Photo by David's friend Fredrik.
Hello, hello, hello!
I am so very very married!
Last saturday David and I had our wedding and it was the most magical day ever. We had planned for it to be a relaxed and joyful day without stress and rules. And that was exactly what it was! And so much better than we could have ever imagined.
It was a sunny day, but the clouds were dangerously dark around the time for the ceremony. No reason for worry, though. All those clouds just made for dramatic skies in the photographs and the day kept on in a sunny fashion.
I OF COURSE had my iPhone with me and so I documented parts of the preparations. Some of those photos you will see here but many of these are taken by our friends and their smartphones. I've edited most of them with the VSCOCam app (Love it!) except for some of them that's edited by the person who took the photo.
We had a few friends take pictures with fancy cameras too and you will get to see them too but for now: hope you enjoy a little peek at our wedding day.
David and Lotta. August 24 2013.
The day started with preparations. Inger, a dear friend of my family, helped with the table decorations.
Yes, it's a green house. Yes, this is where the dinner and party was held. Lovely, isn't it?
My mother was in charge of the flowers. We had picked them along the roads close to where we have our house in Rörum. Wild flowers and straws and some roses from our garden.
The view from the wedding couples' seat.
Decorations in 3D...
I walked up to the place of the ceremony to wipe off spider webs and bird poop from the chairs that we had brought there the day before. It was such a weird and lovely feeling to be up there all alone only a few hours before the wedding ceremony. I stood there for a few minutes and looked at the view and tried to imagine what it would feel like when it was happening four hours later. I felt such a calm and excited feeling and skipped down the hill to do the last of the preparations in the green house before it was time for me to be dolled up by my friend Johanna.
Photo and editing by Johanna.
And here we are! Our friends and family had gathered in our garden for drinks and snacks and we had time to walk around and say hi to everybody before it was time to march together up the hill.
Photo by my sister Sara.
David and I took the longer way because my dress prevented me from climbing the wooden stairs over the fence. Our guests looked like lemmings in the distance.
Photo and editing by Johanna.
All of our guests made it to the top!
Photo by Becka.
Here we are, soon on top of the hill!
And this is how you carry a very large tulle dress when walking up a hill surrounded by sheep poo.
Photo and editing by Johanna.
We met up with Else-Beth who was going to marry us.
Photo by Joel.
And then it was time to start.
Photo and editing by Johanna.
I couldn't keep from crying. It was just too emotional standing there, at that beautiful place with all our favourite people around us, hand in hand with my David.
Photo by my sister Sara.
And then we exchanged pocket watches. We didn't exchange any rings because we are happy with our wooden engagement rings. Instead we had bought antique pocket watches and engraved them in the back (You will see more of them in another post).
This was such a lovely moment, filled with joy. And both of us managed to lock the chains around each other's necks without any problems!
This photo was taken by Johanna with our polaroid camera.
And then it was photographed by me, with my iPhone. Super meta, haha!
And David gets his pocket watch too.
This and the following two photos was taken by David's friend Fredrik.
And we're married!
I love these photos so much! It looks like we're standing in a painting and that is exactly how it feels up there.
After the ceremony we made mojitos for everybody and people sat down on blankets to enjoy the view and the company. And I was back to taking photos again, haha!
This is Ida, Christian, Aili and Jonas. Lovely people! Aili and Jonas were our wedding witnesses, by the way.
Joel, Olle and Maja looking good in the sunshine.
Don't know who took this photo since it was from my sister's phone.
My sister and niece Hilda.
Same goes for this photo...
Me, my sister and nephew Alfred. And my husband (!) lurking around in the background.
Photo by David.
Then it was time to walk down the hill again. David and I took the longer way again and I had a bag of ice over my shoulder. Lots of skirt to carry!
Polaroid photo by Claes.
We took photos of all our guests with the polaroid camera. And one of us too, of course.
Photo and editing by Johanna.
In the green house before dinner!
