An Eco & Animal Friendly Wedding: Danny & Sandy

Being animal lovers, and with the bride’s Mother running an animal rescue sanctuary (where the couple actually met!) an eco and aminal friendly wedding was perfect for Danny & Sandy.

The bride explained, “We wanted everything to be eco-friendly and cozy! We stuck to bamboo plates and wooden utensils, and decorated with hay bales with burlap on top for seats, a bonfire, and mason jars with teelight candles hung in trees and lights draped throughout my backyard.”

After a ceremony at Sandhill Horticultural Center they had their reception in their own back garden. “We chose the center’s gardens for the ceremony because they are a public venue, and so the fees we paid went exclusively to supporting the horticulture and art students at the local community college. They are the people who maintain the gardens. The amazing backdrop made our photos; and it was wonderful to be married in a place that was built by the community!”

“I’m a gypsy soul from the desert that’s been transplanted into a sweet old Southern town, and I wanted everyone to step into my world for a little bit. Hay bales for our guests to get cozy on, twinkling lights that reminded me of the amazing desert sky to wish on; and soups, pies, bread (and wine!) to fill everyone’s bellies. It was our style, all the way. No Southern Belles here.”

Thank you to Danny & Sandy and their photographer Heather for sharing today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Northwood Photography
Ceremony Venue: Sandhill Horticultural Center
Reception Venue: Couple’s Garden
Bride’s Dress: Vintage
Bride’s Shoes: Ariat Baker riding boots
Groom’s Outfit: Banana Republic & Jes Switaj on etsy (tie)
Cake: DIY
Flowers: DIY
Stationery: Green Goods
Caterers: Sweet Feed Catering


  1. Michelle

    Love everything about the article, from the amazingly talented photographer, Heather and to the couple, Danny and Sandy for their personal choices for their ceremony and reception venue. I am sure it was an unforgettable day:) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lovely! We’re always fans of checking out couples who manage to incorporate natural or animal themes into their weddings. It’s a goal of ours to shoot a zoo wedding someday, as we nearly got married at one!

  3. Lisa Bond

    Great article. Great photography. Love how they incorporated eco-friendly and made it fun and beautiful.

  4. Rachel

    One of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! They are such an amazing couple inside and out!

  5. emily

    Beautiful wedding, love the colours and the photos with the bug! Just Gorgeous!!


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