I’ve shied away from weddings in the past, mostly on account of the heteronormativity and general pressure and excess they often entail (as a queer, I wasn’t even legally allowed to get married myself until 2005. Super fun.) But I love love, and love celebrating it (big fan of anniversary parties), so when I got an email with the subject line “Micro wedding Thursday” I was intrigued.
It turned out this was actually Alex and Richelle’s second tiny wedding, the first having already happened in California where they’re currently living. Richelle grew up in Duncan, and so they planned a second wee ceremony so her family and elders could be there to witness it.
Because Richelle has an aunty who works there, they got to hold the ceremony in the Quw’utsun Cultural Centre and it was the perfect place. The leaves were turning, the Cowichan River rushed by in the background and they got to make eyes at each other beneath the beautiful carved marriage pole.
The whole things was over in about an hour, and it was so warm joyful, it was an honour to have been invited to capture it.
I’m now totally sold on the Micro Wedding. Less pressure, more little celebrations of big love!
If you’ve got a celebration of love you’d like documented, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.