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Hello, Hej, Hi, Hallå!
Summer came to Gothenburg like it was in an extreme hurry. It's so warm and green and wonderful!
A little over a week ago it had just turned spring though and David and I were in my family's house in Rörum, Österlen for a couple of days.
We did what we always do when we're there: went for a walk to check on "our" tree where we got married (8 months ago now!) last summer.
Let's take a walk, shall we?
Outrun by a hen.
Hello Lonely Tree!
Obligatory self timer photos of us.
My hair is all over the place, David's too.
Cutesy husband being all adorable.
Raunchy wifey being all climby.
Cut to dreamy photos of pretty tree blossom.
Well, hello there!
We walked to the waterfall Forsamölla and looked at it from above. (Here you can see some pictures I took of the waterfall a couple of years ago)
This blurry photo is of David when he almost fell off a rock while filming me screaming my Vårskrik (Scream of spring, from the book and movie Ronja Rövardotter by Astrid Lindgren). It's a must, to scream for spring once every year. Now you know.
Backsippa! Dont know the english word for it.
See our tree in the distance? And the greenhouse in the middle is where we had our wedding reception. Wonderful place!
Say Hi to Astor the cat. He has one crooked whisker.
And he is a bit tired of me taking photos of him...

So that was all from Österlen this time.
Today I have lots to do and I've already checked off a bunch of things on the list. Yaay me!
Hope your weekend was splendid. Mine was! It included beer with my friends in Teater Esther, walks, lunch at a café in the sun with David, LOTS of jewelry making, an evening run over the cemetery and MANY MANY episodes of my latest tv series addiction Lost Girl (A bit like a cross of Buffy the vampire slayer, the X-files and Supernatural with great female characters and I LOVE how they don't fall into too many gender stereotypes. Oh, and how it depicts sexuality is GREAT! Can you tell I'm hooked?)

Well, that was all from me today.
Have a fabulous week, dear friends and readers!

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Today it's exactly 6 months since David and I got married!
Our dear friend Hanna took lovely photos of the day and I really want to show you all.
It was the most wonderful day and looking back at these photos makes me all teary eyed. And it was still summer! Gosh, how I long for the warmer seasons to arrive soon! Anyway, let's take a look at the lovely day 6 months ago, august 24, when David and I became husband and wife! Prepare yourself for the most photo filled post I've ever posted...
We all gathered in the garden to my parent's house and then walked together to the place where the ceremony was going to be held.
After a while David and I headed off in another direction than the rest of the party.
The guests had to climb a stile to get to the top of the hill.
Say hello to David's dad, Ulf!
David and I took a moment for ourselves halfway up the hill because all guests hadn't reached the top yet.
Lots of skirt for me to hold on to when the ground was covered in sheep poo and thistles.
Time to get moving again.
The ceremony conducted by our wedding officiant Else Beth.
It was very windy that day. Love how the ribbon in my hair gets caught in the air.
Jonas, one of our witnesses, with the pocket watches that we exchanged instead of rings. See and read more about our wedding pocket watches here.
David hanging my watch around my neck.
And then, after David got his watch too, we were married!
Look at my husband!
So married!
Looking fondly at the marriage certificate.
Gosh, I love these photos! Look at my parents and me! My mother and I are the same and just can't stop the tears when it gets emotional. It's happening right now, just looking at these photos.
David being congratulated by his parents, Agnetha and Ulf, and in the background, to the right you'll see my friend Johanna (who did my makeup and hair) in need of tissues too.
(Oh, and that's actually my three best and oldest friends hiding in the backround of this photo. From left to right: Becka, Lisa and Johanna.)
Us and everybody!
After the ceremony we stayed up on the hill for a while, drinking mojitos and mingling.
My beautiful mother!
She's made that gorgeous necklace and the earrings herself!
Becka with wind in her hair, looking all lovely.
Lisa and Björn! They got married just a couple of weeks ago!
My niece Hilda meets Claes.
When we got cold we walked down the hill again and went to Mandelmanns trädgårdar who owns the land where we got married and the beautiful garden where our dinner and party was going to be held.
Inside one of the greenhouses everything was ready for the rest of the celebrations to start. The flowers are from my parent's garden and we had collected twigs and grass and wild flowers around the village. The table cloths are a mix of fleamarket finds, my mother's stash and sweet neighbours helping out. My mother and our friend Inger made it all look this lovely!
The seats of the bride and groom.
That's me! Love David's illustrations on the place cards.
Oh, and the 3D glasses were for the little booklet...
My sister Sara to the upper left corner, my niece Hilda in the lower right corner and then Thomas and Inger who are dear friends to my family and the wedding witnesses at my parent's wedding!
Everybody finding their seats and admiring the beautiful greenhouse.
We are so happy that we got to have our wedding and reception there because it's the most wonderful place and just being there made the day feel all magical.
We had popcorn, because that is my absolute favourite snack. We also had a big bowl of the chocolate candy Polly since that's David's absolute favourite kind of sweets.
The sign is for our guestbook, telling people that we are going to take their picture with a polaroid camera and put the photos in the book later.
In action!
Jonas and Aili. Our wedding witnesses and dear friends.
The dinner was absolutely amazing! Everything we ate was grown and made on the farm we were on and it was the most beautiful and tastiest food ever! Lots of colourful vegetables! That's one of the things people who were at the wedding still talk about when we meet, how incredible the food was. I wish I could eat food like that every day.
Checking up on internet. Facebook was a mad house of congratulations!
My nephew Alfred, who had been born just a couple of months before, in the arms of Thomas.
Sneaky bride squeezes into the picture...
A very cuddly cat found it's way into Ida's lap in time for dessert. We had apple pie and custard and it was heaven!
Ulf gave a really nice speech.
Aili and Jonas were Quiz masters. They had made a really great quiz with questions about David's and my tastes in movies, music, books and all things pop culture.
The evening came.
My dad gave a speech and then he sang a few songs. One of them together with my sister Sara.
And then together with Thomas who is my dad's friend since childhood.
It was such a nice evening.
And then it was time for the cake! A cinnamon bun cake! Inspired by a scene in my favourite movie Äppelkriget that actually took place in this exact part of Sweden!
Oh, and the following photos might be my all time favourites...
The bride gets to break the cake.
David is excited.
It's David's turn...and look at David's friend Fredrik, haha! That look he gives me! He is not trusting me with the cinnamon bun cake!
Appearantly it was some sort of law that the bride should feed the groom with cake.
Oh and yes, that is wedding Smurf and Smurfette on top of the cake.
And that was that wonderful, magical, lovely day.
It was THE BEST!
I hope we get to return to the scene of the crime when it's our one year anniversary.

