Yulia & Francis
Ukrainian Cultural Center
Juliana Laury Photography | Chester County, Lehigh Valley, and Montgomery County Wedding Photographer
// and this is the most beautiful thing in the world / when two people become fluent in choosing one another //
We talk about the “wedding experience” as this thing, something which comes alive before our eyes. Parts are played amid beautiful scenes and characters have dynamic relationships with one another that unfold in the span of a single day. But some weddings are an experience that changes forever your perception of what a wedding could be, maybe used to be in a different time and in a different place. I had the incredible opportunity to photograph a traditional Ukrainian wedding for Yulia and Francis last month, and it was 13 hours of old world traditions in new world settings with friends and family who made the day feel like one big party from the moment we showed up, complete with a liquor store’s worth of vodka to see the bride/toast the bride/replace any other beverage with dinner, a secret portrait session at Bryn Athyn Cathedral for about 12 minutes before getting kicked out, and traditional Ukrainian dances that ended up with the bride and a couple dozen dancers flying through the air. Simply put, I’m considering rebranding as a Ukrainian wedding photographer now. Well, maybe not that far, but this wedding was one of my most memorable wedding experiences to date, and I sincerely hope it’s not the last.