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Armenian Greek Wedding | Utah Wedding Photography June 6, 2012Posted by Emily in : Wedding , trackback
This Armenian Greek wedding was SO MUCH FUN and I’m so glad they contacted me for their Utah wedding photography! When I sat down with Caleb and Kohar a few months before their wedding, they told me I needed to watch the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” because that is how their wedding was going to be. They were right! It was full of tradition, music, drinking, dancing, and lots of food! They got married at the The Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City, and they had to fly a Greek Orthodox Priest in from California to marry them since there isn’t one in Utah! The priest arrived an hour before their ceremony, and I thought for sure the wedding would start late because of that (you know, travel delays and all) but it started right on time.
The festivities started out at Kohar’s house in Orem. Talk about a full house of friends and relatives dancing, drinking, and having a great time!
As part of their tradition, Kohar’s brother took a veil and circled it around her head three times.
Then he gave her money and stuck it in her shoe. (I could get used to a tradition like this!)
The ceremony was mostly in Greek, and to my surprise, most of it was sung! The priest had a beautiful voice, but I had no idea what he was saying! (I wasn’t the only one, I’m pretty sure the groom’s family understood as much Greek as I did.)
I love how they are “making eyes” at each other here! During this part of the ceremony, they wore these ribbons on their heads, (I know this isn’t what their called, but I don’t know what else to call them!) and their foreheads touched. This part lasted longer than I was expecting it to, maybe 15 minutes or more? I was super impressed that they held still in this position for so long! I’m sure it was very symbolic and I’m sure I could tell you more about it if I understood Greek, so this is my very uneducated description.
Ah, yes! Do you see Caleb’s socks? I don’t think these were the socks he planned to wear . . . but you know, there is always something that doesn’t go exactly as planned at every wedding! (Take it from me, not wearing the socks you had planned is really the best thing that can go wrong!)
Their wedding dinner was a Market Street Grill in Cottonwood. It was a beautiful venue.
What a fun wedding! Congratulations Caleb and Kohar! To see more of this wedding watch the short video below!