John-William & Maria, August 19, 2007

johnmariablog1002.jpgI have to say that there are a lot of churches that I’ve been in around the country, but St. Luke Orthodox Church in Garden Grove blew me away! With it’s gold accents, stained glass and medieval paintings of religious figures, I felt like I was in an old-world church in Europe.

Maria arrived with her entourage of ladies while John-William and his krew of attendants roamed through the back rooms of the church. When Maria walked down the aisle, she appeared to be floating on air while the choir was singing hymnals in an old Celtic tone.

Afterwards, we headed next door to the church’s fellowship hall to accompany the 200+ guests and family for the reception. Before everything kicked off, everyone enjoyed a light assortment of appetizers, fruit punch and company. But then the surprises began as John-William had an emotional toast he gave to Maria and Maria sang a heavenly ballad to John-William that had everyone in tears. She had the most beautiful voice!

What a fabulous way to wrap up a terrific weekend and here are a handful of some of my favourites from the day – cheers!

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