Johanna made my hair and makeup. The flower crown is made by me and the dress was made by the amazing Jennie Lööf
Photo by Marie Mandelmann, who made this amazing kanelbulle cake!
This is our wedding cake.
An enormous Kanelbulle
(cinnamon bun) as a tribute to my all time favourite movie Äppelkriget
that was filmed in this very part of Sweden and where a car motor magically turns into a giant cinnamon bun...
Photo and editing by Johanna.
The bride gets to break the cake!
Photo by Olle.
And the night came and lots of colourful lamps and candles lit up the beautiful greenhouse.
We ate the most amazing food you could ever imagine, all made of food from the farm we were on.
We danced to our favourite music mixed with some hits from the early 1990's since David and I was a couple then for the first time.
It was the most amazing day and night and we couldn't be happier.
This will be with us for a very long time.
Now we are husband and wife. YAAY!
Last monday David and I went to Glasgow, Scotland to bring home my wedding dress.
My friend Jennie lives in Glasgow and since we got to know each other at a school where I studied theatre and she sewing I knew that she would be the right person for my not so traditional wedding dress.
She's working at a theatre so we were there a lot during the week for fittings and detail discussions and just goofing around with the play props laying around the room. David and I also had opportunity to walk around Glasgow and since we had some things we wanted to find for the wedding we spent a lot of time shopping. And eating.
Here's some snippets of our days in Glasgow.
Evening walk in Queen's park.
Say hi to Stand In Lotta.
Jennie made her last time I was in Glasgow, in may. I wore a t-shirt and Jennie covered me in duct tape so I could hardly breathe. Then she cut the duct tape in the back, stuffed me with left over fabric and taped me back together again.
Since last time Stand In Lotta had become a bit more wobbly and out of shape but she worked fine until I could be there instead. Then she was useless and stood there on her four legs and looked sort of left out.
Boxes for your everyday needs...
We found our wedding accessories...
Oh, how I regret that I didn't take this with me. Such a fabulous headpiece!
David and I spent a few hours roaming around West End with all it's vintage and charity shop heaven.
And we ate cauliflower and mustard soup. That was my favourite soup at a café in Midhurst, England, where I lived for a year with my dear friend Lisa (or Sambon as I usually call her). Such a nostalgic taste for me now!
Banana and blueberry cake and latte for me. One giant meringue with whipped cream and berries for David.
Jennie hiding behind a cloud of tulle.
David entertaining himself listening to podcasts in the background.
When we came home we spent a day sleeping and running around town searching for all those things we didn't find in Glasgow.
On saturday I thought I had theatre practice. Apparently I was fooled.
My friends threw me a bachelorette party! Such a great day with lots of nice things. I was so happy the entire day!
Today is a day of last minute packing. So many things to bring with us! Clothes, wedding surprises, makeup, and don't forget the wedding dress!
I have to get going now. FIVE DAYS LEFT, my friends and readers.
And for you with instagram I recommend you to follow me for more photos (lottalosten is my name there, as always) and check out the hashtag #lottvidwed to see photos from our wedding guests.
Wiiiiii! This is so exciting!
Hi hi friends, readers and all people of the internet!
Due to lack of wi/fi this post took longer to post than planned and as always I have trouble picking out a reasonable number of photos so I've decided to turn one post into two.
Here is the first batch of photos that I took of Hanna in the old Papyrus factory. The jewelry pieces are all from my latest collection. I focused on both jewelry, Hanna and the location on this photoshoot because all three parts was ecually important for me to capture.
I hope you like these photos and that you'll enjoy batch nr 2 as well. That post will probably show up during the weekend.
Without more talking, here is Hanna wearing my Cage Pendants in the abandoned factory Payrus in Mölndal, Sweden:
This factory really spoke to my dramatic sides. The next batch will include photos featuring an old escalator, graffiti too colourful for words and necklace pendants in beautiful symbiosis plus a gorgeous model lurking around the place as though she was a ghost.
Today is a hot day and I'm staying in the shadows as much as I can. David and I had a weekend in Copenhagen and I can't wait to show you all about that in a post soon.
