Henrik Zetterberg and Emma Andersson Married near Mölle.
By Chris Turner, Zetterbergfan.com, July 24th, 2010 WEDDING PHOTOS LINK
It's said to have been the biggest wedding in Sweden since the Princess Victoria wed Prince Daniel Westling. It was a huge three-day event to celebrate the union of the Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg and Swedish actress / model Emma Andersson, who are considered “celebrity royalty.”
The celebrations were held in Mölle west of Emma’s hometown Ängelholm, and started as guests arrived at the Grand Hôtel Mölle on Thursday, July 22nd. More than 120 guests were sent sight-seeing around Mölle. They were returned to their hotel rooms and were told to wear striped traditional Swedish swimsuits. Then they arrived on buses for a secretly planned traditional swim at the first Swedish communal baths, Ransvik in Kullaberg. Henrik and Emma were nowhere to be seen until they appeared from around the corner in a small boat. "God, how beautiful you are," Emma said gleefully to the guests. "We think it’s insanely fun," she added later.
Invitees included many athletes and Swedish celebrities including: Several NHL stars like Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom, Andreas Lilja, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Mikael Samuelsson, Jonathan Hedstrom, Valtteri Filppula, and Pavel Datsyuk. Zetterberg's best man was former Timra team mate Per Hallin. Also in attendance were celebrity make-up artist Jonas Wramell and artist Jenny "Velvet" Pettersson.
An intimate dinner was held on Thursday evening with the families at a cozy restaurant, "Ruth on the Rock" near Nyhamnslage. The guests were said to have been "beaming with happiness." The dinner lasted until about 9:30. Emma had fish and Henrik had sirloin steak.
The wedding ceremony was held the following day, Friday, July 23rd, at 3:00, at the Brunnby Church in Nyhamnslage. It was described as a fabulous "fairytale" wedding by coordinator Ulrika Ludvigsson at TagerDu. Emma and her mother arrived at the chapel in a white BMW. "Do you think I'm fine," Emma yelled to photographers.
Inside the chapel, a gospel choir sang "Oh Happy Day". Then, at 3:40, the couple came out, as husband and wife, to Stevie Wonder's song, "For Once in My Life". Guests threw rice and rose petals. The Zetterberg's drove off in a Rolls-Royce.
The reception was held back at the Grand Hôtel Mölle with beautiful views of the North Sea. Guests gathered on the steps with champagne and balloons. The newlyweds arrived to cheering at around 4:50. Veal dinner was served. “Velvet” sang Bryan Adam’s 'Heaven' to the couple. Emma’s best friend, Lie Numar, and Hank’s friend, (agent) Gunnar Svensson, made speeches. There was an enormous fireworks display. And finally, there was dancing to music by coverband, ”Juke Bax” from Löddeköpinge.
Celebrity designer Lars Wallin created three separate dresses for the fashion conscious bride for the three days of celebration. The first, a thin chiffon dress, was for the Thursday dinner. The second was her wedding gown, and a third for dancing and partying at the reception.
Her $15,000 engagement ring was purchased from Tiffany’s. The Wedding set is from Court Jeweller W.A. Bolin. For the ceremony she wore custom shoes by Oscar de la Renta. Later, for the reception, she danced in Manolo Blahnik shoes. Her sister Martina and childhood friend Lie were chosen as bridesmaids and wore gray dresses by Karen Millen.
In the week leading up to the big event, Emma celebrated her bachelorette party with her best friends in Ängelholm. The group rented canoes at the Ängelholm Rowing and Canoe Club and set out for an exciting five hours on the river Ronne. It was quoted as being ”quiet and peaceful” and ”a wonderful bachelorette party without liquor.”
Henrik’s bachelor party may or may not have been as peaceful and without alcohol. Six of his closest buddies, presumed to be teamates, met him at a hotel in Stockholm. The gang had lunch and then took a commuter train to Nynäshamn and the ferry to Gotland for more celebrating.
-Henrik’s wife Emma (on why she wanted to marry Henrik) July 2010
And the wedding was nice?
"Absolutely. It was hugely successful and great to see all our friends and loved ones. It was really relaxed and we offered a little fun for everybody who came. I think it was a great event for everybody who came."
When one of the biggest names in Swedish hockey marries a celebrity, the media atention is great. Really huge.
"Yeah, but it was clear, it is what it is. But we think it worked out pretty well, we weren't really bothered by it," said the newly-married man, who married Emma on the last weekend in July.
After the party was over, the couple left the country.
"We spent ten days in the Seychelles, which was really necessary," said Zata.
Hank and Emma became a couple in 2006 when they were introduced by mutual friend Kenny Jonsson in Ängelholm.
"Yes, he put in a good word for me. Emma was in daycare with Kenny when she was little, and Kenny's parents know Emma's parents. That's the way it went," says Zetterberg.
"Yes, perhaps it happened that way. We lived in the same area and my mom, Ingrid, was babysitting Emma. She knew me, and I knew Zata, and by chance, they happened to meet. And I happened to be there and introduced them to each other," says Kenny.
In 2007, they bought 4,290 square foot house, valued at nearly $750,000 on Heronwood Drive in Bloomfield Hills, MI. They were confirmed by reputable Swedish sources, Aftonbladet and Expressen, to be engaged in August 2008. Emma was in attendance, and later on the ice, when Henrik won the Conn Smythe Award and the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in June 2008 as well as at the victory parade a few days later in Detroit.
The couple reportedly spends the off-season at Emma's summer residence in Scania, Sweden and in Henrik's house on Alnö, Sweden.
"It's Zetterberg who is probably the most famous of the Wings in Sweden, mostly because they still remember him as a superstar from the Swedish Elite League. He was by far our best player when he left for Detroit. There's also the fact that there's some 'flash' around his name. He's considered very good-looking, and he's got the famous Swedish fiancée, Emma Andersson.”
“In our city, and in our county, he is more than a rock star. People here just call him Zata. That's all. He is very, very famous. Hank is the king there and Emma the queen."
-Christer Jonasson of Swedish Radio to Detroit Free Press, (on Zetterberg’s celebrity status in Sweden) September 27th, 2009
By Anna Lindback, Aftonbladet.se, July 22, 2010
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For three days, the couple will celebrate with pomp and circumstance, and the festivities begin tonight with a dinner.
"All of us meet with each other during the course of the season, but this will be another different circumstances, which are enormously fun," says Niklas Kronwall to Sportbladet.
Are you going to surprise Zetterberg with something special?
"No, I can't tell. But it's going to be full speed for three days."