All exhibitors at the Mid-Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase have passed a rigorous review and offer green/sustainable services and products.
We are proud to tell you all about them…
AFR assists in creating event experiences which are fresh, distinctive, and unique. We provide exceptional rental furniture solutions for special events, corporate meetings, and trade shows nationwide. We guarantee quality, style, competitive pricing, and exceptional customer service. Strategically located, AFR has the ability to offer consistency on a national basis. www.rentfurniture.com
Andy Kushner Entertainment
Precise attention to scale, budget, and personalization are hallmarks. When working with celebrity planners or with our bands, Andy Kushner Entertainment’s focus is always on the wishes and vision of the bride or wedding couple. Performances are tailored to his clients’ specific needs and dreams. The goal: to provide a seamless, interactive, engaging, and meaningful experience that captivates all in attendance and exceeds expectations. The result: the creation of more opportunities for moments to cherish. www.andykushner.com
Atlantic Services Group
Beyond its distinguished 25-year record in valet, transportation and parking, Atlantic prides itself on being an environmentally friendly and socially responsible company. Atlantic’s uses green products, reduces engine idling, promotes recycling and manages all valet, transportation and parking activities with equal value on professionalism and sustainability. asgpark.com.
Aveda Institute DC
Purely Aveda. Purely Affordable. Aveda Institute DC provides luxury for less. We offer hair, spa, makeup, and nail services using Aveda products and industry experience in our green certified facility. Our environmentally friendly practices along with classic styling techniques make Aveda Institute DC the perfect location for all of your beauty needs. www.avedainstitutesbb.com.
balance photography (Photography/producer)
Balance is a full service photography studio based in Baltimore County, serving Maryland, DC and the world. Our style is a truly artistic blend of documentary reportage with a touch of edgy fashion. The feeling is immediate, honest, romantic and absolutely beautiful. We are a small boutique-style studio and accept limited commissions in any calendar year so that the couples who choose our services have our complete commitment on their special day. 2010 marks ten years for us and we are excited to be part of the area’s first green showcase. balance is proud to offer multiple green album and printing options for brides, as well as being a member of both Greener Photography and Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance (CSBA). We are committed to keeping our business bright green and feel that photographers especially must work hard to preserve and protect the natural beauty of the Earth that so frequently serves as a major element in our work. Learn more at www.balanceweddings.com.
Bario Neal Jewelry
Bario-Neal Jewelry offers a collection of ethical engagement rings, commitment bands, fine jewelry, and custom design. Bario-Neal Jewelry is handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals; ethically-sourced stones; and low-impact, environmentally conscious practices. www.bario-neal.com.
Blue Sky Films
We are a remarkable team of documentary filmmakers who all share the same passion for telling stories with extraordinary imagery. Every aspect of the wedding day coverage is tailored for the couples’ preference for style, content and cadence of their event. We provide a personalized, motion picture reflection of their wedding celebration. www.blueskyfilms.com.
Bon Appetit Management Company
Bon Appétit Management Company is the model for what is possible in sustainable food service. We were the first food service company to address issues related to where food comes from and how it's grown, and we are unique in that ALL our promises apply everywhere, not just specific "green" venues. Please visit us at: www.bamco.com
CCI Creations is a full service event planning and design company, specializing in stylish, sensational, sustainable weddings and events; known for attention to detail, and incomparable client service. Destination services include Green Globe Certified Sandals and Beaches weddings and honeymoons, and Royal Caribbean Royal Romance weddings and honeymoons. We also carry invitations, décor, projector, screen and Bliss Light rentals. www.yourweddingcoordinator.com.
Christine Barker Photography
We are bridal photographers who specialize in capturing the intimate informality of wine-country weddings. We support and procure eco-friendly vendors for all products we provide. www.christinebarkerphotography.com.
Divine Transformation/Rev. Laura Cannon
Rev. Laura C. Cannon is an insightful, compassionate, and creative wedding officiant who creates personalized and heartfelt ceremonies. She supports marriage equality and honors all religious, spiritual, and secular backgrounds. She loves couples who are conscious of their impact on the planet. She herself is a vegan and environmentalist. www.divinetransformation.com.
Federal City Caterers
Federal City Caterers is pleased to offer piece of mind as you plan your wedding. Green is not a trend and now, Federal City provides a Green Restaurant Association Certified green catering experience, along with the same great service, food, and hospitality that we’re known for. We ensure that your event will be first-rate, with a side of social responsibility. www.federalcity.com.
Fiberactive Organics, LLC has been producing beautiful, organic cotton table linens and bed quilts for many years. They are known world wide as the only producers of organic cotton sewing thread. In 2010 they introduced a line of organic cotton clothing. And this year the Green Wedding Showcase will see the debut of their first wedding and formal wear. Fiberactive is a triple-bottom-line company. Known for its Domestic Fair Trade practices, its artisans are refugee women from the Mountains of Vietnam that have settled in Raleigh, North Carolina. Read more of their wonderful story on their website. www.fiberactiveorganics.com.
gillette portrait arts
gillette portrait arts is a contemporary wedding & portrait studio. We implement an observational approach during all of our jobs - but even more so for weddings. We believe that we are there to document your day, not direct it. Our primary purpose is to use imagery to tell your love story and what makes you, as a couple, special & unique. We use online proofing systems and recycled products for all of our marketing. www.gilletteportraitarts.com.
Green and Blue
Green and Blue is an upscale boutique located on DuPont Circle in Washington, DC. We sell designer clothes and accessories. Under our ELA ELA brand we create unique jewelry and custom made clothes from a simple skirt to a wedding gown. We also provide expert tailoring for your existing garments. www.GreenAndBlueStyle.com.
