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Traditional Meets Modern

Helene & Åge: Aug. 7, 2010: Sauda, Norway

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  • Photography by Sherrell Photography
  • Photography by Sherrell Photography
  • Photography by Sherrell Photography
  • Photography by Sherrell Photography
  • Photography by Sherrell Photography
  • Photography by Sherrell Photography

Helene and Åge Fjellheim-Midthun grew up together in the shadow of the fjords in the Norwegian town of Sauda. When it came time to plan their wedding, the couple took a cue from their surroundings to create a laid-back, joyful event with touches of tradition.

To start, the day was peppered with a mix of traditional and contemporary music. Helene walked down the aisle to Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be In My Heart,” then recruited 10 of her friends—brass musicians—to play “Bruremarsj fra Førde” (Wedding March from Førde) as the recessional.

Helene put her own spin on the traditional wedding crown by wearing a tiny crocheted version, the same one her mother wore on her wedding day. While Helene chose to complete her bridal look with a long, white gown, she requested that guests wear bunads to the ceremony.

After the main event, held in the local church, guests made their way to Sauda Fjord Hotel and dined on a true Norwegian feast that included deer tenderloin, about 40 homemade cakes and assorted berries that Helene picked from the mountain nearby.

“We are really down-to-earth people and we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us,” says Helene. “It was a beautiful good mood in all of the wedding. That’s a good Norwegian thing, I think.”

The Fjellheim-Midthuns recently moved back to Sauda with their two young daughters and plan to build a new home.

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