Norway Elopement at the Dalen Fairytale Hotel (Part 1)


When two extremely adventurous people meet while out on a daring expedition, only good things come from it.  Consequences of such meetings usually include endless laughs, incredible moments in time, and smiles that make your cheeks hurt.  And if you’re tremendously lucky, you walk away with a new forever friend.  Fortunately, in the story of Danielle and Shea not only are all the above true, but they also found their soulmates in each other.  These two met while hiking in Nepal.  Seriously!  …and they both just happened to be living in the same area of Australia!  Mean to be, right?!


So naturally after they had more journeys exploring the world together, they were searching for astounding elopement locations and a way to elope that would be very different than the typical avenues.  Danielle and Shea first reached out to us inquiring about an elopement in Iceland on Iceland Wedding Planner.  Shortly after we met on Skype and seeing we own Your Adventure Wedding, they were hooked on the adventure wedding concept we provide.  Torn between having a wedding in Iceland or Norway was tough but in the end, Norway won.  They fell in love with the Dalen Fairytale Hotel option we created for their elopement in Norway.


Have you ever seen or been to the Dalen Fairytale Hotel?  It’s one of the oldest, fanciest, charming, and most notable hotels in Norway.  A place where Kings and Queens choose to stay at frequently.  The first time I visited years ago and pulled up to the front of the hotel I immediately felt like I was walking into a storybook.  As you’ll see from the Norway wedding photos below, it’s a very vivid and intoxicating place that sits along the historic Telemark Canal fjord.


There are too many beautiful images I want to share with you from their 10+ locations we ventured to throughout their adventure wedding in Norway, so you’ll be happy to know I’m splitting their fabulous day into 2 posts.  This week we will feature all the awesomeness we created in and around the Dalen Hotel, their Stave Church Norway wedding ceremony and a another secret spot.  Next week, stay tuned for the bulk of Shea and Danielle’s Norway wedding adventure photos where we discover more secret waterfalls, a cave, and take an adventure in a riverboat down a beautiful historical canal!


With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Norway Wedding Photographers + Planners)







































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Adventure Wedding in Iceland Published

Hello Fans and Friends!

Did you catch us this week on the fabulous wedding blog, My Wedding?  If not, go back HERE to see the awesomeness of Cassie and Kyle’s adventure wedding in Iceland!


Also checkout their full wedding story and adventure in Iceland on our partner website, Iceland Wedding Planner, HERE.

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Adventure Wedding Photographers + Planners)


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Norway Wedding Geirangerfjord | Liz + Mike


Thanks for joining us for Part 2 of Liz and Mike’s magical Norway wedding in the Geirangerfjord!  If you missed Part 1 of their Norway wedding at Hotel Alexandra, head back HERE to see.  I’m going to go minimal on my commentary today because the photos will blow you out of the water!


One of my all time favorites from Mike and Liz’s Norway destination wedding day is below.  Magical, just magical, right?!  The Geiranger area is full of secret spots like these!



Our second stop on our Norway adventure wedding schedule was this fabulous point.  Mike and Liz did a little fun hike to get to the top of this rock formation and the rest was beautiful history!




A summer wedding in Norway in this Geirangerfjord area will still carry a snow in the mountains.  Driving through this valley area from Loen, is one of my favorite drives in Norway.  How perfect for your Norway wedding, right?!


After a small sketchy hike, Mike and Liz found their way to this amazing spot overlooking the Geirangerfjord in all of it’s glory.I assure you the spot was 100% safe and I was probably in more danger than they were because of my angle =)


These two were the perfect combo for this incredible Norway wedding photo stop!


Total magazine cover, right?!  Leaves me breathless.










This couple and this view! The heavens opened for this amazing Norway wedding in the Geirangerfjord!



There amazing group of 16 guests travelled from California for this surprise Norway wedding adventure! …and they were in total awe all day!




As we made our way through the Geirangerfjord and down to the docks, we stopped for a few minutes for a sweet champagne toast!

