Our first international wedding (Stockholm Bröllopsvideo) and what a wedding it was! We had such a fantastic time filming Faraz and Negin Bröllop in the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome – just like old friends.
We spent time with the couple before the wedding and filmed them out and about in the elegant and relaxed city of Stockholm. The footage was used in the main feature film and provided a rounded a story of the couple’s life as well as their wedding day.
The wedding took place in Såstaholm Hotell, a historic hotel in the outskirts of Stockholm. The venue has a fascinating and colourful history – it was a haven for many of Sweden’s retired theatre actors and actresses for over 60 years! The hotel takes its name from one of the theatre stars that lived here and celebrates its heritage by inspiration from its thespian past. We loved the basement dressing rooms – full of old theatrical costumes. The wedding guests had a great laugh dressing up in these while we filmed their messages of congratulations.
Såstaholm is in a peaceful area just outside the city and has fantastic views of the lake and surrounding countryside. Faraz took us there before the wedding to film the preparations as well as soak up the atmosphere of anticipation and excitement.
The wedding itself was heartfelt and emotional – a fusion of Swedish and Persian customs. Small spots of rain at the start of the day soon turned into sunshine and the service took place outdoors in front of the building. The Swedish registrar performed the legal marriage while Faraz’ father led the traditional Persian ceremony. Tradition requires that the bride makes the groom wait for her hand in marriage by not answering ‘I do’ right away. There was a very funny scenario where Negins’ mother yelled out hilarious reasons why the bride wasn’t available for marriage – on the third attempt Negin was finally allowed to say yes!
During the ceremony a scarf was held over Faraz and Negin’s head while a bridesmaid ground two sugar cones together – to shower the couple in sweetness! And more sweetness – once the couple were married they each dipped a finger into a cup of honey and fed it to one another.
The fun continued after the wedding. The bridesmaids performed a traditional knife dance and Faraz had to pay them money to get the knife to cut the cake. And then to start the party going Faraz and Negin performed the first dance – but surprise, surprise, they were joined by a Michael Jackson impersonator strutting his funky stuff!
Anyway, what a trip! …and how fun! enjoy!
Stockholm Bröllopsvideo – Viva La Wedding
The Wedding Venue
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