Emma + Ben, a Swede and a kiwi living in London – by way of the US, Zimbabwe (and various other far flung spots) – gathered their beautiful worldwide sprawl of friends and family together for their wedding in a garden on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm. Relaxed, laid-back, all about the fun and celebration, they wanted a day that reflected them both and it was exactly that!
We’d hit it off from Emma’s very first email and I’m so grateful to these two for asking me to be their photographer, for inviting me in to document this beautiful day, for their kindness and brilliantly dry sense of humour, and for showing me a beautiful part of the world along the way! Rosendals Trädgård had stolen Emma’s heart years earlier, and within five minutes of being there I’d fallen for it too. I happen to have a big softspot for greenhouses, so this place was a bit of a dream for me and the whole day was an amazing experience… the bright sunlit ceremony, led by Emma’s brother, laughter and drinks in the apple orchard, incredible plates of food set out in the greenhouses, mostly grown in the gardens around us, and lots of sweet, increasingly hilarious speeches scattered throughout the evening (it’s a Swedish tradition that anyone can make a toast… I lost count!).
It never really goes dark in Stockholm in June, and I loved watching the skies slowly creep towards a dusky pink, just touching into near-darkness before brightening again, as everyone danced in disco light colours under glass, all hugs and smiles… and so much love.