It was a beautiful summers morning, with guests gathering at this rural property perched on the hill overlooking the Huon River and Petcheys Bay. The chuppah (pron hu-pa) had been set up with a circle of hay bales around it for all the guests to be seated. We collectively sang a lovely 'circle song' as the groom, bride and their small family made their entrance.
The ceremony featured a Ring Warming, the 'wrapping' of their family in the blankets the couple gifted one another as engagement gifts, the exchange of the rings and vows, then the Ceremony of the Seven Steps which involved the couple taking their first seven steps as husband and wife, making a public commitment at each step forward. An Apache Wedding Blessing followed, then it was off to the location of the tree planting. As guests threw a sod of soil into the hole with the newly planted oak, we signed the register on the adjacent hay bales.
Such a celebration of love, of family, and of community!