The majority of my bridal couples hold their weddings in Fox Valley but reside elsewhere; Magdalena and Derek are one of those couples and they came all the way from sunny California.
I love photographing first look -- bride and groom or bride and her bridesmaids. It's always a fun moment!
The ceremony took place at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Neenah. What a beautiful place for a wedding mass.
A sweet moment between newlyweds...
Friends and family :)
Magdalena and Derek took their out-of-state bridal party to Riverside Park in Neenah.
Magdalena, my second Polish bride to photograph (the first was my sister, also a Magdalena).
The ever so sunny Riverside Park in Neenah.
The reception took place at Bridgewood Hotel Resort in Neenah.
The sharing of the bread, salt and wine is an old Polish tradition. At the wedding reception, the parents of the bride and groom, greet the newly married couple with bread, which is lightly sprinkled with salt and a goblet of wine.
With the bread, the parents are hoping that their children will never hunger or be in need. With the salt, they are reminding the couple that their life may be difficult at times, and they must learn to cope with life's struggles. With the wine, they are hoping that the couple will never thirst and wish that they have a life of good health, and good cheer and share the company of many good friends.
The parents then kiss the newly married couple as a sign of welcome, unity and love.
Madzia and Derek's first dance before their delicious dinner.
Thank you, Magdalena and Derek, for making me a part of your beautiful wedding day. And, I have to say, it was fun talking to my bridal couple in Polish!