Now on honeymoon, both of us so happy that we found the right one after years of waiting.
Looking back to our big day on the 4th of July: the clouds parted after weeks of rain – and in golden sunshine I married Åke U:son Hellstedt, who looked like a handsome prince in his guard’s uniform. It was a perfect country wedding among the warm and happy faces of our 135 extremely elegant guests.
|A shower of rose petals as we step forward to the rest of our lives together|
My son Jonatan is the one who gave me away –
here we enter the church to the tones of Mendelssohn
|A packed church. Left - the bride's guests, right the groom's|
It was a moving ceremony with heart-breakingly beautiful songs by talented friends.
|Like a nightingale
Birgitta Birkenfalk sang in the church and later again at the dinner. Her
husband Sigge Birkenfalk had the honourable task of toastmaster|
|Arja Saijonmaa brought tears to the eyes with Evert Taube’s – ”Min älskling du är som en ros” (my beloved you are like a rose).|
|The IT mogul from M-brain, our dear friend Kim Nyberg, showed us why he also made a success of opera|
|Casting a spell with her beautiful voice, Aprill Spendrup |
|Vicar Anders Pihl conducting the ceremony to join us as husband and wife|
|Into the sunshine, showers of rose petals|
|My dashing groom enfolds me in a romantic embrace|
With our wonderful Sigge Birkenfalk.
Sigge was our brilliant toastmaster and master of ceremonies, who kept the wedding and reception flowing with ease and style, and a kindly eye on the time. Thank you Sigge for all your warmth and competence.
|What more could a woman want?|
|Waiting outside the church, a very important person, Åke's mother Jane Hellstedt, forever young at 92, with his brother Gustaf Wilhelm. Jane is a successful writer and art historian among other things|
|Lifting my long wedding gown to get into the Jaguar, on the way to our wedding reception at...|
|The romantic Fjelldalens Slott, Halmstad|
|Sharing a royal antique glass of bubbly|
Looking radiant, Åke's daughter Emilie Hellstedt with
Henrik Serlander in matching tie
Best man Dag von Segebaden and his wife Ann -
owners of the charming Fjelldalens Slott (manor)
|Jonatan with his lovely girlfriend Louise Lundius, who wore|
a coppery brown dress that highlighted the glow in her eyes. Jonatan runs Mexican restaurant Coba in Stockholm
while Louise is an invaluable person at Select Collection
|Bridesmaid Lena Lones in a royal midnight blue, with her husband, the |
prominent lawyer Christian Luthman
|Hundreds of gorgeous roses for the decorations were
flown in from Equador |
by our friends John and Mia Nevado, who own Nevado Roses,
one of the most exclusive and sublime rose gardens
|Jonatan makes a punchy entertaining speech|
|Åke's beautiful daughter Emilie, giving a lovely speech|
|Another entertaining speech|
|Home-made snaps by Åke |
and the lovely labels by our adorable Max Albrechtsson,
Select Collection marketing co-ordinator
|This amusing bridal couple was at the top of the cake stand|
After the dance the Prince found Cinderella's shoes .... "and they lived happily ever after"