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Renee and Hector: Native American traditions at Augustina Lutheran Church

Renee and Hector were married at the Augustina Lutheran Church in Portland, OR.  In honor of her mother’s heritage, the bride chose to incorporate some Native American Wedding traditions: sage smudging and the blanket ceremony.

Sage Smudging
Native American Sage Smudging
Sage smudge wands were walked throughout the church.  The purpose of the burning sage was to cleanse the church as well as everyone present.  As the smoke rose, it took with it any negative energies.
Native American Sage Smudging

Organ player

You know I love organs!

Bride and Father walking down aisle

Bride and Father walking down aisle

Gift giving
Renee and Hector presented their parents with a gift of a vase and a blanket.

Parents wedding gift

Parents wedding gift
Wedding Blanket Ceremony

The bride and groom were wrapped together under one beautiful blanket to symbolize their union.

Native American Wedding Blanket Ceremony

Native American Wedding Blanket Ceremony

Native American Wedding Blanket Ceremony
Native American Wedding Blanket Ceremony

It was actually pretty hot inside the church, so to stand tight together wrapped in a think blanket was warming things up even more.  They had a good laugh about it 🙂

Wedding Ceremony Wedding Ceremony
In addition to the Native American ceremony, they recited vows and exchanged rings.

First Kiss

Bride and Groom Walking down Aisle

Now, I know this post was about their ceremony, but I have to add two more of my favorites 🙂
Mariachi Band
After the wedding, they headed to McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for their reception, which included a Mariachi Band!
Bridal Portrait
Lastly, a portrait of the beautiful bride!

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