We were supposed to meet Anne & Mark in Uppsala to take their couple shots after their wedding, but when we came to Flottsunds Kyrkan in Uppsala, we were in awe. Wow, what a beautiful little church. The weather was perfect and spending time to get to know A & M better and their plans for their future baby was a bliss.
I just looooove Uppsala and I hope we get to show you more weddings from this beautiful University City in the future!
Last year I reached my record of booked weddings throughout my 15 years in the wedding business. And I’ve also reached my record in personal satisfaction while working with weddings.
2015 was the first year that felt I was able not only to fall in love with all my couples, but also be able to capture who each and every one of them were, as a couple, on their wedding photos.
One of those couples was Sofia & Jonas. It was not too hard to fall in love with these two, as we already from the beginning had sooooo much in common. Let’s us start with our common wanderlust. As me, they are also addicted to travelling so nothing better than suggesting contributions to future travels as wedding gifts.
(great idea right? Look at the ”present-mini-suitcase” Sofia did herself with pages of their old passports and visas! Genious!)
Then, everything, from the painting of signs, to the choice of olive trees and lavender seeds for the wedding, everything, was made by them. And the best of all, from a photographer’s point of view: we could plan their wedding ”in photos” together. Together we changed the place where most people had their wedding behind Skytteholm’s main building, to a place where the light would be most appropriate for photos (yes, I told you these two were a photographer’s dream!). And then we have also decided to share the time of the couple shooting to ”first looks” before the ceremony and then, during the ”golden hour”, they escaped their dinner for a couple more photos during sunset (yes, too many loving romantic photos is something that doesn’t exist in my vocabulary! ;-)
As we knew Jonas was planning fireworks during the dance, we offered to capture a last batch of couple photos there as well.
So, yes, nothing could have been better. And you can see by their photos what happens when everything is the best……
I’m sooooo looking forward do gong back to Skytteholm this year again. Three weddings booked there so far. Yes!!!!!!
I’ve always dreamed of having a D.I.Y. wedding in a barn, and this time it was extra special, as it was not any barn, but Sandra’s parents’ barn in her family farm in Dalarna. The feeling you get when family and friends join hands to help plan and execute a wedding is fantastic. And the fact that they did themselves most of the fixing of the barn to transform it one of the most beautiful dinner places I’ve ever seen was the silver lining of the whole D.I.Y. thing. As Greg & Sandra still lived in L.A. when they started planning their wedding, all the help was needed to get things going here in Sweden.
I’ll let you read it all from the couple’s own words:
”Bröllopet var helt fantastiskt och blev mycket bättre än vi någonsin kunde föreställa oss att det skulle bli. Vi båda sprudlade av glädje trotts tröttheten från allt förberedande inför den stora dagen. Bästa känslan var när vi kom ut från kyrkan och den hela nervösa akten av vigseln var över, då tittade vi på varandra och brast i skratt. ”we did it” sa vi samtidigt och bara fortsatte skratta.
Den mest nervösa delen av bröllopet var för Sandra att komma ut i kyrkan och gå ner för gången, samt läsa upp sina lov ord. För Gregory var den mest nervösa delen före bröllopet, när han stod utaför kyrkan och väntade på att gå in.
Det mest gick som planerat, bättre till och med. Själva vigseln var i Folkärna kyrka, ett stenkast från Avesta centrum. Själva festen efter var på Sandras föräldrars gård, i deras lada. Vi gjorde det mesta själva, allt från att bygga baren till att dekorera med olika roliga detaljer. I kyrkan dekorerade vi enkelt med lite murgröna samt löv och blommor som vi blockat på ängen utanför Sandras föräldrars hus. Istället för ris att kasta på brudparet efter vigseln hade vi sönder plockade klöverblommor i små vita strutar som var gjorda av tårtpapper.
Sandras föräldrar hade sen dekorerat en bil med en svensk och en amerikansk flagga på, samt björkris och pantburkar som hängde efter bilen i ett snöre som paret fick åka iväg från kyrkan i.
