Some elopements are planned with months to spare. But Christina & Dustin decided to embrace spontaneity and in less than a month they had pulled off their dream elopement up in the arctic circle in Lofoten in northern Norway.

A Winter Solstice Elopement in Lofoten

Christina & Dustin were planning a big wedding at home with their friends and family. But as wedding planning became more and more stressful, they became less and less excited about their day. With a winter trip to Norway already booked, one month before they were due to fly over, they had an idea. What if they eloped while they were there?

Within  an hour of reading their initial email, Christina & I were on a Skype call and talking about their options. 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. That meant we’d need to go north. Far north, to the arctic circle. But there’s one big catch with travelling so far north in the middle of December – it was during the polar nights, where the sun wouldn’t rise above the horizon. After a small amount of deliberating, they chose the epic Lofoten Islands for their stunning winter elopement, where the dramatic towering mountains drop into the ocean, and quaint fishing villages decorate the rugged coastline.

On the morning of their elopement, they started the day in their favourite way. Enjoying a cup of coffee together and talking about what they had planned for the day ahead. They helped each other get ready for the most part, but Christina saved the finishing touches so that they could have an intimate first look in their rorbu cabin.

They wanted the rest of their day to be relaxed and spontaneous, so while they had planned a couple of locations that they wanted to visit, Christina & Dustin just wanted to go with the flow and enjoy the few daylight hours they had exploring this epic place.

Their first stop was in a little village almost at the far southern tip of Lofoten, 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 picturesque fishing villages that are an iconic part of the Lofoten scenery. At a moment where it felt right, Christina & Duston 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.

After their ceremony, we ran to a nearby restaurant to warm up with some fresh Lofoten fish for lunch, and in true Christina & Dustin style, they toasted to the start of their new adventure with a couple of bottles of the local beer.

As the light started to fade, and the polar night started to creep back in (at 2pm in the afternoon!), their last stop for the day was to visit a traditional Norwegian fishing village museum. With a family history in the fishing industry, Christina & Dustin wandered through the museum, admiring the similarities and differences between the lives of fishermen in the Norwegian arctic compared to back in the warm state of Florida in the USA.

The rest of their afternoon was spent relaxing in their beautiful AirBnB, and their perfect day was brought to an end with dinner in one of Lofoten’s top restaurants, sampling local foods and drinking cocktails made with the best local spirits.

A globe in NorwegianWooden cabins during the polar night in Lofoten Norway. Photos by Wild Connections PhotographyHis and hers personalised vow books. Photos by Wild Connections PhotographyA vintage Norwegian sweater found in a thrift store for a winter elopement in Norway. Photos by Wild Connections PhotographyBride and groom hold a pigmy goat in Norway on their wedding day. Photos by Wild Connections PhotographyA winter elopement in Lofoten Norway with goats. Photos by Wild Connections PhotographyA winter elopement in the Lofoten Islands in Norway with goats. The bride wears a vintage wool cardigan. Photos by Wild Connections PhotographyA winter solstice elopement in Lofoten Norway. Photos by Wild Connections PhotographyBride and groom hike with goats on their wedding day in Lofoten Norway. Photos by Wild Connections PhotographyA lofoten elopement at Hamnoy Rorbur. Photo by Wild Connections PhotographyLofoten Norway Elopement Wedding Photography by Wild Connections PhotographyA winter elopement at Hamnoy Rorbur. Photo by Wild Connections PhotographyA winter wedding at a rorbu in Lofoten. Photo by Wild Connections PhotographyNorway winter elopement with fisherman's cabins. Photos by Wild Connections PhotographyBride and groom say their vows on a dock in Lofoten Norway. Photo by Wild Connections PhotographyA winter elopement ceremony in Lofoten Norway. Photo by Wild Connections PhotographyA winter elopement in the arctic. Photos by Wild Connections PhotographyA winter elopement ceremony in the Lofoten Islands in Norway. Photo by Wild Connections PhotographyBride and groom exchange rings during their elopement ceremony in the arctic circle. Photo by Wild Connections PhotographyBride and groom exchange rings during their elopement ceremony in Lofoten in Norway. Photo by Wild Connections PhotographyBride and groom share a first kiss after their Lofoten elopement ceremony above the arctic circle in winter. Photo by Wild Connections PhotographyAn elopement in Lofoten Norway above the arctic cirle in winter. Photos by Wild Connections Photography

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Norway Elopement Guide

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This Lofoten elopement looks amazing and they are so badass for sticking out that cold! Also, those landscape photos of Norway and the cliffs are amazing! Definitely adds to the story of their love 🙂

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CAT!! Oh my god!!!! This is just the MOST AMAZING elopement I may have ever seen! Wow!! I cannot wait to see more of your work!

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Thanks so much Melissa!

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Wowww this Norway elopement is perfection! Soooo gorgeous!

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Oh, wow! Gorgeous! Loved the goats 🙂 Looks like a perfect elopement, wish we eloped! Norway is on our bucket list!

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Gorgeous! Loved the goats! Norway is definitely on our bucket list! We wish we eloped!

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wowowowow. Absolutely stunning. I’m in so love with everything about this wedding!

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Ahhh what a gorgeous elopement in Norway!! The reds! The village! The mountains! WOW!

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Wow! Talk about a winter wonderland! I couldn’t help but smile looking at how happy these two were for their Norway elopement, and the photos really felt like I was following along on their adventure throughout town! Well done!

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OMG Cat everything about this story is stunning. I love the adventure solstice elopement, your tones, the composition and really enjoyed the way you put together the pictures to tell the story. Let alone the epicness of Lofoten, but this sounds like a cliche. My sincere congrats my friend. This is so well done!

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