Swedish church wedding in London | Hanna & Stephen


Swedish Church in London

Swedish Church London wedding

The sun shone on Saturday for Hanna and Stephen’s wedding in Marylebone, London. A beautiful, tall Swede was marrying a handsome Aussie surfer ( okay, he has a grown-up job in finance too ) and the wedding took place at Ulrika Eleonora church ( The Swedish church in London ). A small Swedish enclave in Mary-le-bone, the church was been in London since 1710, although not always in this part of the city. To quote the Swedish embassy website, “it serves the Swedish residents in the UK as well as seaman, tourists, students and aupairs…” ( Marylebone gets it’s name from a church dedicated to St Mary built on the banks of a small stream called the Tyburn. A name now infamous as the spot where convicted criminals and unfortunates were hanged – just down the road. ) The whole wedding day would take place within this smart, historical district of West London.

Hanna had emailed me back in April, having seen some of my work on the Rock My Wedding website, asking if I still had the date free. When I replied that I was, she immediately booked. I like these kinds of bookings! 🙂  They were travelling in the USA at the time, so we only met up several weeks later, before they went off again to France. When you meet them, you find that not only are they a very handsome couple together – they are the sort of good looking couple that you notice in a crowd – but also lovely, warm, funny people too. The wedding reflected this, surrounded as they were by family and friends from around the world.  There was a laid back feel to the day, some of the timings did go slightly awry. This relaxed atmosphere was noticeably added to by their excellent vicar, Anders Rune, unfazed by the late start to the ceremony.

I seem to have had a good run of vicars at weddings so far this year, long may it continue. They are not all stuck in the 1950s mindset. I don’t just mean that they let me take photographs, although back in April one did say to me   ” What do you need? I want this couple to remember this day and in particular this ceremony and that’s why photography is important” ( I was in shock ). But also it is their manner with the couple and the guests. On Saturday it was a perfect approach. Relaxed, funny, smiling and calming. The emphasis was upon enjoying the moment.  (“If Carlsberg did vicars”…albeit a Danish beer.)

Even the layout of the church helped. The couple walked back down the aisle and off to sign the register, as their guests went outside, ready to ambush them with the confetti and pretty much block the street. There were a few tears before the couple appeared, as a flower girl lost hold of her balloon. Then it was a red Routemaster bus to The Marylebone pub in Marylebone High Street, for some cold beers and snacks before the evening reception at The Wallace Collection.

Wallace Collection wedding reception

Just a few blocks away, in Manchester Square, it houses a world-famous collection of art with paintings like Frans Hals “Laughing Cavalier” and Fragonard’s “The Swing”. But wedding receptions can only take place in the evening, hence the stopover in the pub. I was told no photographs of artworks if people not in the same shot… However, the courtyard there, where the meal takes place, is a lovely space for this, plus the speeches and the dancing.

The speeches, as with all Scandinavian weddings, were many, spread across the meal, along with the schnapps songs. There was plenty of toasts, laughter but also heartfelt emotion as close family members who could not be there were remembered. But then it was the dancing, with some, I’m guessing, pretty Scandinavian dance moves.

Here are a few images from the day at the Swedish Church in London and at The Wallace Collection…

Wedding dress going on
Filming the wedding dress going on
Groom waits on the steps of the Swedish church in London
Bride arrives at the church in Marylebone
Quick slug of water
Bride changes shoes before entering the hcurch
Bride enters Ulrika Eleonora church in London
Waiting to enter the church
Bride and groom about to enter for the wedding ceremony at Ulrika Eleonora church
Ulrika Eleonora church wedding in London
Swedish church wedding
Swedish church wedding ceremony
Ulrika Eleonora church wedding in London
wedding ring
Bride and groom kiss
Lost balloon outside the chucrh
Tears over lost balloon
Confetti outside Ulrika Eleonora church in London
Bride and groom kiss outside the church
Couple surrounded by guests outside Ulrika Eleonora church
Groom and father embrace
Hug for the bride
Wedding guests
Outside Ulrika Eleonora church after the ceremony
Bride outside the Swedish church in London
Bride and groom on the bus
London wedding bride and groom walk past pub drinkers
Drinks reception in London pub
Pub wedding reception
London pub drinks reception
Wedding reception at London pub
Passerby photographing the bride
London wedding in the summer
Bride and groom kiss portrait in London street
Couple photographed through shop window
London wedding the bride an dgroom walk to the wedding reception venue
London wedding
Getting ready at The Wallace Collection
Guest at Wallace Collection wedding reception
Drinks at Wallace Collection wedding reception
Wallace Collection wedding reception
Wedding reception at The Wallace Collection in London
Wallace Collection wedding reception
Groom at Wallace Collection wedding reception
Wallace Collection wedding reception in London
Singing at Wallace Collection wedding reception
wedding toasts
wedding speeches at Wallace Collection wedding reception
wedding speech
Groom's speech at Wallace Collection wedding reception
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  1. Wow Martin what an incredible set of images, and yes what a gorgeous couple! Favourites, of which I have many, are the groom and 2 flowergirls sitting on the steps, the balloons in church (totally unexpected and fun), the groom’s thumbs up down the aisle, the stray purple balloon (great framing), and the two of the couple walking. The really sunny one across them crossing the road looks like a fashion piece for Vogue, and the black and white of them with the silhouette on the wall is just stunning. Brilliant.

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