First he had to pass a "physical" at the end of the driveway given by these two "nurses" before he could get to the door to "buy his bride". He had his temperature taken, and so forth.
|Max's family at the gate with him, his brother Andrey in the dark suit|
This time he had to get past her mother, but eventually he appeared with his bride in her wedding dress.
|Maxim and Yulia|
Most brides in Ukraine rent their dress, but Yulia ended up buying one for about the same amount of money, she plans to sell it to here sister's friend, who is getting married next year. The grooms buy their suit, so it is the opposite of North American weddings where the guys rent tuxes and the bride buys her dress!
Garry said Yulia's mother threw chocolates and coins after them which people picked up for luck.
After photos they went to the restaurant in Zaporosia for the ceremony and banquet.
Garry says there was a nice area set up outside the restaurant for the ceremony, which had many parts which were like a wedding in North America and then the big meal was served inside.
Max had relatives come for the wedding from Moldova, where many of his parents family still live, his parents were in Ukraine when the Soviet Union broke up and became citizens here. His uncle came from Moscow too. An aunt and uncle stayed at our house, Garry said.
|the guys in front waiting for the bride|
|Andrey was the best man for his brother|
|Flower girl throwing petals in front of the bride and her father|
|With his mother and brothers|
His brother that lives in Kiev was unable to come, he lost his job this spring when he was sick for two weeks and had just started a new job and could not get time off to come for the wedding.
|Maxim's family that came for the wedding|
Now for the food and fun at the banquet!
|Meat and potatoes course|
|Yulia is captured by pirates|
|What will Maxim have to do the get her back?|
|He and Andrey have to dress like girls and dance|
|candle lighting too. Yulia has a scarf on now, like a traditional married lady|