Kransekage – favorite Norwegian Wedding Cake

Kransekage is the best wedding cake, hands down.  Almond sweetness melts in your mouth as you divulge in this scandavian treat.  What ponders me is how I never learned about kransekage despite growing up surrounded by Norwegians.  All the main staples of kjøttboller, lutefisk, and lefse were fed in mass quantities – but no kransekage!  It was after college when I was attending my dear friend Nancy’s christmas and her grandma, Louise, brought over her famous kransekage.  I *think* I left a few crumbs for the family.  Louise not only makes the best Norwegian treats, but also would travel annually to Norsk Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota to celebrate her nordic heritage. So when Nancy’s mom Karen asked Louise to surprised me with a kransekage cake to celebrate our recent elopement, I was ecstatic.  Not only did I know it was going to taste amazing, but it was made with love from a very special person.  I can happily report I traveled 581 miles without eating any of this cake – (it was promptly devoted as soon as I got home) but when I told my husband the tradition of picking up the top ring to find out how many children you would have (the number of rings that comes with the top ring) – he decided to eat the cake from the bottom up!  THANK YOU Louise for this very special gift!!!






Above, Nancy’s family at their northwoods lake cabin in August of 2014.  Below, Grandma Louise sits beside the lake (don’t you just love her smile!)


Who else likes kransekage?  Carrisa and Lance – check out their wedding here!

Adventure. Photography. Love.

Amanda is a highly sought travel wedding photographer, where no destination is to remote.  Based in Palmer, Alaska with a satellite location in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley in Southwest Wisconsin.  Amanda is available to travel to your destination wedding, elopement, or engagement. Recent wedding and engagement travels to New York, Virginia, Jamaica, Mexico, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin showcase her adventurous spirit to capture love in remote and unique locations.  

Playing with toy cameras before she could walk, Amanda was soon using a fisher price 110 mm film camera.  She found herself spending her teenage and college years with her 35 mm film camera, rarely leaving her side, Amanda spent six weeks in Iceland and Europe capturing environmental justice with her film cameras before entering graduate school and the digital age.  While still enjoying 35mm and medium format film for personal projects, today Amanda uses digital technology for documenting her clients biggest day.  

 Photography the Feels Natural

Ensuring her clients enjoy their wedding day is the most important element for Amanda. Thus Amanda is unobtrusive, capturing the day as it happens. Amanda does not work from a shot list, but instead reacts to events as they unfold.  This form of photography creates a visual story organic in nature.  Amanda has an eye for capturing real moments.  Her style of photography sets her apart from other wedding photographers.  

Throughout the day Amanda uses nature to help enhance her beautiful subjects.  Using natural light, shadows, and reflections Amanda ensures the bride and groom stand out.  Amanda is drawn to the magical light occurring at sunrise and sunset where she lets her creativity run free.  While Amanda prefers to work at venues that accompany her free spirit including backyards, farms, ranches, barns, wineries and secluded getaway, her talents allow her to work in most any setting.

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