Backyard Wedding in Norway
This cozy and quaint backyard wedding in Norway was a magical and intimate celebration for the multicultural couple Konstanse (Norwegian) and Nabil (Moroccan). Held at the bride’s uncle’s charming villa in the Norwegian countryside of Toten, the day was filled with an abundance of natural beauty, warmth and love, all photographed by Norwegian wedding photographer Lovise Gard of Foto Gard.
Full of nostalgia and family connection, this backyard wedding was relaxed and homey from the shoes on the front porch to a beloved dog’s constant presence to the perfume the bride wore—her mother’s. Everywhere people were pitching in to do their part and add to the couple’s happiness.
“A local tradition in the town of Toten is for the groom to make the wedding bouquet, and without the bride knowing, Nabil did just that,” Lovise explains. The groom surprised his love with a handpicked arrangement of blue Canterbury bells and white daisies and we think he did an outstanding job. Presenting them to her during the first look, right before the ceremony, we can see in the pictures how much she adored them (and him).
Adding even more to the couple’s quaint backyard wedding theme was the attendance of an elderly couple placed at a centered table in the back of the lawn at the party. “They seemed to be the grandparents of the bride, but no…they were regulars at the grocery store where the bride and groom work together (and also met),” says Lovise. “I think this part of their story says so much about the kind and loving people they are”.
The romantic, intimate way Lovise photographed this celebration was perfect for the vibe. She herself says she always shows up for weddings more as a friend than a hired stranger and this one was no exception. “My approach is to be a natural part of the day. I try to blend in and capture all the genuine moments and details to truly represent the couple's unique relationship.”
In that vein, Lovise rarely ever stages anything and loves to nail the natural light of the day and location. “I always say there’s no such thing as an awful location. It’s not about the place, it’s about the feelings and shared moments that make the experience. Those can be captured beautifully anywhere, no matter how large or small a wedding may be”.
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Bridal: Pronovias dress (model: Arenal) bought at Brudekjolen, Oslo
Cake: Kakebar Oslo
Camera: Canon R5
Lenses: Canon 35mm and 85mm (1.2) with Misty filters
Lighting: Natural and a Yunguno speed light at night