Shkehlaht Belit & Ahe's sustainable wholistic sacred union ceremony #Real Weddings: Midwest US#BIPOC#blue dress#cleveland#diy centerpiece#eco wedding rings#eco-friendly#farm#handmade dress#mama bride#ohio#outdoor#over 40#secular#self-catered#vegan Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Aug 8 2013) Offbeat Editors Photos by: Randy O. Norfus 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. 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. 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. Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was creating our space and working through the night for the 45 days leading up to the ceremony. 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. PREVIOUS My husband's ex-wife is his Best Woman NEXT How far would you go to save money: Would you have a "sponsored wedding"? Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] I love this wedding! So powerful, joyful and glorious! Thank you for sharing this. Reply So much beauty and radiance in everything – from the clothes to the smiles 🙂 Blessed be! Reply 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. Reply This makes me wish I had my bridal party wear tye dye… 😉 You all look totally awesome- congrats!! Reply 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. Reply So beautiful and you can see the love on the face of everyone! Reply 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!!!! Reply I love this! Fun to see a Cleveland celebration featured. 🙂 And wow – Rid-All Farm sounds amazing. Congratulations. Reply 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. Reply L-O-V-E! 😀 Reply 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! Reply WOW! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.