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    Sven and I got married in Sweden on July 7, 2012...it was the best day of our lives!

    Here are some posts from our road to the altar - deciding to get married in Sweden, planning our wedding from New York, and of course, the big day itself!

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Our wedding featured in Destination I Do!

Our wedding was featured on the Destination I Do blog this week (even though our wedding was a year and a half ago)! Better late than never! Many thanks again to all of our amazing vendors who made our wedding day a huge success, especially the talented and lovable Alicia Swedenborg, whose photos are featured on the site. You can check out more of our wedding photos (and her exquisite photography) on her website, Alicia Swedenborg Fine Art Wedding Photography. 

Check out our feature in Destination I Do here.

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Our wedding vows

About two weeks ago, Sven and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. It kind of snuck up on me, so I forgot that I had planned to post our wedding vows. A few people have actually asked me what we did for our vows – we wrote our own. I’d always wanted to write […]

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My Swedish-American wedding vendor list

Spring is here! (Although it doesn’t quite feel like it in New York yet.) Still, it means that wedding season is just around the corner, and my inbox is proof! I’ve been getting lots of emails lately about my own wedding in Stockholm last summer (which seems like ages ago!), so I decided to string […]

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Best Monday morning ever!

No, not yesterday, unfortunately…I had to get up at 5:30am and make it to a 6:30am meeting… But the best Monday morning ever was the day after the day after our wedding! Sven and I  did our “trash the dress” photo shoot with our photographer, Alicia Swedenborg, who is just a bundle of fun! It […]

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Two months of married life!

Sven and I have been married for two months today! The time has gone by so quickly that we completely missed our first month anniversary. We’re not doing anything to celebrate, except for the fact that it’s Friday, so we will be doing our weekly Friday dance after work! I do love reminiscing about our […]

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Repurposing my wedding dress…

My beautiful wedding dress is hanging in the living room of my (very small) apartment, in a garment bag, waiting for me to decide its fate now that the big day is over.  What should I do with it? I’ve thought about a few options:

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Mini-moon in Santorini!

One of the luxuries of getting married in Stockholm is that the Greek Isles are a short, cheap charter flight away. Perfect for a little mini-getaway to get some post-wedding relaxation in before heading back home. Right, that’s called a honeymoon. Well, we had hoped to have more time off for a “full-length” honeymoon, but […]

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Wedding Photos! (A sampler)

First of all, I must say that I’m still finding it difficult to find time (and energy) to write with the demands and hours of my new job, even if I already have material prepared. Luckily, someone pointed out to me that I still hadn’t shared wedding photos on my blog (apparently not everyone is […]

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Five things I’d change…

Sven’s and my wedding was a magical fairy tale, more fun than I ever have had in my entire life, utterly unforgettable. It was perfect. It really was. Or maybe it was so-called perfect. Of course, there are a few minor things that I would change if I could do it all over again. No […]

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“Top” Ten Wedding Memories

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of cherished moments from our wedding day that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. Together, they form a mosaic of memories that is more beautiful and brilliant than I could have ever imagined a single event in my life could be. Admittedly, in the past ten days […]

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Our perfect wedding!

Sven and I may only be so-called perfect, but our wedding was absolutely perfect! We’ve been married just over a week now, and we’re still talking and sharing stories about our magical, fairytale day. We still can’t believe how perfectly it all went, especially getting so lucky with the unpredictable Swedish weather! It’s definitely a […]

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And we’re off!!!

We’re off to Stockholm today for our big day! It’s crazy how a day you’ve been planning for over a year is suddenly here. Once we land, we have some wedding-related duties to take care of, then we’re looking forward to a delicious birthday dinner for our friend Zach at Chef Mathias Dahlgren’s Matbaren. Thursday […]

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Why Sweden?

A lot of people have asked me: “Why Sweden?” I recognize the fact that it’s somewhat abnormal to have a wedding in the groom’s homeland, especially if it’s far away. As to be expected with destination weddings, I’ve heard it all: “Your wedding is really inconvenient,” “Oh, you’re one of those people that’s making your […]

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One week to go!!!

It’s getting so close. Now, I can actually say that our wedding is next weekend. It’s crazy how quickly time flies! Today is my last day at work before the wedding, and we’re leaving for Stockholm on Tuesday. We’ll be busy packing and prepping this weekend to make sure we’ve got everything we need (and […]

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Five ways Sven is prepping for the wedding

Oh, Sven is so cute. As much as he tries to act like our wedding is all about me, and he’s been nothing but dragged into all this, I think he’s actually getting into it. How can I tell? Here are five ways Sven’s been prepping for the big day: A couple months ago, he […]

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All the small things…

At some point last week, it hit me that we were leaving for Sweden in just two weeks! That’s when I started tallying up all of those “little things” that needed to get done before the wedding, and I have to admit, I got overwhelmed. With just a little over a week to go, I […]

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Guys: Do you need to find a great fitting suit?

Update: Sven in his wedding suit, on right. I’ve been doing a monthly wedding vendor recommendation as we count down to the big day, and with one month to go, I thought it was time to give a recommendation that my male readers could appreciate. And ladies, if you want your man to wear more […]

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HOLY CRAP! ONE MONTH TO GO!!!

