Lapland Wedding: Kavoos + Diana (Part 1)

Kavoos and Diana, had the burning desire to hold an adventurous elopement in Lapland!  Which is quite brave considering they are California natives and during winter northern Finland is well below freezing.  But sometimes a location and the opportunity to see Northern Lights is all it takes to muster up courage to have an epically snowy incredible experience!

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During the months of December and January, Lapland is in full swing of “polar nights,” which means the sun doesn’t actually rise and the “blue light” daylight hours are between 1-2 hours a day.  Our adventure wedding planning team, crafted an epic adventure wedding day at the Kakslauttanen Igloo Resort (the famed igloo hotel).

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But!  Since there adventurous elopement in Lapland was so BEAUTIFUL… we need break it into 2 blog posts!  So today we will share with you their stunning ceremony and first half of their adventure wedding.  Then stay tuned next week for the second and most adventurous half (hello dog sledding, styled reception for two, and reindeer Northern Lights hunting!).

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Lapland Wedding Planner + Photographer)

Kakslauttanen Igloo Resort offers a uniquely beautiful experience in the Kelo-Glass Igloo Cabins!  Imagine waking up in one of these for our adventurous wedding in Finland!  Kavoos and Diana did during their elopement adventure in Lapland and savored every second of it!

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The Polar Nights in Lapland are an amazing sight!  although the sun doesn’t not rise, if it’s clear, you get a “mock”sunrise like this during the beginning of January!  So dream for your Finnish elopement!

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These two would make any Finland wedding photographer swoon!  So in love!

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Just because you decide to elopement, does not mean you should skimp on the details!  How stunning is this Lapland wedding ceremony setup?!

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Ohhhh these petals!!!  My favorite shade of PINK!  Thanks Flyboy Naturals!

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A glas teepee makes such a beautiful Lapland wedding ceremony location!

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Northern Lights wedding photos can always be possible during a Lapland winter wedding!

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The Lapland wedding image below might go down as one of my top FAVORITE images, ever!  So much snowy goodness and beauty!

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Sweden Wedding Planner: Adventure Style Weddings + Elopements

Sweden is a unique place to consider having your destination wedding or elopement!

Why?

It’s a beautiful country that just happens to have…….

  • An Incredibly Unique Ice Hotel
  • Stone Churches
  • Glamorous Castles
  • Bustling historic downtown’s
  • Midnight Sun (summer)
  • Northern Lights (winter)
  • Dramatic Cliff-lines

The list goes on and is frankly, endless of photo ops!

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All those options in one country, really?  YES!  Sweden is one of those meccas for cold weather and nature lovers. Holding a wedding or elopement in Sweden gives you the best of all worlds from top to bottom!

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So how do you even begin to choose a wedding location for your destination wedding in Sweden?  Don’t fret, we’re excited to help you create the best ever wedding adventure in Sweden! Contact us today to get that awesome conversation started!

Church and chapel of Ice Hotel near Kiruna, Lapland, north Sweden

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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.

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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.

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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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Iceland Weddings

 

Deciding to blissfully elope or hold your destination wedding in Iceland, is an unforgettable decision for you and all involved!  In choosing Iceland, you have signed up for the biggest adventure of your lives!  Seriously!  BEST. DECISION. EVER.
Nowhere else can you see an endless list of natural wonders all in the same day like…

  • Glacier Lagoons
  • Fairy-tale Waterfalls
  • Moss Covered Lava Fields
  • Basalt rocks protruding from the Sea
  • Grass Covered Houses
  • Romantic Seaside Churches
  • Glaciers
  • Volcanoes
  • Super Secret Caves
  • Majestic Fjords
  • Views that go for miles
  • Enchanted Islands

 

Frankly, the natural sights list for Iceland wedding locations is out of control and this tiny little list barely taps the surface!  Contact us for more information on planning and photographing your epically awesome Iceland wedding day adventure!  

