Dad married Deana on November 9, 2007.    Deana's sister is Natasha.

Natasha's Wedding to Sergay

July 11, 2009 with a 2-Day Celebration (Prazdnick)
Mogilyov, Belarus

Though "family", this is a good EXAMPLE of a
Traditional Belarusian First Marriage
,
and is presented here for its cultural and historic value to all,
as well as showing pictures of Dad and his Belarusian Family


(Put cursor on pictures to see captions!)


Deana, Robert, and Dad arrived early at the Palace of Marriage, ZAGS
(on Sovietskaya Ploshyet (Soviet Square), Mogilyov, Belarus)

09  7 11  Deana in beautiful blue wedding dress on Sovietskay lawn w SS 1094x820  P7110162

09  7 11  Dad holding Robert on Sovietskay Sq, Mogilyov 1094x820  P7100153

09  7 11  Dad w Robert, Sovietskaya Square at ZAGS before Natashas's wedding Sat AM 1094x820  P7110160

09  7 11  Deana crouched & Robert sitting on grass, Sovietskay Sq 820x1094  P7100157

09  7 11  Deana holding R, Sovietskaya Sq, with our Ryeohn across Dneiper behind 1094x820  P7100151

09  7 11  Deana holding Robert at ZAGS 820x1094  P7100140

09  7 11  Deana holding Robert before SS column, Sovietskaya Sq, Mogilyov 820x1094  P7100149

09  7 11  Marriage cars before ZAGS, Our party's line of cars is at curb, Sovietskay Ploshyet, Mogielyov 1094x820  P7110189

09  7 11  Line of cars for our party, License plate reads in Russ, 'BRIDEGROOM' 820x1094  P7110219

09  7 11  Our 3rd car's license plate reads, in Russian, 'MAFIA BRIDE' 820x1094  P7110220



Marriage of Sergay and Natasha in ZAGS' "Palace of Marriage"

ZAGS, eponym in Russian for, ЗАГС, standing for "Запись Актов Гражданского Состояния"
meaning "Repository of the Documents of the Civilian's Condition"

09  7 11  Deana on stairs of ZAGS 820x1094  P7110188

09  7 11  Robert, Deana, Lena, in ZAGS, awaiting start of Natasha's wedding 1094x820  P7110167

09  7 11  Lena w Artyom (Deana's other children) and Robert, ZAGS 820x1094  P7110166

09  7 11  Marina, Sasha, Valentina, Deana, Lena, Artyom, Nikita, Robert 1094x820  P7110169

09  7 11  Ludmilla, Sergay's mother Tamara, Peter's friend Irina, ZAGS hall 1094x820  P7110171

09  7 11  Natasha & Sergay at bottom of stairs, ZAGS 1094x820  P7110174

09  7 11  Natasha & Sergay begin ascent in ZAGS 1094x820  P7110172

09  7 11  Natasha & Sergay mounting stairs followed by Best Man & Bridesmaid, Ludmilla  1094x820  P7110176

09  7 11  Natasha, Sergay, mothers Valentina & Tamara, foot of stairs, ZAGS 1094x820  P7110175

09  7 11  Valenitna, Deana's & Natasha's mother in ZAGS 820x1094  P7110170

09  7 11  ZAGS, Red Salon, matt upon which couple & 2 witnesses stand, 'Love & Happiness' 1094x820  P7110183


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CLICK for video of final offical act and clapping...and Robert's voice too! :)
Note: to open video you may have to click continue 2 to 4 times to actually open your video player.

