Magda and David wanted a simple autumnal wedding with lots of warm colours. Their reception was held in a restaurant with gold chandeliers and they decorated the tables with ivy and leaves. “We wanted the wedding to feel like we were just at home”, the bride said. “Our dress code was ‘whatever makes you feel relaxed’ and we made almost everything ourselves.”
The day started with a quick ceremony at Gothenburg town hall. “The ceremony lasted for about 30 seconds and was very simple. There were a few words of wisdom from the officiant about listening to and appreciating each other, the classic ‘Do you take each other?’ and so on before the kiss and it was over! Outside on the steps our families threw uncooked rice and confetti.”
As someone who loves tattoos, its probably not that surprising to you that I’m also pretty obsessed with henna. In fact after getting some really great artwork done in Marrakech last month, its my new favourite thing!
So when Sanna’s bridal shoot landed in my inbox, I knew I had to share it. “Sanna is dressed in traditional Turkish wear and the shoot took place in Stockholm, Sweden”, photographer Lena told me. “The henna on Sanna’s hands isn’t traditional – they normally just have some in the palms of their hands, but Sanna wanted some anyway. Simply because it’s beautiful.”
It’s no secret that I love me a bit of pink. After all, my barnet was varying shades of the colour for close to ten years straight! So when I saw Johanna and Bjorn’s Swedish wedding, but heart did back flips.
The couple met 16 years ago through mutual friends. After having two daughters together, Johanna got tired of waiting for him to propose so she asked him on New Year’s Eve by sending him an invitation to his own wedding!
“We both agreed that we wanted to have a personalised wedding”, she told me, “that would feel very much like us. We went completely with the things we like. I wore a pink tulle dress, we had a tour car from the hillbilly band Fearless as our transport, and we started the day with a good pre-drink in our own Thai bar we have in our barn!”
In early December I received an email from Cole and Jakob of Nordica Photography, inviting me to speak at a wedding photography summit that they were putting on in Stockholm this coming October. It took me approximately 3.5 seconds to reply and say “OMG yes! Where do I sign?!”
Sworn to secrecy, I quietly and internally freaked out about travelling to Sweden to speak to a conference of 500 photographers all about blogging for business… but I was excited. Very goddamn excited.
Then, this month, they slowly started to drip feed their social media with the rest of the line up… and my quiet, internal freak-out became a whole lot louder and more vocal.
Erica and Philip were married in Sweden in October. Philip proposed on their seven year anniversary, and wanting an Autumn wedding but not wanting to wait over a year, they planned their wedding in just four months!
The reception was held in a beautiful orangery owned by one of the bride’s friends. It is located right by one of the Sweden’s biggest lakes and was an incredible backdrop. Because it is privately owned, the venue rarely hosts parties so the couple had a lot of work to do to make it look amazing… but they certainly pulled it off! Having such a blank canvas meant they were really able to put their own stamp on their day.
“Fall is my favourite season and after finding the orangery it was hard even considering any other venue”, began the bride. “The orangery gave us so many things; the natural light, the atmosphere, the great view of the lake, the little garden next to it where we could put up homemade games. It was like being outside without being cold and we knew that no matter the weather it would still be lovely.”
Adam and Amanda love steampunk and so the theme for their wedding was an obvious choice. They wanted to get their guests into the spirit of their wedding so they asked them to dress in costumes too… and they all did! Amanda’s dress was from Viola Lahger which she wore with a little hat by Linekka and Adam’s outfit was pieced together from items found at flea markets.
The couple did a lot of things themselves for their wedding including the signage, the paper goods and most of the décor in the reception room.
“Make use of playful inspiration and let your dreams and interests shine through on your wedding”, Amanda advises. “Many people may have opinions about how you should have your wedding but do not let it depress your wishes. This will always be your day and allow it to cost a bit it is worth it! For us it has not just been about a single day, but also the planning.”