Eco-Stiletto: The Perfect Bash for the Off-Beat Bride

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Bash, Please says: Forget bar-hopping in a poufy pink veil, today’s off-beat bride is looking for a different kind of wild bachelorette party: A camping trip with her besties with the Joshua Tree Desert mountains as the backdrop. All photos: Erin Heartscourt with styling by Bash, Please for Utterly Engaged.

By Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

You know a Bash, Please event when you see it. Glass globes filled with delicate flowers dangle from ribbons tied to tree branches. Giant candelabras seem to float in the air. The food is mouthwatering; the drinks divine. And everything—from drink stirrers to napkins to stenciled signs on the walls—is branded with a vintage-inspired logo created especially for the night. Look closely and you can spot the greenie details: The flowers are actually succulents, vintage brass holds vegetable wax candles, guests nibble on seasonal food and sip organic cocktails, and the logos are printed on recycled paper with soy inks. But nowhere is it identified as an eco-friendly event.

Bash, Please says: Guests DIY’d personalized mason jar whiskey glasses. The invite is by Wiley Valentine and says it all.

Party planners Kelly Harris and Paige Appel share a sustainable sensibility, but they’ve shied away from branding their business as eco-friendly. Instead, they’ve cornered the market on creating chic, gorgeous, seemingly effortless events for clients from Emily Deschanel to Martha Stewart—which just happen to be green. I talked with them from their office in Culver City, CA about their eco-inspiration, and why they keep it under wraps.

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff: Now let’s get personal. You are both such ecoistas. Do you ever wear vintage or eco-friendly clothing? Any favorite green fashion labels you can share with us?

Kelly Harris: Vintage, please. Flea market dresses are awesome.

Paige Appel: And we love Heather Heron and Myka Machida.

RLS: Do you use natural beauty products? What are a few of your favorites?

PA: Josie Maran Cosmetics—we slather the argan oil on us at work.

KH: John Masters shampoo, Saipua bar soap.

Bash, Please says: We made old-school construction paper garlands and pinned photos to a clothesline.

RLS: You’ve planned some amazing weddings. Who made the best eco-friendly dress that walked down your aisle?

KH: A bride who bought a 1940’s vintage gown she bought at The Way We Wore.

RLS: You both stay so calm even when things get frenetic. Any tips and tricks that you’ve picked up along the way?

PA: Remember that getting stressed only creates a negative experience for everyone. Calmness under the chaos creates laughter, positivity and enjoyable memories. Things that last always work themselves out.

RLS: And now for the three questions we always ask. What’s your worst eco-sin?

KH: Paige leaves the water running while brushing her teeth.

PA: Kelly throws a lot of things away.

Bash, Please says: The idea is to create an environment that inspires rumpus behavior, where having fun is the only rule.

RLS: Who’s your eco-hero and why?

KH: St. Francis of Assisi.

PA: And Larry David.

KH: For obvious reasons.

RLS: What’s the biggest green change you’d like to make in your life—even if it’s impossible right now?

PA: Less magazines. Less red meat.

KH: More camping.

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About Rachel Sarnoff

The blog is the brainchild of Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, a former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World who was editor of Children magazine—before she had three of her own. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and has appeared on “Today,” “Access Hollywood” and “CNN Headline News,” among others. She is a writer, consultant and pre/postnatal yoga teacher, who also helps families with Healthy Home Assessments. Rachel can also be found on HuffPo Parents, at www.MommyGreenest.com, https://www.facebook.com/MommyGreenest on Facebook, at YouTube.com/RachelSarnoff and tweeting regularly as @RachelLSarnoff.

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