Fri Jul 23 09:29am EDT
Do not adjust your monitor: This is an actual photograph from the pre-wedding festivities for Detroit Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg(notes) and his TV presenter lady-love Emma Andersson in her Swedish hometown of Molle, located on the Baltic Sea. And really, what says "till death do us part" better than dressing like you're on a Depression-era chain gang with George Clooney?
Also featured Red Wings players like Andreas Lilja(notes), Johan Franzen(notes) and Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) rocking these striped nightmares. In the photo above, you can spy Pavel Datsyuk(notes) on the far left with Valtteri Filppula(notes). (Why do we imagine Dats brought his own bath wear?)
So what's the deal with the greatest hockey theme wedding since Jim Carrey showed up dressed as Fidel Castro to Dan Hinote's(notes) nuptials with Jenny McCarthy's sister? George James Malik of Snapshots worked long hours Thursday night translating and researching, revealing the backstory. Turns out the 120 guests didn't realize what they were in for when bused to the shore:
[Molle] apparently known for the fact that its "baths" were public and open to both men and women as early as the late 19th century. So, as Emma tells Aftonbladet's Johanna Helsten, the wedding party got to poke fun at tradition, probably mandatory bathing attire included. [...]
You might want to note in the group photo that some of the attendees are wearing fake moustaches, fake Coke bottle glasses and vintage-1900 hats. It's a big gag on tradition, and Hank and Emma obviously sprung it on the wedding guests. A very knowing joke.
Congrats to the happy couple, who we hear are currently vacationing in a "Where's Waldo?" book. By the way, it's a medical fact that if the Red Wings' Swedish players wore these outfits on the same ice as the Canadiens wore their barber pole sweaters, your optic nerves would burst into flames.
Photos from aftonbladet.se. Once again, big stick-tap to Snapshots for its work on this oddity.