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äventyr är: på Gotland på Jonas och Jacqui bröllopsdag. // adventure is : on the island of Gotland at jonas and jacqui’s wedding day.

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We’ve said this to a few of you, and we gladly say it to the rest: We are praying people. And we believe when we pray, God hears us. This being said, photographing the wedding of Jacqui and jonas Peterson was such a complete impossibility in our minds, it’s something we never would have even thought to pray for or dream of. When we got an email last November from jonas saying he was going to surprise Jacqui with a proposal around Christmas/new years and he wanted us to be the ones to photograph their wedding, we literally wrote back saying something like “nice joke” and wrote it off as someone out there trying to make us feel stupid. But he wasn’t joking. And so, this is the story of how God answered a prayer we never thought to ask, and granted us the right to be present in a place we never would have asked to go.

we tell our couples that we don’t come to their wedding as a vendor, but rather as a close friend would. Jacqui and jonas took that to an entirely new level for us, and from moment one stepping off the airplane in Sweden we were made to feel like family. Arriving on the small island of Gotland, an old Viking island in the Baltic sea, we went to the family home where the wedding reception would take place, to meet our bride and groom and their families. I still have butterflies remembering the magic of it all. Was this real life? Did we have the right to be here? when was the part where the crew of punk’d comes up to us, pointing and laughing? There greeting us was jonas, with hugs, his usual humble kindness, introductions, and two paper bags. The bags held linens for us to use during our week there in our little cottage (a place we are forever endeared to), and fresh local groceries –milk, cheeses, bread, butter and other delicious staples.

Linens and groceries were just the beginning. The next few days were like watching love on display. Friends and family members came in from all over the world to celebrate this remarkable couple. we all stayed up late listening to stories and sharing good food and drink. local Swedish family members of Jonas’ poured their hearts and souls into doing what was needed to host a wedding: gathering local flowers and pulling out family candlesticks, preparing the meal, hanging the flags, and setting up the dance floor. Looking back, it seems like every little detail was the work of the generous hands of a family member. Not flashy, just genuine, and filled with care.

One afternoon, we hopped in the car with jonas and took a small tour of gotland, the island he spent summers on as a boy. the island his boys now spend their summers on. Jacqui had only made one request for the photos on the wedding day – she wanted a photograph in a field of red poppies. Poppies in gotland only bloom for a few weeks each year, and she had heard they might still be in bloom. We roamed fields we didn’t own, and Jonas told us about an unwritten Swedish law allowing people to walk freely on the land. And not just walk, but explore, hike, camp, and drink water from the springs. They believe the farmland, and wild open spaces should be shared and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, the forests, fields, and waterways treasured and enjoyed. They call it “Allemansrätt” or to those of us who don’t speak Swedish: everyman’s right. Sadly, despite our exploring, Jonas would apologize to his bride…we didn’t find her a poppy field.

Looking back, it’s easy to see how Allemansrätt didn’t just affect the way the land was treated and enjoyed, but how our very presence was also treasured. The family welcoming us into their homes with bottles of wine, stories, and local folk songs. the nightly gatherings and meals, the uproarious laughter from friends, and the constant humble smiles and kindnesses from Jonas and Jacqui all pointed to it: it was our right to be welcome here. To fully enter into the story with every sense was the right and expectation of each person there, no matter what their role.

On the wedding day, we were en route with the couple in between the ceremony and reception. We had finished their portrait time and sweet, lovely Jacqui brought up the poppy field again. “did you find it??” and just as Jonas was apologizing, we spotted about 10,000 red specks up a country road. Jeremy cranked the wheel to the left and we followed the dirt road until the specks became blooms…And so, as we had done in days prior, we jumped out of the car, hopped the farmer’s fence, and made ourselves at home in the poppy field. a gift from God we never thought to ask for.
it was Allemansrätt.

step two, watch this:

step three, look at these (some of the same, and some different than in the slideshow above):

thank you for looking and listening, friends.
thank you jacqui and jonas for the invitation into your lives.
with much love,
we are the parsons

by the parsons

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Tomasz - Simply stunning !

