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Winta & Wayne’s Greek Orthodox and Ethiopian Wedding

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I’ve known Winta since she and I were kids.  Although we didn’t know each other well due to our age difference, we attended the same elementary school, middle school and high school (if you can believe).  And I spent a lot of time in Winta’s childhood neighborhood (constantly staying over at a friend’s house) so I saw a lot of Winta and her older brother, Abel, who was in my grade.  Winta was always stunning even as a girl, but she has evolved in to a gorgeous woman with the kind of facial features that stop traffic.  You’ll see what I mean in a second.  :)  I met Wayne for the first time on his wedding day and he walked up the church steps to greet me with a huge, infectious smile on his face.  I liked him immediately.  He has the kind of easy-going, warm manner and sincere smile that clearly charm everyone around him.

Winta and Wayne were married in a Greek Orthodox ceremony in the morning at St. Katherine’s.  After an afternoon break and a few portraits of the couple at Stone House in Manassas, the celebration moved to Foxchase Manor.  The party began with an impressive, Ethiopian-style introduction of the couple that involved drums, swords, flowers and a procession of nearly 60 family members that surrounded the bride and groom as they all danced their way in to the ballroom.  The night continued in this style for hours with lots of music, drums, and masses of people congregating on the dance floor.  Artemas and I had a great time and we loved witnessing the joyful Ethiopian wedding customs for the first time.  Thank you for inviting us, Winta & Wayne, and congratulations!!

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Wonderful recessional shot by Artemas:
Wonderful recessional shot by Artemas:

Wonderful recessional shot by Artemas:

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Wayne's awesome smile:

Wayne's awesome smile:

And a mini ode to Winta's beauty:

And a mini ode to Winta's beauty:

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I could write about how cute these little guys were, but I think it's pretty clear:

I could write about how cute these little guys were, but I think it's pretty clear:

The fabulous introduction of the newleyweds:

The fabulous introduction of the newlyweds:

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Ceremony site:  St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church

Reception site:  Foxchase Manor

Second Shooter:  Artemas Mott

Please check out more images in the slide show below!

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