A Green and Just Celebration
Ethan Merlin and Joelle Novey were married in Massachusetts on August 17, 2008.
About the Couple
Joelle is a writer at Green America (formerly Co-op America), and the co-author of a local Green & Just Celebrations Guide for DC's Jewish Community. Ethan is a middle and high school math teacher. They live at Eastern Village Cohousing, a green community in South Silver Spring, Maryland.
Their wedding was held at Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts. They chose this location because, "by getting married at a school, from which Ethan's brother had graduated, we were able to know that our rental fees were helping to support a worthy non-profit."
The Decision to Go Green
Their decision to go green was an extension of their life philosophy. "We embraced the opportunity to make green choices as a way of sharing the ways we hope to live life as a family going forward. Also, we tried not to do anything for the wedding 'because that's what everyone does.' Instead, we tried to ask before each decision: 'Will spending money on this element of the event increase the joy?' If it wouldn't increase the joy of the day, we didn't do it."
All wedding day photos by Jo Resnick Rosen of Candid Eye.