Eloping is still a wedding, you just happen to do it rather quickly and without a lot of people around or too much fuss. Which is exactly how Lisa and Nick wanted it. Both from the USA, the flew to Oslo in Norway to tie the knot.
They chose Fotograf Eirik Halvorsen to take their wedding photos and believe it is one of the most important aspects of the wedding. To be able to have these memories in print forever. Lisa tells us more about getting to this point in their lives.
“Nick and I met in high school in 2009, where we attended the same gym class together. He was 17 and I was 16 at the time. We were the only two goofy weird kids in that class, and bonded almost instantly. I had actually hated him before that, and thought he was kind of a jerk! Not too long after, we fell in love and started dating and began a long seven year relationship that led up to our engagement and elopement.”
“The proposal: He and I were sitting at a local park and were just chatting when we somehow got onto the topic of what our future would be like. He casually mentioned the idea of marriage between us, and I said “yeah that would be cool.” It was literally the most casual, stress free proposal in history and I am totally okay with that. We already knew we wanted to be together forever, so it wasn’t a huge surprise to hear him say he wanted to marry me.”
“We met with our photographer and made our way to the Oslo Opera House. It was a perfect day in terms of weather and sunshine. The sea was clear, and we stood by the edge of the opera house and exchanged our vows and wedding rings. We had completed all the paperwork before we left the US but the marriage would not be valid until the day of our ceremony in Oslo.”
“It literally took us a month and a half to plan our entire elopement/wedding process. We had put off marriage plans for a few years actually, and I decided that we had been together long enough that it was just time to do it. That night, I searched the internet for plane tickets to Oslo, I booked a flight, found our photographer, and made a call to our local jewelers all in one day.”
“We scrounged and saved all we could in that short time frame we had to work with. It was a crazy, ridiculous situation for us both, as we are still students and hold part time jobs. We did it all on our own and on a budget.”
“I wore a simple white lace dress and a floral crown with a lovely bouquet.It was easy, simple, and pretty which is exactly how I like it. Nick was dressed in a black bow tie and suspenders, he put it all together himself from various local shops. He swore he’d never wear a bow tie!”
“Our best friend got himself ordained just to be the one to officiate us! We did not have any religious connotations to our wedding or vows. We then proceeded to explore and walk around the city of Oslo during our photoshoot. Nick and I are huge history nerds, so Akershus fortress ended up serving as our backdrop for a portion of our time. We ended the day walking down some of the main streets and parks of Oslo, hand in hand, enjoying the atmosphere.”
“Tips for other brides and grooms: Hire a good photographer! Having good, professional photos to remember the day by is so important and we are so glad we didn’t scrimp on hiring Eirik. We can’t wait to share them with our grandkids when we become old coots together. Also, be prepared to have at least one angry parent in law if you are going to elope. Not everyone may be thrilled with the idea. (Luckily my MIL has gotten over it).”