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I am starting off our 2012 blog posting with the amazing wedding we got to shoot in Krakow, Poland last year.  We had such a great time on our trip and we can’t thank Aga & Mati’s families and friends enough for their hospitality.

Having never shot a wedding in Eastern Europe before, we had a few things to learn but all it all, we think everything went pretty smoothly.  Some of the differences from American weddings are obvious such as couples usually see each other before the ceremony.  Other differences are not so obvious by the pictures – it is very typical for a wedding to go until 5AM.  Yes, you read that right – 5AM!  We didn’t quite make it to 5AM, but I thought we did pretty good by lasting until 2AM.

Our day started off at 9AM where I joined Aga at the hair salon, and Bill went with Mati to pick up the cupcakes and then to his parent’s place to get ready.  Mati’s parents live in an amazing apartment right in the Old Town, you can actually see the top of the Wawel Castle from their kitchen!  They live just a couple of blocks from the church, so the guys walked over when they were ready.  After Aga’s hair was done, we headed back to Aga’s place where her bridesmaids and makeup artist started to arrive, then off to Holy Trinity Church!  Aga and Mati met with the priest before the ceremony (along with their maid of honor and best man) to sign the marriage license, and they walked up the aisle together.

The ceremony was a full mass and was completely in Polish (obviously!).  We had photographed Thanh & Uyen’s Vietnamese wedding the previous weekend, so we found it a little ironic that we had two Catholic ceremonies in a row and neither were in English!  The Holy Trinity Church of Krakow is an absolutely stunning church and it was an amazing experience for us to shoot a wedding in such an old church.  The original part of the church was built in the 1200’s and was added on to several centuries later, but a fire in the 1800’s damaged the church and destroyed most of the interior furnishings.  Immediately after the ceremony, it is Polish tradition to have a receiving line where guests can congratulate the newlyweds and give them flowers, cards or presents.

As their guests made their way to the Hotel Poleski for the reception, we walked with Aga & Mati.  We went through the park that circles most of Krakow’s old town center, then past the Wawel castle and, finally, across the river to join everyone else.  This is when we discovered another Polish tradition.  Part of their introduction into the reception included a loaf of bread that was presented by the parents along with a champagne toast.  After that is was straight to dinner and a lot of time for guests to relax and visit and drink.  Have we mentioned yet how much vodka there was?  There was a lot.  Once dinner was finished, Aga & Mati had their first dance and the guests headed up to the rooftop of the hotel to visit and drink some more.

Once the reception got rolling, there was no stopping it.  The DJ got things started off with a traditional game of drinking a shot of vodka off of a sword – I have not idea what it is called, but it was sure fun to watch!

And of course, the traditional Bouquet Toss and Tie Toss (instead of a garter toss)

Dress:  custom-made
Jewerly & veil:  Pola Popielska
Hair:  Oskar Porysowany Bachoń
Makeup:  Magdalena Moniczewska
Ceremony:  Holy Trinity Church of Krakow (also known as the Dominican Church)
Reception:  Hotel Poleski
Cupcakes:  Cupcake Corner Bakery

As many of you newly engaged couples know, it is official Bridal Show season!  We are excited to be participating in 2 bridal shows in the next couple of weeks.  First, you can join us this Sunday, January 8, at the Irving Convention Center for the first ever Las Colinas Bridal Show.  We have discount coupons available so let us know if you would like to drop by and we’ll get that out to you.

The following Sunday (Jan 15) is the annual Star Telegram Bridal Show at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and as always, we have FREE passes to give out!  We are always thrilled to send these out so drop us a email if you would like your show pass.  Hope to see you all there!

Everything was perfect – from the weather to the flowers to her gorgeous dress, Ashley & Russell’s wedding day was the perfect combination of fun, love and beauty.  Ashley & Russell were married last weekend surrounded by their family and friends at the Atriums at Park West… and who would have thought that the atrium of an office complex could turn into such a beautiful perfect wedding venue on a Saturday night?  After their engagement session, we just knew that their wedding would be an event to remember – and judging by the photo booth photos, we were right :)!  Congratulations and thank you so much for making us part of such a special day in your lives.

We’ve had an incredibly busy week so this Sneak Peek is a little later that usual – but anything good is worth waiting for, right?  Our weekend started off with Tom & Erin’s wedding at St Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Worthington Hotel, and words can’t express how heart-warming it was to spend the day with such a close and loving group of family and friends.  Tom & Erin’s joy of just being together was obvious at every moment throughout the day, and it made us happy to see such a fun and loving couple start their life together surrounded with so much love and support.  On a side note, I absolutely LOVED Erin’s gorgeous Maggie Sottero dress with her bright blue Pumas :).  Thank you so much for making us part of such an important day in your lives!

Did I mention how much I loved Erin’s shoes?

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Gotta include that amazing blown glass chandelier at the Worthington when we can!

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Tom is from Chicago so it was only fitting for Tom & Erin to high five their way into the reception to the Chicago Bulls Theme Song.

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We wanted to thank everyone who stopped by to see us at yesterday’s Star Telegram Bridal Show at the Gaylord Texan.  We enjoyed meeting so many excited new brides (and a few grooms :)!  A big Thank-You goes out to one of our past brides, Kerry, who came by to help out during the show, and our friend John who helped us pack everything up when it was all over.  Finally, we would like to congratulate Miranda who is getting married in April 2012 in Fort Worth – she has won a FREE engagement session!

Star Telegram Bridal Show Booth at the Gaylord Texan for DFW Dallas Fort Worth Wedding Photographers Albertex Photography

We finished off our weekend with the very emotional and touching wedding of Kristen & Logan at the Piazza in the Village.  For a couple who met while shoveling manure for Habitat for Humanity, they sure clean up well :).  They first met as undergrad students at Baylor, so it is only fitting that they will start their married life back at Baylor to start the Master’s degrees.  We’d like to thank Kristen & Logans families for making us feel so welcome and for sharing such an important moment in their lives with us.  Also, a big thank you goes out to Laura and the crew out at Piazza in the Village, they were wonderful to work with (as always!), and to Rod at DFWParties.com for getting the party going!

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Ok, I know the wedding just ended a few hours ago, but we had so much fun at Chloe & Thomas’ wedding that I just couldn’t wait to get some pics on the blog.  I also was hoping they would get to see them before they board their flight to Costa Rica tomorrow morning.  We have had a wonderful time getting to know Chloe & Thomas and their families over the past year and it was absolutely delightful for us to see such much love and joy surrounding them on their wedding day.  Thank you for including us in such a special day in your lives, and thank you for having such an inspiring (and very photographically pleasing :)) glow around both of you all day.   Kudos go out to Julie Eastman with Extraordinary Events for the incredible planning and decor, and Random Axis for keeping the dance floor packed all night!

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One of the best first dances we have seen in a while (gotta love the look on Chloe’s grandfather’s face during the final dip!)  For those of you who are just “thinking” of having your first dance choreographed, I say Go For It!  Of course, that is only half of it – the other half is to have that undeniable glow of love that shines through all day long…

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Our blog post wouldn’t be complete without including some Photo Booth Fun!

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Congratulations and we hope you enjoy every moment of your honeymoon!

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