After the excitement from a wedding day is over, many of the unnoticed amenities are gone to waste. Food is thrown away, dresses are never seen again, and DIY decor pieces are packed away in boxes. With the wedding season in full bloom, many couples are finding other ways to celebrate the huge stepping stone in their lives, while still giving back! Some small gestures, often go overlooked and aren’t seen as being beneficial, but last week, members of our team had the eye opening experience of meeting Danielle Calhoun, CEO of the Black Sheep Bride! Danielle explain her story of having the privilege of going to West Africa to help out a local orphanage in a third world country. She saw hundreds of people, women, children, elders, all trying their best to make due with what they had and find a way to put food on the plates of their families later on in the evening. As a photographer, she was able to capture the daily problems that other countries were going through and how much struggle there was. That’s what motivated her to start the Black Sheep Bride. The idea behind this website was to feature brides and venders who make selfless decisions to give back to their community and help out others in the surrounding areas. Simple gestures such as donating wedding gifts or making charitable funds an option on your registry can make a world of a difference to someone in need. Starting off as a small blog, Danielle’s ideas have flourished with more people are joining her movement everyday. With over 14,000 followers on Instagram, the Black Sheep Bride organization is something that is frequently talked about in the wedding industry by both brides and venders themselves. Thanks to Danielle’s passion and headstrong personality, we were able to see such a great movement that is only going to expand with the years to come! Interested in learning more about this organization and becoming a Black Sheep Bride yourself? Check out the Black Sheep Bride to see real life wedding stories that can inspire you to give back in a unique way on your special day!
Photography: Joel Bedford Photography