Several months ago I posted an article on wooden crowns I had carved for a young couple. Well, I was overjoyed when this newly married couple, Peter & Chelsea Simko sent me pictures of the ceremony using the crowns. I thought I would share them with all of you. May Christ crown them with glory!
These are beautiful! Thank you for passing these on to the readers of Orthodox Arts Journal.
Wow, those are beautiful crowns! Thank you for sharing the photos.
I saw these in person at the wedding, they are exquisite.
what A blessing this is beautiful
I wore one of these in person at the wedding! They’re awesome, Jonathan. Thank you again for your hard work.
Thanks for the opportunity, Peter. And thanks for letting me share a bit of your life with OAJ.
Beautiful Crowns! I would have to say, however, that actually placing the crowns on the heads of the bride and groom is not as elegant and meaningful as holding them over their heads -even though it is tiresome for the bridal party. I am from Carpatho-Rysun background and Russians Ukrainians etc hold them over the head.
We actually considered having them held, but you know what they say: “If the crown fits…” Also, I wanted to go easy on my brother’s arms.
Interestingly, the only explanation I’ve ever heard for the held crowns is that women had hair styles that did not allow for a crown to be actually worn (perhaps reasonable), or that the Tsar at one point did not want others wearing crown’s beside himself and his family (doubtful). I’d be intrigued to know which meaning you are referring to, though.
Beautiful crowns. I really like the carving of Christ for the groom on his crown and the Theotokos on the bride’s crown. How ingenious!
I have seen Greek weddings where the crowns are placed on the head and a ribbon from each is held together in the hand of the best man as they walk round the table. Is there any custom llike this in slavic ceremonial?
Well, the right hands of the bridal pair are often bound in the Slavic tradition–the meaning is similar or the same to that of the ribbon holding the crowns together.
In most Greek weddings I have seen, the crowns are olive/orange leaves tie together. I was doing a wedding for a young Greek couple and had the florist make a leaf crown. The mother of the bride arrived and told me: “Father, you seem not to understand our Greek tradition -the crowns have to be plastic!”