When I called on Tina & Dag’s door in their Stockholm apartment months before their wedding, I had no idea who I was going to meet. Communicating via e-mail is never the same thing as sitting down together in a room, drinking tea and chatting about their wedding and this and that. After that meeting, I had a tiny idea who these two are.
On the 28th of May, I arrived at Bergendal in Sollentuna just north of Stockholm where they were getting married. During this day, I got to see more of who they are, through their interactions with each other, the warmth they show each other, but also through their friends and families who joined the wedding as guests. The ceremony was beautiful, located on top of the hill behind the hotel, overlooking Edsviken. They had a Barbershop-choir singing and after that, dinner and party followed, with both Swedish and Persian traditions woven in together, just like the mix of people at the wedding.

As a photographer, I’m always on the outside looking in. Observing what goes on as a stranger. As a Wedding Photographer however, I have to really listen and read between the lines. Picking up on those small nuances in what goes on and get a feel for it all. Rarely do I know much about the relationships between the bride and groom and their guests when I start out, but throughout the day, if you are observant, you can learn a lot. I know many photographers who find the dinner and the speeches to be the most boring part of the day, but to me, this is where it all becomes clear. Through the speeches and the fun events, I get to see who the couple is through the stories their guests tell, things I would never be able to pick up otherwise.

My mission as a photographer is to find the essence of all those stories and re-tell the same feeling with images. It is not always easy, but it is always something I approach with the utmost care and responsibility.

As I was sitting in my car on my way home from Bergendal, I felt that I had been part of something I would never forget. That feeling is why I never get tired of photographing weddings.

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I am now a proud member of the Swedish group Brollopsfotografer.com, having been selected as one of the top Swedish wedding photographers

The page gathers all the top names among the Swedish wedding photographers on one page for couples to find their wedding photographer of choice, with a style that fit their taste. You can find my profile page here: http://brollopsfotografer.com/fotograf/mathias-cederholm/

bf_white_200x200Mathias Cederholm en av Sveriges bästa bröllopsfotografer

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The wedding season is fianlly kicking off for real this weekend with the wedding between Addie & Lucas. I met them a year ago to plan their day and ending the meeting with a couple shoot at Waldemarsudde on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm.
At this time of year, the area surrounding the museum of Prince Eugens is really beautiful and the best thing is that after the museum closes, it is usually not a lot of people hanging around, so you get to have this place all by yourself (mostly). A perfect place to bring a couple to take photos together. Not only does the place have a splendid view over the inlet of Lake Mälaren, but you also have a great mix of fantanstic buildings, park areas and an old mill. A little bit of everything, so it usually suits most people in one way or another.

Addie is originally from the U.S. but ended up together with Lucas in Stockholm. For the wedding, they have friends and family flying in from all over the world, and what better place to bring them than the Stockholm archipelago? They are getting married at Sands Hotel on the island of Sandhamn on Saturday, so lets hope for great weather and a brilliant time.
Sandhamn has been inhabited since the 1600’s, but since the end of the 1800’s, it has mostly been occupied by sailors and tourists. The permanent population goes up and down over the year, but during the summer, the whole place explodes with people, activities, sailing boats and ice cream. The island is idyllic for an archipelago wedding and you can find all sorts of things such as old fishing huts, the inn a chapel and an area with small cottages for summer guests.  If you are leaning more towards a modern experience, you have the larger sailors hotel and the marina close by. If you are looking for a party on the weekend, this is the place to go. So no matter why you want to go, there are things to do for everyone. No matter if you are just there for the day or want to stay for a week.

Now it is time for me to charge the batteries, clean the camera lenses and prepare for the escapades of the weekend. Photos from the wedding will show up on the blog later, but if you want to have a look to see what the place looks like, check this wedding out: Verena & Carl

 

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I’ve had the honour to photograph Linn & David several times before, first time was in the early days of my career when I needed something to build my portfolio with. Back then we shot these images together. It feels like an eternity since that took place, but I’m still proud of those photos. A few years later I once again had the opportunity to meet up with them for some photos together with their daughter Elise on her first birthday. I don’t know how they do it, but this family always look great!

So, when I got asked to go out and get some more family photos, of course I said yes. First a few weeks later, they let me know that what they really had in mind was an elopement. A secret plan to get married in the Västerås Cathedral and then shoot some portraits at Kyrkbacken right after.
I’ll be honest and tell you that mostly I prefer longer weddings. It is easier to build a story that way, to capture the entirety and give a completeness to it that is difficult to do properly with shorter sessions. But even this time, I feel we managed to create something beautiful and a story worth tellling.

The Cathedral in Västerås was built during the 1100’s and among others is the seat of the grave of King Erik the XIV. Just next doors is Kyrkbacken, the early residential area with roots in Medieval times. You find houses in this area from recent times all the way back to when the area was just a tiny town. Next to the area is Rudbeckianska gymnasiet, the first secondary school in Sweden and the place where I myself went to school. All of these places give the area a certain atmosphere that always looks great for a photo session, no matter if it is beautiful day like this or a grey winter day in March. Next is the city library and the smallest and most boring botanical garden in the country. So if you do come here, avoid the place! 🙂

Ok, enough of the rambling and on with the real stuff:

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