St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
Olga and Danny’s ceremony was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever witnessed.
Please enjoy, Scott Shaw Photo | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
It was visually dramatic with the light streaming in through the
stained glass windows and the incense hanging in the air catching the light.
I was with the couple for just a few hours and I’m very happy
with the photos we made in that short time.
St. Sava is in Broadview Heights. The details in the church are
plentiful as I’ve seen in this area as a Cleveland wedding photographer.
Olga’s dress was beautiful and her bouquet was made up of roses and lilies.
The Very Rev. Mijoljub Matic and Deacon Ljubisa Mitrovic performed the ceremony.
After more prayers, a common cup of wine is blessed and shared by
the couple as a sign of their common life together. With right
hands joined, the priest, representing the Church, leads the bride
and groom in procession, guiding them as they walk together as
husband and wife. They circle the table (the circle symbolizing
the eternity of marriage) with burning candles, symbolic of the
Light of Christ.
At the Center of their journey through life together, they must
treasure the gospel and the Cross, and should light their way
with the Light of Christ. Their hands are joined together in
their new unity of love. If they walk this way, then indeed
they can hope to attain the perfect unity of the Holy Trinity,
symbolized by circling the table three times.
During this ceremonial walk, a hymn is sung to the Holy martyrs,
reminding the newly married couple of the sacrificial love
they are to have for each other in marriage - a love that seeks
not its own, but a willingness to sacrifice it all for the one loved.
Olga and her mother Nelya.
– Scott Shaw Photo | Cleveland Wedding Photographer