Caroline Homer - Now I really wish we could have made it. The most beautiful thing I've ever seen. Makes me very proud to be a Swede, and very proud to know you Jonas.

Vasily - There are no words, only emotions! Thanks

Rochelle S - Brought tears to my eyes. Unbelievably gorgeous.

jordan - these are amazingly real photos. you can literally feel the joy coming from everyones faces. i'm glad i stumbled across you guys...these are great shots.

joy thigpen - wow......what a beautiful video. congratulations to jonas and jacqui for such a beautiful family and love. and congratulations to the parsons for such beautiful storytelling.

amelialyon - I know this is like WAAAAAY overdue, but I JUST saw this...what can I say, I'm a busy mama! But truly, this has INSPIRED me in so many ways. I don't think I've seen a wedding ever photographed so beautifully. Thank you.

keri bryant - The Island of Gotland? Pshhh. I will fly you to MARS if that is what must be done if MARS is where one of my daughters is wed! :):) The Poppies? Yes, a gift from God. Thank you thank you for letting us in on those kind of miraculous details of a love story. I heart you guys. Deeply!

Kimberly Sink - The love is so thick in this story that it somehow escaped from my computer screen and made my eyesight a lil blurry. Good tears.

Bruno Miranda - What a good surprise to see JP's wedding here... Now I understand his inspiration and I'm in love with everything you guys do. Just perfect, just wonderful. Congrats!

Ricki Ford - beautiful in every way!

Arek - Amazing! Truely amazing! Great set!!!

jules anderson - the video brought tears to my eyes it was very emotional and well put together felt like i was at the wedding! Photography was wonderfully captured as well.

Tiana Simpson - So gorgeous, such a beautiful day perfectly captured.

Hamish Jordan - Fantastically natural photographs, love them!

Jase - Loved both the videos you did, so clever and original. You really pulled it out of the bag (I guess under great pressure!!) :)

Girish - Awesome pictures, absolutely loved it. Big time.

Julie ODell - Love...

Alan - Some totally inspired shots, here; just gorgeous. Fantastic work!

Warren Williams - Amazing storytelling - beautiful, stunning, wow.

Neale James - Superb. Simply superb. The movie, the photography, the humour in the stop motion. It's gentile nature. A pleasure to watch.

Jamie Lou // Heyday - This wedding stopped my heart and blewy mind. Rarely do wedding photos evoke both of those things. Amazed. The end.

Martins Kikulis - Absolutely amazing! Enough said.

erin. - now I have emotions in my eyes. so amazing, so very lovely. geez.

Amalie Orrange - Aggggghhh you guys are so freaking amazing I can't stand it!!

Caroline Fontenot - I don't read blog posts, but I always read yours. So much beauty - no words!!!

JoyB - It has been a long time since a wedding made me cry, this one is perfect. Beautiful shots, so honest and full of emotion xx

becca spears - My favorite thing about you two as photographers is that your insides are so fully poured out into what comes out of your camera. You are so drawn into to people's lives, you fall so deeply in love, and you ride the wave of what you're experiencing as your'e falling in love with the whole experience of being with them. So what you get is not some constructed image, but a true experiential expression of these people, and what it felt like to be around them the day they got married. I love the interview with their sweet son. You have given them something that no other photographer could duplicate- a very special personal record.

ellie be - images like these are worth taking time to look over and enjoy. these are beautiful. wonderful wonderful job.

Irina - THE BEEEEEEESSTTTTT!!!!!

Andrey - Cool wedding!

martha chiplis - you are amazing!

Carey - Lovely and amazing!

jessi - love :)

Jennifer White-Johnson - warm, organic, simple, impeccable in every way. Congrats! Beautiful couple and lovely shots!

David Wickham - wonderful, insightful story telling- congrats to Jacqui and Jonas :)

Martin Hambleton - Totally stylish. Great storytelling.

Anastasiya - Wow! That's very stylish and inspiring!)) Magic!

