Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Pop Foto, December 1978: Secretly, Benny and Anni-Frid celebrated their big day

An article from Dutch magazine Pop Foto about Benny and Frida getting married in all secrecy in October 1978.
Even for very close friends it was a complete surprise. Only a couple of days before the event they received an invitation for the big party. But still, it has finally happened... Anni-Frid and Benny from ABBA are married!

Seven years ago, there had been some severe disorder in front of the Verum church in the district Skäne in the south of Sweden. The occasion then was the marriage between Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog. But despite the fact that this was yet another ABBA-marriage, not a living soul could be spotted on Friday October 6 at the rustic little church of the island Lidingö. It was dead quiet. Not because ABBA is less popular now than seven years ago, but only because Benny and Anni-Frid wanted it this way.
Carefully, they had kept their wedding date a secret. Even for close friends of the couple the wedding came totally unexpected. It wasn’t until the last moment that they were called to the big party that Benny and Anni-Frid were hosting at their beautiful residence on the Stockholm island Lidingö, after the ceremony in the church.
Obviously, there had been rumours circulating for quite some time about a possible marriage. But no one really believed it would actually happen. Especially since Benny and Anni-Frid, when asked about it, maintained sternly that the unmarried life they had been leading so far had worked out just fine for them. Only two years ago, roaring with laughter they rejected an offer from an American television company, that wanted to bear the costs of a fairytale-wedding, only if they were allowed to broadcast the happening on the screen.
But just now, when the rumours have died down a bit, it has finally happened. Only family members and close friends were allowed to be a part of it. Reporters and photographers, as far as they were aware of the event, were kept at a distance. Benny and Anni-Frid wanted to have this day all to themselves. And quite rightfully. Congratulations... Benny and Anni-Frid!

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