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A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose

A 4th of July picnic with a purpose? Where do I sign up? Captured beautifully by Shauna Veasey Photography and with design and styling by J.Elliott Style, today's Americana shoot is inspiring on so many levels.

That's because there's a powerful message at play here, you guys! You see, the mission of Conscious American is to provide consumers with sweatshop-free clothing options that are both attractive and affordable. Because did you know that only 3% of all apparel sold in the USA are actually manufactured here?

 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers 
The trouble lies in finding clothes that are made in the USA or in places that pay workers a comparable minimum wage.
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Conscious American™ is more than just a place to shop. It’s a place to shop without guilt. 
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Few Americans can say they have not worried about the future of the US economy. Americans simply don’t have the time to do the research.
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
That’s the problem Conscious American™ seeks to solve. 
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
From the owner of Conscious American, "My dear friend, Jamie Elliott McPherson of J.Elliott Style and co-owner of Vinewood Plantation, has been one of the biggest cheerleaders of Conscious American™ since it's inception."
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
"It was his idea to pull together an amazing team of like-minded vendors to do what he does best: give a dream a face." 
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
"Because, you see, at Conscious American we only sell clothing and products made here in America and we pride ourselves on doing our small part to bring back apparel manufacturing to the USA. "
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers 
Furthermore, you might be surprised to hear that so many of the American flags that are sold here in the USA for 4th of July celebrations aren't even made here in America.
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"I began to notice years ago that all of these clothes with American flags on them were manufactured in all kinds of countries other than The United States of America." said Polly Haugen, owner of Conscious American
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
"People in foreign countries are fighting for livable wages for the workers who produce our clothes."
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"I ask why we can’t pay people right here at home livable wages. Why would you ever wear Stars and Stripes that are made anywhere other than the USA?"
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
"Jamie works with newly engaged couples all the time, so making dreams come true is his “thing.” This event was no different. It was incredible to see how he brought my concept to life."
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
All of the flowers that were used were grown and harvested at a local flower farm instead of being ordered thru a large wholesaler and possibly being brought in from South America.
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More from the owner of Conscious American, "I was in awe as I witnessed these real live American Girls (my own two daughters and their friends) enjoy watermelon lemonade and refreshing summer desserts in the relaxing shade of an old pecan tree."

 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers

This team of vendors all believe in the Conscious American™ mission.

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 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers

"Shauna Veasey with Shauna Veasey Photography rushed to let me know that she was so happy to be a part of the cause...."

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"... while Alan Black of Alan Black Photography assisted Shauna and captured the event on video!"

 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Tra Raines, Jamie's husband and business partner, provided Beauty Counter makeup for the girls (made in the USA, of course)...
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
... and makeup artist Jamie Marsau of Jaime Marsau Beauty used these safe and high-performing products to bring out the girls’ natural beauty. 
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers 
Carroll Candler owner of Wildcraft Flowers adorned the girls’ heads with flower crowns and provided beautiful arrangements for the picnic all with flowers locally grown right here at their flower farm in Sharpsburg, GA. 
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers 
...while LeaAnn Hurd at Southern Flair Events and Cindy Bruce Blooming Flour Bakery provided the food, drinks and desserts for the picnic and worked with Jamie diligently until every detail was in place. 
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers 
And what a colorful celebration it was! With the prettiest food and drink presentations...
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
... and lots of yummy treats! It was a celebration of friendship, and American pride.
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
And who could resist a good old fashioned picnic spread like this?
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers'
Hot dogs, and potato chips, and peanuts! Oh my!
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
And how darling are these fresh strawberry accents we're seeing tucked into the florals?
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Happy 4th of July to all of my fellow Americans and cheers to Summer days you wish would never end...
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Anyone care for a fresh glass of watermelon lemonade?
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
And how sweet is this colorful presentation?
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Vinewood Plantation was the perfect place to bring these patriotic party ideas to life!
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
And how fabulous are these fashion statements?
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Pretty powerful stuff, if you ask me!
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Oh, and can we all just take a second to appreciate the beauty that is these flower crowns?
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Festive bunting with stars and stripes added celebratory flair....
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
...and how great is this American flag hanging in the tree?
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Such a festive scene it was!
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
And what would a 4th of July party be without a cherry pie?
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As the day came to an end, the friends couldn't help but smile...

 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers 
Because not only was this a fantastic picnic that they would always remember....
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
... but it was one with such a profound purpose...
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
...a purpose worth making a statement about!
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
... a purpose worth celebrating.
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
And these darling hot dog wraps? So dang cute, if you ask me!
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
As the sun began to set, the ladies enjoyed some good old fashioned fun...
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Stars, stripes, and smiles were plentiful on this day...
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
And this picnic setup? So charming and absolutely sweet.
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Hip, hip, hooray for this amazing country of ours...
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
....for we are the land of the free and the home of the brave...
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
... the place where each and every one of us is free to chase our dreams...
 A 4th of July Picnic with Purpose, Shauna Veasey Photography, Concept by Conscious American, Design & Styling by J.Elliot Style, Wildcraft Flowers
Conscious American has started a campaign called #CheckYourFlag to encourage consumers to check where the flags they purchase are made. So here's my challenge to you, I challenge you to get in on this meaningful movement and to try to buy USA made whenever possible!
Huge hugs and high fives to this talented team of wedding pros who put so much heart into bringing these patriotic party ideas to life!
Photography: Shauna Veasey Photography // Apparel & Jewelry: Conscious American // Concept & Styling: J.Elliott Style // Venue: Vinewood Plantation // Floral Design: Wildcraft Flowers // Videography: Alan Black Photography // Make up + Hair: Jaime Marsau Beauty // Makeup Products: Beauty Counter // Desserts: Blooming Flour Bakery // Food & Drinks: Southern Flair Events //

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Chrissy Arpie Ott is the founder of The Perfect Palette. Since its launch in 2008, The Perfect Palette has been the go-to color resource for couples who dream of a unique, creative and colorful wedding day.

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