Bride and groom!
My bridesmaid printed a name tag for each guest to write a wedding wish to us. I liked the idea! The funny memory though turned to be a different one. When I sent my bridesmaid the names of the guests, I gave Clinton’s father a wrong name! How did it happen? I just used an association I had created before, the association with the name of Ron Paul (one of Clinton’s favorite economist). So using this association and bringing Clinton’s father’s name up, I called him “Paul”, instead of “Ron”! Well, I felt quite embarrassed .. But Clinton and his parents thought it was funny :)
Traditional part of a wedding - cutting of the cake!
Together we were holding a knife and as “two people as one” we cut the upper level of our pretty cake :) This tradition of us cutting the first piece of the wedding cake represented a commitment to share whatever path life takes us on, with love and devotion. Right after this, before the rest of the cake went to the guests, we fed each other the first cake slice, symbolizing our union and the promise to forever provide for each other.
Our wedding lunch guests.
Our wedding lunch
The part of Ukrainian wedding is a wonderful tradition with a Wedding sweetbread, called Korovai, decorated with a pastry wheat-ear-shaped wreath. Korovai is seen as a symbol of happiness and affluence, prosperity and also a spousal faithfulness.
Due to the tradition, Clinton and I, as a newlyweds, were met by our parents who were holding Korovai on a Ukrainian ornamented towel. At first, we were invited to find out the head of our new household! For this purpose Clinton and I had to take a bite of the korovai without using our hands. Due to the tradition, whoever takes the large bite is considered to be the head of the new family! :)
Then we were provided salt and invited to take a peace of korovai, put a salt on it and feed each other with these pieces! With this action we agreed to never again “salt” our relationships (meaning not to “create troubles”).
At the end the rest of the korovai was divided among our guests. It is thought that in sharingit with relatives and friends, we were also sharing our happiness :)
It was fun arriving to the restaurant for a lunch :)
The wedding dress for me was made in about 10 days before the marriage. I had not found anything I liked in any store because I did not prefer having anything too long, or too decorated, or with uncomfortable corset, or even with open shoulders. I wanted to have light and nice simple classic dress in which I would fit Clinton in his suit. And I was lucky to find two wonderful ladies who made this dress for me just the way we both loved it!
We both were happy to have simple marriage rings without any precious stones. To have a ring is a symbol of marriage, but to have a strong quality relationship is what’s precious.
First hour as husband and wife!
Smiles, smiles, positive emotions :)
With a bridesmaid and a best man!
My bridesmaid was my University friend Oksana and Clinton’s best man was my brother Valentine :)
Two families, American and Ukrainian, are united!
These are all the guests we invited to witness our wonderful event!
Because our wedding happened in Ukraine, the only Clinton’s side was his parents (who luckily could arrive and we were happy for it). There were only few the closest people from my side as well (few people of my relatives and few of my friends).
The ceremony of our Ukrainian civil marriage came to its end. It took us less then an hour for my country to give us a document that we were legally married :)