|| Love story of Elena and Peter…
|I remember the happiest day in my life… My wedding! It was Peter's idea to have our wedding in Ukraine. "You were born here and grew up. Here are your friends and relatives!" he told me, as he knew how important it was for me. Peter's parents came from California a few days before the ceremony. A day before it, Peter was christened in Christian temple. The most difficult in preparations was selection of the wedding dress. I insisted on buying it in the homeland. Wedding rings were bought here, in Ukraine, too. The groove was wearing full military dress for especially solemn cases (Peter is an army officer, captain). There were 20 people at the ceremony, only relatives and folks. We registered our marriage in the City department of registry office, and had a ceremony at St. Vladimir's cathedral in Chersoneses.
My parents were meeting us with round loaf, we were drinking champagne and broke goblets for our happiness - everything was in the best Ukrainian traditions. Other countries can't organize such grandiose feasts! Certainly, we astonished the foreigners very much!!! You see, furshet is a tradition abroad. And master of ceremonies is a Slavic custom.
We couldn't do without American traditions: the groove threw the bride's garter to bachelors, and the bride threw her bouquet to unmarried girls. Wedding arch for the newly-married couple, white pigeons - everything this came to us from abroad. Before our wedding I arranged hen night. All our guests at wedding drank Ukrainian vodka. Peter's parents were dancing rumba and learning how to dance Ukrainian dances. Our international wedding was so merry!!! Everybody was in delight, especially my husband's parents. "This is the best wedding we have ever seen in our lives!" they said.
Peter's grandmother presented me with pearly earrings - it's one more American tradition. His brother sent me a post card with beautiful congratulations. My husband presented me with a camera for underwater shooting and a wedding trip to Hawaii.
Do you think that it is a fairy tale? Yes, it is. But American grooves don't fall from the sky. I had to work for my dream for a while. I remember the first steps in our communication with Peter, and now I understand that if it was not the marriage agency, which helped me so much, I maybe would never find my love and happiness!!! The main rule is to believe in yourself and listen to your heart, and then your happiness will never slip away from you!