A few days after the wedding

In Poland, there’s a custom I haven’t encountered in Australia. Wedding photo shoots often take place after the wedding, in places of special beauty or significance. I’ve seen couples trailed by a camera man on a grand staircase in parkland near ul Rozbrat: at the Chinese garden in Łazienki as dusk falls; touching the hand of a statue in Łódź; lifting  their train above the gravel paths at midday, also in Łazienki; sitting under the dome in the university rooftop garden. More often than not they look quite grumpy, as if they’ve had long enough to reconsider the foolishnesses that led them to marry.
This week I saw bride and groom in the most incongruous setting. Near our apartment, there’s a kiosk, a clothing stall, a toi-toi, a fruit and vegie stall, coin operated ticket machines for parking and transport, and a soft drink machine. The groom is feeding money into the soft drink machine. The bride stands in a disgruntled swirl of skirt on a dirty bit of pavement, marked with chewing gum, cigarette butts and a scattering of broken glass.

Paula’s Black and White Sunday has given me a perfect place to post these two photos: on her blog you can see pairings of great variety and artistry as photographers transform colour into black and white.

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About morselsandscraps

A retired Australian who spends a lot of time in Warsaw, and blogs as a way of life.
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12 Responses to A few days after the wedding

  1. Sue says:

    I’ve never come across wedding photos taken after the event, either. In that setting, I’m sure she has every reason to be grumpy – sweltering in her wedding dress…. I loved your comment on ‘reconsidering the foolishness that led them to marry’ – oh dear!

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  2. Paula says:

    Beautiful bride faced with reality :). I love it! Thank you, Meg, for this unexpected and original offering.

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  4. desleyjane says:

    LOVE the black and white. And Hahahah reconsidering the foolishness !! Love it.

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  5. restlessjo says:

    That’s an odd one in black and white OR colour, Meg 🙂 It’s not uncommon here for bride and groom to scoot off somewhere scenic to get a ‘better class’ of photo album (do they still have them these days? 🙂 ), leaving the guests to hang about waiting for the reception to start.
    Back to the business of the week? 🙂 You’d best have a hug!

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  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Goodness, you’re probably right, after a few days they’re probably wondering what they’ve let themselves into, especially if a scruffy pavement is the best the groom could come up with!

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  8. Here, couples often take photos like these in advance of the wedding date. I regularly see couples with a photographer in Central Park, which provides a great environment for such photos. I always wonder if the bride is worried about damaging her dress though – grass stains or dirt, or even catching the dress on a twig or something. The fact that you’ve captured the bride in a location where one normally would expect to see her is funny though!

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