Rivka and Mark
Bohemian Orcas Island Wedding
If I needed to pick a favorite wedding, this would be it. Not because the images are the best photographs. What separates this wedding from the rest is the fusion of rich, cultural traditions and modern bohemian style. Rivka is Jewish and Mark is German and the wedding guests came from all over the world. A true destination wedding.
At every moment – from before the wedding ceremony to the final dance at the reception, there was something happening. A camera was in hand the whole day and It was fun to be a part of.
There was also a spontaneity as some things just happened, even the bride and groom were kept on their toes by the guests. The Jewish and German traditions had a personalized, multicultural modern twists. Before the wedding, each family did toasts to the bride and groom. Not too many tears, but some amazing words of encouragement and lots of laughter. Instead of the bride walking down the aisle, the two families united and walked arm in arm to their seats followed by the bride and groom. The ceremony was 30 minutes, packed with songs, chants, poems, rings, kiss, vows, candle lighting, bread and breaking a plate. At the reception, lanterns hung on the trees and inside Oddfellow’s Hall. Both Rivka and Marc work and live around the world. These were all brought from Asia for the wedding. The dried and fresh flowers were grown on Rivka’s family farm in Orcas Island. The dried flowers were made over two-years. Near the altar and chhupa, there was a large, detailed mandala done out the flowers.
Rivka and Mark were truly in love and there wasn’t a time after the entrance they were not together. I ran into Rivka at the local food Co-Op recently and they continue to work and live abroad with their daughter.
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