Angelworx Photography by Angelie » Photographer specializing in wedding photography in boutique style and available to photograph destination weddings.

It’s been almost a week since we got to experience and witness the wedding of my most dearest sister and her now husband, Francesco.

A small group of some of our most special people on the world came over to Italy to share some beautiful and memorable moments as we celebrate the two hearts who fell in love and decided to make a life long commitment of marriage.

Since I will just be delivering the film rolls to the lab, I have not posted the official portraits or some of the detail like the beautiful table setting. This is just a sneak peak to give you an idea of the mood and vibe of their beautiful day.

:::Thanks to the creative folks and the lovely vendors:::

Villa Podernovo – headed by the sweetest and most patient Diana. Diana happens to also be a very good photographer and some of her photographs can be found around the rooms of Villa Podernovo. Besides from keeping the wedding smooth as possible, she was a perfect host for us who stayed there.

Loved the charming rooms which really gave the vibe of the Tuscany living. Delicious breakfast and lunch, both healthy and fresh, kept our energies up throughout the day.

I also can not emphasize enough how flexible this Villa is. There are so many areas that are fully functional. The main house is where we slept and almost the whole wall is covered by its colorful leaves. The pool area was used for a biblical discourse on the day of the wedding prior to the civil ceremony in Abbey San Galgano. It also was a perfect setting for aperitivo and a cool photo booth.

In front of the main building there was an indoors dining area where we had our lunch and dinners as well. There was also a small area before the stairs leading to a large room on the second floor. This small room was used for vendor’s meals as well as an area for the kids to play board games. The second floor was used for both preparations and getting dressed area for the bride and the other ladies, while in the evening, we had dessert, coffee and cake-cutting there. In between the two main buildings there is an area where we originally was set to have dinner, but due to an unstable weather, we were moved to plan B, which was just as good as a plan :)

The chandelier that hung there supposedly for the wedding dinner served its purpose later when they had their first dance as a couple. Perfect setting! There was even another outdoor area in a round shape with lightbulbs hang all around it for a cozy ambience.

The food on the wedding was also delicious and authentic Italian. The appetizers kept flowing and going so the guest never went hungry the whole day. The main dishes was flavorful and the desserts was more than approved by the dessertlover in me. Even the espresso was tastier than anything I have ever had.

Diana also arranged for the olive oil souvenir for all the guests and the vintage bridal car. I truly recommend this venue for those of you considering a wedding in Tuscany.

Albergo Da Vestro – is the restuarant where we had our welcome dinner on the evening before the wedding.

Casale San Galgano – was the other place that was used for the guests stay. They had the newest wing so the apartments are fairly new. It is conveniently located a couple of meters from Abbey of San Galgano where the civil ceremony was held.

Abbey San Galgano – where the civil ceremony was held. A place sought after by tourists and brides and grooms alike. This beautiful ruins of an earlier monastery with its open roof is a dream place. The mayor of Chiusdino officiated the ceremony. I loved here even more when she took care of my nephew who was visibly struggling with mixed emotions aside from dealing with his autism.

VM Bespoke – made the beautiful “nametags” on our plates.

Flowers living – Marta, so professional, impressed everyone with their beautiful creations. The table setting was so pretty! As well as the bouttonieres, the gorgeous bridal bouquet, maid of honor’s bouquet and the two large vases with huge floral arrangements used mainly for the ceremony in the Abbey and was later brought back to Villa Podernovo. They also decorated the front of the beautiful vintage Alfa Romeo and the back of the bride and groom chairs. Also the basket and petals for the flowergirls and their floral crowns and even the photobooth. And with the folks of Villa Podernovo, they really stepped it up when it began raining and they have to move the whole table setting inside that they just recently and meticulously arranged. I just love the flowers and berries she used. Perfection!

Vertigo Video Produzione with Arezzo drone – I can’t wait to see how they captured the wedding! They also used a drone in the Abbey. Can imagine that being so dramatic.

Eleonora Pelligrini (harpist) and Lorenzo Bitetti (violinist) – played such a big role in creating the ambience in both the Abbey of San Galgano as well as during the aperitivo. I think they also had something to do with the free flowing tears from the ceremony, even though we are known to be a family of cryer!

Sugarcups Greve Marisa – Did an amazing job on the semi naked cake which both looked and tasted good. They also matched the theme perfectly. She and her sister was so nice too. They also made the cute cupcakes surrounding the main cake.

