A few months ago, we received an email from Kamilla Mai, who owns the bridal shop Eventyrbruden (or “fairy tale bride”) in Oslo, Norway. The email contained a jaw-droppingly gorgeous shot of a model in a long, fluttering gown, posed in front of the traditional horse-drawn wagon used by the Romani people, the vardo. Considering the wanderlust theme of this issue [Issue #30), of course we had to find out the story behind these images (and there were dozens more, each more enchanting than the last).

Photographer Ole Henrik Kalviknes explains that “we wanted to connect Eventyrbruden with something magic and also do something that nobody (as far as we knew) had done before.” In Sola, in Rogaland, Norway, the team happened upon the perfect setting. “We found this amazing camping place and it turned out the owner occasionally rented it out for weddings.” With the stunning vardos on hand, the team decided to tell a “gypsy fairy tale” and to try to capture the magic of the place and the connection the model had with the horse. Romani history in Norway is often “only negative,” says Ole. “And we wanted this to show a fairy tale, a glamorous story that would make people feel good.”

As for Kamilla, she says that “the story behind the images is that everyone can have their love story in magical surroundings.”

Photo: Ole Henrik Kalviknes, Kalviknes.com
Assistant: Marie Nystad
: The Makeup Honey
Hair: Made in Heaven
Model: Ingebjørg Strand
Stylist and Dress
: Eventyrbruden, Eventyrbruden.no
Horses: Hesteeventyr.com

Article from Issue #30 Spring 2015
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