Photos by Diane Keijzer
What began as a childhood friendship would lead to a surprise proposal and a whirlwind ceremony for newlyweds Carl and Cecilia Johan of Stockholm, Sweden. As the couple enjoyed their last romantic dinner of their vacation under the stars at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts in Aruba, Carl proposed to a very surprised Cecilia, who excitedly responded with a yes.
The couple has been dating for five years but met as children spending their days in swimming school and summer vacations on the Swedish archipelago, Sandhamn. After many years they met again and fell in love as adults.
Not to waste another moment, the newly engaged couple sprang into action the following morning in order to pull off their nuptials before leaving the island. “We are engaged, in love and we both love the beach, so it was the perfect opportunity to have a wedding blessing,” shared the groom.
With the assistance of Bucuti’s full-time wedding coordinator Nashette Wouters, the couple quickly obtained wedding rings, held a quick meeting with an officiate and searched through their nearly packed luggage for their best beach wedding attire.
Shortly thereafter the couple was wed in a heartfelt ceremony on Eagle Beach just hours before checking out of the resort and checking in to their future.