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On Planning a Green Wedding - Selecting a Caterer

August 23, 2012 | posted by Emily | 0 Comments

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When we selected our venue, we were excited about supporting a local, sustainable organic farm that has a community supported agriculture program. In keeping with the theme of staying local, we discovered that our venue had three recommended caterers who are committed to using local ingredients from the Maine coast. After a lot of consideration, we decided to go with Belle Fete Group, whose founder Lori Kinkade has been an absolute pleasure to work with.

While our menu hasn't been finalized, we know that it will include whatever veggies are being harvested at the time of our big day, as well as Maine-brewed beer. In addition to the local ingredients, Belle Fete values providing guests with a taste of Maine. Somehow we will incorporate lobster as well as blueberries, since the lovely Pine Tree state is known for having the largest blueberry and lobster harvests. 

Not only does Belle Fete prefer to keep it local but they are also a green caterer with a green policy that includes:

  • Composting their scraps from the kitchen
  • Recycling all plastic, metal and cardboard containers
  • Using biodegradable plastic at their events
  • Using Bamboo plates
  • Donating leftovers to the Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program

For more info see: Belle Fete Events & Catering

I'm excited to be working with such a lovely catering company that not only provides excellent customer services but is also eco-friendly.



On Planning a Green Wedding

June 20, 2012 | posted by Emily | 0 Comments

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Last month I got engaged. (Thank you! Thank you!)

The past month has probably been the most exciting time of my life filled with love, joy and a lot of planning. Initially I had the mindset that I was going to enjoy our engagement for a while and wait to begin planning our big day. But when husband-to-be began the conversations about picking a wedding date before my head even hit the pillow the night we got engaged, I knew I was in for it.

Luckily, we have the same vision for a theme for “the” day - rustic, barn wedding. I had spent a significant portion of my life on a dairy farm that not only had cows but also raised chickens, pigs, produce and hay. Most of my adult life has been spent living an urban lifestyle in Boston, MA but I have always held a special place in my heart for country living.

The day after he proposed, Chris began scouring the web for weddings on farms, trying to find any place in the northeast that was a barn venue and wasn’t outrageously priced.

One place we considered was the Peabody Historical Society’s Smith Barn - a venue located in Peabody, MA that is surrounded by 250 acres of orchards and conservation land. Rental fees support the mission of the Society in preserving and promoting Peabody’s history.

Photo courtesy of Geneve Rege

Another place we considered was Wells Reserve at Laudholm in Wells, Maine.

Located on coastal Maine, Wells Reserve at Laudholm is an estuary research reserve that is listed on the historic places register and offers its land and barn as a wedding venue.

Photo Courtesy of C.A. Smith Photography

While these venues are beautiful and met our vision of getting married outside and in/near a barn, what we really wanted was a D-I-Y type of venue.

Chris went back to the web, scouring it for hours until he finally found it: Broadturn Farm.

Photo Courtesy of Broadturn Farm

Located in Scarborough, ME, Broadturn Farm is a community supported agriculture farm that grows organic vegetables, strawberries, some poultry, turkey, lamb and pork. They also grow flowers - one of the more exciting crops for me since Stacy, who runs the farm with her husband John, will use the  flowers from the farm's gardens for beautiful wedding flower arrangements.  

 Photo Courtesy of Broadturn Farm

Along with including the farm’s own cut flowers on the wedding day, there are three recommended caterers that use local ingredients in preparing the food for the event. The companies ensure that when possible, they use ingredients from Broadturn Farm. Next on our list to do is taste all the yummy food these caterers have to offer, and then make our selection!

Wedding planning is so fun! I’ll be sure to keep you updated as our plans evolve...

 

Emily

Emily - Guest Blogger

Emily lives in Boston, MA with her fiance Chris and their furry child, Stoli. Newly engaged, Emily is planning her wedding on an organic farm with the goal of making as many eco-friendly decisions as possible. Besides wedding planning, Emily enjoys working out, reading, and blogging.



Get Pampered While Staying Green in Massachusetts: Green Spas Near Boston

May 17, 2012 | posted by Emily | 0 Comments

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Eco Spas & Salons in Boston Area

We all like to get pampered now and again. Wouldn't it be nice to indulge in spa services while being a little gentler on the environment? If you're in the Boston area, here are four spas that operate a little greener:

 

1. Roffi Salon & Day Spa

134 Newbury Street
Boston, MA
617-536-9600
www.roffisalon.com
info@michaelroffi.com

The Roffi Salon is located right on Boston's enchanting Newbury Street. Not only does the spa offer eco-friendly products, but it also addresses other earthly concerns such as energy conservation, eliminating waste and supporting free trade products.

Services:

Hair Coloring, Cut, Perm, Highlights, Updos, Straightening
Skin Facials, Makeup, Eyelash Application
Nails Manicure, Pedicure

Other Green Features: (taken directly from the website)

  • Operate on 100% on wind-generated energy
  • Recycle newspapers, cardboard, magazines, plastic, paper & metal
  • Recycle hair coloring materials such as color tubes, canisters & foils
  • Energy efficient washer, dryer, dishwasher
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products and filtered water (not bottled)
  • Electric hand dryers instead of paper towels
  • Energy saving light bulbs & low voltage fluorescent lights
  • Serve 100% free trade coffee
  • Glasses and porcelain mugs for water & coffee

Products:

Aquage, Bio.Ionic, Minardi, Davines, Dr. Hauschka, JOICO, Goldwell

 

2. Daryl Christopher Wellness Salon and Day Spa

840 Winter Street
Waltham, MA
781-890-9211
www.dchristopher.com
office@dchristopher.com

Situated about 30 minutes west of Boston, Daryl Christopher Wellness Salon and Day Spa offers an array of services for the hair, face, hands and feet. Their green services include but are not limited to natural Keratin treatments, paper hair highlighting (rather than foil), and organic hair facials.

Services:

Hair Coloring, Cut, Perm, Highlights, Updos, Straightening
Skin Facials, Photolight Therapy, Makeup and Eyelash Application, Microdermabrasion, Peels
Nails Manicure, Pedicure
Body Exfoliation, Massage, Body Wrap, Bronzing
Hair Removal Waxing

Products:

302 Skincare

 

3. Skin Innovations

1149 Walnut Street
Newton, MA
617-332-SKIN
www.skininnovations.com
info@skininnovations.com

Located about 20 minutes west of Boston in Newton, MA, Skin Innovations partnered up with various eco-friendly products including Jane Iredale makeup (participants of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics), and Pevonia Botanica.

Services:

Skin Facials, Makeup, Eyelash Application, Peels
Nails Manicure, Pedicure
Body Exfoliation, Massage, Body Wrap
Hair Removal Waxing, Threading

Products:

Pevonia Botanica, Jane Iredale

 

4. Four Elements Salon and Spa

627 College Highway (Rt.10)
Ryan's Professional Center, Southwick, MA 01077
413-569-4004
www.4elementssalon.com
natural@4elementssalon.com

Four Elements Salon and Spa is dedicated to providing its clients with family and environmentally friendly salon by using only certified organic products and by promoting patronage of local businesses.

Services:

Hair Coloring, Cut, Perm, Highlights, Updos, Straightening
Skin Facials, Makeup
Body Massage
Hair Removal Waxing

Products:

Organic Salon Systems (certified organic ingredients, no ammonia, parabens, formaldehyde, plastics, SLS, or thioglycolates, 100% vegan friendly, fair trade) Earthly Body, Simply Organic

 

All of the above spas offer different services and boast their eco-friendliness by offering green beauty products and/or operating their facilities conservatively. Do you patronize eco-friendly salons or spas? Tell us about them!