our wedding story… Erin and Patrick
Wedding Photography by Lena Larsson
We are very excited to share the wedding of Erin and Patrick with you. Erin has written a lovely piece about the continental dilemmas they faced to the spectacular wedding day itself – read on for the full story.
Here Comes The Sun
Having been blessed with the unfortunate gift of a vivid imagination, I had pictured my wedding day down to the finest detail ever since I got my first plastic pink tiara. However, reality soon bit hard, as I realised that being an Australian living in London and planning a wedding in Stockholm, with an intimate guest list that included our nearest and dearest from Australia, Sweden, Denmark, France, Monaco, Netherlands and Wales was not the fairy tale I had dreamt of. Instead it was fraught with cultural faux pas and logistical improbabilities. Rather than use strict themes and traditions, we threw everything out of the window and decided to focus on creating a day that was undeniably and unquestionably “us”. Relaxed and elegant, with a touch of nautical, a hint of theatrical, the theme of the day was the cross-cultural definition of Fun.
Red and blue lifesaving rings adorned the chairs down the aisle and vintage sheet music made up the petal cones, courtesy of Vintage Twee. The ceremony programs were printed onto royal blue and white paddle fans, which were in Swedish on one side and English on the other. At the same time they also provided guests with some relief from the heat.
In the end, it was the gift of perfect weather that pulled everything together as our evening ceremony began between the hedges at the beautiful Rosendal’s Trädgård in Stockholm, followed by the reception in their Greenhouse. Local, organic food was served, and the speeches brought the house down. Guests were kept entertained and interactive with a “Happy Couple Crossword” with questions about the bride and groom, as well as Marriage Advice surveys at each place setting. The biggest hit of the evening was undoubtedly the Polaroid camera guest book. Guests could take kooky photos of themselves to paste into the guest book alongside their well wishes.
As the drinks flowed, the dancing kicked off and continued into the night, until the sun peeked over the horizon once more at around 2am! After months of planning, it seems we had managed to create our very own, custom made fairy tale. When we arrived home from our honeymoon, we loved unwrapping all our notonthehighstreet.com goodies, particularly the beautiful, Pavillion Bed Linen from Tonder and Tonder and the Rocking Glasses from Bodie and Fou.