Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. This
was our grandmothers' wedding refrain, and people would scurry to
collect said items so that the bride would be ensured lifelong
happiness. The old represented a link to her past; the new, a hope for
the future; the borrowed guaranteed she could rely on friends and
family; and the blue was considered a symbol of love. But today, many
betrothed couples are placing fresh significance on the traditional
mantra. For these wedding planners, the old is the planet, and they
wish to love and honor it along with each other. By making new
ceremony choices that support our biosphere, they lead the way for
those to come and respect what they will leave behind. ...
... As veganism is a key practice for Brown and Abel, their ceremony
included readings from Diet for a New America by John Robbins, the
renowned 1987 book on the cruelties of the meat industry and the
health hazards of an animal-based diet.
"Being vegan is a way of treading more lightly on the Earth," Brown
explains as we sip coffee with soy creamer in her kitchen and three
five-week-old rescue lambs bleat behind a baby gate nearby. "For us,
being vegan equates to being green. Our wedding was a continuation of
all that we believe in."
Indeed, the United Nations published a report in 2006 stating that the
livestock industry is the number one contributor to greenhouse gases,
far outweighing automobiles. Livestock takes up 30 percent of the
Earth's entire land surface, tainting water sources and promoting
further deforestation to make room for more cattle. It would be
difficult to plan a green wedding menu without considering the
detrimental effects of meat consumption on the planet. ...
... They will cook their own vegan meal and get their wedding cupcakes
from Little Vegan Monsters of New Haven, Connecticut. As Henderson has
been an employee and supporter of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
for two years, she'll donate money to the sanctuary on behalf of
Little Vegan Monsters for the goodies.
... She will buy her eco-chic, nonleather heels from the vegan
MooShoes of New York. The couple is investigating an organic cotton or
hemp suit for Williams, one that has not cost the Earth and will last
him for years.
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