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Archive for the ‘Eco-Bride’ Category

Marvelous Marcy: I met her at the Damned show on Valentine’s Day 2010 at Slim’s. I don’t know how I could have missed such a cool and talented gal who lived in the SF Mission District for so long (a tiny hamlet of hipsters). I knew she was a photographer of some renown: she shot legendary bands such as the Damned and even First Lady, Michelle Obama (oh, and did I mention, weddings?). Then we got busy with life and work and lost touch but always wanted to reconnect. She saw a Tweet about my work on the Sea Shepherd App and reached out. Little did I know that she was a lover of animals and was also trying to help save endangered cheetahs. It’s like a match made in heaven: two punk rock aficionados affiliated with the bridal industry finally bond over their work in animal conservation. A little random? Maybe. Very San Francisco? You betcha! I think I’ll send Evan Willams a thank you note, because Twitter, as much as it can drive me mental, has a tangible purpose beyond endless self promotion and marketing – it can bring people together…read on to check out one of the most ‘feel good all over honeymoons’ Cheetah Watch Safari Botswana….Stay tuned for more of Marcy Mendelson’s snaps in future posts!

Luxe safari amenities await you....

Many couples want to do more than sit on a beach, they want adventure, they want to give back… and they want five star treatment.

I’ve been photographing the weddings and parties of free spirits and artists for many a year.  As a recent development, I’ve entered the world of conservation, for the cheetah specifically.

Due to the generosity of planners & eco-lodges in South Africa and Botswana, I’ve been able to arrange a luxury safari focused on the cheetah at a priced at a nearly $4k discount.  Not only that, a tax-deductable portion goes to Cheetah Conservation Botswana. We will be a small, focused group in beautiful, remote locations known for their wild cheetah!

Take the road less traveled: Cheetah Conservation Botswana

All my photography work goes toward the production of the cheetah conservation documentary.  Special for the Anti-Brides out there: 15% off photo packages.  Mention “Antibride Cheetah” in your request.

Join me, conservation photographer and National Geographic contributor, and famed safari guide and author, Peter Allison on a unique journey as we explore the best regions in Southern Africa and Botswana to see cheetah in the wild.   Luxury accommodations in spectacular settings include all game drives in open vehicles with experienced game rangers on private land that allow off road access and the ability to follow animals at night.  This is truly the trip of a lifetime.


Marcy is a wedding, event, press & conservation photographer based in San Francisco, California. She has exhibited her work in London, San Francisco and Philadelphia, and recently at Scream Gallery as the recipient of the London Calling prize.  As a photojournalist she has shot for The Times of London, documented the classic punk rockers, The Damned, and freelances with SIPA Press as an ongoing contributor with assignments as varied as NYC Fashion Week and the First Lady Michelle Obama.

Her fondness for the cheetah began as a young child reading her parents’ National Geographic magazines and fascinated by PBS nature specials. She was compelled to act when she recently learned about the continued decline in cheetah populations outpacing conservation programs.  Special for Antibrides, she is offering 15% off photo packages with mention of “Antibride Cheetah”, and promoting her Cheetah Safari for Conservation.

And if you ask nicely, she’ll teach you how to samba..

Words and Images: Marcy Mendelson


Bridesmaids duty:  it got to the point that I would take cover when a friend of mine got engaged so I wouldn’t have to purchase that dreaded powder blue “you’ll wear it again” maids uniform. You won’t wear it again. So memo to all those brides out there, do your ladies a favor and give them the gift of options: recycled dress = recycled money and recycled style. We love it. Read on for more innovations from the Dessy Group in the emancipation of the maids…if you’re going require a dress, make it count…they’ll love you for it….

From pink....

To Think....

The Dessy Group, a leading bridesmaid dress manufacturer for over 70 years, is pleased to introduce NEWLYMAID – a unique way to exchange a bridesmaid dress after the wedding for a new little black dress that can be worn for any occasion. Filling a void in the market, Newlymaid is the first service of its kind to offer women a way to enjoy savings, reduce their carbon footprint, help others in need, and get a fabulous dress they can wear for any occasion. With the Newlymaid service, women can turn their gently worn bridesmaid dresses into new ready-to-wear styles. Newlymaid will accept bridesmaid dresses and special occasion dresses from ANY designer brand. In return, Newmaid offers a special 30 – 50% credit value towards a new ‘any occasion’ dress. The dress styles, which sell between $150 to $250 at full price, range from a sophisticated office look to flirty looks fit for a night on the town.

How It Works

Upon visiting NewlyMaid, customers can request a complimentary return mailer to ship their old dress to NEWLYMAID. The mailer will include a prepaid return-shipping label for an easy return. Once NEWLYMAID receives the returned garment, it is inspected to make sure it meets the NEWLYMAID criteria: no pulls, tears or stains and all zippers and closures must be in good working order. If the dress qualifies, the customer will receive an email confirming that the dress is accepted and that special pricing has been ‘unlocked’ on her NEWLYMAID account. She can then visit NEWLYMAID to order her dress at the special price. The returned dresses will be either donated to charity or recycled. Dresses which are suitable for reuse will be donated to Clothes4Souls. Please visit to learn more about how the organization brings shoes and apparel to people in need around the world. NEWLYMAID will work with UNIFI, a global textile company, to recycle qualifying dresses that are 100% polyester. Future NEWLYMAID styles offered will include REPREVE (R)- recycled fibers made by Unifi. REPREVE is a registered trademark of Unifi, Inc. To learn more about Repreve visit: NEWLYMAID offers a way to swap “something old for something new” in a modern way with environmental benefits and charitable incentives.  Visit to get started!

About: The Dessy Group

The Dessy Group is the leading manufacturer of bridesmaid dresses, social occasion dresses, flower girl dresses and destination wedding gowns under the labels Dessy Collection, Cynthia Rowley Bridesmaids, After Six, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose Bridesmaid and Sandals Destination Wedding Dresses.  Founded in 1939 by Margot Rosenthal, A & M Rosenthal, now The Dessy Group,  got its start in bridal millinery. In the 1950s, Margot’s daughter Ronnie and her husband Andrew took over the business and added bridesmaid dresses to the Dessy line. Today, the business continues to thrive under the leadership of Alan Dessy and design direction of Vivian Dessy Diamond. For more information about The Dessy Group, please visit

Credits: Release info and photo, The Dessy Group.

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