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Leslie & Kris


Pure and simple. No frills. No fuss.

Leslie, Events Manager and Blogger & Kris, Technical engineer

Photographer: Christina Richards

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Small and intimate, where San Francisco and Stockholm unite.

Soundtrack for reading: “When You Say Nothing At All” as performed by Ronan Keating

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Other cool stuff we should know about

I’m from San Francisco and Kris is from Stockholm. We met in San Francisco while he was on a road trip through California with some Swedish friends. We dated over long distances for over two years, meeting up each month in different parts of the world. Such great adventures! We decided we both wanted to make San Francisco our home and he moved to the city on a fiancé visa. Since I manage events and know ALL the details that go into planning an actual event, I didn’t want to have a wedding. So it was just his family, my family, and a few close friends in attendance. A nice ten minute ceremony at San Francisco City Hall followed by a luncheon. Perfect.

Favorite thing about the wedding

Bringing together our families and the close friends we love. Pure and simple. No frills. No fuss.


The Info:

Photographer: Christina Richards (APW Sponsor) | Location: San Francisco, CA | Venue: Wayfare Tavern | Leslie’s Dress: Alice & Olivia | Leslie’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Leslie’s Earrings: Alexis Bittar | Flowers and Cake: Wayfare Tavern | Chocolate Favors: Mast Brothers Chocolate

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  • TeaforTwo

    Girl, that DRESS.

    • Stephanie B.

      Yes! So gorgeous. And those shoes!

    • MC

      My thoughts exactly.

      Also, as someone who did a few years of long-distance dating, I am super impressed that you made it through 2+ years of INTERNATIONAL long-distance. Congrats on being in the same place!!

    • MisterEHolmes

      So magical! And killer with the heels!

  • M.

    I always get chills when people meet each other in unlikely ways/chance meetings! It’s like…magic. Congratulations!!!

  • Kirsten

    Technical question: ever since the rollover to the new website, I haven’t been able to get most wedding graduate posts in their entirety through the mobile version of Feedly. Since I almost always keep up with blogs in my free time between appointments, it’s kind of sad to feel like I’m missing out on good content. I think that posts like this with the soundtrack get cut off after the music player thing (although it looks like a video in Feedly…?), but other wedding graduate posts are all there except for the “the info” section. Any clue why this is happening, and whether it’s an easy fix?

    On a more post-relevant note, I love the fact that you made the long distance work. Such a cute story!

  • Emily

    Perfect. I love the city hall-restaurant wedding. It seems so lovely and intimate, and the pictures combine with the song made me cry at my desk. Congrats!

  • Leslie

    Thanks everyone for your sweet comments!

    And to Maddie: Thanks for the post. My husband and I really enjoyed it! I especially love what your web site stands for and I’m so happy to be featured on it. Dealing with all the travel and rounds of government paperwork was hectic enough, and planning for a wedding was definitely something I didn’t want to do. For a long while I’ve looked back and thought that maybe I should have put in more effort like most brides do: get my hair and makeup done, diet and lose all the weight I gained while we were dating, spend more time looking for the dream dress and shoes, go cake tasting, even have a bachelorette party! But then I tell myself that none of those things are me. Your site just reminded me how important it is (and how much happier I am) to have kept it real.

    Leslie

  • jashshea

    I’m late to the party…but that dress! OH. EM. GEE. And those shoes.

  • Eleanor

    Bravo! This makes me want to get married all over again, but this time small and intimate just like yours. And the dress! the dress!

  • Andree K.

    Oh my god, I agree with everyone that the bride’s dress is down right fantastic! Next time I need a fancy dress I’m calling Alicia & Olivia up stat!

  • Suz

    Love this! I, too, am an event manager and don’t want to have to “work” my wedding. We’re going with a package deal at a horse farm/B&B – the only person we have to find and hire on our own is a photographer. Like you, strictly family and a few of our very closest friends. Congrats!