Adrienne Aereboe and her crew – stood for hair and makeup for the mother of bride and groom, myself and maid of honor. They delivered great results and great service. Really professional.

DIY – sis made the invitations and the sticker for the olive oil. The Eclavea girls made the bride and groom signage on their chairs, as well as the caketopper.

Diin Brud & Selskapskjole – for Marianne’s Enzoani wedding gown. She had the upper lace part sewn in and that bolero was designed by Sadoni.

Palmos Weddings – for the ringpillow

Matus Jewelry – their wedding band

Others – Jenny Yoo for the maid of honor’s summerly dress, bought in the bridal department of Glasmagasinet and . Zara for the ringbearer’s and the bride’s sons attire with Moods of Norway bowties. Mood of Norway suit for Francesco, our groom. Bridal clutch from Aldo. Veil and headband from Richard designs. Nina shoes for the bride.

:::From the photographer:::

Yours truly was the photographer which was much harder than anticipated. I should have brought along a second shooter if I had the time. The time leading to the wedding was so hectic.

So I felt like I didn’t get to perform at my best. No assistance. Rolling my film all alone, most of the time, and being a guest, bride’s sister, was demanding to say the least. I also used a lot of time to calm down my nephew, so I didn’t even hear the speeches. Then again, the fact that my nephew trusted me and that I knew the whole party and that I was taking pictures all the time from when we arrived, 6 am in the morning on the day of and the day after, helped a lot in capturing the mood and documenting a really important event for my most loved persons.

We are a pretty laidback family and accepting the circumstances. No bridezilla or over anticipating bride or groom. Even with the surge of challenges, like my nephews fits or my sister having a “contact lens situation” – which actually led to her going to the eye doctor in the morning, we really enjoyed it unconditionally.

:::The people:::

An intimate, beautiful wedding composed of some of our most nearest families and friends. Our parents and Francesco’s parents, with cousins, auntie, nieces and friends from my sister’s and Francesco’s congregation.  Some were from Austria and some from Kristiansand and other parts in Norway, so we barely see them. Some were close from us, but who we rarely get to see because of our busy lives.

Their presence made the whole experience so much more memorable. Thank you for being part of it!

:::The location:::

Monticiano and Chiusdino was such a great decision by my sister and my brother in law. It’s such a beautiful place in the heart of Tuscany. Actually I am just in love with Italy as a a country and its varying nature and terrains. September was a good month to have a wedding too despite that many of the fields are not as lush and most are harvested.

Although I didn’t fully get my Tuscan light under the portraits, I love the variety of light, mood and weather during the whole trip. The sunsets, sunrise, the windy stormy day on the welcome dinner made for dramatic skies. On the day of the wedding, you can see mist embracing the ground from far away. I went really close to the forest and saw a brown hare jumping around and then heard some roaring sound which might have been a wild boar.

This was such an experience for the whole family. I will relive it again and again.

I wish the bride and groom a long and happy fruitful life together as they start their own family together with my beloved nephew, Samuel. Enjoy this preview and can’t wait to share the rest!

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The Journey

So this week, I spent some time sucking in knowledge, inspiration and impulses from creative souls at the first huge european photo conference in Europe.

Besides from being surprised by how fun a photo booth actually can be at a party (a first-timer here), I also got a huge dose of guidance and reaffirming push towards where I should be heading with my photography.

As a creative, we all struggle with finding our voice, staying inspired and finding our why’s. Insecurities, comparisons and not feeling adequate. Moreover, the balance between life and art has been a challenge that I face on a daily basis. The guilt that I over and over suppress with the reasoning that I want my son to have a role model that can show him that it’s ok to dream, chase your dream and even fail at your dreams if that be the case. And I still firmly believe in that. That being said, I still really need to free up more time and make my own memories and moments to capture. This conference has given me great ideas of the things I need to implement to make that happen. I owe it to them. I owe it to myself. How ironic that a conference where you have to be away from your family, brings you even more closer to your family.

It would be an understatement to say that this conference had a heart to our chest listening to what we sought after. We were moved, entertained and educated. We were shocked, shaken around and woken up abruptly (literally too) with subtle messages of love, life and stories. There wasn’t so much technical material, but it wasn’t needed here as the heart is the main compass and lightmeter of photography as cheesy as that may sound. You must be passionate, have the visual storytelling ability and a good eye to compositions and the rest will follow. You must be a lover of light and seeker of it. You must be an emotional soul. To be able to recognize and capture emotion, one can not be a cold and heartless person. That’s why a huge room with 500 souls was filled with tears; ladies as well as gents. I feel so privileged, how weird it must sound, to be a part of a soft, mushy audience. I felt home.

