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Bride says 'I do' to green wedding
Many young girls grow up dreaming of a white wedding but what about a green one?

Magheralin woman Libby Smit and her husband Michael Chapman tied the knot in an environmentally friendly wedding in the village.

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There was no limousine or horse and carriage, instead Libby, Michael and her bridesmaids walked a mile to the church and then to the reception.

The reason? She wanted to keep her big day as "ethical" as possible.

Libby said she had been inspired by the website ethical-weddings.com, which looks at ways couples can make their big day greener. It deals with everything from the dress to organic wedding cakes.

"I was looking at ways it could be as ethical as possible, that included environmental things, that included using Fairtrade products as much as possible," she told BBC Radio Ulster.

"(I was) just really seeking to bless others as much as I feel like Michael and I have been blessed.

"I am walking to the church, because I live really close to the church, so my bridesmaids and I are walking."

We have a lot of Fairtrade goods at our wedding, teas and coffees and chocolates and things like that.
Libby Smit

Ethicalweddings.com was set up by Katie and Jamie Fewings when planning their own 2005 wedding.

Katie said that when she got married she did not want to wear a dress that might have been made in a sweatshop.

"I felt uncomfortable about the idea of having a day that's meant to be about celebrating and joy, when I was wearing a dress that caused someone else's suffering," she said.

With this in mind, Libby's own dress was made by a local dressmaker to help keep transport costs down and she sent the invitations out on recycled paper.

She even wore Fairtrade jewellery.

The reception was held at a golf club just around the corner from Magheralin Church. So did the guests have to walk there as well?

"We encouraged car sharing," she laughed.

"It is only a two-mile distance between the church and the reception venue, so it is quite close.

"We have a lot of Fairtrade goods at our wedding, teas and coffees and chocolates and things like that."

The couple asked for no wedding presents, instead they urged people to give the money to a green organisation to help save the planet.

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