As many of you know Thornton owner of the Platanos in Lourdas some information on a very special wedding day for his daughter

They united their lives with their wedding on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at I.N. of Evangelistria Lourdata

In a special event and at the same time modest ceremony, in the presence of friends and relatives, the beloved fellow villager and popular on the island and beyond, singer of the Greek and foreign pentagram and many other studies  Eleftheria Edwards united her life with Panagis Stamoulis.

The wedding procession started under the supervision of the old plane tree – where the house of Eleftheria is – in strings and instruments with the chanters performing traditional Kefalonian chants. The bride was handed over to the lucky groom Panagi Stamoulis with the … right, – since he had the left in a splint due to a recent injury -.

The continuation at the door of the church with Fr. Andreas Svoronos welcoming them and leading them inside the Church where the host pastor of Evangelistria Fr. Dimitris Rassias was waiting for them for the joint performance of the sacrament.

The two graceful groomsmen Adriana Kamilatou and Regina Kouloumpi , spiritual brothers, official witnesses and guarantors of the young couple, changed the wedding rings and crowns for the newlyweds.

The sacrament ended in the churchyard full of guests, with the traditional throwing of rice and souvenir photos with the parents of the bride couple, Thornton Edwards and Marianthi Sfaellou and the groom Theodoros and Maria Stamouli.

The reception at “Mythos”

The continuation of the event at the center “Mythos + catering” where we enjoyed (rather we enjoyed for the evening) the rich buffet with wine, drinks and good company, which the organizers of the event made sure to have.

Thornton’s speech, which referred to the daughter he loses, but also to the son he gets, caused a sensation and emotion. “.. .Eleftheria is a real Greek woman from her mother, but also a Welshwoman from me ” she said, emphasizing that the Welsh with the English is that the Greeks with the Turks … teaspoons that were on the tables along with the chocolates. The symbols on the spoons have specific meanings: a horseshoe for luck, a cross for faith, wedding bells, hearts for love and more. On the card where the wooden spoon was tied, there was a bar code that if you scanned it would take you to a song on youtube. Mine took me to the song of my friend and classmate Vassilis Papakonstantinou “I’m following you”.

This beautiful event ended with songs of the Greek and foreign repertoire by the bride accompanied by the professional orchestra that accompanied her. The music ended at 11.30 p.m. obeying the measures due to pandemic. 

We wish a life full of joy and song for Eleftheria Edwards and Panagi Stamoulis. To have a life-long marriagge.

 

And the most beautiful comment of England Anki Martens on Facebook, including the photo: “ What an experience to attend a Greek wedding. The church is full, people move and talk to each other and the priest keeps singing. ”

Greek Wedding: Marriage as a mystery and its symbolism

The Greek Orthodox wedding consists of two important parts: the engagement and the wedding ceremony.

The wedding ceremony begins with the engagement. The couple is waiting at the door of the church where the priest, according to what the religion dictates, will ask them if it is their wish to come to a communion wedding. The priest will bless the wedding rings and the best man will pass them to the right hand of the couple where he will change the wedding rings three times.
Then follows the wedding ceremony, which culminates with the coronation of the couple. Previously, the couple held two lighted candles during the ceremony but were later replaced by two candles, to the right and left of the sacrament table. The priest, holding the crowns, will form the point of the cross on the forehead of the groom and the bride before placing them on their heads. The couple kisses the crowns and the best man will change them three times. The groom and the bride will drink from the same glass of red wine and will share a spoonful of honey with walnuts. It is the turn of the Dance of Isaiah where the priest leads the couple around the sacrament table three times. While the couple is dancing Isaiah’s dance, their guests sprinkle them with rice and rose petals to “root” their wedding.

Customs and symbolism

The white wedding dress 

The white wedding dress was not the symbol of purity, but the symbol of wealth and vanity.
The custom of the white wedding dress is relatively recent. She gained popularity when Queen Victoria of England married Albert of Saxony in 1840 wearing a white wedding dress on which she had sewn handmade lace in her possession. At that time the white wedding dress was very rare. And in no way did it symbolize the purity of the bride.
The white wedding dress dominated weddings in the mid-20th century.
Before Victoria, brides wore all colors except black, which symbolized death and mourning, and red, which was associated with red lights, curtains, and prostitutes.
The brides who wanted to declare themselves pure and untouched then wore a light blue wedding dress.

The bridal bouquet

The bride’s bouquet has held a symbolic role since antiquity. As a “talisman” of the couple from evil spirits and superstitions. Brides used to hold a bunch of herbs in order to “chase away the evil eye”. These flowers are the youth and fertility of the couple, as the fruits come out of them. In ancient Rome, brides held bouquets that contained different herbs, each with a different symbolism. It symbolized, for example, purity, longevity, fertility, etc. In addition, the bouquet offered by the groom to the bride is his statement that he is the flower in his life and that he will give her a flower-sown life. Throwing the bridal bouquet at an unmarried friend is her wish that her unmarried friend is lucky.

Best men

The groomsmen (bridesmaids) are the official witnesses of the mystery and are the guarantors of the unity of the young couple before God. spiritual and secondary materials.

