This morning, on El Morno, I wrote about odd places people were married without realizing, that later in the morning, I would be sitting on my front porch watching the start of my Chicago neighbor’s daughter’s Polish wedding (try saying that three times quick!). Chicago Neighborhoods offer porch side seating at some of the most festive occasions!
In Polish families, before the church ceremony, everyone gathers at the home of the bride to accompany the bridal couple to the church, and to witness the blessing and symbolic farewells of the bride with her parents, relatives, and friends. The atmosphere was informal and festive, and of course, the bride was beautiful.
It was a fun way to spend an hour on a Saturday morning. The bride and groom and their respective families waved and smiled at neighbors that had come out to watch, clearly welcoming and enjoying our participation. After the wedding party rode off in their limo from Ultimate Town Car, I popped a dozen cookies and a pretty wooden spoon into a gift bag and left it on their back porch. I used Google translator to write a note that said, “Życzymy szczęścia w dniu ślubu,” which means, “Wishing you happiness on your wedding day.”
At least that’s what I hope it means. . .
Naturally I have a few pictures to share.