Weddings as shared rituals and Fun Minneapolis Wedding
In the US, we just don’t have a lot of collective ceremonies – rituals that mark transitions to another year, or phase of life, or holiday. Of course, that is what happens when you get a melting pot of cultures joining to make a unique and new country. It is probably also fair to blame prohibition, which put our drinking culture into a “abstain or over indulge” mentality, and so we drink instead of celebrate, we party instead of commune. But regardless of the why, I’ve always envied the may pole dances, the new years celebrations, the carnivals, the communal fasting and feasts of other countries.
Weddings are so important because they are one of the few shared ceremonies that we see as a culture. We understand them as a transition time, we understand them as a celebration, as both an end and as a beginning. We can see our past traditions and our future generations all in one shared ritual of marriage.
Beyond the details and expression of personality they have come to represent, weddings join us together with our community in ways that we seldom find in modern life.
Which is not to say that Caity and Adam didn’t have a party, because they certainly do know how to have a good time and celebrate. From the dance instructor to lead their guests in swing dancing to groups of choral singers during the reception, to humorous inclusion of groomsman as officiant, there was laughter and lightness throughout. But it also is a transition to a new life for them both – a joined family together, and a future of new milestones.
I’d like to think that Caity and Adam chose me because they knew the would have a fun Minneapolis wedding and wanted someone along for the ride. I’m so glad they found me to document their union, it was truly my pleasure to be there.