Our Wedding Day

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Lena looking out of the upstairs castle window down at the guest.

The wedding was set at a beautiful castle on the grounds of a preparatory school in Brooklandville, Maryland.

As every one knows, all the planning and prep work you do can not guarantee all things will go as planned. In our case, the flowers never arrived for the ceremony. Lena had picked out Blood Roses for her bouquet, and one for my boutonniere. These are the deepest color red she had ever seen and wanted them for her bouquet. We had also decided each of the girls in the wedding party would carry a single white long stem rose and each of the guys would also have a white rose as their boutonniere.

Lena on the balcony overlooking where the ceremony will take place.
But, it was starting time and no flowers. The castle staff had been trying to reach the florist, but with no success. Luckily the castle is decorated with large pots with flowers already growing in them. So, at the time the ceremony was suppose to start, the staff at the castle was running around cutting flowers from the grounds and making bouquets for the girls and boutonnieres  for the guys. You would of thought Lena and the girls would have been in a panic, but no. She had no worries and was having a great time with it. After the ceremony ended, and we were getting pictures taken, the florist did show up. She was crying and very apologetic and gave us the flowers at no cost…of course. As you can see, some photos are with the fresh cut flowers and some are with the roses. Lena later said the roses were so heavy, she was glad she wasn’t carrying them for the ceremony!

Our guest sat in the shaded lawn looking up towards the raised patio where we said our vows.

My step brother from Minnesota playing before the ceremony.
The wedding party was spaced evenly on each side of us standing on the curved steps which led up to the patio. We wrote our own vows and at the end, instead of each of us saying "I Do" separately, we said "We Do" at the same time. After the quick 10 minute ceremony, the wedding party and our families went to the side of the castle for pictures while our guest enjoyed the delicious food prepared by Signature Catering and the open bar :) After the many pictures, the wedding party went upstairs so we could be introduced to our guest. Lena's girls consisted of my daughter Courtnie, Jennifer who Lena worked with at Annapolis Harley-Davidson (Lena worked there part time for a few years) Karen & Jenny who are both Swedish and now living in the Annapolis area, Shanon, my niece, and her maid of honor Katie.
The front of the castle
My guys standing with me were my son Mike, my step brother Chris, my brother in law Shawn, my good friend and co worker from Annapolis Harley-Davidson Mike, my nephew Jon, and my best man and other brother in law, Bill. Everyone was introduced by the DJ with the usual slow sappy music, but when it came time for Lena and I, the slow music stopped. Then, Pantera's "Walk" stared as we entered the main hall!! The place was going crazy!!! After all the toasting and speeches we all sat outside on the long patio and enjoyed our dinner. The DJ played nothing but Andrea Bocelli during dinner for the proper mood, as we requested. After dinner, the dancing began until the end of the night.

mfmcp1982 says:
The photos are beautiful...looks like a great day all in! :D
Posted on: May 28, 2008
mfmcp1982 says:
That's such a bummer about the flowers...at least the staff were so helpful, and at least the Florist did turn up...I saw a wedding on Bridezillas on WeddingTV where the florist didn't show and they couldn't get hold of her for months afterwards...and they'd already paid full cost!
Posted on: May 28, 2008
missandrea81 says:
Sounds amazing!! Sorry about the flowers! ;)
Posted on: May 26, 2008
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Lena looking out of the upstairs …
Lena on the balcony overlooking wh…
Lena on the balcony overlooking w…
My step brother from Minnesota pla…
My step brother from Minnesota pl…
The front of the castle
The front of the castle
Lena walking down the steps inside…
Lena walking down the steps insid…
Lena at the bottom of the steps.
Lena at the bottom of the steps.
Lena and her brother Göran
Lena and her brother Göran
Lena and her brother walking down …
Lena and her brother walking down…
Lena and her brother walking down …
Lena and her brother walking down…
Waiting...
Waiting...
Our guest
Our guest
After the We do
After the "We do"
Lena giving her brother a hung aft…
Lena giving her brother a hung af…
Lena and her girls.
Lena and her girls.
Me and my guys.
Me and my guys.
Lena with our guests from Sweden. …
Lena with our guests from Sweden.…
Lena and me with my Step Dad and M…
Lena and me with my Step Dad and …
Lena and me with my kids, Mike (15…
Lena and me with my kids, Mike (1…
Lena and me with my Dad & Step Mom
Lena and me with my Dad & Step Mom
Me with the girls.
Me with the girls.
Lena with the guys.
Lena with the guys.
The wedding party.
The wedding party.
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Posing for the photographer at th…
Lena and me in front of the castle.
Lena and me in front of the castle.
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An award winning shot by our phot…
The tables are set for our guest.
The tables are set for our guest.
My daughter Courtnie and my step b…
My daughter Courtnie and my step …
Lenas Swedish friend Karin and my…
Lena's Swedish friend Karin and m…
My niece Shanon and my son Mike.
My niece Shanon and my son Mike.
Lenas Swedish friend Jenny and my…
Lena's Swedish friend Jenny and m…
My co-workers from Annapolis Harl…
My co-worker's from Annapolis Har…
Lenas maid of honor Katie and my …
Lena's maid of honor Katie and my…
Lenas brother Göran giving a spe…
Lena's brother Göran giving a sp…
Lenas brother toasting us.
Lena's brother toasting us.
Lena and me during the toast.
Lena and me during the toast.
Our first dance..I love this pictu…
Our first dance..I love this pict…
Lena and me cutting our cake. Yes,…
Lena and me cutting our cake. Yes…
Me with some of our guest ;)
Me with some of our guest ;)
Lena getting dipped by Jenn.
Lena getting dipped by Jenn.
Me and my daughter Courtnie.
Me and my daughter Courtnie.
Doing the Time Warp!
Doing the Time Warp!
The back of the castle as the sun …
The back of the castle as the sun…
My daughter Courtnie singing us a …
My daughter Courtnie singing us a…
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