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Here’s what I love about Amy Champagne: She’s girly but you still get the feeling she’d know how to use a power drill if the need arose, she’s fun and silly, and she makes great pizza. Plus, she makes you feel like you can be honest with her about stuff that you’d have to bullshit most other people about.
If the name “Amy Champagne” has you thinking “drag queen” and uttering her name in a sort of throaty, cigarette dangling between the fingers, is-that-a-man-or-a-woman way, well, you’re not alone. (Sorry Amy! Love you!) But she’s not a drag queen; She’s an event planner, and a good one at that. She’s extremely hands-on with her brides, doesn’t half-ass her work, and is on top of every last detail. She’s great to work with both as a vendor and, I can only imagine, a client.
Amy’s vision for her “Sustainably Gorgeous” shoot involved using to every extent possible items that were borrowed, upcycled, recycled, repurposed, reused, and every other designation you can think of that embodies the “let’s just stop mindlessly consuming stuff and start thinking about the consequences” philosophy. (That may just be my interpretation.) Anyway, that’s about as political as you can get in a wedding shoot you hope to market to the masses, and I hopped right on board.
Of all the elements, mine was, I’m embarrassed to say, probably least sustainable. I consoled myself by reminding myself that the styrofoam for the cake dummy would be used again (and again and again. I use my dummies till they disintegrate). Of course the sugar for fondant can’t be grown locally, and I have no idea where the food coloring comes from. Still, I did get the vintage cake stand at a thrift store in California, and the inspiration for the cake–bamboo–is highly sustainable, so that counts, right? Anyway, here are several photos that highlight the day. You can see more here and here.
Thanks again Amy for your vision and your eyelashes and your friendship. I hope to work together for many years to come. And thanks to all the fab vendors that made this shoot possible:
Event Styling and Coordination: Amy Champagne Events, LLC. / Photography: Ashley Therese Photography / Venue: Keeler Tavern Museum & Garden House / Models: Nicole & Oli St. Onge / Florist: Fleurescent / Invitation + Stationery:Roseville Designs / Details: Little Random Details / Makeup: Giggar Makeup Artistry / Hair:Larissa Lake Makeup Artistry / Hair Piece: Recycled Couture by Larissa Lake / Rentals: New England Country Rentals