"Our wedding day was exciting! The weather turned out to be absolutely perfect. A lot of people mentioned to me that I seemed very calm that day, and I guess I was. I wasn't really stressed out about anything because all the planning was done and I was just excited to put my dress on, see my fiance in his dress uniform and finally be able to start our life together.
"Because our ceremony was in the evening, we ended up doing "first look" photos in the atrium garden of our hotel and at a nearby forest preserve. I remember smiling from ear to ear when I walked up to my husband. He turned around to face me and I noticed that he was tearing up! I think that is my favorite memory of the whole day, seeing the tears in his eyes because he was so excited to see me and hearing him say how beautiful I looked.
"The most unique aspect of our wedding was the blending of so many traditions in one day. In addition to the many military aspects, we also incorporated both Catholic Filipino and Russian Jewish traditions into the ceremony, such as a Rabbi to officiate, blessing of the wine, circling each other, the unity candle, breaking of the glass at the end and my dad reading a poem in Russian covered "my side" of the wedding traditions. Family members and close friends (sponsors) presenting us with a cord, coins, and veil were the Catholic Filipino traditions. We also signed a Ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) that bound us in marriage in the faith/religions sense in addition to our legal marriage certificate. Our witnesses, the Maid of Honor and Best Man, who signed the Ketubah with us were also, in a sense, non-traditional as one of them is Muslim and the other Catholic and they were signing a Jewish document." - Anna
Rabbi Barry Axler
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