Avelaine - A dream wedding to be sure. Congratulations Jonas and Jacqui and the photographers on a job well done

Kylee - magic. thank you for sharing this incredibly beautiful story!

todd hunter mcgaw - jeremy & ash.. dudes.. NAILED IT! for me, it's like being there all over again.. i'm hearing the voices, the music, the laughter, the rain, the smell of the home brew, the amazing soup.. it all with me again this morning & i love you guys for that.. a thousand thank yous!!!

brennan - absolutely stunning work. the story telling is simply amazing

samm blake - completely ...wow. completely awesome. thanks for taking me back to that awesome day. so glad I got to spend time with you ash and jeremy on a little island in the middle of nowhere. xoxo

jas - amazing! such a gorgeous story for a gorgeous couple, I love jonas' work and I love that jacqui got her poppyfeild too. so many happy wishes for them both.

Sabrina - congrats....this set really touched my heart :)

Gold Hat Photography - The captures of Jonas' expression as his bride to be walked down the aisle almost brought me to tears! Congratulations

Lindsay - I don't know these people- but this post made me tear up. So beautiful. So inspiring. Congratulations!!!!

Ali Migliore - The slideshow is so beautiful.. I cried! You guys are incredible.

daniel ferris - what a story you tell... and oh how wonderfully you tell it. thank you...

Mark Marin - Bought tears to my eyes and I don't personally know Jonas & Jacqui.... wow, when I get married I don't know wheather I want Jonas or you guys to photography my wedding. Outstanding work. Simply stunning. WOW! Congratulations.

david josué - happy clics, great that you found the field of pops! congrats to J+J

Nirav - You know how I feel about these images :). My favorite shot is the pregnant lady getting down on the dance floor.

Erik Lindegren - Really beutifull! Your pictures has so much SOUL.

ericamayshort - gorgeous, you guys. you've outdone yourselves. LOVE the slideshow, the stop motion. i was dying with the flowers waving in the wind. and the ceremony shots are my favorite. so rich. love love love it.

Dave - These people are amazing, your photos of their wedding made me feel like I was part of the family. You've set the bar very high for wedding photographers everywhere. Breathtaking work.

Bartosh - Thanks, it's amazing!

porter - Congrats to you Jonas. What beautiful imagery to relive your day.

Issa Leal - It was quite an experience to see your way of telling this beautiful love story. Congratulations to the bloggers and the couple and their families. Wonderful.

Katrin Svensson - So nice, you tell the story and it feels like I was there.

Maura Coleman-Murray - takes my breath away. beautiful.

Meredith Adams - Wow.. totally evoked an emotional response from me. That video. the photos. You captured their day absolutely perfectly. They must be so in love with these images. Way to rock it sooo hard. And God - He's amazing :)

Cam - Just wonderful.

nate - no contest, the absolute best of the besty best best.

Butch McCartney - Wow. You brought us there! Great work!

Ural - ОЧЕНЬ крутая серия! Большое спасибо !

Jason de Plater - Lovely couple, love storytelling.

Zachary Long - Great job, wow, wedding coverage of the year!

alyda - no one could have done a better job...the photos are more than anyone could have asked for. perfection. meeting you two and spending all those days together made it even more special. you have a gift and i'm so happy you share it with us. much love xx

matthew morgan - brilliant. inspiring. telling.

Nick Grover - SOMEONE PLEASE INVENT A TIME MACHINE...PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yan palmer - that was a lotta bit amazing.

jonathan canlas - i tweeted this already, but, forever, this image, to me, captures what everything wedding photography should be about : http://wearethebloggers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/jacqui-and-jonas-peterson-0863.jpg great job guys.

Jonathan David - This is absolutely beautiful.

maria - i can totally see why one of the best wedding photographers in the world chose you guys to photograph his wedding. your photos are some of the best i've ever seen! i can't find words to express the ride i went on when looking at this blog post. jacqui is a knockout and their kids...wow! such amazing images.

Antony - Today I caught myself smiling during a day dream... then I realized I was thinking about this post and was too rushed off my feet in order to comment earlier so thought now would be the best time. Fantastic is the only word to describe this post. Congratulations Jacqui & Jonas! p.s, I'm glad I'm not the only man who 'got dust in his eye' at his wedding.