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09  7 11  ZAGS, Red Salon, couple dance after ceremony, officiatress in background, ZAGS  1094x820  P7110186.JPG


Exit from ZAGS' Front Door onto Sovietskaya Square for Photographing


09  7 11  Valentina waiting for wedding coujple to emerge fr 'Palace of Marriage' 1094x820  P7110191

09  7 11  S&N, emerged onto Sovietskay Square 1094x820  P7110196

09  7 11  On Sovietskay Sq 1094x820 P7110197.JPG

09  7 11  Sergay & Natasha posing on Sovietskaya Sq w family members 1094x820  P7110198

09  7 11  Sovietskay  1  1094x820  P7110199

09  7 11  Sovietskay  2 1094x820  P7110201

09  7 11  Sovietskay  3 1094x820  P7110202

09  7 11  Sovietskay  4 820x1094  P7110203

09  7 11  Sovietskay  5 820x1094  P7110206

09  7 11  Sovietskay  7 820x1094  P7110208

09  7 11  Sovietskay  8 1094x820  P7110214

09  7 11  Sovietskay  9, Sasha, Deana's and Natasha's brother 820x1094  P7110217


Photographs at St. Nicholas Cathedral

(where Deana & I have often gone on Sundays as this is of Deana's faith)

09  7 11  At St Nicholai's  1 1094x820  P7110221 09  7 11  At St Nicholai's  2 1094x820  P7110222

09  7 11  At St Nicholai's  3 1094x820  P7110223

09  7 11  At St Nicholai's  4 1094x820  P7110224


Next Stop on the Photo-taking Tour Was at a
"Holy Fountain" Whose Waters Have Some Special Powers

Sergay threw some drops from the fountain itself on Dad!

09  7 11  At holy fountain  1 1094x820  P7110227 09  7 11  At holy fountain  2 820x1094  P7110231

09  7 11  At holy fountain  3 1094x820  P7110232

009  7 11  At holy fountain  4 1094x820  P7110233

09  7 11  At holy fountain  5 820x1094  P7110234

09  7 11  At holy fountain  6 1094x820  P7110235.JPG

09  7 11  At holy fountain  7 1094  P7110236.JPG

09  7 11  At holy fountain  8 1094x820  P7110237.JPG


09  7 11  At holy fountain  9 1094x820  P7110238


The Third Stop of Touring for Photographs:
Bui'nichi Memorial Park and the Mogilyov Zoo

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo  2 1094x820  P7110243.JPG

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo  3 1094x820  P7110247

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo  4 1094x820  P7110248

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo  5 820x1094  P7110249

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo  6 820x1094  P7110250

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo  7 1094x820  P7110251

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo  9 1094x820  P7110252

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo 10 1094  P7110253

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo 12 1094x820  P7110254

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo 13 820x1094  P7110255

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo 14 820x1094  P7110256

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo 15 1094x820  P7110257.JPG

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo 16 820x1094  P7110258

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo 17 820x1094  P7110259

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo 18 820x1094  P7110262

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo 19 820x1094 820x1094  P7110263

09  7 11  Bui'nichi Memorial Park & Zoo 20 820x1094  P7110265


Prazdnick!

Праздновоние или Праздник (Words mean "Celebration or Festival")

After the Wedding itself, to which famiy and closer friends are invited, including the tour in cars provided by the couple, comes the dinner, entertainment, dancing, and many, many toasts....starting with family. Dad, being a brother-in-law, gave a toast (with a soft-drink in his glass) in a few simple words po-ryssky. You will see that there is more food than can be eaten...and more is brought regularly! This goes on for 6 to 7 hours!

The next day for family and close friends there is more food and celebration. Whereas the wedding-day celebration is in a large hall and for many, this was outdoors near a lake in a park carved out of the woods, under a shelter, with a tower-shaped indoors barbeque. This too lasted for many hours. A rainstorm came and went.

Alexander, an uncle of Sergay, provided live music by playing and at times singing (and sometimes others would join in) his accordian. During the dancing on the first day, we had disco music (very loud!)

CLICK HERE for short video of Alexander playing during photography on Sovietskaya Ploshyet!


