Destination Wedding Photography Sweden

// A Magical Woodland Wedding

 

Up on the blog today is a Swedish wedding extravaganza! Full confession: I have lusted after this wedding ever since I met with Henrik and Thea to discuss their plans. The setting for their wedding was Kroksta Gard; a gorgeous red fronted Scandinavian barn set in the countryside of Upsalla. Found in the middle of the countryside down a long path surrounded by silver birch trees. Walking to the venue felt like you were entering into a Swedish dream.  This beautiful red barn that was rented as a dry hire space was the perfect location for the couples vision.

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Traditional Red Fronted Swedish Barn

 

“All we had hired was a barn” Henrik explained “and although it was wonderful to have the creative freedom to do whatever we wanted, looking back we’re very proud that we, along with our nearest and dearest, managed to pull it off!”  Oh boy did they manage to pull it off the most gorgeous Swedish wedding indeed! Seriously scrolling through their wedding images it is impossible to guess that nearly all the elements of the day were created by the couple themselves along with their friends and family.

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural Couples Portrait

 

Henrik and Thea described their day as a “rustic Scandi farm midsummer nights dream”.  Which they executed to perfection. They’re styling was gorgeous, from hand painted table settings to a personalised VW camper van photo booth.  When reminiscing about their wedding Thea said that she “had to keep pinching myself all day as I was sure it was all just a dream”.  Guests found their seats written on rustic little pieces of brown paper hanging from the iconic red barn door outside the venue situated between draped green foliage and ate their wedding breakfast from a food truck outside the barn. I mean taco’s for your wedding breakfast – what is not to love about that?

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Food Truck Wedding Catering

 

“The hard work of all out amazing friends and family made everything possible” Thea said. The couples wedding definitely was a labour of love from all parties involved. Where should the list begin? Thea’s mother arranged all the flowers with a close family friend for the day. When I say all the flowers I mean ALL the flowers. The button holes, the table settings, the bouquets – the LOT. It was incredible what they achieved together. The photographs speak for themselves and the arrangements were stunning. Not only were the flowers arranged by family, but Thea’s friend and bridesmaid had sewed every napkin on the tables to be the perfect size and fit for the plates. They were tied neatly with a gorgeous Swedish themed napkin string. It was all of these little touches that made Henrik and Thea’s day so beautiful and personal.

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural Wildflower Bridesmaid Bouquet

 

Thea’s wedding cake was extraordinary. Topped with two golden stags and surrounded by gorgeous peony flowers. She herself made the wedding cake for her big day which she was icing well into the early hours the evening of the night before the big day. There are so many personal touches when I write down the details for this unbelievable Swedish wedding. One of my favourite details was that Thea’s Grandad picked and dried all of the confetti from his garden in Australia. He then had them shipped over for her as he could not be there. Pulling together all of your resources is vital when planning a dry hire wedding, but also essential if that wedding is overseas. Thea and Henrik had a family member DJ their entertainment for the evening with banging tracks and their favourite songs – including ‘Vindaloo’ for Henrik and his stag party!

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Confetti Woodland Wedding Ceremony

 

The beauty of destination wedding photography is that as a photographer I always get to the country that the wedding is being held a couple of days early. This enables me to get acquainted with the area and to also arrange meetings with my lovely couples to go through their wedding plans before the big day. The day before the wedding I met Henrik and Thea to walk around the venue and to check in with them both. We wandered around the site and they particularly wanted outside input for their ceremony location “Jesse was so helpful in making sure that we had made the right decision” Thea explained “and advised us on how the light would be in different spots around the woodland”.

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - First Kiss Woodland Wedding Ceremony

 

The couple had a close school friend as their marriage celebrant which was held in the middle of the most gorgeous woodland. They both agreed that the ceremony was the highlight of their day recounting that “it was such a special location and it was just how we wanted it.”   A school friend sang two gorgeous songs during the ceremony and had the guests join in too. It was truly one of the most magical ceremonies that I have ever had the chance to be a part of.  Looking around there was not a dry eye in the house and it was such a magical experience to be around people who were singing with the couple who had chosen the songs that were personal to them.

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Fun and Spontaneous Group Photography

 

Together as a couple, Henrik and Thea were unconventionally wonderful. With a such big house on the Kroksta Gard site the couple got ready just rooms away from each other in the morning. It was lovely to be able to hear Henrik and his groomsmen getting ready with ABBA blaring downstairs and have Thea and her girls chatting and doing their make up upstairs. A delightful element of being in the same location was that they were able to exchange gifts to one another which in Thea’s words “was really sweet in the morning and looking back at the photographs we can see how touched we were with each others presents”.

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Groom Receiving A Surprise Present From the Bride

 

Thea and her bridesmaids got ready upstairs whilst Henrik and his groomsmen were downstairs. Thea chose a gorgeous dress from French Connection paired with a pair of cute Swedish Hasbeens. Her bridesmaids all chose dresses that they had in their possession already.  Their styles married together perfectly and complemented Thea’s dress choice and the flowers that went with them. There is something really magical about choosing dresses and outfits that people feel truly comfortable in. So often bridesmaids feel that they have to be matching with their dresses. When in actual fact miss-matching your outfits is a great way to make your wedding stand out and also be more eco friendly. You can see from a previous blog post of mine “How To Have a More Eco Friendly Wedding” that choosing your own dress can reduce the impact on the environment.

