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What an amazing day…and such a beaming beautiful couple! Kari and Dan were relaxed and had the look of total joy. I felt really honored to be a part of their day.

The wedding party were a great bunch as well. Even made sure I had water and something to eat. Thanks guys!

Hair was done by Tara at Studio 44 and flowers were done by Cristi Schulte at a Gift to Gab

Here are some of my favorite shots from that day. Enjoy!

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I’ve had some great weddings this summer. Abby & Dexter’s was no exception!

The bride and her ladies had fun at Studio 44…which is conveniently located…right next to my house! Tara did a great job on all their locks and I did cover some of it. A little later I met up with the party at St Mary’s in Caledonia. Beautiful dresses and flowers and fun people!

After the ceremony the wedding party had rented a bus to take them to Club Pyramid in Decorah. I had hoped we would catch some of the sunset and asked the driver to follow me. We barely made it, but got enough to get some fun shots. Thanks for hustling guys!

Here are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!


 

 

This sweet couple kept laughing, joking and just having fun. For their wedding the weather was even fun to work with. Sunny skies all day, ending with the most beautiful sunset!

The wedding party was just as fun to work with. We made a couple of stops from the church to the reception and everyone had a fun time. When I left the reception the DJ was rockin’ and so was the party.

Here are some of my favorite images from that day. Enjoy!

What a fun couple! What a sweet wedding! What a beautiful day! I truly feel honored to have been a part of this very special day for Natasha and Joey! Everyone were so nice, friendly and helpful. We got the “show” (meaning group photography) on the road right on time. We even got done ahead of schedule! Everyone seemed truly happy. What a fun day to be me!!!

Congratulations you two…what a wonderful couple!

Here is a little taste of their day! Enjoy!

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Her bouquet was beautiful!

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The dress sparkled like someone had thrown diamonds at it during the ceremony…

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Simple and sweet shoes…

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The rings…

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Meeting for the first time on their wedding day…

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…and taking it all in…

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The morning was slightly overcast, which we took full advantage of…

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I was actually laying on my back to capture the couple and the whole church…

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Everyone…

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The vows…

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The ceremony…

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Mr. & Mrs.

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Congratulations!

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Let’s celebrate…

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…a quick stop in Houston…

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…me, on the floor, again…

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A quick stop by a cool mural in Caledonia…

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I couldn’t resist…I had to capture the two of them in the phonebooth…

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Walking along main street…

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…watching the sunset…

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…and finally, the first dance…

During my last trip to Norway I went to Kongsberg to see a dear friend who is 96 years old. She lived on “my” street (Kragsgate) and used to baby-sit me when I was younger. She is an amazing artist and I always try to stop in on my trips home.

After our visit I decided to drive back to “my” street, as I always do. (I’ll post some of those shots later.) Then I drove past “my” church. Not that I really spent that much time there, but I was baptized there (as if I remember that), took confirmation classes there, sang there when I was in the youth choir, my best friend got married there and I’ve also sat through some amazing Christmas services there. If you have a chance, Christmas is by far an amazing time to go there!!! For those of you that don’t know this church, it can seat 2400(!) people and there is even more standing room. It is the biggest baroque church in Norway and has the most beautiful paintings. It is old and pretty much all the stairs squeak when you walk up or down. Here is some more history about “my” city.

Before I get too lost talking about the church, here’s my wild story. I stopped in the parking lot and took a couple, alright – probably ten, shots of the outside. There’s a whole floor I wasn’t even able to fit in my lens. Should have brought a point-and-shoot I guess. I absolutely need a wider lens!!! Hey, Christmas is right around the corner. It’s officially on my list.

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Anyways, this is a beautiful church from, as you can see, 1761. I believe the first church was built in 1624(?), but unfortunately burnt to the ground. Okay, so hopped in my sister’s car and drove off. I figured the church was closed and didn’t even go check the doors. I happened to turn my head and saw two people entering the church. The car was parked and I was on my way over to the church with my camera around my neck. Besides borrowing my sister’s car, I had also borrowed her cellphone and it was rang. It was my mom. We chatted for a minute and then a guy peeked out from the door and yelled: “You better come now, because I’m locking the doors”, so I sprinted for the door. He pointed to the stairs and when I got to the top I realized what was going on. There were a bunch of other people with cameras around their necks, bags, lights and even tri-pods. I quickly explained that I was not part of this group and sorry for the misunderstanding. Before I could even think I had been invited along with Kongsberg Kameraklubb to take pictures inside the church. They had the church to themselves, and the best part, they were going up in the bell tower next.

