It’s always a delight to see an email from Nordica in or inbox, because they usually have some good stuff to tell and some beautiful images to share. This time it’s a swedish wedding from a little bit outside of Swedens capital city Stockholm, and totally a swedish ‘skjærgårds’ dream. Sweden & Spain in a beautiful collide of love, family & friends, all well documented by the wicked talented Nordica Photography.
FROM THE BRIDE: Our wedding was such a blissful mix of Spanish and Swedish. We did a three days long celebration out of the event. Mainly because half of our guests came from other countries, and we wanted to spend time with everyone that came out. We had a crazy, chaotic and super fun barbecue Friday night before the wedding day. Beauty sleep is nonsense, adrenaline does an excellent work. The next day we had time to relax and lay out in the sun before getting ready. We went to bed around 6 am Sunday morning, but still enjoyed breakfast together a few hours later.
We did not stick to traditions in any strict way. Our first dance was salsa. The key to stress free wedding planning is to do what YOU want to do, not what is supposed to be done according to tradition or other peoples’ opinion. There are no musts what so ever. And bear in mind – every day is a big day.
I‘ve never had the little girl dream of getting married. I’ve never given it much thought. A ring more or less didn’t really matter to me. The pink fluffy cloud-type of wedding dream just didn’t appeal to me. Imagine the surprise when I realized Alex was actually on one knee as we were standing on a stone wall in the sunset of the medieval village Lerma in Spain, asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was not a joke. Being proposed to is, I think, the most flattering thing that can ever happen to a person. I forgot to answer him as the moment had me completely mesmerized. I thought we were just going to go out for dinner. I didn’t eat that night.
He had bought me a ring that was too big. He had gone to the jeweler and chosen a ring, and made sure the size was right by bringing one of my other rings. Only he brought one that is meant for the thumb. I wore the ring with the little tag still on and it stayed put for our vacation in northern Spain. I did not want to be without it.
Suddenly I was exploring this entirely new world of wedding planning. From never having given it much thought, this was all I could think of. I over dozed on Pinterest and Etsy a couple of times a week with literally 2-3 hour sessions. We set a date for a year and a half later and started hunting for the perfect venue. Alex is half Swedish half Spanish, I’m Swedish. It was Spanish heat meets Swedish breeze. We never had any doubts about where to hold our event in regards of country. Sweden was the most natural choice for us as this is where we met. We wanted our friends and family from Spain and the US to see the very special summer light that is just capturing in Scandinavia, and all of its magical natural beauty. Sweden is simple, rustic, and romantic – like us.
After having seen numerous of mansions and castles that just did not fulfill my newly found dream of having an outdoor wedding and reception, we finally found Marholmen. Marholmen is an isle, and nothing like the previous venues we had been looking at. The pavilion where our reception was held was built in 1923 and it could be turned into whatever we wanted. Finally a place without huge old paintings of royal men giving you the angry look. I forgot everything about having an outdoor wedding and my Pinterest boards when I stepped into the pavilion. High top ceiling, roof beams, light and airy with an outdoor terrace overlooking the glittery water. This was it.
I knew from the moment I walked into the pavilion what our wedding would look like. I saw the colors and the decorations. I saw the light and the people. It was mainly the light. I’m obsessive about light and how it can transform a room. It felt like a dream buried in my subconscious was coming true. As I set down by the table for our reception on our wedding day – it looked the exact same.
DIY: I collected mason jars in different sizes starting a year and a half before the wedding date, and old glass milk containers from my grandmother that were delivered by the milk man back in the day. I found a chalk board for the seating chart. We took a tree down at our summer cottage and I had my dad saw round trays as a base for the centerpieces. I was going for a complete rustic and simple look with details of lace. I borrowed outdoor torches from my old girl scout group to use for source of light instead of chandeliers. They turned out to be too few on the actual day but I just filled a few mason jars with sand and stuck a candle down. My mom sew table runners in burlap and lace. I had an old golden framed mirror found at a flea market that I used for the bar, and put down the different drinks using lipstick. I also started cleaning the flea markets of little crystal glasses, the shot size. For the reception I placed the glasses by each and every guests wine glasses with a tag tied to it that said “Take me home”. These served the purpose of both “avec”, as we call the small glass of spirit that is served after the meal in Europe, as well as our giveaways. Instead of having a guest book I took an old wooden bench from our cottage and fixed it up with white paint and bought a black permanent marker. People where then free to write something anywhere on the bench. The plan is to use the bench as part of the interior in our future house.
One of my childhood friends is the most creative florist. I told her what type of colors I wanted the wedding to be in, and then gave her free hands. Daring in a way maybe but I never had to say anything, she knew what we were going for and I was so relaxed with her. It was basically blush and cream, nothing sharp. Pleasing for the eye and no fuss. She saw what I had seen a year and a half earlier and made it real.
Our photographer, Cole Roberts, was out of this world. He had such an amazing eye, was easy-going and very professional. He could laugh too! Everyone I’ve talked to after the wedding has mentioned him and his work being so smooth and impressive. Nobody knew he was there, and at the same time he was all over the place.
My advice to future brides and grooms is to prioritize. What top 3 things are the most important to you? Focus on these, give those things more space in your budget and you will feel that everything was the exact way you wanted it to be.
Photography: Cole Roberts, Nordica Photography
Wedding dress: Augusta Jones
Groom’s attire: Cavaliere
Bridal Hair: Madia Kassem, Figaro Studios
Invitations and stationery: Papper
Make-Up: Brides own work
Brides maids dresses: Wedding Dress Bee
Cake: En liten smula
Flowers: florist Katarina Gedin
Rings: our own design by Smycka
Venue/Accommodation/coordination: Marholmen – Barbro Edlund Tackman