That this wedding was a blast! It was unlike any wedding we’ve done before- there were so many new traditions we got to experience! The reason for this is because Klaudia and Jeff’s wedding was multicultural- Klaudia is Polish, and Jeff is from Thailand. Love truly knows no bounds- this wedding was very evident of that!
The first glimpse we got of this love was at Klaudia and Jeff’s first glance; once the two saw each other, it was like they were in their own world. Klaudia’s joy made her even more radiant in her gorgeous, flower adorned wedding dress. In fact, we thought Klaudia’s gown perfectly fitted her and her personality; it even matched her engagement ring, which is an exact replica of Jeff’s great-grandmother’s wedding ring.
The wedding was filled with personal details and touches. For instance, Klaudia and her friends bought flowers from the Charleston Flower Market, and made all the bouquets and boutonnieres themselves. During the ceremony at Saint Benedict Catholic Church in Mount Pleasant, Klaudia and Jeff’s King Charles Spaniels (Sunny and Raven) were the ring bearers! As the couple knelt at the altar, you could hear the hauntingly beautiful strains of Ave Maria being sung by a male voice. Looking around, we discovered that it was Jeff, the groom, performing the song à cappella! We got goosebumps, and even teared up a little.
When they reached the reception at the Lighthouse on Shem Creek, the couple participated in the Polish tradition of sharing Bread, Salt and Wine. Here’s how the American Polish Center depicts the ceremony:
“At the wedding reception, the parents of the bride and groom, greet the newly married couple with bread, which is lightly sprinkled with salt and a goblet of wine.With the bread, the parents are hoping that their children will never hunger or be in need. With the salt, they are reminding the couple that their life may be difficult at times, and they must learn to cope with life’s struggles. With the wine, they are hoping that the couple will never thirst and wish that they have a life of good health, and good cheer and share the company of many good friends.The parents then kiss the newly married couple as a sign of welcome, unity and love.”
Because Klaudia’s parents passed away, one of Klaudia’s friends from Poland took their role. She even wore a traditional Polish costume! The guest tables were adorned with succulents grown in Klaudia’s garden, and a full bar was provided for the guests. Instead of having a giant wedding cake, the couple had a small, handmade cake topped with mini replicas of their dogs, and a table of desserts to choose from. Jeff is a dance instructor, so the first dance, (and subsequent dancing) was full of some of the most impressive moves we have ever seen in all our years as wedding photographers. Two of their friends even did a professional performance in honor of the bride and groom! The men’s à capella group, Palmetto Vocal Project, (of which Jeff is a part of) serenaded the couple as well, which was just as impressive! Before the couple left the reception, Jeff once more showed off his amazing vocal talents by singing to Klaudia a song from the musical ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ The couple left their perfect day by boat, to bubbles and cheering from their guests.
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Situated in beautiful Goose Creek, South Carolina is where you will find the circular and imposing structure that is the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. This venue is built on 10 acres of land whose landscape offers many options for splendid wedding photographs. With the building having a seating capacity of over 750 people; small and even very large weddings can be comfortably accommodated.
In terms of the history of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; the 10 acres of land that was later to house the church was purchased in 1979. By 1982 a building was erected and over the years more development took place to produce the current architectural beauty. The church is presently under the leadership of Reverend Frank Palmieri, CRM.
The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is located in a city with an intimate feel called Goose Creek. Goose Creek is part of Berkeley County and has a rich history that dates back to the 1600s. The population totals over 35 000 residents and the city abounds with creeks, parks, birds, and greenery.
It is indeed a privilege for weddings to be held in areas rich in history. These lifetime memories etched in wedding photographs and people’s minds are the representations of happiness that is hoped for each bride and groom.
Therefore, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church as well as the city of Goose Creek is a bridal party’s delight. Whether the wedding is an intimate affair or on a grand scale, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will afford the right ambiance.Read More »