A little wine to ease the nerves.
Lena and I were married 23 June 2007 after living together since Oct 1999. We started planning this wedding three years in advance, and we believe it went almost perfictly.
Lena is originaly from Sweden and came to the United States with her first husband , an American, in 1997. Lena and I met while working for the same bio tech company in Rockville, Maryland. We became close friends and soon relized we were both in the same situation with marrages not working out. We dated for about a month, then in Oct 1999, I asked her to move in with me. I thought she might move back to Sweden if I didn't act fast. Lena became a US citizen in 2003, but still remains a Swedish citizen.
Lena’s father past in 1993, long before I had an opportunity to meet him. Lena’s mother, brother and the rest of her family all live in Sweden. As much as we wanted her entire family to be here for the wedding, we knew it was to long of a trip for her mother to make, and very expensive for most of her family and friends to afford. Two of Lena’s close friends, and her brother and his family were able to make the trip from Sweden to be with us on our special day. It meant so much to us to have her brother here to walk her down the isle in place of her father. Since Lena has be living here, she found two girls, Karin & Jenney, also Swedish, living in the area and they have become close friends. When her best friend from Sweden couldn't make the trip to be in the wedding, she asked both Karin & Jenny to be in the wedding. Of course, that ment I had to find one more guy with only a month before the wedding, but that was no problem.
Jenny lacing up Lena's dress
The day started with all of the girls coming over to our house in Annapolis to finish getting ready. Our photographer arrived at our home around 3:30 pm and took pictures of the girls as they prepared. The black stretch limo picked up the girls at our house, as well as the two black SUV’s for our out of country guests, about 4:00 pm and drove them all to The Castle at Maryvale for the ceremony. I had set up with some of the Maryland State Police motorcycle officers I know to escort the limos to the castle, but they were unable to make it due to a last minute incident.