A Polish-Spanish Wedding…Viva!

Last weekend, the most elegant, exciting and romantic event took place in Cracov, Poland…my beautiful cousin Magda married her handsome Spaniard, Salva.  I was SO blessed to be there to witness this extraordinary occasion!

A Polish-Spanish wedding.  WHAT A DAY!

First things first – the dress!  A fully covered front, beautifully open back, a sweet backdrop necklace, and a LONG vail!  Wait, I need to catch my breath!  Oh my!  The bride looked absolutely GORGEOUS.

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The church ceremony was held at the Corpus Christi Basilica – an over 600 year old church and an absolute must see if you ever tour Cracov.  The ceremony itself was conducted in both English and Spanish – BIG kudos to the priest!  Very different from our Western weddings – no ‘you may kiss the bride’ moment – I actually liked it that way.  It was sweet, romantic and loving.  Also, no wedding party.  The bride’s brother and the groom’s beautiful sister stood up for the happy couple.  Simple and elegant.  Loved it!

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Post ceremony – again, very different from our Western weddings –  no waiting for the wedding couple!  Woohoo!  They booked their pictures for another day, so we could let the party begin!

A fantastic venue, ever-so-sweet decor, delicious food and ….. a lot of shouting! Yup!  Or at least the Spanish side shouted and we kinda tried to do our Polish bit.  The Spaniards are waaaaaay better – hats off to them!  So every now and then, someone would yell Viva España’, to which they ALL responded VIVA!’.

  • ‘Viva Polonia!!
  • ‘VIVA!’
  • Viva los novios!
  • ‘VIVA!’

Needless to say, the energy and atmposhere were absolutely FANTASTIC!

And so we celebrated till early hours of the morning (our Spanish friends beat us at that too).  It was the most loving, sweet, simple but elegant event!  How blessed I am to have been there!  SO grateful!

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Wishing the happy couple love to last a lifetime!

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Eyelash extensions, another wedding and flying solo

I will be flying solo for the next few days.

I’m leaving my guys and flying to Poland for a weekend!  My cousin, Magda, is getting married:)  Magda, Asia (see A biker wedding!) and I, were best cousin friends when we were growing up.  Since then, life has thrown us to live in 3 different countries – Canada, U.S. and England, but the three musketeers are getting back together to celebrate this special day in Kraków,  Poland.  Exciting!

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I won’t lie… I’m having a serious case of separation anxiety from my kids. I’ve been away from Dominick a few times, so I know he will do well.  But my little Daniel has never been away from me!  I will miss my boys SO very much.  If you’re a mom, I’m sure you’re nodding your head.  But at the same time, you’re probably saying “you’ll be fine, it’s good for you to be away for a bit!  Charge your batteries!”  And I know it’s good.  I know.  They will be fine and so will I!

So off I go:)

I have my outfits and accessories picked out,  hair and nails done and my eyelash extensions on!  I won’t have to worry about running mascara… I always cry at weddings!

The beautiful Barbara Paglia-Reid is my eyelash angel!  And a woman of all talents!  From eyelash extensions and reiki, to homemade organic soaps, balms and sunscreen to gemstone jewerly (I’m wearing my bracelets for the trip!), this lady does it all!

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You can contact Barb at beautyunlimited@gmail.com or 905-304-2566.  You can also visit her website at beautyunlimited.ca for more info.

Please consider Barb when you start your Christmas shopping!  I absolutely love supporting women doing amazing things.  And all within my own community.  It’s fantastic!  WOMEN ARE FANTASTIC!

Anyhow…. I  am looking forward to a great trip, and most importantly, to reconnecting with my family.   Can’t wait to see my beautiful Magda on  her wedding day.  I feel so blessed.

Books I will be reading on the flight:

‘Hero’ by Rhonda Byrne.  This is another one from ‘The Secret’ series.  Can’t wait to read this one.   Look for it on Amazon:  Hero.

Love this quote from the cover: “Be the hero you are meant to be”.

‘The Reason You Walk’ by Wab Kinew.  An inspiring memoir told by a fascinating First Nations broadcaster, musician and activist.  May be a bit uneasy read for some, as it relates to residential schools.  But it’s a story of hope, forgiveness and reconciliation and I look forward to this one.  You can get it here:  The Reason You Walk.

I’m sure I will have much to share in future posts!

Au revoir!

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Be grateful

As I sit here in my comfy reading socks, sipping a glass of my favourite wine and writing my little blog, I realize….I have nothing, NOTHING! to complain about at this very moment.

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It’s Thanksgiving and I am truly grateful.  Despite all the bad in this world which we see and hear about each day, there is still SO much good….

I see it in my kids’ smiles as they pick out their pumpkins; in my mom’s tired hands preparing our Thanksgiving meal;  in my grandmother’s wrinkly and yet beautiful smile as she’s enjoying my chocolate covered strawberries; in my dad’s blue eyes that tear up every time my kids say something sweet to him; and in Karl as he gets silly with our boys after supper…… I see the goodness in the little things in life.

I recently started reading the series of books entitiled ‘The Secret’.  It’s a true life changer for me.  The author, Rhonda Byrne,  speaks to gratitute as the biggest power one has on this earth.

We have the power to do anything, be anything, have anything, but we have to be truly THANKFUL for what we already have and for anything we want now or in the future.  I know it can sound silly to some, but I am a believer.

You can look for the book on Amazon: The Secret. The entire series includes several titles  and you can also see the film: The Secret DVD

So as we are enjoying our beautiful meals this weekend, let’s be grateful for every single little moment, little smile, little thing.  Be grateful.  Life is too short not to be.

Happy Thanksgiving!