 

Remember that, hiring us ensures a stress-free, adventure-focused experience for each and every couple. No matter the logistics, ever-changing weather, or difficult details, we are able to be prepared and professional every step of the way.  With endless smiles and enthusiasm, Your Adventure Wedding will take your wedding and make it a true adventure of a lifetime.

 

So!  If the idea of having an out-of-this-world, unforgettable wedding experience is a personal dream, there are no Iceland wedding planners more adept to help make that dream a reality than Your Adventure Wedding!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters (Iceland Wedding Planner + Iceland Wedding Photographer)

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Svalbard Wedding Photographer + Planner

 

What better place to hold your destination wedding or whimsical elopement than in between Norway and the North Pole?

 

There you will find a series of Archipelago Arctic islands called Svalbard (formally owned by Norway).

 

If you’re a lover of mysterious adventure, colder temperatures, unique wildlife, colorful villages, and rugged natural beauty- This unforgettable location may be just what you’re after for your adventure wedding location!

 

It’s an island that is home to 2,000 polar bears and only 3,000 people.  Temperatures are typically between 7°F (winter) to 40°F (summer).  Can you picture yourself arriving to your ceremony location on dog sleigh or on snow mobile?  Or saying “I do” under the magical breathtaking Northern Lights?  Or on a boat in front of a glacier  #yesplease! #mostuniqueweddingphotosever

 

Your Svalbard destination wedding or elopement may not only be an adventure filled day, but it very well may be an unforgettable expedition!  Feel free to contact us for information on getting married in this practically unheard of Norway adventure wedding location!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters (Svalbard Wedding Planner + Adventure Wedding Photographer)

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Greenland Wedding Photographer (Greenland Elopement)

Greenland… one of my personal Nordic destination wedding loves!

This fabulous icy country doesn’t get enough love and attention from the destination wedding industry and frankly it should for many reasons!

 

Planning a Greenland Wedding, is for couples who are truly fearless explorers at heart, cold weather lovers, and have an unquenchable curiosity!  Is this you?  If so, you can look forward to having a destination wedding or romantic elopement in one of the most mysterious places in the world (it’s been said to be in the top 10)!

 

​Having a Wedding in Greenland means you are snuggled within the Arctic Circle and between several bodies of water such as Baffin Bay, Labrador Sea, Greenland Sea, and the Davis Strait… Who can say that they were married between all that?  Very few people in the world, I assure you!

 

Plus what adventurous wedding couple wouldn’t want to arrive to their Greenland wedding ceremony by dogsled?  Then partake in Greenland wedding adventures (or honeymoon) such as mountaineering, heliskiing, iceberg hunting, scuba diving, whale watching, and even flight seeing over the vast tundras!

 

The list is seriously endless!  I can just see your Greenland wedding invitation now… “Save-the-Date: We’re getting married in the Arctic Circle!”  Heck yes!  Let’s make it happen people… contact us!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters (Greenland Wedding Planner and Adventure Wedding Photographer)

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Finland Adventure Wedding at Kakslauttanen Igloo Hotel

The definition of serendipity is defined as being, “a fortunate accident” by my all-time favorite movie, Serendipity.

I am firm believer in being in the right place at the right time.  I’m also always fascinated by the fact that is exactly how the best love stories begin.  …and our clients, for some reason, always seem to have this theme in common and especially since adventurous folks tend to find each other.  This week’s fabulous featured destination wedding couple, is no exception.  Sarah and Alex met in Sydney, Australia’s market square one random Saturday morning, which then led into several years adventuring together conquering, discovering, pushing their limits and comfort zones through travel and unforgettable experiences!

 

Sarah and Alex began planning their Nordic Elopement with us, shortly after the contest close, in March 2015 and were open to being married in all of the Arctic countries and wholeheartedly embraced the adventure wedding concept, the unique challenges and scenes each country presented!  Our team at Your Adventure Wedding, presented many unforgettably unique itinerary options in the following countries: Lapland (Northern Finland), Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Lofoten Islands (Northern Norway), and the Faroe Islands.  In the end, Sarah and Alex craved the extreme snow, Northern Lights, and the very distinct activities the Lapland route held.

