2 become 1 (plus 2) – Hanne & Olav
This weekend I donned both camera and tux. I was the double package, two rolled into one – photographer and guest. As a photo person you get asked to do this reasonably often. It’s a tough role to play, especially once the drinks start flowing, but you do usually get a great seat at the function and how can you say no when the happy couple are such a great double act in their own right!?
I first met Hanne nearly 10 years ago at Samfunnshuset in Rørvik, when she came up to me at a party and grilled me about my then girlfriend, now wife, Ida. “You better look after her Wil, or I will get you!” or something along those lines. Hanne is quite petite and looks as though butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, but I decided there and then she was not to be messed with! Clearly Olav, who has been with Hanne since 2005, has passed the test and this weekend they tied the knot in the fabulous Norveg museum in Rørvik, followed by a party in, you guessed it, the very same Samfunnshuset.
And what a party it was! A small mention must be given to the weather, though I really don’t know how to put it into words. I have enjoyed some lovely long sunny days up in Rørvik before, but nothing like this. It was into the 30’s at one point and I have never seen Norwegians seek shade so readily before. How Hanne and Olav managed to stay cool and looking good throughout the day is beyond me. Perhaps they are used to keeping a cool head as they have two lively young boys? Great kids, William and Jone, who both participated in the day’s celebrations. No-one at our table will forget William eating a whole plate of ice cubes with a knife and fork – perhaps that’s how Hanne and Olav stay cool!?
Olav is from the Stavanger region and was well represented by his friends and family. The two sides of the family were in fact quite evenly represented, though by the end of the evening it would have been hard to identify between them as everyone seemed to get on like a house on fire. That is if it wasn’t for the dialects, which are quite distinct to say the least.
It was a day of everything coming together: two families uniting in the shade for a celebration of food, wine and love. Two people who are made to be together, professing their love in front of their loved ones. Two nights of partying. Two tribes hitting the dance floor. Too many drinks. One fabulous weekend.
The Night Before
A little taster from the Portraits