Monique is the head dreamer and designer of our green weddings. Monique works the business as Owner and Creative Director, and loves being Officiant and Lead Planner. She’s been in the wedding business for 30 years, creating floral designs, coordinating wedding planning and carefully attending to logistics and strategic planning. She is an experienced speaker, and enjoys officiating at weddings, especially in adventurous locations (whether that is in a Sierra meadow on the Pacific Crest Trail, or in front of a downtown mural). She has advanced degrees in Geography, a teaching credential, and is interested in sustainability and natural foods and products. In her free time (what’s that??), she enjoys being outside in nature (especially when she is paddling a river or lake or hiking in a high Sierra meadow!), creating art (floral and metalsmithing), and following roads less traveled with her husband Jay. She enjoys discovering new artists, local foods, natural living products, and beautiful scenery.
Jay is our always funny but pragmatic logistics dude. Jay works the business as our Logistics/Operations Director, and is also an Owner. He has entrepreneurship in his blood, with his parents having owned many different kinds of businesses including restaurants and clothing stores; and extended family with restaurants; and Jay also owned a successful specialty coffee business in Southern California. He has a knack for figuring out the logistics and challenges of catering and location services. He’s also our pro driver with a Class B license, and learned to drive in Michigan, and lets us know if roads will be a problem for weddings or not, and is great with coming up with solutions. Jay has a great aptitude for knowing what’s trending in natural foods and products and helps choose our wedding swag and online sales items. In his free time, Jay enjoys hiking, biking, paddling, driving unknown roads (what’s around the corner??!!!), and being a foodie.
Jessa is our Creative Designer, as well as a pro Planner. Jessa grew up in the wedding industry as well as the specialty coffee industry, and has her finger on what’s new and trending. She has an eye for design, whether it’s hands-on designing a bride’s bouquet, or finding design items that harmonize together. She has her degree in Environmental Studies, with classes in Communications, and earned her MS in Management and Leadership. In her free time, Jessa enjoys hiking with her border collie, photography, diving, good eats and brew pubs, and flying with her pilot husband.
We believe in the relationship between humans and nature, and the inter-relationships of all living things on Earth as equal. We tread lightly, enjoy our time outdoors, and we are inspired by nature, whether your ceremony is indoors or outdoors, at the river, or under a bright blue sky in the city.
We place equal priority on the ethical actions and sourcing of our suppliers as we do your happiness and satisfaction.
A portion of our profits supports charities and programs that support the elderly, children, animals, the environment, and provides opportunity to people and communities at risk.
We proudly support marriage for ALL and we welcome LGBTQ weddings.
We Are Green
We believe in sustainability, not just for our business, but in our daily life. We do all we can through our business practices and personal ethics to green your wedding and promote sustainability. We are an absolute favorite of wedding couples choosing rustic or outdoor weddings, in particular.
We encourage your own creativity, and you will find that our designs are simply beautiful, focusing on design and the flowers themselves, but not huge, expensive, and overdone. Overdone is over.
By design, your wedding will be sustainable.
We will make suggestions to you during wedding planning that promote an eco-friendly and sustainable wedding.
Sustainable weddings have different meanings to different people. A sustainable wedding can be:
- Intimate, with only family and close friends invited;
- Cruelty-free or vegan;
- Utilize local, in-season, “farm-to-fork” foods;
- Frugal and less expensive;
- Less consumption-oriented;
- More about your family and close friends;
- More meaningful and authentic; and
- Demonstrates your personal values.
A sustainable and eco-friendly wedding can be beautiful, creative, elegant, and unforgettable! Let us help you define your wedding in a way that is in tune with your personal beliefs and lifestyle.
We Give Back
In all of our purchases, we do our best to purchase organic, fair trade, local, and products that support employing the vulnerable, as well as products that also give back.
We give back a portion of our profits to charities that we are passionate about, which include those that support:
- children and youth at risk;
- the elderly;
- animal welfare;
- education and opportunity for disadvantaged communities;
- social justice causes; and
- environmental causes.