Until then: Keep your sun hat on and wear as little clothes as you possibly can!
I'm home from Scotland! I actually arrived in Sweden on friday but I've been working the entire weekend (one 12 and one 21 hour shift, phew) and came off work yesterday morning so it feels like I went directly from Scotland to work and only came up over the surface somewhere around noon yesterday.
My camera was (of course) filled with photos from my trip so I thought I would show you some of them. I had planned to make one large blog post from my entire trip but earlier today I realised it needed to be two, and thirty minutes ago I decided three is much better. So get ready for the first of three photo filled Scotland posts!
I arrived in Glasgow on late monday afternoon. I went straight to my friend Jennie's
studio where she was preparing for her sewing class. Her students dropped in shortly after I did and I spent the time eating cookies, drinking coffee, and taking photos of the amazing house where Jennie's studio is located.
I want a window like this!
Interior detail from Jennie's apartment.
A bit fuzzy, but I just couldn't resist this one. I mean, all the things you need: a blow dryer, hairspray and a bum.
On tuesday we had breakfast at The Brooklyn Café next to where Jennie and her boyfriend lives. Here is Jennie.
And here is Jennie in a gif.
After that we walked to her studio again. Passed three blue doors.
The reason for my trip to Scotland is that Jennie is the one who's going to make my wedding dress. She is so very talented! Since it's not going to be a traditional wedding dress at all I knew Jennie was the girl to do it. She is one busy girl with lots of sewing classes and I was happy to tag along and be a part of her daily life.
Scotland was amazingly green. I mean. Yeah. SO green.
Inside Jennie's studio.
Jennie surveying her student's work.
On our way into town we walked past many houses like this one. So pretty.
This is one wobbly fence.
We went to the subway because Jennie told me it's the world's most silly subway system and I needed to see it. It's tiny and goes in a small circle. One train goes one way, the other one goes the other. And everything is in lovely brown and orange colours that only ever existed in the 1970's.
In the evening Jennie had another sewing class across town and I decided to hang out at a café instead. Drank lots of coffee, used the wireless internet, spoke with David on skype and rested my feet.
We met up afterwards and went to the Glad Café
and drank cider and planned the rest of my time in Scotland before we went home after a long day.
On Wednesday I had the day to myself. Jennie had a funeral to attend and she equipped me with a map (that she printed from Google maps and taped together in an awesome way).
I was on my way to a place close to Jennie's apartment...
I took most of the photos from my entire trip in this park. It was just lovely.
I walked around for two and a half hours and I will show you all of that tomorrow. Prepare yourself for the most amazing lush green you've ever seen. EVER.
Okay, I won't over hype you but make sure to pop by again tomorrow.
I'm on my way out the door soon for an evening walk/run. More walking than running, but I'm getting there!
See you tomorrow!
This thursday was the first day I went outside for almost a week. I've been totally knocked out by this cold, but now I'm feeling almost like normal again (well, what is normal, really?).
So, on thursday I took my camera, put on a vintage lens that David bought on a fleamarket a while ago, and walked out in spring ready to capture the day.
I took photos the entire day so you get to tag along.
Outside the door! Fresh air! New socks! READY!
Spring really took it's time this year, but during my week inside it finally arrived -complete with bursting buds and tiny leaves.
This was my destination for the morning. An italian café close to where I live.
They sell italian icecream that looks AMAZING but I was there for breakfast this time.
My date Ida. Since she's a freelance journalist and gets to plan her schedule herself and I work evenings and weekends we have started a tradition of meeting up for breakfast regularly. Our previous favorite breakfast place turned out to have really bad staff regulations so now we are on the lookout for a new favourite place in the neighbourhood. It's hard because there are not too many cafe's to choose from and the ones there are don't qualify for all our high demands.
It needs to be cozy enough to sit there for a couple of hours.
They must have a toilet (because we want to sit there for hours).
They need to serve breakfast.
We haven't yet found our new place.
She is a cutie pie.
