Sumer Moreau and Tyler Olivieri’s wedding was witnessed by a crowd of strangers, but it felt like family.
“Forest Family” is a term uttered regularly at the annual Electric Forest music and camping festival at Double JJ Resort in Rothbury. Moreau and Olivieri felt so much a part of the family that they decided it was the perfect place to exchange vows and sign their wedding certificate.
“There’s no judgment,” Moreau said. “They’re all like family. They’re all here to be happy and that’s the best thing about it.”
Moreau wore a handmade flower crown with a short white dress with a floral print. She added a wedding dress train and veil from the chapel’s costume stock. Olivieri borrowed a ruffled vest, bow tie, top hat and a tailcoat.
While the ceremony was more funny and silly than serious or traditionally romantic, both Moreau and Olivieri were shaking and glowing as they prepared to say their vows and exchange rings.
“I loved it – it was perfect,” Moreau said after the ceremony on Friday, June 22, at the Psychedelic Chapel in the festival’s Sherwood Forest.
Theirs was the first official ceremony of Electric Forest 2018, but up to 75 mock weddings are held each day inside the little chapel, said Dana McCombs, wedding chapel coordinator.
The chapel first appeared in the forest during the 2017 festival. Over the two weekends, 500 mock weddings were held along with five legitimate ones, McCombs said.
2017 was Moreau’s first time at Electric Forest and Olivieri’s second. When they saw the wedding chapel, they knew that was where they wanted to get married.
“We weren’t sure a regular wedding fit us,” Moreau said. “We’re just different.”
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The couple from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, was accompanied by two friends who stood up with them during the ceremony.
“We didn’t need to have our family’s here because it’s really just for us,” Moreau said.
The 23-year-old newlyweds are high-school sweethearts who have been together for more than seven years and were engaged for more than two years. They also have a 4-year-old son.
“I want my son to be like all of you guys – I love you guys,” Moreau told the crowd during the wedding.
As for a reception, the couple and their friends attended the Bassrush curated event at the Tripolee stage.
In its eighth year, this is the second time that the festival will be held during two separate weekends. Weekend one is June 21-24. Weekend two is June 28-July 1.
Five weddings were planned for the first weekend, and more are expected to take place during the second weekend.
Electric Forest is produced by Madison House Presents and Insomniac.