Kamila and Marcin met in 2003 at a camp in Poland. Kamila was 14 and Marcin was 16 – they quickly became friends. They started dating in 2005 and moved to the UK in 2008 to take up studies. They got engaged in 2012 and decided to get married in Poland only 2 years after their engagement.
Why did you decide to get married in Poland?
We are both Polish and both of our families are in Poland, so it was an obvious choice for the sake of our and everyone else’s convenience. We are both catholic and in Polish tradition the actual wedding should take place in braid’s parish. We decided to uphold this tradition as Kamila past three generations got married in the same chapel.
What made you choose your wedding venue? Location? The interior? Anything else?
The choice for our reception venue wasn’t easy due to logistics – we are not in Poland that often. However, we reserved the venue well in advance (about 2 years) regardless. We wanted a place to be interesting and spacious. We definitely didn’t want the place to look (too) modern so we opted out for something that looked local. We picked a venue called “Przystań u Lipy” in Jordanów. The interior was big, so while the guests were sitting and having their meal, they also watched other guests dancing on the dance floor (the guests as well us the newlyweds). The place felt warm and welcoming.
What was your wedding’s colour theme?
Kamila likes blue, so there was little objection on this front. It matches her eyes 🙂
Are there any decorations you’ve prepared yourself?
The car and church decorations was provided by our local florist. Our family helped to decorate the venue. Kamila’s parents helped us create some, heart-like shaped decorations for the windows (they do decorations for Christmas so they knew from what vendors we could get necessary materials). Those few days before the wedding were magical! Being able to spend the time with the family and prepare everything for our day was very special! We had a lot of fun!
Who were your vendors?
Music was provided by a highlanders’ band “Baciarka” (Kapela Góralska Baciarka). They also organised entertainment during reception. The musicians were amazing! Violin and cello made the songs sound dynamic and folk. Our photographer was Tomasz Kisała – a very reliable and cheerful person. At the wedding he managed to do a great job! Our photo shoot was on two separate days. One in Krakow (to capture Marcin’s hometown and the streets that were dear to us) and the other one in Zakopane (to express our love to the Polish mountains where — still as teenagers — we went for our first holiday together). The person responsible for Kamila’s make-up was Marcin’s sister-in- law, Anna.
Where did you buy your wedding dress / suit?
The wedding dress was crafted to measure and it made in Kraków. The suit was bought in one of the shopping centres in Kraków, after many visits to most of the shops in the city. We bought it from Próchnik.
Where did you go for your honeymoon and why?
We had an overdue honeymoon. We didn’t go until 1.5 year later. We went to Corfu. Due to our busy work schedule, the best time for us to go was end of September. We had a nice and hot weather and no crowds. We chose it because we’d never been to Corfu before – and we like visiting new places.
Is there anything you wish you knew before you got married?
Marcin: I wish I knew how to dance well before the wedding.
Kamila: I wish I could dance more with my new husband rather than with all the uncles 🙂
What is your biggest regret you didn’t / did do at your wedding?
It’s customary to bid each guest goodbye and give them a farewell gift when they leave for home. I wish we organised it differently and made it more time efficient, so we could dance together more.
Is there any advice you’d like to give for the future brides?
Learn how to dance.