I Ladan och på gården var det mesta synliga hand-made utav paret dem själva. En bar gjord av gamla lastpallar, en lampa gjord av gamla järsgårds stänger stod mot en vägg och gav mysigt ljus. Massa lampor upphänga över allt. Vi använde vitt tyg för att skärma av en del av ladan vid ”dansgolvet” som också vi agera bakvägg till byffébordet som stog uppdukat inför middagen.
I mat delen präglades hela govet av långbord. På borden hade vi gamla lantliga glas vattenflaskor men handsågade stubbbitar med inbrända bordsnummer på samt lyktor och hand plockade blommor from ängen. På parets egna bord fanns en banderoll som löd ”Mr&Mrs” som brudparet också själva målat. Banderollen kom från Panduro men bokstäverna skrev paret själva ut, klippte och målade i på flaggorna. Även egengjorda ljustakar från gamla syltburkar med lite burlap snöre på stod på bordet.
Bordsplaseringskartan satt på ena ladudörren och var enkelt uppsatt med lite burlat tråd och brunt papper där vi bara skrivit alla namn under bordets nummer. I ena hörnet av matdelen stod ”dessert bordet”. Detta var gjort av den gammal trä halmlåda som hittats på vinden, i lådan fanns lyktor och ett gammalt stallhjul. Ovanför hänger en skylt som lyder ” All you need is love and dessert”. Den skylten har paret sågat ut från en gammal plajwood skiva, målat vit, skrivit ut bokstavsmallar från datorn, klippt ur mallarna och målat på med svart färg. Sedan hängt upp denna med Burlap Snören för att passa teman. På dessert bordet stod Bröllopstårtan samt hemma gjorda tryfflar och kakor som the Maid of honor hade bakat.
Ute på gården fanns hemmagjorda skyltar som visade vägen till toaletterna, till baren, till festen utifrån vägen.”
De ända som brudparet tog hjälp till var:
Maten: Catering buffé style från restaurangen Flames i Stockholm
When Matt first contacted me, he wanted me to capture beautiful couple shots of him and his girlfriend together as they ended their backpacking trip in Iceland, a big surprise to his girlfriend Sophie.
We would drive around and explore Eastern Iceland and it was tons of fun to see everything together for the first time.
And in the beginning of our two days together, guess what happened??? Matt proposed!!!!
There was no eye left dry and the thought he had carried that ring the WHOLE backpacking trip just to surprise Sophie in Iceland, was soooooooo romantic that there was nothing else than pure love that could be captured by us.
There were a lot of serendipities that happened under those two days, but the best engagement present must have been our arriving in the Glacier Lagoon in Jökulsárlón and seeing an iceberg that looked just like the Opera House in Sidney, which happened to be where they came from♥︎
I swear, when we said our goodbyes and let them drive on into another week of adventures in Iceland, it really felt we were saying goodbye to two people we had known forever.
If you are planning to have us as your photographers in Iceland, we have an amazing package prepared for you: we want to show you why we love this magical country at the same time we take unforgettable photos of your experience. In our Iceland packages you always have much more than only photography included.
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”Let me find our agenda. Yes, OUR. We do everything together, so even our agenda is the same book for both.”
Togetherness. And looooots of love.
These were the two things I kept thinking about when I met Helena & Oliver, a violinist and a composer. How much more romantic could that get? Their love story between Estonia and Sweden was soooo loving and warm, and the intimate wedding they had planed was just perfect for a love-addict like me. A wedding in the forest, in an opening they found themselves while walking around Rosendals Trädgård, their immediate family and their closest friends. Two of their musician friends would play out there under the trees, they had picked their own flowers for their bouquet in Rosendals Trädgård the evening before, and the wedding dress, the rings and the earrings have all been specially designed for them by amazing Estonian designers.
Look at these super talented Estonian artists that helped with the design beauty on Helena:
The dress was made by Triin Isak:
The rings were made by Merle Kasonen
The earings were made by Marita Lumi
Togetherness. And looooots of love. Look at these beautiful story and you will understand why we fell in love with these two on this autumn day!
When Juliana mailed me and told me that she was getting married and couldn’t think of anyone else to take their photos, my heart melted!
