Jan. 4, 2013, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Real Green Destination Wedding: Natural Hawaiian Beauty


Gabe and Michelle Scotti were married on August 31, 2008 at the Kualoa Ranch in Kaaawa, Hawaii.

The couple's decision to go green on their special day was a no-brainer. As Michelle tells us, “I'm always looking for new ways to green my company and household,” so it was only natural that she would want to green her wedding day, as well.

Eco-Chic Wedding in Hawaii

Our friends at The Green Bride Guide are sharing a few ways this couple managed to use natural materials and think green in all aspects of their wedding!

  1. Save The Dates & Invitations
    Rather than using paper Save the Date cards, Michelle and Gabe built a wedding website to send out an electronic notice. For the invitations, the couple used Eco-White paper from Paper Source. They chose postcard-style response cards in order to limit the amount of envelopes and paper used.

  2. Location
    The couple chose the Moli’i Gardens at Kualoa Ranch as their wedding venue. To save on unnecessary waste, Michelle and Gabe selected this naturally beautiful location that needed very little additional decoration.

    Moli'i Gardens, Kualoa Ranch

  3. Personal Touches
    To make their day more meaningful as well as sustainable, the couple utilized items items already in their families. The chuppah was constructed from a borrowed bamboo arch draped with the mother-of-the-bride’s train from her wedding dress. The diamond in Michelle's ring was passed down from her great-grandmother.

    vintage heirloom ring

  4. Centerpieces
    The bride calls her DIY centerpieces "a recycled work of art! I collected old wine bottles of various sizes and colors for months.” These were filled with local papyrus sedge, lemongrass from the bride's backyard garden, and some cut flowers from Watanabe Floral. Old baby food jars were used as votive holders for organic candles, and after the wedding, all the bottles and jars went into the recycling bin.

    chrysanthemum decorated cupcakes

  5. The (Cup)Cake
    Instead of a traditional cake, the couple served cupcakes adorned with cut chrysanthemums to cut down on wasted food. The cupcakes sat atop a base built of old cardboard boxes covered with moss, and the topper was held up by a candy dish found at Goodwill.

    chrysanthemum decorated cupcakes

  6. Recycling & Donations
    After the wedding, all bottles, cans, centerpieces, and even the bride's bouquet went to recycling centers and compost piles. Instead of purchasing baskets and decor new, the couple opted to find many supplies from Goodwill. Both the flower girl and the ring bearers held square baskets covered with green moss. Glass bowls from Goodwill were used to display food, and after use, they were donated back. In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to the Nature Conservancy in honor of each guest.

    moss goodwill baskets

  7. For all the details on this lovely wedding, visit the full recap on GreenBrideGuide.com.

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