Shkehlaht Belit & Ahe's sustainable wholistic sacred union ceremony

Updated Oct 12 2015
 
Photos by: Randy O. Norfus
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Photos by Randy O. Norfus

The Offbeat Bride: Shkehlaht Belit, healer and urban farmer

Her offbeat partner: Ahe, graphic designer and urban farmer

Date and location of wedding: Rid-All Urban Farm, Cleveland, Ohio — June 23, 2013

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We had a totally sustainable, raw vegan self-catered food, and a wholistic sacred union ceremony.

We did all the decorating, creating a fire pit, herb spiral, double arches, tiki burners, handmade votives, citronella candles, and reception tables made from buckets and pallets covered with burlap. We also had a plant in a two-liter self-watering planter and a mini tiki burner.

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We wore handmade hemp tie-dyed garments. There were no vendors, no bridal party — just family, called "the processional party." We also had sustainably-crafted wooden rings with semi-precious crushed stone inlays.

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Tell us about the ceremony: We attempted to stay away from most mainstream traditions. There was no officiant, no clergy, and no religion. The ceremony was held outside at the place where we met on the solstice last year, Rid-All Urban Farm, and the ceremony was on the solstice this year.

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Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was creating our space and working through the night for the 45 days leading up to the ceremony.

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My favorite moment: My favorite moment was walking down the pathway to the arch we had created and having my "god" come to meet me and kneel down first.

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  1. Love this! And extra love because it took place in my hometown, Cleveland, and I know it can be difficult to be different in Cleveland at times.
    Beautiful outfits too, Ahe's jacket is crazy gorgeous.

  2. This makes me wish I had my bridal party wear tye dye… 😉 You all look totally awesome- congrats!!

  3. this is one of the most refreshing and life-affirming wedding-related things I've seen in a while. Congratulations and thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. This wedding is one of the most original, heartfelt things I think I've ever seen. I'm so glad that you guys created such a powerful ceremony together, and made it so much about family and the earth. Congratulations!!!!

  5. I love this! Fun to see a Cleveland celebration featured. 🙂 And wow – Rid-All Farm sounds amazing. Congratulations.

  6. The amount of creativity, passion, and love that went into this celebration is obvious and beautiful; it radiates from the pictures. +1 for vegan catering. Love it, so much.

  7. LOVE this! The details are great and the outfits, incredible! Great to see how everything came together with so much care and thought to what was important to you. <3 Congratulations on your sustainable solstice union!

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