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Touches of Norway in Kiara & Åge’s rustic wedding at Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra

Kiara & Åge tied the knot last April in the beautiful red-brick chapel at Fairbridge Village. Åge is Norwegian and so this was one of two weddings planned, one in Australia and one in Norway. Age and Kiara where looking for something quintessentially Australian, and they settled on a wedding at the charming little village of Fairbridge, tucked away amongst the farms and forests around Pinjarra in the south west of Western Australia.

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Built more than a hundred years ago, the heritage buildings, horses and wild peacocks all created a gorgeous, rustic atmosphere perfect for kind of wedding that Kiara and Age were looking for. The amount of on-site accommodation also made it perfect for the large gathering of relatives locally and from Norway and allowed the couple to have the ceremony and reception all on the same site.

In keeping with the Australian theme Kiara and Age went with native flowers, and a palette of navy and cream for simplicity. Unable to find exactly the right kind of two-piece gown, Kiara was lucky to stumble across Bridal Atelier whilst visiting her brother in Newcastle and they made her dream into reality with a custom design. For decor, the couple used recycled materials such as old wood panels to make wooden centrepieces and old windows that they transformed into chalk signs. She had lots of friends and family help her with cake baking, flower arranging, sewing, hair and makeup and organising the afternoon tea.

The day was really relaxed and the ceremony was lovely, full of love and emotion, especially when Kiara surprised Age by switching from English to Norwegian (which she doesn’t speak) to tell him her vows.

After the ceremony in the chapel, the guests had afternoon tea whilst my second shooter (Julie van Oosten) and I captured some creative shots around the grounds. The lighting was beautiful, the surrounding fields picturesque and everyone loved the fabulous red Dodge vintage ute. So many gorgeous moments and meaningful gazes between the bride & groom – and the bridesmaids & groomsmen were awesome!

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closeup of native floral bouquet Native floral bouquet by bride’s friend, Emma

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Kiara and Age had two wedding cakes—a ‘normal’ layer cake, and a traditional Norwegian ring cake baked by the groom’s mother. The custom is that instead of cutting this cake, the bride and groom will be blindfolded and handed a cake splade. Together they stick the splade into the cake, with the number of rings above the splade indicating the number of children the couple will have. Age’s grandparents picked up 11 rings at their wedding, and they went on to have 11 children!

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By Trish Woodford Photography

Trish Woodford is an award winning photographer specialising in Portraiture, Weddings and Photographic Fine Art. For her, it's about emotion, connections and storytelling. Mood and feeling is everything.

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