Michelle and Dave’s wedding ceremony and celebration was truly a reflection of THEM… in every detail. I truly admire this couple for the mindful spirit they brought to literally everything about the day, and their planning for it. The transformative energy of their first steps into their marriage was palpable to everyone present. And don’t you just love the lighting and tonal quality of these photographs by the brilliant Rafael Ferri of Match Studio!
Michelle and Dave wanted to be married on the first day of Spring… a day of new beginnings and fresh starts. How wonderful to come together as a community to honour the sacred human ritual of marriage making, on a day also rich with universal symbolism.
We did the ceremony outside in a local park, near the water in beautiful Port Moody. Life in all its glorious forms was evident all around our merry gathering of 20 or so nearest and dearest. The cherry blossoms were just out, kids were wheeling nearby on their scooters, and families were enjoying the incredible day. I loved the swirl of energy all around us.
Speaking of cherry blossoms… Dave is a talented painter and he hand painted the wedding invitations. I have mine on my desk, beside me as I write this. It is soon to be framed! It’s a vignette of cherry trees in blossom with a couple seated on a bench under the canopy of blossoms. We can’t see their faces, but we know it is Michelle and Dave… seated on ‘their’ bench in the park where they chose to be married. This is the kind of intention and thought that Michelle and Dave brought to everything about their wedding day.
The couple are avid members of the mountain biking community, indeed they met on a ride, and so I had a lot of fun weaving the story of their meeting for their guests during the ceremony. Also the tale of how they knew they were a perfect match very soon after they met.
Though it was a sunny but nippy day, everyone enjoyed themselves immensely and folks were fascinated with the Handfasting I performed. Such a tangible joining ritual, and one that is centuries old though rarely seen today. We romped on the boardwalk for photos in the growing twilight afterwards and then Michelle and Dave treated everyone to a lovely dinner at the restaurant where they had their first dinner together. Love it love it love it!
Here are some more of Rafael’s snaps… is it my imagination or are the colours remarkably fine?
And I can’t resist sharing a note from Michelle that followed in the days after the ceremony.
“Michele…. Dave and I can’t thank you enough for making our wedding day a remarkable one. We both are so honoured to have had you there. You are a special gift to all who come in contact with you. Some friends who weren’t even there, just read the ceremony and were brought to tears by your beautiful words. Those who were there felt what Dave and I felt in the air. There aren’t enough Thank Yous to express our feelings. You will be a part of our lives always.
Love, Michelle and Dave” BACK AT YA!