Andrea Bonelli, the woman behind the gorgeous rings, earrings, and necklaces you see below, is a self-taught metalsmith whose pieces are above all interesting. She incorporates textures and hand-crafted details into every piece of jewelry to make each truly spectacular and one-of-a-kind. On top of that, all of the gold and silver Andrea uses is recycled, and she only chooses ethically mined diamonds. If you haven’t checked out her website yet, you better get over there and check out how absolutely jaw-dropping the rest of her pieces are!
In the spirit of Andrea’s eco-friendly collection, we asked readers to share with us how they are incorporating eco-chic details into their own weddings. I was struck by how passionate y’all are about making your weddings eco-friendly! Some of the ideas you came up with blew me away! Here are a few of my favorite tips:
Jessica:” To make our wedding eco-friendly we are collecting old mason jars and vases to be used in our centerpieces. We are also using old buttons and vintage ribbon in our decor. We plan on using/reusing as many items as we possibly can :) Love your website! Thanks for the inspiration and great ideas!”
Stefanie: “One of my favorite eco friendly aspects I am including is having potted herbs as centerpieces, that double as favors! It will be beautiful, they won’t go to waste days after the wedding, and they will be so aromatic! I am also using recycled paper, and using all local vendors! By the way… love the jewelry!!”
Jess: “We’re focusing on eco-friendliness for our wedding! The ceremony’s going to be held in the woods and the reception’ll be a picnic in the park. Think quilts and blankets spread across a lawn, kites flying in the air…We’re using recycled paper for our invitations, using mis-matched china for the hor d’oevres, going minimal on the decorations and such to eliminate waste. I’m heading to a farmer’s market the day before to buy flowers for my bouquet, and am growing other flowers for decorations in a greenhouse. Can’t wait to see it all come together!”
Katie: “I used all recycled paper for my programs and kept the page number to a minimum. I hated the idea of all that paper going immediately in the garbage after the ceremony. I also didn’t have flower centerpieces. I used apothecary jars that could be reused after the wedding.”
You absolutely must check out the rest of the comments readers submitted — there are hundreds of fabulous ideas on how to make your own nuptials more eco-chic!
Congratulations to Jamie M. and Meg! You two were randomly selected as the winners of the Andrea Bonelli giveaway and will each receive a $75 gift certificate for your own environmentally friendly jewels!
Another great giveaway is on the way, so be sure to check back in!