real wedding: an elegant black & white two-ceremony wedding {anahita & gustav}

Good morning lovelies! Happy 1st Feb! I hope you are all beginning to recover from the January blues? February is a great month, not only do us romantics have Valentine’s Day to look forward to, but this year we get an extra day! Tradition says ladies are allowed to proposed to their man on the leap… would you?!  February is also a great month as today we welcome Victoria Fergusson bridal accessories designer and makeup artist as a b.loved sponsor!  I pick my sponsors with care and attention to make sure I am recommending only the best, and Victoria is most certainly one of them!  Her exquisite headpieces are some of my favourites, read my post on Victoria Fergusson here, or click on the banner to find out more!

To meet Victoria, and lots of other lovely suppliers for your wedding, why not pop along to the Designer Wedding Show on 10-12th February, you can win a pair of tickets to the show here!

Today I’m delighted to welcome back to b.loved one of my favourite Cape Town photographers, Monica Dart.  I was lucky enough to do a shoot with Monica last summer when she visited the UK, and discovered that not only is she a pretty talented photographer she is a funny and lovely lady too!  Just the kind of person I love here at b.loved!  Although based in Cape Town, Monica loves to travel and is regularly booked to shoot overseas weddings, engagement, maternity and anniversary shoots as well as tasteful and artistic boudoir shoots.  Lucky for us, Monica will be in the UK in June and July this year, and I know she would just love to photograph you! Check out Monica’s latest work, and then get in touch to discuss your requirements.  Of course, if you’re planning a wedding in sunny South Africa, Monica would love to capture your day there too :)

During her travels last year, Monica made a trip to the beautiful town of Uppsala, Sweden to capture the elegant multicultural weddings of Anahita and Gustav.  Yes, you read that right, WEDDINGS!! This gorgeous couple held not just one, but two marriage ceremonies on the same day, wanting to combine Anahita’s Persian culture with a more traditional Swedish wedding.  The bride wore an elegant dress by Swedish designer Garamaj to both ceremonies, and Gustav cut a fine figure in a sharp black suit and bow tie.  I love the contrast of the jewel-like colours of the Persian ceremony, with the monochromatic wedding reception, both equally beautiful!

Today I’m handing over to the groom to explain their day ~

We met at a club night whilst studying at the same University.  We got chatting and were both obviously interested in one another, so decided to go on our first date… where we found true love!  It really was meant to be, as we even found we shared the same birthday!

It was really important to us both that we could look back and remember everything about our special day, so we decided to have our couple photo’s with Monica before the ceremony.  This meant we got to spend time together and appreciate the rest of the day too, making sure that our friends and family enjoyed themselves as well! 

Anahita continuously read different wedding blogs and magazines, both Swedish and International, to get inspiration and tips that we could use in our wedding. As for many other brides, Anahita all ready had her plans and ideas of how our wedding should be! To me, it was important that my wife could have the fairytale wedding she deserved.

We wanted to combine Anahita’s Persian heritage with my Swedish, so we had two wedding ceremonies, which was something that both of us really enjoyed.  It meant we were a little less nervous for the church ceremony, and we were relaxed and able to enjoy the second time!  Anahita’s mother and family organised the traditional Persian ceremony, which include candles, different mirrors and beautiful flowers.

The Persian ceremony, called the ‘Persian Aghd’ is a legal Iranian ceremony filled with music, laughter food, and love!  A selection of food is laid out at the ceremony that symbolises something important in marriage.  After the ceremony the newly-weds feed each other, honey is first symbolising sweetness in life, walnuts, almonds and hazlenuts symbolise fertility and a large mirror to bright brightness and light into their future.  The couple are then showered with gifts from friends and family, and enjoy a drink and food.

Our second ceremony was held at the Dome Cathedral in Uppsala, a beautiful place with it’s own history and also nearby to where we met for the first time, so it held a special meaning for us too. 

We held our reception at the Uppsala Castle, in a stunning old room with timber beams.  The perfect place to celebrate the Prince getting his Princess.  Our colour theme of ivory and platinum from our invitations was brought into the reception place cards, which were made by Anahita and her friends by hand.  We bought a personalised stamp machine, with our names and wedding date and used this to personalise everything for our wedding!  The colour platinum was chosen for it’s special meaning to us, as it matched our wedding rings.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was to Seal and Heidi Klum’s ‘Wedding Day’ which fits ‘us’ very well. The song is about two people expressing their love for each other. Half way through our dance the DJ did a cool remix and we switched to Beyonce’s Single Ladies, which got everyone up on the dance floor!

Do you have any advice for future brides?

Take it easy and really enjoy every moment of this day.  Our advice is to have a photographer with a lot of experience, so you will feel calm and relaxed. Try to have someone who can make a story out of your day, so you can relive this moment every day with laughter and tears.



Dress –  Emmie by Garamaj

Shoes – Rizzo

Veil – Garamaj

Headpiece – Glitzy Secrets

Groomswear – Hugo Boss

Stationery – Bride

Ceremony Venue – Uppsala Cathedral

Reception Venue – Uppsala Castle

coordinator -Bride

Flowers –  Petras Blommor

Hair & Makeup – Anna Amsi

Catering – Hambergs

Cake – Ica Kvantum

Music – DJ Stig

Bridesmaids Dresses – Karen Millen



After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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