Sunderland bride and her groom are the first Britons to marry in historical Norwegian church

Sunderland Danielle Parvin (nee Leigh), 30, and Richard Parvin, 45, were recently married in Uvdal Staivkirke, Norway.

The wedding took place on December 20, and they are the first English couple to be married in this church in 48 years.

Danielle is from Seaburn Dene, Sunderland.


She said: “We both felt very privileged to marry in such a historic place, in a historic village.

“Norway means a lot to both of us and we were happy to share this place with our family.”

This 12th century church is part of an open-air museum owned by the Fortidsminneforeningen (Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments).

It is an important part of the country’s history, as there are just few of these buildings left.

The couple said: “We chose Uvdal Stave Church because we loved it the moment we saw in on the internet, it was just perfect for our special day.”

The occasion obviously involved the close relatives and friends of both Danielle and Richard but also attracted the attention of Norwegian press.

Pictures by: Hannah Adams.
Danielle and Richard plan to move to Oslo in the near future.

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