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We're having the laziest, loveliest honeymoon ever. Doing nothing but lovely things and calling eachother husband and wife in as many ways as our launguage skills make possible.
Like every time we are here I get the urge to write so I've been doing a bit of that too. Writing comes in waves for me. For quite a long time I've been writing less and taking photos more. That's just how it is and I need to do what I am passionate about whatever it happens to be in that moment.
But lately I've been longing to write so I'm trying to embrace that now.

Here's a little text I wrote about our honeymoon picnic by the beach the other day. It's in swedish but google translate made quite a good work of parts of it, if just a bit surreal. (apparently it doesn't know about whiny thermoses, egg sandwiches and sun warmed forts.)

Vi är de enda där. På ett stenfort vid en strand intill ett hav.
Stekt äggmackorna är uppätna och kaffet är uppdrucket. Vi lägger min cape över oss som en filt, och tittar upp mot himlen som känns ännu mer välvd än vanligt.
En kupol, säger du och jag håller med. En kupol som omsluter oss. Kaffetermosen gnäller nån meter bakom våra huvuden, syrsorna spelar i nyponbuskarna runt omkring.
Vi är nygifta; färsk make och hustru, inte ens en vecka gamla, och detta är vår smekmånad.
Vi ser kvällens första stjärna på himlen som börjar röra på sig och förmodligen inte alls är någon stjärna.
Det är nog en rymdsatellit, säger du, och jag visste inte ens att man kunde se sådana från jorden.
Där ligger vi, under en cape från 1976, på ett ännu solvarmt fort i skymningen och håller varann i händerna.
"Använder man fortfarande väderballonger?" frågar du.
Jag vet inte, men vi funderar lite över det.
Vi ligger och tittar på himlen tills stjärnorna kommer fram på riktigt och det blir kallt ända in under capen.

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Photo by David's friend Fredrik.
Hello, hello, hello!
I am so very very married!
Last saturday David and I had our wedding and it was the most magical day ever. We had planned for it to be a relaxed and joyful day without stress and rules. And that was exactly what it was! And so much better than we could have ever imagined.
It was a sunny day, but the clouds were dangerously dark around the time for the ceremony. No reason for worry, though. All those clouds just made for dramatic skies in the photographs and the day kept on in a sunny fashion.
I OF COURSE had my iPhone with me and so I documented parts of the preparations. Some of those photos you will see here but many of these are taken by our friends and their smartphones. I've edited most of them with the VSCOCam app (Love it!) except for some of them that's edited by the person who took the photo.
We had a few friends take pictures with fancy cameras too and you will get to see them too but for now: hope you enjoy a little peek at our wedding day.
David and Lotta. August 24 2013.
The day started with preparations. Inger, a dear friend of my family, helped with the table decorations.
Yes, it's a green house. Yes, this is where the dinner and party was held. Lovely, isn't it?
My mother was in charge of the flowers. We had picked them along the roads close to where we have our house in Rörum. Wild flowers and straws and some roses from our garden.
The view from the wedding couples' seat.
Decorations in 3D...
I walked up to the place of the ceremony to wipe off spider webs and bird poop from the chairs that we had brought there the day before. It was such a weird and lovely feeling to be up there all alone only a few hours before the wedding ceremony. I stood there for a few minutes and looked at the view and tried to imagine what it would feel like when it was happening four hours later. I felt such a calm and excited feeling and skipped down the hill to do the last of the preparations in the green house before it was time for me to be dolled up by my friend Johanna.
Photo and editing by Johanna.
And here we are! Our friends and family had gathered in our garden for drinks and snacks and we had time to walk around and say hi to everybody before it was time to march together up the hill.
Photo by my sister Sara.
David and I took the longer way because my dress prevented me from climbing the wooden stairs over the fence. Our guests looked like lemmings in the distance.
Photo and editing by Johanna.
All of our guests made it to the top!
Photo by Becka.
Here we are, soon on top of the hill!
And this is how you carry a very large tulle dress when walking up a hill surrounded by sheep poo.
Photo and editing by Johanna.
We met up with Else-Beth who was going to marry us.
Photo by Joel.
And then it was time to start.
Photo and editing by Johanna.
I couldn't keep from crying. It was just too emotional standing there, at that beautiful place with all our favourite people around us, hand in hand with my David.
Photo by my sister Sara.
And then we exchanged pocket watches. We didn't exchange any rings because we are happy with our wooden engagement rings. Instead we had bought antique pocket watches and engraved them in the back (You will see more of them in another post).
This was such a lovely moment, filled with joy. And both of us managed to lock the chains around each other's necks without any problems!
This photo was taken by Johanna with our polaroid camera.
And then it was photographed by me, with my iPhone. Super meta, haha!
And David gets his pocket watch too.
This and the following two photos was taken by David's friend Fredrik.
And we're married!
I love these photos so much! It looks like we're standing in a painting and that is exactly how it feels up there.
After the ceremony we made mojitos for everybody and people sat down on blankets to enjoy the view and the company. And I was back to taking photos again, haha!
This is Ida, Christian, Aili and Jonas. Lovely people! Aili and Jonas were our wedding witnesses, by the way.
Joel, Olle and Maja looking good in the sunshine.
Don't know who took this photo since it was from my sister's phone.
My sister and niece Hilda.
Same goes for this photo...
Me, my sister and nephew Alfred. And my husband (!) lurking around in the background.
Photo by David.
Then it was time to walk down the hill again. David and I took the longer way again and I had a bag of ice over my shoulder. Lots of skirt to carry!
Polaroid photo by Claes.
We took photos of all our guests with the polaroid camera. And one of us too, of course.
Photo and editing by Johanna.
In the green house before dinner!
Johanna made my hair and makeup. The flower crown is made by me and the dress was made by the amazing Jennie Lööf.
Photo by Marie Mandelmann, who made this amazing kanelbulle cake!
This is our wedding cake.
An enormous Kanelbulle (cinnamon bun) as a tribute to my all time favourite movie Äppelkriget that was filmed in this very part of Sweden and where a car motor magically turns into a giant cinnamon bun...
Photo and editing by Johanna.
The bride gets to break the cake!
Photo by Olle.
And the night came and lots of colourful lamps and candles lit up the beautiful greenhouse.
We ate the most amazing food you could ever imagine, all made of food from the farm we were on.
We danced to our favourite music mixed with some hits from the early 1990's since David and I was a couple then for the first time.
It was the most amazing day and night and we couldn't be happier.
This will be with us for a very long time.

