Alex & Erin were lucky to be the first to have their wedding ceremony on top of the hill at Horseshoe Valley Resort. The groom and groomsmen rode the chairlift up along with Amber, my second photographer. The rest of us drove up and parked at the top of the hill. It was a Ukrainian ceremony including many of the cultural traditions. During the ceremony the bride and groom were crowned with beautiful crowns woven from foliage and leaves. During the traditional Ukrainian crowning ceremony, the bride’s vinok is replaced by an ochipok and namitka, that covers here hair to show that she is now married. They also incorporated a beautiful hand woven Rushnyk for their wedding ceremony, which is a Ukrainian embroidered towel. The Rushnyk is an important part of the ceremony and are often part of the bride’s dowry. The wedding ceremony was filled with love and many moments of pure joy and laughter.
The reception began with the parents giving the bride and groom the Korovai, which is the ceremonial and symbolic wedding bread. The Korovai is traditionally a large round braided bread decorated with symbolic flags and figurines and is given to the bride and groom as a blessing.
Congratulations Alex & Erin!
Dress: Becker’s Bridal
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Rings: Michael Hill
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Horseshoe Valley Resort
DJ: Terry Holdershaw
Floral Design: 19 Melrose Flower Studio