We’re back! After two weeks of wedding preparation, our wedding, and our honeymoon, Meagan and Steve are finally back and ready to post. Before we get into all of the things we missed while we were gone, we’d like to fill everyone in on how we celebrated our marriage and how the last two weeks have been influenced by our love for minimalist shoes. As you can tell by the picture on the right, for our wedding, I went with one of my favorite pairs of shoes and rocked the Vibram FiveFingers Speeds, while Meagan found a pair of Merrell Barefoot Life Wonder Gloves that matched perfectly with her dress. The event took place in our current hometown of Madison, WI, where the ceremony was in the Frank Lloyd Wright Unitarian Meeting House and the reception was held in the Overture Center for the Arts. The following photos were taken by our fantastic photographers from Amelia John, Jennifer & Andrew. The night went off without a hitch (or with a hitch, ha…ha….ha…) and we were able to sneak some of our own minimalist surprises into the event.
More pictures after the jump!
Yep, that’s right, not only did I wear Speeds, but all of my groomsmen joined in on the fun. Only two of the guys had previous experience with minimalist shoes (myself and my cousin David), so the other guys started off the day comfortable, but as day turned into night, their feet began to get pretty tired. You know how you’re only supposed to wear your Vibrams for a short period the first time you take them out? Well, I had the guys in them from 2:00 PM until midnight walking all over Madison in 95 degree weather. If that doesn’t familiarize you with minimalist shoes then I’m not sure what will!
As a minimalist veteran, I found them to be extremely comfortable and they remained so throughout the entire event. I thought dancing in Vibrams might be kind of awkward, and our dance teacher, Meagan’s aunt, was concerned that the rubber soles might impede our ability to move as gracefully (dance shoes are typically smooth-soled), but was quoted saying “you seem very natural in those shoes” after she watched me in them. Having Vibrams on for dancing was actually a ton of fun (see photo of Ryan taking it a “little bit softer now” during “Shout” by the Isley Brothers). They were lightweight, breathable, and they looked awesome with our tuxedos. As for Meagan’s Merrell Barefoot shoes, she would highly recommend them to any woman looking for a dressier, but still very comfortable, minimalist shoe option.