Now we are husband and wife. YAAY!
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Hello hello!

Last monday David and I went to Glasgow, Scotland to bring home my wedding dress.
My friend Jennie lives in Glasgow and since we got to know each other at a school where I studied theatre and she sewing I knew that she would be the right person for my not so traditional wedding dress.
She's working at a theatre so we were there a lot during the week for fittings and detail discussions and just goofing around with the play props laying around the room. David and I also had opportunity to walk around Glasgow and since we had some things we wanted to find for the wedding we spent a lot of time shopping. And eating.
Here's some snippets of our days in Glasgow.
Evening walk in Queen's park.
Say hi to Stand In Lotta.
Jennie made her last time I was in Glasgow, in may. I wore a t-shirt and Jennie covered me in duct tape so I could hardly breathe. Then she cut the duct tape in the back, stuffed me with left over fabric and taped me back together again.
Since last time Stand In Lotta had become a bit more wobbly and out of shape but she worked fine until I could be there instead. Then she was useless and stood there on her four legs and looked sort of left out.
Boxes for your everyday needs...
We found our wedding accessories...
Oh, how I regret that I didn't take this with me. Such a fabulous headpiece!
David and I spent a few hours roaming around West End with all it's vintage and charity shop heaven.
And we ate cauliflower and mustard soup. That was my favourite soup at a café in Midhurst, England, where I lived for a year with my dear friend Lisa (or Sambon as I usually call her). Such a nostalgic taste for me now!
Banana and blueberry cake and latte for me. One giant meringue with whipped cream and berries for David.
Jennie hiding behind a cloud of tulle.
David entertaining himself listening to podcasts in the background.
When we came home we spent a day sleeping and running around town searching for all those things we didn't find in Glasgow.

On saturday I thought I had theatre practice. Apparently I was fooled.
My friends threw me a bachelorette party! Such a great day with lots of nice things. I was so happy the entire day!

Today is a day of last minute packing. So many things to bring with us! Clothes, wedding surprises, makeup, and don't forget the wedding dress!
I have to get going now. FIVE DAYS LEFT, my friends and readers.
And for you with instagram I recommend you to follow me for more photos (lottalosten is my name there, as always) and check out the hashtag #lottvidwed to see photos from our wedding guests.

Wiiiiii! This is so exciting!