And then of course when she asked me if I could consider travelling to Gothenburg just to take their couple photos, there was no doubt in my heart I just could’t say no. And there was no doubt in my heart either that that session would be a Beloved Session. The fact that she ”happened to be” from my hometown, have studied in the same Design University I did, had had the same major AND had the most wonderful name in the world, were just little details that added to the whole awesomess of this adventure together.
As part of the planning for our Beloved Experience on Saturday, they got to choose a place for us to ”explore”, a place that meant a lot to them, and they had to choose three objects to bring from home that ”reminded” them of each other. It turned out that one of the objects they brought, was the same! How cute is that: both brought Havaianas! It was the third ”object” though that made us all cry when Ingemar brought it out of his bag: he had made a compilation of all the mails they had sent to each other from the first time they met and under all the years they were having a long distance relationship, while she was living in Brazil and he was in Sweden.
Their pictures exhale the love, closeness, respect and togetherness which are the pillars of their relationship and I’m so happy I could capture these feelings for them in form of photography.
P.S.: as both Juliana and I are design-freaks, look at her amazing rings!!!! Designed by the Danish Designer Charlotte Linggaard. The rings are inspired in nature….just perfekt……LOVE them!
I’ve been to Iceland three times this year.
Every time it has been a completely different experience. Every time it has been completely mind-blowing.
That’s why I have decided that if I’m going to book a shoot in Iceland again, I want it to be like mind-blowing to everyone we photograph.
Having your wedding, pre-wedding, or like Yun’s shoot, your dream trip, documented in Iceland does not include only beautiful photographs in their fairy-tale environment. For us, it also includes an EXPERIENCE and and ADVENTURE together.
You really have to EXPERIENCE Iceland when you are there. The people, the food, the hot natural baths, the amazing power of nature. And then your photos will not only be a documentation of your stay there, they will also be palpable memories of how you felt in this magic place.
We picked up Yun, who had come all the way from China, at the Blue Lagoon and then she got to come along with us for an adventure we had prepared just for her under her two-day stay in Iceland. My colleague and photographer friend Jennie, who is an expert of everything to do with Iceland was our cultural guide. As Jennie is from the North of Sweden, she was also our expert ”snow and ice” driver, to make our trip together totally safe.
This is what we did under those two days, and that’s what you can get if you want to book us for your shoot:
We started our day in Geysir, where as we booked a hotel literally across the street from the Geysers, Icelands Geysers only for ourselves! To warm up a little and experience a little of the Icelandic hot bath culture, we drove to the Secret Lagoon in Fludir. A hot bath in the middle of nature and hot springs. Even with the rainy weather, it was magnificent! Along the beautiful road 30 towards the city of Vik where we would spend the night, Yun could ”meet” the truly friendly and kind Icelandic Horses (which Jennie also knew a lot about and taught us all about the horses behaviour, so we would know the difference of being happy or annoyed with us! ). Of course we had to stop by Seljalandsfoss and my favourite waterfall ever, Gljúfrabúi, which is hidden inside of a mountain and demands courage to visit. As Yun was super brave to go inside, so did we, and we had 20 seconds before our cameras got all wet to capture her in this out-of-this-world environment! The typical ”Icelandic Lamn Soup” by the waterfall is also a must in the cold November weather. If you are more a Fish-and-chips kind of person, there’s also a little ”food truck” in the neighbourhood that sells amazing ones.
The green moss outside Kirkjubaejarklaustur on the way to Jökulsarlón really looks like a scenery taken out of a sci-fi movie and of course we found the best looking part of it, to take some extra photos of Yun. The glacier lake was the day’s top adventure. Every time we have been to the lake, it looks different because of the Icebergs that fall down the water and are taken to the sea through the lake. As being the adventurers and curious people we are, we had to go to the beach to where all those icy bits are taken to and get some amazing shots there as well. The mountains and glaciers around this area are really breathtaking, so many stops were necessary along the way close to Skaftafell.
