Wow - family and guests, wedding party and bride and groom were ready to CELEBRATE at Marinko and Jessica's wedding at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Chicago, IL. Settle in for all of the highlights, from the nervous laughs during getting ready at Vanis Salon to the post celebration outside the church to the bouquet and garter toss at The Serbian Social Center in Lansing.
While second photographer Kerrie hung out with the guys, I photographed the bridal details and all of the moments as the girls got ready for the big day.
Jessica looked beautiful holding her bouquet with all of it's blue and purple hues as the golden sun illuminated her hair. We kept bride and groom seperate on each side of the church taking photos as guests began to arrive. Soon it was time for the traditional Serbian ceremony inside of St. Simeon.
The wedding ceremony had much emotion. The traditional crowning ceremony took place after The Betrothal (exchanging of the rings). The crowning ceremony is what truly distinguishes an Orthodox Wedding from all others. It's a wonderful thing to photograph and the celebration afterwards with music and dancing is a spectacular showing of joy. Jessica and Marinko's church exit was no exception.
We all went back inside for bride and groom portraits as well as family photos and the wedding party as well. Soon we would be off to the reception where food and drink awaited.
We did many close up, intimate portraits of the bride and groom on this gorgeous summer day. We also grabbed a few with the lovely church in the background and some fun wedding party photos too.
The reception at the Serbian Social Center had a ton of emotion with pure joy being first and foremost. It also had happy tears from family as well as dance floor celebrations.
The ring bearer gets congratulated for catching the garter and Jessica throws her bouquet high into the air for the traditional wedding reception celebrations.
This has been a sneak peek look at Marinko and Jessica's wedding at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. Stay tuned as many more photos to come. To inquire about your own wedding, please fill out the Contact Form. Cлавље!!