blog4The South of Gotland is an unexplored part of this beautiful Island. Old fishing villages, beautiful national parks & amazingly friendly people, these are the things most of the visitors miss when visiting the island. As our couple was  having their reception at Ulrika Davidsson’s restaurant, Hemma hos Ulrika, in Ronehamn, together we decided to shoot their couple portraits in the fishing village of Tomtbod, which was just around the corner.

When shooting couples where the environment is a living part of their wedding, we always try to capture as much as the scenery as possible and also combine portraits with the beautiful nature all around them. As you can see, I really loved the old boats and the fishing pods.

The Ceremony was held in the old Eke Church, another one of Gotland’s magnificent medieval churches and there was not a dry eye left when the angelical voices of the bridesmaids hit everybody’s hearts. Thank you S & F for letting us document your beautiful wedding. I can say that there was not a dry eye left here too when I was ready with all your pictures.♥

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blogI was in a workshop a few weeks ago when the photographer said that he had found out why destination weddings always brought the best out of him: the fear, challenge and most of all, the excitement of the unknown. As that came right to me as a powerful insight, I realized that I have always felt the same. I loooove the unknown, I loooove to be somewhere I have never been before, I love to feel my creativity and my sensible soul almost screaming out of my skin, as all my senses work together to absorb and capture everything I see that is beautiful. And then I can tell you my friends, that’s when I can see beauty EVERYWHERE.

I’ve been working on this Gotland wedding for weeks now. I was supposed to deliver an amount of pictures that became…..well…..I don’t even want to tell you how many more pictures than promised I’m sending them. I-just-could-not-take-anything-else-away. Everything was…….just magical….

As I want to share with you all the beauty, love & warmth and the gorgeous Gotland Gisela and I experienced, I’ll share this wedding with you bit by bit. ;-)

One of the best thing about destination weddings is the chance we have of being around for a whole weekend. Then we can also be around from the moment the couple start getting ready to the first dance. Those quiet and intimate moments of the getting ready process have a big special place in my heart. Combine that with two out-of-this-world cute boys and tadaaaaaa, you have me in my natural habitat. I love love love each one of those pictures and hope you can also feel the huge love wave coming out this family while they get ready for one of the best days of their lives. ♥blog1blog3

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Japan. We started talking about Japan. Or was it that they were so easygoing and friendly I couldn’t resist them? Or maybe it was Farelle’s magical laugh. Mmm….or Patrik’s story about a pair of red socks.

Whatever it was, I was sold. I had fallen in love with those two the moment they walked into my door. And not even a tsunami-happening during our couple shooting (don’t ask!) couldn’t make us forget the loving mood that embraced us all on this August day.

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Being asked to photograph a wedding photographer is probably one of the biggest honours and one of the biggest fears any wedding photographer has. When Laya and I drove 5 hours down to HJO, we listened to inspirational music, we talked about our pictures ideas and we felt really inspired.

This inspiration was nothing though compared to the inspiration we got from M & K love. From the moment the saw each other for the first time, we forgot everything else and then only thing we could see was love. That kind of love that is so strong that makes even us, who are not in the middle of it, feel loved.

The whole day was like a big cloud of love had surrounded us all. We laughed, we cried and we were sold by the energy of these two. I guess I don’t need to say anything else, as the story of their day we will tell you know will show you what we mean.

K & M, we loved HJO, but we loved the gift of photographing your beautiful day more!

This is our song to you and this new family you are building:

K & M

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Paris, the most romantic city in the world, and for us, at its most beautiful state when it’s still asleep.