After our breakfast date we said goodbye for today and I had some errands to do in the shops.
Little old ladies with red berets were enjoying the spring.
Dandelions! Sure sign of spring.
At Olskrokstorget (the town square I live close to) the flowers were newly planted.
Went to the fruit shop. Fruit is my biggest addiction after tea. I just love to walk around in fruit stores, look at the different kinds of fruit they have for the day, pick the most beautiful, exotic, tasty, lovely smelling ones and leave the store with far too much fruit for one person.
I just can't restrain myself when it comes to fruit. Guess there are worse kinds of addictions though...
Look how pretty! Fresh herbs and oranges. Sounds like a name of a restaurant, doesn't it?
Compulsory elevator pic.
I like to ring the door bell when I know David is home because I love to see his face in the doorway when he opens for me. I mean, look at him! The sweetest.
We got mail.
The application for our marriage!
We are good to go, apparently not related in any way and not already married with somebody else. Good.
I celebrated by choosing my bridal couple teacup.
I needed some help from David with the computer program. Took pictures of his nice hands.
And silly self portraits where the camera lens looks like it is a mouth. A very surprised mouth.
And still life of jewelry in my window sill waiting to be photographed for my shop.
And the ever pretty seed pods from South Africa.
Worked for hours.
Many receipts to look through.
When I was finished it was high time for food!
David made pizza.
I took care of the dishes.
Garnished and ready for the oven.
It was so tasty!
While we waited for the pizza to be ready I entertained myself with taking photos of things around the kithen. Like basil.
And an avocado sputnik.
See the decanter? Remember?
The evening was very still (I was so tired after my first adventurous day since before the stupid cold). Probably it involved listening to music, reading blogs, watching Buffy the vampire slayer and almost falling asleep on the couch.
On sunday David and I drove forty minutes from San José and ended up in a little beach town called Capitola. We were going to meet up with Jillian, a friend of mine who I've met through Etsy. She lives close by and she had told us the day before that she knew a nice breakfast place we needed to visit.
This was the place. Zelda's!
I had coffee. Of sorts.
Also ate some lovely breakfast food but was way too hungry to have the time to photograph it.
The beach view through the window and through the big mirror covering one wall.
After we ate we went for a stroll down the beach.
Surfers were laying low in the glistening water. Not many waves to be seen.
Turned around and walked back towards the town.
I call this one "Little girl with blue bucket and seagull".
I really really REALLY want one of these colourful houses. Any one of them will do. But especially the aqua blue one. Or the peach colured. Or the bright yellow. Or any of them really.
Bay and bridge behind a bridge.
I told Jillian that we don't really have wooden bridges like this in Sweden but since we grow up with american movies we've seen lots of them on films. Kind of weird that we know so much about american culture without ever having experienced it first hand that when we're finally here it's like "Yeah, I know about that restaurant" and "Yes, I've seen this place before. On film."
So pretty! I could definitely see myself living here. Yep.
Another thing that's really different from Sweden is the size of the streets. Even in a small town like Capitola the streets are so much wider than they are in Sweden. To us it sort of looks like a miniature town with tiny toy houses along the large streets. Like the entire place is just a pretty movie set.
Americans should come and see the teeny tiny streets in some villages in Österlen, Skåne. Their big cars wouldn't even be able to squeeze in.
Like sand castles for humans!
We walked under the wooden bridge. Such a cool structure.
Isn't Blue Gum Avenue the best name for a street!?!
We found an antique shop!
It was a lovely shop with millions of things everywhere. The lady who owned the place talked non stop about old customers from all over the world, about the history of different items and the reasons people have for collecting things. She was really nice and she let me take photographs in there because I asked nicely before. Usually she doesn't allow it.
With heart shaped sun glasses...
...without heart shaped sun glasses.
Then we had to walk back to the car and say goodbye to Jillian. It was a really great day and it's so sad that Capitola is such a long way from Sweden because I would have loved to have breakfast with Jillian at Zelda's every sunday.