Adventurous Elopement in Finland: Part 2

Lapland is such an memorable experience in winter!  The trees are buckling with snow, the Northern Lights are dancing, and the warmth of the houses you cuddle up in is blazing!  Hopefully last week you delighted in the first half of Kavoos ad Diana’s beautiful elopement at Kakslauttanen Igloo Resort (the famed igloo hotel).  If not, go back HERE to see.

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Picking right up where we left off… Next up on the adventure wedding agenda was a dog sledding safari!  These two braved the temps to go out for a hardcore epic dog sled adventure through the Finnish forests.  Afterwards, they cuddled up in front of the fire, shared some champagne and kisses!

After the warm up break we took another polar nights adventure through the snow for more Lapland elopement photos!  Oh so dreamy and romantic!  Shortly after they delighted in a perfectly styled dinner for two which also held an adventure theme throughout.  Kavoos and Diana also enjoyed a traditional Lappish meal which was delicious!

As nighttime continued and grew deeper, we went out to hunt more Northern Lights via reindeer!  Instead we found a snowstorm, but it was still just as dreamy!  Savor their uber romantic Finland wedding (elopement) portraits below!

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

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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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New Zealand Adventure Wedding

 

When I caught the travel bug, one of the first countries I spent an extended amount of time in was in Southern New Zealand.  For a thrill seeker like me, it was the mecca of adventure.

 

Specifically, in the South Island, I found to be a place that I could do a skydive at sunrise, be bungee jumping into a canyon before lunch, ice climbing or heli-skiing on a glacier in the afternoon, and then choose to either go on a hike or wine tasting at night.  It had everything, I ever wished for.  Throw in some cool caves, waterfalls, pristine beaches, unforgettable lush hikes, and landscapes that went on for days and I was in the epitome of happiness!

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When you think dynamic landscape and endless adventure options for your destination wedding adventures, I sure hope New Zealand is on that list!

 

One of my obsessions to it has always been that the landscape is so diverse no matter the season.  This fun fact makes New Zealand an ideal destination wedding adventure location!  Can you imagine yourself getting married in New Zealand in one of the following locations?

  • Abel Tasman
  • Fox Glacier
  • Mount Aspiring National Park Wedding
  • Milford Sound
  • Lake Taupo
  • Lake Matheson
  • Mount Ngauruhoe
  • Golden Sand Beaches
  • Incredible Caves
  • New Zealand Wine Country Weddings!
  • Motuoapa
  • The 90 Mile Beach
  • Cute Coves
  • Putangirua Pinnacles
  • Fabulous Falls
  • Thermal Pools
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • The Shire (yes… remember Lord of the Rings was filmed here)!

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Having a New Zealand adventure wedding or elopement will have everyone back home swooning in jealousy!  We would love to help customize some EPIC NZ adventure wedding options for you throughout the North and South Island of New Zealand.  Please contact us for more information on how to get started!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (New Zealand Wedding Planner + Photographers)

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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!

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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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Bergen Norway Wedding Planning

 

Being the second largest city in Norway, one would go in with pretty high expectations for food, sites, and service, right?  Don’t worry, this fabulous city does not disappoint!  …and it needs to go on your Norway wedding planning bucket list in 3, 2, 1!

 

From the moment I flew into the Bergen Airport (BGO) I was greeted by endless smiles and duty free choices upon arrival.  The ease of the rental car are was easy and I was on my way in less than 30 minutes after landing.  Within 20 minutes I was exploring the famous downtown warf area.  It was busy, lively, colorful, and crazy beautiful.  I had a tough time figuring out what amazing restaurant would be my choice for the evening.  So instead, I found my way to several and delighted in 4 courses throughout.  Everything that went past my lips was insanely fresh and delicious!

 

One of the reasons why I believe Bergen Norway is one an amazing location to hold your destination wedding is because it is surrounded by seven mountains, how magical, right?  I’m not kidding folks, seven stunning mountains which makes this an ideal base for exploring the western region of Norway.  The Norway mountains you can explore during your destination wedding are as follows:

 

 

How epic would it be to hike all 7 mountains during your Norway adventure wedding week?  Pretty awesome and something screams, “Hello Wedding of the Year!”

