Bohemian Summer Wedding in Sweden: Richard + Jenny
Richard and Jenny met for the first time at a bar in Stockholm after matching with each other on the dating app Tinder. This summer, they stood in front of their closest friends and family and said yes to each other for life, in Östersund which is located in the heart of Sweden. They hired the Swedish photographer Amanda Freskgård, whose pictures we will see today, together with an emotional story from the groom Richard. He describes their wedding as an intimate party with a bohemian feel, lined with lots of joy. We pass on the word to Richard, who writes so nicely about the day he married Jenny.
How the couple met
Richard: We met via Tinder. Jenny was my first Tinder date. I had recently acquired Tinder, but had never really been able to get involved in it, but Jenny and I had written to each other for some time and seemed to have many common interests. Same kind of humor, both had a similar job situation, etc. It felt like we connected - so I thought that I could try a date.
During the first date we met at a bar at Södermalm in Stockholm. In retrospect, it turned out that both were close to cancel the date, because we had been out at the pub the night before and were a little too worn out. But fortunately, both showed up - despite the snow, cold and hangovers. I found Jenny outside the bar, obviously in time and I was obviously late. I ran out of the taxi, we found each other, laughed that I had already revealed that I can never be on time, ordered a beer and sat by a window and looked out at all passers-by who seemed to half freeze to death. Maybe the snow, the cold and the hangovers were suddenly an advantage. There and then it is much more cozy indoors than outdoors. Maybe these three factors were crucial to us staying longer on that day than we did if it was sunshine and 25 degrees warm outside? Maybe we had never taken the time for each other as we did this snowy, cold evening in January? Maybe it mattered, maybe not. Maybe it was crucial, maybe not.
Different but successful engagement in Laos
Richard: We got engaged in Laos, at a restaurant on the Mekong River. I had planned to propose Jenny on her birthday and thought it would happen at a fine restaurant (kind of Fine dining, white tablecloths, we would be nicely dressed, eat exclusive food, drink expensive wines, etc.). But that did not happen. At the time of her birthday, we were on a long voyage in Asia, moving all the time when we were craving something new. In the beginning of October, when Jenny's birthday was approaching, we had rented a motorcycle and traveled around Laos. I did not know where we would be on her birthday, so I had to be spontaneous.
The village in Laos that we lived in on Jenny's birthday was not directly crowded with fine restaurants, there was basically just street food. Nothing wrong with that, but not quite what I had planned. Rather the opposite of what I planned. So I brought Jenny with me on an "expedition" that day and went around in circles around the village and feverishly searched for a restaurant. Jenny, who understood that I was looking for a restaurant, said that it doesn't matter so much - we can eat street food. However, I managed to find a (the only?) restaurant in the village. It was alright, not as nice as I had hoped, but also not disappointing. The location was fantastic, it was at a height above the Mekong River, with a large, open terrace all the way down to the water. We sat down by a table near the river, ordered food and drinks. I proposed, Jenny answered yes, the waiter was moved and offered a drink. I was relieved and moved. Jenny was mainly moved, before she went on to plan the wedding (10 min after the proposal).
We came home to our hotel late at night, probably around midnight. We had already made friends with the owner of the place. Just like the waiter at the restaurant, he was also moved when he heard our happy news and offered us beer. So we drank beer and sang karaoke (it was apparently karaoke night at our hotel). Our first evening, the engagement ended with sing-alongs to various' 90s hits, at a far too sumptuous hotel in a far too small village, right in the middle of nowhere in Laos, where, strangely enough, all guests seemed to know all the songs. A different but successful proposal evening!
Richard: We wanted a relaxed bohemian summer wedding, where all guests should feel welcome and comfortable to be who they want to be. No requirements - just joy, love and celebration! We had looked at many inspirational pictures on Instagram and blogs and picked the best parts from them.
the wedding clothes
Richard: We both had a pretty clear picture of the clothes we wanted for our wedding. We wanted to feel dressed up, but at the same time with a bohemian feeling and blend into the rural, old-fashioned environment where we had our party. We therefore chose an old-fashioned tweed-style suit for me, accompanied by a burgundy floral tie and a self-designed and sewn vest in golden fabric. An English lord mixed with Snoop Dogg!
