When I drove to Gothenburg, we knew the weather would be crappy.
And as with most of my couples, even though the weather is not what we had expected, it’s nature and our love for nature was bigger than our fear of rain. So we did it anyways. I brought all my rain gear, all my umbrellas and then I met these two beautiful souls that would be getting married in China later on in September.
They had been living in Sweden for many years and it is an active part of who they have become now and they wanted everything Swedish to show in their pre-wedding photos.
I wanted to die when I saw that they had achieved the task with such perfection. From their, and my favourite Swedish designers for their clothes, to a Midsommar Flower crown and a bouquet made of summer wild flowers, everything was flawless combined with their Chinese heritage. As nature was their inspiration, their wedding rings were also designed by my favourite Danish jewelry designer: Ole Lynggaard, from his nature collection.
And here you have a little something from these two cuties on how our day was:
”We found Juliana by luck :) We were googling for wedding photographers that are located in sweden. After looking at a couple of homepages, we found Juliana’s and we were simply amazed by the beautiful images taken by her. The pictures felt so warm. one could really sense the chemistry between the couples. not to mention how these are well set within the stunning nature. These are exatly what we wanted for our pictures. We were just a bit worried if she would drive all the way to GBG for us. And she did! :-)
I like the way she’s working, very well-planned. After a short meeting online, she gave us a ”homework” so we’d knew where to go on the shooting day and all our favorite spots’d be covered. And she’s very responsive to the emails, always with helpful suggestions.
The day we shoot was windy and rainy, typical GBG weather. This made the shooting tricky, as we had to wait sometimes so it rained less or stoped. Luckly we have Juliana, who is very professional, efficient and knew exactly what she’s doing! We managed to cover all our favorite spots with very limited time and we felt happy when we were doing this. you probably see it already from our pictures : )”
And by the way, don’t you just loooooove her walking barefoot on the cliffs??
Pre-wedding, post-wedding or just Engagement Portraits in beautiful Stockholm while you are visiting our beautiful city in the heart of Scandinavia?
After a decade of shooting pre-wedding in Scandinavia we have finally found the best packages to offer all of you who are not only looking for unique beautiful couple shots, but also a one of a kind experience of seeing our city through the eyes of a local.
When I first came to Sweden I enrolled myself to the ”Authorised Stockholm Guide Course” and even though I didn’t have a chance to finish it all, as I got a toppen job just a few months before I was done, I have never forgotten all the amazing history I’ve learned those couple of months.
In our packages we offer you a tour of Stockholm through photos and culture, which we know our kind of couples really appreciate!
Here you have our packages:
THE CITY HALL PACKAGE
-a photographer-guide who will pick you up at your hotel and drive you around our beautiful destinations
-two hour of photography around our beautiful City Hall and Riddarholmen, the island of the knights!
-at least 50 high-resolution files ready to be printed
extra locations/per hour: 250 euro
THE STOCKHOLM PACKAGE
-a photographer-guide who will pick you up at your hotel and drive you around our beautiful destinations
-six hours of photography around our beautiful City Hall and Riddarholmen, the Old Town, Skeppsholmen, The Southern Island, Djurgården, and your choice of extra location!
-at least 200 high-resolution files ready to be printed
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
Bröllopstårtan: Från Konditori stinsen i Krylbo.
Fotografi: Juliana Wiklund Photography, Juliana & Laya Sadegh
Musik: Dj Sandra från Stockholm
Kläder: BrudKlänning från Milagro i Stockholm, brudtärneklänningar från You and Me Online store Los Angeles, Kostymer från Banana Republic Los Angeles.
Belysning: All belysning var köpt från Claes Olsson´s
Blommor: Brudbukett samt blomman till brudgummen och hans marsalker var från Iris Blommor i Avesta.
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.
PS: We have used the amazing Delicious Presets in the post-processing of the color photos in this post. Love their Delicious Analog Story presets!
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.
Contact us to know more!
”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:
Instagram: #ateljeepits #pitsbytriinisak
The rings were made by Merle Kasonen
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:
Youfunfun Global Wedding&Travel Photography
And also thank you Delicious Presets for letting me test their Delicious Analog Story on these photos! I just loooove the skin tones of their presets!