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Our Vicar learned Polish to welcome our guests

Christopher and Anna

Christopher & Anna on their wedding day

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Vicar James Richards blesses the couple

Polish guests at the wedding of Christopher and Anna Brisley received a warm welcome in their own language after Vicar James Richards learned some Polish from the bride just for the occasion.

The September wedding at the couple's local parish church, St Martin's, Bowness-on-Windermere, began with a welcome message, spoken in both languages to ensure the bride and groom's families and friends were made to feel at home in church.

Anna, a Polish national, said her mother, father and grandmother were able to be at the wedding and appreciated the Vicar's special effort.

She said: "Polish is not an especially easy language to learn but our Vicar gave me the words in English that he wanted to say. I translated them for him and then gave him some guidance on pronunciation. He spoke them well and my family felt very welcomed on our wedding day."

The couple chose to have a relatively simple service with traditional hymns, How Great Thou Art and Be thou My Vision. They chose Psalm 27 for their Bible reading, which speaks of God as our light and salvation. Anna said this reflected their own picture of marriage too.

Soon after the wedding day Anna wrote to to tell us more about it, and also sent along some beautiful photographs.

"We had such a lovely, memorable wedding, we wanted to share that. The web site had been so useful in helping us plan everything. So we thought we would like to tell others that marrying in church was perfect for us. It was the proper place for our marriage to happen," Anna added.

Did You Know ?

Two-thirds of the CofE’s churches are listed buildings

You are welcome to marry in a CofE church whatever your beliefs

You don't have to marry in white

A wedding ring is a symbol of unending love and faithfulness

If you marry abroad, you can come home to a church ceremony