Free-Spirited Summer Solstice Elopement in Lofoten

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Bride and groom stand on a foggy road in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart
24th January 2018 / By / , / 4 Comments

Today’s incredible real wedding story is about an enchanting elopement in Lofoten. Maz and Dave flew all the way from Australia to above the arctic circle in Norway. They chose the remote archipelago of the Lofoten Islands to say their wedding vows, on the 21st June during the summer solstice. They took with them the amazing photographer Thomas Stewart. If Thomas’s stunning pictures alone won’t make you want to elope to Norway, then Maz’s beautiful story will…

An Elopement in Lofoten

Dave and I have always loved travelling – it is of our strongest points of similarities and what we love about each other. In 2015 we travelled to Norway and decided to do the hike up to Pulpit Rock. We had our little twins with us (2 years old at the time) and we did the hike with the kids in carriers on our backs. On top of Pulpit rock while taking in the majestic view and surrounds Dave asked me to marry him. We fell in love with Norway on this trip, not just because of the engagement, but because of the incredible landscape, the mountains, the fjords, the quiet life and stillness that appears to surround you when driving through this beautiful country.
Fast forward a year and we were planning a wedding celebration with our friends and family. We had a wedding in mind that would resemble a weekend wedding festival surrounded by our friends and family. But along the way, whilst planning this big wedding we realised that it was not for us. We have always wanted to do things our way and not because of tradition or norm. We found that with planning a wedding also came unnecessary stress and a feeling that this was not exactly what we wanted. So we decided to elope.
The beauty of Norway had taken our breath away when we visited the year before and it felt perfect to elope there. This time we wanted to be somewhere remote, somewhere that not everyone gets to visit, somewhere with incredible views – a place of soul. So on the 21st June at summer solstice we were getting ready in a little fisherman’s hut on Lofoten in the Arctic Circle in Norway. It was howling wind and pouring with rain outside – it was perfect. We hiked up to this incredible mountain valley that Thomas has scouted for us. It was the most amazing feeling to see this place for the first time just before our ceremony. We wanted it this way. It was such a special experience taking it all in, standing in the bottom of this mountain valley, hearing the arctic stream beneath us and exchanging vows of forever.
It felt pure, real and so us!

Red wooden cabins by the water in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Wild flowers sit on a table along with the wedding details for a Lofoten elopement in Norway by Thomas Stewart Adventure log notebooks with the bride and groom's vows for their elopement in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The wedding rings and groom's converse trainers in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Black and white photos of the bride doing her eye makeup by a window in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The bride Maz sits in front of a window to do her makeup for her elopement in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Close up photos of the bride putting on her brown leather boots and her feather tattoos in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart A view from the cabin to the water outside in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The bride makes her own bouquet from local flowers in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The wedding dress hangs in the cabin and Max gets dressed for her elopement in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart A handmade buttonhole for the groom for his elopement in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The groom waits outside in the rain for his bride to be in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Maz and Dave share a first look by the wooden cabins in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Maz and Dave jump in the car and drive to their ceremony location in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Maz and Dave hike up to their ceremony location in the mountains in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Maz and Dave arrive at their elopement ceremony location on a mountain top in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The clouds start to descent on Maz and Dave during their ceremony in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Maz and Dave exchange vows during their ceremony on a mountain in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart A handfastening ceremony in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Maz and Dave celebrate with a first kiss in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart A portrait of the bride and groom among the green mountains in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The bride and groom hike across the fields and climb over rivers after their ceremony in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The bride's dress blows in the wind in the dramatic elopement in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The elopement is witnessed by a herd of very curious sheep in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The bride and groom celebrate their elopement with snacks and champagne from the back of their car in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The bride and groom walk through yellow fields of wildflowers in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Details of the groom for his elopement in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart A skateboarding groom in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Bride and groom stand on an empty road in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart The bride and groom kiss by the ocean in Lofoten Norway by Thomas StewartBride and groom kiss outside a wooden hut in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart Bride and groom pose under a wooden frame with fish hung on it in Lofoten Norway by Thomas Stewart

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4 Comments

  1. emma says:

    This looks like it could be one of my Yorkshire weddings.

  2. This looks like such an amazing start to married life! What an adventure- and love their attire.

  3. Claire Ady says:

    wow, goats, a skateboard and that rugged landscape!

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