Thank you Yun, for wanting to do all the crazy stuff we had planned to you and for falling in love with Iceland as we done! Yun is a wedding planner from Shanghai who was testing our ”Adventure_Experience_Photography Package” in case any of her pre-wedding couples would like to have an unique Icelandic experience with us. You can find more about Yun and her modern thinking about Pre-wedding photography here:
Il Mare. Olive Trees. Chilli pepper. Narrow roads. Crazy driving. Olive Trees. Il Mare. La Montagna. Lemon. Il Mare.
Wow. It was my first time in the Amalfi Coast and I felt that I went all in. I even got asked if I were from Rome, which can be the biggest compliment for a fourth generation Italian.
And than add the most wonderful Brazilian couple to that list. Plus one of my mentor-students, that came along to learn about the way I think and shoot people in love in places to love.
We spent two days in Positano, waking up inhumanly early and waiting for the beautiful late afternoon light to set in.a
And all the small little cities down the coast, us driving, feeling sick with all the turns, laughing and stopping the car at everything that caught our eye. Just like a true adventure should be: filled of discovery and joy.
Hope you will also fall in love with these two and with this place as we did. From the second we saw the ”mare”….
When I was asked to prepare a new course on Destination Photography that would be filmed in Paris for Sweden’s biggest online photography school, Moderskeppet, I was thrilled to hear Louise and Anders would be my real life couple.
As my photography is very personal, and as I also wanted this course to be, I decided to use one of our Paris days as a ”real photography day”. We filmed everything I would do for real, as if I had a real couple wanting to take couple pictures in France.
I had heard Louise once say that what she loved the most about her relationship with Anders was the fact that they did things together. She thought that it was the doing-things-together that made their love so strong, even after all those years. Experimenting unexpected things, experimenting new cultures by really immersing themselves into that culture. Togetherness. One of my favourite words. And that word became the sparkle for my asking Anders to plan a surprise ”activity-day” together with Louise.
Anders, who is amazingly creative, came up with the idea of picking up things all day, in different areas of Paris, for a romantic picnic at sunset. The list would give Louise tasks to do stuff together with Anders, and at the same time, give them both the chance of discovering and exploring what’s French and what’s Parisian. And again, as Anders is who he is, the list turned out amazing!!!
Check it out:
1. The Wine Shop LES CAVES AUGE. Paris’ oldest wine shop which has been open since 1850. Ask for help in finding a romantic wine for the picnic.
2. FROMAGERIE LEPIC has cheese from all over the world. Buy one you think Anders would think it’s magically delicious.
3. In 2011, AU LEVAIN D’ANTAN won the very prestigious ”Paris best baguette” prize. Be sure to get one of them for your basket.
4. Go in SACRE COEUR and feel how it feels to stand inside such an impressive church. Light a candle for someone close to you. Don’t forget to check the old Carroussel on the bottom of the stairs as well.
5. Find HOTEL DE VILLE and try to re-create Robert Doisneaus famous kiss photo together with Anders.
6. Take Anders to the fantastic bookstore SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY and let him get lost in all those old books.
7. Walk west along the SEINE RIVER. See if you can find the house where CHAMPOLLION (who deciphered the hyerogliphs) lived. Keep on walking until you find CHOCOLATIER DEBAUVE ET GALLAIS and buy the most delicious chocolate you can find.
8. Walk on to LA GRAND EPICERIE where you can find all kinds of food in an amazing environment. Grapes are a must! And maybe something else you think should be included in a great picnic basket!
As you can see by the pictures, we had an amazing day together, AND a new idea was born: now when you book your Paris shoot with me, that’s what we will do. THINGS TOGETHER. That’s how I want to document Paris for you. Together with the Parisian Photographer Milena Perdriel, we will give you an unforgettable day in the city of lights, with beautiful pictures as a eternal reminder of how much fun and loving we had together!
To believe that there’s love and compassion in this world, and to find proof that it really exists.
Our Saturday was all about that and much more. True love. Compassion. Hope. Strength. Togetherness.
To see more than 20 different companies work together for a greater good. That’s true love.
A day that will always be in our hearts as the day a special group got together to show that together we are strong. Together we can show the power of unconditional love, and that’s the biggest force on Earth.