Ugh.

I'll go with the popular subject these days and whine some about the heat. It makes me drowsy. Drowsy drowsy drowsy! I don't like it! (ok I like that I can wear summery & light clothes now, but other than that - too much sun and heat is ugh)

Anyways. Don't have much to say (blaming the heat here making me drowsy..did I mention that already hm? :p), just wanna share some recent stuff..


My two last layouts for the Bella Artista-guestthingie for Bella Blvd :)

Pencil-Lines #141 w/Christiane Muller :) :)
I borrowed the title (the idea of "name"²) from a layout I saw not long ago - I am so sorry that I can't recall whose layout, just saw how she did the title and thought "Oh neat!". Thanks whoever this was...I am sure it was a Norwegian....(and sorry for not recalling who you were :p). Anyways. Point is - my Amalie loved playing with Banglamarie's Amalie in her adorable pink dollhouse..so hence the title: "Amalie²" :)
I used various bits and pieces of old and new Fancy Pants for this layout :)

And then we got Nikki Sivils' "My Sweet Cherry Pie" - easily my favorite from her :)
Seriously, when thinking of my friend whom I made this layout about I can't help but smile - she's such a genuine force of nature - I am so glad she's my friend :)


More "My Sweet Cherry Pie"- this time a card - I also used one of her stamps on the twill-ribbon - I really like how it turned out :)

Right. Hope you're surviving in this heat - have a nice week :)

Ps! Just finished the Twilight-series. Mhmm. Personal opinion? The two first books were a bit dull. Like, blah blah blah yadayada. Third book was (thankfully) more interesting, and the fourth book was very enthralling. Please don't burn me for saying the two first ones were dull!!! :p (and yes I still had to read them all - I'm like - once I've started I had to finish them all) Oh and my personal favorite is Alice. Ofc. ;p

Ps2! Need more books for the Summer! Got any suggestions? Now that I'm done w/the Twilight-series I'm gonna move on to "Good Omens" then one or two of the unread Mo Hayder-books I have here and hopefully "Neverwhere" aswell - mhm.. and that's it for now...


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We got to see most of what is finished tonight and it looks awesome! Andre Perreira, the Bear, is doing such a great job, we are really blessed to have such talent wasted on us. He's that good, really.

New site+New work=JOY

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May 30, 2009

Heidi and Dave are an amazing couple living and working in downtown Chicago. They love living in the big city but decided to have their wedding in Heidi's hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Heidi is a very organized person... having just competed the Boston marathon proves that she is also hard working and dedicated. So when I arrived at her parents home and found a hand written note of things to remember on the wedding day I wasn't surprised. She must have gotten her skills from her mom who put together by hand over a hundred place cards that included a cut out of the Chicago skyline.


Heidi and Dave had custom invitations made as well as a custom wedding ring plate with their names and date on it. Their wedding colors where a cornflower blue and were incorporated in everything from the cocktail length bridesmaids dresses to the linens and chair bows. Everything was beautiful!

I had the pleasure of shooting with second photographer Mia Stevens. Mia was a great addition to the day... here is a link to her blog to see her upcoming post of her photos from this wedding. Mia and I are both members of the Collection, an amazing group of photographers who not only refer each other when we are booked... but also second shoot together, travel to conventions and even cover weddings in the case of an emergency.

It was a great pleasure to shoot Heidi and Dave's wedding... Congratulations!!!! Here are my favorites from the day....

I love photographing the bride and groom from different angles at church.



This blue wall was the perfect compliment to their wedding colors!



The lighting and the food at the Riverview Coutnry Club was fabulous!







A beautiful reception location! Look at the shape of this room!!!



Become a fan of Ardent Photography to view bonus images from this wedding!


Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Event
Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Bridesmaids Dress Boutique: Tie the Knot
Bridesmaids Dress Designer: Dessy
Menswear: The Bridal Event
Florist: Masters Touch Florist Studio
Invitations: Lindsey Ryan Design - Etsy
Jeweler: Blue Nile, Jared and Robbins Brothers
Rehearsal Dinner: Beefeaters British Grille-Pub
Cake: Simple Simon Bakery
Entertainment/DJ: Elite Music Service
Ceremony: St. Thomas More
Reception Venue: Riverview Country Club
Transportation: Lamers Bus Lines
Groom's Gift: Unveiled Portraits Boutique Boudoir
Wedding Night Accommodations: Copperleaf Hotel
Honeymoon: El Dorado Royale Riviera Maya


I've decided to allow entries today and until 5pm on Monday, June 29. I've been getting some great candidates... But decided to leave it open a bit longer.

Remember, your entry needs to be creative. Please just don't email a line that mentions you really want to win and to pick you...

Here is the information on the contest!

Casting call... looking for a fun/trendy couple!

I am giving away a lifestyle photo session to a fun and trendy couple in love. The session will take place in Green Bay any Wednesday in July and is valued at $450.

I'm looking for a couple with a funky, wild and crazy personal style so I can test out a new shooting location. If you, or someone you know is deserving of a beautiful set of photos please contact me. Please send me an email, 400 words or less with why or how you think this couple could rock out at a photo session.

Please submit your entry by emailing me at info[at]ardentphoto.com by June 28th. The final selections will be made by June 30.

Happy Father's Day!!! To my dad, my father-in-law and my awesome, amazing husband!

Last weekend was a busy time... engagement sessions, wedding and home projects.
Here are some photos from our point and shoot camera...



In daddy's shoes... sooooo cute!

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Fact: I love churches and their history....

Last weekend while shooting the ceremony in St. Mary's Church in Menasha, I noticed a particular stained glass window with a recognizable name. The window read "in memory of Mrs. John Oberweiser".


My husband's grandfather was named John Oberweiser but his grandmother May is still alive and well. And obviously the windows where crafted when the church was built in the late 1800's.

So I asked Andy's mom and dad who are genealogy buffs. We found out that the Mr. and Mrs. John Oberweiser are indeed relation and are my son's Great, Great, Great Grandparents.


Such a fun find! St. Mary's Catholic Church in Menasha is gorgeous... look for Michelle and Andy's wedding day blog post coming soon!



Mm just sharing two more Fancy Pants stuff for June :)

Materials include:
(top): Papers & stamps from Delight, punches from Martha Stewart, random buttons&ribbons from FP, letters from Adornit and Prima, glimmermist (on the prima-letters).
(bottom): Journalingsheet from On a Whimsy, diecuts from Kraft Kuts, cutout from a sheet of Summer Soiree-paper.


Today is the oldest kids last day at school - a day he's been looking forward to for a good long while. Eight weeks without school - he's marvelling joyously just at the thought of it :) And then he'll start in third grade. *insert long where-the-heck-did-the-time-go-mommy-type sigh here*

Random stuff:
  • Regina Spektors newest album (Far) is gorgeous!
  • Hambly Screenprints just released a peek of their newest transparent sticker-designs! Yum is all I can say!!
  • I got my Nikki Sivils stuff yesterday and I'm happy!!! :D

  • Browsed around and found this image sorta funny (the original game is more than ten years old..I remember the anticipation when it was released...good old times..). Looking forward to this one (although I always found the terrans the most boring races of the three and they're the ones being released first. Mm..)


And by the way - I wanted to let you know that I so totally appreciate every one of you who checks in on this blog just to read, glance, look, get inspiration, quickly scroll past, laugh, roll your eyes, whatever - and mmm, maybe an extra thank you to those of you who take the time to drop me a visible proof of your stay on this blog (I don't want to make those of you who doesn't feel bad, cuz I'm not so good at it myself either so I totally do get you, but at the same time - I am happy every time I get a new comment so thank you for making me extra happy :) ).

Thank you so much for bearing with my less-than-perfect-English (I am aware that I'm doing the same mistakes esp when it comes to the grammar over and over again but I can't seem to correct myself, grr) and thank you for the patience to those who wish I wrote in Norwegian too (I will. Once in a while. Promise. It's just..Blogging in English has just become a habit and double posting in both languages sorta makes the posts even more annoyingly long methinks. Feel free to object!!).

