Waiting for the start of the ceremony
Altar inside the Russian Orthodox Church
Jean Willis smiling pretty
Here comes the priest!
The priest and wedding party
It's a little hot in here!
The crowns of marriage?
Everything was in Bulgarian, so I have no idea what the priest said. Something about getting married.... ;)
"I now crown you King and Queen for the day..."
King Vasko & Queen Veronica
They now make their procession around the altar three times.
Vasko can hardly contain himself (from laughing)...
You got three times around the altar, you are now de-crowned.
Just regular people now.
The marriage blessings
They are now officially married in the church.
The inner sanctium of the church
Sean & Trinh itching to try on the crowns...
The altar with the inner sanctium shut, and crowns put away.
The embassy's DAO office and their families
The DAO group again
The Naval Attache and his wife (Mark & Carolyn)
The Army Attache & his wife (Sean aka "Coolio" & Trinh)
The Russian Orthodox Church
The DZI Bank across the street
Sean refused to pose with this statue.
After the official marriage ceremony at the municipal court.
Heading to the church together.
Momma waiting for the bride & groom at the reception. This was the head table.
The bride & groom's table
Here comes the newlyweds!
The bride's mother serving them their first bread (dipped in honey) as man & wife .
Look at that kiss - even Vasko was taken by surprise!
Here they come, after knocking over the tin can of wine on the ground.
Another kiss! This time, Vasko saw it coming.
The joyous couple
First dance (to an American 80's love song)
More kissing (there were LOTS of kissing at this wedding)
These boys were in the wedding party, but they were not ringbearers (since no rings were exchanged during the ceremony).
The distinguished DJ
Our waiter in traditional costume
Traditional dancing (see the video)
The photographer on a smoking/web-surfing break...
Dancing in the courtyard
The Smoking Wall
Rado and his daughter
Smoking break #1: Rado with David
Smoking break #2: Rado with Mary & John Cain
Not a smoking break, but a technology break.
This is Sean drinking.
This is Sean disliking cameras.
This is Sean eating.
Mother's traditional dancing?
The semi-newlyweds in a tender moment.
David being pinned.
Still life of Rakia #63
They look so content together.
The breaking bread tradition
Whoever has the bigger piece will be the one that rules the marriage. They look about equal, but I think Veronica's a little bigger. ;)
Traditional Bulgarian outfits on the restaurant's wall
This picture and the next were taken from the restroom ;D
Another room of the restaurant
David Hamlet & girlfriend Jeni
Spin the wheel, Sean!
The restaurant is located at a the trail head for Mt. Vitosha. Hikers past the restaurant on their hike, or stop by for a break.
The front of the restaurant
Entrance to the patio
Sean toasting the bride
Oh no, the downpour starts!
Dean trapped by the storm.
Carolyn offering her congratulations to Veronica.
It's been a looooong day....
Oh no, I'm awake!
See... just give me some rakia!
Oh yeah, the rain ain't gonna stop us.
The dancing starts up again.
Bridal bouquet toss
Nicole Nelsen caught the bouquet!
The retrieval of the bride's garter belt...
Go on now, Vasko.
He's in there!
Boy, that garter is hard to find....
The lucky winner is David Hamlet.
Oh yea, what're you gonna do with that, David??
The "wedding cake"
Starts out so innocently....
Until she grabs a chunk of cake with her bare hands....
Guess what she's gonna do with that cake....?
Vasko got fed with cake a little *violently*....
Now it's Vasko's turn....
Despite the violent cake feeding, there's still love in the air.
Apparently, guests take turns feeding cake to each other (with their hands)... and not so nicely either.
But of course, they always make up with a smooch.
Now it's Momma's turn... but at least she's using a knife and plate.
Sean & I were a little hesitant eating the wedding cake after so many hands have been through it....
Here's Sean & Trinh
A little gossiping going on, as Dean pose for yet another photo.
The Americans' table
COL Nelsen has a few congratulatory words for the couple, with Rado translating.
The Nelsens giving congratulatory hugs.
The Nelsens and Cains are leading this dance.
COL Nelsen really getting into it... and Vasko's along for the ride.
Can you say "YMCA"?
Still dancing... rain and wet grounds will not stop 'em!
Wheel of Fortune!
What a debonair dude! He is so HOT.
A little altar area inside the entrance to the restaurant.
Back of the restaurant.