- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Yesterday was a great day, we got photos from two of our guests and I feel like I can finally assemble my wedding recap!
Background: my husband is Canadian and I’m Swedish. Most of our friends and relatives live in Sweden so we opted for a wedding in Northern Sweden (where my grandma lives). We spent the days prior to the wedding white water rafting, baking traditional bread and spending time with our best friends. The reception was held in an old dairy building, where part of the wedding party also stayed for the entire event.
We got married in the village church (200 years old, so all the Canadians thought it was really old while the Swedish guests considered it young):
Following Swedish tradition my husband and I walked in together:
Our flower girl was dressed in a dress inspired by a popular Swedish kids book (Madicken), written by the same lady that wrote Pippi Longstocking:
She was incredibly sweet through the entire event and totally spoiled by everybody – we just couldn’t help ourselves! 🙂 My husbands sister, my little brother and my brothers best friend played Pachelbel’s Canon in D as we walked it – a small North American touch to the ceremony (which was in English except from the psalms):
My brother also did the reading(s) – he missed one of them so we ended up with just one, but that was fine. I knew he was really nervous about it so I’m so happy he got through the most important one of them!
My incredibly talented SIL sang two of her own songs during the ceremony. The last one was so upbeat that my mum couldn’t keep still in her chair!
As for the vows, my husband almost lost it during his, I’m so glad he didn’t because I would have bawled if he had!
You can see it’s close though!
Fortunately there was a bit of comic relief – my husband managed to get his left hand caught in a car door a few days before the wedding. I had such a hard time getting the ring on his finger as it was still swollen!
Once the ceremony was over we walked out to the tunes of a Swedish folk song:
Everyone else followed to great us outside the church. Didn’t see my brothers and my SIL’s exit until yesterday, laughed my head off. So typical younger siblings!
We talked to all the guests on the stairs as they walked by, and my grandma wanted to see my rings (I’m also wearing my grandpa’s wedding ring – you can see it on my bracelet):
As we walked down the stairs everyone showered us with lavender buds – I think it was about here that it started to sink in, that we were really married!
You can see my mum in the background of this photo, wearing her own wedding dress!
If there’s one thing I’m incredibly grateful for it’s my bridesmaids. SO happy I decided to have them (felt a little silly having bridesmaids as it was a small wedding). They were there through, even when family wasn’t.
Our best man (the dad of our flower girl) was great as well, a calming influence on my husband for sure!
They all feel like extended family and they really made our day to what it was:
Let’s finish with a photo of my flowers – lilly of the valley, lisianthus and lady’s mantle:
It felt just as airy and Swedish as I wanted the day to be!