Darek and Karolina each come from small Polish towns located hours away from each other. Each having graduated from high school and eager to further pursue education and to develop further, they knew that it was time to move to the big city. Their ambitions and courage led them both to Warsaw where, after years of studying and working, their paths have finally crossed. Karolina was looking for a room for rent and came across Darek’s and his friends’ ad. Once they met, they knew that they would all be perfect roommates.
Their story continued intertwined with many cute moments which slowly but unrelentingly sculptured their feelings towards each other. It did not take long for Darek to express his feelings towards Karolina. He didn’t want to see yet another guy make his move for Karolina so he approached her himself.
Their special day happened in September 2014. They followed Polish traditions and had absolutely the most beautiful wedding day, filled with various guest ice breakers and other games, rich in food and moonshine. All of which was surrounded by the beauty of Polish villages.
Polish weddings are full of traditions. There is a band assisting the groom who arrives at the bride’s house in order to to “buy” the her from her father. Once his price is “accepted,” the parents of bride and groom proceed to offering their children a blessing for their new path. The blessing is followed by a traditional ceremony. However, it’s not unusual that bride and groom are stopped on their way to the ceremony by neighbors who set up blockades and won’t allow the wedding party to pass through until a satisfactory payment is made. A few bottles of vodka usually does the job.
Sekacz (on the left), a delicious cake from Darek’s hometown, Suwalki. It is baked by painting layers of dough onto a rotating spit over an open fire.
Darek and Karolina performed a stunning waltz for their first dance. They’d practiced for weeks prior to the wedding and it was worth it. It was an astonishing performance. Yet, it wasn’t the only surprise that they had for their guests. They had arranged fireworks performance just outside of the banquet hall which was also very spectacular.
One of the traditions in Polish weddings is having a photo session just for the groom and bride a few days after the wedding. Darek and Karolina wanted to have theirs done in Suwalki, Darek’s hometown. We visited local parks and older neighborhoods where nature and beautiful architecture made for beautiful images. It being a weekday, there were few people out on the streets so our bride and groom could focus on each other without any distractions.
Darek and Karolina, thank you so much for allowing us to photograph your wedding. You both looked incredible and organized an absolutely beautiful wedding. We wish you all the best on your new path together.
Taz + Kamil