ANASTASIA DE RE and Maximillian Lundin’s perfect wedding isn’t white, it’s green.
The couple, who will tie the knot at Ballina today, have spent months planning a wedding as environmentally conscious as possible: all the food and drinks served to guests will be organic, plates and cutlery will be made from biodegradable materials, the bride’s dress and groom’s suit are both second hand – as are the bridesmaid’s dresses and even the tablecloths, even Ms De Re’s bouquet will be made of flowers picked from her mother’s Goonellabah garden.
“That’s the way we live, so we wanted to keep that for our wedding as well,” Mr Lundin said.
The couple live together in Stockholm, Sweden, where Mr Lundin, a chef, is well known as one of the leaders of the organic movement.
Ms De Re grew up on the Northern Rivers and met her future husband while visiting Sweden.
She has returned to the Northern Rivers to have her wedding with her family.
The couple said the only thing that didn’t fit their strict environmental criteria was the champagne flutes guests would use to toast the happy couple – they said biodegradable wine flutes were made nowhere in the world.
The green wedding took a bit of extra work in terms of sourcing materials and preparations.
Mr Lundin yesterday said he had spent five days cooking food for the ceremony.
However, it was also easier in some ways because the choices the couple faced when planning the event were more limited.
Going green was also less expensive than many traditional ceremonies, coming in at about $10,000 compared to a ‘typical’ cost of between $20,000 and $50,000.