Monday, August 13, 2018

The MOST Amazing Wedding

As you may have noticed, I am back and catching up on my blog reading. If you haven't heard from me, you will soon.

I do have to share the wedding experience because it was so unexpected and spectacular.

This Ukranian wedding started at 11:30 a.m. on a Saturday and went until 4 a.m. on Sunday. Then it continued from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Rachel was a bridesmaid, so we were in the center of the whirlwind. Fitting her hand-made dress was one of the first things we did in Lviv.
This wedding took place in three cities, so the bride hired two buses to drive us around.

We started with a ceremony at the bride's childhood home where the groom bargained for the bride. He began by offering a bag of potatoes. The bridesmaids bargained on behalf of the bride, and they turned down this offer. At one point, the groom did not fall for the offer of this fake bride:
Once the bargain was struck, we were bused to a beautiful old church, Ukrainian Orthodox. The service was in English, which is the couple's shared language. Stacy is from Ukraine, while Robin is from the Netherlands.
Stacy lives in Miami, where she attends the University of Miami with Rachel. They are both earning Ph. D.s in sociology. Robin lives in Amsterdam. They have been on different continents for four years, so you know this couple is devoted.
Then we were bused to a bar for snacks and drinks before getting back on the bus to head to the Rixos Hotel, where the formal reception was held.
At this point, I cannot remember the order because this was more than a wedding. There was an excellent live band and lots of dancing. I'd forgotten  how much fun it is to dance like that. There were games and toasts and shows. Professional dance shows.
And I can't leave out the couple's amazing first dance.
At about 11 p.m., where were ushered outside for a second ceremony where the couple exchanged vows they had written. The entire group teared up when Robin did part of his vow in Ukrainian.
Did you notice that Stacy has a second dress for the reception? Yes, she is just gorgeous!

And while we were outside, there was a second dance performance and a fire show!
I headed up to bed at midnight, which meant I missed a performance by a famous Ukrainian rapper and a crazy machine that spewed out so much confetti that people were rolling around in it.

We had to be ready to get back on the bus at 2 the next afternoon to attend a traditional Ukrainian party at an outdoor setting. Halfway back to Lviv, a thunderstorm sent buckets of water down. Stacy and some of the four wedding planners immediately got on their phones and rearranged the entire party to an indoor location!

There was more food and drink, as well as a traditional band:
The party wound down around 6 p.m., and I have to say that I was ready to crash!

Stacy and Robin met as grad students at the University of Minnesota at Mankato, so there were many Minnesotans at the wedding. I can tell you that Minnesota Nice is a real thing. Everyone I met was so gracious and interesting. 

Of course, I am thrilled that my daughter invited me to share this amazing  experience with her.

13 comments:

  1. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing the photos and details about the wedding and the receptions. I love the photo of you and your daughter.

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  2. Wow! That was quite a celebration. Best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. Your daughter looked stunning in her dress.

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  3. Amazing! Thank you for sharing that with us.

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  4. Having just married off two kids and in the process of marrying off the last, I am completely gobsmacked. What a lifetime of memories for that couple!

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  5. WOW!!! What an amazing experience. Everything looks so perfectly gorgeous!!! (But, man. I want to see that confetti machine. . . ) XO

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  6. Oh my! What fun!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful wedding with us! (And, I am with Kym... that confetti machine must have been awesome!!)

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  7. You will always remember this with your daughter. SO MANY Bloggers at so many pretty weddings this week. The brilliant move to a different dress is one to be copied!

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  8. WOW! What an event. That must have been so much fun (I would have been totally exhausted though - lol). Your daughter is gorgeous and I LOVE that last picture of the two of you.

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  9. That looks like it was a lovely wedding

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  10. Wow! What a procession of events! Sounds like a wonderful whirlwind of a time.

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  11. Beautiful wedding and photos, I cannot imagine such a long celebration especially all the planning and coordinating that was involved.

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  12. That is something for the memory books! What an incredible adventure for you and daughter!

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  13. Wow - to all of it! I thought I'd been to some incredible weddings, but this one takes the cake! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing wedding adventure!

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