Episode 20

The Do's & Don'ts of Upcycling Your Wedding - With Michelle Levy-Phelan of Forever Brooch Bouquets

Are you an eco-conscious bride or groom that wants to upcycle parts of your wedding? Do you want a unique way to honor loved ones or maybe you want to reuse pieces of your wedding in your home? If yes, then today’s show is one you don’t want to miss.

My guest today is the owner of Forever Brooch Bouquets in Suffern, NY, which is a one-of-a-kind, award-winning and internationally known company that constructs unique bridal and home floral designs and accessories. Each item is sewn…by hand, and is built to last a lifetime, using upcycled clothing, jewelry and heirlooms from loved ones in your family.

Her work has been published in Manhattan Bride Magazine, & two Royal wedding issues of BRIDES UK Magazine. Her company has also won the “Best of 2018, 2019 & 2020" awards for Manhattan Bride Magazine.

We discuss:

  • What upcycling really is and what it means
  • How you can incorporate upcycling into your wedding
  • Areas of your wedding that create a lot of waste and options to prevent creating waste
  • Looking at everything you use for your wedding as having a life past your wedding
  • What to consider of the items you want to upcycle - not all material is created equal
  • Alternative ways to honor loved ones at your wedding

To learn more about Forever Brooch Bouquets, you can visit https://www.foreverbroochbouquets.com/

IG: @foreverbroochbouquets

FB: @ForeverBroochBouquetsbyMichelle

to watch the episode of Four Weddings on TLC that Michelle was on...and WON, click here and to learn more about the Falkirk Estate & Country Club where Michelle got married, click here

As always, if you have a wedding planning questions you'd like answered on the show, we'd love to hear from you. Join the conversation online at:

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If you are a Hudson Valley Bride or Groom, please make sure you check out Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley, a blog specific to your Hudson Valley needs with local insights,real Hudson Valley wedding photo inspiration, and more.

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Music by Chris Orazi, Mixing by Nate Terry at C.A.S. Music Production

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Felicia Zammit-McMann

Felicia is a former bride helping future brides plan their weddings in a fun and easy way - the way they should be - by sharing expert advice and personal anecdotes tackling couples most pressing and common wedding planning concerns and questions. She believes when you’re equipped with the right knowledge from the start, you’re better prepared to plan your wedding without the overwhelm and stress so many couples face.

In addition to hosting this awesome podcast, Felicia is the the owner and editor of Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley - a regional online wedding publication based in upstate New York and is a 2019 40 under 40 Honoree in her local county for the work she’s done supporting weddings and wedding vendors in her community.

Her tips and advice have been featured in prominent wedding industry publications including The Overwhelmed Bride, The Budget Savvy Bride, and the former Wedding Industry Education.

She holds and M.A. in Communications and a B.A. in Fashion Design. During her time as an undergrad she studied in London and apprenticed with luxury couture wedding dress designer, Phillipa Lepley.

Outside of weddings, Felicia is a life-long Disney fan. She got engaged there and honeymooned there. She loves the New York Yankees, loves to cook, has a serious soft spot for cats, and is a huge history buff!