A Chicago Christian Assyrian Ceremony: Marcy + George: Chicago, Illinois

This ceremony was truly an incredible experience. Marcy and George contacted me just a few short weeks before this Friday ceremony. George let me know that it was a small intimate ceremony the day before their larger Chicago wedding. Once I arrived, is when the very fascinating cultural shock set in. I was immediately greeted with lots of cheek kissing. Then, came music and dancing on the street sidewalk with lots of colorful scarfs waving in the air. The ceremony was an intense but calming wave of emotion. I then made my way to a fabulously delicious Italian place in the heart of Chicago for the rehearsal dinner. The families were bursting at the seams with love, laughter, singing, hugging, dancing and tears of endearment and joy. I was genuinely amazed and in awe of the presence of both families coming together as one. It was an absolute pleasure to capture these moments for you Marcy and George. Thank You so much for having me.

When I asked George to briefly explain the ceremony to me, he responded with the following:

“This was a traditional Christian Assyrian wedding at Saint George Cathedral. Assyrians are the Christian minority from the Middle East. Culturals are very similar to Greeks. The flute and the drum are common ethnic music dating back thousands of years. The groom’s family will usually escort the bride with music and scarf dancing from her home all the way to church. The music outside the church is an indication to the groom waiting inside that the bride has arrived at church.”
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