Green Bride Guide
The Green Bride Guide is the most popular green wedding website online. The site offers pictures and stories from real green weddings, advice from industry experts, a directory of eco-friendly vendors, and a green wedding gift registry with hundreds of eco-luxury home goods. www.greenbrideguide.com.
Green Earth Travel
Green Earth Travel, LLC, remains on the cutting edge of conscientious traveling offering a wide-range of travel options for those who care about the planet. President/owner & travel expert, Donna Zeigfinger, focus on Volunteer Vacation packages and Adventure Travel – specializing in individualized excursions for groups, individuals, couples and families. www.greenearthtravel.com.
Herrington on the Bay
A waterfront, Eco-Lifestyle Event Venue with full service Catering located at Herrington Harbour Resort. The waterfront bridal lawns feature an extraordinary blend of natural and exotic landscaping emphasizing the pristine and expansive water views. Guests enjoy relaxing, elegant surrounds while savoring the Culinary Team’s sustainable cuisine right here in Maryland! www.herringtononthebay.com.
Honest Tea is the nation's top-selling organic bottled tea company with a mission to make great-tasting, truly healthy organic beverages sweetened with less sugar and fewer calories than most bottled beverages. Honest Tea's product lines include: Honest Tea, ready-to-drink bottled teas, Honest Ade organic thirst quenchers and Honest Kids drink pouches. All varieties are USDA-certified organic and all teas will be Fair Trade Certified™ in early 2011. www.honesttea.com.
Local Color Flowers
Local Color Flowers is a Baltimore-based floral design business. We create personalized arrangements and bouquets for weddings and special events from fresh, seasonal, and sustainable flowers cultivated by local specialty growers. We are committed to responsible use of resources, supporting the local economy and promoting neighboring farms. We provide our clients an environmentally and socially conscience alternative when purchasing flowers. www.locoflo.com.
lori hill event productions, inc. (Planner/producer)
We are an award-winning event production company committed to the belief that sustainable events should be a standard, not an option. From the venue, catering, décor, invitations and more, we work with our clients to select the most sustainable option for every component of their special event. Learn more at www.lorihillevents.com.
Marriott Inn and Conference Center UMUC
Marriott Inn and Conference Center UMUC is a LEED certified green hotel and IACC conference center featuring art galleries, exquisite weddings, and organic dining located close to University of Maryland. Providing a lovely ballroom, spacious guest rooms and VIP suites, and its own catering services with organic and locally provided options, we are making strides for the environment. The country's first environmentally friendly hotel, this lodging option makes certain guests will experience the utmost comfort with luxurious services. www.umucmarriottgreen.com.
An approved Green Bride Guide Vendor, Patchwork Catering is a boutique owner-operated catering company that emphasizes locally sourced, seasonally fresh, sustainably farmed ingredients whenever possible while taking a GREEN approach to catering. Our menus are custom and creative with contemporary touches that are sure to please your palate and ignite your senses. www.patchworkcatering.com.
Plants Alive! Inc. provides the finest foliage, flowering and traditional exterior plant material for Special Events and permanent installations. Plant material is organically grown whenever possible and is re-cycled at the nursery when it is past it's prime showtime usage. We also provide full installation and maintenance services. We use environmentally friendly decorative containers and supplies whenever possible. www.plants-alive.com.
Putting on the Ritz
For over 30 years, Putting on the Ritz Catering has provided couples with versatility and creativity in menu planning, delectable fare, and a focus on enhancing every aspect of their unique wedding day. Visit our web site for more information or a customized menu proposal. www.puttingontheritz.com.
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center/University of Maryland (Venue Sponsor)
There are endless possibilities when you host your special day at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. With an ideal location, free parking, top caterers to choose from and unique event space – our staff is here to assist you in planning the wedding of your dreams.
The Riggs Alumni Center is dedicated to protecting the environment while producing high quality events. Learn more about our green initiatives at our website, www.riggs.umd.edu.
Staccato offers luxurious invitations, announcements, and reception stationery to the eco-conscious couple wishing to make a statement without making a negative impact on the environment. From plantable seed paper save-the-dates, to luxurious handmade invitations created from recycled or renewable fibers, we have something for everyone! www.staccatostationery.com.
Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats
Of course you can have the eco-friendly wedding cake of your dreams! Sticky Fingers Bakery, in NW DC, creates gorgeous, mouth-watering cakes with a tiny carbon footprint. Whether you choose a traditional white beauty or a modern work of art, our vegan and organic cake creations are sure to please you, your guests and the planet! www.stickyfingersbakery.com.
ThorpeWood is a 155-acre mountain retreat located in the Catoctin Mountains near Thurmont, MD. Our beautiful setting of forests, meadows, an arboretum, wetlands, and native trout streams provides a tranquil location for our primary mission – providing education and personal development programs for at-risk youth. What Makes This Red Building "Green"? For answers: www.thorpewood.org/about/green.html.
Travelling Bean - The Espresso Catering Company
Travelling Bean - The Espresso Catering Company specializes in the design of Espresso/Cappuccino Bars, Fruit Smoothie Stations, and Margarita/Daiquiri Bars for every occasion! We are Family owned and operated and have been in business for 15 years and we believe in Exceeding our Customers Expectations one event at a time! www.travelingbean.com.
Up Do's for I Do's
Allow Up-Do’s For I Do’s to enhance your image as you prepare to say "I do." We will travel on-site to your location of choice to provide you with the glamorous wedding day appearance you've been dreaming of. www.updosforidos.com.