Post wedding Hogroast

Posted by Steve on 5 June 2011 | 1| Write a comment

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for coming to celebrate with us at our post wedding Hogroast and BBQ. It was an absolutely amazing day – the sun was shining, the food and drink were flowing, but most importantly the company was fantastic. We have been overwhelmed at how generous everyone has been to us with cards, presents, flowers and donations towards our honeymoon. We are both extremely grateful. Both Alina and myself are blessed to have such great friends and family.

We’d also like to say a special thank you to my parents for hosting the party. They arranged the whole day themselves and were great hosts. My Mum must’ve have learnt all about Polish hospitality the week before as she was spent most of the day walking around dishing out the vodka shots!

Anyway, I better go and help Alina with the packing – this time tomorrow we’ll be flying off on our honeymoon! Once again a massive thank you to everyone for making the last two weekends so special for us and ones that we’ll never forget.

See you all in a few weeks!

Our flower decorations

Posted by Alina on 3 June 2011 | 0| Write a comment

Some of you have probably seen the photos of our flower decorations on Facebook and I might have mentioned what the idea was behind them. But for those who don’t know why we chose a dragonfly as a motif, tell me tell you the full story…

Our decorator was 1/2 of the company called Patykwia – a lovely young lady, who has a passion for flowers, decorations and photography. I knew we would hit it off straight away! When sending out my first email to her, I described the venue, what I wanted, what I liked and what I felt would be suitable. And we both agreed that we could relate to the location of the venue, the forest, the lake and the Hunting Lodge. She proposed a motif of a dragonfly, as you could notice them by the nearby lake. And I loved it! It just fitted perfectly with what I wanted – Polish spring flowers, various twigs, forest moss, fern, tulips, lily of the valley… And it fitted with my very laid-back dress and my idea of the day.

I absolutely loved the process of choosing flowers, deciding on the little details, thinking about how the whole decorations will look – there were never ending possibilities but I didn’t want to go too far.

And I will never forget this warm feeling inside when I saw my bouquet for the first time…. It was everything I wanted!

Oh, and with regards to the dragonfly – on Sunday, while taking a walk by the lake, me and my new husband (!) spotted a few dragonflies and guess what – they were the same colour as our chosen colour! That made me believe that the motif was a perfect fit with the location.


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We did it ! We’re married! I can’t believe we are now husband a wife! It still feels surreal, and I love the novelty of calling Steve ‘husband’ and ‘hubby’ 😉

I could talk and write about the past Saturday for hours, but I can say is WOW, WHAT AN AMAZING DAY IT WAS! And forget about the weather, even the rain didn’t ruin it for us (well, it ruined the possibility of having photos taken outside, but hey, we can live with(out) that). We had such a blast and enjoyed every minute of it.

People have been asking me if I remember everything or whether I was nervous on the day. I must say, I was a little bit nervous in the morning because of the preparations and everyone running around in the house. But then in the car, on our way to the church, I was super calm. Everything felt good, natural – I was about to get into that church and marry the guy I love like crazy, why would I be stressed? And then in the church I thought I would be very nervous when saying the vows, that I would start crying, but no – all felt good and right. And I made a deal with myself that I would try and remember as much as I could – and I did! The day didn’t feel like a blur, I remember all the details, all the wishes, all the conversations I had with our guests. It was perfect.

What I also love is the fact that when I look at people’s photos on Facebook, I am smiling in pretty much every photo. It is such great proof that I was the happiest girl in the world on that day. And I still am now!

But all this talking about how great that day was wouldn’t be complete without saying a big THANK YOU to all of our guests – friends and family. You made our day very special, very memorable and we were and still are enormously overwhelmed by the love and support you have been giving us. We are so happy to have you all in our lives, so thank you once again for being there with us and celebrating this special day.

Tomorrow we are hosting our post-wedding BBQ for those who couldn’t come to Poland (and those who came but just can’t resist a hogroast!), so I am looking forward to seeing you all there!

A few helpful phrases

Posted by Steve on 25 May 2011 | 1| Write a comment

Here are a few helpful Polish phrases for all the guests that are going to be coming out for the wedding this Saturday. We’re both really looking forward to the wedding and can’t wait to see you all very soon!

