A Traditional Polish Affair Complete with A Kapela Music Group

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In the heart of Saint Petersburg, nestled within the historic walls of St Mary's Catholic Church, Natasha and Bart embarked on their journey into wedded bliss. This wasn't just any wedding—it was a celebration deeply rooted in Polish tradition, filled with love, music, and cultural charm. From the touching ceremony to the elegant reception at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, every detail reflected the couple's heritage and the joy of their union.

Natasha was stunning in her exquisite white gown, embellished with a graceful bow on the back. Her cathedral veil was delicately embroidered with lace, cascading elegantly over her shoulders, adding an ethereal touch to her bridal ensemble. The necklace and earrings she wore were cherished family heirlooms, passed down through generations, each piece sparkling with sentimental value and history. Her elegance and poise mirrored the timeless beauty she was adorned with, a vision of grace and tradition on her special day.

Bart was dashing in his grey suit, accentuated with a traditional goralska spinka, proudly displayed near his front pocket—a symbolic gesture honoring his heritage and connection to the rugged mountains of Poland. As he stood by Natasha's side, his eyes filled with admiration and love, it was clear that this day was not just about a wedding but a culmination of their shared journey and the beginning of a new chapter filled with promise and devotion. From being childhood friends to husband and wife, Natasha and Bart's love story had blossomed into a beautiful union.

Before the couple walked down the aisle, the atmosphere was set, thanks to the enchanting melodies of Kapela Hajducy, a Highlander music group, whose lively tunes greeted guests as they arrived at the church.

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Natasha and Bart's special day continued as their wedding at The Ritz-Carlton for cocktail hour in their waterfront Healing Garden and reception in the Ca' d'Zan. One couldn't help but notice the charming details that paid homage to the couple's Polish roots. Upon entering the reception, guests were captivated by the towering wedding cake adorned with two figurines that resembled Highlanders.

The couple kicked off their night with a waltz as their first dance, Bart spinning Natasha in the natural light pouring in from the balcony. As the evening unfolded, the ballroom radiated with joy and laughter, the air filled with the sounds of clinking glasses and heartfelt speeches. The blend of Polish customs and modern elegance created an unforgettable ambiance, a perfect reflection of Natasha and Bart's unique journey.

This traditional Polish affair, complete with a Highlander music group and adorned with cultural symbols, was not merely a wedding—it was a celebration of heritage, friendship, and the enduring power of love. It was a day where past and present converged, where two souls united in a dance that echoed the traditions of their ancestors and the promise of a future filled with happiness and togetherness.


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Sarasota Wedding Photographers / Popping Champaign Photography

Ceremony Location / St. Mary's Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Sarasota Venue / The Ritz-Carlton

Highlander String Ensemble / Kapela Hajducy

Performer, Singer and Violinist / Maya Mazur

DJ / DJ Seba K

Hair Stylist: Glory Navarro

Makeup Artist: Justina, Jozo Makeup

Videographer / Owen Films

Bride's Dress Designer: Rebecca Ingram

Bride's Dress Boutique: One Love One Dream, in Courtice Canada

Groom's Suit: Jos A. Bank