2022 has brought us an abundance of wedding celebrations, each with their own unique style and traditions. We felt that this recent wedding, unique in every way, needed a long story & many pictures to showcase this beautiful celebration!

Vanessa and Philip were married on July 3rd, 2022 at Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, a gorgeous church that exudes quintessential Orthodox tradition. Elaborate iconography of saints adorn the walls and blue fresco ceiling, while stained glass windows illuminate all sides of the sanctuary.

Vanessa and Philip’s ceremony included several Syrian wedding traditions. The couple completed the lighting of the candles and the joining of the hands. This tradition symbolizes the willingness of the couple to receive Christ into their marriage. They also had a crowning, where the priest placed crowns on the bride and groom’s head. The crowns are attached with a single ribbon, crowning them King and Queen of their home and founders of a new generation.

Vanessa carried a waterfall cascade bouquet created with white garden roses, dendrobium orchids, and gold tipped eucalyptus. Following the flowing feel of the flowers, Vanessa also wore an extraordinary cathedral length veil. The bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets to match, also featuring white roses and eucalyptus.

After the ceremony, friends and family gathered at the Le Mont on Mt. Washington for a night of jubilant celebration. The centerpieces for the reception were a combination of low centerpieces with white flowers, and towering candelabras with candles, flowers, and whimsical greenery.

The head table was fully decorated with white flowers, and the towering 4′ plus cake was also topped with white flowers.

The celebration continued throughout the evening with dancing to the Zaffet drum, an instrument that commonly accompanies Arabic music, helping create an atmosphere full of joy and laughter.

Congratulations, Vanessa & Philip, on your spectacular wedding day! We were elated to play a part in such a gleeful celebration and bear witness to your love.

Photos are courtesy of Parkway Florist Inc., Divine Celebrations, and Megan Read Photography.