These last years has been years of discovery for me. Finding myself again. What I was then at my deepest in my younger years, is the complete opposite. Photography has allowed me to be nostalgic. Be that person who loved to write poem, who hated to blend in and conform and mediocrity. I moved into normality in Norway. A fresh beginning where no one can really identify to my past. Little by little, that part of me was fading. So photography became my refuge and that little part of me that escapes to my past, allowing me to be the person I was. When I feel like losing myself and losing my identity, I get lost in my photography and find myself again.

Being creative is like a refill to my soul. My life with my family is rich, but it’s familiar. And I need the fearful with the familiar. It’s the balancing point. It fills my cup of life.

So I will continue this, and not just continue this photographic journey, but also enhance and improve it.

The Speakers

Fer Juaristi kickstarted it all. He was fun to listen to, and the images he presented had so much impact. Beautiful use of light and white space. Creative way of telling stories through photos, and even with a dose of humor. His untraditional imagery is refreshing as well as his grounded and fun personality. I have loved his work since I discovered it, but getting a glimpse of his personality, made me love it even more. And the same rings true for the other speakers. I appreciated them even more after hearing them talk.

And we shouldn’t take for granted that they are so generous to share of themselves. Not only for their practices that has brought them to where they are, but also intimate parts of their lives. I sit here with a lump in my throat looking back at how they choked up by the mere mention of family.

James Moes also gave a lot of himself. I love the questions he asked us. I love how his love for design shows in the aesthetic of his images.

Nessa Kissinger with her funny analogies, showed us the light, literally. Even making it sound enticing to wake up early in the morning to catch some glorious light. And educating clients. Something that I have already been doing, but needs to elevate that game even further.

Kat Williams from Rock’n’Roll Bride gave some insightful tips in blogging. This blogpost 5 months after the last one is definitely a sign that I needed to be pushed and get some great tips to make the blogging worthwhile.

Ed Peers touched on the topic of destination weddings. I loved both the practical tips as well as the more deeper thoughts of traveling and photography. More importantly how family must be in the center of your decisions in handling destination weddings.

Samm Blake ended day 1. I took a lot of notes, because she had a lot of wise and profound things to say. She was firm on what she liked and did not like. And a letter she shared, brought me in tears. She is an artist in the truest sense of the word. Love her journey.

Day 2 was not to be outdone. Andria’s spunky personality was consistent with her customer care. This was definitely a topic that she lived and breathe. She definitely woke us up in the wee early hours. So incredibly smart and funny. You’ll fall in love with her.

Ben & Erin was amazing. In a short amount of time, they shared a sea of information. They inspired and educated. They are brilliant and so passionate in what they do. And there were tears…again.

Jasmine was next on stage. I know the things she is passionate with as I have heard her in several occasions before and I even have her Exposed publication. Though there is something about her presence and drive that is contagious that is more raw when your a live audience. She also had som really great pointers during the Q&A.

And brilliant Jonas with his beautiful work and even more beautiful stories, made us all tear up. It brought us back to the essentials. Tell the story through your photographs. Listen. Tell.

There’s so much more I have learnt and I won’t share every tidbit here, but there were some red thread through it all. Connections with your customers, colleagues and most importantly your family. Finding meaning in what you do. Find some heroes. Study your heroes. Compositions. Practice, practice, practice. Be honest and true to yourself.

The lineup of speakers were varied and had different visual styles. Their business practices and processes were also different. In the end though, one can conclude that we are all different, and it IS ok. There’s no wrong and right of doing things, but go with what feels right for you.

It also gave us the permission to try and err. To try to change paths. We have become so safe in what we do. We have to challenge ourselves and go out of our comfort zone. Dare to be different. Dare to stand out.

I also got assurance of the things that I am doing right that gives an added boost and a pat in the shoulder in our very lonely environment.

My spirit is rejuvenated. My bloodstream is pulsating with new vigor.

The Implications

What does the future hold for me and how much change am I going to apply after listening to one great talk after the other. Plenty.

I have to find a way to make this venture sustainable in every sense of the word. See how it fits with the rest of my life. Reevaluate my goals and priorities.

