Åhus, Sweden

Maria and Johan got married in my hometown Åhus so it was quite special to photograph this classic wedding. Maria and Johan went to school together and they got together in upper level, but it only lasted for three weeks. But then they started dating in college and they have been together ever since. They both share a love for design, especially interior design and Maria designed her gorgeous wedding ring.

Maria and Johan got engaged already in 2002, but it took another ten years, including some encouragement and two beautiful children later, until Johan proposed. Johan proposed on the very same spot that they had got engaged 10 years earlier, in a park by the water. He went down on his knee and popped the question and Maria said she cried, cause she had almost given up on her dream wedding. But in fact, Johan had planned for the proposal over the last year.

Johan and his groomsman, his younger brother, got ready at Maria and Johan’s beautiful home. Maria and her younger twin sisters joined them after hair and make up and did the final preparations before the ceremony.

Åhus was a flourishing city in the 12th century and the ceremony was held at St Maria Church, also dating back to the 12th century. We photographed some portraits in the older part of the town, especially around the remains of the medevial monastery and hospice.

When everyone thought the ceremony was over, Maria stopped by the microphone and sang the first verse of Du är min man (You are my man) a capella. So beautiful.

The guests followed the bridal party to the harbour after the ceremony. A boat waited for the couple to take them to the reception venue across the river. The reception was held in a rustic boat club house, situated beautifully in the harbour. An award-winning bartender, an awesome DJ and lovely people made for a fun night that continued until morning on the dance floor.

The Absolut Vodka factory, established in 1879, is just across the river.

Bride’s Dress: Party Line T0537
Bride’s shoes: Wildflower Bridal, Claudette Ivory
Groom’s Suit: J. Lindeberg
Groom’s Shoes: Tiger of Sweden
Bridesmaid’s dress: POMP de LUX
Hair stylist and makeup artist: Bahlsam Åhus
Flowers : Dennis Flowers, Åhus
Stationery & paper goods: DIY by the bride
Ceremony Venue: St Marias kyrka, Åhus
Reception Venue: Åhus Segelsällskap
Hotel: Åhus Gästis
Ceremony Music: Bridal march from Delsbo (entry); Utan dina andetag, Kent; Kärleksvisan, Sarah Dawn Finer; Älska mig för den jag är, Ainbusk singers; Du är min man, Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus (exit)
Caterers: Spice Åhus
Cake: Nya Conditoriet Åhus
Wedding rings: The bride’s own design.

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