WOW, OH WOW!! This was definitely an EPIC wedding! It was a total meshing of countries, families, and traditions, and IT. WAS. AWESOME. It was a loooooong day of us running around like crazy people, and at the end of it all, we were ready to drop; but, we kicked some serious photo-ass that day, and we’re pretty proud of the results. WHEW!! On to the photos! :)
Hege is from Norway, land of the natural-born supermodels. I arrived at her hotel room to shoot details before her family and friends arrived, so I got to meet them all as they filtered in, which was very cool. They are all wonderful people, just like Hege. (Also, they all look like supermodels. Is that possible? Is everyone from Norway naturally gorgeous? I think I’ll have to go there to find out for myself.) Most of the time, I had no idea what was going on because everyone was speaking Norwegian; but it was easy enough for me to understand that they all love her very much!!
I love this shot. It’s a little crazy-looking, and has an artsy-weirdness to it, but I think it might be my favorite “bride getting laced up” shot EVER.
The bridesmaids opening their gifts from Hege…again, I had no idea what was going on because no one was speaking English, but smiles are universal. :)
Ben was hanging out with Mike and the guys pre-ceremony, at Mike’s parents’ house. I LOVE this shot, Ben!! It’s perfect.
This is classic, pre-wedding ceremony, boys being boys. Do they look stressed to you? I think not.
After leaving the hotel, Hege and the girls went to the church to finish getting ready in the Church Library. I was loving this room for all of its character. :)
Hege and her sister just minutes before the ceremony – LOVE it!
So, this is Lancaster Presbyterian Church, and these are the cutest flower girls there ever were. This church has the cutest, coziest sanctuary I’ve ever seen in the most lovely shade of yellow; but, cute and cozy = Ben photo-bombing all of my aisle shots…oh well…
…totally worth it when you see the shot from his perspective. WIN WIN WIN WIN!!! AWESOME!
Hands down, my favorite unity candle shot EVER.
We took a whole bunch of family portraits on the front steps of the original, historic looking part of the church. It’s such a cool building…totally classic Presbyterian Church architecture. I loved this one of our fabulous bride and groom!
Then, it was over to Park Country Club, to take some more shots on the grounds. If you’ve never been to this place…well, it’s amazing. You pull into the driveway, and you’re, like, in awe of the building. It’s massive, and totally fairytale-ish. LOVE this shot!
This is definitely one of my favorites, too…Hege may not like it (knowing Hege the little bit that I do), but I think it’s STUNNING.
GORGEOUS!!! Norwegian bride in a forest = WIN!!
Reason number 1,001 to love Park Country Club…
We took so many cool ring shots in this place, as there was no shortage of inspiration; but this one, on the valet key board is my fave. :)
Ok, so for those of you who have never attended a Norwegian wedding (this was my first one, too), let me explain. Basically, there’s a SUPER long dinner with a zillion speeches. Apparently, at a traditional Norwegian wedding, the dinner is like six hours long, so Hege and Mike sort of “Americanized” theirs, and made the dinner three hours instead. There were many speeches (not a zillion), and they were all amazing; but the best part of all, was when the sing-alongs started. This shot has so much meaning for me. I don’t usually go into such great detail about a single shot, but for anyone who feels likes reading this, here it is. If I remember correctly, this song happened right at the end of Siri’s speech. She had a few people come up and join her, and they started singing for Hege and Mike. Then, people just started getting up out of their seats and coming up to join in!! The words were totally in Norwegian, so I had no idea what they were saying, but the whole scene was so powerful, that I started to get teary. Then, (if you look through the glass of the door on the left side of the photo, you can see me), as I was standing there with this dazed expression on my face, this amazing woman came over and started translating the song into English for me (you can see her leaning in towards me). I managed to hold it in while she was standing next to me, but as soon as the crowd dispersed, the tears just started pouring out of my face. I couldn’t believe a.) how much these people love their country, b.) how much they love Hege and Mike, and c.) how unbelievably kind it was for someone to see me standing there and come translate the song into English for me! I am crying as I’m writing this. It isn’t very often that you get to see everything that’s good and wonderful about humanity in one room, and without actively seeking it out!! I will never forget it.
On a much lighter note, Ben and I are both in this shot. On the left door in the photo, you can see the side profile of a man’s face. See it? Yes, that’s unmistakably Ben. His nose is not quite that long in real life, but that’s definitely him. I kind of love that we’re both in this photo.
Hege and Mike’s DJ, Kevin McCarthy, took the time and effort to learn a Norwegian love song for Hege. He got through maybe the first line, maybe, and everyone went flying out of their seats again to go up and sing along! It was incredible! For anyone who’s still looking for a DJ, definitely check out Kevin McCarthy – he’s not only a bomb DJ, but he also sings and plays the guitar. He’s phenomenal.
First dance adorable-ness!
After the first dances, an AMAZING dessert spread was laid out. This is called (I hope I’m getting this right) Kransekake, and it’s an almond-flavored wreath cake. It looked scrumptious! I’m sure it tasted even better.
Some fun dance floor action…
This is Park Country Club at night. I always get annoyed with Ben for disappearing to take shots of the venue, but HOLY CRAP!! This is an AWESOME shot. If this had been my wedding, I would totally want this shot in my album. WOWZA!
I’m pretty sure this will be a cherished memory. ;)
We did manage to grab a few night shots (of course); this one was the unanimous favorite. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
Hege and Mike – what else can we say except, tusen takk!!! THANK-YOU a million times over for allowing us to be a part of such an incredible day!! We’re so glad you found us! We love you guys, and wish you all the very best that life has to offer! :)