Fjordside: Elopement in Norway
The Land of the Midnight Sun is known for its natural landscapes, majestic fjords, lush forests, lakes, and mountaintops, so it’s no wonder that couples like Emily and Mark, pictured here, opt for an elopement in Norway.
Elopement in Norway can be magical. This wintry wedding was photographed by Endre Hilleren of Hillerenfoto at the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, and there are so many photos to love with amazing views, thoughtful details (not always seen in elopement shoots), getting-ready shots of both bride and groom with their treasured heirlooms, and the breathtaking snowy backdrops. (As I view the images of the bride in her Uggs, I can almost hear the crunch of snow underfoot!)
“It was such an honor to be able to show people how beautiful this part of Norway can be in the winter season,” says Hilleren. During this time of year there is limited sunshine in Norway, so Hilleren captured the soft morning light, which looked gorgeous against the tranquil waters.
Fortunately for both the couple and the photographer, everything was well planned with the only real concern being the weather. According to Hilleren, it can easily be -20 degrees in March in this area, but for this shoot, it turned out to be a warm day— “We packed extra clothing just in case it wasn’t,” he recalls.
When it comes to elopements in general, Hilleren believes that the beauty of elopements lies in their simplicity and freedom. “An elopement offers an opportunity to create a day that is truly reflective of who the couple is without the pressures or expectations of traditional weddings.”
“With an elopement in Norway like Emily and Mark’s, every detail matters,” he adds, “even if elopement is a spontaneous marriage ceremony. Eloping requires careful preparation to ensure that your wedding day goes smoothly, from obtaining the necessary legal documents to arranging travel logistics.” As every seasoned elopement photographer knows, it's critical to research the requirements and regulations of the elopement destination and ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork in order. The last thing you want is to be asked to leave in the middle of your once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
“Additionally, consider any cultural or religious customs that may be relevant to your elopement destination. Understanding and respecting these traditions will not only add depth and meaning to your ceremony, but also show appreciation for the local culture.”
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Suit: https://www.alanpaine.co.uk/ @alanpaine1907
Boots: https://www.fairfaxandfavor.com/ @fairfaxandfavor
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Location for the sunset photos and where the couple had dinner and accommodations: https://www.fjordpanorama.no/
Camera body: Canon R6, Camera Lens: Canon RF 28 - 70 f/2, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2, Canon EF 135 f/2