Emma And George’s Elegant Fusion Wedding

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George and Emma

Our wedding a complete fusion of Catholic and Macedonian Orthodox traditions with personal hand made touches with a vintage feel.  I had originally envisaged a very different wedding day, one that was most likely to be a small intimate cocktail party by in my hometown of Lorne, Victoria.  The end result was a wedding in the city with 230 guests for a formal dinner with lots of Macedonian dancing alternating by rocking out with the Phil Ceberano band! Our engagement period was a relatively short 8 months and finding suppliers proved to be quite a challenge, particularly for our large number of guests however it all worked out perfectly. We really wanted the day to reflect our individual personalities, us as a couple and acknowledge our cultural backgrounds.

George started the day at his parents’ house where traditional dictated that the closest family and friends were invited for lunch (only about 50 of them!) and Macedonian traditions, while I got ready at our house with my bridal party and immediate family. My mum received a panicked call from George in the morning around 11:00am when he realised that he had forgotten his shirt! Luckily our super helpful C2Video offered to take it over to him. My dress was a made to measure by Gwendolynne who was beyond amazing throughout the whole process. She met with me at every single appointment and has an incredible eye for attention to detail and understood my vision perfectly. My headpiece was by Richard Nylon and my earrings from Stephanie Browne.

I had been feeling very relaxed all morning. Before I knew it, our car arrived and we set on our way to the church.  I then remembered that I had forgotten one important thing – to visit the loo! I didn’t get a chance until we arrived at the reception at 6:00pm! Opps!

Although George and I are not particularly religious, it was important for us that our service was held in a church so we could accommodate both traditions. The service was a highlight of the day held at one of the most beautiful churches in Melbourne, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middle Park. The church had personal meaning to me as I used to live a short stroll from the church and often went there for prayer and reflection.

We managed to combine our highly unusual full Catholic and Orthodox service into 45minutes with priests of both dominations working seamlessly together. It was important for us to have all of the immediate family involved, which included both sets of parents giving us away, 2 brothers and 2 brother in-laws undertaking readings, 2 of the grooms sisters crossing the church crowns over our heads, my sister as a bridesmaid and the groom’s 2 nieces as flowergirls. Our much beloved 3 year old pugalier Gracie could not participate, but she was an honouree “flower puppy”. She looked adorable in a floral print dress which I bought on impulse from a pharmacy in Hong Kong a month before the wedding. It’s fair to say that she was a major hit of the wedding!

After the church we made our way to the stunning St Kilda Botanical Gardens for photos. We loved the gardens as there were so many different compositions to take beautiful pictures. Even though the day was overcast and it was drizzling slightly, it didn’t affect the quality of the photos, in fact it enhanced them. Our photographer was Maree Demiris who is a cousin of George’s.  She was brilliant at bossing all of the family members around and getting everyone organised! She is a stay at home mum and only does photography for family and friends. This meant that we had access to every single image in high resolution, which was fabulous for compiling photo albums for family members.

George’s suit was from Soho Workshop and the groomsmen’s suits were from Opal Formal Wear. My beautiful bridesmaids wore dresses that were made by a family friend and shoes from Alan Pinkus. Our hair and makeup was done by Boutique Creative.

We held our reception at Brighton International Receptions where we started the evening off with a big bang by having individual music for our parents and bridal party entrance, such as “Daddy Cool” by Boney M for my in-laws and “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gee’s for my parents!

I remember I was so happy when we walked into the reception, I actually SKIPPED! To have so many people cheering and wishing us well was very moving. Following this we cut the cake and I surprised to see about 30 people on the dance floor taking our photo – talk about paparazzi!

 

Our bridal waltz was Fleetwood Mac’s “You Make Lovin’ Fun” which was sung by the Phil Ceberano band and incorporated our choreographed dance steps from our dance lessons! At the reception, the highlight was the speeches. George was initially a bit nervous about having 8 speakers, but the guests loved every speech as they were humorous and moving. My in-laws were surprised when I did a short speech in Macedonian, which I learnt a week before the wedding. Needless to say, my mother-in-law was in tears of joy! George’s speech was also a highlight, especially when he said “I often get asked by Emma ‘what do you love about me’ and my answer is usually ‘Get out of the way of the TV and leave me alone!’ But tonight I’ll give you that answer and if you want to hear it again, PLAY THE VIDEO!”

[vimeo width=”550″ height=”450″]http://www.vimeo.com/32189440[/vimeo]

 Film by C2Video

Photography by Maree Demiris

Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful wedding gown by Gwendolynne! Stunning! Thanks to Emma for sharing her story today!

Emma says: “I am a mid 30’s senior account manager for the world online leading trend forecaster, WGSN. I’ve never particually dreamt about a wedding, but since my wedding day, I have become wedding obsessed! I so enjoyed the creative side of my wedding and I now love looking at the care, creativeness and detail of other couples weddings and how they capture the couple spirit, personality and relationship.”

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  • Wedding Blog News | Polka Dot Bride says:
    September 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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  • Tracey says:
    October 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Emma and George, that was a beautiful wedding! One word… AMAZING! Is there anyway I can contact Emma directly as I am a Catholic and my fiance is a Macedonian Orthodox and we are finding it very difficult to find the priest etc I am also in Melbourne. If someone can please contact me on [email protected]

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  • Wedding Style 2012 | Polka Dot Bride says:
    January 2, 2013 at 10:01 am

    […] handmade wedding inspired us with the styling details. Photography by H.Dee Photography.11. Emma And George’s Elegant Fusion Wedding. Emma wrote about her Catholic/Macedonian wedding. She said: “I remember I was so happy when […]

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    • jess says:
      March 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Hi, Looks like a wonderful wedding, Like tracey I too am having trouble finding a priest. Can anyone help?!