Jenny wore a long champagne-colored / old-fashioned white lace dress with a high collar and open back and a short train. The dress was adorned with Grandma's old pearl necklace and matching pearl earrings (which unfortunately disappeared into the lake during the party's morning bath at sunrise).
Accessories and styling
Richard: Jenny did her hair in the morning with her mom at Wash Hairdressers. The hairdresser was so professional and understood the style Jenny wanted. It was also an incredibly cozy moment for Jenny and her mother to share, for the rest of the day everything went by so fast and the closest family received almost the least attention in relation to everyone who came from afar. Then the entire wedding party with siblings, bridesmaids and Best Man got together in our suite at Clarion. It was a lot of fun!
Bridal bouquet with inspiration from Swedish meadows
Richard: The flowers we decorated the room with as well as the flowers for the bridesmaids and the Best Man were picked by Jenny's mom the day before the party. The bridal bouquet, corsage and flowers for Jenny's hair we ordered from Interflora so that they would be matching and last longer. We asked for a "Swedish meadow bouquet" with some burgundy elements to match Richard's tie and we were very pleased with the result!
wedding ceremony in Jamtli, Sweden
Richard: The wedding took place in Jamtli chapel, in the heart of Sweden. A small, simple chapel that can accommodate about 60 guests. We had to make the effort to walk as slowly as possible, because the chapel is so short and we wanted all our guests to enjoy our walk to the altar. The wedding went on for maybe 15 minutes where the wedding officiant paused for live music (“Lili” by Moneybrother) and then the ceremony was over. No one dropped the rings or stumbled! Everything was super successful and ended with Bob Marley's One Love and confetti bombs that our guests pulled as we walked out of the chapel!
The best memory from the day
Richard: To walk out of the chapel hand in hand and feel “we did it!!! This is it! Now the best dinner and party of the time awaits with our best friends!”. That feeling and moment is the best memory of the day for me.
About the wedding photographer amanda freskgård
Richard: We heard about Amanda from a close friend of Jenny and then checked out her website and her pictures. We obviously looked around among other photographers too, but fell for Amanda as she had fantastic pictures, and also seemed to have a down to earth, honest and relaxed personality. In retrospect, we are super satisfied with our choice and recommend Amanda to anyone who wants a professional, serious and dedicated photographer for their wedding, party or similar. Amanda is the best! She will capture more moments in life for us, we already know that!
The location of the wedding
Richard: We moved to Östersund just over a year before the wedding and have been thinking a lot about what place we should choose and what arrangement we should have at the wedding. We chose Jamtli when we wanted a non church ceremony, but still a traditional feeling about the marriage itself. Jamtli has a chapel that was perfect for that! In addition, there is a barn for the dinner and party. The lodge is super simple, but with great potential to decorate, furnish and create a personal touch. Then it was also convenient to have a wedding, dinner and party at the same place (a few hundred meters to walk from chapel to the lodge). It made it easier for the elderly, as well as guests with young children.
Advice to others who are planning their wedding
Richard: Start planning early on so that it does not become stressful when the wedding is getting closer. If you have the opportunity, you can hire professionals for photos, food, music, etc. - people who are used to this type of assignment so that you (the bridal couple) can relax and be present during the day. Once the day is there, leave everything to others and don’t think about what might go wrong. None of the guests know how it was supposed to be anyway. If you are planning an outdoor wedding, have a clear plan for any bad weather (blankets, heat, lights, umbrellas, other shoes, an extra jacket / jacket, etc.). And invest in live music!
Wedding photographer: Amanda Freskgård
Wedding dress: H&M
Suit: Dobell (changed by Ateljé Grönlunds in Östersund)
Vest: Ateljé Grönlunds
Venuel: Brunflologen Jamtli, Östersund, Sweden
Hair stylist Wash frisörer
Catering: Glada Kocken
Live band: Marmeladorkestern