That’s how many people are victims of human trafficking today.
Through the wedding industry, Love Give Way wants to make the world different for women living under the devastating grip of sex trafficking.
For the men working day in + day out in slave labor.
For the children shackled to a life of exploitation.
And we believe that is possible.
You see, the annual revenue of the wedding industry is $300 billion, double the $150 billion human trafficking rakes in. By mobilizing the wedding industry to be rooted in the empowerment of all beings, we have a lot of power.
Change is possible by incorporating companies doing good.
Love Gives Way created this practical wedding day guide for brides to create an inexpensive, simple, and chic wedding. There are multiple honest brands creating products for just about every wedding day need, and we’ve also brought in other inspiration making the wedding day decor more sustainable.
But we didn’t just stop at brands making a difference. We’ve also incorporated our Colorado vendors who give back a portion of earnings from every single wedding to combat trafficking. Our very skillful vendors include – Pure Lee Photography, Sweet Justice Photography, Abbey Ratcliff Paper Artistry, Jae le Mae Florals, and Media Mansion Videography.
These mindful weddings begin with the couple’s story + end with someone else’s. When couples partner with Love Gives Way, the message of hope + action continues with a common goal of seeing people set free. The vision of Love Gives Way is simple–you will always need vendors for your wedding, so why not choose ones who are giving back to world changing causes, for the same price.
Everything you see in this styled wedding is fairly traded, ethically made, and changing the world. We included potted plants as table decor because, unlike most floral accents, they survive long past the wedding day! You can borrow them from your plant-crazy friend, invest in new ones for your home, or use them as gifts for people who helped out with your day.
The name cards placed on each dinner plate were torn from an old thrift store book. The options for decor with these adorable vintage pages are endless!
Whatever decor style you’re going for, there’s a furniture rental company suiting it. Rental companies support sustainability through the reuse of material goods. You can take pride in knowing none of your decor is ending up in a landfill.
Passion + character. Those were the ideals of this extravagant cheeseboard, bringing the ultimate color bomb to your wedding decor. Fair trade chocolate + wholesome ingredients from your local natural grocer create a mouth-watering centerpiece that guests can snack on during cocktail hour.
The ultimate goal of this ethically-styled wedding was to activate the wedding industry toward good. We are promoting the idea that fighting injustice begins with what we buy into. When we choose to shop fair trade + purchase from brands employing artisans for a fair wage, we are killing slavery. When we buy ethical products made by women, we are rescuing them from sex trafficking.
So we put our money where our mouths are–we stand up for fair trade, ethical business models, and products benefitting more than the consumer. We give back. And we hope for justice.
The invitations we used for this shoot are from @farmettepress who employ refugees to make their invitations, and all of their paper goods are environmentally friendly. Our Love Gives Way vendor, Abbey Ratcliff, did the calligraphy and design for this invitation suite.
The items included in this photo start with the wedding ring from Sarah O. Jewelry. This is an ethically sourced Sapphire. The earrings are from UNCVRD, a California based jewelry company that seeks to bring hope, freedom, and restoration to women and girls living in slavery. The perfume included is from Give Scent the proceeds from this perfume company go to empower all women!
The image above is inspiration for bridesmaids gifts. Eleventh Candle Co employs women who have once been trafficked in Columbus Ohio. The candles themselves are made in a small village in Ethiopia. By purchasing these candles you are empowering women both in US, and overseas.
United by Blue are a great for groomsmen gifts. For every product sold, United by Blue removes a pound of trash from the ocean. They are very outdoors focused, and all of their patterns have a very outdoorsy theme to them. Great for the men!
For table decor we tried to keep this very practical, to make it so a bride could replicate this idea without spending thousands. A sustainable way to decorate your wedding tables without breaking the bank is using potted plants. You can borrow potted plants from a friend, OR you can consider the potted plants you purchase your new home decor. You can never have too many plants in your home!
We also accessorized the table with larger candles from Eleventh Candle Co.
If you’d like to offer your guests a party favor, Eleventh’s smallest size candle (2oz) is a great option for that!
As mentioned previously, we worked with a wedding rental company. This is such a great way to make your wedding simply sustainable. We worked with Plank & Pearl.Our brides shoes are from Lotta From Stockholm, which are sustainably made clogs from Sweden. Our grooms shoes are from Nisolo, Nisolo sells beautiful ethically made shoes from Peru. Nisolo’s shoes are known for having timeless leather shoe styles perfect for any occasion.
Our brides dress is from Wear Your Love, all of their dresses are made with sustainable materials, such as organic cotton or soft bamboo. Her flowers and the boutonniere are made by another one of our LGW vendors, Justine with Jae le Mae.
Justine donates flower arrangements to a non-profit in Denver that fights sex trafficking.