We made it to the point in my recaps where I get to talk about my SIL’s wedding day. I’m going to call her Z, and her husband K. Z and K were married in a town about 2 hours from the house where TH grew up, and we left T1 behind with a sitter for the weekend.
The two of them got ready (together!) in a room at the lodge where their reception was held. Z had a handful of friend buzzing around her doing her hair and makeup, and then all of the sudden it was just the two of them getting dressed (and me taking pictures of course). I told them that in America this almost never happens, and that the bride turns getting ready and the revelation of her wedding day beauty into a very big moment, but Z just laughed and said that wasn’t the way they do things.
Disclaimer: Sometimes I think things get lost in translation when I ask questions so take all of my interpretations of Polish traditions with a grain of salt!
I’ve never seen these before! This would make it a whole lot easier for the grooms at my weddings who are always asking me to figure out how to fold and stuff their pocket squares.
Z had her dress, sash, and jacket custom made for a few hundred dollars. She went online and found a dress she loved and had the seamstress make it from scratch for her. A similar purchase in America would cost 5X that much at least!
Although I love the drama of the American style wedding day first look, it was really sweet watching them help each other get dressed.
After they finished dressing we had a few minutes before it was time to go, so I asked her to let me take some portraits out on the deck.
A few minutes before we left for the church, both sets of parents came in and gave blessings to the soon-to-be-married couple. I wish I knew what they were saying, but it was very sincere and beautiful. I wish I had done something like that with my parents on my wedding day.
Off we went to a picturesque little Catholic chapel for the wedding!