Natalie Lyszyk came to Headpiece.com to re-design her mother’s vintage veil into something current she could wear on her wedding day. Natalie shared the traditions of her Ukrainian culture but little did we know that in the end, she would become a fairytale bride.
Wedding Photography by Milton Gil
Natalie scheduled a consultation to see if her mother’s vintage wedding veil could be re-designed into a veil that would work with her fashion forward style, which included a gorgeous cape found at Kleinfeld in NYC.
Tradition is significant to Natalie, and she wanted to incorporate a part of her mother’s wedding day into her own. Re-designing her mom’s veil into a piece that she can pass down to future generations was her wish.
Ukrainian wedding traditions begin at home and include blessings from the parents and grandparents. Natalie’s grandmother blesses her with Barvinok dipped in Holy Water. Barvinok is a sort of periwinkle that is very common in Ukraine, and it is a symbol of love and purity.
In the Ukrainian tradition, the father of the bride does not “give away” the bride. The ceremony begins at the rear of the church once the bride and groom enter arm-in-arm willingly and as equal partners. The priest meets them with a blessing of the rings. Natalie and Kile exchange rings, and the priest leads them to the altar, symbolizing that God is leading them into matrimony.
Natalie and Kile’s hands are joined together in a sign of unity. The priest then leads the bound couple around the altar three times in a circle, which symbolizes that marriage is never-ending. These are the first steps the couple takes as husband and wife.
The purpose of crowns is to signify that the bride and groom have just become the King and Queen of their newly created family, ruling side by side. Long ago, the bride and groom wore their crowns for an entire week. They would return to church on the seventh day to have the crown removing ceremony—another reason to celebrate!
The Brama (or gates in English) stops the bride and groom from entrance until a bribe is paid. Natalie and Kile were stopped at the doors of their wedding reception. They paid the bribe in the form of vodka!
The wedding reception begins with a ceremony of welcoming. The parents meet the newlyweds at the door with a tray of symbolic gifts of bread, salt, honey, and wine. The newly formed families unite in a toast. Only then does the master of ceremonies announce the bride and groom. Wedding bread is presented to the married couple to welcome them.
At the end of the night, Natalie’s mom removed her veil and replaced it with a shawl once worn by her great-grandmother, signifying leaving her single status and becoming a married woman. Folk songs are sung while the bride calls on each unmarried bridesmaid for a brief dance. Natalie places her veil upon her bridesmaids as a wish that they will find their life partner.
Photography by Amy Rose
Shortly after their wedding Natalie came up with the idea of taking a trip to England.
Three months after their nuptials Natalie and Kile packed a suitcase and threw in their wedding attire heading for Birmingham, England.
Natalie shared so many beautiful traditions at the beginning of this blog. Her spontaneous idea of a photoshoot in England is one of the coolest ideas in my history of bridal design. She lived a fairytale. For those brides who wish it isn’t over…pack your gown in a plastic bag, suck out the air, grab your hubby’s hand, and board a plane to your fairyland!
Next month on the Fourteenth:
A Wheel Bride in the Wheel World