The marriage ceremony of the Orthodox Church is steeped in symbolic ritual, each of the acts revealing a deeper meaning and significance.
Anna and Bryan’s Chicago Greek Orthodox Wedding at St. Andrew’s integrated time-honored cultural traditions, such as the crowning of bride and groom, a ceremonial walk around the altar, and offering of the Koufeta, along with a modern reception celebration at the Art Institute of Chicago. The ambiance was crisp, clean, and fresh. One couldn’t help but notice the sculpture – Vater Staat – by German artist Thomas Schutte as a solemn host to the festivities. Vibrant pink and yellow flower displays adorned tastefully decorated square and round tables. I enjoyed the warm celebration among members of the couple’s Greek Cypriot community. Lots of friendly smiles, quality food, and enthusiastic dancing!