Ojibwa & Polish Wedding Ceremony

I had the privilege of taking some photographs of my friend and former neighbor’s wedding.  Their ceremony and reception beautifully honored their two heritages: Wendy is Ojibwa, so they had a traditional Ojibwa wedding ceremony, and Mark is Polish, so their reception had excellent Polish food!

Wedding photograph of couple in grassy, wooded area in traditional Ojibwe and Polish dress.

The couple wanted to recreate some of their parents and grandparents’ wedding portrait poses, so that is exactly what we did!

Wedding photograph of couple in grassy, wooded area in traditional Ojibwe and Polish dress looking at one anotherTraditional Ojibwe wedding ceremony circle with couple in Ojibwa and Polish dress

Wedding photograph of couple during traditional Ojibwe ceremony

Having never been to a Native wedding ceremony before, I have to say it was probably one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever witnessed. The bride made her dress, jewelry and gifts (with the help of the groom) for those participating in the ceremony.

Friends and family encircle the couple for the ceremony.  The couple then makes their way around the circle facing each direction (East, South, West and North) receiving guidance through intimate conversations with four different support couples.  The bride and groom are then wrapped in a beautiful blanket, wrists tied together, prayed for and celebrated.

It was truly lovely.

Wedding photograph of couple in grassy, wooded area in traditional Ojibwe and Polish dress.

Cheers to a rich marriage, Wendy and Mark!  May it be filled with love – and lots of laughter!

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