9.19.2012

wedding wednesday - our ceremony.

h and i had a difficult time deciding what we wanted to do with our wedding ceremony. we wanted to incorporate both of our families religious traditions but also keep the focus on US. i am christian, h is atheist - my family is primarily catholic, while he has a mix of christian, muslim and atheists family members. it would be pretty difficult to please everyone, so we decided to combine a traditional christian american ceremony with persian traditions and added in swoon-worthy songs that make me smile.


we had a christian reverend officiate the ceremony with an opening prayer, we lit unity candles, my god mother recited a poem and there was a closing blessing. i walked down the aisle with my dad - while José González hearbeats played. to reflect h's heritage, we incorporated a traditional persian sugar bell ceremony. my bridesmaid rubbed two sugar bells (brought over from Iran for the wedding) over our heads while we exchanged our vows - the rubbing of the two sugar bells is a symbol for a sweet life. 




{all photos by dawn e. roscoe}

the ceremony was perfect - a wonderful blend of our two cultures and a reflection of us. i had to hold back my happy tears so i didn't mess up my makeup but whenever i think about the ceremony i am extremely happy with how things went. (and how we left, as mr. & mrs. smiling our faces off and to god only knows by the beach boys!)

xo, 
jillian 

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22 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this!! Sounds like you did a GREAT job of acknowledging and honoring the beliefs held by you, your husband and the families involved. That's quite a mix, but I don't think it's uncommon these days, and I think you served all sides well. Congratulations. :)

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  2. It really was such a beautiful and perfect blend of both cultures!! So many happy memories of a wonderfully happy day! I wouldn't have changed a thing!!!!

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  3. "heartbeats" is SUCH a great choice! and your ceremony looks beautiful!

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  4. What a gorgeous ceremony! I can just feel the love exuding from each photo. What a beautiful way to blend both belief systems and cultures. And I love that you walked out to God Only Knows. One of my all time faves!! :)

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  5. I love that you & your Groom stood in a heart made of rose petals- so sweet!

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  6. Oh Jillian. You look stunning...love the shot of you crying at the alter. Beautiful.

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  7. Such great photos. I love the way you incorporated both of your religions. Sounds perfect. :)

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  8. sweet! i love the sugar bells tradition.... cute and original. (well, to this side of the world at least!)

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  9. What a sweet post Jillian! I love that you made your ceremony so you, and incorporated both of your cultures. That's definitely something that I love to see in weddings :)

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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  10. I LOVE how you incorporated two cultures into your wedding :) It makes me so excited to do it with my own ceremony incorporating both American and Afrikaans culture!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  11. Sounds like you did a great job personalizing the ceremony and incorporating all aspects of your cultures beautifully. And you two are pretty easy on the eyes, too, which makes the photos that much lovelier! :)

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  12. SO beautiful, jillian!!!!! the ceremony looks like it was absolutely perfect :) p.s. looks like we are on the same wavelength...i posted a few pics of ours today, too! XO brynn

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  13. i LOVE that you created something that worked for both of you! and i love heartbeats. you look gorgeous!!

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  14. You are better than me. I totally cried all the way down the aisle and I looked so ugly in the pics haha! Jillian, you honestly look so beautiful...and you BOTH look so happy!!! And I want to cry picturing y'all with god only knows in the background.... xox

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  15. It seems like you guys found an absolutely perfect mix of tradition, heritage and YOU–just amazing!

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  16. Your ceremony was very pretty! Isn't it fun to look back at the pictures? I'm having so much fun with ours!

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  17. so so so beautiful! it's god to see how others merge traditions - I'm Jewish, Joon is spiritually atheist but culturally Episcopalian, and our ceremony is civil, which means we can't have any religious elements in it at all. we're having a hard time incorporating everything that is meaningful to us - but it's really helpful to see how others have done it! many congratulations again :)

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  18. Oh how lovely! What a nice treat to stumble on today, I just love a wedding post :) Gorgeous ceremony, the light and love are just beautiful!

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  19. looks like a beautiful ceremony! and you look gorgeous!

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  20. hi! beautiful pictures -- I was wondering how you managed the logistics -- did you transition from standing to sitting? I'm also doing a half persian ceremony but my fiance is jewish. They do the chuppah, standing under a canopy like the one you have there, but we also want to do the sugar ritual which requires sitting... any advice?

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    1. Thank you Monica! We had a speaker do a reading after the sugar bell ceremony (when we were seated). After her reading the bridal party stood up and the best man and another groomsmen moved the chairs. :) hope that helps! xo

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