Anca & Chris – Married 1/9/10 – Part 1

Remember my post entitled “From Romania with Love”? (December 2009) – well, the big day for Anca and Chris arrived on January 9, 2010. What a very cool wedding and reception – full of tradition, symbolism, customs, great humor and the best part… every time a Romanian man met me, he kissed my hand. Such gallantry!
Anca dressed at the home of her mother-in-law. The old wedding photo behind her is of Chris’ great-grandparents.It is customary for the groom to arrive to the house and present the bridal bouquet to his soon-to-be bride. Anca descended the stairs on her Godfather’s arm, and Chris was giddy with excitement as he first laid eyes upon her. Look at his expressions! I love this!!

After a few more photos, they headed to The Saints Archangels Michael & Gabriel Romanian Orthodox Church (whew, that’s a mouthful)! A cozy, intimate, lovely church, here in the Sacramento area.

There are so many wonderful rituals performed within the ceremony. Really very cool!

Does this black and white picture feel like a transformation back to the old country many years ago?

An ornate challis is used for the communion between Anca and Chris.

Rather than having a bridal party, it is the custom to have “Godparents.” These are very close friends (or relatives) who support the couple whole-heartedly. As a matter of fact, it was the Godmothers who suggested, 18 months ago, that Chris and Anca communicate through e-mail… from Sacramento to Romania (where Anca lived). In the photo below, the Godparents are the Candle Bearers in the ceremony (love the colorful icons along the wall).
Beautiful ornate metal crowns are wore by the bride and groom, placed on their heads by the Godparents, which symbolizes the bride and groom will be the King and Queen of their home and family.

The Christian Orthodox priests walk the bride and groom around the alter three times.

And after all the wonderful steps of this hour long service, Chris and Anca are married!!
Follow up in a few days for Part 2 for many other fun photos of the reception. Thank you so much to Monica Neumann Lunardifor being at all the right places to take these great photos. More to come.

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