It’s always so fun watching our couples get married. Especially when there are two different cultures coming together. Kristina and Daniel had an amazing Orthodox and Catholic wedding at the Kiva Club in Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria. The day started off with everyone getting ready. Kristina and Daniel shared a first look – which ended up being a lifesaver as there was a major storm that came through right before the ceremony was going to take place outside. Thankfully the staff at the Kiva Club are amazing and brought everything indoors and quickly flipped the reception into the new ceremony location. That’s why it’s always important to have plan b, friends!
One of my favorite things about their ceremony was watching Kristina and Daniel get crowned. The wedding crowns, or Stefana, symbolize the glory and honor that is being bestowed on them by God during the sacrament. The crowns used in the Orthodox wedding ceremony also refer to the crown of martyrdom, since every marriage involves a self-sacrifice on both sides. As one of the seven sacraments of the Greek Orthodox Church and one of the most ancient Christian wedding rites, the ceremony is rich with symbolism. Signifying the Holy Trinity (God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit), rituals in the sacrament are done three times. Both Mike and I really enjoyed watching these traditions!
After the ceremony, the family gathered for family formals (I can blog about that if you think it’ll help you guys!). Then grand entrance into their first dance – which was SO MAGICAL! They opted for Sparkulars – and let me tell you – if you haven’t seen these before – it is SO fun!!! (It’s cold spark technology – so they’re safe to have indoors. You usually see these at concerts!) I’m excited for you guys to see my favorites! xo
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