In short - thank you so much - it totally makes me so happy :) :)
(Just wanted to let you know :) )

Title: "Mary Jane" -Alanis Morisette



Haha yeah.
1. The photo's supposed to be like that.
2. And if you're following Pencil-Lines, which this layout is for, you might (or might not) notice that this isn't about any fathers or anything, but about my friends instead. Cuz I totally missed the date and stuff thinking it was last week ;p

So there.
This weeks guest was Elodie Touze, a talentful french scrapbooker (love her style and LOVED her layout for this one) and she also provided us the sketch. I just decided to add some more photos to my interpretation of the sketch.

Creating this layout sorta made me feel... old-skool :p It's something about the way I made this that made me feel that hm. Maybe it's because I decided to do the layering quite flat sorta, and not w/distressing or sewing on the edges..like..just plain.. mm. Ohwell. And the upside-down photo? *snicker* Well, the photo was taken that way so figured it'd be scrapped that way too (after being teased about taking some photos while lying flat down on the ground I rolled around and snapped a photo of the teasers while on my back :p)

Materials used: Scenic Route, Hambly transparency & rubons, glimmermist (the beautiful blue frame - love this color - jazz blue I think it was), KaiserCraft rhinestones..

Title: "Mr Bad Man" -Tori Amos


So last weekend me and hubby went to London, England for a lil weekendtrip - just the two of us :) We stayed at this posh hotel - The Royal Horseguards - which was smack in the centre of the city & had flatscreen in both the livingroom and the bath (so you could take a bath while watching the TV) and it had its own iPod-dock which I found pretty cool (esp as we brought the iPod with us :) ). Mm I'm easily impressed, I know :p
(oh and the above photo was the first one I snapped of the hotel when arriving at like 10pm in the evening - loved the blue hue it had from the sky & lovelovelove my camera allowing me to take not too shabby handheld pictures in the dark :) )

Oh, and the hotel itself had a real nice history from both the World-wars and had served as an embassy for several countries and Secret Service-HQ and stuff. As I said - I'm easily impressed :)

For our first breakfast we had to get ourselves a real British breakfast at a pub - ofc ;p
Bacon, some kinda potatostuff, shroom, beans, scrambled eggs and sausage. Heh.

I kinda liked this one. The quote that is. "The glorious dead".

I love the tubes of London and the cool signs there :)
Hubby sorta patiently sat closer to the sign so I could get a nice piccie of both :p (you can tell he doesn't like to be taken piccie of, but uhm, w/no kids around I had to snap some of him no? :p)

"Everybody" recommended Camden Market in advance before we left, so we hit that one first. Totally loved the colorful food-stations and hubby regretted buying food at the first one we saw when we realized there were lots and lots of them there from diff countries :)





After spending some time at the market we had sushi for lunch. SUSHIIIIIii ♥♥♥

In the evening we met up with an old friend of us - Pete :) (yes he sorta looks anxious here and not like the very lively&animated person that he was during our evening. Must be the camera doing that to people :p )

Personally I've "known" him for close to nine years - ever since our EverQuest-days back in '99 or '00 (we play WoW together now) - but this was the first time I got to meet him in real life. Hubby met him once at his last London-trip :) It was great finally getting to meet him, and we had dinner (yummy ravioli at Kings Cross) & an evening out together :)

When the night ended we took a pirate-taxi (for the first time in our lives haha) back home. He was a sorta club-taxi (chatting up w/the bouncers at the bar we spent the rest of the evening at so it seemed safe enough + it was raining :p) and it turned out he was a Somalian raised up in Finland teehee (I know I'm silly finding that somewhat amusing, but seriously - Finland of all places?? Sorry Fins!!! (but..when I think of it I guess it's just as amusing as me ending up in Norway hmm!). Couldn't pass up the chance to snap a nightphoto of the Eye (which was like across the Thames from the hotel) & the Jubilee Bridge. Beautiful :)

