Ukrainian Outfits at Our Wedding

Ukrainian Wedding Bride Groom Bridesmaid Groomsman

Bridesmaid Ira (Ternopil), bride Maria and groom Ron, groomsman Mykhajlo (Lviv)

Ukraine wedding

Mila Strotsen and Ron

Two happy couples met each other online

Olya Chorna and her fiance Jim with bride and groom

Ukrainian woman is wearing Borshchiv embroidery

Halya Vandzelayk

Ukrainian girl is going to the wedding

Olya Sagal

West Ukraine, Wedding

Hi there, I am Maria, I am happy to speak with you again. Today I would like to tell you about special wear on our wedding. I say “special” because modern Ukrainian wedding absolutely don’t look like ours. Usually on the modern Ukrainian wedding bride and groom are wearing the same like in all the world, it is white dress and bridal veil for bride and black costume with white shirt for groom. But Ronnie and I decided to have a wedding in Ukrainian folk style and to have a costumes like our parents and grandparents had. Also in our wedding invitations we noticed about desirable dress-code for all the guests, it was traditional Ukrainian wear or elements of such wear.
Well, well, well! If we knew what will happened next! And happened such thing that many our guests were dressed even more gorgeous than bride and groom! I even was kidding to the Ron, “Are you really sure who is your bride, looking at these beautiful woman and girls?”.
But speaking at all, it was VERY pleasant to us to see a bunch so nice and bright people on our wedding. And it was some magic code and good sign for us, that almost everybody on the our wedding was wearing in traditional Ukrainian clothes. Because embroidered Ukrainian shirt for Ukrainians it is more than wear. It is symbol of unity with all the nation, and symbol of Ukrainian soul, like Ukrainian language and Ukrainian song.
Oh, it was so excited to choice a wedding costumes for us! I was looking for the wear for Ronnie and for me on the all Ukrainian souvenir markets of Lviv and Ternopil, and finally I have found it! I bought almost all components for the our costumes on the Vernisazh Souvenir Market in Lviv. Especially I am proud of my embroidered long shirt. When my friend, ethnographer Mila Strotsen looked at this shirt, she said, it was made about 80 years ago. We discovered that shirt have no any machine stitch! All the manual work! The fabric for shirt is from flax, and embroidery threads are woolen. They didn’t loss a сolor even through 80 years!
Also I forgot to say that my shirt made in the Kitsman town (Bukovyna region). This region located on the south from Ternopil state. And I am especially proud that my wedding shirt was made in the Kitsman, on the motherland of very talented and famous Ukrainian composer Volodymyr Ivasyuk, the symbol of Ukrainian pop music culture.
Another important component of my wedding wear it was special woolen skirt of two parts, Ukrainian name Plakhta. My wedding bouquet was made with elements of tradition Ukrainian style too. It was very tender pink roses, another flowers and herbs inherent in Ukraine, and even apples. My bouquet and other wedding decorations (reception’s hall in the restaurant, wedding bus) was made by Khrystyna Korolyuk , very talented florist and designer from Ternopil. By the way, Khrystyna got married a week before the our wedding, and she had a wedding in Ukrainian style too.
OK, now about groom’s costumes. Ronnie’s wedding shirt I purchased on the Lviv’s Vernisazh Souvenir Market too. The shirt of my husband was embroidered in this year (not so “old” like mine), but it was made in the one style with my shirt. Ron’s Ukrainian shirt was made from the flax’s fabric too, and it embroidered by woolen threads. Also Ron had a trousers of sand color from the flax’s fabric and special Ukrainian woolen belt over the shirt.
Oh! I have to say about important Ukrainian tradition! In the old time every bride had to embroider a wedding shirts for herself and for her groom. Now rare girl to make it, almost all the brides prefer to buy a shirts to the grooms.
Actually, embroidered shirt is a main element of traditional Ukrainian clothes, it making a 90% of beauty of all the costume. Therefore Ronnie and I was keeping a big attention on the shirt in choice of our wedding wear. By the way, our guests too. For example, I was kidding that Strotsen family (Mila, her husband Bohdan and their children Maxim and Katya) bought up a half of Ternopil’s souvenir market. Yes, they are purchased their embroidered shirts and belts especially for our wedding.
And Vira Matkovska, very famous Ternopil’s collector of West Ukrainian embroidery, picked up a great embroidered shirts to three my friends, Olya Chorna, Halya Vandzelyak and Anna Nikolajchuk.
Especially I would like to say about Olya Chorna. She is my best friend already almost 20 years. And Ronnie and I were very happy to see on our wedding not just Olya, but also her fiance Jim from Iowa (USA). Olya and Jim will have a wedding in August, 2008 and their wed will be in Ukrainian style too! Jim said, that he already studies a marriage promise by Ukrainian (my Ronnie said his promise by English). So we were very happy that Jim had changed his plans and arrived to our wedding, because before the our invitation he had an intentions to visit Ukraine later, in September, 2007. But he changed his decision for the one night! During the night he booked a flight to Ukraine and hotel in Ternopil, and he answered, “Of course, I will come”. Thank you so much, Jim! Also Olya bought him a Ukrainian shirt for the our wedding too. Now they are thinking about choice of their wedding costumes. (Still I forgot to say a one important thing. Our friends Olya and Jim met through Elenas Models (like Ron and I did), and I am very happy I helped to Olya and Jim to find each other).
My bridesmaid Ira from Ternopil (she is a daughter of Olya Chorna) purchased a Ukrainian shirt especially for our wedding, also she got a modern skirt in the one style with shirt. Ronnie’s groomsman Mykhajlo from Lviv (he is boyfriend of bridesmaid) had an embroidered shirt, and both of them, bridesmaid and best man, had a wonderful old Ukrainian belts, almost 100 years old!
All the our guests said, that it was SO GOOD idea to wear Ukrainian clothes, and these beautiful costumes was making a really GREAT atmosphere on the wedding!

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