I first met Mikael and Maria 5 months prior to their big day. We had lunch together, we got talking about all things wedding-related and we spent an hour or two just getting to know eachother. I found Mikael to be an intelligent, thoughtful, softly-spoken guy. Maria was, at first, a little shy, but as the meeting went on she opened up a lot more, showing her sense of humour and charisma. They didn’t seem too stressed about their day, which I thought was pretty indicative of their personalities, and they were very sure of themselves and what they wanted. I like to think that we both walked away from that meeting much more sure of eachother and much more confident in knowing how their day would pan out.

But weddings are such a unique event. They are emotional, stressful and exciting. They are all the highs and lows, packed tightly together into one big day. And whether you have known the newlyweds for only a few months or for decades, it doesn’t matter: The emotion and stress and excitement get to everybody. You see a beautiful and almost unexpected side of people that you rarely see and regardless of how much planning goes into them, weddings always find a way to surprise you with those incredible moments, big and small.

Mikael and Maria’s day was full of those moments.

The obvious love Mikael has for his parents, and their pride in him. The happiness in both of Mikael and Maria’s grandma’s just to see their grandchildren marry. Maria’s deep breath to calm her nerves as she finished putting on her dress, and the affection that you could see in Maria’s Mum. The bachelor party’s song to the newlyweds. Mikael’s expression seeing Maria on the other side of the aisle, transitioning to his show-stealing version of The Beatles’ ‘I want to hold your hand’ that he sung at the end of the night. The tears, the speeches, the tributes and the emotions were all there.

I saw the best of Mikael and Maria that day in all the things I hadn’t seen when I first met them: they were at their most vulnerable, unsure, nervous, ecstatic, unpredictable. And it was an amazing celebration because of it.


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