Late a Friday afternoon, in the beginning of July, we took the boat from Ven to go to another part of Sweden – more specifically to Norrland, Boden, Harrads – for a wedding. When we arrived to Norrland, it felt like time had stood still for centuries. In that part of Sweden, the light is brighter than brightest, the mosquitos are buzzing around you and there is such a magnificent calmness that I’ve never experienced before.
To get to the place where we were spending the weekend, we rented a car. The roads were wide and lined by lush forest. I picked up my phone to call my parents, who were helping us out during the weekend by taking care of our dog and my shop on Ven. I am so incredibly thankful for the enormous engagement and support the provide. My initial thought of a quick call was soon a distant memory! My mother is from Boden and as I was describing the surroundings we passed in the car, her memories arose and she told me the most vivid stories from when she used to live there. I absolutely love listening to her stories, and even though I was in the area for the first time, I felt like I already knew the place pretty good!
The hours before the wedding, Henrik I and went for a walk in the forest. The calmness, the smells and being back in the forest made me think of when I was a child, and to a time when I often went out in the forest by myself. Sometimes when I went out, I ended up just laying down in the bog, looking up between the pines towards the treetops and the sky. I don’t remember how long I used to lie there but I can still remember the scent and that feeling 20 years later, and how much joy and happiness that brought me.
It is a magnificent thing, marriage. The feeling of “now it’s the two of us”. During the weeding the priest said that you should not become like clay mixed by two colors, which will become brown. Rather, you should be like two ribbons that is twirled together and belong together, but still are two separate entities, being themselves.
For this wedding, I made a wedding ring to both the bride and the groom. In Sweden the bride often wears two rings after the wedding, one engagement ring and one wedding ring, whilst the groom only wears one, the wedding ring. But on this occasion the groom also wanted an engagement ring, and that’s only fair!
His “extra” ring is hinting towards what we today regard as “female jewelry”. His engagement ring is embroidered with hearts, whilst the wedding ring only has one drop. Previously, the drop symbolized what the heart symbolizes today, love. But when you put two drops together, it forms the shape of a heart. That is actually why we today use the heart as the symbol for love.
The bride’s rings give a neat feeling, in red and yellow gold with diamonds of the best quality, which gives them a fantastic expression and makes the really shine. The gold I made a bit more “rough” because I absolutely love the combination of the raw gold and the incredibly beautiful diamonds.