We adore it when photographers gives us so many details about their shoots and the inspiration that follows it, This shoot was actually very educational to us about Greek Wedding.
Words from the photographer:
On June 19th 2018 I had the privilege to attend The Cultured Workshop. This was the 2nd edition of the workshop envisioned by Timbrel Chyatee, a talented event planner and designer in Lancaster county, PA, and the theme of the workshop was: "Greek Wedding, A love affair in Santorini".
When we talk about Greek Weddings, almost 99% of the time people think blue and white. Timbrel boldly stepped out of the ordinary line of thought and planned a gold and white styled shoot for the attendees.
The day started with a Greek marketing professor telling us about the Greek culture, traditions and the rites involved on the wedding ceremony. I am more than happy to share a little bit of what I learned.
For the Greeks, the Orthodox ceremony is considered one of the 7 sacraments of the church. It takes place in the church, around the altar, in front of the IconScreen. The most important elements in the ceremony are: The book of Gospels, two crowns witch the bride and groom will wear, two rings, a cup of wine and two white candles.
THE RINGS: In the Greek tradition, the wedding rings are worn on the right hand and symbolizes the couple's commitment to one another. Nowadays, Greek families in the US tend to use their rings on the left hand just so they are recognized in the society as a married man/woman.
THE CROWNS: The part of the ceremony when the bride and groom wears the crown is called Betrothal Service. It symbolizes the unity between the couple. The placement of the "Stephana"is the climax of a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. That's when the bride and groom becomes Husband and Wife.
THE SCRIPTURE LESSONS: On the two scripture lessons, the priest remind the newlyweds the importance of the sacrament of marriage using the the sentence from the apostle Paul “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ”.
THE CUP OF WINE: In remembrance of Christ 1st miracle during the wedding in Cana, the priest offers the Bride and Groom a cup of wine. When drinking it, the couple makes their pledge to share the joys and sorrows of married life.
THE WHITE CANDLES: During the ceremony the bride and groom holds two lit candles that symbolize their belief in Jesus Christ who said “I am the light of the world”. It also gives the newlyweds the chance to accept their commitment of marriage to one another under Jesus.
THE PROCESSION: The priest holds the Holy Gospels, the newlyweds hold the lit candles and their “Koumbari" (maid of honor) holds the ribbons of the “Stephana" (the crowns) and they circle the altar 3 times. Hymns are played as an expression of joy, sacrifice and faith. The circling of the table symbolizes the dance of joy as practiced in the Old Testaments.
All the repetition on a Greek Orthodox Wedding Celebration symbolizes the trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). It is a very long celebration and it was told that is done so to give enough time to the bride and groom to freely enter into marriage or leave before they are finally husband and wife.
The celebration at the reception is large, and it’s believed that every couple plans their wedding to be bigger, richer and better than the couple married before them. The reception is filled with lots of dance, fruits and food.
The Cultured Wedding Workshop was created to spread knowledge and understanding of different cultures and their rites of marriage. To celebrate the differences and to allow wedding professionals to learn how to better serve couples from all different backgrounds and cultures. It's a way to say Ï love your culture, I love who you are”.
Photography: Juliana Tomlinson Photography - www.julianatomlinsonphotography.com
Venue: Supply - http://www.supplymanheim.com
Creative Direction & Styling: Timbrel Chyatee - timbrelchyatee.com/
Art Direction: Katy Trefry - katytrefryphotography.com/
Floral Design: Laura of Lauxmont - www.lauraoflauxmont.com/
Design Space & Elements: Betsy Kohr Designs - www.betsykohr.com/home AND Stray Productions - https://www.straypro.com/
Paper Suites: Typothecary Letterpress & Design - typothecaryletterpress.com/
Hair & Makeup: MKUP The Beauty Studio & Anna Cheche Smith - https://mkupbeautystudio.com/
Gown: Posh Bridal - https://poshbridal.com/
Suit: Central PA Tuxedo - www.centralpatux.com/
Jewelry & Cuff Links: Koser Jewelers - www.koserjewelers.com/
Cake: Flouretta Sweet - www.flourettasweet.com/
Tablecloth, Napkins & Table Runner: Special Occasions & Queen Street Linens - https://www.specialo.com/
Food: BUZZ Food Truck - http://eatatbuzz.com