Valborgsmässoafton

Today is the last day of April and in the UK it doesn’t mean much, perhaps we hope that it’s the end of April showers and we also know that the May bank holiday is around the corner. In Sweden however, the last day of April is Valborgsmässoafton, traditionally an old pagan holiday,  in more modern times the meaning of the holiday has changed and is celebrated as a way of welcoming spring and the light back into our lives. This is done my lighting big bonfires. So if you go to Sweden in April and look around the country side you will often see big piles of branches, leaves, old unwanted wooden furniture and other burnable items, Mat was a witness to these when we went home 2 weeks ago and he was curious as to why so many people had massive piles of rubbish everywhere. So I told him of our Valborg celebration, or just Sista April as we say where I’m from. There is usually one big bonfire for each village and it’s usually lit around 9pm, then everyone gather near the bonfire and sing the Swedish classic Längtan till landet, or more commonly known as ‘Vintern rasat’ to welcome spring in and then it’s all finished off with a fire work display and maybe a tipple or two to keep you warm in the cold, crisp spring evening.

So I’ll leave you with this. (I’m sure Mick will like it, seeing as he likes choirs)

A pinch of sugar/En Nypa Socker

One of my favourite things in the world is good food, I have a bit of a sweet tooth so it goes without saying that my favourite part of the meal is dessert. As for Mat, well he has beyond a sweet tooth. So when it came to choosing a cake we said this has to be perfect, it needs to taste amazing and look like a dream. I was searching high and low in Sweden for someone who makes more British or American style cakes, well more American actually(I am no fan of fruit cake for weddings). I’ve got the impression that most bakeries in Sweden are a bit stuck in their way and in the past, with their classic take on a wedding cake being what we call a “Princess cake” or the full on mousse cakes. They taste lovely, but for me they’re not a wedding cake and the creativity options for the complete look is very limited.  So I was very excited when I found this sweet little company called En Nypa Socker (Swedish for: a pinch of sugar), started by the lovely Sandra Boart back in 2011.

So when we were in Stockholm 2 weeks ago (April 2012), we went cake tasting at En Nypa Socker’s new bakery & cafe, which was in the early stages of opening. Sandra offered us some delicious and fresh options for our future wedding cake, along with an option we had previously discussed by email. With a special ingredient I had suggested as it ties in with our theme and where I come from.  We got off to a great start and Sandra understood our vision for the wedding and what we wanted to achieve. She really liked my inspiration board and theme as it was something that she didn’t get to do much of for other couples. I won’t reveal anything else, apart from that there will be two different flavours and I’m pretty sure that everyone will get a slice of something delicious and dreamy on the day.

Photo by: Sandra Boart

Photo by: Sandra Boart

I really wish Sandra and her team the best of luck! I think she will achieve great success with her company, she has a great eye for detail, design and creativity and more importantly she bakes cakes that tastes as good as they look! We’re happy and proud to be supporting an independent smaller start up company!

Photo added to post at later date. This was our wedding cake. Photo by: Sandra Boart

Photo added to post at later date. This was our wedding cake. Photo by: Sandra Boart

Today is a Cosmic Wedding Day

Today is the day our very dear friends Hayley and Todd are tying the knot. It’s the first wedding of the year for us and I think it’s safe to say that both Mat and I are feeling giddy with excitement for the day to come, house Wilma is full of love today. We have our instrument of choice ready and a hat to wear, all as per the lovely couples request. We are ready for a wonderful celebration of beautiful love! We are honoured that we get to share, what is sure to be one of the most special days of their lives. So this post is dedicated to two cute love birds and we wish them all the Love, Health and Happiness in the world from this day onwards! This is the song choice for today

At home with our priest

Yesterday we met up with our priest, Andreas Bernmyr at the church where our ceremony will take place. We talked about the ceremony, about readings, blessings, hymns and he also told us a bit about the history of the church. Trust me when I say; you guys are in for a treat, not only because the church is so different from UK churches, so cute and cosy, but also because Andreas is the type of person who immediately makes you feel welcomed and at ease.

He also let it slip that he had sold himself to advertising, to a Swedish Home ware store, so we looked up the company’s website to find this wonderful little film of Andreas family and their home, which has been passed down in generations from Andreas wife Helena’s side, who teaches wood work classes to school kids. It shows the idyllic Swedish country side life. And don’t miss their yard pony (at 1min 10sec) – my lifelong dream, just saying that Mat is in trouble because now I really want one!

Watch the video here