Have you ever been to a Norwegian wedding?
They have this wonderful tradition of daring the newlyweds parents to kiss (whilst standing on chairs!) by loudly stomping their feet. Or when the groom leaves the room, all the men rush to the bride to steal a kiss.
Witnessing it first time you kind of wonder what is going on? All that kicking and noise, swiftly followed by elegantly dressed people standing up on their chairs and kissing or handsome men rushing across the hall to get the bride. And it goes on and on for the whole evening.
That’s why I love international weddings. Every one of them is a different challenge, a valuable lesson, an amazing experience.
Just like our latest project of Monjas and Oivinds wedding that took place in Hotel SPA Wieniawa near Gdansk. A Norwegian couple that was an absolute pleasure to work with- organized, ambitious, with a clear vision and very high expectations. None of them had any family or ancestors in Poland, which is usually the main deciding factor when choosing Poland as your wedding destination. You might wonder how did they come up with Gdansk then? Nothing simpler: they looked at the map, checked flights from Monjas and Oivinds hometowns and there it was- Gdansk- connecting all the dots!
You might say that they turned Polish wedding traditions upside down with their plans. They set the bar really high by ordering a 5 course wedding meal that was served to the tables. Each dish accompanied by a specially selected wine often requiring a change of wine glasses between courses. Hotel Wieniawa took the task with a positive attitude and they delivered it to perfection.
Monja had a clear vision of the decorations- candles, candles and more candles. Candles on the tables, candles on the poseur tables, candles in the church, candles on the staircase leading to the wedding marquee, candles in the garden. The end result was even better then expected- the venue glowing with candle light and a very happy bride.
The couple’s ambition was clearly demonstrated during the first dance which was choreographed to the theme from Game of Thrones. With a live violin played to perfection by Marta from Matt Remay Group, it was a beautiful dance and possibly the highlight of the night for me.
This project was a challenge. We love challenges. More please!
All pictures thanks to curtesy of the brilliant Foto Ars