TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER WEDDING PROFESSIONALS TO CREATE MORE SUSTAINABLE EVENTS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.
Build an inclusive community of environmentally-mindful wedding professionals.
Create tools and share best practices to foster more sustainable businesses.
Inspire a cultural shift away from the wedding industry's wasteful status-quo.
Deep in the throes of a Pandemic-ky 2021, four wedding pros came together to commiserate over our industry's wasteful ways, and to brainstorm how we might inspire change. Many Zoom calls later, Emerald Hour was born.
The Hummingbird Event Co.
After nine years working for the same nonprofit (and several years of trying to balance that with running my business), I’m excited to finally embrace my role as a full-time planner and owner of The Hummingbird Event Co. I took a winding journey from Middle East foreign policy to the wedding industry, but now that I’ve happily landed here I find so much joy in supporting and collaborating with couples on crafting an intentional and meaningful wedding experience. Since starting my business, I’ve felt increasingly compelled to pursue less harmful and less wasteful events. I’m excited about the opportunity to refine these practices in my own business and inspire greater awareness in the larger wedding community.
Marla Manes Photography
I’m a full-time photographer specializing in intimate weddings & elopements in the great outdoors. I moved from to Seattle a couple years ago seeking out these gorgeous views, and I couldn’t be happier to call Washington my home! I’m a University of Florida graduate who majored, double minored, studied abroad, and interned in environmental sustainability, and have always been the “eco-warrior” of my friend groups. I advocate for Leave No Trace practices throughout the elopement community, and educate all of my clients about the importance of LNT principles and environmental awareness as they plan their events. I love being part of the incredible wedding community of the PNW, where so many vendors lead their businesses with their values.
I'm the owner/caretaker of Kingston House, an event and lodging venue in Kingston, on the north end of the Kitsap Peninsula. I’m also a gardener, potter, fourth generation Washingtonian and backcountry vagabond who is consistently captivated by the natural world. Although my friends and family agree that I'm their least likely person to work in weddings, I find a lot of joy in enhancing this special place and sharing it with people for their celebrations.
Celebrations for Every Season
For decades I’ve been “that friend” hosting sustainable celebrations, insisting on things like cloth napkins and reusable party supplies. In 2019 I decided to make my passion my profession and set out to help other people celebrate their most special moments and try to normalize sustainable weddings and events along the way. Now my vintage party rental business specializes in weddings and events for up to 50 guests here in the Pacific Northwest, using perfectly mismatched dishes, glassware, silverware, and other tabletop items that I source mostly from thrift stores. I love creating gatherings that are good for people AND good for the planet! My favorite celebrations usually involve a flower filled garden setting and/or a fancy tea party. Cheers!
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