Ruin Retreat. Just taste the name. It rolls off your tongue like honey. Ever since I first heard about Ruin Retreat I knew I had to incorporate this new locality in one of my upcoming editorials. This shoot drew ideas from a broad and diverse range of sources such as the Stockholm archipelago and the abbreviate colors of the area in autumn. The concept is embodying refined and contemporary wedding inspiration for discerning couples getting married in Stockholm. Finding a venue that has an abundance of character with modern design is hard to obtain. Yet Ruin Retreat has all of that and features a piece of quirky history intertwined in its architecture.
While castles and 5-star luxury hotels are perfect for some, many couples today look for something a more fashionable when it comes to wedding venues. Scandinavian design is known for its chic and sleek ideals, and that is something I think we will see as one of the wedding trends in the coming years.
I was researching wedding venues around Stockholm, and there are very few unique spots that aren’t hotels or castles. Ruin Retreat is one of the few that I find have something truly novel to offer a fashion-forward bride and groom. With it’s close proximity to Stockholm city and unparalleled feeling of “your own private luxury hideaway,” this place will for sure be fully booked for the season to come.
Let me tell you a little bit about Ruin Retreat. You see the ruin was actually never anything else than a ruin. Two German brothers built the ruin as a reminder of their homeland and created purely for their homesick wives. The brick stone ruins you can see today has gotten a stunning makeover by the new owners. Molded into the perfect spot where you can watch the sunset over the Baltic Sea during warm summer nights.
Married couple Marie and Carl Gustavsson run the resort today, and they did a fantastic job transforming this ruin to a luxury boutique hotel and venue.
Moa Lerin, the lady behind Lerin Wedding Occasions, contacted me for a project. I suggested Ruin Retreat as our location. Months of planning and hard work lay behind a project like this and couldn’t be done without the whole team. Linnéa from The Wild Rose Weddings created the floral installations and the area was transformed into something positively unprecedented. Elins Art Studio outdid herself with the beautiful seating cart printed on exquisite fabric. Elin also experimented with plexiglass for the gorgeous invites which I especially love. They perfectly matched Ruin Retreat’s colors and unique vibe. Style By Sandy brought in sumptuous tabletop rentals and cake provided by Cake Art.
A special thanks to Marie Carlsson who is a delight to work with. I can not recommend her venue enough. Whether you are getting married, hosting a workshop or a retreat. This place has something for every vogue seeking couple or creative.
The wedding professionals involved in this editorial serves numerous wedding clients every year. All of us can be book throughout Sweden and most of us in Europe as well. You can certainly get in touch with any of us for your own wedding. Either via my contact form or email directly.
Planning & coordination @lerinweddingoccasions
Floral Design @thewildrose.se
Stationery, signage & styling elements @elinsartstudio
Wedding Gown @thewowcloset.se
Tableware, glasses, cutlery @stylebysandy.se
Happy real couple @h_hedlund@antonhultquiist
Film Processing @carmencitalab
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