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Raw Union Raw Food Festival Part 2

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This is a continuation of my last post about my experiences at The Raw Union Festval in Oregon . . .

To skip this post and go directly to all the Raw Union pictures click here.

First off I want to start out by saying what a beautiful job the volunteers did at the festival. They decorated the alter with flowers, shells, branches, crystals, and young coconut husks with flowers inside of them. It looked magical and created a beautiful natural organic wedding ambiance.

brideThe ceremony started out with a poetry reading/rap accompanied by a didgeridoo. Afterwards a singer songwriter sang a beautiful and touching song while playing his guitar. Then a lady came out and in the most beautiful operatic voice and sang Ave Maria while Angela walked up the alter with her father. She was wearing a sea goddess like dress in cream and seafoam green with long draping cream sleeves and she wore a beautiful bluegreen seed beaded circular headband reminiscent of a chakra!

David Wolfe officiated the Ceremony with his usual charisma and charm. The vows were absolutely touching. My favorites were:

“. . . to love and to hold from this day forward for better or for the best ever” (There was much laughter at this one!)
“I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before”
“From this day forward we open together our sacred hearts”

When they were pronounced husband and wife the opera singer sang Climb Every Mountain and rose petals were thrown on the couple as they kissed. I couldn’t help but tear up. I cry at most all weddings, but being surrounded by so many wonderful people in the raw food movement made it feel extra touching.

The gorgeous lemon coconut wedding cake was brought out and they cut a piece in front of the crowd and declared that it was the best ever wedding cake!

weddingfeastThen we sat down at circular tables each with colorful tablecloths in the colors of blue, purple, and green. Each table had a different decoration made of flowers, petals, shells, and branches. John, Nova, and I sat at a table with a sweet young raw food couple and 2 other very nice raw food ladies. As we conversed and had a good time, the volunteers brought out the food. The wedding feast was amazing! We got to try a little of each and then go back for more! There was so much food! Our wedding plates included Ani Phyo’s Incan Berry Chutney, a Chinese flavored broccoli dish reminiscent of Au Lac’s Da Mama, a very light Thai flavored kelp noodle dish topped with jungle peanuts, A light salad with these amazing black sun dried olives, very hearty flax crackers, a bell pepper pate, a nut cheese, and a raw basil pesto! My favorite was the sweet Incan berry chutney, and the Thai kelp noodles that tasted like they had lime and fresh herbs such as cilantro and basil. Icelandic Raw Food Goddess, Solla orchestarted the raw food feast and the beautiful wedding cake was made by Chaya.

Then it was time for dessert! Not only could we try a piece of the lemon coconut wedding cake, but there was a raw chocolate layer cake, coconut cream pie, and, a chocolate pudding! My favorite was the coconut cream pie, it was the same recipe as Café Gratitude’s and I think that might be my all time favorite raw dessert. I do my own twist on it, and I’ll have to post the recipe soon.

John, Nova, and I talked and laughed as we enjoyed our desserts. We were all in amazement that we were at a wedding where there was so much for us to eat!

Update: The delicious wedding recipes from the Raw Union Wedding are now available as an e-book Click here to purchase the Raw Union E-book! You’ll find it when you scroll down to the bottom of the page.

My appreciation goes out to Angela and Matt for letting us be part of their wedding celebration and all the hoards of volunteers that made it happen!

It was the perfect ending to an inspiring life-affirming weekend.  It made me feel so grateful to be part of a movement that isn’t solely about the food, but that it’s about people taking their health into their own hands and not listening to the establishment about what they are supposed to be eating or what medicines they are supposed to be taking. It was about people really breaking through the imposed limitations of our society and deciding to choose life.

“We are choosing to shine as bright as we can. We are spiritual warriors, paving the way with our energetic machetes for generations to come.”

I always felt a connection to everyone around me, like we were already friends, and I noticed (like I always do at these raw festivals) that everyone just had a glow about them which is the original reason I named my website rawglow:)

Even though the raw movement has grown leaps and bounds through the internet, I urge you to get out once in an awhile and experience the positive energy and connection at one of these raw events which cannot be transferred through a computer screen!

♥,
C

To go directly to all the Raw Union pictures click here.

Update: The delicious wedding recipes from the Raw Union Wedding are now available as an e-book Click here to purchase the Raw Union E-book! You’ll find it when you scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Question of The Day:
What would your dream raw feast be composed of? Don’t forget to include dessert. Please answer in the comment section below.

8 comments

1 Raw Union Raw Food Festival Part 1 | Raw Glow Blog { 06.28.09 at 2:17 pm }

[…]  Already the festival was proving to be worth the trip, and the wedding celebrations hadn’t even started yet! Next post I’ll talk about the amazing raw food wedding of Matt and Angela. To Be Continued . . . […]

2 Daniel { 06.29.09 at 3:15 pm }

What a cool experience! I love that the simple things in life are still the most important. Keep up the great inspirational work Cecilia, it really makes my life more enjoyable. thanks

3 Cecilia { 06.29.09 at 3:52 pm }

So true! What could be more important than love, right? You're welcome, thanks for inspiring me to keep it up:)

4 bitt { 09.27.09 at 11:48 pm }

I may have seen you there! I was in the kitchen helping make that yummy food.

5 Cecilia { 09.28.09 at 12:12 pm }

Hi Bitt,

Wow, you did a good job making all the food it was delicious! I just found out the recipes from the wedding are available as an e-book if you Click Here!

6 bitt { 09.28.09 at 1:13 pm }

oh you bet i got the e-book!

7 Cecilia { 09.28.09 at 7:12 pm }

Hi Bitt,

Wow, you did a good job making all the food, it was delicious! I just found out the recipes from the wedding are available as an e-book Click here for more info on the Raw Union E-book

8 bitt { 09.28.09 at 8:13 pm }

oh you bet i got the e-book!

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