When wedding planning became too stressful and forced, Christina + Dustin knew that had to go back to the heart of it all- their love for each other and their love for travel. They were one month away from a big trip to Lofoten, Norway so they thought- why not throw out the “big wedding” idea, take off together, and have a winter elopement in an exciting and beautiful place. Their photographer Cat, from Wild Connections Photography, shared more with us about how this gorgeous day unfolded:
Christina & Dustin’s wedding day is a spontaneous elopement story. Why? Because one month before they were due to fly over to Norway, they suddenly ditched the idea of planning a big wedding and decided to elope while they were on their trip. To add more to the romantic moment, everything happened in the middle of December, during the polar nights, where the sun wouldn’t rise above the horizon.
Get ready to see some stunning shots that might inspire you to take your own elopement trip!
Seeing the Northern Lights is definitely on our bucket list! Can you imagine how romantic it would be to travel there with the love of your life?!
They didn’t have a particular location in mind, but one of the reasons they had chosen Norway for their trip was because they were both really keen to see the northern lights. After a small amount of deliberating, they chose the epic Lofoten Islands for their romantic winter elopement.
Charming the Locals
C + D had the most adorable surprise wedding guests there to wish them well!
They had planned a couple of locations to visit. Their first stop was in a little village, where they met with a wonderful lady who hiked with them and her adorable goats. After that, we headed back a little further north to explore some of the fishing villages (an iconic part of the Lofoten scenery).
Elopement tip! Make sure to snag a cute date shot just like this so that you can announce your exciting news with all of your loved ones!
Can this place even be real life?!
They couldn’t have chosen a more perfect place to promise forever!
At a moment where it felt right, Christina & Dustin picked a beautiful spot to say their vows to one another. Braving the cold Atlantic wind, they read their hand-written vows to each other and took off their gloves just long enough to exchange rings.
Absolutely loving C’s winter elopement attire! Her stunning lace gown is from Lulus! Get some more winter wedding inspiration below:
If you’re loving what you’re seeing from C + D, check out our tips for how you can plan your own perfect adventure elopement!
Celebrating Local Style
Christina + Dustin topped off their winter elopement with fresh Lofoten fish and a couple bottles of local beer! Totally perfect! Congratulations you two! The GWS team is wishing you many more adventures to come!