What a treat to end the year with this extraordinary wedding! Alex and Leslie were married in the same magnificent cathedral where I was wed. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, the Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church in North America, performed the ceremony.
St. Vartan Cathedral is the first cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church to be constructed in North America. Its architectural plan is patterned after the 4th-century church of St. Hripsime in Armenia, and includes two distinctive features of Armenian Church architecture. The first is the use of the double-intersecting arches to span the interior space, eliminating the need for columns. The second is its pyramidal dome, soaring 120 feet above street level and supported by the intersecting arches.
You may remember Leslie and Alex from their Central Park engagement session. Their wedding day was filled with dancing, beginning with the groom’s preparation for the ceremony. Guests from California, Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts and a dozen other states as well as Australia and Canada attended.
|Approximately 90 invited guests were Lafayette College alumni.|
Preparations: The Hudson Hotel
Ceremony: St Vartan Armenian Cathedral
Officiants: His Eminence Archibishop Khajag Barsamian assisted by
The Reverend Father Mardiros Chevian, Deacon Sebuh Oscherician
Reception: 583 Park Avenue
Event Planner: Jeffrey Calandra
Band: The Continentals Orchestra
Makeup: The Posh Bride
Dress: Pnina Tornai
Lighting: Frost Productions
Photographic Team: Armen Elliott, assisted by Ed Eckstein and Marco Calderon