Growing up I wasn’t really sure what i wanted to do and it took several formative events before I realised that I wanted to be a photographer. I suppose i actually came quite late to it but now it provides not just my living but my life.
Being a Bröllopsfotograf (wedding Photographer in Swedish… I think) provides me with opportunities everyday and I love to travel so shooting this wedding in Stockholm, Sweden a little while ago indulged several of my interests.
Keen readers of our blog may remember we shot a wedding in Venice last year For Marcus and Deborah. At that wedding we met Marcus’s sister Louise and her partner Michael. Within a few months we were booked to shoot Louise’s own wedding in Stockholm.
Having shot weddings in Sweden before we were pretty comfortable with the format as it is very different from a UK wedding. It was also not our first time working in Stockholm and it certainly won’t be our last as both Brian and myself have a real affinity for the city and its people.
The day started for us with a short walk from our hotel to the Hotel Diplomat on the waterfront. Both Bride and Groom were preparing there for the wedding on different floors.
This aspect doesn’t differ too much from what we would normally see at home but before the wedding the couple meet and then walk down the aisle together. On this occasion we were lucky to be working in the incredible Hedvig Eleonora church, check it out on wiki here.
You will see from the images how great it looks. Then a short, photogenic walk to the harbour and a boat trip out to the islands allowed all the guests to mingle, chat and frankly get in a party mood while dancing to a 3 piece band.
Once at the island we spent a a short time with the couple taking their portrait images and then it was on to the meal and (lots of) speeches. If there is one key cultural difference its the speeches and until you have been to a swedish wedding you will just have to imagine. They were very funny and lively and great fun.
Then came the party – Swedes are delightful people, very dignified and polite. Somehow they remain this way while tucking away more alcohol than you would think possible in a very short space of time. The party rocked, the dance floor bounced and no body wanted to catch the last boat home.
When we arrived back in the harbour it was 2am and we had a 1/4 mile walk to our hotel. The rain coming down was biblical and we were well and truly soaked but hey it was an experience as they say.
We can’t wait to go back and further our Swedish wedding portfolio. Flights from the UK are cheap and with the differing standards of living it is still cheaper to book us to fly to Sweden than book one of our swedish counterparts.
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