Photo by: Linda McQueen Photography; @lindamcqueenphotography; Photos Released By @voguemagazine
By now, we’re suuuuure you’ve seen the powerful images and film taken from this weekend’s beyond memorable microwedding in Philadelphia. If you haven’t, please take a peek, it was everywhere and the virality is deserving AF. Vogue got the full story first, and we’ve read all the I Do details multiple times - because whoa - but we wanted to pull out a few points about this beautiful black wedding that just gripped us like no other.
If you need a bit of background, here’s the gist (you’ll have to read everything from Vogue, because how this day was documented goes above and beyond the few photos you’ve seen on Insta):
Kerry-Anne and Michael Gordon had planned to get married in May of this year, but when COVID started cancelling ALL the things, they decided to scale things wayyy back and instead of postponing until next year, they arranged a microwedding at The Logan in Philadelphia on June 6th 2020 for about < 25 of their closest friends and family members.
As the two got ready to have their first look, a protest - the city’s largest ever - neared their hotel. Feeling particularly inspired, contemplative, and courageous, Kerry-Anne stepped outside and protesters excitedly rallied around her as she waited for her groom to appear by her side.
The photography and video captured - by Linda McQueen Photography and Sacred Pact Films respectively - are breathtaking. Literally looks like time has stopped. A revolution is happening around them, but they’re just two people, madly in love, having their day on the same day that history is being made. If that isn’t a mic drop moment, we seriously don’t know what is.
A quote from Michael to Vogue, about the moment he met his bride, really just sets our hearts on fire. This is what it’s all about.
“All of a sudden I started hearing the crowd around the corner, and I [realized] it was all for Kerry. I come running around the corner and I see Kerry standing with a circle of people around her just cheering, and she’s literally standing there looking like a Black princess. That’s all I see. These peaceful protestors, positive energy, cheering, yelling, people with their phones out taking pictures and videos. And Kerry’s just standing there looking beautiful as can be. And I walked up to her and took her hand, and she was shaking. The energy and passion and moment, everything that was going on, was just blowing through her. It was the most empowering thing to be there at that moment. The narrative of love, of Black love, doesn’t always get put out there. But that’s what [the movement] is about, that’s what we’re looking for. Black love is a beautiful thing. Black love exists. Black love is powerful.” ~ Michael Gordon
We have chills.
Also, according to Vogue, Kerry-Anne and Michael wanted all of their guests to be a cherished part of their ceremony. So, they invited everyone to wear white and be their bridal party. The inclusivity is just electric, something that we definitely think will spark trends.
2020 has been a year in just 6 months… but examples like this make us believe that maybe there’s a much bigger reason for all of this. We’re hopeful.