By Laura Dale
This could be the world’s most spectacular ‘I do’ – with a breath-taking view in the background.
Lovebirds Tim and Kylie Healy’s wedding in February 2015 was spoiled when weather problems ruined the chance to take photographs of their big day.
So to make it up for it, the two flew from their home in Orange County, California, to Trolltunga in Norway to have photos on the stunning rock formations.
The ‘tongue’, which sticks out 1000 feet above the Ringedalsvatnet lake, provided the perfect isolated backdrop for their photos.
The couple, who have been together since they were teenagers, kissed and ‘married’ again with the blue lake and dramatic behind them.
They woke up at the crack of dawn to hike with photographer Priscila Valentina to Trolltunga, carrying a tent with them to serve as Kylie’s changing room.
Kylie, 26, said: “I have known I was going to marry Tim since I was 14 years old.
“Obviously that wasn’t possible at the time, and the love I had for Tim then is very different to what I feel now. But as we have matured the feelings I felt at 14 have been confirmed over and over again.
“I like to think of myself as a fit and active person, but the hike was by far the hardest thing I have ever done.
“It would have been difficult enough, but we had to add 40 pounds of gear and supplies on top of that.
“I had my wedding dress, shoes, makeup, and bouquet stuffed into a backpack and got ready in a tent. But it was entirely worth it!”
Tim, who propped the question to Kylie in July 2014 after eight years as a couple, said: “I always knew I loved Kylie and hoped she would be my wife one day.
“When the time was right to consider marriage I had to ask myself, ‘can I see myself without this person in my life?’ The answer was no.
“When we reached the destination I was nervous about whether or not we would be able to capture the photos we wanted.
“The weather reports had predicted rain.
“Thankfully we reached the rock at a perfect time. Other hikers were so excited for us that they allowed us a little extra time to capture the moment.
“Although it was cold and a little rainy, we were able to get everything we wanted just in time.”
The entire hike and photoshoot took 14 hours, but for the couple and photographer Valentina, the trip was entirely worth it.
Valentina, 32, said: “I had never done anything like that before. I’m not an avid hiker, but the weddings I photograph normally last 10 to 12 hours.
“Physically it was tough, but your brain is stimulated by the work and the surrounding beauty and that makes it so enjoyable.
“If you’re a bride and groom you have to be authentic to yourselves when planning a wedding. Don’t follow formality and tradition if it does not mean anything to you.
“Trends will come and go, but staying true to who you are will give you timeless memories.”