*** The First Day of Prazdnick ***


09  7 11  Prazdnick, Bride and Groom arrive 1094x820  P7110266

09  7 11  Prazdnick, Bride & Groom walking to entrance 820x1094  P7110268

09  7 11  Prazdnicik,  Bride & Groom at doorstep 1094x820  P7110269

09  7 11  Prazdnick,  Couple presented traditional sweet bread loaf 1094x820  P7110270

09  7 11  Couple prepare themselves to make traditional bite 1094x820  P7110271

09  7 11  Couple make the traditional bites 1094x820  P7110272

09  Prazdnick, Couple going in, Deana in background 1094x820  P7110275

09  Prazdnick, Deana waits to go in 820x1094 P7110278

09  Prazdnick, MONEY 1094x820  P7110280

09  Prazdnick, MONEY & Couple 820x1094  P7110281

09  Prazdnick, Best Friends 820x1094  P7110282

09  Prazdnick, Alexander, Sergay, Natasha, Peter 820x1094  P7110284

09  Prazdnick, Natasha at head table poses 820x1094  P7110285

09  7 11  Sitting down to eat at Natasha's wedding, Dad's table, Deana & Lena 820x1094  P7110286

09  Prazdnick, Banquet is spread, entertainment & eating for about 6 hours 1094x820  P7110287

09  Prazdnick, Bride & Groom at head table w Best Man & Bridesmaid 1094x820  P7110288

09  Prazdnick, 1 of many, many toasts 1094x82  P7110289

09  Prazdnick, After each toast, Couple kisses & candy is thrown by Best Man & Bridesmaid 1094x820  P7110290

09  Prazdnick, Valentina, Bride's mother toasts 1094x820  P7110291

09  Prazdnick, Vaentina turns to pose for Dad 1094x820  P7110292

09  Prazdnick, Dad poses while Deana photographs 1094x820  P7110293

09  Prazdnick, Dad profile w headtable behind 1094x820  P7110294

09  Prazdnick, Guests just keep eating, and new food comes regularly through the hours 1094x820  P7110295

09  Prazdnick, Ludimilla and couple who are S's mother's, Tamara's, friends 1094x820  P7110298

09  Prazdnick, Lena, Deana, Dad at table 1094x820  P7110299

09  Prazdnick, Deana, Dad, and Head Table 1094x820  P7110300

09  Prazdnick, Wedding Couple, casual shot 1094x820  P7110304

09  Prazdnick, EMCEE to the left, kept things very alive, & loud 1094x820  P7110305

09  Prazdnick, Break outside, Uncle Vladoy, ex-husband Peter w Marina, Dad 1094x820  P7110319

09  Prazdnick, Skit performed by 'volunteers' taken fr among the guests 1094x820 s P7110321

09  Prazdnick, Skit zoomed-in on 1094x820  P7110322

*** The Second Day of Prazdnick ***


09  Prazdnick, Day 2 in Park, Deana at our picnic shelter 1094x820  P7120355

09  Prazdnick, Day 2 in Park, Guests are family and closest friends, EAT, drink too 1094x820  P7120356

09  Prazdnick, Day 2 in Park, Sergay & Natasha 1094x820  P7120357

09  Prazdnick, Day 2 in Park, Natasha & Sergay w deep woods of the city behind 1094x820  P7120358

09  Prazdnick, Day 2 in Park, Well laden table, Lena at L-end 1094x820  P7120359

09  Prazdnick, Day 2 in Park, Deana's brother, Sasha, & ex-husb, Peter 820x1094  P7120360

09  Prazdnick, Day 2 in Park, Mama Valentina, Deana's mother 820x1094  P7120362

09  Prazdnick, Day 2 in Park, meat was roasted over this fire during the long dinner 820x1094  P7120363

09  Prazdnick, Day 2 in Park, Lena w 11-month old brother, Robert 820x1094  P7120369


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CLICK for video of all singing and eating at the table. Sergay and Natasha spontaneously put their rings together, and the table is scanned including Dad taking a some frames of himself.
Note: to open video you may have to click continue 2 to 4 times to actually open your video player.

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