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Wisconsin Elopement Photographers who believe your wedding day & photographs should be filled with your personalities!
Becky and Dylan had a beautiful Greek Wedding at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwautosa Wisconsin! They had a ceremony filled with Greek Tradition surrounded by their family and friends – who were non-stop smiling. (and crying happy tears) The Greed Traditions are amazing to see, as they are filled with history and celebrate so much love for marriage.
The Service of the Betrothal
Becky & Dylan each hold a lighted candle representing the light of Christ who is with them throughout their coming life together.
The Blessing of the Rings
The priest blesses the rings and touches them to the foreheads of Becky & Dylan. Making the sign of the cross above their heads with the rings, he proclaims to each of them, “The servant of God, Dylan, is betrothed to the servant of God, Becky, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” The koumbaro (sponsor) exchanges the rings three times symbolizing the role of husband and wife. The rings are placed on the right hands as it is symbolic of Christ’s ascension to the right hand of God.
The Service of the Crowning
The Joining of the Hands
The couple joins right hands as the priest appeals to God to make them one in spirit and flesh and grant them the joy of children.
The Crowning Stefana
(crowns) joined with a ribbon are worn by Becky & Dylan, who are to be represented as king and queen in their home. The koumbaro exchanges the stefana three times to honor the Holy Trinity.
The Scripture Readings
There are two designated readings from the scriptures. In the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians, Paul talks of love and respect. Becky & Dylan should love one another and be prepared to give their lives to protect each other as Christ gave his life out of love for the Church. The second reading from the Gospel of St. John describes the marriage at Cana of Galilee during which Christ performed His first miracle, converting water into wine.
The Common Cup
Becky & Dylan drink wine from a common cup. It signifies that they will be sharing the happiness and sorrows of life together.
The Ceremonial Walk
Led by the priest, Becky & Dylan circle the table three times while wearing their crowns and holding hands. The circle has no beginning or end and thus is a sign of the eternal life together. The koumbaro follows them holding the ribbon that joins the crowns as they take their first steps as a married couple.
The Removal of the Crowns
At the conclusion, the priest removes the crowns and beseeches God to grant the newlyweds a long, happy and fruitful life together. The Lord is asked to keep their crowns and return them when the couple enters His Heavenly Kingdom. The priest then lifts up the Gospel and separates their joined hands reminding them that only God can separate the couple.
Becky loves that Dylan is so supportive. He’s all-in, all the time. Dylan really puts an emphasis on caring for and being there for those in his life. She also loves his ability to be so relaxed and flexible when life throws us a curve ball, it is definitely something Becky envies about him and something Becky is (slowly but surely) trying to learn. Dylan loves that Becky is so warm. Becky has this crazy ability to make everybody around her feel good and comfortable regardless of the situation. She is hands down the most thoughtful and supportive person he knows as well. Basically, Dylan loves to be around her at all times and he feels at home whenever he’s with her.
What stands out to us most is how amazing it was to see friends and family from both sides come together and celebrate us. It was the neatest thing to see all weekend, having our two worlds collide (and have a blast!). It also was cool how many people had never been to a Greek Orthodox wedding or reception before. So sharing the traditions with our guests like the meaning behind the ceremony, greek dancing, etc was special to us.
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