I found myself addicted to sooo many spots throughout this Geirangerfjord area!  The character and the charm were off the charts!



When we were Norway wedding planning with Liz and Mike, they wanted to take their guests not just on a experience, but a super fun activity to do together during the day.  Their favorite option we proposed was a 90 minute boat ride through the inspiring Geirangerfjord.




Norway Wedding Photos with the famed Seven Sisters Waterfall in the background! Swoon!





After the Geirangerfjord wedding boat adventure concluded, we were off to one of our final stops which included a beautiful mountain view on one side and sweet little Norwegian waterfall on the other!



Nothing better than a bride and groom being super adventurous on their wedding day skipping over rocks and water!  Mike and Liz were willing to go whereever for the best Norway wedding photos!


I’m totally OBSESSED with this waterfall in the Geirangerfjord!  How perfect for a destination wedding in Norway, right?!







Mike + Liz, We know Norway will forever be a part of your love story and souls.  But we challenge you to come back to this intoxicating country each year on your Norway wedding anniversary to explore a new part of the country as your love grows!


With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Adventure Wedding Photographers + Planners)


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Norway Wedding Adventure at Hotel Alexandra | Loen Norway

When you think about Norway, what vibe or elements come first to mind? Maybe one of these…

Captivating Cliffs
Red Fishing Houses
Winding Roads
Viking Heritage

Liz and Mike hold adventuring and traveling together high on their #couplesgoals.  They live their lives based on unforgettable experiences, not just moments in time.  Traveling educates them, opens their minds, and brings them closer together on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.  Over the years they have allowed their journeys to shape their personalities individually but also continue to keep their relationship new and exciting.  One country that they both found themselves always marveling over was Norway.  So it was only natural that after Mike proposed they have never-ending lifetime adventures together, they would set out to plan a wedding in Norway.

They contacted us over a year ago to plan their Norway destination wedding.  They were hoping to be in the middle of the true essence of Norwegian countryside.  So after reviewing some really kickass options we cooked up for them to consider for the Norway wedding, they decided the Geirangerfjord area was the right fit.  The fabulous Hotel Alexandra would act as our Norway wedding base.

Have you ever heard of or stayed the Hotel Alexandra in Loen, Norway?  You should!  I’ve stayed at a lot of a hotels being an Adventure Wedding Planner and Photographer and this hotel has infinite potential for weddings, luxury relaxation, and they are currently constructing a very unique experience at the top of Mount Hoven.  They are building a cable car lift system that will take you to the top of the mountain (which was previously only accessed by a very long hard via ferrata hike) for an epic view and 5-star dinning.  This experience is set to open in May of 2017, keep your eyes peeled and put it on your Norway wedding or honeymoon bucket list!

Back to Liz + Mike and their gorgeously sweet details… Can I get a little swoon swoon over the vow books, Norway wedding dress, the boots, ring box, and the bouquet?!

As unique as Mike and Liz’s relationship is, they wanted to hold a ceremony that brought in those elements and also interacted with their guests who travelled so many miles in from California.  The Norway wedding ceremony began with the bride and groom parting ways at a beautiful inlet from the nearby fjord, the groom walked over a sweet little bridge and the bride made her grand entrance down a gorgeous red carpet.

The Norway wedding celebrant began the ceremony by inviting each of the guests to hold the bride and grooms wedding rings in an intimate ring warming ceremony.  While holding the rings, each guest was asked to think of a positive wish for the bride and groom.  It was beautiful.

Liz and Mike spoke their own vows to each other, exchanged those beautiful rings, and even held a super sweet beer unity ceremony where they mixed two into a fun cocktail!

Once the wedding ceremony in Norway concluded the day adventure began… Our first stop was to a secret fjord beach and then onto oh-so many more amazing stops (which stay tuned next week for Part 2 of their amazing Norway wedding adventure, believe me you do not want to miss it!) throughout the famed Geirangerfjord area.

