to the jewelry worn that was made by poverty stricken Kenyan workers. We’re not surprised considering the bride is founder of Elle Communications, a PR firm to ethical brands and non-profits, and the groom works in international human rights and peacemaking. Read on for all the details from their beautiful and unique day!
There’s nothing more this couple loves than the great outdoors, which is why they selected a beautiful slice of nature in Big Sur to hold their wedding at. Fernwood played host to the ceremony and reception, where guests all stayed in campsites, cabins, tent cabins, and the hotel at the top of the hill.
The couple found a local coordinator to help bring their vision to life and, as a local to Big Sur, Mariah Green Events was profoundly helpful in ensuring the couple had a minimal footprint for their meaningful weekend.
Since the great outdoors provided a beautiful backdrop, the couple wanted to have minimal waste in flowers for their wedding. Hello Honey Flower Co worked with them to bring their minimalism aesthetic to life without skimping on style and design. They decorated their stage with beautiful succulents from their own home, which they returned with post-nuptials, and the tables were embellished with 200 tiny succulents from the groom’s parents’ beautiful garden.
The couple also called upon the eco-friendly bamboo plate company, Bambu, for all of their plates, cutlery, and paper products to ensure an eco-friendly footprint, even in the small details.
Danielle’s sister Erin specializes in corsetry, but switched her style to bring Danielle’s vision to life for a wedding dress that paired classic minimalism with a handmade, locally-sourced approach. Danielle accessorized the dress with jewelry by Soko, which she also gifted to all of her bridesmaids through the Iga Cuff, customized with each of their initials on one side and Danielle’s new initials on the other.
It was important to the couple that their rings reflect their priorities as well, and so Danielle’s ring was custom-made with sustainably-sourced diamonds by local LA designer, Gabriela Artigas, and Adam’s was made by Naturaleza Organic Jewelry, and includes a thin piece of wood running through it that the couple collected while camping at their wedding venue earlier that year.
To thank their guests, Danielle and Adam had camp mugs made embellished with their wedding logo, designed by calligrapher, Suzy Lee of Dear Darling Calligraphy. These served as reusable cups throughout the wedding to reduce waste.
Designing the food for 200 people in a remote forest proved to be tricky, but they turned to semi-local food truck Ketch It to cater sustainably-sourced fish for all of their guests.
OneHope Wine is Adam and Danielle’s absolute favorite wine to enjoy at home and they couldn’t wait to share it with their guests. They selected the Cabernet Sauvingon, which donates to support children with autism with every bottle purchased, and the Chardonnay, which benefits organizations working to eradicate breast cancer. For every sparkly bottle of champagne poured on their special day, 15 meals were given to children in need.
On the other hand, anyone who needed a pick-me-up could enjoy one Kuju Coffee’s pocket pourovers, which bring high quality, pourover-style coffee to the great outdoors. As an added bonus, their coffee is grown on a farm that employs people who were formerly victims of sex trafficking.