I need to have a deep conversation with myself on why I do this and why I should continue doing this. And based from that, shape my practices.

More specifically, there will be more outsourcing, there will be focus on family and health, go out and shoot and practice much more. Curate my work more intensely. Focus on stories, albums and slideshows. Educate some more. Slow down. Always be intentional. Simplify. Focus on getting the best light. Be more critical. Find uniqueness. Not settling. Hunt. Be more patient and anticipate. Do more personal work. And of course have fun in the process.

Some visuals and expression of gratitude

So I believe a blogpost always need images. For this trip I decided to leave behind the camera and it was liberating. Although at times, the beautiful light got me tingling and itching.

These are from last years visit to Stockholm that I never got to post.

This post summarizes my epic adventure that I shared collectively with 500 peers. It’s far from the end of it though. The journey just begun.

Thanks to Nordica’s Cole and Jakob for getting this from dreams, to paper to real life. The whole event went smooth and every minute was worthwhile.

Thanks to all the wonderful speakers with all your brilliant minds and visions. Wish I could have thanked you all personally. I hope you realize how much impact you have made and thanks for being so generous in sharing your life and beautiful photographs. So much talent and so much rawness and honesty. No BS! You and all the participants are the part of the industry that makes me proud to be a photographer. I love the community that shares, encourages and view each other as colleagues and friends, rather than competition. Cheers to new friends and old friends. Till we meet again, many adventures richer.

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  • Thanks for coming to Way Up North, glad you enjoyed my talk and thanks for the kind words xxReplyCancel

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      Thank you for taking the time to comment Samm! I enjoyed it a lot and so happy about the whole experience. Looking forward to apply all the stuff I learnt these couple of days. Take care :)ReplyCancel

Last spring, I was fortunate to travel to Brussels with my awesome daytime job, accounting department of Bisnode. It is such a beautiful place with grand buildings and churches. We lived dab smack in the middle of downtown near Grand Place. We of course had some alone time where I used the hop on and hop off bus to explore the must see sites. I loooved the Royal Botanical garden. Strapped for time and long, long lines, I wasn’t able to go through the whole park.

We also got a guided tour the last day. He was entertaining and so well informed. We got to go to a chocolatier, macron store and cookie store and got to taste as part of the tour. Of course, we also had beer tasting. Not being a huge beer fan, I must say that I enjoyed it a lot!

Definitely one of the highlights was to meet Gert Huygaerts again. He is an awesome and passionate photographer based in Belgium. Some weeks prior to our trip, we met in Moda e Arte workshop. He is such a helpful and gentle soul. You can’t help but really like this very likable guy. We went around and chatted photography among other things and we took some pictures of each other in this wonderful park with magnificent light, Mont des arts.

Enjoy the sights, minus the sounds ;)

Scans: Richard Photo lab
Different sites: Grand Place, Mannekin Pis, St. Hubert gallery, Royal botanical garden, Mont des arts, Tintin walk and and Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudula.

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  • such a pleasure to see a different view on Brussels! You did a great job capturing the hidden details of this city! Really a refreshing series lakes you want to visit Brussels!
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September last year, I attended a workshop in Kongsvinger in a fort renovated to a stylish hotel.

We were fed with both inspiration and excellent food and we left there with more friends, ideas, knowledge and that feelgood feeling.

Take a look at what the amazing vendors magically laid out for us to shoot:

Workshop host and concept and styling of styled shoots: The Norwegian Wedding Blog
Speakers: 2brides Photography, Siegrid Cain Photography, Albert of Carmencita and Ellen from Belle Amie
Florist: Eucalyptus
Cake artist: Sweet Sugarboy Ed
Wedding gowns (black,cream laced) and some accesories: Belle Amie brudesalong
Custom made gowns (in collaboration with Norwegian Wedding Blog): Heines design haute couture
Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Tilde
Tableware and cutlery: DekkMittBord
Venue: Königswinger
Stationary: Alexis June Weddings
Filmscans by: Carmencita Film Lab (also sponsors of the workshop)
Models: Espen Krøll, Rebecca Løckra Hægland & Oda Østenstad Fjell

 

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As a photographer, it is important for me to invest time and money on acquiring new knowledge, getting new impulses and keeping the passion and inspiration alive.
So off to Moda e Arte workshop I went this spring.
Amalfi coast has been my dream destination for quite a while now, so that also made me hop on this faster than I could say “jump”!

