Easter Wedding Inspiration with Norwegian Traditions

Over Easter I had this inspirational shoot published on Ruffled.com, but I'm just now getting to blogging it on my own. You can see it on Ruffled here...  

I grew up in Norway surrounded by rich traditions, breathtaking nature and minimalistic design. I wanted to do a shoot reflecting all three. With Easter and Spring here, I wanted to convey the mood of new beginnings and life so we brought in a 2 week old baby goat. In the past, a wedding in Norway would last for days, and the bride’s family would entertain and house all the guests. The bride would traditionally wear a costume called a bunad which was different depending on which which county you are from. This bunad is from the northern part of Norway and the crown belongs to the Romeriks bunad. The first bridal crown was made in the 1500s and became a symbol of purity. It is still not unheard of for a Norwegian bride to wear a bunad and bridal crown on her wedding day.

 

A sweet tradition that Norwegians still honor is the “morgengave”. Back in the day, the groom would give his new wife a gift of money the morning after the wedding night. This was form of insurance from the husband in case the wife could not have children and therefore didn’t have the right to inherit after her husband. Now, the new husband and wife exchange something like a watch, jewelry, boudoir pictures, or something meaningful.

Wedding Vendors

Photography: Isabel Johansen Photography
Floral Design: Amber Reverie
Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone
Hair and Makeup: April Benincosa
Ring: The Land of Salt
Crown: Gullsmed K.E. Sando
Goat: Burr Family Farm
Wedding Cake: Flour and Flourish Cake
Table: Restoration Hardware
Dinnerware and Flatware: Crate & Barrel
Silk Ribbons: Silk and Willow
Studio: TravisJ Studio
Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Organic elopement inspiration by a waterfall

With the rising costs of weddings and the stress that involves planning a traditional wedding, many couples are choosing to elope. Some travel to romantic destinations and enjoy the time with each other. Others choose a beautiful spot near home to tie the knot. The stillness and intimacy of an elopement style wedding allows for the bride and groom to reflect and be themselves. It also allows couples to splurge on what is most important to them. Maybe a beautiful dress, flowers, or a good photographer who will capture the raw emotion and the beautiful surroundings. Here we put together a shoot for inspiration. 

If hiking to a mountaintop or any distance, it is important to wear something you can move a little in. This romantic, boho style dress by Claire Pettibone is soft and comfortable (The bride hiked 4 miles total in it). The flowers looked gorgeous with the surroundings and the floral crown was a romantic/natural touch.

Flowers add so much to the photos. We love these arrangements by Willow Specialty Florist and how they fit so well with the surrounding nature.

Some couples choose to invite a few close family members or friends or simply send out an elopement announcement. We got these simple and elegant announcement samples from Bjørn Press.

Credits: 

Hair and makeup: Heidi Scherer
Dress: Claire Pettibone Gardenia from the Romantique collection
Groom's suit: Mens Wearhouse
Flowers: Willow Specialty Florist
Invitations: Bjørn Press