An Elephant, Vegan & Love Themed Celebration

August 24, 2010

This elephant themed, vegan love-fest wedding makes me so happy! Abigail & Zak actually got married last October so this wedding was really a celebration of their love and partnership involving all their friends & family.

“We wanted it to have a theme of elephants, loyalty, and compassion” they told me. !That’s why we had the paintings of our parents there and also why our “favors” were gifts bought from heifer international (bees and trees) in our guests’ honor. The most important part of our vision was that we were already married last October, so we didn’t want to pretend this was something it wasn’t. We wanted it to be a celebration of our partnership, and our friend who introduced us was our celebrant at the party. We did our vows in the past tense, and most importantly, we wrote and read our marriage manifesto about what partnership and marriage means to us.”

“We had an all vegan snacks and dessert buffet (we wanted to be able to eat everything at our own wedding!) we used as many local products (flowers, beer, etc) as possible. Our cake was homemade by a good friend. We had no strangers there, which was important. Friends catered, photographed and bartended.”

“Since between us we’ve lost three parents, rather than have photographs and candles (which seemed a little funeral-y) we had a good friend who is a local artist do portraits of our parents so that they would be recognized there, but in a more lighthearted way. We also incorporated heirlooms and special items from our grandparents and parents in the decorations.”

Thanks to Abigail & Zak and their photographer Kat for sharing this gorgeousness with us today

Credit: Kat Berger Photography
Venue: South Shore Pavilion, Milwaukee, WI
Bride’s Dress: Lily (bought at Nordstrom Online)
Bride’s Hair clips: Pixel and Hank on Etsy
Bride’s Petticoat: Porches Place on Etsy     
Bride’s Shoes: Mohop
Bride’s Jewellery: Elephant Necklace was bought in India. The rest was all inherited from the Bride’s Parents
Groom’s Pants: Banana Republic
Groom’s Tie: Cyberoptix Tie Lab
Groom’s Boutonnieres: Pixel and Hank on Etsy
Groom’s Tie Clips: 3 Sweet Peas Jewelry on Etsy 
Groom’s Cuff Links: Cosmic Firefly on Etsy  
Groom’s Shoes: Simple
Cake: Made by a friend
Flowers: Diy bought from South Shore Farmer’s Market 
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen: Wore anything they liked that was brown
Hair: Stef at Groom Salon
Make Up: Diy
Stationary: Diy
Decor: All Diy