One of the most unique parts of my job is getting to experience others’ cultural celebrations. I recently had to privilege of attending my first Polish wedding and let me tell you, it was incredible. From the feast that we ate to the joyous dancing, this was one for the books. But let me tell you a little about Jakub and Emily first.
Jakub and Emily met in 2018 at a Theology on Tap night at a Catholic church in Cedar Rapids. The two quickly bonded over IPAs and long Sunday morning runs. As their relationship blossomed, they began to blend cultures. Jakob immigrated to the States in 2005, bringing with him the language, food, and Polish traditions. And without surprise, when these two got married, it was without a doubt going to be quite the Polish party.
The ceremony was layered in tradition. From the stunningly detailed Catholic church to the near weeping crowd that was in attendance, I was immediately transported to another world. The women of the groom’s family wore traditional attire peppered with color, pattern, and love. It adds such a spark to these images, that draws the viewer to just crave more.
The reception was where this party truly got started. I could write a short novel on the food spread at this wedding, but to spare you the gushing compliments, it was good! Platters upon platters of meats, cheeses, bread, and more spanned the table. But more importantly, what is a wedding without some good booze. Each table was adorned with homemade liquor, served in bottles with Jakub and Emily stickered on them. How adorable and delicious.
Congratulations Jakub and Emily! Thank you for letting me be part of your special day.
Ceremony // St. Albert the Great Catholic Church
Florals // Zofia Domalik
Venue // Paradise Banquets
Gown // Zazou’s Bridal Boutique & Tuxedos
Tux // JW Menswear & Tuxedo
Hair // Estetica Beauty Salon
Make-up // Eva Beauty Salon
Music // Kasia & Karolina Szczech
Band // Zespół Hazard