OUR PURPOSE

At Less Stuff – More Meaning, we’re working to create new wedding traditions.

DIY weddings have been around for years, but an Ethical Wedding takes this one step further, asking how can we minimise our impact on the earth, and how can we give back to our greater community? In essence an Ethical Wedding becomes a celebration of the love two people share between each other and all humans.

Whether you’re having a 5k or a 35k wedding, we are blessed and have enough to share. Wouldn’t it be amazing to create a new wedding tradition where on a couple’s to-do list was celebrant, photographer, dress, flowers and donating to a cause you feel passionate about.

Wedding world-changers!

WHAT IS AN ETHICAL WEDDING?

We are often asked “so what does an ethical wedding look like?”

We believe that it can vary between each couple, determined by what is most meaningful to them. What we do know from the couples we speak to, is they have big hearts for the world around them, and their wedding becomes an extension of these values.

We like to think an ethical wedding includes:

Consuming mindfully with care for our earth and peopledash_blackHaving an appreciation of the beauty in simplicity and a return to more minimalist weddingsdash_blackFrom a place of gratitude giving a little something back

OUR VALUES

Together with our couples we feel alive with purpose, knowing we are contributing positively to this worlddash_blackWe believe in the power of business for good
dash_blackWe strive to be of service to our couples and give back to our chosen charitiesdash_blackTo promote more equality in our global village, gently, firmly, decisively in our everyday decisionsdash_blackWe acknowledge that we are co-learners alongside our couplesdash_blackWe communicate with authenticity, positivity, compassion, respect and search for deeper meaningdash_blackWe value the healing nature of kindness, listen to our intuition, make heart-centred choices and work in the spirit of collaboration
dash_blackTo laugh and enjoy creating our living, to put the music on and dance with the people we love, aim to build more connection, and choose gratitude

OUR BACKGROUND

 

Sandra Henri has been a wedding and family photographer for more than ten years, now specialising in small, intimate weddings.

Through her time in the industry, Sandra has witnessed a trend towards consumerism and extravagance that she feels has detracted from what’s truly important – both in marriage and the world at large. Meanwhile a mid-life “opportunity” took hold, leading Sandra to fulfill a long held dream of volunteering in Africa as a photojournalist. Unsurprisingly, Sandra returned from her experience in Malawi with a whole new lens and life direction.

The stark contrast between these two worlds stirred Sandra’s passion for social change. Inspired by couples who were scaling back and giving back through their weddings, Sandra felt drawn to inspire a new wedding culture around ethical weddings.

Over time, and with countless contributions from others, her philosophy of Less Stuff – More Meaning has grown into the development of Australia’s first ethical wedding hub.

MEET THE TEAM

SANDRA HENRI

Founder, Ethical Gift Registry Co-ordinator, Social Media and Relationships Manager. Photographer, dreamer, Mother of two spirited boys and one delightful fur baby.

“Malawi and me. It had been my life long dream to volunteer in Africa and here I am soaking up every second of the experience. Two weeks of living purposefully, creating, being surrounded by success stories and hearty Malawian laughter. Feeling 100% alive and inspired. LSMM is my way of bringing this feeling home”.

AMY WILSON

Real Wedding and Mindful Relationships Writer. Poet, Wanderluster, Relationships philosopher.

“A romantic, a lover and a mother. Engaged for more years than I have fingers. I’m here blogging about relationships cos let’s face it, they’re hard but also our biggest opportunity for growth. I’ve lived in Cambodia that cracked my heart wide open. And basically woke me up. To the joys, sorrows and all gifts in between of this crazy beautiful life”.

RENNY KARSTEN

Our Responsible Travel Specialist. Optimist, explorer, ever curious, lover of kindness and above all family.

“As I’ve travelled more of the world, I’ve realised that travel is less about what you see, and more about the growth it sparks within, and the person we become. This is the experience I want to share with my children”.

KAREN DOUST

Ethical mortgage broker. Give me a spreadsheet, numbers and a puzzle to solve and I’m happy. Mother of two little wildlife gurus, who keep this book lover on her toes.

“Having children and moving out of the city has changed my perspective on the sustainability of our future in a consumer driven environment. I have always enjoyed assisting people make their wish for a home a reality, but believe that there needs to be accountability within this process. For me ethical living is a change of mindset, makes me curious and want to learn more”.

KATE GUMBRELL

Ethical Wedding Advocate and LSMM Contributer, budding Psychologist, Musician, Lover of all things second-hand.

“From makeup to toothbrushes, food to shoes, I am an ethical consumer that is not afraid to share. I spent two years of my childhood in Mongolia, forming the beginning of my passion for equality and harmony in our wider global community. Ethical wedding planning and sustainable fashion advocacy are my two main joys which energize my mind and feed my soul.”

Sarah Tolmie

Mindful living contributer, Marriage advocate, Holistic Celebrant, Life & Love Coach and End-of-Life Consultant. Mother of sons, wife to her Beloved, mistress to her pooch and lover of life.

“I am interested in connection, relationships and creating a life of meaning, love and intimacy. For me, life & love & death in all its diversity is a form of ceremony and sacred, even in the mundane moments of smelly teenagers and domestic chaos, the divine is present. My mindfulness practices involve beach, bush, my doggy, laughter, sister circles and prayer”.

Images throughout this website by Sandra Henri Photography. Website design and illustration by Fog and Co.

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