Here is the first wedding I blog from India. Bundled up in my new shawls and wool slippers, I sit with my laptop in our quiet ashram room. Sundays are the only days off for another 5 weeks, so I’m indulging in reliving Karolina & Andrej’s magical Lake Louise Wedding that we documented a couple of weeks before coming here. This wedding was so special to us – Karolina & Andrej, we hope you feel our love!!
Karolina & Andrej were in love with the mountains way before they met; that’s also where they fell deeply in love with each other. So, it was only natural for them to choose the jewel of the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, for their Big Day.
They first met on eHarmony in the spring of 2010. ‘Andrej was the very first guy I went on a date with after I joined. We went on our first date to Famoso and spent four hours just talking and drinking wine.’ This was effortless. This was it. Shortly after, Karolina started her residency at the Banff Arts centre, and Andrej visited every two weeks. They spent blissful weekends discovering the beauty of the mountains, went to the Winter Start ski races in Lake Louise, and watched BattleStar Galactica together. ‘New Year’s rolled around and we spent a romantic night having dinner at the Rim Rock. By then, I was ready to propose to Andrej,’ chuckles Karolina.
Andrej surprised her with a proposal during a week long trip to Cuba. He brought Karolina to a beautiful hotel suite overlooking the bustling Old Havana streets and asked her to be his wife before taking her to dinner. Andrej remembers, ‘The entire cab ride to the restaurant, she just stared at me with so much joy…’ 🙂
Their wedding was one of the most meticulously planned – Karolina and Andrej poured so much love into hand-crafting all the wedding stationary, mastering the art of making chocolate truffles and cherry liquor for guest gifts, hunting for the perfect patches of moss to complete their decor vision, and much much more.
Andrej & Karolina – you two are so kind, gentle, and open-hearted … We had the BEST time with you at Moraine Lake and will always cherish these memories!!
A meaningful antique Karolina & Andrej picked up on their trip to Cuba, a.k.a. ‘The Engagement Horse’!
Sneaking a sweet ‘First Look’ before the ceremony.
Top three things Karolina loves about Andrej: ‘I love that he is an artist at heart. He is passionate and appreciates art and culture. I love how he takes the time to enjoy everything he does, even the little things like setting the mood with music to do chores or cleaning. He gets me to slow down and enjoy life with him. I also love how he makes every thing he does count by making it an adventure.’
Top three things Andrej loves about Karolina: ‘I love how loving and caring Karolina is. She is so creative and passionate! Last but not least, how she loves to go on adventures with me, being outside in the mountains or in the garden.’
Karolina’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘chocolate, cheese, reality TV, science fiction and zombie movies.’
Andrej’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘scotch, rum, cigars.’
‘Andrej is the most generous person I know, both with his time and energy with everyone. And he makes me a cappuccino every morning even though he knows I’m always in a rush and barely have time to take a sip.’
‘I love Karolina’s ability to make anyone in the room feel welcome and loved.’
Lindsay Nagy, a wedding singer extraordinnaire.
The very next day, Karolina & Andrej took Rob & I on an adventure to one of their most beloved spots in the area, Moraine Lake. This photo session somehow turned into an absolutely magical picnic afternoon, complete with classical music, a lot of laughter, and an art project of stone-stacking.
The very first time EVER we asked our Couple to snap a picture of us, hehe… THANK YOU Andrej!!