Per and Frida were married at Skallsjö kryka in Floda, Västra Götaland. It was one of those days which I can dread as a photographer… bright sunshine mixed with clouds and sudden downpours. You just never know what the light is going to do next.
We began with some bridal prep in Göteborg, but the main portrait session was at Nääs Slott. A stunning stretch of lake and parkland I’ve used for wedding portraits before with views right across to the church itself. Three bridesmaids including two sisters and the self-confessed ‘bestie’ were a great help and I have to mention the Best man, Hannas who was a great help throughout the morning as my portable light stand and keeping everything running smoothly.
There’s a stables there which Frida used to ride at as a girl and so, after some of the very conventional shots by the bridge and jetty there, I couldn’t resist slipping in for a couple of shots among the stalls…. and that was when the rain started. It didn’t last for long, but we the one thing we really needed was some shots of Frida and Per with their baby daughter, Ronja. While rain can make for some real drama in wedding photos, it’s not such a good idea right before the ceremony and certainly not good with a six month little girl. Luckily there’s an old wooden bridge for the horses which we sheltered under and the portraits we got from that made for some of my favourite photos of the whole day.
Skallsjö church is notable for a glass spire which is usable for small wedding ceremonies, but even from the outside it is a beautiful church. After the ceremony, the sun came out turning the whole white walled church into a dazzling light source for some very happy faces.
The reception was at nearby Sjölyckan, part of the original Nääs fabriken in Tollered. Unfortunately this lovely old boathouse was being repaired at the time and so had a load of ugly scaffolding around much of it. The views over the lake were phenomenal though and although the weather was still looking a bit dodgy, I kept an eye on the clouds and the moment the evening sun broke through, I managed to persuade Per and Frida for a last quick set of photos down by the jetty. With the lake, dazzling sunlight, a very happy couple and some friendly bridesmaids who were clearly having a blast, it could’t have been better.
See below for a copy of their final album, montage videos of their day or click here to order prints from the complete set.
Whole day (15 minutes):