Several months ago I received a phone call from an old friend . . . a VERY old friend . . . My high school sweetheart to be exact! He and his sweet fiance’, Katarina, had finally set a date.
Robert and Katarina met at a wake park in Thailand of all places. You see, Katka is a wakeboard World Champion . . . but thats just her hobby, she is also a very accomplished artist. In fact she is currently in Bratislava for a solo exhibition. . . Just google Katarina Janeckova for a peek at her vivid folktale art featuring nude women, bears, cactus and whatever other influences she picks up along her travels. Ooooor you can just go to her website http://www.katarinajaneckova.com/
When Robert called and said they had chosen a date I thought “okay, next year sometime” but NOPE! It was more like 2 weeks away!! So arrangements were made and to Boerne, Texas we went! For those that are not familiar with Boerne it is pronounced Bur-nee.
Roberts family owns a generous piece of land in Boerne that happens to have a quaint little chapel right in the middle of it.
Being that they wanted a small intimate wedding with just immediate family and a few friends, this tiny chapel was perfect. As the day went on the weather started to turn. I mean crazy scary clouds started rolling in and loud thunder that you could feel was in the distance. The sky was a bit eery.
Meanwhile, the last minute errands were ran and the last touches of decor were placed so Katarina was tucked away in the tiny cottage you see above to the right of the chapel.
Like most weddings, getting ready was a family affair. Katka’s mother Alena (and her brother, Adam) flew in from Slovakia for the event. Robert’s sisters, Karen and Tricia, fixed Katarina’s hair and his mother, Teresa, doted the whole time 🙂 They are all so close and so loving . . . I think I was hugged, squeezed, kissed and patted on the back more times than I could count that day.
Isn’t she gorgeous?!
** If you were wondering what you have to do to get hot legs like that, you just have to be a WORLD CHAMPION wakeboarder. That’s all.
While Katarina finished up and enjoyed some quiet time before the ceremony I slipped out to get a few shots of the groom. However, I ran into Raley (their sweet sweet blue heeler pup) and got a little distracted. Isn’t she cute?!
Now for our groom, Robert!
In case you are wondering he looks absolutely the same . . . just has a few grays now 😉
Even though Katarina’s father, Brian, passed away a few years ago he was still very much included in the day. At the front of the chapel they placed a framed portrait of him on an easel with a spotlight on it. I happened to be in there when Alena walked in and when she saw him she gasped. This was one of those moments I will always remember because of the stillness I felt. We were sitting in this very old, extremely quiet church and it was as if the air was sucked right out at that moment. All I could hear was the sound of Alena’s shoes as she walked to the front to sit for a moment. It was as if the three other people in there with me held their breath so she wasn’t disturbed even in the slightest. As I was blinded by my own tears, I made my way outside to collect myself. A few minutes later Alena came out too and found Robert.
Now it is show time! Adam. Katka’s brother walked her down the aisle . . . Raley tagged along too. To make her feel more festive someone tied a big yellow ribbon around her neck and attached a few wedding bells 🙂
She was put in “time out”
Robert’s sister, Tricia, has always been the family’s “songbird” so naturally she sang at her little brother’s wedding 🙂
Some of my favorite wedding moments are immediately following the ceremony. Sometimes the bride and groom are immediately whisked away to the next item on the schedule but sometimes they have simple heartfelt weddings with less than 20 people and more than enough love and they are able to spend a few minutes alone taking it all in.
After a few minutes of congratulations we started family pictures.
^^ Of course I jumped in on one!
Katarina made the sign behind them . . . She added a personal touch (or bite!) to just about everything at the wedding. Karen brought all the flowers in from Dallas and Tricia arrived with an entire suburban FULL of pretties! I mean full! I am not even sure how they got everyone there!
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Walshe!!
Robert owns beach front property in the Corn Islands of Nicaragua and the two of them travel there often. In fact they had just returned from there! Katarina brought back several elements of the island to tie into the wedding. She brought shells of all sizes, small stones, drift wood. . . It was all so very beautifully put together. Almost all of the decor pieces she used came from either their home or a family members’.
Katka paused for a moment with her dad before joining everyone else at the table.
What’s that? You are wondering how you feed people out in the middle of nowhere without making a big fuss . . . Well you hire a cowboy to cook fajitas out of his chuckwagon, thats how! Oh man was it delicious!
But before we can eat Adam, Katarina’s brother, wanted to toast the meal. Alena, her mom, MADE a special batch of almond liqueur and brought it all the way from Slovakia for Roberts mom . . . but being the sweetheart she is, she insisted on sharing. As Adam is pouring teeny tiny shots for everyone, I was finally able to get his attention. I say teeny tiny because that is all you need. . . it is delicious but it is also potent!
Isn’t he handsome?! If any of you single ladies in Slovakia are reading this, Yes he is available! and he has plenty of personality and charm to go with that smile 🙂
Now we can eat! But first Robert must stare at his bride . . .
I think he loves her, no?
Instead of a traditional wedding cake they decided to have several key lime pies brought in from Costa Sur, a Peruvian restaurant on Padre Island as they lived near by. Katarina was VERY excited about her pies 🙂
Everybody was having such a fun time!
It was finally time for toasts and apparently it was also time for everyone to start crying again. Eddie, Roberts dear friend and best cousin, went first and since he instantly welled up with emotions it was only polite for everyone else to follow.
Then Alena and Adam gave toasts. Alena gave her toast in Slovakian and Adam translated. . . even though I could barely hear him over my own uncontrollable sobbing I could feel exactly what she was saying . . . and what Adam was trying to say as he was ugly crying too!
Cue third ugly cry for the day as Robert stands to speak . . . followed by his Mother and Father.
“Now lets dry our eyes and dance!”
^^ Watch those hands! There are children present!
By the way, the skies cleared and the storms moved off West. . . It was just a perfect night.
The night had come to an end and as they made their way to their grand exit the two paused with Brian, one more time.
And they are off!!
^^ Eddie must’ve been paying you back for something!
The whole day was such a whirlwind of emotions. We all had such a great time and I was so very honored to be a part of it. We wish you all the happiness one lifetime can hold.
xoxo – Jamie
p.s. I have to leave you with this little cutie . . . who doesn’t love sweet little ones at a wedding?!