Lyndzee - You two are so good at capturing the "soul" and the "spirit" of an event. And that is because that you yourselves are beautiful, humble, loving souls. It's an honor to know you two and I hope that we'll see you sometime soon. Love you. Lyndzee

Veronica Reina - You have captured the very beauty of this wonderful couple on their most special day! The boys are beautiful & BIG & I am sooooo happy you had them narrate. TEAR JERKER!!!!!! Love to Jackie & Jonas & the whole fam! Hope to see you all again soon! With love, Veronica

janice - incredible!! especially the sweet video.

ray + kelly - How amazing. And those kids? And their wonderfully sweet voices? Took it over the top. :)

Brian - Oh GUYS! Now I"m going to have to work SO hard on the film just to try and keep up. You really did a fantastic job. Wonderful. Really wonderful work. I'm so impressed.

Kelly - Just brilliant. After looking through these I feel like I too was a guest... in awe the entire day. wow. wow.

Jon Yoder - Wow...this is so magical! Story telling at its finest.

purlitas - amazing photographs for fantastic people! What a family! I adore two small kids.

EILEEN MADDEN - Absolutely beautiful wedding. Such love and happiness all around. May you have a long and happy life together

Christian - This was absolutely amazing. Such great storytelling, so touching, can feel the love on the other side of the world. Congratulations.

laura quinn - Feeling the warmth of the weekend all over again as I re-live it through these magical, incredible photos. Thank you, thank you, thank you. To you guys for capturing it and for J & J for allowing us all to join in their love! x

Rafa Ibanez - Love the slideshow! Congrats guys and congrats to J&J.

Savannah Lauren - I love this so much! I've been waiting to see them and this is no disappointment!!

ben hood - Absolutely brilliant! I truly feel as if I was there. What a magnificent example. wow.

gladys - this is really, wow. you guys have an incredible gift.

Charity - my word, these moments that have been captured. they come and they go, but the joy in the remembering is what matters. many blessings to you, Jacqui and Jonas!

Brian Furbush - So, so, so good. That is how a slideshow is done. Absolutely masterful work, with so much emotion captured.

mercedes - Your words are beautiful and the images? Even more so. Masterfully done.

sharon - just absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! pure MAGIC my friends!

Felicity - Thank you both for bringing to life the magic that was, Gotland - my children and I were there in spirit - you have created a treasure so pure it makes everything in life seem okay, even if it's just for a moment.

Jocee - yup. i cried. so in love with this.

Matthew Long - The word genius is over used but that blog post fully deserves to wear the tag. Amazingly emotional, congratulations Jonas and Jacqui.

Andreas Peterson - Thank you for this.

benj haisch - also, my wife and I watched the slideshow last night and she said after, "wow, I really feel like I was there." As a storyteller, that to me, is the greatest compliment someone could give. Again, incredible work.

benj haisch - friggin' incredible. THAT SLIDESHOW. unreal, guys.

Tori Litardo - GOOSEBUMPS! SOOO GOOOOOD :)

Dan O'Day - it was such an honour to be there to experience this with some of my favourite humans in my world... the memory of the week will be one of my "life highlights" playing on repeat when i slip away.... love ya'll xo

Caryn Azure - Absolutely over the top amazingly mind blowingly GORGEOUS.

Julia Mary - I'm speechless. Chills running up and down my spine.

Matty - Incredible work guys!

morenica - I still could not imagine how did you feel when he contacted you. Congratulations!!! I guess he had contacted the right person. The pictures are truy beautiful. I love every detail in each of them. You have succeded to show how sincere yet wonderful the wedding was. After seeing this, the more I like Jonas and the more I want to visit your blog.

caz lee - well i bawled. you GUYS! god knew what he was doing when he chose you two. a big huge high five to j+j, too! xo

Matt - Oh my gawd. So fukin ridiculously inspiring for a photographer! Lost for words. ...we are not worthy.

