Monthly Archives: July 2009

{andy & cecilia} ~ wedding ~ sweden

I’m still overseas, but my trip here is soon coming to an end. Here’s a first peek at the wedding I shot last Saturday in Svärdsjö in Sweden.

Twas fantabulous.

wip

August 1, 2009 - 12:53 am

Jay - Waiting with great excitement, Jonas! I seriously doubt I will be disappointed.

August 1, 2009 - 2:28 am

Alen Abdula - Can’t wait too see these!

August 1, 2009 - 3:53 am

Cecilia - Nooo, you should’ve milked it a bit longer. But I understand why you couldn’t :)

August 1, 2009 - 4:08 am

James Day - You ought to be very proud Jonas. The way I feel your images, i’ve only experienced that once before.
JD

August 1, 2009 - 8:22 am

C&A - Looks amazing Jonas, we can’t wait to see the rest of our wedding photos!

August 1, 2009 - 1:07 pm

ashley parsons - seriously? your photoshop window as your teaser? your a friggin genius!
LOVE the kunling post and always in awe of your work, friend.

August 1, 2009 - 8:42 pm

Pernilla - - Jag älskar verkligen (alla)dina bilder! Den här gången har du fångat Sverige, magin med det underbara ljuset. Min dotter är 14, hoppas du fortfarande jobbar med fotografering när det är hennes tur att gifta sig, det blir min present till henne.

- LOVE (all)your pictures! This time You have captured Sweden’s magic and the wonderful light…..My daughter is 14, I hope you’re still working with photography when it’s her time to get married, that will be my present for her.

Pernilla/Örnsköldsvik/Sweden

August 2, 2009 - 4:12 am

Kristi - I can’t tell you how much I love your work and what an inspiration it is to me. I hope I’m as good as you one day.

August 3, 2009 - 4:02 pm

Sophie - It seems to be a great wedding in a great place with great people.
I want to see more !

August 4, 2009 - 5:45 pm

Heather Elizabeth - These look amazing! I can’t wait to see them all. They look stunning.

Kulning

I’ve just come back from shooting my first Swedish wedding, my body aches and I’m tired and weary. Would I be able to capture a Swedish wedding the same way I do Australian ones? Oh, the pressure. Well, I hope I did. I still haven’t edited any photos, but I had to show you this one.

I can’t even begin to tell you the magic of “kulning”, a local way of singing, but I can tell you the aussies at the wedding were all stunned. I’ve never seen so many semi-drunk people go quiet in a fraction of a second. It was like telling  a Queenslander the bar just ran out of XXXX Gold. I heard some of them talking about it after the reception and they all felt like they had experienced something extraordinary.

And it truly was.

To understand this photo, you should read about kulning here and listen to this example:

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You will see more of this wedding soon, but I just felt I had to upload this one as soon as possible. Please view it large for better detail.

kulning738

July 27, 2009 - 3:44 am

Carina - One of the most beautiful photos ever created. Seriously.
This photo has it all, compostion, light, colors, feeling…
It is a story without words.

July 27, 2009 - 3:49 am

Shyann - Awesome .. sounds really pretty!! Can’t wait to see the photos!

July 27, 2009 - 4:05 am

Cecilia - Can’t wait to see the rest, wow!

July 27, 2009 - 4:34 am

Dennis Pike - no reason to go into a long comment. this is exceptional. well handled

July 27, 2009 - 5:12 am

jeff - oh snap! less than 3!

July 27, 2009 - 5:23 am

Bobby - In the words of a famous wedding photographer – Folk med för mycket talang ska ha stryk.

July 27, 2009 - 6:05 am

Teddy - That’s so cool. I am from Sweden and didnt hear this until now, have never listened to is properly before at least. This is very speacial, indeed. Great photo as always! /Jasmin

July 27, 2009 - 6:24 am

Madeleine - Amazing photo, love the light!

July 27, 2009 - 6:39 am

Frida - Jonas, this is exceptional. Together with the music one can feel the atmosphere.

July 27, 2009 - 6:51 am

Julia - Like mixing John Bauer and Carl Larsson – breathtaking.

July 27, 2009 - 7:16 am

pernilla - This is a wonderful picture. Together with the music it’s magical.

July 27, 2009 - 7:46 am

maria - I got goosebumps just by reading about kulning. It’s the coolest thing ever. And a great photo, also.

July 27, 2009 - 8:09 am

Juliette - Absolutely beautiful.

July 27, 2009 - 11:47 am

caspix - completely magical

July 27, 2009 - 6:59 pm

Dalkulla - Fantastic!

July 27, 2009 - 9:37 pm

Fernquist - Dude, that’s my mom. Amazing Photo.

July 27, 2009 - 10:58 pm

Kelly - Gorgeous.

July 28, 2009 - 2:40 am

maggan - Wonderful picture!

July 28, 2009 - 4:14 am

Emma - Beautiful! You really capture the magic of the Swedish nature. Can’t wait to see the rest of your pictures from the wedding!

July 28, 2009 - 9:28 am

Jennifer - I have goosebumps. AMAZING.

July 28, 2009 - 12:00 pm

ayesha - jonas. jonas, jonas, jonas.

