I first met Petter when I turned seventeen at a conference in Kansas City. We chatted at a booth about a ministry school he was a part of (The Call School). Nine months later, I found myself at that school in Pasadena, CA, and Petter was the only person I knew. His little sister, Julie, was also a student at the school, and she and I became very close friends.
Petter was like a brother to me during my time in California and my time working with this ministry. The fun plus to our friendships was that Petter and his sister, Julie, were from Norway. And I loved hearing them talk to each other in Norwegian and talk about being Norwegian.
Twelve years have gone by since our time in Pasadena, and Petter and his family have always held a very sweet place in our lives. We’ve flown across oceans to be at each others’ weddings, and Petter’s sister and I even hung out in Ireland together one summer.
When Petter contacted me about shooting his wedding in Norway, Brandon and I were 100% yes. We were so excited to get to see our friends and be a part of their incredible day… and get to experience Norway.
Norway was a dream…every part of it. But the thing that we loved the very most was spending quality time with our Norwegian family. (And they truly are like family to us.) Petter and Sunniva’s wedding took place at a dreamy little horse farm called Torstad Gård in Hvalstad, Norway. We were the photographers, but we also got to be guests the day. And that was really great.
Two days before the wedding, we spent the day traveling into the mountains and shot photos of their first look near Gaustatoppen (see the session here.)
Below is a handful of my favorite photos from their wedding day. Thank you, Petter and Sunniva, for choosing me and Brandon to photograph your day! It was really special for us to get to celebrate with you guys.
How do I even begin to describe this magical land–a land where rainbows appear daily, hot springs bubble, and the mountains are fierce and perfectly majestic? It’s been a deep desire of mine to go to Iceland (whether for fun, for work, for wedding photography, for just about any reason).
My ultimate dream has been for my husband and I to renew our wedding vows in Iceland in our tenth year of marriage, and to have a fabulous photographer capture that moment. Well, it happened, and it was far better than I can even begin to describe. It was a definite dream come true…something I doubted would ever happen.
Every day in Iceland was full of such beauty and emotion. There were times when I felt completely numb and speechless, and the last thing I wanted to do was to attempt to capture these imposing landscapes photographically–the canyons, mountains, beaches, rocks, rainbows, sunsets, glaciers. It felt like stopping to take a picture would keep me from living in the moment and taking all of it in. Brandon and I agreed that just when we felt like nothing could top what we were experiencing in that moment, the next sight or experience was even better–and over and over. And to top it off, we witnessed the Aurora Borealis…the Northern Lights!!!…two nights in a row.
Nonetheless, my expectations as a photographer going in were probably too high. I mean, who in the world can really capture this place in a way that does it justice?!?! I kept reminding myself that this session wasn’t about the majesty of the landscape; it was about Rafał and Paulina, and our being in Iceland was a side note. It was about their flirty chemistry, their connection, and their eyes for one another. That was the most important thing I could capture.
We spent hours every day with them laughing, listening to music, and oohing and aahing over the phenomenal views. And we even spent evenings talking about deep things, God things, and comparing and educating each other on American culture vs. that of Poland. It was seriously the best. We really miss these two so much.
Overall, it was an incredible trip. I’ll try to do a blog post later with some tourist/fun photos from Norway and Iceland and tell more! 😉
Below are a few photos from our adventures one day with Rafał and Paulina to the black sand beaches of Vik, the canyon called Fjaðrárgljúfur (try to pronounce that one!), and the magical Seljalandsfoss waterfall. And just a couple lines below this paragraph is a song we played every day while driving around Iceland–Runaway by Aurora. This song takes me back to that day. You should listen to it while you peruse!
I met Chris and Andrea a year ago at Romare Bearden park, while playing with my boys that golden summer evening. Chris got on a one knee and asked Andrea to marry him under the queen cities skyline. I nicely asked them if they wanted me to take a picture of them and they let me… I then casually handed them by business card and said “I am a wedding photographer… if you happen to need one. 😉 ” and I didn’t hear from them for a few months. They then decided to elope to Charlotte (from Orlando) and I got to be there!
We also had a little rain storm that greeted us… but we made the most of it and it turned out beautiful!
Congrats Chris & Andrea, thanks for letting me a part of your day!