Kempenich's 10th Wedding Anniversary

The Ceremony

The Ceremony

A road trip was made to Belcourt, ND (Turtle Mountain) for friend Hillary and Aaron's wedding anniversary. I came in the capacity as a guest but decided to work as a photographer. There were plenty of guests with cameras snapping away, covering various perspectives. But hey, it's still a tradition to have a photographer for events. It's impossible for me to cover everything without being very disruptive.

There are a lot of photos for you to scroll through!

My welcoming party.
My welcoming party.
Don't mind the mess. It's Go Time.
Don't mind the mess. It's Go Time.
Hillary's 'bridesmaid' Nikki attends to her beauty needs.
Hillary's 'bridesmaid' Nikki attends to her beauty needs.
Hillary, Niska, Zoe and Aaron
Hillary, Niska, Zoe and Aaron

Glad I attended and documented their event. It was a beautiful occasion, with a strong mix of Native, Hawaiian and American traditions--a hodgepodge. Many guests, their family and mutual friends contributed food, music, and location. The whole deal was very relaxed--that's what I like.

Aaron made the drum himself and family and friends sang while playing it.
Aaron made the drum himself and family and friends sang while playing it.
I should have taken notes. They are draped in blanket, there to hug the guests.
I should have taken notes. They are draped in blanket, there to hug the guests.
Kim leads a Hawaiian prayer with the women over a pig the guests are about to consume.
Kim leads a Hawaiian prayer with the women over a pig the guests are about to consume.
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The pig almost made it on the forklift but fell to the ground.
The pig almost made it on the forklift but fell to the ground.
The men, after laboriously digging up the pig quickly lifted it to the tables.
The men, after laboriously digging up the pig quickly lifted it to the tables.
Nikki, Aaron and Jib prepare the pig for consumption.
Nikki, Aaron and Jib prepare the pig for consumption.
The guests are starving. Poor kid.
The guests are starving. Poor kid.

There was an unusual tradition called the Five Man Lift...

The men are not quite sure what to make of the instructions.
The men are not quite sure what to make of the instructions.
Lock legs and arms they say?
Lock legs and arms they say?
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Wait, what is he doing?
Wait, what is he doing?
They never saw it coming.
They never saw it coming.
Bruce Weber, don't get any ideas...
Bruce Weber, don't get any ideas...

Things wound down to music, a pontoon, drinking more water and then nap time.

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That day was very special. I will remember it.