Real Wedding: A Beautiful Navajo Tradition

traditional Navajo wedding decorations by Brian Minson Wedding Photography

Life is like a winding road; there are unexpected twists, turns, and even a few bumps along the way, but somehow you always arrive where you’re meant to be. This analogy couldn’t find a more perfect example than in Evelyn and Phil, who are no strangers to life’s ever-changing ways and, after lost loves, have finally found each other. Giving nod to her roots growing up on a Navajo reservation in Arizona, Evelyn and Phil decided to take the next step in their journey together by traveling back to Evelyn’s roots and exchanging vows through a traditional Navajo wedding ceremony. On this very spiritual and special day for them both, Brian Minson Wedding Photography captured each moment, including the tribe elder’s ceremonial passing of the corn meal basket around a circle — starting with east, then moving to south, west, and finally north. At each interval, the bride and groom eat from the basket in a sequence to represent all stages of life’s journey. The symbolic meaning of this precious custom was a perfect way for them to represent the intertwining of their paths and the beginning of the new road they would travel together, hand in hand.

Congratulations, Evelyn and Phil on reaching your beautiful destination!

traditional Navajo wedding decorations by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
purple wedding favor candy by Brian Minson Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
purple pom pom wedding decorations by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
purple decor for traditional Navajo wedding by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
traditional Navajo wedding ceremony by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
traditional Navajo wedding ceremony jar by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
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man getting ready for traditional Navajo wedding ceremony in Arizona by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
woman dressed in traditional Navajo wedding clothes for Navajo wedding ceremony by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Navajo hair piece by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
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Navajo wedding shoes by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
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purple and white crocheted wedding bouquet by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
bride and groom exchanging vows in traditional Navajo wedding ceremony by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
bride and groom holding hands during traditional Navajo wedding ceremony by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
bride in traditional Navajo wedding attire carrying bowl of corn meal by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
bride and groom exchanging vows in traditional Navajo wedding ceremony by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
bride and groom in traditional Navajo wedding ceremony by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
bride and groom passing traditional corn meal in Navajo wedding ceremony by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
couple eating corn meal in traditional Navajo wedding ceremony by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
traditional corn meal passing ceremony at Navajo wedding by Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Photography by: Brian Minson Wedding Photography

Thank you Brian Minson Wedding Photography for sharing this unique aspect of Navajo tradition with us!

~Audra

Photographer:  Brian Minson Wedding Photography//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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4 Comments

  1. Hello. My son will be getting married soon and I love your cake topper. The man and women in Navajo traditional attire.
    May I ask where I can purchase one?
    Thank you.

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