The boat ride over to George’s Island was intense with cold, wind and rain that was a significant departure from a typical Boston summer day. Most people carried things with them – a guitar, a video camera, champagne. It was a labor of love, a collaborative effort by a group of friends that consider themselves a family. And waiting in the drizzle on the top of an ancient fort in the middle of Boston Harbor stood Vahdat in the penultimate moments of a love story that began in Iran and has been over a decade in the making. The story is a long and personal one, and most of the details belong to the couple, but theirs is a love worth fighting for. A love that has made it through bad timing, complex emotions and worries, 6000 miles, immigration laws and an American administration hostile to foreigners. Through all the barriers their love grew and finally Donya walked down an aisle formed by friends, pushed by the wind towards her groom. Her parents and family watched via skype from a far, music was played, poems read, and hugs and smiles flowed freely. One of the couple’s dear friends recited “Footnote to Howl” by Allen Ginsberg during the ceremony and invited everyone to join him in exclaiming: HOLY! “Everything is holy! everybody’s holy! everywhere is holy! everyday is in eternity! Everyman’s an angel!” and indeed, this day was holy.
So much love to my friends Betsy and Chris whose wedding I shot 5 years ago and who both played an important part not only in this day but in Vahdat and Donya’s greater love story. Vahdat and Donya are both very talented artists and have turned their love story into performance art put on by their Boston Experimental Theatre. The show Fish Trees is being performed on Oct 6th at 8 PM, go learn more about these beautiful souls. As always, it has been such a pleasure to be a part of something so wonderful.