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Sustainable Same-Sex Micro-Wedding At Wilderley Nature Resort

Photography by Paola De Paola


As we know, Paola De Paola prides herself on being an inclusive and eco-conscious wedding photographer.


This sustainable, same-sex micro-wedding shoot at Wilderley Nature Resort celebrates both, beautifully. Models, Helen and Lorraine have both been happily married for 3 years and enjoyed the chance to relive the experience in the picturesque countryside with celebrant, Kevin Gibbs. Styled by Gwenda of Green Union, the mood of the shoot was to be vibrant and modern whilst being deeply rooted in nature.


Wilderley, was the perfect venue for this project, everything about this place shouts out respect and love for Nature.


It’s a one-of-a-kind recreational farm resort that rescues animals and is forever planting new trees. The ultimate location for modern couples who want a sustainable wedding to celebrate magical times with friends and family. The venue features a range of comfortable hand-crafted, unusual accommodations and a variety of over 100 free-range animals. All the animals have their own special story; many having been rescued.


Both Glenda and Paola are deep believers of the importance of ethical values and an eco-conscious approach. They both wish to promote more considerate and eco-friendly values in the wedding industry and selected their creative team to reflect this.


The stationery was designed by Ana of Little Green Paper Shop and is not only printed on eco-conscious paper but it’s also seeded and can be planted afterward! Plantable cards not only add a unique dimension but also allow your stationery to live and grow beyond your big day. Couples can choose from a range of seeds including Wildflower Rudbeckia, Lavender, Poppy, Carrot, and Tomato.

The pandemic-inspired a phenomenon of micro-weddings a sure thing for reducing the carbon footprint of your wedding, and using a venue that has sustainability at its core, ably assisted by a small team of wedding vendors who are based as locally as possible is about as good as it gets! Paring back the unnecessary and avoiding excess can still result in a beautiful and meaningful day.


Natural florals were created by Darling Buds, based in the beautiful Suffolk countryside just down the lanes from Wilderley. Julia aims to incorporate texture, colour, and perfume to create both a visual and sensory experience.


The bridal outfits by sustainable bridal designer, Sanyukta Shreshtha. Sanyukta’s been pioneering sustainability since 2011 through her luxurious designs. The beauty behind each Sanyukta Shrestha gown is in the craftsmanship behind its hand-spun and hand-loomed organic fibres, a century-old traditional Nepalese technique. Sanyukta promotes a cultural and sustainable model that defines the role of her cultural heritage whilst also empowering deprived women, artisans, through sustainable projects. The brand uses only natural and sustainable fibres with traceable sourcing underlining their commitment towards the environment and the community.


This inspirational shoot is quite literally a breath of fresh air! Check out the full list of creative involved in the list below!

Concept and Photography: Paola of Paola De Paola Photography Sustainability Consultant, Coordination and Styling: Gwenda of Green Union Venue: Celeste & Kerry of Wilderley Weddings Models: Helen & Lorraine Stationery: Ana of Little Green Paper Shop Jewellery: Lidia of Lola Rosa Cake: Trudy of The Iced Vegan Wedding Rings: Jemma of Slade Fine Jewellery Confetti: Genevieve of Confetti Club Coconut Bowl: Jake & Maddie’s World Bridal Outfits: Sanyukta Shrestha HMUA: Emma of Brunetti Artistry Tableware: Natasha of A Touch of Vintage Florist: Julia at Darling Buds Celebrant: Kevin Gibbs Alpacas & More!: Unicorn Alpaca Walk


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