Today’s wedding from Megan Beth Photography is completely stunning for about a dozen different reasons – from the Ethiopian cultural details in the ceremony, to the soft yellow and gray color palette, to the reception’s romantic theme.  The bride and groom – Elleni and Jason – met in high school but began dating a few years ago.  Jason is a soldier in the U.S Army; Elleni and Jason’s relationship has withstood both the test of time and the hardships of separation.  That Elleni and Jason knew they could get through anything as long as they were together made their wedding even more poignant and special.

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Aren’t Elleni and Jason such a beautiful couple??  The wedding began with a traditional Ethiopian orthodox wedding ceremony at The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by a reception (coming up a bit later today) at Glenview Mansion.

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From Elleni: Jason is in the U.S. Army and I work as a media consultant.  We became close friends during our high school years.  I thought of him as a great friend and funny guy who kept me interested in our AP Literature class.  Jason sat next to me in our 3rd period AP Environment class (and had a secret crush on me).  As we prepared to enter college, we both knew that we couldn’t live a day without each other.  In one word, our love would be described as resilient.  For the past 5 years, we’ve had plenty of long distance phone calls and have compiled numerous love letters.  On August 28, 2010 we joined as one in a traditional Ethiopian Orthodox Church ceremony.

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Elleni and Jason chose a soft yellow and gray color palette for their wedding.  Such a stylish bridal party!

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Before we get to the reception, Megan took some gorgeous portraits of Elleni and Jason.  We love Jason’s checkerboard Vans sneakers and all the romantic ruffles on Elleni’s Maggie Sottero wedding gown!

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We’ll be back a bit later for the gorgeous reception at Glenview Mansion!

In the meantime, if you’re looking for more wedding inspiration – check out our real weddings gallery!

Photo Credit: Megan Beth Photography

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