- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
We didn’t have a professional photog for our wedding, the place was simply too off the grid for us to get one. Instead we asked family and friends to take photos of us from the wedding. We don’t have those yet, as we just returned from our honeymoon, but I do have photos that DH and I took from the reception set up. I really love how it all came together, so I wanted to share it with you all, as so many of you have been very much involved in the preparations. Big thanks to you!
The venue – we rented a two story (well, three – there was a huge basement as well with a baking hut that we used) old dairy mansion. This is northern Sweden, so the price was ridiculous. For four days, we payed less than $700. That included three upstairs apartments where we accommodated some of our bridal party! The cocktail hour and dinner was held on the first floor, where we used three big rooms – the two smaller ones for the cocktail part and the largest one for the dinner. Here’s me starting to set the tables – through the wide doors in the back you can see the main area for the cocktail hour, the second room is just to the right of it.
I knew from scratch that I wanted a Swedish/rustic touch to the event, but with Finnish and Canadian additions. Incorporating wood therefore felt like a must. I found this image on line and started project “Get logs for table decorations”.
This was the log placed right in front of me and DH, in total I think we had 8 or 9 of these placed around the venue. The logs came from my uncles forest, my dad carved the holes for the oasis blocks, grandma had grown the cornflowers specifically for me and my flower girls mum did all the arrangements. I love how they came together! For the rest of the decorations it was a mix of Canadian Tire (mason jars, used for floating cantles) and IKEA.
Originally I wanted everything to go in white, blue and red – but then I found these lanterns at IKEA and couldn’t get them out of my head so I decided to change the colours a little bit and make the white more neutral and exclude the red. Fortunately the place came with a full set of perfectly acceptable plates, glasses & cutlery – so all I had to do was to sew the napkins (that was an ordeal) and napkin rings:
As a final touch, the serving personal also tuck a small twig of rosemary into each napkin as it symbolizes good luck in my FIL’s culture. The place cards were made from ceder from DH family cottage here in Canada, in case anyone else want to do this…
Use carbon paper to outline a font you like and follow it with a wood burner – preferably pick a day when it’s NOT 38C to do this. I was close to an heart attack… Anyway, back to the reception! Here’s one of the few photos that I have that’s not so detailed, DH forgot to take an overview:
We also had logs and candles in all windows in the room, I really loved the way it looked! For the main “cocktail room” we had one long table where we served lots of exotic meats (well, not so much to us – bit for the guests) like bear sausage, cured moose, moose heart (from dads hunting team) and reindeer, plus cheese, fruit crackers and of course our home made bread. 🙂 We also had a small table for presents in this room, were we also kept our “guestbook”. This was a $6 wine box I picked up from LCBO and painted white + added our wedding monogram. The guests were then asked to write us a small note and place in the box for our first anniversary.
In the other cocktail room (the first one you entered as you came through the hallway) we served bubbly and other drinks + we had set up a small nut bar. Most nuts in Sweden sort of comes in a shell and with no flavour, so DH went a little crazy on the beer nut front here in Canada and brought a ton of nuts with him! It was a two level bar, our favourite ones in large bowls at the bottom:
And then a large selection of other flavours in smaller bowls at the top:
The plan was to write all the flavours on little black board notes we got from Martha Stewart, but they went missing the day before the wedding so I had to improvise. Perhaps not as pretty as it could have been, but people didn’t seem to mind! 🙂 We also had a big box next to the nut bar with our wedding favor:
Icewine from Ontario, stored in an old nitroglycerin box I found in an outhouse at our family cottage. The text says “Explosive Product”. As for the candies in front of the box… after thought – DH godmother brought them there the morning of the wedding and someone dumped them into what I think was as ashtray and placed it by the bottles. A bit of an eye sore to me… but it was one of only a few things I would have wanted to change with this part. Otherwise I’m just so happy with how it all came together, it really felt like the Swedish summer dream I had envisioned!