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Annemari Ruthven
Norway documentary wedding photographer
Norway documentary wedding photographer
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For my first time in Switzerland I was so fortunate to be there to photograph the beautiful, sunny and relaxed lake-side wedding of Stephanie and Thomas. They got married in Stäfa, a town alongside a huge lake in the district of Zürich. The ceremony was held in the garden of  the venue, Moschti which overlooks vineyards and the lake. They got married on Switzerland’s national day and we were treated to a spectacular fireworks display in the evening!

It was a really special full of so many smiles and laughs, shared with close family and friends from all over the world :)

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I felt so happy and blessed to photograph Alyssa and Gaute’s wedding. Alyssa (from the US) and Gaute’s (from Norway) met and fell in love in a beautiful student town in South Africa called Stellenbosch, so I was really excited when I received Alyssa’s email to enquire if I’m available for their wedding here in Norway.

They got married on a sunny winter’s day in December at the impressive Lysebu, just outside of Oslo. In Norwegian they have a beautiful word for the feeling of coziness and warmth, it’s called koselig, and this is exactly how their wedding felt: koselig :)

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The lovely Monica and Øystein got married in their home town of Stord. Stord is a small island along the west coast of Norway and a beautiful place. The landscape and vegetation is very different from here in Gjøvik and the view from the airplane window over the area really took my breath away. Even though it’s summer at the moment the surrounding mountains are still snow capped.

On the day of the wedding we had a bit of rain and heavy mist that hung low over the pine trees. This was my first Norwegian wedding, and leading up to the weekend I could feel the excitement and pre-wedding jitters pulling at my nerves. But I had no reason to worry because the day was just amazing. I even went to the after party (to take photos of course) which was held on the farm of a family friend in a cosy, little building called the pig house. Not sure if actually used to be a pig house?

Yep, I ended up shooting for 17 hours that day and I didn’t even feel all that tired. So excuse the huge blog post, but I kinda took a lot of photos. Also, there where something like 13 speeches, so lots of opportunity for cool shots.

I just want to say thank you again to Øystein and Monica and also to all your friends and family. I had a great time at the wedding and everyone was so friendly and helpful (I’m still working on my Norwegian) :)

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I took the early train to Oslo and met Dayle and Olaf at the Holmenkollen Hotel. From there they filled a bus with all their crazy wonderful friends and family from all over the world; Norway, Australia, America and Singapore and we did a road trip to a little coastal town in southern Norway, called Lillesand, where Dayle and Olaf was to be married the following day.

It was such a pleasure for me to be there to document the day, because Dayle and Olaf have so much love and adoration for each other. It was evident in every look and touch.

The guests arrived to the ceremony by sea on a Schooner boat while listening to the sweet notes of a violinist. The ceremony was held in the garden of the house where Olaf’s family used to spend their summers, so it was pretty special. After the “I do’s” everyone got back on the boat to continue the festivities at Hotel Norge in Lillesand.

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I’m very happy to share Helen & John’s wedding today. They got married at the Domkirkeruinene in Hamar. This is a very special location: it’s the ruins of what is left of a cathedral that was built in Hamar in 1152. In 1998 they built a huge glass structure over the ruins to protect them. It’s a beautiful sight to see this mixture of old and modern that somehow just works so well together.

The lovely couple came from the UK to get married here in Norway where Helen has family and spent many summer holidays while growing growing up.

Helen is very creative and she made almost every single detail at the wedding, including her shoes :)

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Anette & Ole Emil’s wedding came as a bit of a surprise ;) Long story short I only found it I was going to shoot the wedding two days before and the stress levels where running a little high, but I have to say it all worked out pretty great in the end!

Anette & Ole Emil said their “I do’s” at Hamardomen (completely in love with this place) and had their relaxed reception at Staur Gård. A lovely, old farm a few kilometers outside Hamar next to lake Mjøsa. Ole Emil grew up in Hamar and Mjøse holds a special place in his heart, so this venue was just perfect.

The day was one of those balmy, relaxing summer days and I really enjoyed photographing enjoying the sun and festivities.

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So excited to share Liz and James’ wedding that I had the pleasure to shoot in the UK.

They got married in the beautiful St Peter’s Church in Stokes and the reception was held at Stoke Place Hotel. It was such a great day with amazing people. It was so nice to see some familiar faces from South Africa :)  

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One of my favourite places in the whole world is the Karoo. I can’t really explain the feeling I get when I drive from George over the Outeniqua and the clouds fall away from the sun, the mist lifts and the mountains turn to fynbos covered koppies. It’s just like something lifts from my soul and I get a feeling of coming home, even though I’ve never lived in this part of South Africa.

So it was with great delight that I drove the long road trough Oudtshoorn, De Rust and Meiringspoort to the little town of Prince Albert for Yameng and Charles’ wedding. Yameng and Charles said their I do’s between the towering mountains of the Swartberg Pass where a breeze graciously showed up to cool us down from the high summer Karoo sun. They also had a tea ceremony to incorporate Yameng’s cultural heritage, which was a really special moment.

The reception was held in the garden of Onse Rus, a beautiful guest house that dates from 1852. Here’s a few of my favourite photos of the day.

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While I’m sitting here in Norway, where the snow has been falling almost non stop since yesterday morning and I can see nothing but white when I look out of the window, I feel all warm and fuzzy when I think back and look at  Nansu and Zach’s beautiful wedding in the bushveld of Limpopo, South Africa. They got married at Izintaba, a private game reserve in the Waterberg area, under a huge old fig tree with close friends and family as witnesses.

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