I got married! Phew. I am still decompressing and processing the events of the past 3 weeks. What a wild ride- so fun and so beautiful and so unforgettable!
We had a lot of Norwegian guests at our house and in Park City for the weeks before and after our July 12th wedding, so there was a lot going on in addition to last minute planning. Lots of dinners, sightseeing, and shopping. It was so great to show Jonas’ friends and family where we live, and what our life here is like. For many of them, this was their first visit to the US. Since I don’t speak Norwegian (yet!), or Hungarian, we had a crazy game of telephone going on in our apartment- Hungarian translated to Norwegian translated to English, and a mish-mash in between.
Our wedding weekend was up at the Alta Lodge in Alta, UT. This is a special place for Jonas and I, as we love to ski in those mountains. Most of my friends and family came from out of the state also, so this was a destination wedding and Alta was the perfect backdrop! We had an awesome chicken and rib grill-out for the rehearsal dinner with about 60 people and a beautiful plated dinner (bison and seabass) for the wedding for about 80 people. Everything was outside, simple, beautiful and very much Jonas and me.
I started our wedding day off by teaching a yoga class outside for 20 of our guests, and then people either went on a guided wildflower hike or down to the Cliff Spa at Snowbird to swim in the pool. So fun!
Our wedding ceremony was non-traditional but lovely- it started with the ringing of a mindfulness bell by the “flower children” and then I walked down the isle with my mom and dad as the best man played a traditional Norwegian accordion song. The wedding was officiated by our Norwegian friend Ane, and our readings included E.E. Cummings, Paulo Cohelo and a Native American wedding blessing. During the dinner, which was family farm style outside, cheers of “skol” and speeches were given, all of which were very heartfelt and emotional. There was a lot of crying, which made it that much more sincere and personal. At one point, Jonas and I were sharing a handkerchief back and forth as our tears wouldn’t stop every time a new friend or family member stood up to speak. Pure Love.
The food was amazing, and I can’t praise the staff at the Alta Lodge enough for their niceness and attention to detail- everything went so smoothly and I was able to really enjoy myself. There was a post-dinner reception inside the lobby of the lodge with ice cream and a french press coffee station (which Jonas ran!), followed by the cake cutting. After cake, the awesome bluegrass band, Cold Creek Band, started playing outside under the full super moon and twinkle lights. Our first dance as husband and wife was to Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic”, and it was perfect and wonderful. I danced a ton, and enjoyed the group dances and Svein Mikal (the best man) jumping in and jamming on his accordion with the 5 piece band. The after-party was held inside in an old bar, the Sitzmark, which doesn’t run during the summer. A chef friend had prepared mini burritos for everyone and we set up speakers for music and the party kept on rolling.
The next morning we had a delicious brunch at the Lodge with live jazz musicians so everyone got to linger, pack up and say goodbye. I am carrying all of the memories in my heart from this amazing experience, and now it is on to the honeymoon in September!