Beaumont Weddings | Kyra and Ian – part deux

And… we’re back! Part two continues the story of Kyra and Ian’s day. In part one we left with Kyra stepping out of the Rolls in front of St. Michaels Orthodox Church into a beautiful floral-festooned chapel. The architecture and artwork is amazing there, gilted in gold, lit with chandeliers, with broad beams supporting them and the roof.


St Michaels Orthodox Church


Kyra and her dad making their way up the aisle, doesn’t she look radiant? All the work over the past few months has led up to this moment:


Father walking bride down the aisle


Exchanging rings. Orthodox weddings have a flow to them unlike other Christian weddings, things just move along, from blessing of the rings, to exchanging of them, to the crowning, communion and march around the altar – beautiful amazing rituals. You have to pay attention or you’ve missed it. πŸ™‚


exchange of wedding rings


At the rehearsal the night before, a story circled the group of a recent wedding where one of the bridesmaids had fainted, hitting her head on a step and bleeding all over the place. Everyone decided they’d bend their knees occasionally to relieve tension and fight off any chance of the same fate. I think this image is when they figured they looked like members of the Lollipop Guild bobbing up there πŸ˜€


bridal party


I *told* you it was a beautiful ceremony, eh? πŸ™‚


beaumont wedding at st michaels


bridesmaids bouquets


One of the many unique traditions in the Orthodox church: The bride and groom are crowned with thin crowns, or “stefana”, which are joined by a white ribbon and have been blessed by the priest. The crowns symbolise the glory and honour that is being bestowed on them by God, and the the ribbon symbolises their unity.


crowning the bride and groom


They also drink from a common cup and walk around the altar three times – rich symbols of their beginning as a married couple. Here’s one that’s common to other faiths:


bride and groom first kiss


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Bazinga! πŸ™‚

Onto the reception! We arrive at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens where Kyra and Ian are announced and glide across the floor.


bride and groom first dance


There wasn’t a dry eye in the house by the end of Kyra’s dance with her dad.


father of the bride and bride dance


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One of the Groomsmen toast the new couple:


best man toast at reception


The Beaumont Catering Company performed masterfully – from the great food and spirits, to the hot chocolate bar with monogrammed cups at the end, everything was perfect… and very tasty! πŸ™‚


beaumont catering company at wedding reception


mmm… Cake!


wedding cake at reception


There’s a lot of trust built in this moment, I have no idea why πŸ™‚


bride feeding the groom their wedding cake


One of my favorite scenes of the night – something about a long-time married couple dancing in each other’s arms at your reception, it kind of puts a nice stamp on the event.


eldery couple dancing at wedding reception


Wow, the entertainment at the reception was outstanding! Jimi Jams always does an excellent job with DJ’ing/Emcee’ing an event, but the band “Stereo”, well-known on the local blues and jazz scene tore it up:


live band playing at wedding reception


They both had the crowd dancing until their shoes just had to take a break: πŸ™‚


bridal shoes at the wedding reception


After a quick pick-me-up with the hot chocolate bar, it’s time for their great escape – many bird seeds died to make this possible:


bride and groom leaving wedding reception


πŸ™‚ Beautiful day πŸ™‚

Ceremony Venue: St. Michael’s Orthodox Church
Reception Venue: Beaumont Botanical Gardens
Caterers: Beaumont Catering Company
DJ: Jimi Jams
Band: Stereo
Second Photographer: Marius

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Brandon Schmidt - February 9, 2010 - 10:01 am

I loved those ceremony photos…you captured so much emotion.

Damian Brown - February 9, 2010 - 1:35 pm

Some cool shots there! I think the vendors should be very happy with the montages!!

Mindy - February 10, 2010 - 1:37 pm

Love these photos. Fantastic work!

Carol Darby - February 11, 2010 - 8:14 pm

Stunning. This church is amazing. What I would give to have a church like this for a wedding. And the decorations really add to it. And the photographs are just gorgeous. You have done a fantastic job of capturing all the emotion and also all the details. Great work.

Joe - February 18, 2010 - 4:16 pm

Wonderful coverage from the details to the moments. Well done.

Caroline Ross - February 18, 2010 - 6:25 pm

I love your photos! they seem so crisp, clean and REAL!

Renee Cobb - March 10, 2010 - 9:35 am

I love the wedding ceremony photo with the entire bridal party.

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