After meeting Jessica and Bartosz earlier this year in Richmond to take their engagement photographs, I was very much looking forward to photographing their wedding in Oxford. It was to be a very English, yet very international affair! Jessica is half french, half english and Bartosz is Polish. Their guests travelled to Oxford from as far as Cape Verde, New York and Moscow to share this day with them. So more than a wedding, this was a very emotional family reunion, with beautiful bride and groom at the heart of it all!
On the morning of her wedding day, Jessica let me in on a little secret. She doesn’t speak any Polish, but being aware that many of the wedding guests had travelled from Poland (including Bartosz’s parents who don’t speak English), Jessica had decided to give it a go. With help from a friend she had written a speech and learned the entire thing in Polish phonetically. Phonetically! Look out for Bartosz’s expression when he hears his new wife speaking in his mother tongue; it’s priceless! It was perhaps my favourite moment of the day as this was a true act of love from Jessica, not just for Bartosz, but for his family.
Wedding Photographer Oxford | Captured on a combination of Digital & Kodak Portra Film