When you're the leader of the Green Party, it's almost a given that you love the Earth and the environment. Elizabeth May's wedding photos prove she loves the Earth. And, of course, it was also an environmentally friendly wedding ceremony and reception.
May is a champion for the environment and that passion transferred seamlessly into her wedding day. She married John Kidder, a long-time Green member, in Victoria, B.C. on April 22, which was also Earth Day. That's pretty much the ultimate love letter to the Earth.
"[We] intend to be gloriously happy — and very Green," said May in a statement before her wedding.
May's intentions for her wedding totally came to life. The wedding was so environmentally friendly and such a Green Party thing to do.
Even her dress was an ode to the Earth and the spring season with foliage like tulips, peonies, and ferns embroidered at the bottom of the dress. It looked like she just walked through a garden.
"You want the person to feel like a million bucks, and that it embodies everything she is in terms of a goddess in the spring, celebrating love. That's what I was aiming for," Sue Earle, the designer of the dress, told CBC News.
May and Kidder made sure that their wedding was environmentally friendly. The flowers were re-used from Easter celebrations that had been held at the church they got married in.
They even had electric and hybrid vehicles parked outside for guests to drive from the ceremony to the reception.
"I basically have a whole lot of deeply committed EV enthusiasts who are volunteering to ferry guests between the cathedral and the reception," May told CBC.
The couple also had a potluck reception because it was easier on the environment.
Other ways the two made their wedding more environmentally friendly were by using locally gathered centrepieces and discouraging family and friends from making the trip to Victoria.
The love for the Earth didn't stop at the wedding. Even the honeymoon was green with the couple taking a train trip from Vancouver to Ottawa to celebrate their nuptials.
In true green fashion, May re-wore her wedding dress to Vancouver Pride.
Kidder is the Green Party candidate in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Valley for the upcoming federal election. At the wedding reception he joked that he'll tell voters, "If you don’t elect me, I’ll never see my wife again."