District Bliss Event Round-Up: April

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Photo by Calypso Digital Photography

District Bliss is back with their signature Vendors Social on April 25 at Loews Madison! The vendor social gives creative entrepreneurs a much needed night off to be celebrated for their hard work! It’s a fabulous opportunity to mix, mingle, snack, sip and celebrate. No pressure, no hard sells, no dramz.

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Photo by Calypso Digital Photography

Scoop up a ticket here. (Did we mention that 5% of all ticket sales are donated to the Women’s Empowerment Network, a nonprofit helping women gain self-esteem and financial independence?!)

View all upcoming District Bliss socials for vendors and couples here.

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District Bliss Events Round Up for March!

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LA Vendor Social. Photo by likemorningsun photography.

Have you met District Bliss? One part bridal show, one part happy hour, and all parts laid back, District Bliss hosts regular gatherings for couples and vendors to plan, mix, and mingle.

Couples Socials are a laid-back happy hour for lovebirds to check out a cohesive dressed space, get inspired, chat with other engaged couples, and score tips from professionals. The super chill atmosphere makes for a fun night off from seating charts and centerpieces and allows for a fresh outlook on the fun side of planning.

Vendor Socials are similar, but only for fellow wedding professionals. We can vouch from experience that the events are inspiring, fun, and  full of passionate and kind people.

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DC Vendor Social. Photo by: Chris Ferenzi

Check out upcoming fiestas in D.C., New York, and Virginia and scoop up a ticket here. (Did we mention that 5% of all ticket sales are donated to the Women’s Empowerment Network, a nonprofit helping women gain self-esteem and financial independence?!)

District Bliss events in March:

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Share your love this Valentine’s Day

Calling all friends, lovers, and #allthesingleladies.

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. While we’d usually share crazy stats about how much money will be spent on flowers ($1.9B), candy ($1.7B), and jewelry ($4.4),this year we’re kicking things off on a different note.

We want to underscore our commitment to championing nonprofit organizations that protect and serve all people–of all religions–of all nationalities–always.

Heartful.ly exists to celebrate and honor life’s biggest moments by giving back.

This is a moment.

Join us this Valentine’s Day to provide relief to Syrian refugee families. Your donations will support the life saving work of Mercy Corps, a respected international nonprofit.

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On 2/14, the people you honor with a donation will receive an email with details of your gift and a message from you.

With our community united, we have the power to do amazing things.

GIVE A GIFT. CHANGE A LIFE.

 

Happy World Teacher Day!

seva-mandirOctober 5th marks World Teachers’ Day, which provides us all with the opportunity to thank those who have taught us invaluable skills and helped us grow. On this day, we can also provide children who would not otherwise receive an education with these same opportunities.

Seva Mandir’s primary schools provide children in disadvantaged tribal areas across India with access to quality education in an interactive and joyful environment. The organization has been able to bring classrooms to over 580 villages across Rajasthan and hopes to expand its efforts in order to reach as many children as possible. Through providing underserved youth with an education, we are able to positively impact the futures of children and communities across the world.

Getting married? Create a registry to support Seva Mandir’s important work!

#startuplife: Behind the curtain of Heartful.ly

Hello! Kate here, the proud mama/co-founder of Heartful.ly. Every week, our phenomenal blog manager, Andrea, writes about Heartful.ly’s innovative nonprofit partners and philanthropic wedding vendors and trends, but it’s been awhile since I shared a behind-the-scenes-peak into our own operation.

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Since Heartful.ly launched in December 2015, we’ve been on the loop-to-loopiest rollercoaster. On any given day I am on top of the world, under my desk, and every state in between. Real talk: quitting a stable government job to start a company in an industry I knew nothing about and pouring every fiber of my being (and bank account) into it is nuts any which way you slice it. And yet, I have never been more empowered, full of purpose, or energized to wake up every morning and carpe that diem.

Because everyone loves a good list, below is my humble attempt at catching you up on the last six months of madness!

The Highlight Reel-My favorite moments of 2016 (so far)

Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 3.26.30 PMWe have 60 nonprofit partners around the world! These organizations are solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Being part of this ecosystem of world changers is a great privilege.


Teaming up with Etsy was a dream come true. Through Etsy’s tres-chic bridal fair in NYC, over $7,000 was raised in support of Heartful.ly partners: Flora Stationery, Jiamini, and Mufindi Orphans. Hooray!


Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 4.00.44 PMOur growing team! The stars just keep aligning. Alex Leach recently came on as co-founder/co-parent/CTO. His heart for nonprofits and decade of experience building and maintaining websites for massive companies made this partnership a no-brainer. Our origin story also happens to be the greatest founders meet cute. We met in my Peace Corps village in 2009. Crazy, right?! Meet the rest of our team.


Becoming a Tory Burch Fellow. If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you voted for me at least once. Thank you! This Fellowship has already changed the trajectory of my company (and probably my life). I am so thankful for the Foundation team, my fellow Fellows, and the new mentors who have helped me accelerate my business more in the last month than I could have achieved in six.


Wedding season! Wedding season is upon us and our couples are tying the knot left and right. Nothing and I mean nothing brings me more joy than when a community comes together to celebrate the love of two people and channels that love into a legacy of a safer, healthier, and kinder world.


That’s all she wrote! I look forward to staying in better touch and sharing more insight into the day-to-day shenanigans of growing a startup. If there’s anything that you’d like to hear more about, let me know in the comments!