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - French Connection Wedding Dress

 

The reception featured the most gorgeous tasting table with tapas elements and cheese, along with pink gin cocktails. The couples speeches were held outside in the glorious sunshine by the barn on top of an antique old trailer. As the party continued outside with games of KUBB and dancing we snuck away for some portraits. “We were quite nervous about the couples photographs” remarked Thea “but they are some of our favourites and the time we got to spend together just the two of us was a highlight of the day”. We were really spoilt for choice with the location and as soon as the sun was setting we walked back to the woods where they had said ‘I Do’ earlier in the day.

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Couples Portraits at Sunset

 

As a couple they broke from almost all wedding traditions on their big day right from the very start “we walked down the aisle together hand in hand and in to married life in our own way” Henrik said.  Perhaps this should be the motto for all couples looking to get married. Step into married life in your own way! Listen to your gut and don’t feel bad when you ask others for help. With Henrik and Thea’s wedding as an example, it doesn’t take an individual to organise a wedding – it takes takes a village!

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Speeches At The Wedding Reception

 

Being part of Thea and Henrik’s wedding day was nothing other than magical. They are such wonderful people and surround themselves with the most fantastic friends and family. They were kind enough to say some wonderful words about me which still have me blushing as I write them down now!

 

I honestly can’t recommend Jesse enough. Her wonderful personality, dazzling creativity and incredible professionalism has given us the perfect wedding photos and we couldn’t be happier.

 

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard - Traditional Red Swedish Barn

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Home made Seating Chart

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Home made Seating Chart

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Home Made DIY Wedding Flowers

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Home Made DIY Wild Wedding Flowers

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Home Made DIY Wild Wedding Flowers

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Traditional Red Fronted Swedish Barn

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - DIY Wedding Guestbook Display

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - DIY Wedding Guestbook Display

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - DIY Wedding Flowers

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard - VW Camper Van Photobooth

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard - VW Camper Van Photobooth

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural Bridal Preparation Photography

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - French Connection Wedding Dress

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - French Connection Wedding Dress

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Boho Wedding Ring Display

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Bridal Bouquet Made With Wild Flowers

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Bridal Bouquet Made With Wild Flowers

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Candid Moment Between a Groom and Best Man

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Candid Groom Prep Photography

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Beautiful Bride Photography

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Beautiful and Natural Bride Getting Into The Wedding Dress

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Beautiful and Natural Moments Between Bride and Bridesmaids

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - First Look Reaction

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - First Look Romantic Reaction

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Bridesmaids Walk to The Ceremony

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Bride and Groom Walk to The Ceremony Hand in Hand

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Bride and Groom Walking Down the Aisle

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Emotional Reactions During The Wedding Ceremony

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Groom Reactions During Ceremony

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Gorgeous Boho French Connection Bride in Woodland Wedding Ceremony

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Outdoor Woodland Wedding Ceremony

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Outdoor Woodland Wedding Ceremony

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Live Entertainment at Woodland Wedding Ceremony

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Gorgeous Boho Bride in Woodland Wedding Ceremony

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural Wildflower Bridesmaid Bouquet

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Confetti Woodland Wedding Ceremony

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Woodland Wedding Ceremony

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Swedish Wedding Reception

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Wedding Reception Tasting Table

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Wedding Reception Tasting Table

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Wedding Reception Pink Gin Cocktails

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Speeches At The Wedding Reception

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural Group Photography

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural and Cute Couples Portrait with Sign

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Rustic Barn Wedding Breakfast

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Rustic Barn Wedding With Hand Painted Table Settings

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Rustic Barn Wedding With Hand Painted Table Settings

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Rustic Barn Wedding Breakfast

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Rustic Barn Wedding Breakfast

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Rustic Barn Wedding Breakfast Tea Cups

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Home Made Wedding Cake

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Home Made Wedding Cake

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural Couples Portrait

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Gorgeous French Connection Bride with Handsome and Stylish Groom

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Gorgeous Boho French Connection Bride

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Gorgeous Boho French Connection Bride With Hand Made Bouquet

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Couples Portrait Woodland Swedish Wedding

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Romantic and Candid Couples Portrait

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Gorgeous French Connection Bride with Handsome and Stylish Groom

Swedish Wedding - French Connection Bride - Relaxed Couples Photography

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural and Candid Couples Portrait

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural and Candid Couples Portrait

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural and Candid Bride Portrait

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural and Candid Groom Portrait

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural and Candid Groom Portrait

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Food Truck Wedding Catering

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Food Truck Wedding Catering

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Guests Enjoying the Sunshine and Playing KUBB

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural Group Photography

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Speeches At The Wedding Reception

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Speeches At The Wedding Reception

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Speeches At The Wedding Reception

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Speeches At The Wedding Reception

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural Couples Photographs

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Woodland Wedding Couples Portraits at Sunset Dancing in The Woods

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Natural and Candid Couples Portraits at Sunset

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Woodland Wedding Couples Portraits at Sunset Dancing in The Woods

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Woodland Wedding Couples Portraits at Sunset

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Couple Enjoy Their First Dance

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Couple Enjoy Their First Dance

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Spontaneous and Fun Dance Floor Photographs

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Spontaneous and Fun Dance Floor Photographs

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Spontaneous and Fun Dance Floor Photographs

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Artistic Lighting Dance Floor Photographs

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Artistic Lighting Dance Floor Photographs

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Artistic Lighting Dance Floor Photographs

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Artistic Lighting Dance Floor Photographs

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Artistic Lighting Dance Floor Photographs

Swedish Wedding - Kroksta Gard Wedding - Sunset Landscape Sweden

 

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