Ukranian Wedding Bread Dance
As wedding photographers, we have the privilege of witnessing many wedding ceremonies and unique wedding traditions. Last Saturday we photographed Mindi and David’s wedding at the Stonebrook Manor in Thornton, Colorado. They had a morning ceremony and a brunch reception and also participated in a wedding bread dance. This is a Ukrainian tradition involving a korovai, a wedding bread symbolizing community. It is decorated with ornaments of baked dough. There are two birds which represent the couple and the other ornaments represent friends and family. In the middle of the korovai is a hiltse, a tree of life representing life and fertility.
Throughout the wedding reception, the traditional Ukrainian dance called the kolomeyka will take place as well as the singing of a song called Mnohaya Lita. It is a song of good wishes and means “many happy years”. As you can see in Mindi and David’s wedding photographs below, all of the men took turns dancing with the bread with increasing vigor until David brought down the house with his performance.
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