Christiana “Nana” & Rich – 6.15.13
From the Bride:
Well here I go. How do I capture the whole process of planning my wedding and ideas into words. Let me start off by saying, it does happen – the kind of love you read about or see in movies.
Like most women do, I started with location and date. I knew right away I wanted to be married in the same church as my parents, grandparents, cousins and most relatives. It is a very special church for my family, and it’s incredibly beautiful. Everything was simply just right.
I probably spent too much time looking for the right gown. All the magazines and television shows have you looking for that dream bride moment. Well I should have known. After about 10-12 dresses ranging from under to way over my budget, I ultimately went back to the second dress I had tried on. It was more than a dress. I worked with Miriam Liggett, the owner of Soliloquy Bridal Couture and the designer, Cassandra Bromfield, to use remnants from my grandmother’s and mother’s dresses and incorporate them into my gown. The final result was more than I could have imagined. My bridal gown is a piece of family history, and an extension of my spirit.
The Big Day:
I was surprised at how relaxed and sure I felt. I attribute it to a good night sleep and being in love. So after our fem photo sess we hoped on the trolley and headed to church. The trolley was fun, and I loved that it was open to enjoy the day and not behind some tinted glass. I felt like Judy Garland in Meet Me In St. Louis.
In a traditional Ukrainian Orthodox wedding the bride and groom meet at the back of the church, are betrothed, and exchange rings. They then process forward together presenting each other and themselves before family to God with their intentions. Then they gave us crowns to wear. The crowns symbolize that the bride and groom are king and queen of their own dominion and family. Just like royal kings and queens, the crowns symbolize that there must be sacrifice and service in the union, and that it is God who bestows this gift on us.
We “farewelled” the night with our friends and sparklers.The whole affair felt like I was hosting a backyard family picnic, only much nicer. And to all my fellow romantics, I still haven’t stopped smiling.
Photographer: Carley K Photography
Church: St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Allentown, PA
Reception Venue: The Glasbern Inn
Flowers and Decor: Allium Floral Design
Transport: Buck’s County Trolley Co
Hair/makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates
Bridal Gown: Cassandra Bromfield via Soliloquy Bridal Couture