So, monday you say? February?
Well, I'm still in warm august memories, let me stay there just a little while longer.

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Hello! I'm back with the promised Christmas post!
I have been sick for a few days and haven't left the sofa much so it feels great to be up and energized again.
I took a lot of photos this christmas, mostly of my nephew and niece since they are both adorable and seems to love the camera. When they grow up there are going to be so many photos of them that I can use as bribes and/or extortions. Can't wait!
Well let's get on with it then! Here's my christmas in photos:
David and I didn't have a christmas tree because we always spend our holiday in the town Jönköping where we grew up. My parents always have a very nice tree though so I get to look at that.
My nephew Alfred seems to be all about the working out. If he continues like this he's going to be completely made out of muscles in only a few years. Hope not, I won't be having anything to talk to him about if that happens. I'll be the aunt forcing him to the theatre, concerts and feeding him with cakes to counteract all this fitness madness.
Here he is posing infront of the christmas tree.
Mulled wine and gingerbread cookies at three o'clock when all of Sweden gathers infront of the tv to watch snippets from Disney cartoons. This is such a weird thing. Nobody really cares about it anymore but it's a more important tradition than christmas food so nobody dares question it. Well, no not really, my family hasn't watched it for years now but since there are wild kids in the house now it seemed like a good idea.
Then Santa came! Well, my dad really but don't tell Hilda and Alfred.
Astor the cat got ribbons. Oh, and Hilda turned into Pippi Longstocking.
(By the way, if you look closely you can see that Astor has a big birthmark inside his mouth.)
Hilda Longstocking was excited/happy/a bit scared.
Astor was looking with jealousy and longing at Alfreds ribbon. Or maybe he was just impressed with Alfreds ribbon skills. Who knows.
Pippi-Cat Longstocking with her Mamma Mu book in hand. Why stick to ONE character when you can be all at once?
Oh my. I need to have this photo on my wall.
Photo by David.
Alfred laughing at one of my sublime jokes.
Photo by David.
And this, as you can see, is what happens when you blow air into Alfreds head.
Then Hilda made Kladdkaka.
She had the bowl for herself.
Look. At. That. Face.
Heh, Auntie Lotta is one crazy paparazzi.

So that was my christmas!
Today I will actually get to see these two ragruts again since they are in Gothenburg for the week.
But before that I have one banana cake to bake and some necklace pendants to list in my shop.
Hope you have a nice wednesday, see you again soon!

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!
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