Monday 28 April 2014

A Swedish Boat Club Wedding with a Simple White Theme

There's something incredibly romantic about a wedding by the water, and this beautiful wedding is a lesson in simple Swedish style. After ten years together and two beautiful children, Johan and Maria celebrated their big day with a church ceremony, wedding rings designed by the bride, and a fabulous wedding reception in a rustic boat club. I love Maria's stunning tiered wedding dress and her cute birdcage veil, teamed with an elegant pearl necklace. A super-chic look, and I love her carnation bouquet - regular readers will remember I flagged up carnations as a big wedding trend for 2014! Big love to Annevi Petersson of Annevi Weddings for her beautiful pictures - more coming soon in Part 2.

We celebrated our wedding on 24 August 2013, in Åhus in Sweden. We got engaged in 2002, but it took another ten years, and two beautiful children later and a lot of encouragement from the bride until Johan proposed a second time!

He chose the very same spot that we got engaged 10 years earlier, in a park by the water. He went down on his knee and popped the question and I cried, because I'd almost given up on my dream wedding. But in fact, Johan had planned for the proposal over the last year.

I looked at so many dresses both online, and in different stores. In fact, I bought two dresses, one that I ordered online and one that I found in a local bridal shop. 

In the end, I choose the one I had bought from the local bridal shop. The dress was Party Line T0537, my wedding shoes were Wildflower Claudette in ivory. 

My wedding hair and make-up was by Bahlsam Åhus

Johan bought his suite from J. Lindeberg and his shoes from Tiger of Sweden. Classic Nordic elegance.

Our children acted as flower girl and page boy. Our darling little girl, Astrid, had a white dress from Pomp De Lux. Our beloved son, Sixten, wore clothes from a local shop.

We walked up the aisle to Bridal March from Delsbo. During the ceremony, I sang the first verse of Du är min man {You Are My Man} a cappella. Then the organist continued as we walked down the aisle.

I was very involved in designing our wedding ceremony and I chose the priest and organist. It was very important that our children could be part of the day, and they were very excited to walk up the aisle with us. And it was special for us to have them there with us.

After the ceremony, we had arranged baby-sitting, but knowing they were part of the ceremony, and could share our joy and happiness meant the world for us. Astrid, our daughter, really loved seeing me get ready on the wedding day and she was so excited to have a new beautiful white dress too.

I designed my wedding ring myself. I talked to a jeweller who helped me take my design from the drawing board to an actual ring. I’m so happy with it!

I went to school with photographer, Annevi Petersson. Being an old friend, it was natural to ask her to be our wedding photographer. It was relaxing for us to have a photographer that we knew so well.

My father owned a large flower shop as I grew up, so I knew from the start that I wanted carnations. The final result was a combination of carnations and roses in different shades of white and pale green. I worked with a local florist, Dennis Flowers, who created my bouquet.

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