Honestly, this was probably one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have shot in a long time. The church was gorgeous with it’s stained glass windows which let in the most beautiful rays of sunshine but I love that it was so rich in ritual, symbolism and culture……basically, at the end, it was a huge celebration as you will see below. Think dancing, shots, coins, and a live Siberian Band.
Here comes the Bride…..His face <3A pull back shot of the entire Church, what you can’t see is the choir to the right who filled the church with beautiful songs.
The Bride and Groom are handed candles which they hold throughout the service.The Joining of the Hands. The hands are kept joined throughout the service to symbolize the “oneness” of the couple.The rays of light were just gorgeous among the smoke and changed colors due to the stained glass. The Ceremonial Walk where the priest leads the Bride and Groom in a circle around the table which the Gospel and the Cross are placed. The husband and wife are taking their first steps as a married couple and they are being led in the way that they must walk. The walk is also interpreted as a religions dance for the joy of matrimony.The first kiss……and then……..the celebration….kolo dancing outside of the church by the wedding party and well-wishers, while coins are being tossed to promise good luck/financial prosperity.This tradition is so much fun and I’m glad Angie warned me about it ahead of time. They like to throw coins at the bride and groom as they exit the church and the kids run around picking up all the silver coins.
Drinking from the Buklia- a nice decorated bottle filled with homemade Wine or Rakija
They basically had a huge dance party right outside the church……that beats rice and bubbles any day in my book!!!