The inside of the church where my SIL chose to be married was absolutely stunning. Beautiful artwork everywhere, lovely light. I consider the picture I started this post with to be one of my best, ever.
One interesting thing about this wedding (I’m not sure if it’s the case with all Catholic weddings, but I think so) was that the bride and groom sat up front with their Maid of Honor and Best Man,but all of the guests sat toward the back of the church.
Also in this picture on the top left side of the frame you can see a black screen where they displayed the words to the songs or other things that guests were meant to participate in. I’ve never seen anything like this at any of the stateside Catholic weddings I’ve attended. Is it done in the US?
Z and K stayed up front, sitting in or standing in front of those chairs, for the entire time. Those guests who were interested came forward to partake of communion at the appropriate time.
What I didn’t know, is that the “big moment” at this wedding was the exchange of rings. Though it’s certainly important in the US, I think most couples consider the first kiss as husband and wife to be the climax of the wedding ceremony. I was waiting for it… waiting for it… and it never came! They exchanged vows and rings and some more things were said in Polish and then all of the sudden they were walking out and everyone was headed outside to greet them!
We all stepped out into the bright sunlight to hug and congratulate the bride and groom. This is TH’s cousin Kuba.
While we waited to move to the reception hall I crept back inside to take a few more pictures of the beautiful interior of the church.
They were turning off the lights as I came in and I’m not sure which picture I like better! I love that the light in this one helps you focus on the chairs for the bride and groom.
Off to the reception! Believe it or not, the next post in this series is entirely made up of pictures of food. 25 pictures of different dishes!