Every year the Oregon Bride Magazine hosts an award ceremony to honor the best wedding vendors in specific categories. Last year I attended my first award ceremony to cheer on Abby of ae Creative and watched as she captured her 4th "Best Of" Award. After rubbing elbows with the best of the best in the state of Oregon, I guess you can say we became "inspired" to create something new and exciting in the wedding world. On the ride home from the awards, with the help of my girlfriend, The Broomsmen concept was born!
Just 8 months after we developed our concept we received notice that we were nominated by our peers as a finalist for "Best New Vendor" in the statewide category! For anyone who personally knows me, the last thing they would expect from me is to see me involved in the "wedding world". Prior to The Broomsmen, my career path was commercial construction. Well my friends, I have officially traded in the flannel shirts and chewing tobacco for formal ware and pixie dust.
When I created this business I told my brother my goal was to win the Oregon Bride "Best New Vendor" award. He told me to visualize it, focus on the prize, and "bring it" EVERY. SINGLE.DAY. We are 1 step away from our goal but the work has just begun...
There's a moment. It happens every day. After the sun goes down, and there's no light left. When you look yourself in the mirror, you look yourself in the eye, and you ask: 'Could I have given more? Could I have worked harder today?'
I know they say, if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. Well I don't buy that! I think if you love what you do, you're gonna work ALL day, EVERY day, HARDER than everyone else to hold onto what you love and not lose it. We will work everyday for our family, our employees, our community, and our clients to make damn sure that when we the lights go off and we look into the mirror, we are PROUD of who is starting back at us!
And right now, RIGHT NOW, it's TIME to work!"
We had a great day at The Environmental Center Earth Day Parade! Using our systems in conjunction with The Environmental Center we helped divert 72% of the compost and recycling away from the landfill! By utilizing our team, compostable products and zero waste stations we were able to achieve our goal. This is the future of large scale event recycling. We plan to be at every major event in Bend, Oregon by 2018. Lay It Out Events C3 Events Les Schwab Amphitheater NorthWest Crossing NWX Bend, Oregon Visit Bend Oregon Cascade Lakes Relay 4 Peaks Music Festival Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center Deschutes Brewery Lets work together to make this a reality for the people!
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by Stephanie Weers: As a wedding blogger, sometimes I feel like I’ve seen it all. But then a day like this comes along, and I’m left awed and inspired like never before. It takes passionate vendors like AE Creative to pull off a destination wedding in remote Oregon, all while bringing a salvaged barn back to life. And while I could go on forever about the rustic design moments, or the sweeping countryside views, my favorite element comes down to the two-piece dress designed for the bride exclusively by Prada. It’s an absolute work of art, and you can see so much more in the gallery by Marina Koslow.
From AE Creative… This wedding was a passion project for all involved! Pulling this wedding off meant installing electrical and a floor in the 100+ year old salvaged barn and requesting that guests fly over 2,000 miles, rent a car, then drive 3 more hours to a small town with under 2,000 residents all for this amazing destination Oregon wedding. The sheep farm and property belongs to the groom and his family. They have been coming to Oregon for many many years and spending summers here. When the groom, Tim, first brought Lily to the property he promised her that the getting there part would be hard, but once there it would be worth it. When Lily first saw the property she agreed, and jokingly requested that they never go home. Come an engagement and the two couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. They wanted to share this special place with all of their New York (and beyond) family and friends.
This wedding took a lot of planning and creativity to pull off. A water truck and bathrooms were brought in, a sink installed for the catering staff, and even putting the DJ in the barn loft! With all of the logistic planning really there was no detail overlooked. Each vendor had to drive between 100-200 miles to get there. Special details romanced the property and made the day extra special. Tim, the groom, flew out an extra week early to prep, which included building the houpa and ceremony benches, spray painting the ranch symbol for road signs and organizing shuttles to transport guests from their lodging to the venue. In addition to this, the dinner menu included lamb, right from the property. Tim also bought salmon in Alaska and provided the caterers with the salmon as well.
I designed the invites to fit their theme and style and also incorporated this look to their welcome tote bags, which included several Oregon based goodies and literature. Their escort cards were mole-skin type small notebooks with each guest’s name written in modern calligraphy. Wrapped around the notebooks was “a love so write” as a nod to Tim’s profession as a writer. The place cards were feather crayons with each guests’ name written elegantly. The dinner napkins, keeping with the theme, were folded like envelopes.
All of the flowers were arranged by Lily’s mother. She flew into Portland and stopped at the flower market the week of the wedding before driving the 3 additional hours south. She is a retired florist so she knew what she was doing. Everything turned out beautiful!
Lily’s dress was designed exclusively for her by Prada. I’m sure it helps that Lily works for Prada and has some serious connections! It was a two piece dress made from the softest material I’ve ever felt and fit her like a glove. This special day took a team to pull off but is one of the most memorable and special events I’ve been a part of. Truly a passion project!
Photography: Marina Koslow Photography | Event Planning: AE Creative | Wedding Dress: Prada | Cake:Foxtail Bakeshop | Invitations: AE Creative | Catering: Steamboat Inn | Calligraphy: My Fair Letters | DJ:Paradox Productions | Band: The Ashlings | Venue: Glide Oregon | Rentals: Party Place | Set Up + Clean Up: The Broomsmen | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother
The average wedding produces 400-600lbs of waste. Let's change that!
5 Steps to a planning a Green Wedding:
We had the honor of being featured for an article in this years Oregon Bride Magazine! Here is the article!
GREEN DREAM TEAM
Call it the ultimate wedding hangover: cleaning up after the celebration. "The average wedding produces 400-600 pounds of waste," says Philip Torchio of Bend startup The Broomsmen. "Clean up and trash management is always an afterthought." Armed with nifty marquee signs, wood sided recycling bins and biodegradable food service products, The Broomsmen are able to reduce, reuse and recycle waste to the point where there's nothing left for the landfill. Thinking about waste at the beginning of the wedding planning is key, says Torchio who works directly with planners and venues to create the greenest celebration possible. "We live in such a beautiful place," Philip says. "This way, we can feel good about celebrating with 200 people." -Nico Lim
"The Broomsmen to the Earth's Rescue"
Oregon Bride Magazine Spring/Summer 2016
Yes, that’s correct, it’s not a spelling error.. The Broomsmen! Catchy huh? The Broomsmen is a Central Oregon based business promoting green events, zero waste and handling the work your real groomsmen want no part of – setup and cleanup of your wedding. After being in the wedding business for several years and assisting with all that is involved with wedding day logistics, too often there was no plan or thought about the aftermath of a beautiful day. The thought of cleanup was an afterthought and usually a mess. Your wedding party, family members and friends shouldn’t have to be the ones to setup the venue or clean it after the party is over. Your dear ‘ol dad shouldn’t be the one hauling a truck full to the landfill. AND if you really stop and think about it, do you want a truck full going to the landfill after your wedding anyway?
DID YOU KNOW, THE AVERAGE WEDDING PRODUCES 400-600LBS OF WASTE.
With the The Broomsmen, the topic of having a green wedding is able to be easily discussed and planned with professional assistance. The topic of who is going to be setting up all your heavy lifting items such as tables, chairs, lighting and your arbor and who is going to be taking all of that down is prompted. The topic of waste, recycling and compost containers for your guests to use is discussed and considered. The Broomsmen has been the missing link in weddings and events for too long, but not anymore!
If you are planning an event, please please contact The Broomsmen to see how they can help with your day, the waste, and how they can help you reduce your event footprint! And.. they can provide parking attendants as well!
- Wedding Planner Extraordinaire Abby Elvebak of ae Creative