Rural June Wedding With Party In A Barn: Saga + Niklas
Saga and Niklas got married on June 16, 2018 and arranged a relaxed wedding in the countryside at Saga's parents' farm. With a barbecue buffet and party in the lodge, we get lovely summer feeling with this wedding, photographed by Stina Gränfors. We’ll now leave the words to the couple Saga and Niklas who both tells us about their summer wedding.
how the couple met - The groom Niklas tells us
Niklas: We met on the dance floor of one of Uppsala's student nations, dancing to a hipster song who for the moment got everyone's feet to move. I knew Saga's brother since before but we had only met Saga a couple of times, but quickly realized that it felt so natural, obvious and necessary that we should be together.
The theme and inspiration for the wedding
The bride Saga tells us: We wanted it to feel rural and relaxed with midsummer-vibes (we got married the weekend before the Swedish midsummer). We simply wanted it to feel like a lovely early summer and evening in the country. We had chefs who grilled the food on site and chose to have a buffet to make it more relaxed. We also chose to focus on local food from the area.
A country party (but perhaps more "barn party" among hay bales but without cowboy boots) mixed with noisy dance underneath colored decorations was our inspiration. That was a our origin thought, and we talked about a scene in the series Hart of Dixie, too, haha. Then we checked on Pinterest, googled and took the best ideas of previous weddings we've been to.
Choice of clothing
Saga: I wanted a romantic but pretty simple dress and chose a wedding dress from Zetterberg Couture. The model “Ashley Bridal” in Ivory. It was flattering while not too tight.
Niklas: I felt like a regular dark suit was a bit too boring and a bit too stiff to fit in with a summer wedding in the countryside. I knew quite early on that I wanted a green suit and the choice fell on a suit from Tiger of Sweden, with a slightly tighter pants model and in a dark, almost wood-colored green tone. It was in linen and with a little texture, which suited well with the environment around the farm.
The brial bouquet
Saga: I had a pretty clear idea of what kind of bouquet I wanted. It should be quite large and a bit "wild" and contain peonies that I love. The bouquet would also match my flowers in the hair and the flowers that Niklas and the bridesmaid and bestman had. We were very pleased with the result!
a rural summer wedding
Niklas: We wanted the ceremony at Saga's parents home in Heby, Sweden, on their farm Grattbacken. We were looking around for some alternatives for the party but after a while we realized that we were looking for a similar place like Grattbacken. The wedding was in a grove below the lodge and after the wedding we had mingling in the garden under swaying pennants that hung between the apple trees that had already begun to get fruit due to the hot summer. Then it became dinner and party in the lodge.
At first we were unsure if we would feel that it was worth all the work (the lodge was full of gear, had not been cleaned for decades and was far from a party room) but found that it still felt very fun to get married there and to get the room ready exactly as we wanted it. We started cleaning and fixing in good time to avoid too much stress at the end. As it was not a party room, we had to think up solutions for everything, which was a challenge but which we also contributed to the charm, as that the bar had to move in in the woodshed, where gin and tonic were served on the chopping block!
Niklas: The wedding ceremony was held on top of an old ruin of a raised stone wall running through a grove around one part of the courtyard. It was like a natural elevation, where we made benches of wide old floorboards used on the farm and wooden pallets, which stood in a crescent below. We walked down from the lodge to the tune of God Only Knows by the Beach Boys.
The best memory from the day
Niklas: The best memory of the day was when we came down to the garden after the wedding, where all our family and friends were in line and we had to walk through a street of happy and loving faces in a rain of confetti. It was like a literal starting shot of the best day and party of our lives.
About the photographer Stina Gränfors
Early on, we fell in love with Stina's pictures when we checked around for photographers. What we liked about her pictures was that they felt more "documentary" and not so perfect while there was a bit of a drama. We are very happy about our choice!
Advice to others who are planning their wedding
Niklas: Take time to think about which place you want to choose and do not hesitate to choose one that can first feel awkward purely practical. Although it can mean a lot of work, it will ultimately be just as you want it and it will be something unique in itself, even if you have been inspired by others before. And dare to have it a little rough and rural, it's great for both you and your guests to feel relaxed.
Saga: Ask for help from others. We got help of several people - among other things, Niklas’ sister baked the cakes while friends of mine made various desserts and helped to arrange several things such as chairs for the party and benches for the wedding.