One thing what surprises people about Northern European countries is that midsummer nights are very short, daylight and sometimes even the sun is shining until the midnight and sunrise starts again only couple of hours later, 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning. At the same time Nordic summer period is short – we can say that the real summer starts in the middle of June and in the end of August we can see first signs of autumn already. That is why northerners want to take a maximum out from each Nordic summer. Often Scandinavian countryside weddings are arranged in some meaningful old farmhouse, which have belonged to bride or groom’s family for many centuries. Nordic people are quite sedentary and majority of them knows well their roots, and that is the reason also why summer country weddings in old farmhouses are so popular.
There are some pics from lovely Estonian couple's wedding party in above mentioned style, if you would like to see full album, it's possible here. And again, author of these photos is my absolute favorite photographer Stina Kase, who, I believe, hits the Nordic mood in her works the best way.
If you would like to arrange simple and stylish Scandinavian style country summer wedding then here are some points what are good to pay attention to and then giving a party is easy.
You are extremely lucky if you can use a full or just some details from your grandma’s wedding dress – all these kind of vintage finds go exactly to the point, being so trendy on the one hand and emphasizing continuity between different generations in family on the other hand. If you don’t have so much luck, good idea is to choose a simple handmade wedding dress with a bit of vintage feel.
Flowers for the bridal bouquet and arrangements on the marriage ceremony and later on the wedding tables would be picked up from the forests and meadows and it is good is if these look lightly and easily made, without excessive decoration. Simple clear glass bottles or jars, preferred old and vintage, are the best for vases.
If too many quests are invited to a wedding then it can happen that country residential house is too small for this occasion. In this case it is not a bad idea at all to set up a wedding party in a nearby barn for example. Shabby wooden walls and a little bit of dripping roof make a fantastic rustic accent.
Almost in every old country house you can find a massive natural wooden table or if not, often people use real barn doors, taken off for this special day and used as desktops. If you adore these kinds of overlays, it is not necessary to cover these improvised tabletops with large tablecloths at all. For adding festive spirit to this kind of table settings, you can use only some pure linen white table runners in the middle or across the table. Also simple natural linen placemats with classy hemstitch and same style white linen napkins belongs to rustic style country wedding accessories, being like a flashbacks from old times and still modern as well.