Photographer Braves 14-Hour Hike to Capture Wedding Atop Norway’s Trolltunga Rock

Wedding Portraits Trolltunga

There are many ways to defy convention on your wedding day. Perhaps you opt for a black dress over a white gown, or you take the literal plunge and get married in the middle of the sea. There are also the adventurous types who accompany their walk down the aisle with a long hike; this special trek gives them the perfect backdrop as they recite their vows. Photographer Priscila Valentina was alongside a couple who eloped at the famous Norway rock formation called Trolltunga or “Troll Tongue.” All told, the hiking took 14 hours round trip.

The extreme wedding photos were not for the faint of heart. The trip required them to head to the trail by 5:30 AM in full hiking gear, including layers of coats and pants—in addition to their wedding ensembles and bouquet. Valentina had the extra challenge of traversing the entire rainy trail with 35 pounds of camera gear in tow. It was worth it, though; the “most epic view on Earth” was breathtaking scenery for the betrothed as they changed from their outdoor gear into formal attire in separate tents. (After all that, there were still surprises left!)

The bride wore a white lace wedding dress while the groom donned a tailored blue suit. Although their attire was certainly out of place in the desolate natural locale, the juxtaposition is stunning. Together, they make for photos that not only look beautiful, but they speak to the couple’s sense of adventure as they embark on this new life journey as one.

Wedding photographer Priscila Valentina made a 14 hour (roundtrip) hike to Norway's famous rock formation, Trolltunga.

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She did so for one adventurous couple who wanted their wedding portraits among the breathtaking backdrop.

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The group hauled formal attire on their back, and Valentina made the trek with 35 pounds of camera gear!

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The journey was worth it—the extreme wedding photos are stunning.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Priscila Valentina.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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