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Til Lykke

Nina & John: Sept. 15, 2012: Hemsedal, Norway

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  • Photography by 2 Brides Photography
  • Photography by 2 Brides Photography
  • Photography by 2 Brides Photography
  • Photography by 2 Brides Photography
  • Photography by 2 Brides Photography
  • Photography by 2 Brides Photography
  • Photography by 2 Brides Photography

Few sights are more stunning than Norway in autumn; and John and Nina Løvstad took full advantage of the season and the setting for their multicultural wedding in Hemsedal’s mountain retreat, Harahorn.

“We chose the season and venue first, and it felt natural to be inspired by the surroundings and autumnal elements,” says Nina. “It was important for us that we planned our own wedding the way we wanted it to be, and for the wedding to be personal and informal.”

Friends and family came from Norway, Austria, India, Guatemala and John’s native Scotland to spend the entire weekend at Harahorn. When the big day came, John and Nina interwove traditional Scottish and Norwegian elements with rustic and modern touches that made the wedding uniquely theirs.

A close friend performed the intimate ceremony in Norwegian, translating each line to English as she went. Friends also provided the music, including Hardanger fiddling during the ceremony. Female guests were invited to wear bunads, and John and several men in attendance wore kilts. The food—an autumnal spread—featured John and Nina’s favorite dishes, such as lamb and apples. An assortment of desserts included traditional kransekake and fyrstekake (courtesy of Nina’s mom) with the phrase til lykke (to happiness) baked on top.

“I loved every part of our wedding, not because it was either Norwegian or modern, but because it was very us,” says Nina. 

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