The main reason for our visit to Sweden was the marriage of Erik and Annette.
While they both live in the States now, Annette’s whole family still lives in Sweden (Before I go any further I just have to say how amazing her family was. They welcomed us our first day in Sweden with a home-made buffet full of authentic food and helped and organized all our activities throughout our time in Sweden. They were wonderful)! I have to say without a doubt that Erik and Annette’s wedding was the most beautiful ceremony I have ever had the pleasure of attending. Their wedding was outdoors and an easy five minute walk from our hostel in Långholmen. The main purpose of this entry is just to share how stunning the whole ceremony ended up looking.
First comical moment of the day, one of the guests arriving at the ceremony going into a frenzy because he literally had ants in his pants.
What I loved most about this wedding was the simplicity of it. It was not meant to be an extravagant wedding full of hoop-la and pomp. It was all about family and being with those who you love. There were no more than 40 people at the wedding, the Grooms Father was the one who preformed the ceremony, and a very small band played throughout. It was not full of religion, but “one love”.
Comical Moment #2: Ring bearer falls down and doesn’t know what to do!
Luckily, he had an uncle to help him back up!
Another unique touch that made this wedding even more fabulous, was that the couple had a rope ceremony. Before this, I had never even heard of one. Each of the mothers created their own piece of rope that the groom and bride tied together to symbolize their union.
Comical moment #3: Groom comforts crying best man (he’s emotional)!
Comical moment #4: Groom forgot to get his ring sized only to discover it was too tight!
I’m not exaggerating when I say this was the ideal wedding, at least for me! Not only could see you see how much love was there, you felt it. Okay, before I start getting more cliché and sappy, let’s skip to “you may now kiss the bride” and move on to the reception.
Reception was also absolutely striking. A solo guitarist played while the wedding party went gallivanting around taking pictures (they took close to two hours by the way…which meant most of us were sloshed by the time they returned).
Time to get our groove and stogies on
We danced and drank and laughed until around 3am. At that time, everyone from the wedding went outside and sent off Chinese Fire Lanterns. Perfect way to end a perfect day.