Also, as an artist, I do want to be able to expand my horizon, to grow and come closer to a style I feel is mine.
I have long been a fan of film photography in wedding and most artists I admire  in this field uses film as their medium.
The esthetic, feel and depth is just something I am attracted to.

I had been thinking about film ever since I started up and now I wanted to take this one step further (but it actually leaped plenty of steps ahead).
This workshop was driven around film photography as well and KT Merry, one of my most favorite film photographer was one of the lecturers.

Most of the images below are shot with film.
Other than 4 test rolls I shot at home just a couple of weeks before the workshop, I haven’t shot film before and medium format film cameras (except for when film was all that was available, amateur basis, and that time I used the cheap ones).

I brought 40 rolls with me and all of them was used and I expected to use just half.
What actually amazed me besides the result and the look is how I started to slow down, be more deliberate and careful in composition when taking the pictures.
And not to mention how little time was needed in post-processing after receiving them from the amazing Richard Photo Lab.

We had two wonderful days of shooting and mingling and brief introduction the first evening.
We had boudoir shoot, table setting, getaway/vintage car shoot, bridals portraits and details from prep.

Joy’s impeccable styling left us gasping of all the beautiful things around this gorgeous surrounding is so much inspiration and eye candy.
We were allowed inside her vision and dream.

You can read more about the people who took part of this workshop here, and full credits are below the images.

Thanks again to the lecturers, collaborators/suppliers and the other attendees aka friends.
Thanks for inspiring with your hard work, talent, determination and dreams.

And next september, I will be able to shoot a real wedding in the very same place, Hotel Caruso. I can’t hardly wait!
So if you are planning your wedding here or nearby on a date near 2nd september, please do contact me at angelie(at)angelworx.no.
And if you are thinking of another date of having a wedding in Italy, I am open for that too ;)

Have a beautiful week!
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Full Credit:
Workshop – Moda e arte workshop arranged by KT Merry and Sandra Aaberg // Concept, styling, florals & design – Joy Proctor Design // Location – Belmond Hotel Caruso // Head pieces, veils & styling – Jannie Blatzer // Hair & makeup – Sandra Lovisco // Models – Denisa of MP Management Milan and Tomasso of Elite models // Groom styling, details accessories and attire (green door/stairs, getaway/vintage car and details shoot)  – David Fittin // Gown & initmates – Elle and Cee // Poem with Lingered and stationaries (boudoir shoot) – Brown Paper Design // Poem and hearts with bride and stationary (table setting and detail shoot) – Carolyn Jane Calligraphy // Blush boots and coat (getaway/vintage car shoot) – Delphine Manivet // Lace boots (not pictured): Harriet Wilde // Lace boots 2  – Monique Lhuillier through Chic Parisien Bridal// Bridal clutch – Maria Elena through Chic Parisien Bridal // China & Silverware – Joy’s own collection // Linens – La Tavola Linen // Gown in garden – Jesper Høvring // Gown (donkey shoot) – Mira Zwillinger // Donkey rented from Massimo Oliva and special thanks to Tano Amato // Stationary (donkey shoot) – Lazaro Press // Champagne coupe – Joy’s own collection // Gown (green door and stairs)  – Elie Saab through Vintage Bride // Vintage tray – Joy’s own collection // Silk ribbon (table setting) – Silk and Willow // Candelabras and candle holders – Classic vintage rentals // Plates, glassware and silverware – Joy’s own collection // Cake & chairs. location (table setting)  – Belmond Hotel Caruso // Gown (bride on the rock) – Inbal Dror thorugh Chic Parisien Bridal // Groom’s attire (by the ruins) – Chad Keffer (hubby and assistant/second shooter to KT Merry) // Dress, bride (getaway/vintage car shoot) – Lula Kate // Car – Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider through Sprintage // Car signage/banner with calligraphy – A creative affair //

Technical info:
Film lab (also sponsor of the workshop) – Richard Photo Lab // Film used – Fuji Pro400H // Film camera – Contax 645 w/ 80 f 2.0 Zeiss lens and Canon EOS1v (HS version) with various L-lens (100mm macro, 85 1.2 and 24 1.4) // Digital camera – Canon 5D Mark III with various L-lens (100 mm macro, 85 1.2 and 24 1.4)

These images are previosuly published at:
Hochzeitswahn
Fly away bride
The Westchester wedding planner, part 1
The Westchester wedding planner, part 2
Gent & Beauty
Belle the magazine

Huge thanks!

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