Steph S. - To Jacqui and Jonas, congratulations on your new adventure. You two are absolutely beautiful, with a beautiful family and a beautiful story. I'm so glad Jacqui found her poppies :) Wishing you all the very best. To the Parsons, you guys are the epitome of whimsy and magic, emotion and love. I held it together until the picture of Jonas waving to his boys down the church aisle. Had it not been for your amazing storytelling, this picture wouldn't have meant as much. But every picture you take has a story. Thank you for sharing. With much much love.

Erin Drago - I can't imagine this story being told any better. Triple WOWs!

Maurizio Solis - I´m really touched by these images. Amazing photo work but also they are alive, they make you feel. Congratulations

amanda vanvels - wow.

Teresa K - What a beautiful God given gift you have. The way you fuse your art and storytelling is simply amazing to behold.

courteney rodda - Oh. Wow. What amazing photographs of what was undoubtably an incredible time. Breathtaking.

Ali Paul - That was wonderful. Music got me welling up at times. You tell an excellent story.

Anni - That video had me in tears, such a wonderfully sweet and perfect idea you had. Beautiful, beautiful work.

dana curran - this is some of the most beautiful work i've seen. thanks for pouring your hearts out and sharing it with all of us.

shannon - I should have looked at this BEFORE I put makeup on. You told the day perfectly...there isn't much more to say then that. Wonderful.

kristi wright - Some of the best storytelling ever. What a beautiful sweet wedding and perfect pair of clients and photographer!

Emilie - absolutely amazing. the slideshow made me cry, this is poesy to me, you are poets of love.

sarah - incredible.thanks for so much beauty.

Sandra - Beautiful. Thank for sharing. xoxo

Kathleen Clipper - What a beautiful story you told through these photographs! Congratulations, Jacqui and Jonas!

Jenny K - Wow, this photos took my breath away. Amazing work! The storytelling was so good I felt I was there! <3

Hannah Nicole - crying as I write this. incredibly wonderful images. a beyond beautiful story told so perfectly. these images gave me goosebumps and chills and I laughed and cried looking at them. beautiful images, parsons. beautiful beautiful beautiful story.

Abby Grace - These images are SO beautiful. Everything about their wedding feels authentic and organic, and I love the bit about the poppy field. Just amazing!

ayesha - to the parsons: i said a bit of this to jonas elsewhere but wanted to share with you too, though i don't know any of you: i commented once on jonas' pre-wedding work that his photos were like poems, in that they make the viewer see ordinary things in extraordinary new ways. each viewer takes away something different and personal from their beauty. that's how i feel about these... though i don't know anyone involved personally :) there are a few of these images that mean something to me personally... just because of what they are and what they say to me. so thank you for these... jonas and jacqui, and their incredible wedding photographers - for the story, both words and images, for the countless perfect moments of your storytelling...

Lauren @ Every Last Detail - Wow wow wow. So breathtakingly beautiful and meaningful for them. You two captured their day perfectly- I felt like I was there. Crying right now. SO amazing!

Tara K. - the best.

cassie nguyen - amazing, beautiful, moving... congratulations jacqui and jonas. what love!!

Bradley Lanphear - Very moving. Timeless images. Bravo!

Steve Dalgetty - Thank you for loving and living life the way that you do. The consequence of that is why you fill blog post after blog post with stories like this. Uninhibited. Magical. The emotion in the story is contagious, and I'm in awe.

Leah Kua - I am just completely speechless. What an incredible body of work. Just absolutely in awe.

cara @ lillian and leonard - Wow, they are just beautiful. I love the three of Jonas wiping one of his kids' faces and the three of his tear during the speeches. (Girl loves a sequence.) But mostly I love the beautiful, simple, genuine story telling.

andy stenz - um. yes. absolutely amazing.

fer juaristi - Kill me now. Love it guys!

shane shepherd - amazing, amazing, amazing. my jaw is thoroughly dropped. what a gifted pair you two are, and what a gift you've given to mr & mrs peterson! :)

Samara - wow wow wow .... each shot is more more amazing. I'm just speechless!!!

