Traditional Romanian Orthodox Church Wedding in Las Vegas {Anamaria & Ion}- Part 1. Getting ready & ceremony

Anamaria & Ion envisioned a traditional Romanian wedding. The nuptials took place at the first Romanian church in Las Vegas, Nevada, “Saint George and Saint Dimitri the New” Romanian Orthodox Church.

Romanian Orthodox wedding couple in the church
We started out with getting ready images with Anamaria and the girls. The godparents arrived at the bride’s house when her hair and make up was getting done, the godmother helped her to get dressed (together with the bridesmaids) and she put the veil on the bride’s head.
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In the meantime Zoltan was taking images of the guys getting ready.
Groomsman having fun before his Romanian Orthodox wedding
Than Ion, the groom with the guys, a violin player and a ceremony master came over to the house where Anamaria was getting ready to ask for her hand in marriage and take her to the church to get married in front of God. But before that, the groomsman gave the bouquets to the bridesmaids and the couple pinned the boutonnieres on the guys.
Groomsman having fun wth the girls bouquet before Romanian Orthodox wedding
Afterwards, right before leaving for the church, the godmother hold and broke a traditional bridal cake (sweet bread) over the Anamaria’s head, and through the 4 pieces to four different directions to the guest to eat.
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Romanian Orthodox Church Traditional Wedding Ceremony

After that from the house everybody headed to the traditional religious ceremony what was held at the Romanian Orthodox Church.

The traditional wedding service in the Romanian Orthodox faith is an ancient and gorgeous ceremony that’s continued unchanged for centuries. It’s also a ceremony full of symbolism.
This Ceremony consists of several key parts. The godparents played very important role in Anamaria & Ion wedding. They had several traditional roles during the wedding ceremony and also at the party.
During the religious ceremony in the church the priest was reading prayers from the Bible in chanting voices. 
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The godmother and godfather stand by the couple, holding tall lit candles, decorated with flowers the second part of their ceremony. The burning flames of the candles symbolize the couple’s spiritual willingness to receive God’s blessings.
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The Crowning is the centerpiece of the Eastern Orthodox marriage ceremony.  The priest and godparents placed the crowns on the couple’s heads while they face the altar.
The groom and the bride are crowned as the king and queen of their own little kingdom, their newly created family
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Than the couple received ladyfingers to eat it symbolically and then took three sips of wine from a shared cup. The cup represents life and symbolizes the couple’s mutual sharing of joy and sorrow. As they drink wine from the common cup, they were reminded that from that moment they will share everything equally.
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In the final part of the wedding ceremony, the priest took the godfather by hand (with the candle), followed by the groom, the bride, the godmother with the other candle and walked around the middle church table three times, where the bible rested.
In this act, the couple takes their first steps as a married couple, with the Church (through the priest) leading them.
Las Vegas Orthodox wedding ceremony at Saint George and Saint Dimitri the New Romanian Orthodox Church
Las Vegas Orthodox wedding ceremony at Saint George and Saint Dimitri the New Romanian Orthodox Church
Thank you Eric Lindsey for taking pictures from the back of the church, giving a second angle for Anamaria & Ion’s images.

Las Vegas Strip wedding {Ava and Joerdon}

Ava and Joerdon tied the knot during their destination wedding in downtown Las Vegas on The Terrace Gazebo of  Vegas weddings Chapel.
After their ceremony they took a limo ride to the Venetian Resort.  Than we headed to take some images with their wedding party around Mirage and Venetian Resort on the Strip before headed to their reception  at the Venetian Resort at the Canaletto restaurant Murano room!
Thank you for Regina Galiyeva from Vegas Weddings Planner with all the help organizing Ava and Joerdon’s Las Vegas wedding!
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Springs Preserve Las Vegas Wedding {Melissa & Brent}

I’m excited to announce that Melissa and Brent made their union official with an intimate wedding ceremony at Las Vegas Springs Preserve Garden Arboretum, followed by their reception at the Garden Terrace.

Gina Gangemi, day of coordinator with Simply Weddings helped to take care of all the details, so Melissa and Brent could relax and enjoy their day.

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Reception at the Garden Terrace:

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Wedding Venue: The Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada 
Wedding Photography: Images by EDI
Day of Wedding Coordination: Gina Gangemi at Simply Weddings
Floral and Design: Foxtail Floral

Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Wedding ceremony and Palms Place Hotel reception {Breanna & Philip}

Breanna & Philip picked the Mandalay Bay the Valley of Falls  for their wedding. The weather didn’t seem cooperating with their plans to have the wedding outdoors. It was raining all morning, but while we were taking images in Breanna’s room before the ceremony, the sky started to clear up and the sun came out. 
Did I mention Breanna’s very special dress? She was gorgeous wearing this very unique dress.
After the ceremony we took a couple of images of the couple before headed to their Palms Place Hotel suite reception. The room had an amazing view of the Las Vegas Strip.
The reception included the Grand entrance, father daughter, mother groom dances and cake cutting. The couple surprised everyone with an Elvis impersonator. The guests had a lot of fun!
Congratulations to Breanna & Philip again and wish you all the best in your life together as a couple.

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Bali Hai Las Vegas Wedding {Agnieszka & Matthew}

Agnieszka was born and raised in Poland and Matthew was born and raised in the USA. Destiny brought them together in England, where Agnieszka was working and Matthew was stationed at. They fall in LOVE with each other and the rest is history.

The couple were planning their wedding in las Vegas. Agnieszka’s family was traveling from Poland, including her parents and two little cute nieces. Agnieszka with her beautiful mom and the girls were getting ready at the Aria Hotel, where we started our photo session. Her made of honor, Judit is Hungarian (just like me):-)

Than they headed for their ceremony at  the Bellagio Resort (where Cashman photographer was part of their wedding package).

We met the all the guests at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign after the ceremony to capture some images for them, than at Bali Hai Golf Course, where Angel Kroenecke Catering Sales Manager/Wedding Event Coordinator was driving us around in a golf cart to get some beautiful images on their property. Than it was time for the reception on the patio.

The cake and the surprise grooms cake (Matt loves cookies so they made a cookie cake) was done at Bali Hai.

Adam from Knight and Sounds Event make sure, that everybody is having a good time.

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