Our wedding ceremony was a traditional Orthodox Christian ceremony with some modern touches to it. It was led by my godfather, Fr. James Early. The ceremony lasted around forty-five minutes, and it is rich with tradition and symbolism. I knew most of our guests would be unfamiliar with the church and the ceremony, so I made service books with the text of the service and the explanation of everything going on, so they would feel included and a part of the service. If you would like to learn a little more about the marriage ceremony, this is a pretty good explanation. You can find the text of the service here. After the actual marriage ceremony, Father James spoke for a few minutes about the symbolism and the intent of marriage. His short homily was wonderful and many of our guests really enjoyed and were touched by what he had to say.
Needless to say, we did not have the ceremony filmed. That is my only regret out of the whole wedding planning process. I wish we would have hired a videographer. I know you don't really watch your wedding video much, but it would have been nice to have it. Fortunately, there are some wonderful pictures of the ceremony. Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Candles, Bible, and Chalice before the ceremony
Calla Lillies at the front of the church
Greg's brother Russ escorting Grammy
Greg's brother Josh escorting Grandmother
Greg escorting his mother, Mary
My dad escorting my stepmom, Olga
My brother Colin escorting my mom
Our moms lighting the unity candle
Christine and Catherine
Our sponsors, Katie and Jerry
Stacy and Dee singing "The Flower Duet" for my entrance
My grand entrance
Our awesome choir! I'm a lucky gal to have such talented friends.
Most of them were folks I sing with in the Houston Symphony Chorus
View from the balcony. I guess we had a lot of people there!
James snapping a pic with his Blackberry ;)
Me and Katie
Greg and Jerry
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
Being crowned by Father James
Steve reading the Epistle
Taking our first steps together as husband and wife (Dance of Isaiah)
Leaving the church
Yay! We're married!
Everything went perfectly in the ceremony. We had a wonderful turnout of people and it was very moving. I hope that these pictures did it justice!
Next blog: Portraits!