Weronika & Andres

  • Photography by Zatrzymaj Czas

Andres and I met in Milan in 2010 while I was visiting my friends in Italy. We are both currenly living and working in Auckland, New Zealand and we married on 7th July 2018 in Poland. 

Weronika & Andres

Our ceremony took place in Franciscan Church in the city centre of my hometown, Poznan. The reception was held in a historic hotel called Hotel Bazar, which was only 300 meters from the church. 

Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres

We chose to have our wedding in summer because it’s the time of the year when the city has a great vibe – cafe's offer outdoor dining and more people are enjoying the heart of the city, the Square. Also, part of Andres’ family and friends were travelling from far away and we wanted them to experience the atmosphere as part of their overall trip.

Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres

We didn’t have a theme as such, but we wanted our wedding to have a feeling of relaxed elegance and to be intimate and timeless. We included a mix of modern, vintage, historical and personal elements. The ceremony was held in a 300-year-old baroque Franciscan church and the reception in a historic Hotel Bazar from the 1800’s. The location of both venues was just around the corner of the Old Market Square.

Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres

My bouquet was very natural; a selection of summer flowers in tones of white, light rose and beige, combined with a lot of greenery. As the church features a rich baroque décor, we chose simplistic green leaves for pew ends with a touch of white flowers. We followed the same rule for the reception venue.

Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres

We did not have bridesmaids and groomsmen, because in Poland this tradition is not very common. However, we did have two beloved witnesses – my brother Michal, who wore a navy suit from Lancerto, and Marisa, Andres’ sister, who wore an elegant red evening dress, purchased in Costa Rica.

Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres

I tried on many dresses, but I didn’t like the fit. I was looking for something elegant but simple with a touch of vintage style. I found the perfect dress in Anna Kara boutique, Warsaw. The dress was made from silk and it had beautiful lace back detialing. It was simple and delicate. I wore neutral, natural makeup and wavy hair. 

Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres

Andres’ attire was a classic formal black suit with a ivory bow tie that matched the style of the venues and was cohesive with my wedding dress. 

Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres

The music was a very important part of our wedding. For the ceremony we chose to have a choir that beautifully sang Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D, among others. Additionally, an organist played Shubert’s Ave Maria and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. For the reception, we decided to choose a DJ and an MC that could play the right type of music, as well as mix our personal music choices and our guests’ songs requests.

Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres

We incorporated personal touches to the wedding in every moment from the ceremony to the reception. The ceremony was held in our native languages, following traditions from both Costa Rican and Polish weddings. During the reception, we have also prepared a photo presentation including some of our memories with the guests.

Weronika & Andres

We had an elegant and simple predominantly-white three-tiered naked fruit cake. Becuase it was summer, we wanted to have a moderately sweet cake. It was delicious as it included seasonal fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and a crispy base. 

Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres

It was such a special day that it is difficult to recall the most memorable moment. One of the highlights was to look back at the church pews after the official first kiss as husband and wife, and seeing our beloved family and friends all reunited after coming from all over the world, sharing our love that moment.

Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres
Weronika & Andres

The most important advice I would give a bride to be would be to relax and enjoy the day. Don’t worry about how the timeline or setup is going. It was planned before and in the day just let it be and enjoy it. Also, try to involve all guests into the wedding, party and personalise the attention to all of them. To see them having fun gave us a lot of satisfaction. We believe it is very nice when the guests do not feel as only witnesses at the wedding, but as a part of the celebration.

THE DETAILS: Bride's gown ANNA KARA; Hair PIOTR SADOWSKI from ALCHEMIK HAIR SALON; Make up WIOLETTA RYBACZYK from BEAUTY SALON WIOLETTA; Bride’s shoes: TRENERY; Bride’s accessories SWAROVSKI; Groom's attire LANCERTO & FLORSHEIM; Flowers WESELE Z NATURA; Rings WERONIKA'S GRANDPARENTS RINGS; Cake KANDULSKI CONFECTIONERY; Venue FRANCISCAN CHURCH & HOTEL BAZAR; Music PIOTR MACIEJEWSKI; Photography and Videography ZATRZYMAJ CZAS


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