As with many other festivals across the country, All Good is more than just a delectable smorgasbord of good music. Living in close quarters with both friends and strangers for a full weekend creates lasting memories and cultivates life-long relationships. The effect is often so profound that many people experience a period of festival withdrawal upon their return home; inexplicable sadness; hatred for their place of employment; constant replay of live sets from the weekend; and an overwhelming desire to return to the simplistic way of festival living.
It is no surprise that in this interdependent environment, extreme bonding occurs through unremarkable shared experiences. In certain cases, friends sometimes become lovers. A mutual appreciation for music creates the relationship’s foundation, while the festival atmosphere allows the couple to express and explore their love (for music and for one another) in its truest and purest form. Indeed, festival love is a beautiful thing.
Two separate cases of such passion made official declaration of their love and commitment this year at All Good, each in their own unique way.
PATRICIA & SEAN
On Thursday afternoon Lakeville, IN residents Patricia Enfield and Sean Patrick led their group of friends (25 people with representation from Indiana, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Tennessee) to the Grass Roots stage located in the campgrounds. The official wedding party (dressed in matching, handmade dresses and shorts) consisted of two bridesmaids (Traci Parker and Jessica Vutech) and two groomsmen (Jared Koors and Greg Patrick). Rory Stouder, close friend of the couple’s, was the minister for the special ceremony.
As Patricia and Sean enter the sixth year of their relationship, Patricia recalls they’ve been going to festivals since they first started dating. “We both have a love for music that is shared deeply,” she tells me. “We have created so many memories because of music in our lives.”
Veterans to both Bonnaroo and (regularly since 2007) All Good, Sean proposed to Patricia along the main path at All Good 2009 en route to see Tea Leaf Green.
Tying the knot at the same festival where they became engaged only seemed natural. The ceremony was a short-and-sweet 10 minutes. Patricia notes that the weather was perfect, they were grateful to have so many friends in attendance to celebrate, and that it was an amazing experience overall.
DAWN & EVAN
Baltimore, MD residents Dawn Moore and Evan MacGuinness also brought a troupe of 25 people to All Good for their “Weddstival”. Preparations for their ceremony began around 2 p.m. on Saturday and lasted approximately four hours.
Dawn (owner of Charm City Hoops and a professional hooping instructor, designer, and performer) dressed her 13 “hoopsmaids” in handmade purple tutus and fairy wings. Evan’s “music men” were outfitted in purple tie dye t-shirts and each carried percussion toys during the procession (including a washboard, melodica, tambourine, and bongo). Avery, Dawn & Evan’s daughter, wore a purple, handmade pillowcase dress and also sported wings like the hoopsmaids. While bodies were being painted by Evan (a professional body artist), others were getting their hair braided, preparing food, making drinks, taking pictures, or making music. “Braids, bling, glitter, and glitz; everyone had something fun done,” Dawn explains.
Rather than performing the ceremony on a stage, the wedding party marched to the very top of the enormous hill in the main concert field while George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelic played on the main stage. Lightly chuckling, Dawn remembers, “I walked ‘up the aisle’ to “We Want the Funk”. It was awesome.”
A Native American Ceremony was performed by a friend, during which the couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves (Dawn’s a funny poem; Evan’s a love letter to his bride). Friends sang a Kundulini Yoga song, rings were traded, daughter Avery received a special necklace as Mom and Dad said “vows” to her, and they finished with a kiss.
All "Weddstival" pictures taken by Sam Friedman.