Tamy & Norm’s Multicultural Charleston Wedding
Date: October 31, 2015
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Ceremony: Hampton Park
Reception: Gage Hall
Catering & Bar: Lowcountry Eats
Baker: Cakes by Kasarda
DJ: Bunn DJ Company
Rentals: Event Haus Rentals
Lighting: Charleston Uplighting
Photographer: Roger Kirby
Multicultural Charleston Wedding planner – Tanis J Events, LLC
Tamy and Norm enter their Multicultural Charleston wedding in Hampton Park
Mazel Tov! Tamy and Norm incorporate Jewish elements into their Charleston Multicultural Wedding
Charleston Multicultural wedding – Some very unusual wedding guests
Panoramic View of Tamy & Norm’s Multicultural Charleston Wedding
Every guest dressed up for this Multicultural Charleston Wedding!
Charleston Multicultural wedding decorations and favors
Multicultural Charleston wedding reception at Gage Hall
Charleston Multicultural wedding rentals by Event Haus
Cake cutting! Witches hat cake provided by Cakes by Kasarda
What a way to end this Charleston Multicultural Wedding!
Multicultural Charleston wedding – Russian Wedding Tradition
“Tamy’s mother was Russian and raised her daughter with the knowledge, culture and respect of the Russian Orthodox traditions. The couple would like to honor and remember her mother at today’s ceremony with some of those traditions.
In a Russian wedding ceremony, the couple joins their hands together as a symbol of offering each another their devotion and friendship. The couples’ hands are then bound together by a rope or scarf, symbolizing their commitment to share the journey of life side by side, always supporting and encouraging one another. A Russian Orthodox priest traditionally performs the binding of hands. However, Tamy and Norm would like to invite Julie to come forward and bind their hands in wedlock.
“After the couple’s hands are bound, the bride’s mother would traditionally walk with the couple around the church three times. This procession symbolizes the pilgrimage of the couple’s new life together, while allowing the bride to remember her own family and traditions. Norm and Tamy have chosen to marry in the church of Mother Nature and will walk around this beautiful oak tree three times. As Tamy’s mother has passed on, she would like to invite Amy and Tina to serve as her family and join the couple during their first journey together.
“A well known Russian tradition is the yelling of “Gor’ko” to the bride and groom. “Gor’ko” translates to “Bitter.” When life is bitter, sometimes the only thing that can make it sweet again is a kiss. Please join me in yelling “Gor’ko” 3 times, waiting for a kiss after each, so that the bride and groom can ensure a sweet life together.
“Gor ko” (we kiss), “Gor ko”, (we kiss)……three times
Multicultural Charleston Wedding – Tradition of the Scottish Wedding Cup
Can you guess who of the couple is the Scottish one? Norm and Tamy would like to honor Norm’s Scottish heritage and his family by participating in the tradition of the Scottish Wedding cup.
“The “Wedding or Loving Cup” is an ancient and cherished Scottish tradition that originated in the Highlands, where it’s been used for centuries. This particular cup was brought over from Scotland as a gift for Norm and Tamy’s wedding. The two handles make the cup ideal for sharing, and incorporates trust between the giver and the receiver. In past centuries, it was sometimes necessary that the cup be presented so that the receiver needed to use both hands to hold it, thus making it impossible for the person drinking to use any weapons! In modern centuries, the cup ensures happiness and good fortune to all who drink from it. This is a special moment for the couple to toast their love, devotion, and friendship.”
“This cup is symbolic of the cup of life. It contains whiskey, which has properties that are sweet and symbolic of happiness, excitement, delight and love. This same whiskey also holds bitter properties that are symbolic of despair, sorrow, grief, and life’s hardships. All the sweetness life’s cup may hold for each of you will be all the sweeter because you experience it together. Whatever drops of bitterness it may contain will be less bitter because you share them.
As you drink, so may you invite into your beings all the challenges and experiences of your marriage, and share all things with love and compassion from this moment on. It represents the blessings given and passed on to each friend and family member at this ceremony. This Loving Cup is symbolic of the pledges you will make to one another to live the fullness and beauty of life together. As you drink from this cup, you acknowledge to one another that your lives, separate until this moment, have now become one.
Drink to the love you’ve shared together in the past.
Tamy and Norm drink
Drink to your love in the present, on this, your wedding day.
Tamy and Norm drink
And drink to your love in the future and forever more!
Tamy and Norm drink
“As you have shared the whiskey from this Loving Cup, so may you share your lives. May you explore the mysteries of each other and rejoice in the reflection of your best self in one another’s eyes. From love all things proceed and unto love they must return. May you find life’s joys heightened, it’s bitterness tempered, and forever enriched by family, friends and God’s blessings upon you.
Shelly asks everyone to exclaim loudly, after him, a Scottish expression of joy:
Yaldi Baw Deep !!!
Multicultural Charleston Wedding – Jewish Wedding Tradition
In addition to being a religion, Judaism is a foundation upon which strong family, cultural and ethical traditions exist. The couple would like to honor Tamy’s relatives, especially remembering her father on this day, with the Jewish wedding tradition of the 7 circular blessings:
Shelly will explain the tradition of the 7 circular blessings in his own words.
Tamy circles Norm 3 Times
- May you be generous and giving with each other.
- May your sense of humor and playful spirit always continue to enliven your relationship.
- May you always respect the diversity of humankind.
Norm circles Tamy 3 times
- May you act with compassion to those less fortunate and maintain responsibility to the communities of which you are a part.
- May you appreciate and complement each other’s differences.
- May you always share yourselves openly with your friends and family.
We circle together once
- May your home be a haven of blessing and peace.
Introduces Sheryl, invites her to deliver the glasses to us. Sheryl or Shelly places them on the ground.
When Shelly cues us to step on the glasses, everyone yells “Mazel-Tov!”
pronounces us “Partners for Life as Husband and Wife!”
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