 

This specific Western region of Norway is a heavenly area of the world that just screams, “Have your Norway destination Wedding here!”  Some may even dare to say it is a place where heaven and earth meet!

 

I mean really, What better place to hold an enticing elopement or intimate wedding adventure than on the top of a mountain with stunning fjords behind?!  Or how about holding your ceremony in a historical”stave” wooden church?  Awe-inspiring views all around!

 

So now I have you on the edge of your seat, right?  Your mind is reeling as to how do you signup for this fabulous Norway wedding?!  Oh oh don’t worry, we can help you, contact us!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters (Norway Wedding Planner + Norway 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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Los Glaciares Park Argentina | Patagonia Wedding Photographer

 

I found myself intoxicated by Los Glaciares National Park, long before I spent time exploring it.  There is just something so curious about those granite Fitz Roy towers emerging into the air, the way the light falls on them, and the sharp textures of the Perito Moreno Glacier!

 

The Los Glaciares National Park can be found on the Argentinean side of Patagonia.  It is one of the largest national parks in the country spanning over 2,800 square miles.  It’s not a park you can easily sightsee through in one day.  …and please don’t!  Spend the time to savor it through a few days!  After all, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site so it’s gotta be good, right?!

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Dying to know how to get here?  The nearest international airports to get to these fabulous areas are as follows:

  • Rio Gallegos, Argentina (RGL) which is approximately 155 miles to the start of the Los Glaciares National Park in the larger known city, El Calafate.
  • Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ) which is approximately 300 miles to El Calafate.

El Calafate is a fantastic vibing town, one of my favorites in fact!  The people, the food, and the fact that it is a pretty central locale to discover all there is in the Los Glaciares National Park, helps too.  Minutes from here, you’ll find yourself among the glory of the Perito Moreno Glacier!Patagonia Wedding Photographer-Los Glaciares National Park-Your Adventure Wedding-1

The options for discovering the Perito Moreno Glacier are many!  First, there is an 1 hour boat ride that gets you super close to to admire the glacier falls at eye level.  Then if you’re an extreme sports enthusiast or adrenaline junkie, there are guided tours you can take hiking or ice climbing on the Perito Moreno Glacier.  And for those of you that wish to admire from afar or at a birds eye view, then you’ll love the boardwalk that allows you to walk from end to end.

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Three hours north of El Calafate, past Lago Argentino and Lago Viedma, but still within the Los Glaciares National Park you’ll find the grand Fitz Roy Mountains.  The towers of Mount Fitz Roy are nestled in the small town of El Chalten, which I like to refer to in its current day situation of being a “pop-up-town” because everything in this town looks less than 1-5 years old (as of when this Patagonia Wedding Planning post was published).

 

It’s so new that at the time we visited, the entire town shared one internet connection… I’m not kidding.  For the 4 days we spent here exploring I could barely get any emails sent and even had to reschedule Skype calls because there was not a strong enough connection available.  The gas station was not even a stationary place (it was a trailer).  But the fabulous trade off, is that you’re able to stay so close to the beauty and peace that lies within those majestic mountains behind that little town!

 

El Chalten is a mecca for those who are looking to hold a romantic elopement or adventure wedding in the Argentinean side of Patagonia.  There are 30 minute hikes to 4 hour hikes that will forever imprint you soul.  What an unforgettable way to not only celebrate your wedding in Patagonia but to continue on with your honeymoon throughout the stunning Los Glaciares National Park!

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The Los Glaciares National Park and the Fitz Roy Mountains in El Chaltén, present some unique challenges as far as routes, fuel options, internet speed, etc.  But the views you’ll encounter are out of this world amazing so please find your way there!

 

We’d love to help you plan your epic Patagonia adventure wedding, so please contact us for more information to ensure your Argentina destination wedding or elopement in Los Glaciares National Park or at the Fitz Roy Mountains will be a flawless time!  In the meantime, today we share with you a few of our favorites from a Los Glaciares elopement! ❤ Enjoy ❤

 

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

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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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