What does the perfect wedding look like?
The perfect wedding is not a ‘what’, nor is it a ‘how’ or a ‘when’. It is not a ‘who’, as to have the perfect wedding one must have already found their perfect ‘who’. The perfect wedding cannot be quantified in coins, or counted in guests; it cannot be judged by the length of the veil or surmised by gifts. That’s because the perfect wedding lives in the hearts of every woman and every man who have ever dreamed of finding the love that completes them. For me, the perfect wedding is determined by one word; ‘where’, and my perfect wedding would be at Tjolöholms slott.
Tjolöholms slott embodies everything a perfect wedding, and a perfect marriage, should be. It’s shown in every crevice of the castle, every crease of confetti, and every shimmer of sunlight off the water.
A perfect wedding is built on strong foundations, like the stones of the castle, which though weathered and worn, combine together to create something whole and beautiful. Like the grass of the gardens leading down to the water, the perfect wedding represents the future, growing afresh every year, bringing new life and vigour into the world. Further on, the waves of the ocean ebb against the rocks; a commitment that endures, never backs down or slows with time, but is continuous, persistent and lasting.Inside the castle, my perfect wedding comes to life. It would be in the great hall, and bind us together in every breath we make, as the Queen of Sheba looks down upon us, giving us her blessing. The flowers will be fresh, and crisp, the stems of the past supporting the growing buds of the future. My dress will glide across the floor as I walk down the aisle, like a sailboat on a calm ocean. The perfect wedding does not hurry, for like the sundial counting the rays of sun, our love is timeless and will last a life time. We will toast our union, sipping champagne as we look over the lawns and sea.As the night descends the light from the candles will bounce off the wooden walls of the castle dining room, illuminating the guests as they warm beside the fire. We will eat out first meal as husband and wife, surrounded by our guests, magnificent paintings and a host of magical figures. The speeches should not be underestimated; they will be filled with memories and wishes of future fortunes from all guests in celebration. In the main hall, we will dance and sway, relishing the company of those we love. The cake will be beyond compare, better than anything tasted before, filled with soft spices that will make even the most travelled pallet rejoice.
For me, my wedding will not be perfect if it does not happen at Tjolöholms slott. The castle embodies all that a perfect wedding should be, and it runs through its stones in the engraving “as time can be redeemed by no cost, bestow it well and let no hour be lost”.
By Danielle Moore, York, United Kingdom. The pictures are from ”Melancholia”. Many scenes were shot at Tjoloholm.