Rural May Wedding in Northern Sweden: Mari + Joel
Mari and Joel got married on an old farm in Ångermanland in the middle of Northern Sweden. Being a family farm, the couple knew since they met that it was a dream place for a wedding. Mari describes the wedding as a day full of joy and love, shared with family and friends. We at Sisters in Law also want to add that it is a beautiful rural wedding in the magical landscape of northern Sweden, just when summer is coming to life. So, please enjoy the amazing images from photographer Mirjam Nordkvist and the emotional words of the bride.
How they met
Mari: We met at a night club in the city of Uppsala. Apparently you can meet the love of your life in a bar, although it took some time for me to realize it. Luckily Joel knew early on and waited for me to come around! When we finally became a couple it didn’t take long until we moved in together. The came kid no 1 and kid no 2. One night we had the luxury of a baby sitter and went to a restaurant. There Joel got down on one knee and proposed. I was so incredibly surprised but there was no doubt - of course I said yes!
a very “Norrland” ceremony
Mari: We had a non church ceremony and so we could plan this moment in just the way we wanted. And it became incredibly beautiful! My brother Henrik and his friend Anders play the “Delsbo bridal march” as we walked in. Our officiator Charliene Kiffer Goude (a friend of mine from where I grew up) then spoke a few words and George Shaid the sung “Den jag kunde va” by Mikael Wiehe. The lyrics is SO beautiful and perfectly describe our lives together. After that our oldest daughter of 8 read a poem about love, and I don’t think anyone could hold back the tears! She was so brave and performed so well, I was very impressed! Then my brother sang “Kärleksvisa” by Allan Edwall while playing the harmonica and the accordion, aided by friend Anders on the violin. After that we said YEs to each other and was finally able to kiss each other as husband and wife. Charliene also recited a beautiful poem about love, very fitting to us.
Then one of my oldest friends Zarah, who was also a bridesmaid, sang a song. We had said that she could sing what she liked, and it turned out she had teamed up with my brother and George. There was SO much emotion and joy in the song! “I love you forever”, a classic hit from the 90s, brought back to life again! We marched out to the “Bredbyn March” played on the violin and the accordion. So beautiful!
Mari: The site where we held the ceremony is among the most beautiful places we know of! The first time Joel brought me there I thought “HERE I could get married!”. But I didn’t dare to tell him, after we had only been together for a few weeks! Joels family own one of the buildings here and so we regularily visit.
We held the reception at Dekarsögården, which also lies on a beautiful spot, closer to where we live. There we could offer our guests a place to sleep and the venue had everything we needed.
The best memory from the wedding day
Mari: When our daughter read the poem and I could hear my bridesmaids sobbing on my right. Also, when we arrived to the reception our guests had surprised us with a “tunnel of pennants” that we was asked to run through. At the end we were raised in the air!
Mari: Mostly I was feeling both awkward and slightly terrified trying of dresses. I tried to buy some dresses online just to get a feel, but I had no success there. Then I heard about a seamstress in the city of Sundsvall and so I contacted her. There i found my dream dress on the first try, what a relief!
Since we had decided on a green color for the bridesmaids’ dresses, a black suit seem right for Joel. I usually like dark blue with brown details, but that seemed to clash. He also didn’t own a good black suit, so that was another reason for choosing to buy one.
Mari: Early on, I asked my wonderful friends Hanna and Anna if they could take care of the flowers, and they said yes. And the result could not have been better! Both the bouquet and the rest of the flowers were so beautiful! It feels extra nice that they put down som much love and planning, that way the flowers get an even greater meaning. Together we pitched a lot of idea through Pinterest, where we shared photo albums with each other.
Rural Wedding inspiration
Mari: I thought it was hard to pick and stick to a theme! But looking back, everything seems well thought out and et came together nice. We really wanted the wedding to reflect ourselves and it felt important to have good food and that our guests had a lovely day. The colors we chosen were white, copper and forrest spring green.
We had planned this wedding for years, haha! The proposal was in 2014 and that is a lot time for googling, flipping though magazines, reading books and listening to podcasts. The most important thing for us was to create a lovely, fun and happy day together with our families and friends.
about the photographer mirjam nordkvist
Mari: I had followed Mirjam on Instagram for years. When we moved from Uppsala to Örnsköldsvik she and her family had done the same. What a coincidence! She shot the baby pictures for our third child and som family photos. So we knew her and liked her style very much. She was very professional and "quick", I remember thinking on the wedding day. We cannot be more satisfied, what great memories we can look back on thanks to her!
Tips to others who are planning a wedding
Mari: Think it over, think hard, and then think again! Of course it depends on you personality, but for us it was good to have a lot of time and we changed a lot of decisions while planning. For instance, at one point we had planned a church wedding and another time we wanted a winter wedding!
Photographer: Mirjam Nordkvist
Bridal wear: Helena Granby design, Sundsvall.
Groom wear: Tiger of Sweden
Venue: Dekarsögården, Örnsköldsvik
Florist: Hanna Centervall and Anna Wejde
Hair stylist: Isabelle Sundberg
Make up artist: Annelie ay Make up Store, Örnsköldsvik