Rural September Wedding: Ellen + Gustaf
Ellen and Gustaf got married on September 8, 2018 and arranged a rural wedding at Näs Farm in Mullsjö, Sweden. Wedding photographer Stina Gränfors was there and captured the day and we get to see a mix of industrial locations mixed with rural and rustic ones. We quickly leave the word to the bride Ellen who will tell about her and Gustaf's day.
How the couple met
Ellen: We had known each other for many many years through common friends, but it was in the summer of 2014 that everything felt both obvious and right. Then we moved, because of school and job, quickly up to Stockholm and into a student apartment of 17 sqm. Gustaf proposed by the breakfast table on November 5, 2016 and surprised not only with a fantastic ring but also a trip to Dublin. Already during our engagement trip we found the venue we were going to get married just under two years later. We sat and googled on barns near our hometown Jönköping, Sweden, and immediately fell in love when we found Näs farm. We booked it (and made a first payment) even before we even were there so it was a bit of a gamble. However, the first time we went there, everything seemed perfect. The place had everything we imagined, we had our ceremony near the beautiful house by the water and then had the party in the connecting barn which was both large and adapted for a party.
theme and inspiration for the wedding
Ellen: We got a lot of inspiration from everything from blogs and pictures on Pinterest to fairs and wedding magazines. Most important to us, however, was that we did not compromise on things we really wanted, no matter how you should or shouldn’t do, we wanted it to feel like us straight through.
Because we wanted to get married outdoors and the party was held in a barn, the theme became quite rural. We used a lot of plants and flowers that contributed to the theme. We were mainly based on a color theme that we set quite early in the process. We then chose burgundy, navy blue and gold / white. When it came to decorations and other details in the party room, we had a pretty clear picture of how we wanted it but created a common board on Pinterest to be able to visualize it more and nail more specifically how it would look. Pinterest was really a very useful tool for us in the process of getting inspiration and finding new ways of thinking.
Clothing and Styling
Ellen: I wanted to find something simple and timeless, for me it was important to feel 100% comfortable and find a dress that reflected me and my style in general. I spent many hours on Pinterest and tried to find a dress that I could imagine myself in. Then I found a basic model that I liked and chose to make my own design out of that and have it sewed up at a tailor. Gustaf wanted a burgundy suit to match the color theme of our wedding. He has previously made a suit at Armstrong the Shirt in Stockholm and was very satisfied and therefore chose to sew up this suit there as well.
Ellen: When it came to styling and accessories it was also important here for me to feel comfortable and not too stiff. I wanted to feel like myself, the best version of myself. Of course, I also wanted to have something beyond my usual everyday style. My talented hairdresser helped me find a hairstyle that fulfilled these requirements and thoughts.
about the photographer Stina Gränfors
Ellen: We both know Stina since before and had seen several weddings that she had photographed. We think she has a completely unique ability to capture exciting situations and places in an incredibly creative way and see fantastic photographs in front of her as nobody else sees. We could be photographed in front of a DHL truck and thought "How will this be?" and when we got the pictures we dropped the chin over the result.
Ellen: We had a relatively simple wedding outdoors in the large garden by the water. We wanted to have as many as possible of our loved ones as a part of the wedding ceremony and have the privilege of having many musical in our vicinity who could play and sing. We also had nephews and siblings who were involved as both bridesmaids or read a poem.
We had wooden benches which had only been decorated with a flower branch and a wooden bridge in which the ceremony was held. We decided the day before to keep the wedding out when the weather seemed good, it was after all in September. What we had not counted on, however, was the wind, it took everything from marriage program, music stand and cello in its advance - but it was mostly an uplifted and fun element. Gustaf and one of his bestman was also involved in music which was greatly appreciated by the wedding guests.
Ellen: The flowers were an important element in both the ceremony and celebration. We thought it contributed to a nature-like and lovely feeling. We had chosen the colors navy blue, gold, white and burgundy and had flowers as a theme on all printed material such as invitation, table placement and party program. The flowers we had at the wedding venue, in the bridal bouquet and at the tables, they also went, to the greatest extent possible, in this color theme. We also chose to use very green leaf plants to get a more natural feel.
best memory from the day
Ellen: It is difficult to choose just one best memory during the day, but something that we both look back on with warmth and joy was the dinner. It was a great feeling to sit back and see all the love and effort that everyone else laid down that our day would be as good as possible. All speeches, videos etc. was so much more than we had ever dared to hope for. The interesting thing is that of all the time we ourselves spent on the wedding it was dinner we remember the best, and we had nothing to say about it. It was an awesome experience.
advice to others
Ellen: The advice we want to give to others who are planning a wedding is to just think about what is important to you. We tried to remind ourselves constantly of the decisions we made if it really was important to us or if it was more about what one is expected to do. Dare go your own way and create a day after how you want it. We made a priority list of things that were important to us, we had some different points where, for me, for example, a good photographer was a big priority and Gustaf absolutely wanted a live band. You will only regret if you compromise parts that are important to you!
Remember to enjoy the day, there is no one other than you who knows if not everything will be exactly as you intended from the beginning.
Photographer: Stina Gränfors
Wedding dress: Own design - made by Matildas Fest, Stockholm
Suit: Made by Armstrong the shirt, Stockholm
Venue: Näs gård, Mullsjö, Sweden.
Florist: Blommpie Holländaren Blomsterförsäljning
Rings: Herr och Fru Lohse, Stockholm
Hårstylist: Sköna Jag, Jönköping, Sweden.
Catering: Hotell Björkhaga, Mullsjö, Sweden.