 

So it was then, that Alex and Sarah very enthusiastically decided, they would elope on Tuesday, December 1st 2015 in Lapland!  This timing also coincided to be at the beginning of their month long holiday to discover Europe!  Neither one of their families knew about their secret entry to the Nordic Elopement Contest or their plans to take their relationship to the next level, but were thrilled to see the stunning images our sister company, Photos by Miss Ann captured afterwards!

 

The trek to Lapland begins in Helsinki, Finland and then you take a Finnair flight to Ivalo (approx. 2 hours).  The magnificent Kakslauttanen Igloo Village was chosen as the Lapland adventure wedding host hotel and resides an easy 40 minute drive from the Ivalo airport.

 

The morning of the wedding began at 6:30am with Sarah and Alex getting ready in their comfy Kelo-Glass Igloo Cabin and by 8:15am they were in route to their romantic wedding ceremony!  …and boy were they surprised when they arrived!  A beautifully lit glass teepee stood out in the early morning darkness!  (Side Note: There was only 1.5 hour of daylight during this specific day so time was needed to be planned and used wisely).  As they walked towards the teepee, candles and rose petals summoned them to come inside. The dreaminess doubled as they opened the door… Thousands of multicolored rose petals (compliments of Flyboy Naturals) and tea lights overtook the floor.  Your Adventure Wedding, honestly made it look like a romantic scene from a movie!  Sarah glided over them all smiles as she met Alex at the end!  They were married by a Scandinavian Civil Authority in a sweet little elopement ceremony and continued on with their epic adventure in Lapland!

 

We whisked them away to a path that led down to the famed glass igloos we have all had on our token “bucket list” and then onto a snowy quite cabin area nearby the national park and had a passionate toast to their newly wedded bliss!  They trekked around hand in hand in the knee high snow after for the perfect winter wedding portraits!  As the sun set and the darkness crept in, it was time for their afternoon adventure wedding activity, dog sledding!  Sarah and Alex bundled up and savored every second of their intoxicating journey mushing the dogs through the Lappish wilderness!  The action packed schedule, still allowed for a little break to warm up, relax, and catch their second wind too.  5 o’clock brought a visit to Santa’s Village, because after all how can you visit Lapland, the origin of Santa without paying the man a visit, right?!

 

Nighttime wedding portraits officially began and Photos by Miss Ann was fully equipped to create some amazing images that night.  A gorgeous bridge outside of Santa’s home provided the essence of the snowy backdrop that Sarah and Alex yearned for as you’ll see below.   They ran around together laughing and exploring the Igloo Village for about another hour then it was time for their sweetly styled (by us, Your Adventure Wedding) reception for two!

 

As they entered into their private luxury elopement reception space, they noticed the beautiful rose petals from Flyboy Naturals accented the table and transformed the floor into a magical space!  Finnish handmade reindeer His & Hers scarves served not only as their party favors for the night but also their chair ties!  A “Love” marque sign set the background of their sweetheart table.  Other Nordic wedding reception details they found where Mr. + Mrs. Burlap accented glasses, and slate colored napkins which were tied with a triangle mountain “bride” and groom” napkin ring.  Swoon-worthy details!

 

During their last course of their delicious 4 course dinner and conversation, the Northern Lights faintly appeared!  Perfect timing too as it was time for the last portion of their 16 hour wedding adventure through Lapland… a horse drawn sleigh ride through the fresh snow that fell throughout the day’s expedition!  Nothing like ending your whimsical Nordic elopement snuggled up in a sleigh together!  Half way through the ride we were able to stop the horse for some snowy and faint Northern Lights wedding photos!  What a grand way to end such a magical unforgettable day in Lapland!  Please enjoy Sarah + Alex’s Finland wedding portraits at the Igloo Hotel & Village below (compliments of  Photos by Miss Ann)!

 

See Sarah & Alex’s video entry and love story adventures here!

 

PS- Check out the beautiful feature (and more photos) Huffington Post and Brides Without Borders did on this gorgeous wedding, here!

 

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

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