As I briefly explained last time in this post, I got married a couple of months ago. Although we still have many photos to grab off friends and family, we have a few photos and we also have the professional ones that have come in from our amazing photographer. So this post will focus more on our own photos (so far), while the next one will include some of the photos from our shoot in the forest (which, without blowing my own trumpet, looked a bit magical). When we get the other photos, there may be a part three to this (but that is a maybe).
Our wedding was an odd one from the start. We decided to get married just a few months before, and the wedding planning was done in one night about two weeks before the big day itself. We decided to have a small wedding of about 30 people, and a few months earlier we bought our rings and our clothes, perhaps the most expensive parts of the whole thing. To bring the cost down, and also to have greater control of our own wedding, we decided to do everything ourselves. Linnéa was in charge of the decorations, I was in charge of the food, together we worked on the music, guests and seating arrangements. We were surprisingly calm.
Fast forward to two days before our wedding, and I at least was in meltdown wondering how we were ever going to manage to get everything done on time. Fast forward again to the day before, and it all sort of magically came together. Well, I say magically, but it was not without a lot of help and a few minor setbacks. I had my two friends from Australia arrive, whom we pulled straight into the kitchen to help me cook and prepare the food (a mixture of different roasts, stews and other things that would taste better after soaking in the flavour overnight and reheating or cooking the next day). However, my three main dishes each lacked one ingredient. Linnéa also needed some
other things and shot off with her dad to fix the problem, but then ended up through no fault of her own taking three hours. Luckily, we had other family members and friends with us (nearly half the wedding was there helping the day before, phew) and so she directed the decorations over the phone until her return, and by dinner time we were done and heading off to spend the evening with friends in a jacuzzi and sauna right by the sea. The decorations she mostly made by hand, and we took moss fresh from the forest to place over the tables to add an earthy and intimate feel to the whole affair (sadly, I am lacking photos of us all sitting at the table on the big day…I will try and find some).
The big day itself went fairly according to plan. For a start, the weather came through for us – 17 degrees C (63 F) and sunny in early Spring is a rare thing indeed (and was followed by a week of rain and 5C/41F) so we were very lucky there – it’s just reaching those temperatures again now. We ignored convention (we ignored a lot of conventions, to be fair) and I was with her while her hair and make up was done (so she didn’t panic). We then went to the forest to take our professional photos before the ceremony or the reception – the ceremony was in a little courtyard right outside the reception, so it felt silly to do it in between. We were fashionably late (we lost track of time in the forest), but then we rounded everybody up outside and got on with the ceremony. After only a couple of minutes, we were married – luckily we asked Linnéa’s uncle to give a speech to help flesh out the ceremony somewhat, and he did an amazing job (and we have a great video of it too). After a mingle outside for an hour or two (and myself popping into the kitchen to see how my amazing helpers were going with my confusing instructions and half cooked food – they’re Italian so it was fine) we went inside for the dinner.
The dinner went well – my food was different and memorable like I hoped (stupid me forgot to take photos though), and Linnéa’s decorations achieved their aim and made the whole thing really cosy (and they looked fantastic). Her grandfather gave a speech in Swedish (and gave us the script for her to translate for me), her dad gave a speech in English and then I got up and gave something that amounted vaguely to a speech (apparently my Aussie friends were impressed at how short I kept the speech…I have a habit of waffling on, as I am sure long-time readers of this here blog have observed). Her best friend and cousin got up with another friend to sing one of “our” songs – “Sew My Name” by Josh Pyke (go look it up, it’s amazing). We played a couple of games to show how much we knew each other (which were surprising for many people but not for us).
After all of this, we got up and danced until midnight. Which was something unusual for me – in Australia, weddings often finish dinner around 9pm, there’s a bit of dancing for an hour or so and by about 10:30, 11pm the wedding ends. Here in Sweden, only having three hours of dancing and our wedding finishing at midnight makes it an “early night” – I’ve already been to one other wedding here that went until the wee hours of the morning. It’s a funny thing in itself – the Swedes are so shy and introverted, and Australians on the whole are very extroverted and renowned for their friendliness and willingness to talk to strangers (it’s no myth, I’ll tell you). So it’s odd that in Australia weddings seem so restrained, yet in Sweden they let loose – but that’s the way it goes I guess. Every culture has its little oddities.
We had my friends from Australia with us for a few more days, and within three weeks we were on a plane to Australia to meet my side of the family and attend my sister’s wedding…but that’s another post or two down the track (at least two more posts will come from those photos).
To finish off for now, one of my favourite photos taken on my Aussie friend Jimmy’s phone (he’s the crazy one on the right, and Sarah, my other friend from down under, is on the far left).
I would just like to pop in here a little late and wish you and your beautiful wife a wonderful, long and happy life together where you get all of what you need, most of what you want and many many years of joy together
Thank you so much, that is very sweet of you! We both appreciate it very much! 😀
We eloped with a wedding on the beach during a lull of a January storm. Just the minister and his wife, the hubs’ best friend and new lady. No reception. We went to a pizza place afterwards. All this on New Years Day. 33 years later no regrets about an impromptu wedding.
Wow, that sounds amazing! Glad to hear you have no regrets too! I think it can be very easy to do your wedding the way that family and society expect you to, but I think when you do it your own way, whatever that may be, you always end up happier for it. After all, it is your day! 😛
I can definitely think of a couple of friends who I imagine will marry in circumstances similar to yours! 🙂
I enjoy being a guest at a full out wdding. I would have wilted under the planning and expectations. Eloping was the right choice for me. But, oh boy, was my mom ticked. She wanted to have a society thing. We compromised and she got herself together a reception.
Yeah it is a lot of pressure when you go all out I think. For us, part of the reason we had a small one was that I knew almost none of my family would be able to make it across for the wedding, so we decided to keep small so as not to wildly out balance the numbers. We had a sort of party/reception thing too in Australia with some of my old friends, which was nice. But definitely no regrets here! 😛
Congrats!!! Seems like only yesterday you were moving to Sweden! Crazy how time flies! 🙂
I know hey! That was nearly 18 months ago, what a crazy 18 months it has been as well. And as much as I’d like to say the crazy will die down now, I have my doubts… 🙂
You both look fabulous. Congratulations on your wedding, and I hope you both enjoy a long, happy life together.
Thank you so much, on both the complement and the well wishes! 😀
Congrats and what a fun theme!
Thank you so much! 🙂
I’m glad it all came together so well! Your wedding sounds lovely, and I love your photos 🙂
Thank you – you should see the second post I just put up, that’s where the AMAZING photos are! Though these ones are nice as little glimpses into the wedding/reception itself, but the forest photos are just something else.
I’m glad it came together as well, as there were definitely many moments we worried it wouldn’t. A DIY wedding is definitely a good test of a relationship, hahaha! 🙂
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Wow. I am super impressed that you both did everything (obviously with help) and pulled it off so well! I guess it helped that it was small and intimate. I’m looking forward to seeing the “professional” photographs 😛