If you’re recently engaged and looking for an intimate, adventurous and unforgettable way to do it – Eloping in the west of Norway is a breathtaking journey for you and your love to start your new chapter.
This is exactly what Ingelin & Håvard did, in a small village named Balestrand in the Summer of 2021. Beginning with a ceremony on a quiet and beautiful sailboat on the Sognefjord, I loved capturing every moment of their new beginning. The ceremony was intimate, with only their parents and their one year old son attending this beautiful moment. Well and the boat captain too – he was actually a friend!! Documenting each moment with smiles on their faces, laughter and every tiny moment was of the utmost importance for me so that they could share with all their family and friends later on!
The two then had a special and romantic dinner at Ciderhuset, a quiet venue overlooking the water.
How can you plan your day to have this beautiful sense of adventure and natural beauty? This HOW TO GUIDE will help you with steps you need along the way.
There are two different types of ceremonies you can have for your destination elopements. The first one is a legal ceremony, where you’ll receive a marriage certificate at the destination you’re married in. This type of ceremony is legally recognized but it may take several months before you receive the paperwork to make it legal in your home country.
A symbolic ceremony has no legal binding and is performed just like a legal ceremony, so your guests will never know the difference. Many couples take care of all the legal paperwork in their home country before travelling and choose to have their symbolic ceremony at their elopement location in Norway.
Here’s some of my top suggestions on locations inspired by this elopement:
– Out on a sailboat at the fjord ( Just look at these photos!)
– Tjugatoten (mountaintop), 1100 meter above the ocean. You will hike for about 2 hours – for the adventurous at heart!
– By the fjord. it is hard to choose a bad location by the fjord!!
– The english church in Balestrand: Fun Fact: This was also made famous by Disney’s Frozen!
– Walking the streets in the village (Balestrand).
What made Ingelin & Håvard’s day captured so authentically was the way they made every moment about what they love. From the sailboat to the hike for the sunset in the mountain, they made each moment intentional and aligning with their heart.
If you’re in the process of planning your elopement and are considering Norway, allow me to dedicate myself to helping you in your journey. I’m here to listen to everything you’re imagining and since I’m familiar with west Norway I will have no issues with traveling to get to you. Let’s document your day in a way you’ll love for so many generations to come.
Here’s a few of my top recommendations on cozy and unforgettable places to stay in Balestrand!
When planning your elopement in Norway, you must consider the weather. The months of June, July and August are preferred by most travelers, as these are the months where you can experience the long summer days, mild temperatures and the midnight sun. May and September are the months where tourism is lower (and prices are generally cheaper) but temperatures are still fairly mild. This can be the perfect time for going on once inn a lifetime hikes and adventurous climbs for views that will literally take your breath away.
Winter in Norway can be cold, especially up in the arctic regions of the north. But if you are looking for a cozy winter elopement with skiing, snowshoeing or dog sledding, winter in Norway could be the perfect choice! Winter days are short and cold, but from September until April there is chance of seeing the incredible northern lights, with peak aurora season from December to February.