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over the fields and far away | Innertavle, Umeå

Yesterday Bethan, Hattie, Aggie and I went exploring with a thermos of tea and some slice.  Over the fields, across the creek, through the forest, following deer trails, making our own tracks, around the edge of the swamp, back through the forest and back home over the field…. there may have even been a creek I fell through!  There are so many different landscapes as you wander through the forests here.  There wasn’t much snow and in the forests none.  But that’s changed since I wrote this and we now have a  thick white cover of snow over everything.

Erika + Gustav | Sävargården, Umeå, Sweden

On Saturday I was so lucky to shoot my first wedding here in Sweden!  After shooting weddings for 8 years in Australia and having the last 9 months off I was a little nervous!  But once I was there with my camera in my hands it was like riding a bike.

Erika + Gustav are perfect and I am lucky enough to have them as neighbours (through the forest) and hopefully now as friends.

We got together before the ceremony in the beautiful grounds of the Holmsund church to take some couple photos.  My first time taking portraits of a  bride in the snow.  Erika was so perfect wiht her beautiful little baby bump showing!    Swedish brides are tough… zero degrees and she didn’t feel the cold!I loved spending this time with them and their wonderful family and friends.

Their dinner was held at the beautiful Sävargården.  A  very traditional Swedish building with the yummiest food ever.  Did I mention how much I love wedding food!!  Im so grateful to have been part of this day.

Hopefully this is the first of many beautiful weddings I get to be part of in Sweden…

Cassandra Kuru - Love, love, LOVE!!! Just beautiful Chelsea… I just adore your photographic style! Loving your Sweden adventures ?

Fiona Giltjes - Gorgeous Chelsea. Always love your beautiful photography. Sweden is so lucky to have you and we are blessed to have you continue to share your work with us. Xx

Brenda - Lovely. Just lovely Chels. You always capture the magic!

Georgia - Just gorgeous Chels! Did you learn some new traditions- I’m intrigued by the shoes although I LOVE her boots. So glad to see you are back doing what you do so well.

River Walk | Innertavle, Sweden

Gorgeous day today and the days are getting brighter which is so nice.

We went for a  walk to the river.

Piggy backs, long jumping, hiding in little caves, collecting tiny pine cones, lifting heavy pieces of ice, no jackets because it was hey only 0 degrees, and lots of goofing around!

Ice Fishing | Silviken, Sweden

Earlier in the week we had some lovely friends Carina and Henrik invite us ice fishing.  What an experience!

With their friends and family we all got on snow mobiles and headed along paths to an open freeway!  The river.  Such an exhilarating feeling zooming along the snow with a  gang of head lights behind you.

Drilling holes, tiny fishing rods, scooping out the frozen ice, fika on the ice, the kids finding animal tracks and having so much fun following tracks, Rosie’s excitement when she declared she saw a  fish.  So much fun …

I was chatting the other day with one of the kids about how much it means to me that people go out of their way to invite our family to join their circle of friends and family. We have really been treated with so much kindness since coming here.   I hope that I can be that kind and welcoming back.  Moving to another country, not knowing anyone, is a crazy experience.  You start with zero friends and it is a  beautiful thing to be able to look back at the short time here and see the friendships made already.

annette Clark - Wow what and adventure …did you catch any fish ??? it looks so cold though ….did you have hot chocolate in the thermos to sup on ?? hugs always Nanna XXX

chelseap - Hot choccie and treats. It was about 1 degree so not too cold. No fish Nanna!

exploring with Bethan

Bethan, Aggie and I had a nice little explore today to lake Mjösjön where we saw two old grave mounds and a grave  which is marked by stones in the shape of a  ship.   We enjoyed wandering around the ruins, forest and lake there.

With the sun only coming up a  little above the trees and then heading back down again we get such beauiful light in the middle of the day.  And today the sky was such a  pretty pink.

After the lake we drove out to the sea for a  look.  Chunks of ice on the beach and snow is  a little different to the weather in Australia right now.   We had  a laugh at the white snow almost looking like Tasmanian sand…