A Laid-Back, Sustainable Wedding at the Beaver Train Station in Pennsylvania

Dani Fitzgerald (24 and a reporter) and Mike Brown (24 and works at Big Brothers Big Sisters) live with intention, so the pair planned their wedding i

Dani Fitzgerald (24 and a reporter) and Mike Brown (24 and works at Big Brothers Big Sisters) live with intention, so the pair planned their wedding in the same way. Case in point: Mike proposed with a ring customized to avoid the purchase of a conflict diamond. "We wanted our wedding to be elegant, but with a casual feel," Dani says. "I also like second-hand items because they're unique an environmentally friendly." To keep things sustainable, Dani and Make chose potted centerpieces and the same policy went for the stationery—all printed on recycled paper. "Everything had to be as local and sustainable as possible," Dani says. 

"A good friend did our invitations and all of our stationery," Dani says. "I told her it would be really important to find something that was either made of recycled paper or something that could be recycled later on. She did some digging and found some really cool recycled paper."
Not only did Dani and Mike rock matching saddle shoes, Dani also wore a fair-trade cuff.
Couple Recessing at the Beaver Train Station in Pennsylvania
"The mugs were probably our guests' favorite part of our wedding," Dani says. "So many people come up to us and tell us 'Oh, I drink coffee from the mug that I got from your wedding.' Even though we did it to be sustainable and cost-effective, it ended up being so much more than that which was such a blessing for sure."
"We both like greenery and plants and I thought the potted plats could add a little bit more life," Dani says. "Our table numbers came from a really good friend. She'd used them a couple years before and didn't need them. They were wooden and I liked that, she even spray painted them for me gold because I had some gold accents." After the party, guests took the plants home. rn
"To find our flatware, we sat down with our caterer and  talked about what we were going to have on our day," Dani says.  "Our caterer said, 'I love that you guys want to be more sustainable' and offered these like bamboo and wooden plates, knives, forks and spoons. It was better for us to know that with everyone throwing them away, though the impact is not perfect, it is a lot better than what it would have been if it was just plastic."
Smiley Cookie Display on Dessert Table
Couple Entering Reception with Colorful Bouquet