A beautiful Golf resort in Metrowest Orlando area was the setting for the wedding of Diana and Andrew. They started their ceremony listening to the beautiful harp strings of Christine MacPhail with the warm October breezes carrying the sound to the nearby golfers curious to see. During the ceremony there was an Arras tradition. Arras come from a Middle Eastern tradition brought to Europe by the Moors. The tradition has been carried throughout the world, especially in places that were Spanish ruled. Nowadays it is customary in Latin America for the 13 gold coins to be exchanged between the bride and groom to symbolize the sharing of fortune and wealth.
Diana has had this in her family for many generations, so having it in her modern-day wedding was that extra special touch that she wanted to add to honor her parents and family.
The Arras are thirteen coins. The number 13 is said to represent Christ and the 12 apostles. The thirteen coins also stand for love, trust, committment, respect, joy, happiness, harmony, wisdom, wholeness, nurturing, caring, cooperation and peace traits that the couple would want their marriage to be filled with.
As part of the ritual the Officiant blesses the arras. The arras should symbolize their mutual fidelity and help. The Bible says that “wealth is the reward of humility and the fear of the Lord.” It is noted that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
The happy couple and their guests danced the night away to the rocking latin beats provide by Miami Pro Dj’s. Ending with the Time of their Lives…Congratulations to the Happy Couple.
Pictures courtesy of KBJ Photography www.kbjphotography.com
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