Ruta (aka Rita aka Ruth) Kidane Michael married Surfael Asres October 31, 2004. Surfael is a manager at the
It was the second marriage for both -- to each other. The two former high school sweethearts were first married in a civil
ceremony in Silver Springs in 1999.
This service was a formal ceremony in the traditional style of their homeland, Ethiopia.
The couple invited about 200 relatives and friends. In the extended family tradition of Ethiopia, 375 people showed up.
Ruta is wearing a tiara and (USA) traditional white bridal gown.
Ruta and Surfael were married at the Debre Hail Kedus Gabriel
Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Northeast Washington, DC.
Ruta Kidane Michael and her husband Surfael Asres with beaming Aba G/Mariam, the priest of the Debre
Hail Kedus Gabriel Ethiopian church.
Like other young couples whom Aba G/Mariam marries, Ruta and Surfael took four days of prenuptial classes.