It’s safe to say that Sven and I have put the pedal to the metal now in the home stretch to the big day! Looking back, it’s unbelievable how quickly the time has flown since we got engaged last April. I’ve been so busy with my new job and everything else going on in our […]

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My bridal shower!

My bridal shower was this past weekend, and it was a truly memorable, amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience! My mom and my bridesmaids made me feel so loved with how thoughtfully executed it was, and I felt so lucky to have so many of my closest friends and family attend. It was a beautiful afternoon I’ll never […]

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TWO months to go…and a BIG announcement coming soon!!!

As of yesterday, it’s now only two months – EIGHT WEEKS – until the big day!!! Life has been absolutely insane for the past couple of weeks, not only because of the various fun events I’ve mentioned recently, but also because I’ve been busy working on something else…which I will announce in a few days! […]

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THREE months to go! …and another vendor recommendation!

Alicia Swedenborg Just THREE months to go until the big day! Now it finally feels like the wedding is actually happening in the near future! Last week, Sven and I went to Stockholm to finalize our wedding plans (and hang out with his wonderful family!). Meeting our amazing and talented vendors made the whole process […]

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Swedish-American Wedding Planning Update!

Sven and I are back in New York after an amazing trip to Stockholm. We met our wedding planners Jill and Camilla, our photographer Alicia, our priest Gunnar, and our DJ Mike – they are all incredible! We’re so excited and happy about how our big day is coming together. Just about three months to […]

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Gone Wedding Planning in Sweden!!!

I’m in Stockholm! I can’t believe it’s finally here – the final wedding planning trip before our actual wedding in July. We have had this trip booked for nine months, so whenever anyone would ask us how the planning was going, we would say it wasn’t really going anywhere until the end of March! This […]

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Ten happy things I look forward to on my wedding day

Hooray, it’s Friday! Finally! This week has been long as hell, but I’m going to finish it on a high note. In keeping with this week’s personal mantra: Fun doesn’t necessarily equate with happiness, I’m going to refocus on what truly makes me happy. You see, the reason I wrote my collection of ten personal […]

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A jumbled mess of thoughts

If you haven’t yet noticed, I try to keep my blog focused on three main topics: [1] relationships (as pertaining to Sven and me), [2] my experiences in planning a Swedish-American wedding, and [3] Sven’s and my everyday life. Occasionally, I’ll dabble into discussing the in-laws or have a moment of self-reflection, and I’ve recently […]

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Pre-Wedding Beauty Regimen (A girl’s gotta look good!)

Four months to go until Sven and I get hitched! As part of my monthly countdown to our wedding, I’m featuring wedding-related products and/or services that I’ve used leading up to our big day. Any bride will tell you that looking and feeling her best is a top priority, and I am certainly no exception. […]

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Five months to go!

Five months until our wedding day! I can’t believe how much time has gone by since Sven and I got engaged last April. From now until our big day, I’m going to do a “countdown checkpoint” on the seventh of every month, to keep track of our experiences as the day approaches. I’ll also try to […]

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My dress!

The question I get asked most is, “Did you get your dress?” Followed by, “Where did you get it?” And, “What does it look like?” Seriously, guys ask, too. I know they are probably just asking because they think it’s a big deal to me, but they ask nonetheless. So, I will answer two out […]

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Pretty Chic Blog: Modern Scandinavian Weddings

I recently stumbled upon a wedding blog that serves up great inspiration for brides planning an American-caliber wedding in Scandinavia! It’s called Pretty Chic Blog and is similar to other American wedding blogs I’ve come across, such as Style Me Pretty, but it’s focused on modern Scandinavian weddings. Perfect for my Swedish-American wedding planning! Mostly, […]

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I LOVE my wedding planner!

No, it’s not the same wedding planner that I previously said I wanted to fire. We fired her. We found a new planner pretty quickly, but then that one quit before she even really got started. No, I didn’t scare her – she wasn’t a full-time planner, and realized her primary job would be too […]

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Wedding Planning Words of Wisdom

“No one is ever going to care about your wedding as much as you do.” An engaged (now married) friend told me this right after Sven and I got engaged eight months ago, and it’s still the wisest thing I’ve heard about this whole wedding planning process. No, my mother is not the exception, in […]

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I want to fire our wedding planner!

I naively went into this wedding planning thing thinking I would be generally immune to all the stress it can cause. Our parents are very hands-off, which already eliminates a major source of drama, and Sven and I generally agree on how we want our wedding to go down. We’re also very laid back about […]

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Recommendation: Kella MacPhee, Photojournalist

It’s eight months until the big day! I can’t believe Sven and I have been engaged for six months – the time really flies by! To mark this milestone, I’m going to give my first wedding vendor recommendation. It goes to Kella MacPhee, the amazingly talented photographer that took our engagement photos. I discovered her […]

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Swedish vs. American Wedding Planning

A question I get all the time is: What’s it like to plan a wedding in Sweden? While it’s actually really fun to plan a celebration that blends our two cultures, the cultural norms surrounding weddings could not be more different between the US and Sweden. First of all, Swedish people rarely even get married. In […]

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