A Norwegian Wedding

It has been a few years now since I attended the wedding of my nephew Jørgen and his sweetheart Jeanette.  The wedding took place on the island of Nøtterøy in southern Norway, and we were lucky to get a beautiful and sunny day after a long period of cold and rain.

Jorgen and Jeanette Leaving
Jørgen and Jeanette

The Nøtterøy stone church was originally built around 1100 in the Romanesque style, but the current structure was completed in 1839 and then later in 1883. In 1985, King Olav V of Norway was present to celebrate the  church’s 800 year anniversary. The church was originally consecrated to the Virgin Mary, and this is shown by writings of Bishop Eystein (1398) and in an even older letter from Pope John XXII in 1323.

Notteroy Kirke
Nøtterøy Church

In this letter, which I this is the oldest written record about the church, Pope John referred to the church in Latin as: “ecclesia they Niotaroy … beatissime virgins Maria constructed the ” or  “Nøtterøy church … built in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary “. In other words, this wedding took place in a very old church.

So with my parents and my two oldest children Rose and Ben, we arrived at the church and I was introduced to a whole new family from Jeanette’s side of the family.

Father of the Groom
Waiting for the bride
Young Couple in National Costume
Friends of the bride in Norwegian folk costume
Bestefar Knows the Trick
Besterfar (grandpa) teaches Ben how to make a tie-knot
Meira and Rose
My brother’s wife Meira and Rose
Jorgen and Mari
Jørgen and my mom waiting for the bride
Men in Black
My brother Morten – father of the groom
Greeting the Family
Family enter the church
Father and Bride
Father and the bride
Father and Bride 2
I’m coming!
Adjusting Wedding Dress
Adjusting the wedding dress
Thanking the Priest
At the altar
Exchanging Wedding Bands
Exchanging rings
It Is Done
We did it!
I did it!
Jeanette and Her Mom
Thanks Mom!
Happy Man
Happy man!
Leving the Church
Time to leave
Jorgen and Jeanette and Kikki
Thanks for lending us your car!
Jorgen and Jeanette by Car
Norwegians love old American cars
Happy Couple
Can we go now?
There they go
There they go!
Jorgen and Jeanette in Car
Off to a one-year honeymoon in New Zealand
Are you next Rose?
What about you Ben?


The Reception Mansion
The reception mansion
Dining Hall
The dining hall
Busy waiter
Dinner Plate
Around the Dining Table
Enjoying dinner
My Angel
The Waltz
The first dance
Wedding Party








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