I just wanted to share a little about our wedding that took place in Nås, Sweden August 6th 2016.
We woke up to a rainy day, but it didn’t make it less of a phenomenal one. Jon and I got ready in different places. I was with my bridesmaids and my hair dresser, and Jon with his groomsmen and my brother. Our amazing photographer started taking pictures at 10 AM and went home at 10 PM so we have so many fantastic ones. Here are a few from me getting ready:
When my hair was all pretty and the tiara and veil sown into it (yeah, my hair dresser actually put stitches in my hair), I did my own makeup and got into my dress. My photographer Jonna took pictures of me and my bridesmaids.
Jon and his boys got their pictures taken as well.
We decided beforehand to take the wedding pictures before the ceremony. So Jonna went to get Jon and brought him to where I was. I was nervous, but in a great way. He had to cover his eyes, so Jonna could get some cute pictures. We also took pictures by the water in front of the church.
Then ceremony time. Nemi, my little sister, was our flower girl and she did a great job. We all missed Jon’s grandpa though, who was supposed to co-officiate. He really would have taken the ceremony to another level, but Camilla, our Swedish priest, did a fantastic job. The ceremony was beautiful and serene, but also fun and light. My piano teacher Lotta played the processional “Kiss the Rain” by Yiruma. The church was packed, probably around 200 people and we had only invited 80, but word of mouth had gone around that there would be amazing music so almost the whole village was there. It was really cool to do what we did, you know, walk down the aisle to get married. I actually caught myself thinking “oh, so this is how it feels”. It was so great seeing everyone who came there for us, and I was just happy.
Four of my former classmates from SMU (Stockholm Musikalutbildning) sang the first song, and it was beautiful. Camilla then gave a great speech/sermon about why we love each other. She also talked about how we both want to make the world a better place.
Dad, my uncles and grandpa sang and they were also wonderful.
Then we exchanged our vows, which we wrote the day before. They weren’t super special, but we wanted to do something a little different. Jon said them in English and I in Swedish: “You are my best friend and the most perfect life partner I could ever wish for. I love you more and more every day. I promise that I will stay with you through sickness and health and to always be faithful to you. I want to be with you until death do us part.”
After we put on the rings, Fanny, my maid of honor, sang “In My Arms” by Jon Foreman, and I almost broke down big time. Jon started crying and it’s so hard to keep it together when the person you love the most is crying. I shook my leg under my dress to the beat of the song to not start break down. I mean, that woman’s guitar picking makes me cry, so when she sings a song that means so much to us with her amazing voice, it’s almost too much to take in.
I don’t know exactly when it was, but Nik and Teddy, the groomsmen, read some bible words, and it was hilarious! The bible they read from was super duper old (which the priest didn’t know), so they were like “cometh” and stuff. I laughed, and I felt awful. But it was so funny.
Mom sang “Lottas sång” towards the end, and it was very special. The song is a new one Stefan Nilsson wrote to his wife, my piano teacher and mom’s dear friend. I can’t believe both my parents sang at my wedding, it’s pretty unreal.
After that, we all sang “Joyful, Joyful” and mom dedicated it to Jon’s grandpa, and it was really a celebration. It felt good to belt something out after all the tension.
When we came out of the church they cheered for us and blowed bubbles. Then we hugged everyone. People walked to the parsonage for fika (for those who don’t know what it is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fika_(Sweden)) and Jon and I got to ride a really old, red Plymouth. Luckily it didn’t rain at that time, so we could have the top down. We went on a drive and then to fika where we got to talk a little to our guests. We had cinnamon buns, mom’s special cookies, Oreo truffles and Rice Krispie treats. We also had a totally failed chocolate fountain.
After fika we went back to my house for a bit and then we got picked up by the car again to meet up with Jonna to take more pictures, but it was raining so much. We managed to get a few good pictures though! Finally we got to go to the barn. It was gorgeous, and everyone was there to meet us. We had the bridal toast and then mingle + taking pictures with family and friends.
Then the dinner started. The food overall was fantastic and very pretty. But it was nothing special compared to all the incredible people doing speeches and singing/playing songs. I think we must have had over 10 performances. All so unique and we were honored to have such talented family members and friends. My maid of honor had even written a song dedicated to me and Jon. Everyone cried and she even got a standing ovation.
Overall the evening was just incredible. I think I’ve never been that happy before. Jon and I agree that it was the best day of our lives. There is so much more I could write about our day and about every person we got to spend it with. I just want to express how thankful I am to have such great people in my life and for everyone who was involved and helped getting this crazy thing to happen.
Over and out,