2People1Life Real Wedding – Traditional Hungarian Ceremony

14/05/2014 | 2

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Lisa & Alex   ♥   Kecskemét, Hungary

Photographer:   Timea Pictures

 

It’s always such a delight to see a wedding with traditional elements from the country within which the couple is tying the knot. It adds character, local charm and creates a unique twist to a wedding day, whilst bringing together the international elements of getting married abroad. If you also adore worldwide wedding customs, you are in for a treat today…

 

Lisa and Alex are blogging their way around the world as 2People1Life, tying the knot in every country they visit. They never expected their trip to Hungary to be quite as monumental as it was; Hungarian Weddings planned a modern wedding for them, a super-cute, vintage-vibe styled shoot (don’t miss the retro short film that shows all of the fun they had that day!) and today’s traditional Hungarian ceremony which was wedding number 53.

It came complete with lovely local dresses for Lisa, beautiful bright blooms, customary folk costumes, traditional Hungarian Goulash, shots of Palinka and an awesome show which ended with some splendid dancing skills – all caught on camera by the talented Timea Pictures and filmed by La Memoire (not to be missed, this sweet short film perfectly captures the essence of the day and it is coming up later today on the blog folks!).

 

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Lisa says:

“Another day another wedding…but this one with a difference. Hungarian weddings had planned our traditional Hungarian wedding with not only Alex and I in mind.”

 

“When Timea started to make arrangements she realised how many people had shown an interest in coming along to our traditional wedding to help us celebrate our marriage for the 53rd time. Hungarian weddings are also proud sponsors of local charities and families and Timea saw our celebration as a way to help others in Hungary that are less fortunate than ourselves by raising awareness and some small donations.”

 

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“Feeling blessed in more ways than one we made our way to the wonderful Varga Tanya Hotel of Kerekegyháza, near Kecskemét.”

 

“As we spotted the hatched-roofed houses we realised we weren’t entirely lost and pulled into a carpark in front of a perfectly manicured lawn lined with planters filled with flowers and piled out of Peggy to stumble to our beautifully appointed luxury suites.”

 

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“We quickly settled in and went to explore the gorgeous grounds. We watched the horses and donkeys graze and shielded our eyes from the dust kicked up by the huge beasts native to Hungary called quite simply ‘grey cattle’.”

 

“We sat in the roofed terrace restaurant and met with everyone who had welcomed us so freely and drank wine among the bobbing red geraniums, we watched the staff in their real authentic Hungarian uniforms served fantastic traditional cuisine.
A place so filled with tradition and authenticity only 1 hours drive from Budapest (minus the off road trail thanks to our GPS).”

 

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We were very excited to get our wedding on and went back to our room to prepare! I had a traditionally inspired dress made of silk and hand-painted by Yossay with beautiful patterns taken from Hungarian folk motifs, yet modern in its two-piece style which complimented Alex’s very modern Jeans and shirt combo. Timea handed me a bunch of sunflowers and a few wild blooms wrapped simply in burlap which perfectly represented our surroundings and we were ready to do it all over again!”

 

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“The (53rd) wedding ceremony was also held by Éva Vidacs (forEVEr) at the fountain of Varga Tanya which is perfectly shaded by huge trees, flowered arch ways and the wonderful thatched cottages! Everyone sat around us and listened to the ceremony and our favourite part was the wine exchange!!!”

 

“Alex handed me a rose and promised to do so on every anniversary to remind me of our special vows and then I had to hand him a bottle of wine in the promise to do the same…of course I made the promise in the understanding that the wine was to share!!”

 

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“After the ceremony the wonderful (and extremely handsome) Attila Muller led the champagne toast and as he loaded our guests onto carriages pulled by horses we were taken with Timea to change into our traditional folk costumes. The costumes from Liszicsanek were for us to wear during the horse show and the dancing afterwards (we were told as we changed)!”

 

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“The show was fantastic and included some incredible acts of skill, all traditions of the Great Hungarian Plain. We watched old wrangler games, spectacular tricks including the horses sitting on their riders knee’s and visa versa and Grey cattle herding which was just incredible! The sound and vibrations underfoot of the herd of huge cattle running into the grandstand caught the breath in my throat. The huge horned mothers protected their young and they all entered in an enormous cloud of dust rising from the ground like glitter! It was mesmerising.”

 

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“When we had all caught our breath from cheering and whooping and whistling so hard we were loaded back into the carriage and taken to the restaurant under the terrace where we all sat and ate wonderful traditional Hungarian Goulash which was DIVINE! We drank wine and tried our first round of Palinka and before we knew it, it was dancing time!”

 

“We were taught traditional foot and thigh slapping dance moves, squealing noises and Palinka drinking and then let loose alone to show off what we had learned!”

 

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“We played drinking and dancing games and the night went dramatically (and drunkenly) downhill from there! It was a great night and we had such an incredible time laughing and dancing and of course crying with pride listening to Andris Szabó singing for us!”

 

“We reluctantly cut the stunning cake made by Kriszta Design to match my wedding dress and less reluctantly ate it to try to soak up some of the Palinka. DJ Schneider had everyone on the dancefloor all night long and we barely remember going to bed! The whole day was fabulous and entirely emotional.”

 

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Venue and suppliers:

Photographer – Timea Pictures / Wedding planner – Hungarian Weddings / Venue – Varga Tanya Hotel / Dress – Yossay / Officiate – ForEVEr / Master of ceremony – Muller Attila / Singer – Andris Szabo / Cake – Kriszta Design Torte / Dancers – Kecskemet Tancegyuttes / Disco – DJ Schneider

 

 

 

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