That’s why, when we book a pre-wedding shoot or an engagement session in the city of lights, we book it EARLY-early in the morning of course. ;-)  This time we decided to meet our beautiful couple at 6 am by the Eiffel Tower. The only problem is that we had gotten the wrong information about the sunrise and we were there waaaay before the sun decided to show up. It wouldn’t have been a problem if the weather would have helped us, but at 2 degrees Celcius, I can tell you that when our couple arrived (thank God they arrived later than what we had told them), three photographers had almost frozen to death! ;-)

Thaise and Luiz came all the way from Brazil to do their engagement pictures in Paris. I was delighted that they had chosen me as their photographer and I decided to give them 150% of my dedication. We spent the whole day with them and took them around the most beautiful Parisian sights. Their love warmed us soooo much that it even brought us some hours of sun on this day that had nothing but rain on its weather forecast for the day.

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In the end of March I had the honor of photographing the intimate wedding of one of my friends. We met when I started photographing her children and since then we have worked together and naturally become good friends. This is one of the joys of working as a photographer with wonderful people, you always get new good friends along the way.

I just loooove their wedding photographs. We were all sooo relaxed and the hours we spend with them and their wonderful three children just flew by.

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blogI love to take dance pictures. Specially when I have the chance to experiment, to play with the existing light.

When Crystal and Bosco would dance, I told Susi, let’s follow the light. We keep the camera up and every time we see that light touches their faces on the right way, we shoot.

Bosco surprised Crystal with a song during the reception, just before their dance and dress change. I looooove Susis pictures of Crystal’s reaction when she saw him singing, and also, of course, the perfect light.

Guess these were the best dance pictures we have ever taken, just love them! Enjoy!

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blogDo you remember a romantic pre-wedding session Susi and I did in Venice a couple of years ago?

Now in January we both had the pleasure to finally photograph their so long planned wedding. For us, being able to be in Hong Kong and learn all about the culture around Hong Kong weddings was really a dream come true.

One thing that has always fascinated me with Asian weddings is the symbology behind every single detail of a wedding day. And of course, by being the nerd I am, I really did a lot of research about them and would love to share to few things I’ve learned with you all. We started to photograph Crystal and Bosco’s wedding the day before, when we just took time to take these beautiful detail shots during sunset. On Saturday, we have followed them from 2am untill 11pm…..yes, almost 24 hours non-stop. Our longest and most exciting wedding day ever! This will then be the first of many posts to come with their beautiful pictures, so we start with the Friday photographs.

During Tea Ceremonies, it’s very common that besides coming with a red envelope with money to the couple, families also come with a piece of jewelry that will bring luck, fortune, and love for the couple in the beginning of their life together.

THE DRAGON AND THE PHOENIX

The dragon & phoenix pair is a classical feng shui cure for keeping (or attracting) the energy of harmonious communication in a marriage.

The energy of the dragon is considered very powerful in traditional feng shui, and almost all classical feng shui applications. The dragon is the most powerful and majestic creature in Chinese folklore. It symbolizes power, indisputable authority and fearsome majesty which are mostly masculine (yang) qualities, and the dragon is the true Yang part of the Yin-Yang energy of the dragon and phoenix couple.

The symbol of the phoenix, on the other hand, seems to evoke the same energy across a multitude of cultures, with always the same meaning – the power of rebirth and deep transformation. The phoenix is the queen of all bird symbols in feng shui, the most revered one. In Chinese folklore, the mythical phoenix is also attributed the qualities of beauty, inspiration and genuine grace (feminine, yin qualities), so the phoenix is the perfect Yin counterpart to the Yang energy of the dragon.

GOLD AND RED IN THE CHINESE CULTURE

The color of Red in chinese culture usually means good luck. So like the red packet which is given every Chinese New Year, and the red envelopes with money during the tea ceremony in Asian weddings.  Golden or yellow color is traditionally the color used in imperial service. The golden color symbolizes wealth and also happiness.

Red is also a color in Chinese weddings, because in wedding they tend to be happy and by wearing red things, will help the couple who are getting married chasing out the bad luck on the day they’re getting married. Red in here means good luck, happiness, joy, and for the couple, this red color is regarded an energy as red symbolized the Fire element in Chinese metaphysics.

And don’t you just love Crystal’s Laouboutin Shooes in gold and red??? Well, as we can see, we did.

;-)

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