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The Carpathians consist of a chain of mountain ranges that stretch in an arc from the Czech Republic in the northwest through Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine, to Romania in the east and on to the Danube River between Romania and Serbia in the south. The Tatra mountains in the south of Poland are the highest peaks in the Carpathian mountain range.
Zakopane and Koscielisko are nestled in the foothills of the Tatras, offering sweeping mountain views. The region is also known for its turn-of-the-20th-century wooden chalets, symbols of Zakopane-style architecture. The father of this craze for all things wooden was the architect Stanisław Witkiewicz. Witkiewicz’s creations in the early 20th century helped to establish this place as a haven for painters, poets, writers and composers.
This was our second time visitings Koscielisko to shoot a wedding and we’re in love with this place. It’s been a busy and hectic (and great) season for us and to get to go to a place as beautiful and peaceful as Koscielisko, being surrounded by the Tatra Mountains, is pretty wonderful.
Greg and Lauren are from Michigan and both have Polish acenstry. As a kid Greg took his family holidays in the Tatra mountains. It’s a special place for him and his family and the obvious choice for their Polish wedding in Koscielisko !
Polish Weddings: Even though this was our second time shooting a Polish wedding we still didn’t really know what was going on – neither did the bride and groom really! Only the mothers seem to have a handle on the Polish traditions.
The day was amazing! The ceremony was held in the most beautiful old wooden church. The reception at Butorowy Dwór, a carved wooden chalet, was followed by constant dancing with occasional breaks for food and lots of vodka..! It was a great party with awesome people, we’re so happy we got to be a part of it.
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