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I quickly took this shot before heading up, up, up. Note how the pulpit is up on the wall. I would always pay close attention to the door to see when the pastor would walk through for the sermon. I never did catch him coming or going through that door, he was too sneaky! I guess I’ll have to come back for a service just to make sure I see that. Right above the pulpit is an amazing organ that I have never heard played. It sat unused for about 100 years(?) before it was restored just a few years ago. I was too excited about going up to the bell tower to remember to get shots of it. Next time! : )

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This is the window you see in my first picture that is right over the year on the church. 

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This looked like a great background for a poster or something…

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Note how the enormous hook has made a grove in the wooden door. Besides a wider lens I wish I had a person standing next to it, just for reference. HUGE, that’s all I can say.

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I rounded the corner of the door and almost fell out. Not really, but on top of my excitement of even being there I got this amazing view. My day was absolutely a good one!

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The other stairs were as I mentioned squeaky. This one was squeaky AND wiggly. You can tell by the wear that it has been used for quite a few years.

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I also wish I had someone standing next to the bell. It was enormous! You can see the stairs behind for some kind of reference. I’m sure it pretty much fills the space of the green doors you see in the first shot.

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Here’s the look up into the bell.

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The monogram you see is for one of Norways Kings, Christian the 7th. The detail in the wreath and the crown is just amazing!

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More details on the bottom. 

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Finally on top of the stairs I got a top view of the bell. I made sure I tested the railing on the bottom right before I leaned on it. Which I didn’t. It was very wiggly. As you can see in my next shot you’ll get hurt if you fall off that landing.

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That same wiggly railing was also what kept me safe from “flying” out of this door. I carefully leaned out a little. Again, check the first picture to see how big these doors are. 

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Another view.

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The very nice man (sorry, I didn’t catch his name) that opened up the church also said it was okay to go up into the clock room. 

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Happened to catch this red house through a hole in the clock window. The dial is covering the bottom part of the house.

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I  moved to the other side to see one yellow tree in between all the green ones.

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A wider shot. The clock is so big you could easily stand in there. 

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There were keys by each clock. Nat. = Night and Dag. = Day. No chance of loosing those keys! Not quite sure what function they have, but it obviously has something to do with morning and night.

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The mechanical parts. You can faintly see someone in the back taking pictures. That’s how BIG this was. I guarantee you, it will NOT fit in a wrist watch!

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On my way down this was my view out another one of those green doors. Wow!

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I headed downstairs and almost to the bottom came across these old leather buckets. Yikes, I sure hope they have a back-up plan in case of fire. Seriously, these were very old buckets and each of them had a name beautifully painted on the front. 

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Down on the main floor. The top box is reserved for royalty. 

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A detail from above the pulpit. As far as I know most of the decoration is painted wood.

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The ceiling is an amazing piece of art. The whole center has been painted with amazing detail and color. 

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I wanted to get a shot of the whole ceiling but as I have mentioned I need a WIDER lens. I was almost laying on the floor for this shot.

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Another shot of the pulpit.

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These old leather chairs are beautiful. I’m sure they were there and in use when I was baptized. I bet they still use them today.

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There are three chandeliers in the church. They are each put together of hand blown glass and when they are lit they add to the magic during Christmas service. During World War II they were disassembled and hidden in the mountains for safety.

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Leaving. I could have stayed for a long time. 

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This shot makes me think back to when as a young teen I would on one occasion stop outside in the cemetery with some of my friends. We would tell each other scary stories or ponder on ‘what if: a grave suddenly opened or a ghost came walking…’. We had already seen too many scary movies. : ) 

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I wish I would have had that wide lens. Did I mention that? I guess a tilt-shift lens would have been good as well. Oh well, there’s always next Christmas. : )

This was a little bit of “my” church. I hope to come back and do more shots soon. 

Thank you sooooo much Povl and the other members of Kongsberg Kameraklubb that let me tag along. It was fun chatting with you!

What a fun shoot! First we did some traditional shots inside. Then we walked the back streets of Spring Grove and had some fun. Thanks for helping Jody!

What struck me the most about Zach was how happy his eyes looked. Easy going and agreed to everything I suggested. A great guy, inside and out! Here are some of my favorite shots.

 

Amy and Tim have a wonderful connection to each other and their family. It was a fun Saturday and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. A little excitement when the ceremony was about to start…and no one came. It turned out that one of the groomsmen’s pants had split in the seams and a needle and thread was needed for him to be able to make it down the isle. Kathy, the organist, played a few extra songs and after a little wait the ceremony could begin. Here are a few shots from that day.

Katrina & Luke had just seen each other for the first time on their wedding day. It was like time stood still. They were just in awe of each other and you could practically feel the love. It was one of my favorite moments and I feel honored to have been a part of it.

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