The Calling of Every Human Being is the Sacrament of Marriage

MotherofGodSouthfield[1]Congratulations to John and Irene on their wedding at Mother of God Chaldean Church in Southfield. It was a beautiful ceremony efficiently coordinated by Dalia Atisha.  According to the church website, marriage is the natural calling of every human being, the sacrament of marriage, which occurs between two baptized people, offers particulars graces for the couple and their children to help them become sanctified and to reach heaven.  The ceremony began with the playing “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, for the processional of the mothers, family, bridal party and adorable ring bearer and flower girl. The bridal party were elegantly dressed with rich fur stoles over their gowns.  Irene processed to Pachelbel’s Canon in D in a spectacular ball-like wedding gown.  After the final blessing, we played “10,000 Reasons” and “On Eagle’s Wings” while the license was signed, the unity candle lit, and photographs were taken.  The joy and happiness on the part of the guests was palpable throughout the ceremony.  We are certain that the high spirits and celebration continued throughout the reception as well. Best wishes to John and Irene!

Mother of God Chaldean Church

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Atrium Provides Outdoor Wedding Feeling Without the Temperament of Weather

20151030_170744What a delightful surprise!  The Southfield Westin is home to the beautiful Town Center Garden Atrium.  With 25′ Olive trees, tropical plants and a water fountain, it’s like walking into the Mediterranean.  Kylie and Nick were married in this retreat by Father Paul Chateau.  The bridal party wore navy dresses and carried cheerful bouquets of sunflowers!  We don’t see that type of flower often and yet they make a great statement and are so fitting at this time of year.  Kylie’s bouquet was a mix of white roses and sunflowers.  Well done, Gerald’s Florist.  Not to be outdone, Nick wore a burnt russet/burgundy color suit while his groomsmen wore a traditional gray.  We applaud Nick for the courage to be unique!  The color scheme looked fantastic.

The couple chose great songs for the ceremony showcasing a mix of Postal Service, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift.  Photographer Karlie Fahlman and Westin Coordinator Michelle Ray assisted us with cues.  We were happy to see DJ Dave from our friends at Mike Staff Productions on hand for the reception.  The Westin catered the event and as the pictures show, the table decorations were gorgeous.  We loved the pumpkins! 20151030_170651

Southfield Westin

Karlie Fahlman

Gerald’s Florist

Mike Staff Productions

Father Paul Chateau



Chaldean Community Celebrates in Style

Congratulations to Lindsay and Sean who were married at the Mother of God Chaldean Church in Southfield.  The service was spoken in two languages which might have posed a challenge if not for Silvana Musa, the outstanding wedding coordinator.  We send her our heartfelt appreciation for her assistance with cues throughout the service.  Lindsay and Sean chose romantic music for the seating of their guests including The Way You Look Tonight, All I Ask of You, It Had to Be You and Bittersweet Symphony.  The ceremony however, was traditional with Pachelbel’s Canon, the Bridal Chorus, Ave Maria and the Wedding March.  The Chaldean women have an appreciation for gorgeous formal gowns and this event was no exception.  Each woman present wore a spectacular dress worthy of any bridal party.  It is always a pleasure to observe the Chaldean Community’s pride and celebration at weddings.  We wish Sean and Lindsay the very best as they begin married life. 

Mother of God Chaldean Church

An Experience of Worship: Wedding at Detroit Mar Thoma Church

Congratulations to Shibu and Kerry on their wedding yesterday at Detroit Mar Thoma Church in Southfield. The Order of Service of marriage, according to the Mar Thoma Syrian rite, is a blend of rich biblical traditions and teachings, practices of the early church in Palestine and Syria and the customs of South India. And indeed, the day was filled with the significance of family and tradition.
Shibu and Kerry chose a variety of hymns for their ceremony prelude. The bridal party, dressed in gorgeous green saris processed to Pachelbel’s Canon. Kerry, in a resplendent ivory sari entered to Mouret’s Rondeau.
The Order of the Service for Shibu and Kerry’s wedding consisted of two parts. The Engagement was the service of the betrothal which included the exchanging of rings. The Holy Matrimony was the “crowning ceremony” when the blessings of the Almighty were invoked on Shibu and Kerry . It symbolized the crown of righteousness upon the couple.
During the ceremony, friend Suzy, did a beautiful job leading the congregation in singing Amazing Grace. Following the blessing, Shibu’s cousin gave a meaningful message and Shibu’s nieces, Anna and Zara, played “Come, Now is the Time to Worship” on cello and piano.
The end of the service was led again by Suzy with a rendition of “I Surrender All” accompanied by our string quartet and was followed by the recessional, Ode to Joy by Beethoven.
The deep and abiding faith of this newly married couple was evident in the music they chose and the tradition of the ceremony. Their personal message stated their desire that Christ be the head of their home and the Lord of their life. We wish them the very best as they begin their married life together.

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