One of the easiest ways to honor the planet is by using the great
outdoors as the backdrop. Any open-air space, a beach, the woods, parks or hot springs in the mountains make ideal settings. A day wedding in the summer reduces the need for energy; add acoustic music and you are pretty perfect.
| Would you like to see a deer passing, swans parading
by or hear wild parrots whistling but not be lost in the woods deep down in nature? Nature preserves, horse ranches, arboretums, Japanese
gardens, spiritual and historical properties
share their spaces and offer amenities like bathrooms and
kitchens, gazebos and dance halls.
All over the US "green hotels" have opened up and are finally followed by amazing owners and managers of wedding venues. We work closely together with LA's green wedding locale NO 1, the Malibu Nature Preserve, run by Peter Ireland.
His website does not talk about weddings and the only advertising he pays for is in "Here comes the Guide". He wants to keep his location semi-secret and for couples who appreciate nature and party with light feet. A wedding factory like Calamigos Ranch would not be one of his dreams. Read about Peter and the Malibu Nature Preserve at
His eco efforts are followed by fellow LA nature hugger Joan Pankratz, who oversees bookings for the King Gilette Ranch and Upper Las Virgines Preserve, and historic places like the Adamson house right on the beach.
We found two eco models in other states, which set the example of how cool it can get:
Tyron Farms in
Pomfret, CT 06258 is independent from the power grid using their own solar power, they recycle, grow their flowers on-site without chemicals, thereby drastically reducing pollutants in the soil. Even better, they offer green guest houses, so guests can rest in organic bedding and awake sparkly fresh for the wedding day, no hectic, no driving, just eco comfort.
Virginia is proud of the Airlie mansion with organic gardens.