Differences in language and backgrounds could not keep Cezary and Pamela from falling deeply in love. When they met in Barcelona, Spain, Cezary, who is Polish, spoke only Spanish and Polish, and Pamela, who is Nigerian, only spoke broken Spanish and English, yet there was an undeniable chemistry between them. They soon started a long distance relationship, from New York to Spain. Their relationship endured the distance, and in 2010 Cezary proposed, filling Pamela’s apartment with roses and fighting back tears as he asked her to be his wife. Since this couple found love aboard, it seemed fitting that they have a destination wedding. They decided that Mexico would be the perfect place to have the chic and sophisticated beach wedding of their dreams. Their ceremony was held at a gorgeous cathedral, and afterwards friends and family headed to the beach for a tented reception. The night ended with fireworks, a surprise that Pamela and Cezary kept from their guests. K&K Photography beautifully photographed the intimate and exciting details of this luxurious wedding that was a true adventure in paradise.
- Bride: Pamela Okehie
- Groom: Cezary Brylski
- Wedding Date: 10/06/2012
- Wedding Venue: Casa Velas Boutique Hotel and Beach Club (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
How They Met
Cezary and I met my first day in Barcelona, Spain during my third year of law school at Georgetown University when I was studying abroad in August of 2008. It’s funny because I initially was not allowed to go to Spain because I was not fluent in Spanish, but like most things in my life I fought through the decision and made my way to Barcelona. I was walking down Las Ramblas in Barcelona when I saw a sign for crepes and cocktails, when I looked into the window I saw a young man who did not look Spanish yet looked very handsome. Although our communication was strained, to say the least, he only spoke Spanish and Polish and I spoke English and a very small amount of Spanish, we soon realized that we both had similar values, interests and a love for travel. We were inseparable from that day forward and went on to make it through a true long distance relationship (NY and Spain), while making a few stops along the way, we lived in Cape Town, South Africa for a couple of months.
He proposed to me in August of 2010, I had just completed a stressful visit back home to Texas and was shocked and a bit pissed to see that Cezary had no interest to help me with my bags or walk me to the apartment, very unlike him. Little did I know that upon my arrival he would be waiting for me in an apartment completely covered in red roses, candles, a bottle of Moet and the man of my dreams on his knees crying before me and asking for me to give him the honor in being his wife. It was destiny.
Description of Event
As a corporate attorney and now a finance executive, planning and executing are things that I do daily and literally sometimes do in my sleep. However, NOTHING, could prepare me for the stress, time and sheer dedication that comes with planning a wedding, especially a destination wedding. The biggest challenge for me was planning a wedding at a venue that I had never stepped foot at prior to my arrival for the big day. I had to place my trust on photos, past brides and the wedding coordinators to create a vision of how my theme and dreams would work with the venue. My theme was beach chic with a splash of color. My favorite color is pink, so I definitely wanted that to be very visible in my decor. I always wanted a beach wedding, but I did not want the shoes off, casual beach themed weddings that I had seen in most weddings. I wanted something beautiful and s ophisticated, with a backdrop that gave it the impression of being effortless, even thought it clearly was not. The venue was gorgeous, the weather magnificent, so all the factors led to it being everything that I had dreamed.
Incorporation of Culture
Because of our heritage, I am Nigerian and my husband is Polish, we plan to have cultural weddings in the near future. However, we did try to incorporate aspects of our culture into the wedding. In Polish wedding tradition, the family and friends throw rice on the newly married couple for good luck. We incorporated that tradition, although I must say that it was quite interesting to discover some of the areas the rice had gotten into with the huge dress. We also danced into the reception area to the Africa hit “Yori, Yori” by Bracket, I think that was definitely one of the highlights of the evening and really let people know that we were about to party! My dad threw some dollar bills on us, which is a Nigerian tradition that wishes the couple prosperity.
Most Memorable Moment
The most memorable part of the wedding for me were the fireworks. We kept it a complete surprise from everyone and all the guests were both shocked and thrilled. Following that, we opened up the floor with “Party Shot” by Ravin and the fireworks put everyone in the mood for what many said was the most fun night of their lives.
You Make Loving You So Easy
The Groom… Her spirit.
The Bride…I love who he is as a person. He is a very solid, honest and loving person and I admire him a lot for it. He has the purest heart of any individual that I know and I am truly blessed to call him my husband and the future father of my children.
- Wedding Dress – Pattis Bridal
- Makeup – Merrell Hollis
- Shoes – Vera Wang
- Ceremony Location – Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Reception Location – Casa Velas Beach Club Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Photography – K&K Photography
- Videographer – Raul Rolando Rios Torres
- Florist – Isabel Diaz
- Cake – Casa Velas Hotel
- Event Designer – Trendy Rental Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Rings, Jewelry – Michael Fina New York