July 3, 2010: Tiffany Hoffman and Patrik Alnefelt exchange vows in Boyds Mills, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


The entire wedding was fun for all who attended, but some events stand out among the activities of the special day. Some are in the photographs here, but others are just mental images of the fun that was had.

Everyone seemed to be ready to mug for the wedding during the several days before the wedding and the day of the wedding. There were the stiff mugging set up by the photographers and then there were the spontaneous muggings that just happened. The young Swede in the long coat, Christy being "good Christy and bad Christy," the faces being made by Patrik and Anna, and the horns placed over the head of my angelic daughter were just some of the deeds of mischief that occurred.

A swing between the site of the wedding and the farm house made a tempting destination for many in the wedding party and guests.

In addition to the bride and groom finding the joy of swinging in the summer breeze, the bride also enjoyed the swing while being pushed by her friend Matt Walker. Christy and Eduardo enjoyed the moment of Christy swinging and Eduardo pushing her high.

Some of the traditional events of the wedding were evident. I heard the day before Tiffany's grandmother telling her what traditional brides would wear on their wedding day - "Something old, something new . . ."

The cutting of the wedding cake took place right on schedule. The bride and groom were kind to each other by not smearing the cake on the other's face as is often done at some weddings.

With an international wedding, there were a number of pleasant surprises. All of the family and friends from Sweden sang a song while lighting a candle from one flame. After all of the candles were lit, the candles were placed, one by one, in a circle between the bride and groom. It was a very touching moment.

Another fun and touching moment was when Jonas, the father of Patrik, sang a song he had written for the wedding. It was called "Song for Patrik and Tiffany" and was a fun highlight of the reception. Jonas plays the guitar and sangs very well.

There were a number of toasts and tributes to the bride and groom, some in English and some in Swedish.

The few days spent at Boyds Mills were fun with family and new friends.

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