Mike and Liz’s Norway wedding adventure concluded with a Norway wedding reception at Hotel Alexandra with decor inspired by the endless forests of Norway and featured a delicious 3 course traditional meal.

Please stay tuned for next week’s post as we will share the core of their adventure wedding in Norway!

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Adventure Wedding Photographers + Planners)

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Adventure Wedding Shoes and Boots

A question we often get asked is:

What type of shoes are most appropriate to wear to an Adventure Wedding Day?

Our Answer: Large Waterproof Boots AND Hiking Boots AND Comfy Pair or Pretty Heels.

Yes, I said 3 pairs!  It’s been our experience throughout these 5+ amazing years of planning adventure weddings in Iceland, Patagonia and beyond that packing all of them allows your day to be comfortable no matter if it rains or is blue skies all day.

You might start with the hiking boots for the ceremony, transition to the tall waterproof gum/rain boots for some waterfall hiking fun and then end the night in your comfy Toms or fabulous girly stilettos.  Believe me, it’s nice to have options available throughout the day (along with extra socks for you and your groom).

We also suggest this same rule of thumb to your Adventure Wedding guests as well.  It’s good to clue them in that waterproof hiking boots are best because it is likely they will be walking on uneven terrain, lava rocks, moss, or muddy trails for 10 minutes up to 120 minutes one way, depending on your fabulous Adventure Wedding Schedule.  Regular tennis/running shoes are not going to be durable enough to last and keep people comfortable through the entire day.

Your next question is probably where do you buy the best Adventure Wedding Shoes and Boots for brides, grooms, and guests?  Don’t worry, I will share my favorite list:







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Tips for getting the most out of your Adventure Wedding Shoes / Boots:

  1. If you do not usually wear heels and want to for your wedding day, start ASAP.  Start out wearing them while doing household chores (1-2 hours a day) and build up until you can stand an entire day.  I know this may sound silly, but the more time your toes and the balls of your feet have to get a little callused, the longer you’ll be able to stand, walk, and run around in those fancy stilettos with no complaints (Serious advice from a 15+ year stiletto veteran- believe me it works!).
  2. Invest $13 USD to purchase a pair of Heel Savers by Solemates you’ll be glad you did later!
  3. If you are worried about your shoes slipping there are shoe grips you can purchase that go on the bottom of your shoes and also inside to add comfort and prevent slippage.
  4.  Do your research before buying!  Many shoe sites now have shoe reviews which you may find helpful before buying online.  If also buying online make sure you check out Retail Me Not for a possible coupon code!  That site rocks.
  5. Remember to take your Adventure Wedding Shoes or Boots to your dress fittings to ensure a perfect bottom hem (and bring your other shoes if you’re considering a change at your reception to gauge length difference).
  6. Wrangle your fiancé into dancing with you on a hardwood floor to give your destination wedding shoes a test run.  Make sure you can move, spin, be dipped and regain your balance in them easily.
  7. Lay your shoes out the night before your wedding (together with any other accessories too) so your awesome Adventure Wedding Photographer, can snap some super sweet detail shots.
  8. Clean your shoes once you get back from your Adventurous Destination Wedding.  I know my heels were stained with mud by the end of our Adventure Wedding ceremony.  It took me a bucket of water, Simple Green, Dove soap, and 40 minutes to restore them back to their original glam status but I am so glad I did!
  9. Wear them again, again, and again they’ll make you smile and transform you back to your newly wedded bliss =)


With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Iceland Wedding Photographers + Planners)

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Adventure Wedding Planners Exciting Announcement!


Once upon a time… Or to my extreme sports enthusiasts out there: “Oh shit there I was…”


I was the Iceland Wedding Planner and Photographer for a super cool couple from Chicago, Illinois.  It was raining that day in Iceland, so we executed our “Plan B” ceremony location, my favorite cave.  However, when we arrived we were greeted by a 200 person film crew for a upcoming Bollywood movie.  They were there with the famed actor’s, food trucks, gear trucks,  and tons of porta potties.


