Romantic And Colorful Wedding With An Emotional Ceremony: Erika + Johan
Erika and Johan got married on August 11, 2018 and invited family and friends to a colorful wedding with “rural luxury” as the key words. Wedding photographer Matilda Söderström was the photographer for the day, which photographs we now will be inspired by together with a wedding story told by Erika.
HOW THE BRIDE AND GROOM MET
Erika: We met through common friends and colleagues. We are both work working as brokers within a larger brokerage in Stockholm and we had worked together for several years without "seeing each other" but one evening at the restaurant Escalier, during a dinner with common friends, it just said “click” and since then we have been together. So fantastic and unreal, a kind of moment that you only read about that happens to others! Johan is really the best thing that happened to me and a great contrast from my previous relationship. I am so happy!
Inspiration for the big day
Erika: I collected a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and social media during the first of the two years we were planning our wedding. I bought magazines, googled on different websites and read blogs and listened to wedding podcasts. We can really recommend Johanna Kajson's wedding book which we were using throughout the whole planning! Johan and I found a good way to work with the wedding and set aside about 5 weekends, went off to a spa or hotel, and sat in peace and quiet with just the wedding in mind. That is really a great tip for everyone that will not to break the wedding or end the relationship. Do not make the mistake of talking about the wedding all the time. Instead, gather in separate directions and have structured meetings about it. Imagine that it is a project like any. I think there may be a tendency that one in the couple thinks much more about the wedding and it is then important to be responsive and not choke the other in the relationship. It is important to find a balance.
Our theme wedding was rural luxury. Johan's concern was that it would be too bohemian and rural. I know we focused on the fact that we really wanted a festive atmosphere in combination with some more traditional elements that were important to both of us. I am glad that we dared to create our own day just the way we wanted it and followed our hearts beyond all the goals and rules that exist, which meant that the wedding became us more than anything and many of our guests overpowered us with praise and love that it was the most beautiful and finest wedding they had ever been on. That brought so much joy to our hearts after so much planning.
Styling och accessories
Erika: I wanted a low set hairdo, not too tight but more life and loose curls. My hairdresser advised not to dye it too much and not to cut it before the wedding, since it would be easier to work with if the hair had more texture. In order for the dress to come into its own, I removed necklaces and invested in vintage inspired earrings with matching bracelets. First I hesitated not to wear the bracelet, but I am very happy that I did. The style of me as a bride was vintage inspired.
Erika: Johan bought his dark blue tuxedo over a year before the wedding. I certainly tested up to 100 dresses, both in Stockholm but also outside of Stockholm. My experience was that it was a lot better to go to a smaller town where the they did not charge anything for the fittings or were time-consuming and, above all, did not require several months of advance planning to even get a time for fitting. I had prepared myself with pictures and style for the dress I wanted, but I was also open for trying on other styles. I wanted a light dress that was not too warm, high quality lace, absolutely no shiny silky fabrics but more of a bohemian elegance. For me, the most important thing was that the dress itself would be comfortable and that it would be a work of art in itself. I had a white lace dress over a light beige lining that fit much better with my skin tone than if I had chosen a white one.
Erika: I found Skillad Florals via social media. Nika has an aesthetics and sense for color and shape in a tasteful but also playful way. She dares and she listens to one's desire. I appreciated that she works outside the box and without limits to what a bouquet can contain. Mine was large, colorful and contained everything from small apples to twig to dahlia and of course lots of beautiful flowers. I wanted a structure and a work of art in my hand. With my aesthetic background, the details of the wedding were of great importance. Johan, his bestman and our two fathers had flowers on the jacket like mine. The bouquets for the bridesmaids were also those in the same style as mine but smaller and without some of the bright colors.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER Matilda Söderström
Erika: Matilda is so much love. She is so committed and extremely professional. I was looking through her pictures on social media and fell directly for her style and ability to capture the moment. She is at her best when she gets the confidence to create instead of focusing on arranged pictures. We loved her results from our wedding!
Erika: The most beautiful moment of the day. Everyone who we love the most, and is the meaning of our life, all gathered in a room. My family is a music family and the wedding included more music than anything else. We had no poem or verse reading. My friends and sister sang, mom's friends played and we had a string quartet, a pianist and four singers in the church. The violinists also joined with us on the mingle. In the program sheet we had explained why we had chosen a certain song, it was very much appreciated and important for us to let the guests be able to read along with the lyrics. The exit march was dedicated to Johan's mother who unfortunately could not attend our wedding more than from heaven. Johan gave his father a piece of my bouquet as a symbol of his beloved mother, before we together with the guests created a large river wave of tears in the church on the way out of the church. It was a great time where I know that our photographer had to put his camera aside to just be able to participate in the moment. All of us were equally taken of the emotions of the moment. But it was very nice and we are so happy that we dared to do so.
Erika: Torps Säteri with the Rosenhanska magasinet felt like our place, but we had no connection to it. I found it through Instagram and various hashtags. We were there twice before we booked our date. Jaqueline and Carro who together creates the weddings was a large contributing factor to why we chose to spend three days there with over 90 guests. The entire manor is romantic rural and an extremely relaxing environment. The best part was that it is possible to have all guests living around in various cozy mansions, wings and bed and breakfasts. We all think that the farmhouse gave us the opportunity to create exactly what we wanted with its great flexibility.
BEST MEMORY FROM THE DAY
Erika: The music in the church that was magic for the soul. The entrance to the party room where all the guests cheered us in and the end of the dinner where our toast couple swung around and offered a Grease show, all the guests then danced down after me and Johan to the dance floor. The guys after me on one of the stairs and the girls after Johan on the other, of course to "You´re the one that I want". Another memory is when, during dinner, I held a speech to Johan who was pre-recorded on video in order to be able to sneak up on the stage one floor down and finish the speech by singing the song "You are my husband" together with friends in the band which we appropriately named "The Brokerz" - Yes, my husband loves dance bands. It was wonderful!
Tips TO OTHERS
Manage the wedding as a project. Be structured, use excel files for budget and create a folder on Pinterest. Dare to invite the ones you want and do what you want. There is really no right or wrong, follow your heart!