You guys, our favorite cherry blossom brides are back! We had a look at their gorgeous first civil ceremony among the cherry blossoms and a preview of this second faery wedding. Get ready to fall in love again!


The offbeat bride: Gesche, customer care rock star and part-time crafter (and Tribesmaid)

Her offbeat partner: Johanna, gardenfairy and baker

Date and location of wedding: Föreningen Folk and Trädgård, Tungelsta, Sweden — June 17, 2012

our offbeat wedding at a glance: We had an intimate, sparkly, and very colourful wedding in a garden park just outside of Stockholm. After first planning a rather traditional wedding, we realized that it wouldn't feel right unless we did it our way and threw all the rules overboard. Instead of a traditional church wedding, we split it into two: the legal part and the fun part, incorporating as many of our dreams as possible We incorporated as much of both our dreams as possible. What it turned into was a romantic enchanted faery-themed wedding that celebrated our love and dorkiness more than anything.


We both wore fairytale dresses that we designed ourselves with seas of tulle, our favorite colours, and lots of sparkle. Gesche's friend sewed them for us and we customized them further with sequins, beads, and glitter. Instead of veils, we wore handmade crowns (butterflies for Gesche, flowers and berries for Johanna).



Despite an engagement that lasted for almost three years, we didn't have much money to spend on the wedding. We made the best of it by searching long and hard for alternatives until we found something that was close to what we imagined but also as close to our budget as possible. We ended up making many things ourselves with help from our friends and families, including all the decorations and centerpieces, the bridesmaids' dresses, and the invitations and programs.




We had a vegetarian/vegan buffet and dessert table, seeing as we're both vegan and many of our friends are as well. The only thing that wasn't vegan of the dessert table was the wedding cake that Johanna baked herself, filled with raspberry mousse and Hungarian chocolate mousse from Heaven. Or, you know, Hungary.


Tell us about the ceremony: Since Gesche is German and Johanna is Swedish, we tried to keep the ceremony as bilingual as possible. Johanna's father is a priest, and together we worked out a handwritten spiritual ceremony. Since we already made it legal in a short city hall ceremony, we were free to do whatever we wanted for this one.


We walked into the greenhouse of the park hand-in-hand to Schandmaul's “An dich.” Our ceremony involved a ring warming as well as a handfasting, read in turn by Gesche's mom and Johanna's dad. We were very keen on having the guests take an active part in the ceremony, and we knew we'd wanted a hand blessing of some kind ever since we got engaged, both as a recognition of our Pagan views and because we both found it beautiful and symbolic.




Our ceremony was entirely unplugged. We wanted our loved ones to be present in the moment. At the end of the ceremony, after a heavy shower of glitter from our bridesmaids, everyone got the OK to take pictures and blow their bubbles. The Vespers' cover of “All I Want is You” was playing, and we stood there swaying in our dresses. Then we all walked out together.



Our biggest challenge: We really tried to keep our cool around all the craziness, and we didn't want to get carried away by the stress of having to do every little thing ourselves and want it to be perfect. This proved to be harder than we originally thought, but we tried to follow the adage of “if you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong.” That did the trick. If something was causing that monster anxiety to stir, we changed the way we were going about it.


handblessingMy favorite moment: Because we wrote the vows ourselves, the moment when we finally got to read them out loud to each other in front of everyone was very special. Our officiant had told us just before the ceremony that we should let whatever emotion we're having come forth and not worry about if we suddenly burst into tears or laughter. We hadn't practiced our vows (having just finished them the night before!) and we both got teary-eyed as well as giggly reading them, which was lovely. Gesche wrote hers in German, and said that she wanted to “live with you until we are crazy old ladies in a house full of cats.”

Some friends of ours had brought their guitars and amazing voices to the reception. A couple we both know performed a heartfelt acoustic version of “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, successfully making both of us tear up. A longtime friend also sang one of her own songs, which pulled at our heartstrings violently. But in a good way.



Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? It was pouring down the whole weekend of the wedding, so we had to spontaneously change ceremony locations. It turns out that the light and atmosphere in the greenhouse made the ceremony so much more beautiful and special than the planned park ceremony could've been. We also didn't have time to rehearse anything and our iPod-DJ died half an hour into the reception so we had to cancel the dancing. But everyone seemed content to eat and hang out together until the end of the night that nobody noticed we had dancing planned anyway.



My advice for Offbeat Brides: At some point, step away from bridal magazines, wedding blogs, movies about weddings, etc. Think about what you really want, and stick to that as much as you can. It's okay to compromise too, as long as you don't compromise on the few things that matter the most to you.

Tell your partner how much you love her/him at least once a day. And try to take time off from all the planning to do sweet, small things together. Nothing kills stress quite as effectively like quality time spent with your love.


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Comments on Gesche & Johanna’s crafty vegan faery wedding with extra sparkle

  1. What a beautiful gorgeous wedding! I am in so much awe as to how fabulous you both look in those amazing gowns! Also tattoos are amazeballs, I’m hoping to rock my butterfly tats too 🙂

  2. I love seeing these beautiful brides. They give me the warm fuzzies, and everything about their weddings is absolutely exquisite <3

  3. Amazingly beautiful wedding with funny and wise commentary! Congratulations, beautiful ladies.

  4. -le sigh-
    So dreamy. I am so in love.
    Again, the fashion is amaaaazing! I really love Johanna’s dress. It reminds me of one I pined over for several months, but with that fabulous splash of colour.

  5. Oh my god. This is in my top 5 favorite weddings OF ALL TIME. So freaking beautiful!!

  6. Oh my gosh – my heart skipped a beat when I saw that one of the brides was wearing a Sweet Little Sparrow crown! What an incredibly beautiful wedding ~ truly a celebration of love, and I am honored to have been a part of it in some small way.

  7. Soooooo happy for you girls & thank you for letting us be a part of you big day(s). Much love from 2 Brides photography

  8. Oh I have been looking forward to seeing that wedding for so long. They are both so gorgeous and look so very happy. This just put a huge smile on my face.

  9. This wedding features lots of things I love: poofy ball gowns, flowers, butterflies and pastel colors. All of these photos are so bright and lively because of all these sweet details. You ladies and your wedding are absolutely precious!

  10. Oh wow, some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen! Gorgeous brides. Congratulations!

  11. Beautiful everything! The colors, the dresses, the decor, love it all. But what I love the most is the way that your love jumps right out of the photos and grabs the viewer. It’s written all over you both how deeply you feel for each other. Your pictures are vows all by themselves, because they really do say a thousand words!

  12. What beautiful pictures! So soft and dreamy. Seems like a perfect day. Congratulations to the two of you!!

  13. LOVE THIS WEDDING! You two are both adorable, and I love how your dresses were each unique while still matching. So beautiful!

    • PS, whenever I get into marriage equality debates online, I love to post links to weddings like this with a caption like, “Seriously? How can you NOT want these two to get married?”

  14. I LOVE this wedding! I thought nothing was going to top the first wedding and then BAM! This amazing second wedding happened. The photography is perfect, the decor is beautiful, Gesche and Johanna are flawless, the love their families have for them is amazing and the love they have for each other just tugs at your heartstrings and reminds me of why people of all genders and sexual orientations want to marry in the first place. Congratulations, Gesche and Johanna. I truly hope you live a happy and fulfilling life together. <3

  15. I love every whimsical detail here; the happy colours, tender romance and sheer fairytale joy of your deep love story come to life 🙂 both brides are so so beautiful and this wedding just makes my heart happy!!!

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