Ania and Stach did not want a formal day or a church ceremony, but they also didn’t want to do the registry office thing, “We thought it would strip the magic away” the bride said. So instead they decided to marry on the hill near the groom’s parent’s cottage. They had the reception in a barn on the same land.
“Stach’s parents have a summer house in Suwalszczyzna, which is a beautiful place in the northern Poland. This place is especially important to us and we spend there all the time we can. The house is in the middle of nowhere and the nature there is enchanting. We thought that having the wedding there would make it a great celebration. We also wanted to show other people the place that meant so much to us – and thought it would be a beautiful opportunity. We brought 300 people from all around the Poland (and beyond) to the place they would never visit otherwise!”
Ray and Paul had two wedding days. The first was an intimate ceremony in Poland, with just close family members on Valentine’s day. Then, a week later they had a crazy fun, fancy dress circus themed wedding at Circomedia in Bristol!
“The thread through everything was magpies – two for joy”, wrote the bride. “But how that worked in Poland and Bristol was, well, pretty diverse! Our Bristol party was approached from a magpie’s perspective. Pick everything you like best in the world, add shiny stuff, mix it all together, add more shiny stuff. And a tiger. And some games. And some more shiny stuff. And lots of French 75s. That was it, really!”
“We also wanted to avoid what we called ‘wedding tax’ and so chose our suppliers based on the fact that we wanted to support good people, not buy tonnes of wedding ‘stuff’ that would end up in a landfill. We tried to spend our money with small businesses and specialists where we could, and where we couldn’t, we involved people and companies that have always been good to us.”
“Our reception venue is an independent arts charity space”, she continued. “so we felt really good about supporting them. We also had lots of things that will be reused like plastic plates and fancy dress stuff. Even all the balloons went home with our guests. Paul will wear his suit and coat again and again, and I’ve already worn my red coat and shoes with my normal clothes!”
The massive variety of weddings that I get to feature is one of the best things about running this blog. I also love that nothing is off limits! A spaghetti themed wedding where the couple were married by a pirate in a courtyard in Poland? Oh go on then!
“My outfit was a too short white dress, and old leather belt which cost me 50 cents from a flea market in Morocco, stripy tights, cowboy shoes from Mexico and earrings and a necklace made from dried pasta and coloured with nail polish!”, began the Ola, the bride. “Aaron wore plaid pants, a ruffled tux shirt, a leather vest and a used car salesman jacket which all came from a thrift store. His belt was from Transylvania!”
“My bouquet was made from spaghetti and we didn’t serve cake – just giant pots of spaghetti which we made ourselves! In terms of entertainment we had a gypsy folk band, ping-pong, alcohol, a friend doing henna and a spaghetti fight!”
“The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been trying to get official status in Poland and we were the first wedding of its kind in Warsaw”, she explained. “We were married by a pirate, while dressed as pirates, and people threw spaghetti. Then we ate (different) spaghetti. Other than that, it was perfectly normal.”
There’s nothing quite like a beautiful retro wedding, and Marta and Bartosz’s big day, sent to me all the way from Poland, is one of the most gorgeous I’ve seen in ages! They were married in October.
“We wanted something different for our wedding”, wrote Marta. “A lot of couples these days (especially in Poland) seem to go for very typical weddings but we wanted something more. My dress was a subtle yellow colour and we got really creative with our portraits. The vintage American airstream stands in the middle of Częstochowa (our home town) and sells the best hamburgers in the city!”
Whitesmoke Studios in Poland are the photographers behind one of my all-time favourite weddings, so when they sent me another submission I was super excited to see what they had in store. Needless to say they didn’t disappoint. I love how pretty everything about this wedding is, but I also totally love their unique photographic spin on the day. So clever!
“We planned our wedding in just few months”, explained the bride. “We are wedding photographers, so we already knew what we wanted, and we were sure it would be an easy ride! In fact it was a really crazy time! In terms of décor we wanted a nod to our love of photography. We had specially place for smokers with photos of pre-war actors with cigarettes. Another part of decoration was an old cameras and guests had disposable cameras to show us how they see our wedding.”
If raucous party-hard weddings are your thing, then have I got one for you today! Ania & Andrzej were married on Kazimierz Dolny nad Wisłą, a cruise ship build in 1900, in Poland. “Our wedding theme was ‘Fitzcarraldo’ which was a film made in 1982 that we both love”, wrote the bride. “It portrays a would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald and an Irishman known as Fitzcarraldo in Peru, who has to pull a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory.”
The entire wedding really was one big party, and they didn’t hold back! Their friends and guests all took turns playing or DJing throughout the night. “My favourite part was the dancing with dozens of feather pillows that burst everywhere”, Ania concluded. “It was just an insanely massive party. We had a great time!”