St. Katherine’s Orthodox Wedding | Falls Church

WEDDING

Oana & Roman chose a simply elegant palette of green & white for their St. Katherine’s Orthodox wedding, which was followed by a wedding reception at Restaurant 2941 in Falls Church, VA.

Wedding Invitation for Wedding at St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA

Bride & Groom Getting Ready + Wedding Day Details

The wedding invitations from Minted featured lily of the valley, a favorite flower of Oana’s and delicate greenery.

Bridal Details for Orthodox Wedding at St. Katherine's
Bridal Details for Orthodox Wedding at St. Katherine's

Roman had an engagement ring specially designed for Oana.  The engagement ring features a diamond suspended between two sides of a coiled band full of channel set diamonds.

Bridal Details for Orthodox Wedding at St. Katherine's

Oana selected a couture Gemy Maalouf gown from Zoya’s Atelier, which she paired with a pair of white satin heels Sara Jessica Parker.

Wedding Dress for wedding at St. Katherines Greek Orthodox Church

In addition to Oana’s traditional white veil, she also had an embroidered Romanian veil, which will come up again at the reception.
Wedding Dress and embroidered Romanian Veil

Wedding Dress by Zoyas Atelier
Bridal Bouquet by Le Chateau de Crystale
Wedding Hair and Make-Up by Asal Studios
Bride Getting Ready in Bridal Suite, Falls Church, VA
Bride Getting Ready in Bridal Suite, Falls Church, VA
Bride Getting Ready in Bridal Suite, Falls Church, VA

The asymmetrical lace on this Gemy Maalouf dress made it feel so modern, yet kept the simple charm of a lace dress.

Bride Getting Ready in Bridal Suite, Falls Church, VA
Bride Getting Ready in Bridal Suite, Falls Church, VA
Bride Getting Ready in Bridal Suite, Falls Church, VA

Roman wore a custom Navy suit with a grey vest.

Groom Getting Ready for wedding at St. Katherine's Orthodox Church
Groom Getting Ready for wedding at St. Katherine's Orthodox Church
Groom Getting Ready for wedding at St. Katherine's Orthodox Church

The box Roman used to propose to Oana featured a hand-painted motif painted by Oana’s father.

Custom engagement ring in hand painted wooden ring box

Wedding Ceremony at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church

St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church features one of the most iconic interiors for any of the churches in northern Virginia.  The domed ceiling is covered in saints with gilded halos.

The ceiling of St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA

Orthodox wedding ceremonies are steeped in tradition and symbolism.

Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA

One of the traditional elements of an orthodox wedding is the crowning ceremony.  The crowns, which are often referred to as Stefana are designed to symbolize the honor and glory being bestowed upon the bride and groom.  For more information on the crowning ceremony, you can read about it HERE.

Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA
Wedding at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA

Wedding Reception at 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, VA

After the wedding ceremony at St. Katherine’s Orthodox Church, the couple and their guests headed over to Restaurant 2941 for portraits and the wedding reception.

Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography

While guests enjoyed cocktails on the patio, O & R joined me for portraits among the beautiful gardens at 2941 Restaurant.

Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography
Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography
Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography
Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography
Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography
Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography
Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography
Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography
Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography
Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography
Wedding Photos at Restaurant 2941 by Wedding Photographer, Erin Tetterton Photography

It was a beautiful September wedding day and cocktail hour was held on the patio at Restaurant 2941.

Cocktail Hour at Restuarant 2941 for Wedding Reception

The escort cards for the wedding reception featured the same lily of the valley motif as the invitations

Placecard Display in green and white at Restaurant 2941
Placecard Display in green and white at Restaurant 2941

For Oana & Roman, ensuring their guests enjoyed the food at their reception was a top priority, making Restaurant 2941 a top pick for their wedding reception.  The main dinning room was transformed into the perfect space for a wedding reception with centerpieces featuring white hydrangeas and greenery; gold chivari chairs; & white linens.

Wedding Reception Table Settings at Restaurant 2941
Wedding Reception Table Settings at Restaurant 2941
Wedding Reception Table Settings at Restaurant 2941
Wedding Reception Table Settings at Restaurant 2941

Restaurant 2941 has an in-house pastry chef and designed this classic all white wedding cake topped with flowers & greenery.

Wedding Cake at Restaurant 2941
First Dance at Restaurant 2941 with DJ Maxim

The Violinist and DJ Maxim worked together to create a beautiful ambiance.  Oana & Roman danced their first dance as the violinist roamed around the dance floor.

First Dance at Restaurant 2941 with DJ Maxim

2941 Restaurant made for the perfect backdrop for the first dance with a mixed style of classic and modern.

First Dance at Restaurant 2941 with DJ Maxim
First Dance at Restaurant 2941 with DJ Maxim

Oana was then joined by her father for a father/daughter first dance.  Their dance was full of emotional candid moments.

Father Daughter First Dance at Restaurant 2941 with DJ Maxim
Father Daughter First Dance at Restaurant 2941 with DJ Maxim
Father Daughter First Dance at Restaurant 2941 with DJ Maxim
Father Daughter First Dance at Restaurant 2941 with DJ Maxim
Family Dancing at Restuarnt 2941 Wedding Toasting at Restuarnt 2941 Wedding

Romanian Wedding Traditions

One of the Romanian traditions that Oana & Roman chose to do at their wedding was the show stealing.  Family members stole the bride’s shoe and then hid the bride away, asking a ransom for her return.  Since the groom had not brought a sufficient amount of cash to satisfy the pranksters, he was asked to dance for her instead.
Armenian Wedding Tradition, Shoe Stealing
Armenian Wedding Tradition, Shoe StealingThe bride was returned, as was her shoe.

Armenian Wedding Tradition, Shoe Stealing

A quick break from dancing to cut the cake.

Cake Cutting at Restaurant 2941

Another Romanian Wedding tradition, according to Romanian Insider, involves the god-mother removing the veil and instead tying a headscarf around the bride’s head symbolizing her transformation from a girl to a married woman.

Armenian Wedding Traditions
Armenian Wedding Traditions
Armenian Wedding Traditions
Armenian Wedding Traditions

Oana & Roman’s Northern Virginia Wedding Vendors:

Church: St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church

Wedding Reception Venue: 2941 Restuarant

Wedding Photographer: Erin Tetterton Photography

Flowers: Le Chateau de Crystale

Dress: Zoya’s Atelier

HMUA: Asal Studio

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