I went to Norway. Wait, let me repeat that… I covered a wedding in Norway. Hmmm… I can do better. I covered a wedding in Norway and my MOM went with me.
I can look at that line all day and still not believe it. I hadn’t cried this much while editing a wedding in a long time. A part of it was because it made me so happy to do something this important for such amazing people and another part of it was because it was sad to say goodbye to this experience. I was in Norway.
Ahh… I feel like, where do I go from here? My dream came true. “Dear 14 year old Yolandé, life is going to get better… much better. Just hold on because in 12 years the nicest people are going to fly you for 17 hours to another continent to document their wedding. They are going to love you, love your work and invite you into their lives and into the happiest of days. And to top it off, they are even bringing your mom along to join in the experience.
Wow. Hold on for the ride, kid.”
I can’t say this enough. Ida & Fredrik are the two nicest people. If you are a photographer yourself or you’ve encountered some nice clients or friends in your life, Ida & Fredrik, are even nicer than that. There has never been an email exchanged that didn’t include “lots of hugs” in the end. The day my mom and I arrived in Oslo, Ida waited patiently for more than an hour while we tried to locate a lost piece of luggage. At the hotel we were greeted with a hamper filled with books on Norway and chocolate (she knows me well) as well as a bottle of water for each of us that said “Dear Yolandé, if you fill me up before you leave the hotel in the morning, I’ll save you some money!”
Their wedding day in Oslo was exactly the most perfect day they deserved, filled with happiness and laughs and nice people.
My mom and I felt like ‘celebs’ whenever one of the guests came over to talk to ‘the photographers from South Africa’ and asking us how our stay is going and giving us tips on places to visit.
During our time there, I learned that Fredrik is lovingly referred to as a ‘petrol-head’ by his friends due to his love of cars. He inherited this from his dad who agreed to loan them his prized car, which he participates in competitions with, to play a part in their day.
Some of my favourite moments of their wedding day include standing at the top of this vast expanse of grass, forests and alpaca’s grazing in the background, the bells on their necks forming a soft soundtrack to the ceremony taking place. It includes driving behind Ida & Fredrik on our way to the location for the couple shoot with the tins clinging and falling off from the back of their car. It includes Ida’s smile, which is one of the happiest smiles and makes ME smile! It includes joining them for their continued celebrations in a house straight out of Downton Abbey where they ring a bell whenever a speech is about to start and where the stomping of the guests’ feet is the cue for Ida & Fredrik to get up on their chairs and kiss. It includes my mom and I sitting at twilight under a pink and blue sky, eating deer for the first time in our lives.
It is clear that they are loved by all their friends and family and I’m proud to be a friend now too. If you’d told me in January during their couple shoot in Cape Town that after getting them locked up inside a forest for half an hour and almost missing our sunset photographs, that they were still about to change my life, I would have laughed.
I + F. You have changed my life. Thank you for this experience. Thank you for your kind hearts. I hope you will forever treasure these photographs.
Lots of love + hugs, the happiest photographer. xx