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  • jess says:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Hi, Looks like a wonderful wedding, Like tracey I too am having trouble finding a priest. Can anyone help?!

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    • Patricia says:
      May 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Hi can anyone help me combine the two religions together?
      We were thinking catholic church with macedonian orthodox priest and a catholic blessing?
      Is this possible ?

      Or the other way around e.g. orthodox church, catholic priest, orthodox blessing?

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      • Emma says:
        May 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm

        Email me at [email protected] and i will give you the name of our Maceo Orthodox priest and Catholic priest. They were amazing, very accommodating.

        Sorry I didnt see your post earlier, the email address I had was my work one and someone just forwarded me your post now.

        Looking forward to hearing from you.

        Emma

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  • Jess says:
    March 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Hi, What a wonderful wedding. it is amazing,

    Please please help make my wedding amazing. i am in Melbourne and my priest is refusing to take part in my fiance’s church. I am Macedonian Orthodox and my fiance Catholic. His priest is more than welcoming of both religions however i need to find a Macedonian Orthodox priest that will take part! 🙁 This blog post gave me hope, is there any chance of getting the priest church/information??

    Thanks Jess

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    • emmawb says:
      May 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Hi Jess,

      Email me at [email protected] and i will give you the name of our Maceo Orthodox priest. He was amazing, very accommodating.

      Sorry I didnt see your post earlier, the email address I had was my work one and someone just forwarded me your post now.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

      Emma

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      • Trish says:
        May 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm

        Hi Emma,

        Thanks this would be sooo helpful!
        I hope you do not mind me emailing you. I am hoping that you could pass the name of your maceo priest on to me, as my partner and I are trying really hard to have some sort of Ctaholic and Maceo Orthodox blend in the ceremony. I have found the Catholic priests to be very accommodating, but I am having a language barrier with the Maceo priests. My private email is [email protected]

        It is all very confusing and stressful.

        Thanks in advance 🙂

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  • Adam says:
    May 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    hi All,
    Im a catchoic and my fiance is Greek Orthodox is someone able to recommend an Orthodox preist that would conduct a ceremony in a catholic church?

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    • Emma says:
      May 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Adam,

      Good luck with your search for a Greek Orthodox priest to conduct a ceremony in a Catholic church. I can’t recommend my priest as he is Macedonian Orthodox. The best thing I suggest you do is google Orthodox churches in Melbourne and call around one by one to see if someone is willing to do it. Of course I’d start first with your fiance’s family priest if you have not done so already. A word of advise – it would be better to get your fiance or a family member of your fiance’s (like mum or dad) who is Orthodox to get this organised, out of respect to the priest in question.

      Good luck!

      Emma

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    • Sally says:
      May 12, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Hi Adam,

      Did you have any luck finding a Greek Orthodox priest who was willing to participate in a catholic church wedding? I’m currently in the same situation trying to find someone.

      Thanks

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  • Trish says:
    May 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    How did you go with this Jess?
    My partner and I are also in melb and are having the same issues except I am catholic and he is Macedonian orthodox.
    Would love to hear from you

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    • Emma says:
      May 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Email me at [email protected] and i will give you the name of our Maceo Orthodox priest and Catholic preist. They were both amazing, very accommodating.

      Sorry I didnt see your post earlier, the email address I had was my work one and someone just forwarded me your post now.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

      Emma

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  • Rica says:
    June 11, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    First of all, I am really amazed on how beautifully you organised your wedding ceremony..(thats what i always wanted to do) Im from Adelaide and I’m a Roman Catholic and my boyfriend is Serbian Orthodox..We’ve been discussing about our future wedding but wont happen soon but I thought I should start researching now…Is there any possibility for those priest to come over in Adelaide? Were both happy to do a wedding ceremony on a Maceo Church.. Thank you in advance.

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    • Ms Herringbone says:
      July 15, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Hi Rica

      Hopefully Emma will be able to point in the right direction for asking whether the priest she used is available to travel.

      Her contact details are in the comments too!

      Best of Luck!

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  • Alexis says:
    March 20, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hi, I am impressed by the wedding organized and would love to do something similar for mine.

    My fiance and I are planning for our wedding in Spring next year (in Melbourne) but we are having difficulties in finding a strategic venue to suit our preference. We are looking for a Church wedding followed by lunch reception. This sounds simple but from the consultation we made to one of the churches in Melb, it does not seem to be the case. Reason being, my fiance is a Catholic whilst I am a Toaist. Would love to seek your advice on the best option possible.

    Thanks.

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  • Kat says:
    August 14, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Emma,

    I’m not sure if you even have access to this post, but I am currently planning a Roman Catholic ceremony with Ukrainian orthodox traditions (similar to yours except Ukrainian). I was wondering what was the order of your ceremony?

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    • Stephanie says:
      January 25, 2019 at 8:13 am

      Hi Kat, I was wondering if you had a response to this one? I am Greek Orthodox marrying a Roman Catholic and looking to combine the ceremonies too.
      Thanks for much for sharing, Emma, it looked like a beautiful wedding!

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      • Emma says:
        January 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm

        Hi Stephanie,

        I’ve just sent you an email with my wedding booklet (order of service).

        Congratulations and best of luck!

        Emma

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  • Maria says:
    February 11, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    I stumbled upon your page while planning my fusion engagement. I am Greek, and partner is Persian. Was really lovely to see how you combined both your traditions to honour both of your families and heritage. Planning the engagement was one thing, but trying to plan a fusion wedding… God help me when I get there 😀 You did a great job. Beautiful wedding! Also, stunning dress. Bravo sas 🙂 x

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