The Candles

The lit candles symbolize the light of Christ that the newlyweds receive from the Mystery, which will illuminate their path to their new life. According to another interpretation, lighted candles symbolize the five wise virgins of the well-known parable. In the past or even today sometimes, the priest gives the candles in the hands of the newlyweds during the sacrament, as if to say to them: Like the five virgins, so do you wait to meet Christ.

The wedding rings

The first to start wearing wedding rings were the ancient Egyptians, who began the tradition of the wedding ring. The wedding ring for them was a symbol of endless love, as the shape of the ring has no beginning or end, just like the love that must exist between the couple to decide to get married.
Along the way, the wedding ring began to be made of gold, Gold. As a material it is beautiful, indestructible and clean and unadulterated, it symbolizes the pure and endless beauty of the couple’s love. (In some cases the wedding rings were one of gold for the groom and the other of silver for the bride ίζοντας. Symbolizing the union of the sun with the moon)
During the Middle Ages in England, couples wore the wedding ring on the third finger of their left hand. So, wearing the ring on that finger, the couple joined their hearts into one. Nowadays the Orthodox wear the wedding ring in the middle of the right hand while the Catholics in the middle of the left hand.

The Wreaths

“Good crowns!” It is truly a moving moment, the culmination of the wedding ritual, the time of the coronation.
When the King-Sun joins the Queen Moon with invisible bonds.
Wreaths are royal symbols. With marriage a new kingdom is created. The house and family of the two newlyweds. The priest, after blessing the crowns on the gospel, makes the sign of the cross above their heads and invokes God himself, to crown them with glory and honor, in their new little kingdom, where they must rule with prudence, wisdom and justice. Wreaths are also symbols of victory.
Also, the bride and groom wore flower wreaths at the wedding ceremony and decorated the doors and windows of the house with them, thus expressing their joy! The lemon blossom symbolizes the purity of feelings. A white satin ribbon or a silk cord always joins the crowns. This symbolizes the unbreakable bond of marriage.

The glass of wine

From the same glass of life, the newlyweds drink, symbolically, for the first time as spouses as a promise that from that moment they will share everything in life, both joys and sorrows, and will lift each other’s burden. In some places it is customary for the best man to drink from the same glass, thus signifying his share in the joy of the newlyweds as a spiritual counselor and brother in Christ.

Isaiah’s dance

This is not a dance, but a triumphant rotation of the couple, as a sign of joy and glory.
This circular dance symbolizes the eternity of marriage.
Like the cycle, marriage has no beginning and no end.
At that moment, the guests throw rice and rose petals, as the custom dictates. They throw the rice to “take root” as we usually say, but in essence it symbolizes the abundance and the rose petals so that their life is “flowering”.

The Candies – Favors

The bon-bon, as the candies are called, gave their name to the gift of Louis, King of France who gave in return to his guests, a kind of gift made of crystals, which contained candies that he called bobonierre. The word bonbonniere means “a small box or container for candies”. The first chocolates were made of crystal, porcelain, gold and precious stones. It is therefore obvious that they were a very expensive gift for this and were considered a sign of great wealth.
The number of candies contained in the bonbonniere is traditionally single. The three sweets symbolize the groom, the bride and the child they are about to have.
The number 5, which is also the most common, symbolizes the health, longevity, joy, prosperity and fertility of the couple.
Their white color symbolizes the happy days of the couple.
The almond symbolizes the offspring of the couple, while the coating of sugar creates the final bittersweet taste of the candy, referring to the bitterness and joys of married life.

The Wedding Cake

Throughout the centuries the existence of the wedding cake makes its appearance in wedding ceremonies. It is often presented in various forms such as pies or bread.
There are many symbols associated with the wedding cake.
In Roman times barley bread was used as a wedding meal and the groom had to cut the bread in half over the bride’s head symbolizing the breaking of the bride’s virgin status and his dominance as a male. Base of tradition symbolically the cake has a white color symbolizing virginity and purity. For this reason it is also known as the bridal cake reflecting the Bride.
Cutting it and sharing the cake by the bride and eating it by the guests symbolized the couple’s fertility. As the number of guests increased and the cake grew, the participation of the groom was required for help. The first piece was shared by the newlyweds to symbolize their union and their promise to offer everything to each other.

Rice

Rice is associated with many wedding customs and what mainly symbolizes  the rhizome, ie the fastening of the wedding to a solid foundation.

Rice is thrown on the bridal bed after laying it, while in older times, the dowries were sprinkled with rice to be lucky.

The attendees sprinkle rice on the couple during Isaiah’s dance with the wish to take root, that is, to remain united and loved forever.

Rice also symbolizes the couple’s fertility.

In ancient Greece, newlyweds were watered with fillings consisting of barley and other fruits, but the symbolism was essentially the same: abundance and eugenics.

A similar old wedding custom has been recorded in some areas of Greece, where they threw in the niogambria offspring (grains).

Nowadays the custom is maintained with a small variation in the last year according to the tradition that is common in foreign countries.

So the guests now throw rice at the newlyweds  after they leave the church!

With information from the website card-postal.com

Source – lourdas.gr

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