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I liked the challenge…..
From the beginning my thoughts were to decorate candles for weddings and baptisms in different designs and materials from those presently used in the U.S. and Europe. You may ask why? The European designs seemed over the top with all the trinkets and yards of tulle hanging down off the candles. The U.S. designs seemed to either be imported from Europe or be accented with a bow in various colors and sizes.
Could I do this? Would Argie agree?
Having three of my children baptized in Greece, I was exposed to all the different styles of candles and materials used to decorate them. One large “lambada” (word for a single large candle) is usually used for the baptism that is decorated with lots of tulle, fabric, ribbons, a decorative gift item for the baby like a stuffed animal, toy or silk, dry or fresh flowers. More recently, a decorated floor candle stand with a pillar candle is another option. Three smaller candles decorated with colored ribbons are placed in the holders on the baptismal font or carried by younger children during the appropriate time in the service.
Wedding lambathes are tall candles covered and connected with tulle, fabric and flowers that stood in front of the bride and groom. Later changed to decorated floor lamps or candle stands using a small pillar candle during the wedding. These lamps and candle stands would be used in the couple's home. No matter how crazy this may seem to someone that has not experienced it, the lambades are a big part of these sacraments. And because they are gifts for the couple or baby from their sponsor, every sponsor would have them decorated extravagantly. The beauty of this is that they are constantly trying to make the lambathes grandiose, using new materials and trinkets. Due to this, the styles used to decorate the candles have been constantly changing.
Having experienced the Greek culture of lambada decorating, it made me realize that the decorating of lambades in the US has remained stagnant in designs over the years. Was this happening in all of USA or just the midwest? Is there more to lambathes than an umbrella of tulle and a big bow? My first and biggest goal was to create fresh, modern designs for the candles using unique, unusual, and even untried materials. The challenge has begun…...
Did Argie have the same visions about design?
Greek word of the day...
Lambatha (also spelled Lambada) singular
Lambathes (also spelled lambades) plural - refers to large candles used for different occasions in the Orthodox Church including the sacraments of Holy Matrimony and Baptisms.