July 28, 2009 - 6:57 pm

Polka Dot Bride - Pretty darn awesome Jonas- can’t wait to see more!

July 29, 2009 - 5:03 am

Eva - bra foto
Eva

July 29, 2009 - 6:13 am

Karin - Vilken stämning!!! Naturen är ju så ursvensk och jag nästan hör ropen som ekar över sjön. Vill se mer. / Karin

July 29, 2009 - 11:47 am

Felicity - This made my dog bark and my baby cry.

July 30, 2009 - 3:20 pm

Bonjour - Kulning is pretty interesting, never heard of it before. Can’t wait for the rest of the photos :)

July 31, 2009 - 4:11 am

Andy - Jonas, thanks for capturing one of the many memorable moments at our wedding, everyone there was speechless. Andy.

July 31, 2009 - 6:07 pm

SteveK - Jonas, I think that Kulning sample would be a great soundtrack to the wedding slideshow you inevitably put together. Sounds incredible.

August 4, 2009 - 12:06 am

MisterMe - I love your work man!

September 16, 2009 - 10:56 pm

Bridal Wedding Guide - Ideas & Themes » Blog Archive » Real Wedding: Cecilia & Andy - [...] One of the couple’s favorite moments from the day was a big surprise organized by Cecilia’s parents. Between the main meal and dessert, everyone was asked to go outside to the lake for the surprise “kulning.” Kulning is a traditional Scandinavian way of singing that is quite unusual and hauntingly beautiful. Jonas Peterson talks about it a bit, and has an example of it that you can listen to over on his blog. [...]

September 17, 2009 - 4:51 am

Real Wedding: Cecilia & Andy | Bridesmaids-Dresses.info - [...] One of the couple’s favorite moments from the day was a big surprise organized by Cecilia’s parents. Between the main meal and dessert, everyone was asked to go outside to the lake for the surprise “kulning.” Kulning is a traditional Scandinavian way of singing that is quite unusual and hauntingly beautiful. Jonas Peterson talks about it a bit, and has an example of it that you can listen to over on his blog. [...]

September 18, 2009 - 4:12 am

Real Wedding: Cecilia & Andy : Beach Weddings, Decorations, Supplies and Accessories - [...] One of the couple’s favorite moments from the day was a big surprise organized by Cecilia’s parents. Between the main meal and dessert, everyone was asked to go outside to the lake for the surprise “kulning.” Kulning is a traditional Scandinavian way of singing that is quite unusual and hauntingly beautiful. Jonas Peterson talks about it a bit, and has an example of it that you can listen to over on his blog. [...]

September 21, 2009 - 1:41 am

Real Wedding: Cecilia & Andy : Wedding Supplies, Bridal Accessories, Cake Toppers, Favors, Ideas - [...] One of the couple’s favorite moments from the day was a big surprise organized by Cecilia’s parents. Between the main meal and dessert, everyone was asked to go outside to the lake for the surprise “kulning.” Kulning is a traditional Scandinavian way of singing that is quite unusual and hauntingly beautiful. Jonas Peterson talks about it a bit, and has an example of it that you can listen to over on his blog. [...]

April 23, 2010 - 11:06 pm

Ruta - This music was the most extraordinarily beautiful thing I have ever heard! But why it is not possible to listen to it anymore?
Thanks

September 25, 2010 - 1:34 am

dagmar - we used to do this while herding, it let the sheep know where we were and where to go.

September 30, 2010 - 6:24 pm

Leigh Murphy - this is beautiful, love your work JP

July 14, 2012 - 7:53 am

imagetext wedding photography - beautiful photograph

Cassie

I love going through the images the day after a wedding. I don’t really look at them on the day, a wedding is so fast-paced, there’s no time for me to look at what I have on my memory cards. So the day after is the first time I get to see the story unfold and it always amazes me how beautiful each and every wedding is. It’s not about tooting my own horn, I truly believe in the natural beauty of happy people. Most of the couples that book me worry about how they will look in their images. People generally don’t like having their photo taken, but it is my job to work around that.

I don’t book people because I think they look good in front of the camera, the wedding day does that to them. People forget I’m around and by the time the bride walks down the aisle I’m the last person in the world the bride and groom worry about, trust me.

I rock up and shoot.

Love is what makes the photos shine.

I really like this shot of Cassie getting ready. It’s simple and clean and yet you see the nerves on her face. She’s just hours away from walking down the aisle and she’s forgotten I’m even there. I don’t know exactly what she is thinking but I’ll have a guess.

Oh.

My.

God.

I’m.

Getting.

Married.

cassie738

July 24, 2009 - 2:57 am

ead - awesome!!!!! *big fan!*

July 24, 2009 - 1:02 pm

H&K - I have NO idea how I came across your work… But I am officially addicted, and LOOOOVE it. I will keep checking back. Thank you for the inspiration.

August 19, 2009 - 7:02 pm

Luisa Brimble - I was doing my usual rounds of daily blog reads. My first point of visit is Jo Goddard from ‘A Cup of Jo’ and I was absolutely delighted to see that she posted your amazing photography in her blog: http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/. I am a huge fan and I just love how your images are so raw, so honest, so absolutely inspiring!!! Amazing work Mr Peterson!