Erica + Zac’s Norway Destination Elopement

August 27, 2018

When I photographed Erica and Zac’s hiking engagement session in Boulder last year, I found out that they were planning a Norway fjord destination wedding, and it felt like fate. If you’ve come across this post without seeing the rest of my website, I’ll give you a quick intro: I’m from Norway, but moved to Colorado in my early twenties! So ever since I started photographing weddings in the Colorado mountains, it’s been my dream to go back home to photograph a wedding in the fjords.

As soon as Erica and Zac found out that I was from Norway, they decided to book me to capture their Norway fjord destination wedding. Not only did we have a great time together during their engagement session, but they were extra excited to get some help with the planning. Norway is an easy country to travel around in, since almost everyone speaks some degree of English, but researching elopement locations in the fjords via Google Translate is a bit harder.

Planning trips and researching locations is legit my very favorite thing in life, so I had a ton of fun putting together location suggestions for this Norway destination wedding. (Want to see the best places to elope in Norway?) Erica and Zac arrived in Norway a couple of days before me, and spent some time driving through the fjords to look at locations. They actually settled on a spot that was not even on my list of suggestions, in the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord!

One of the challenges when planning a Norway destination wedding is that the weather is all over the place. The week before we all arrived in Bergen, the region had 80 degree weather and clear blue skies. The day of Erica and Zac’s elopement, the temperature was in the 50s, and it was raining so heavy that we were all a bit nervous about our outdoor ceremony plans. Lucky for us, the rain let up for long enough to go through with the ceremony in their chosen location. We also got through group portraits afterwards, and then we got the most perfect rainbow for just a few minutes! Afterwards we drove back into Bergen for their reception dinner, and stopped by the UNESCO World Heritage protected “Bryggen” (docks) for some more photos.

The next time I help plan a Norway destination wedding, no matter what time of year, I would plan a backup location for an indoor ceremony and photos in case it’s really pouring down. There are many beautiful historic hotels in the fjords that would be perfect for something like that, and I think it would put everyone at ease knowing there’s a backup option. But luckily we didn’t need it this time! While the portrait time was cut short from the rain, it was a magical day for everyone.

If you are planning a Norway fjord destination wedding and you’re looking for a photographer to capture the day, I would absolutely love to talk to you. Since my whole family still lives in Norway I’m always extra excited for an excuse to go back home, and so I don’t charge travel fees for weddings in Norway. Contact me and let’s chat!

Shoutouts to all the vendors who helped make Erica and Zac’s Norway destination wedding such a beautiful day!

Bridal Store: The Bridal Collection
Dress Designer: Justin Alexander
Groom’s Suit: Clothing by Andre
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Engagement Ring: Jared
Wedding Bands: Antler Rings

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Erica and Zac left me the kindest review after their destination wedding in the fjords of Norway!

I CANNOT PRAISE NINA AND HER WORK MORE. Of course every bride deals with the dilemma of how much to spend on a photographer and how that will affect the rest of your wedding budget. For us, we had an elopement in Norway and then a family wedding in Michigan. Nina is from Norway and it seemed SO coincidental that thats where we were planning to go for our wedding. After browsing her pictures for hours and falling in love with her style, i was excited that this is who we were having engagement pictures taken by. We picked a date to meet Nina and she helped with making sure we wore colors that would fit well with the scenery. You learn that good photographers know what will look good where and in what lighting. I was still nervous. Because sometimes getting pictures taken by someone you don’t know can be awkward. Maybe she will be annoyed with us? Maybe we just wont get along? We still needed to figure out a wedding photographer. We also were bringing our dogs. A new layer of…interesting difficulty? Our engagement pictures turned out beautifully. Nina gave instruction and made us feel comfortable. You have to recognize that kissing in front of someone you don’t know is inevitable with engagement and wedding pictures. But Nina made it fun. Immediately after finishing taking the pictures at NCAR, without even seeing the results, my husband and i decided that we need to pursue seeing if Nina would be willing to do our wedding photography.

Yes its difficult to just bite that bullet of paying for a photographer that is “more expensive” than another. But Nina’s work is.. leagues above many other photographers. So we decided that we were paying for her travel package so that she would be our photographer in Norway. And since we had another family wedding in Michigan, we could find someone local for that and maybe save on travel costs. Nina helped us with planning and locations for our wedding in Norway. I can say with certainty that she was leading the blind and i could not have picked a better person to show the way. We drove around Norway to view some of the places she suggested and found the place we wanted to have our elopement. Our wedding was beautifully captured thanks to Nina. I could not be happier with the pictures from such an important and special day in my life. I am so happy that we trusted her to capture that day, because she did it so well. Since we had a good amount of rain in Norway, we had some extra photos taken with Nina in Colorado and she continued to amaze! If you think you should find the cheapest photographer you can find, stop. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Since we went with a company based photographer who was less expensive in Michigan, i saw the difference. I saw the things that Nina paid attention to and helped change that our Michigan photographer didn’t. Nina would correct us so we didn’t have double chins or so that we didn’t look awkward. You would think “oh everyone should help with that”. They don’t. I regret not asking if Nina would also be our photographer for Michigan. Thank you, Nina. You are incredible.