I’ll be honest, seeing that many people there, I panicked slightly.  Not because I wouldn’t be able to use the location (which never happens because we always get private permission and permits) but rather, I was thinking how off schedule this could potentially make our day (excuse the OCD part of me, lol)!  The couple had no idea that anything was out of the ordinary as I jumped out of the jeep and darted to the group to have a chat.  An easy 5 minutes later the entire crew was gone😉


Fast forward 12 hours and I was back at the hotel finishing up the table styling for the couples dreamy reception for two.  I grabbed a glass of wine and my computer to catch up on emails and sat down in the hotel lobby…  Completely enamored in my work I do not look up when I hear a man’s voice say, “Are you that 5 foot 3 inch wedding planner that kicked our entire crew out of the cave earlier today?”  I laughed and leaned around my computer to see who was so witty.  To my pleasant surprise, a 6 foot 7 inch  Icelandic Adonis was speaking to me.  My jaw dropped and that giddy smile still hasn’t left my face!


That night, I met a man who lives and breathes adventure just as I do (maybe even more) personally and professionally.  Allow me to introduce you to Davíð… He creates special effects for all of the big movies that come here to Iceland (you know like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Interstellar, Noah, the list is endless) and has the incredible hobby of being on Iceland’s SAR team (Search and Rescue). ….yeah swoon swoon, right?!  From that moment on, we found ourselves inseparable.

Our third date was a 7 day adventure to Isle of Skye, where we went coasteering, hiked epic cliff lines, dined at small little cafes, and discovered super secret locales!

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He didn’t even bat an eyelash when I suggested we spend a month in South America! Where we ventured through Chilean wine country, Rainforests, through epic fjords, and made our way down to the famed awe inspiring region of Patagonia!

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Since Davíð and I met at the “top of the world” we thought it would be fun for us to ring in the New Year together at the bottom of the world in Ushuaia Argentina!

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We spent several days camping (um yeah the only man on the planet that can get me to camp in a tent) and hiking the famed “W Trek” in the Torres Del Paine National Park.  Complete with glaciers, granite towers, and moments of mountaineering!

One of the most magical set of days we spent together was within the Los Glaciares National Parkwhere we explored the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Fitz Roy Mountains!

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One of my favorite hikes we have done together was in Norway doing the hike to Trolltunga. Have you ever been to Norway?

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Back to the exciting news…

After exploring 7 countries; 40 cities; and over 30,000 miles together, I proposed! …and he said Yes!

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…and we are planning a wedding in the Lofoten Islands for September 14-19th!

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But that’s not all of the exciting news we have to share with you… There’s more!  We are also extremely happy to announce that we will be adding a new items to our menu of services… Drone Photography and Video for your amazing Iceland Weddings + Adventure Weddings beyond!

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Are you excited?!  We are too!

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Iceland Wedding Photographers + Planners)

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Isle of Skye Wedding Locations


If you’re a lover of the outdoors, positive energy, and lands that feel enchanted… Your Scotland Destination Wedding should be in the magical area of Isle of Skye!


There you will find rock formations that will leave you in complete and utter “Awe,” castles that have rich amazing history, winding roads, sweet little waterfalls that will take your breath away, and fabulous short hikes that will get you off the of mainstream path!  Serious romance awaits you, I promise!

Isle of Skye Wedding Photographer Photos by Miss Ann


This is an area I not only fell in LOVE with, but Davíð (us above) and I actually fell literally in LOVE here =)  It’s a place we spent many days hiking, coasteering, driving around, and exploring endlessly so we know the isle like the back of our hand and have access to some super secret spots!


We would love to design unique full day journey for you to experience on your Isle of Skye destination wedding or Isle of Skye elopement, please contact us to get that awesome conversation started!

With a smile, Ann Peters (Isle of Skye Wedding Planner + Isle of Skye Wedding Photographer)

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