Sunday, September 25, 2011
On Friday September 23 we attended the wedding of our friends Mikael and Tatiana.
Mikael is a new believer who came to Christ eight months ago when he entered the drug rehabilitation program. We have been watching him grow in his new found faith for all those months. He and his bride, Tatiana, had a long relationship together. Once Mikael came to Christ Tatiana followed, and began serving in the church. They decided to marry and legalize their relationship when Mikael graduated from the rehab course. We were honored when they asked us to take part in the wedding and the party afterwards.
Here are a few of the photos that we took that day.
The Bride, Tatiana
Guests Arriving for the Wedding
The Wedding Car
with traditional decorations
Mikael and Tatiana
You May Now Kiss the Bride
Communion Together as a Couple
The New Couple with Family
At the rehab center waiting for the Wedding Party to arrive
Karen and our Co-worker Sveta
Here They Come!
Cutting the Ribbon In Order To Be Allowed To Enter
Some of the Young Women Prepared a Skit and a Song
After the rehab center we all drove to a local river where many wedding parties go for photos.
We counted 8 different wedding parties while we were there and more kept coming as we drove away
Mikael and Tatiana on the footbridge
Some of the Guys with Pastor Oleg (Pastor O 3rd from the left)
After pictures at the river we went to a restaurant for the Wedding Banquet
Here is the Couple as They Enter
A Traditional greeting of bread and salt is presented by the parents as a symbol of health, prosperity and long life. Both bride and groom must take a bite of the bread and the one that takes the largest bite will be the head of the family!