Time for the last of my Scotland trip posts (well, there might be one more with my iphone photos later...).
We start this the moment I stepped out from Pollok Park on wednesday when I had the day all to myself.
I headed into Glasgow city for a much needed cup of coffee. But first I had to find a taxi to take me there because I had strong suspicions I had walked out of the map Jennie made me.
Add to my list of dream homes. An old brick house with huge trees infront of it, preferably clustered together into a tiny little park.
Found a taxi, found a cafe in the middle of St Enoch Square. I was only supposed to sit there for an hour or so but ended up in a comfy armchair for almost three hours. I realised I was super tired from my long walk and all the bright light in my eyes. When I take photos I squint with my eyes to focus and get really sore eyes from all the concentration. Yeah, I have the eyes of a true redhead- Crazily sensitive. So I sat in my corner of the café and sipped coffee, used their wifi, skyped with David and rested. When I was ready to go it had started raining. Well, I had a theatre show to attend, so out I went.
Walked along the beautiful river.
Love this photo so much. I like how it sort of looks like the two boys in the corner are kissing. I don't think they were a couple at all but the angle makes it look like that. Sweet, anyhow.
Stepped onto the bridge to see the view.
Love the reflections!
A Dalek under water! This mural is so cool!
Found the bridge I was heading for and it took me ages to cross it because I mean, just look at this view!
One more, just cause I can.
Looking the other way.
I just couldn't resist taking a photo of this really sad and ugly buildning. Glasgow is such a clash of old, beautiful houses and new, really ugly ones.
And then there's the abandoned ones that I really like the look of.
I was early to the theatre and walked around the block for a while. The glistening water on the ground makes for great photos, I think.
Blue door and brick wall.

The theatre was really pretty and the set was amazing but I was a little bit disapointed with the plays. It was two shorter plays by Caryl Churchill who I love. The first one, Far away, had an amazing set but it was actually too good if you get what I mean. The focus was entirely on the coolness of the set and when the acting wasn't up to the same standards the experience lost a lot of the excitement. The second play, Seagulls, had less cool gadgets but much better acting so I was glad I went anyway.
I was super tired when I came home. It had been a great day!
Thursday morning!
This was my last day in Scotland and we had many fun plans for the day. We started with breakfast at The Brooklyn Café and decided to really go all in with the breakfast choices.
First: Very Berry Smoothie!
And then. French toasts with bacon. Oh my gosh. So tasty.
After our large breakfast we made our way to Glasgow city centre for some wedding gown fitting. We went to House of Frasier where we had an appointment. My wedding dress is NOT going to look at all like those Cinderella gowns but it was really fun to try them on, and make the lady working there feel awkward when she tried to ask me questions like "how did he propose" "what's the theme of your wedding" and I failed to answer satisfactory to every single question. I realised this is so not my world. I can't believe how many rules there seems to be around weddings. We are going to break most of them probably, and we'll love it!
I looked like a Disney princess and was actually quite surprised of how well they suited me. They didn't allow any photos taken in there, so sadly there is no evidence of my amazing looks but you'll just have to trust me when I say: I looked fantastic and very royal, indeed.
So when that was out of the way we went to the fabric store and chose the fabrics for my dress. Nothing white, no sparkling beads, nothing boring and traditional for me, thank you very much. No, my dress is going to be amazing in an entirely different way. And you'll just have to wait until august to see it.
In the evening it was time for one of Jennie's sewing classes and I tagged along. Gorgeous house!
After her class ended and we had measured me in every way possible we went to the cemetery Necropolis. Sadly it was closed and weird people lurked around in the dark so we stayed on the outside. We have to go there in august when we're back.
Like straight out of a horror movie.
This wall is all that's left of a really old house that is now protected by law and can't be torn down. The houses further down the street had to be built behind the wall. Such a cool way to handle a lone standing wall in the middle of the city!
At this point my camera battery decided to die so no more pictures of the evening. We went to a bar and had a few beers before we went home. Went to bed at 1.30 and set my alarm to 3.45 because at 4.15 a taxi took me to the airport. I left Scotland super tired but very happy.
It was such a great trip and it was lovely to see Jennie again after almost ten years. She is one amazing woman!
Today it's apparently Sweden's national day. We haven't really celebrated it here before but a few years ago they decided to make the day a holiday so now most people are off work today. Not me though. I'm on my way to work soon but I don't really see the point of celebrating anyway. Sweden is a great country but so are many others. It looks summery with all the flags blowing in the breeze againts a blue sky though.
Hope you have a lovely day however you spend it.
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