Vlad & Morgan hired me for an experience of a life time. This was the first time I have ever been apart of a traditional Russian Orthodox wedding ceremony.
Morgan wanted to share a “First Look” moment with Vlad. I love these moments because you can take a second to really appreciate each other and getting ready to join your lives together.
First, St. Basil’s Orthodox Church is stunning on the outside and inside. The details in the temple are the first work of Slavic architecture in St. Louis for over 100 years! The traditional ceremony began with Morgan starting a processional outside of the church, to be entered in the front and presented to Vlad.
The next step in their ceremony was the exchanging of rings. The rings are placed on the right hand which is different from American’s and the left. They wear each others as they are blessed before wearing them on their own respective right hand.
After the ring exchange we entered the temple where the remainder of the service took place. They each received a candle they held during the ceremony, their attendants held a crown over their heads, and the priest finished with a lovely testament to marriage and how to make love last.
Being able to take part in Vlad & Morgan day was one of the greatest days of my wedding career. I really enjoyed learning the different culture and the different wedding traditions!
After getting married here in Missouri, Morgan & Vlad when back to their home state of Tennessee to celebrate with family & friends.