Wedding venue: The Palace Hotel San Francisco, French Parlor
Coordinator: Samantha Woods
Makeup Artist: Giao Nguyen
Invitation Design: Phoebe Yang at the Plumbum Press
DJ: Eric Reynolds
Videography: Matthew Groza at De Novo Films
Performers: Bay Area Bulgarian Dance Group
Guitarist: Peter Vuksich
There was this flower from the East, a beautiful and radiant flower so lively and lovely. Oh, what a flower that exists in this land called love. How could it be that no other had found this rare beauty to treasure and bring her home? Then, along came this kind heart, a fountain of joy filled with a smile that one and all could enjoy. A gentle and happy knight to care and adore this enchanting flower, and make her his queen.
Jenny’s and Vladimir’s special day of celebration was steeped in tradition and culture. Both families embraced each other, exchanging symbolic gifts of marriage, blessing the couple with open arms, and giving them a grand send off into the world, a new and exciting world to make their own. Brought together magically by fate, a love so beautiful for all eyes to see, this marriage will shower new flowers and all life with color and affection so they may blossom and grace friends and family with their presence and beauty.
Though their love will be from a distance for a while, as he is off to studies in Chicago, their souls will never be afar, as their hearts will always remain together as one…for surely they feel each other breathing deep inside with a special twinkle in their eyes.
The singing and dancing are all according to Bulgarian traditions. The first two songs were about the groom anxiously waiting for his bride and the bride bidding farewell to her mother and entering the new family. Jenny offered her mother a Bulgarian embroidery with a deep bow and then offered her mother-in-law a silk scarf from China. The dance celebrated the union of the bride and the groom. The performers danced with a roasted chicken and baked Bulgarian bread. One tradition is for the bride and the groom to break the bread and whoever gets the bigger piece is believed to have more “say” in the new family. Then the dance opened to everyone holding hands and dancing in circles.
So much love, xoxo