HONORING YOUR WEDDING & ELOPEMENT DAY WITH 10 TREES PLANTED
Capturing my engaged & newlywed couples in natural environments is a huge inspiration to my work. I feel really grateful for all the beautiful ancient live oak trees, wetlands, and forests here in Florida, and hope that my work can help others delight in the beauty of preserving natural spaces.
When you commit to building a sustainable relationship of love and partnership with your spouse, Shaina DeCiryan Lifestyle + Wedding Photography will be planting 10 trees in your honor as our way of committing to sustainability on a planet-wide scale. I'm starting this project in Fall 2017, and my goal is to plant 1000 trees. But I need your help. If you've booked your photography session or event with us, I encourage you to match our donation to help plant trees in Ghana, West Africa.
WHERE WILL OUR TREES BE PLANTED?
I have chosen OneTreePlanted's project in Ghana, West Africa. While I haven't visited this region of Africa yet, it's been a very important part of forming who I am today. My grandparents Janis & Gordon moved to Ivory Coast at the end of WWII, and raised their kids there while contributing their mission & translation work throughout the region. My mom was born in Bouake, Ivory Coast, and her stories and the cultural fabric of West Africa has been deeply embedded into my heritage through her stories, photos & videos, and the beautiful woven fabric, baskets, beads and cultural objects I grew up around.
Ghana is situated in West Africa and possesses tropical high forests and savannahs. There are a total of 3,600 species of flora in the country representing the three major taxonomic groups. Current records reveal that there could be as many as 221 species of amphibians and reptiles, 728 species of birds (15 species of waterbirds occur in internationally-important numbers) and 225 mammalian species.
A study, described by its authors as the most comprehensive analysis of tropical forests, has disclosed that Ghana has the highest rate of deforestation, out of 65 nations, apart from Togo and Nigeria. The illegal act of felling trees has become one of the commonest offences in Ghana today.
Thank you for your contribution to planting trees for our global future!