We actually met a while ago. We had some common friends, but we didn’t actually start getting to know each other until the summer I got back from the States, summer 2007.
How did he propose to you?
One day David surprised me with a trip to Norway. We went to Oslo, the capital, and walked around in the summer of late August. We had lunch and then he blindfolded me and drove out to the coast. He led me up on some rocks and before I opened my eyes, he had spread roses on the ground around us. As I opened my eyes, he started singing "Wonder Wall" (by Oasis), a song we sang together on our first date. The view was wonderful! The place was called ”Verldens ende” which in English means ”worlds end” and could see way. He came up to me saying the most wonderful things, dropped to his knee, held up a red little box, and said ”Erika, vill du gifta dig med mig?” (in English, ”will you marry me?”).
What do you guys do together for fun in Sweden?
We like watching and going to movies... :) Also, we like doing outdoor things and sports.
What's your favorite detail(s) at your wedding reception?
This is a though one, I loved the whole thing! I loved my family’s Michael Jackson dance to the song ”Beat It” and the Lahti family singing ”Umbrella,” the version by The Baseballs. There are so many more I want to mention but I guess I shouldn’t be writing a novel about it here... :)
What's the fun part of your wedding planning?
Actually, what I thought was the greatest and what got to me was seeing how everybody got engaged in it, and realizing that they were doing it all for David and I. We really felt so loved.
Describe your invitations:
They were, hmm, hard to describe. :P There were three layers, the middle one dark purple, the two in front and back were white, a little bit see-through. We had our names and a picture of us kissing (taken by Corinna Hoffman) as our ”logo” In the invitation text, which was both on the front and the back. Then we had a white satin band on abot half of them and a thinner purple band on the other half. On the band was a beaded heart, either white or purple. We used cellophane ”bags” instead of envelopes.
Describe your wedding flowers:
My bouqet consisted of the flower ”hortensia” (probably not the same in English) in the colors light purple, blue and some white. In it, there was a few pearls and woolen thread, going down and around the handle. The bridal party all had matching flowers, but the in the church and at the reception we had old-pink roses.
Tell us more about your wedding cake:
The cake was big and beautiful. It was covered with white marsipan and had purple details as the ”red thread”. I think it’s hard to describe the details, you should look at the picture! :) As a detail, I made the couple decoration on top.
Where did you guys go for your honeymoon?
We had the greatest honeymoon you could ever imagine! :) We went to Florida, first Jacksonville to visit family that had not been able to make it to the wedding and then to Miami for a day and then one day in Boca Raton. All the time just hanging out, driving around in a Mustang cabriolet. Then we flew to Puerto Rico and got on the ship, Serenade of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). The cruise went to the Eastern Caribbean, stopping at St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica and last but not least Barbados. We went snorkeling, diving and rainforest hiking. One day we were just hanging out on the beach and the other we were driving around, checking out houses where my father and his family lived a while back. We simply had the greatest time, especially not having to think of anything practical, and also, getting the best service. Breakfast on our private balcony was also one of the highlights.
What are you looking forward to together in the future?
Oh, I’m longing to just share life, getting to spend ALL the time together with the one I love, who loves me back. There is so much we can do together, I simply look forward to LIFE.
Reception Location - Fjärås Bygdegård
Caterer - The Östman Family with friends
Wedding Coordinators - The Hutchins and Lahti Family
Videographer - Simeon Frohm Jeremia Hörnqvist
Cake - Jasmine Svensson
Florist - NK Blommor, Flower bar
Officiant - Pastor Åke Carlsson
Hair & Make-up - Mazi
Entertainment - Band: Jonatan Appelfeldt, Filip Svalander, Magnus Emanuel, Samuel Hallén
Transportation - Sixt, Mercedes
Wedding Dress - Brud & Fest Alingsås
Bridesmaid's Dress - Trollhättan
Groom & Groomsmen Wear - Tony´s Högtidskläder