A cold shiver runs down your spine when your mom threatens you by using the word "Tata" (Father) in a sentence.Your Baba (Grandmother) calls all cereal "Corn Flakes" or calls the well-known salty snacks "Chip Potatoes."You celebrate Christmas and Easter and New Year's 2 weeks after everyone else.The Kum/Kuma acts as the first witness, exchanging the rings and confirming the pledge in the name of the Holy Trinity.)V. The third prayers asks God to unite the couple, and as an outward sign, the right hands of the pair are tied together with a white cloth!The crowns are sitting on the Altar Table, ready for use to have the ultimate expression of spiritual reality of tthe Sacrament.A velvet bag full of USA Gold dollars was offered next, but promptly refused as not being 100% gold. Aleks' wedding planner told me the next day at the Country Club brunch that she cried when she heard the Choir sing all of the responses in church, and also the "Oce Nas" and "Mnogaja Ljeta" & "Ziveli" at the start of the reception afterwards.
when the Priest exhorts the bride and groom to "Be thou magnified, O bridegroom, as Abraham, and blessed as Isaac, and increased as Jacob, walking in peace and working in righteousness the commandments of God." And blessing the bride he says, "And thou, O bride, be thou magnified as Sarah, and glad as Rebecca, and do thou increase like unto Rachael, rejoicing in thine own husband, fulfilling the conditions of the law; for so it is well pleasing unto God." Before leading the couple on their first walk together as husband and wife, following in the footsteps of Christ, the priest ties the right hands of the couple together while praying for their marriage, the act signifying their "Oneness" from now on.Eastern Orthodox wedding ceremonies are FULL of the most magnificent and profound symbolism and meaning.You KNOW you're married after this beautiful ceremony uniting two as one.It is the grace and beauty of the Serbian Orthodox wedding ceremony-the solemn Sacrament of Marriage itself, and it's also the heart-thumping kolo dancing outside of the church by the wedding party and well-wishers, while coins are being tossed to promise good luck/financial prosperity. Its a MUST to record with your eyes, ears and heart everything that you're seeing and hearing. JT's brother, Paul (a Ceramics Engineer) was excellent in his role as Dever, bartering long and hard before winning the bride's hand for his brother, as Aleks' brother, Bronko, made sure Paul's offers were worthy of his beautiful, kind and talented sister!What can bring about more smiles than watching our young children scampering to find as many silver pieces as their little fingers can hold, all the while the American and Serbian flags are being waved about so whole-heartedly? That way, you'll always be able to forever cherish and call forth those beautiful memories. He carried the American and Serbian flags, walking in front of the Bridal Party Limousine, all the way from the bride's home to the church, a Herculean effort that will be talked about for years to come! That this couple chose to highlight their Serbian heritage and culture made EVERYONE in attendance so happy and proud! Paul's first offer of a Pittsburgh Steeler Terrible Towel coupled with a case of famous Pittsburgh Iron City beer was promptly rejected. But when Paul pulled out an envelope from inside his tuxedo and genuinely looked repentant, saying it was all the Stipanovich Family had left to offer, Bronko rifled through the envelope's money inside, and finally relented, bringing forth the PRIZE to the gasps and delight of the whole neighborhood! for our Aleks and her Mom, Desanka, and EVERYONE was so happy! Stephen's Serbian Orthodox Church was the scene of this wedding.