Big hug,

Kate

Meet the Team!

Hi there, we’re Team Heartful.ly! We’re a rag tag group of do-gooders, mischief makers, and BIG dreamers. Get to know us a little better and don’t forget to say hello!


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Kate Glantz, co-founder and CEO (kate@heartful.ly)

Where are you from? Phoenix, AZ

What cause do you care most about? All of them! Top of the list–public health and affordable housing

What 3 adjectives best describe your dream wedding? Cozy, kooky, and heartful

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Katy Perry! 

Complete this sentence: “Being heartful means sharing your love with those who need it most!


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Alex Leach, co-founder and CTO (alex@heartful.ly)

Where are you from? Springfield, IL

What cause do you care most about? Eliminating hunger everywhere

What 3 adjectives best describe your dream wedding? Foodie, underwater, entertaining

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Idris Elba

Complete this sentence: “Being heartful means feeling deeply connected to the community around me.


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Andrea C. Fernández-Aponte, Blog Manager (andrea@heartful.ly)

Where are you from? Puerto Rico

What cause do you care most about? It’s so hard to choose, but I would say my top three (in no particular order) are (1) women’s & girls’ rights, (2) economic empowerment of disadvantages groups, and (3) environmental issues. 

What 3 adjectives best describe your dream wedding? sandy, sweet, and locally-sourced.

Who would play you in the movie of your life? GINA RODRIGUEZ PLEASE! ❤

Complete this sentence: “Being heartful means giving without expecting anything in return.


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Eric Menna, Intern (eric@heartful.ly)

Where are you from? Boston, Massachusetts

What cause do you care most about? Access to strong education in developing countries, especially in either current or past crisis zones, such as post-apartheid South Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Africa.

What 3 adjectives best describe your dream wedding? Intimate, simple, and unforgettable

Who would play you in the movie of your life? If I were casting, Jon Krasinski, though I don’t think my friends would let me get away with that. (I get Jamie Dornan as a celebrity look alike a lot and it makes me wildly uncomfortable)

Complete this sentence: “Being heartful means making others better off when you’re leaving than they were when you came.

#FollowFriday: Young Designers Collective and the 21-in-1 shoe

Today’s #FollowFriday segment is one of our faves. We caught up with the badass founders of the Young Designers Collective, Harmony Pilobello and Shipa Iyengar, self-proclaimed “creators of beautiful things, havers of crazy, glorious ideas, and believers of dreaming big or going home.” We met these ladies at a NYC bridal event and were blown away by their creativity, kindness, and magical bridal accessories.

Their bridal line, Untamed, features custom and handmade pieces like tiaras, fascinators, and even horsehair crowns (!!).

No doubt we’ll have more to share on their bridal collection down the line, but today, we’re getting the scoop on Alterre, a 21-in-1 shoe with 125 interchangeable combinations.

Shoe lovers, read on! 


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1. How did you get started as a designer? Was it something you always wanted to do?Growing up, I would always day dream about inventions I wanted to make. I loved both art and solving problems, so I think becoming a designer was an organic solution to joining two things I loved doing. It wasn’t until I went to Parsons, that I started pursuing design as a career and that’s where I was fortunate enough to become friends with Shilpa, the cofounder of our company Young Designers Collective.

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2. Tell us about what you’re working on right now.
We just launched a shoe line called Alterre (all – tare). We’ve been working together to develop this idea for a few years now, and I’m excited to see it become available to the American market. The shoes come in two different heel heights and have interchangeable straps in five different styles. In total there are just over 125 different style/color combinations. Our goal is to offer fashionably comfortable shoes to women on the go. We both travel pretty regularly and love to travel light. With these shoes, it saves space in our suitcase, while also maintaining a versatile wardrobe on the road. The shoes are so comfortable we’ve found ourselves wearing them instead of our other heels!

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3. What inspired you to be a charitable vendor?
Shilpa and I were both raised by very strong women that overcame obstacles to provide us with a life of opportunities. I was raised by a first generation single mother who battled cancer for the majority of my adolescence. Seeing all the people that were generous with their time, money, and other resources affected me at my core. To then see my mom give back to people who were less fortunate really brought things full circle for me; being charitable is not just for the wealthy and fortunate, it’s an important element of being a part of a community.

4. What do you do to give back? What type of charities do you support?
We donate 5% of our profit to Restore NYC, which is a 501(c)3 that offers long term rehabilitation centers for foreign victims of sex-trafficking. Because both my partner and I were raised by such inspiring women, we want to help these victims regain agency and develop new roles in their lives so they can in-turn inspire those around them.

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5. What are your favorite pieces to create?
I love our Elsie Look. This particular strap is inspired by Elsie De Wolf aka Lady Mendl who decorated the interior of the first social club for women in New York. De Wolf became known for her sophisticated taste in style and successfully established her career as an interior decorator at a time when the industry was mostly dominated by men. The Elsie Look is designed to be secure around the foot and easily dressed down or up. It’s appropriately my go-to look for galas or just a classy evening out.

Visit Young Designers Collective to shop one-of-a-kind looks for bridal and beyond.

KICKSTARTER: Shilpa and Harmony are creating two brand new looks and a high platform heel for next season. Be part of their story and scoop up some sweet shoes along the way!

Know a charitable wedding or lifestyle vendor who’s using their business to give back? Let us know in the comments and we might feature them next week!