Emily-Claire and Erik's wedding was far away in Sweden, held in a barn in the woods. August in Sweden is meant to be the best time of the year for weather but this stunning couple got the exact opposite. They were delivered one of the worst days in summer and rained the entire day. However being in the woods, the weather created some absolutely magical photos as the couple meandered through the wet terrain, holding on to each other as they laughed and enjoyed their special day. Emily-Claire planned the wedding from Australia which proved to be a difficult task but everything came together beautifully, with most of the wedding details designed by Emily-Claire herself. The day was captured by Janneke Storm, who has an incredible eye for detail and capturing the small moments. Emily-Claire wore the long sleeve 'Tillie' lace crop in a corded lace and the 'Natasha' skirt in georgette, a combination that is informal, playful and romantic, reflecting the Brides personality perfectly.
How did you meet your (now) husband? We studied together at university but the way we first really ‘met’ was on a ski trip in the Alps in France, we got stuck in a ski lift together.
How long have you been together? We have been together about 4.5 years
Do you have a proposal story? It was actually me (Emily-Claire) that proposed. We were out on an island on the west coast of Sweden celebrating our 3 year anniversary and I had planned a day of swimming off the cliffs and sun baking. I was very nervous and when I actually asked him I didn’t get down on one knee, I just asked if he wanted to marry me. He didn’t know if it was for real haha but then when he understood that I was serious he said of course! Then he actually got down on one knee and took a piece of grass and wrapped around my finger, so I guess in a way we both proposed. Then we drank champagne and went out for a super nice dinner and concert on the island that I had planned.
What was your wedding date? 12.08.2016
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Falkeröds Hembygdsgård, Grebbestad, Sweden
What made you choose there? We were actually living in Australia last year and planned everything from there so we hadn’t been to the venue at all until about 4 weeks before. We had always wanted a barn, something that would highlight the laidback and relaxed vibe that we wanted.
How did you find it? It was really hard to find a barn in Sweden that you could rent which is rather ironic since there are barns absolutely everywhere in the small towns. In the end, I remembered that my friend's sister had gotten married somewhere that I liked – so I went back on her Instagram account and tried finding it haha. I ended up asking her about a million questions about the place since it didn’t have a website or anything and is owned by the council. Planning a wedding in Sweden was pretty hard in general as its still a very small industry and we had to do A LOT of research ourselves and figure everything out by ourselves.
How was the weather on the day? Being in Australia the year before we had high hopes of a lot of it being outside. The ceremony was meant to be outside in the forest near the barn and we were going to have lawn games and mingling all outside before going inside for the dinner. Unfortunately, it was one of the worst days of the entire summer haha so it rained the entire day. Luckily we had the barn though that we could transform to have the ceremony, and then we had a little marquee outside where guests could hang before going inside for the dinner again.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We liked the sound of the date, the even numbers. Also, August is meant to be the best month for weather, the most stable month in Sweden but that didn’t really help us haha.
The Wedding Details
Theme? We had a pretty rustic theme since it was in a barn. We had a lot of greens (ferns, blueberry branches, and monster leaves) in clear & brown bottles and fairy lights above in all the ceiling. We also had all the guests sitting at different animal tables that we designed.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I spent a fair bit of time on Pinterest, but a lot of it came from experiences from other weddings we had been to. What we liked and what we thought we could do better or what suited the vibe that we wanted.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Pretty much everything. We designed all of the printed stuff (invites, table numbers, menus, signage, etc). All the greens on the tables come from the garden/forest at my house in Sweden and we did them the day before. We ordered little bonbonnieres online (personalized stubby holders – they don’t exist in Sweden!) that we wrapped and put on each guest's place. Basically we gathered everything we wanted for the venue over time and then set it all up the day before (with help from our families, thank goodness). The venue was completely empty apart from a few old cupboards.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Caroline (sister), Eloise (oldest friend), Emily (old friend), Stephanie (old friend), Ida Kristine (old friend)
Groomsmen – who/relationship? David (Eriks best friend)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Eloise, one of my bridesmaids had got her dress there so she gave me the tip to check it out.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Eloise wore one at her wedding.
How many gowns did you try? At Karen Willis Holmes I think I tried about 3 or 4. But in total I probably tried about 25 different dresses on.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The Brisbane store (Paddington)
What did you especially like about your gown? I thought the 'Tillie' top and 'Natasha' skirt was very me. It was one of the only gowns that I felt really comfortable in that sort of reflected my personality. I wanted to have something a little different but still very elegant and pretty.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? All the girls had different dresses. Some of the suppliers I remember were Lover and Alice McCall.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Roger David.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I had a flower crown made by my florist, and I also had a veil that I borrowed from Eloise that she had at her wedding (from Karen Willis Holmes). We all had simple pearl earrings.
Where did you get your shoes from? I honestly can't remember hehe but they were very simple.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Veil – Karen Willis Holmes, Flower Crown from my florist (Interflora, Grebebstad).
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Make it what YOU (and your partner) want. Try not to listen too much to what everyone else thinks/recommends.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go with your gut. Get one that makes you feel beautiful, happy and comfortable so you want to dance!
Something Old? My ‘new’ wedding band is a vintage ring
Something New? The dress
Something Borrowed? The veil
Something Blue? I had a garter on that the bridesmaids got me with blue lace.
Florist – Interflora Grebbestad (she did an AMAZING job, I couldn’t have been happier)
Photographer – Janneke Storm
Videographer - Family
Music – We had a guy sing and play the guitar in the afternoon (Micke Loui), and then a DJ (DJ Babe Station) that played the tunes for the dance floor late into the night!
First Dance – Barry White – Can't get enough of your love
MC – Eloise Noakes
Celebrant – Sven Moosberg
Stationery – We designed and printed everything ourselves.
Menu – Same as above
Cake – My sister made the main cake (a traditional Norwegian cake) and then we had friends and family make other ones. It was more of a dessert buffet. And we also had a lolly bar.
Bombonieres - Etsy
Hair – My good friend, Sofia Larsson was the hairdresser.
Make-up – Did it myself
Wedding Bands – Vintage shop in Melbourne.