We spent some time at the pubs during the weekend (isn't what Brits do - go to the pubs? :p) - gotto have my refill of Guinness!!! ♥♥♥

I thought the reminders of which direction to check before crossing the streets were sorta cute. And useful!! :p

For dinner at Sunday we found this little Korean restaurant downtown. Now, I'm adopted from South-Korea, but I've never really tasted Korean food before (I came to Norway when I was 7 months old) so this was a nice experience to me :) I was sorta worried the food would be like, somewhat funny, but the menu we went for was really yummy :)


We went to the London Eye at our last day in the city - a nice touristy thing to do :)
Tbh I wasn't personally sold on getting up there and was still undecided until we met a sweet friend of Pete who lived next door to the bar we were at and dropped by to say hi and she was sooo into the Eye and loved taking it whenever she could and then I was like hmm alright I'm a tourist dammit :p Turned out it was a nice relaxing trip (& thank god for A/C inside each of these "boats") and I had fun trying to squish the buildings & humans from atop :p

Then we tried to find The Forbidden Planet, and roamed around in circles for about half an hour before giving up & getting some breakfast instead. Found this really nice italian cafe (Cafe Milan) which had great, yummilicous food & cappuchino. Yum! Totally recommended, and when we finally found The Forbidden Planet it turned out it was like 3mins from this cafe - further down the street :P (oh, and the store was great - thanks for the recommendation!! We bought some minor stuff and some books (X-men & Blueberry Girl) and I was totally oogling the Tara McPherson-stuff in the store :p )

And I totally get the obsession some people have w/Starbucks. My fave was Dark Berry Frappuchino (if I recall the name correctly) - although at the first Starbucks we got it w/bits of chocolate and at the second there were no bits of chocolate - bit bummed about the latter cuz that was what made it so extra yummy! (and not sure what I did wrong cause I am fairly sure I did order the same thing twice :p)

At Charing Cross station we saw this cute little mouse. Although hubby thinks it's a rat but I thought rats were like, bigger and not so cute :p *cough*

All in all it was a nice getaway, and it was great having such a nice hotel to return to - esp as hubby wasn't totally recovered from his back-op which meant we had to return to the hotel a lil more often than we probably would have normally. But as the hotel was very central (across the street from the Embankment tube) and with the very nice & spacious room we had it wasn't that much of a problem and it was nice resting the feet when insisting on wearing high heels most of the time ;p We didn't get to hit too many clothes-stores which I'm slightly regretting now (but the wallet stays happy :p), and I'm still a bit torn about the Diana-camera I didn't buy at the Photographers Gallery (which by the way wasn't really what I had imagined sorta - wish we had found the time to drop by the other photo-exhibition w/Marilyn Monroe & Audrey Hepburn - which I only found about the last day :( )

Also, wherever we went and mentioned we were from Norway everybody seemed to know that "Oh yeah Norway, it's that highly expensive country isn't?", and that a lot of Swedes loves to come here to work because the pay's much better than in Sweden :p They all seemed to have had some friends/relatives visit Norway at least once and apparently that's what they remember the best - ouch :p

Oh and I'm so happy I brought the 50mm along instead of the 18-200mm. Sure - the latter would have been more practical I guess, but I was so annoyed about the quality on that lens on my D700 (the lens being a DX and the body being a FX - fullformat - and while it's a great lens on DX-bodies it's not so great w/FX-bodies imo. It's probably totally not noticeable in the grand scheme and no big deal, but just the very knowledge of its inferiority on this body did annoy me soo) and I guess I could have brought the d70s instead for that lens but bleh. My D700 makes me happy and my 50mm makes me happy soh!

Anyways. Amalie is going to her very first "real" birthdayparty tomorrow and is totally excited about it (she's been counting down the days since she got the invitation on tuesday and kept reminding me about having to buy gift&make a card), we have a sleepover here atm (our youngest nephew) and actually both kids are off for diff. bdayparties tomorrow. Mm. Interesting I know :p

Have a nice weekend! :)