English Polish Phonetic Audio
Hi Cześć Che-sht Listen
Hello/good day Dzień dobry Jen dob-rey Listen
Congratulations Gratulacje Grat-ulat-sia Listen
Yes Tak Tack Listen
No Nie Nair Listen
Thanks Dzięki Jen-key Listen
Thanks very much Dzięki bardzo Jen-key bard-zo Listen
Please Proszę Prosh-air Listen
Excuse me/sorry Przepraszam P-sh-eprash-am Listen
Cheers! Na zdrowie Nas-dro-vea
Bitter (Kiss)* Gorzko Go-shco
A beer please Piwo proszę Pivo prosh-air Listen
A wine please Wino proszę Veeno prosh-air Listen
A vodka shot please Proszę shot wódki Prosh-air shot vod-key Listen
It’s not ginger, it’s strawberry blonde Nie, to nie jest rudy, to świński blond Nair, tsor nair yest roo-dee, tsor sven-ski blond
Do you come here often? Bywasz tu często? Bi-vash too cho-shto?

*This is a Polish tradition at weddings. All the guests chant “Gorzko” and although this means bitter, it is actually a demand for the bride and groom to kiss.

After the Hen Weekend…

Posted by Alina on 13 May 2011 | 2| Write a comment

We’re back! I can’t believe it’s all finished and it means that I actually get married in 2 weeks!! I had an amazing time but let’s start from the beginning… Read more

Hen Weekend!

Posted by Alina on 6 May 2011 | 2| Write a comment

Finally the Hen Weekend has come – I’m soooooooooo super excited!!! And as many of you may already know – it’s a total surprise, so I still have NO IDEA what I’m doing, where I’m going or who’s coming! And I’m so glad I know nothing!

But I know that whatever we’re doing it’s going to be a weekend to remember – I can’t wait for 6.30pm when it officially starts!


I shall report back on my return….!

Oops, I made a mistake with the postcode!

Posted by Steve on 12 April 2011 | 0| Write a comment

We sent out the invites for our Hogroast and BBQ this week and have realised (rather my Mum pointed out) that they have the wrong postcode on them. Stupidly I put my own postcode on there rather than my parents. Idiot! The correct address should be 258 Tomswood Hill, Ilford, Essex, IG6 2QS.

The Dress

Posted by Alina on 7 April 2011 | 2| Write a comment

Let me tell you a little bit about THE Dress…

It was actually one of the first things I ticked off my wedding ‘to-do’ list back in June 2010 – only by (happy) accident as I didn’t think I would get my dress so quickly! Knowing me and my endless unsuccessful shopping trips, I was convinced it would take me at least few months and visiting at least a few different shops.

Back then I was in Poland visiting my parents and I thought it would be fun going around wedding dresses boutiques just to see what was out there. I had a few pictures of the styles I liked on my phone – just in case. So I took my parents one Monday morning to one of the well-known shops and showed the assistant pictures of the dresses I liked. She brought them (or similar ones) to my changing room and the trying on session begun.

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To wear a wedding ring or not?

Posted by Alina on 1 April 2011 | 0| Write a comment

As you know, there is another good looking couple getting married very soon.

Yes, I mean Kate and Wills.

It doesn’t come as a surprise any more when I open a newspaper /web page and I read about the Royal Wedding, how are the preparations going, speculations on Kate’s dress, guest list etc. But today one article caught my eye by accident.

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2 months left (well, even less than that now!)!

Posted by Alina on 31 March 2011 | 0| Write a comment

2 months to go. Or even less now.

I do get slight panic attacks every now and then but so far I haven’t changed my mind about getting married, so it’s all good!

We’re half way through sorting out all the legalities – we still need to visit Polish Embassy before Easter and after that everything should be sorted and we just need to turn up at the church on the day!

Next on the agenda is choosing the menu and wines – luckily, I’ve got Steve on board on this one (what is that telling you??). We might even arrange a private wine tasting at home aka buying some wines and trying them, but without spitting out!

Apart from that it’s shopping time! I need to get A LOT of things for the day, but I’m also enjoying buying some nice stuff for the honeymoon. Ohhh I can’t wait for that!

A x

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