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Exchanging vows the eco-friendly way: Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed’s dream nuptials

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Because having the wedding of your dreams doesn’t have to cost the Earth…

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed

By Rebecca Sellitti

As many of you now know, Global Cool Sustainable Sweethearts Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed have decided to make it official. Yep, the prettiest of all the Planeteers will soon be coming together in the eco-holiest of all marital unions. In the seven months of Somereed’s existence, these two do-gooders have already rescued several abandoned animals, joined forces to promote one another’s conservation charities, and showed the world what a hip, young, socially-aware couple should look like.

Since both Nikki and Ian have incredibly demanding schedules, they’ll need all the help they can get in planning their nuptials. And even though I lack even the most basic skills in event planning, I DO have some great tips on how to keep their wedding’s carbon footprint as small as possible. So, Future Mr. and Mrs. Somerhalder, if you’re interested (rhetorical question ‘cause I know you are) here are my pointers for hosting the ultimate planet-friendly wedding!


Keep it Local
No FlyI realize that destination weddings are as mandatory for celebrities as greasy sheet cake is for the rest of us, but before you rent out that five star resort in Turks and Caicos, you might want to remember that even though everyone attending your nuptials will undoubtedly enjoy the beautiful tropical backdrop, Mother Earth will be less than thrilled about the pollution your guests will have caused by flying in on their fleet of private jets!

Might I suggest instead exchanging vows at your home in Georgia? Weddings held at the bride or bridegroom’s home feel so much more intimate. Plus, with all that farm country in your backyard, it would be easy to design a menu cooked entirely from locally sourced ingredients. In fact, you’d be foolish to let all of those delicious Georgia peaches go to waste. Put them in a cobbler where the fuzzy fruit belongs!


Light My Candle
Screen shot 2015-02-13 at 11.56.27Think about using candles for most of your lighting needs. Not only will the candles cut back on energy consumption, they’ll also create quite the romantic ambiance.

And don’t be afraid to go wild with the wicks. Go with medieval-inspired candelabras (pictured right) for that dramatic look, or take it in a rustic direction with tabletop lanterns. Oh, and if you need additional illumination, be sure you stick with LED lights. Or just do it all in the naked light of day. Mr. Sun won’t charge a dime.


Pull back on the Posies
Screen shot 2015-02-13 at 11.59.38Instead of importing rare, exotic flowers from the four corners of the globe, ditch the dying daisies altogether. Flowers plucked from the earth have a shelf life shorter than Kim-K’s marriages (za-zow), so rather than killing thousands of posies that will only end-up in the dustbin by evening’s end, you should simply go flower-free…or at LEAST flower-lite.

Nikki, you’re definitely the artist in this relationship so I’m putting you in charge of making the centerpieces eco-conscious and cutting edge. Word on the street is that potted herbs are all the rage at today’s waste-free weddings. A beautiful batch of thyme in a super-chic planter would serve as a gorgeous table piece, PLUS, they would be ideal party favors for your green-thumbed guests. Who WOULDN’T want some fresh parsley to take home and plant in their herb garden?


Go Green With Your White Wedding Dress
Tara Lynn BridalNikki, my first suggestion would be to repurpose a dress that was worn by a cherished relative like your mother, or grandmamma. With a few minor alterations even the most out-dated, criminally unfashionable frock can be transformed into the wedding dress of your dreams. I learned this from watching the TLC program, Something Borrowed, where brides must choose between a reworked, vintage wedding dress and a brand spankin’ new gown. (Yes, I gain much of my expertise through viewing reality TV shows. Don’t judge me!)

But Nikki, you are a unique and one-of-a-kind individual, so if you desire a new gown that will perfectly reflect your boho-chic persona, that’s totally cool. I recommend checking out the stylish and sustainable gowns from Tara Lynn Bridal Collection (pictured right). At Tara Lynn they make it a point to construct their dresses using only eco-friendly materials like hemp, peace silks, and organic cotton.

Whatever you wear Nikki, with your enviable figure, you’ll look spectacular!


With This Recycled Ring, I Thee Wed
Screen shot 2015-02-13 at 12.03.32Ian and Nikki, choosing the right wedding band is crucial. After all, you two will be wearing those rings every day for the rest of your lives…and since you’re both immortal vampires, well, you’re REALLY going to want to love those bands!

Take a gander at Beyond Earth (pictured right), an ethical jewelry company that specializes in bling that’s hand-made using only recycled precious metals and conflict-free diamonds. Beyond Earth believes that “high quality, fine jewelry need not come at a great human or environmental cost.“ And if that mission statement doesn’t just scream Somerhalder, then I don’t know what does!


Gifts that Give Back
When couples join together in holy matrimony, tradition dictates that they be showered with oodles of presents and big fat checks to alleviate some of the newlywed’s financial pressure. But, let’s just keep it 100 here: the Somerhalders do not want for anything. So, instead of registering at Williams Sonoma for Le Creuset cookware (which, if I’m to be honest, is the only reason I’d ever want to get hitched), ask your deep-pocketed friends to make donations to your favorite conservation charities. I’ve heard WONDERFUL things about the Ian Somerhalder Foundation as well as the Wildlife Waystation.

I think a wedding/fundraiser would be a great way to reflect the loving, and selfless individuals you two truly are.


Ian and Nikki, let me just conclude by saying that I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Who else but Mother Earth herself could be the matchmaker that brought you two crazy kids together!

Mazel Tov!


frankensteinHere comes the science bit…

GC articles show you a few ways to live greener…

/ Be a winner, not a binner (recycling and upcyling tips) /
/ Turn down the heat (using less energy at home) /
/ Green me up, Scotty (simple choices you can make to be greener) /
/ Travel light (ditching the car/plane) /


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