Stewart - What a beautiful set of images. So fulfilling. A visual feast to say the least :)

Nick Evans - Very very great. The way you guys see the world and put the story back together visually is a blessing. Keep up the greatness!

Annette Levy - Stunning work. Jacqui and Jonas were blessed to have you capture their special day. Beautiful provision to have that field of poppies appear for Jacqui, with such perfect timing. How awesome is that! Exquisite photography. May your creative eye, fine sense and your heart for people continue to bring joy to many, as you have fun and hard work. Warm Regards, Annette Levy (Kyoto, Japan)

David Moore - Beautiful, thoughtful, fun. These images will stand the test of time.

David Moore - 'Push the button, pull the choke, off he goes in a cloud of smoke'

Lisa - absolutely and totally beautiful.

Valentina - Every image is amazing! You guys did an unbelievable job. Seriously breathtaking!

Brigitte Grenfeldt - I did as you asked. First I read the story. A tear came up. Then I watched the slideshow. Speachless. Touched. Deeply. I had to get a tissue to dry the flood of tears. And then I looked at the rest of the pictures. Smiling. What a story. Thanks!

Mårten Westlund - What can I say. Absolutely fantastic. You had to be there to believe it.

Kim - Wow! Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us!

Tina - ummmmmm, AMAZING!!! I have no other words.

Ian Abdilla - Wow ...captivating.. the way you told the story was so impressive... really amazing work... an honor to shoot Jonas's wedding... and such lovely boys they Have... Congratulations to the Bride and Groom :)

Lizzy Cleverdon - Wow that was such an emotional video. I just love the way your photographs catch the emotions. You should be very proud.

kat - rocknrollbride - gorgeous. but i wouldn't have expected anything less really! Congrats guys

Andreas - wonderful!!

Josie - I totally felt like I was there! Wonderful xx

Faith - Gorgeous!

twiggs - thank you for such beauty! and for making me cry even before breakfast! that slideshow was amazingly beautiful, you deserved to be granted with this honor for sure! congratulations for such talent and sensitivity in capturing what's the most beautiful thing in the world - love.

Kelly @ Boho Weddings - beautiful story telling, such an emotional day captured perfectly! xxxx

Pawel Bebenca - great to see Jonas on the other side of camera ;-)

Luisa Brimble - wow!!!!! ssssssoooooo gooooooddddd!!!! i think the whole world is waiting for these images to come out. finally!!!! you guys did an amazing job!

caroline - so, i knew these would be good. but oh...em...gee... i didn't expect to see this. this is by far, THE BEST wedding photos i have seen in my life. that is all.

Mitra - It is some of the best stuff I have ever ever seen. It is really so beautiful and amazing that I feel words are not quite enough.

Narrelle Joy - I just watched the video with my four year old daughter beside me, the eternal believer in love, fairy tales and happy endings, and after 4 minutes and 15 seconds of giggles, sighs and 'ooooooh's she declared that the most beautiful movie she's ever seen, and it was very nice of the man and lady to share their happy story with us. I could only agree.

Stefan Hellberg - Switzerland Wedding Photographer - Wow, some of the most amazing story telling I have ever seen. <3

Jonas Peterson - I can never thank you enough for what you've done. Never. Couples tell me the same thing, but it's not until I can say the sentences myself I understand the impact of the words. You have captured us. You have created a fortress for our memories to live in and for that I will be forever grateful. I love you both.

Ric Latham - Congratulations ! Beautiful wedding, superbly captured !

Luke Hayden - Wow

Mark Kalkwarf - Absolutely magnificent work! Storytelling at its best.

Jason Williams - Wonderful storytelling friends. Truly captivating. And the montage of images with the boys well-wishes melted my heart. Sooooo good...thanks for sharing guys.

heather nan - What to say really? Mission accomplished. Jonas was a wise and blessed man having you there. Phenomenally done.

jac kaiser - friends, i am speechless. that was. wow.

linda Davey - Absolutely LOVED this! What an amazing set of photographs! Many congratulations to the happy couple (from a total stranger!) xx

Erika - You're right; this is so magical!

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