Elopements are probably one of my favourite kinds of weddings to publish. There’s just something so romantic and so ‘We don’t give a fuck what you think’ about them. Plus, when a couple elopes somewhere as spectacularly beautiful as Iceland, you just know the photographs are going to be completely and utterly wonderful.
Katie and Joe flew to Iceland from the the US for their secret wedding in April. “We planned our Icelandic elopement together with the help of our brilliant photographer, Rebecca Douglas from the UK”, said Katie. “We approached Rebecca with a general idea of what we wanted our wedding day to look and feel like and she made the magic happen!”
“We married each other at sunset on the black sand shores of Reynisfjara near Vik. Joe and I both wanted to write our vows in Iceland, surrounded by the beautiful scenery, excitement, and romance of eloping together. I wrote my vows the morning of our wedding and Joe wrote his vows in Rebecca’s car as we travelled between shoot locations! We were married again afterwards in a little court house in Pennsylvania to legalise our marriage in the United States.”
Katie’s dress was custom made for her by Weekend Wedding Dress who she found on Etsy. “When I first approached the designer, Emi, I knew a traditional white wedding dress wasn’t the right for me.” she explained. “I wanted an icy blue, lace dress, something timeless and unique to match Iceland’s scenery. I wore it with North Face hiking boots which were perfect for hiking up a glacier on our big day!”
When a bride and groom meet at a tattoo studio, you just know that’s going to become part of their wedding too! Sadie and Ped met when she booked him to do her first big tattoo. They were married in March and wanted their wedding to be like their best day out out together. That meant a ceremony with just the two of them, good food and getting inked!
”We just planned on having a relaxed day,” said Sadie. “We didn’t have a theme or any expectations of the day except that we would each end up married to our best friend! No-one knew we were planning on getting married, we kept the whole day a secret! We had no guests. The day was the ceremony followed by a pit stop at a tattoo studio. We were back at our hotel by 2pm in bed with food and Netflix! We then went out to eat in the evening, wearing our normal clothes and it just being our little secret we got married less than 10 hours earlier. it felt really special.”
Linsey and Andrew have a mutual love of black and vintage as well as moody, dramatic landscapes. They wanted their wedding day to encompass all these things so it truly represent them. They also wanted their day to just be about them, so they decided to elope. They decided not to tell anyone about the wedding beforehand and thought the isolated landscape of Iceland was the perfect place However there were actually three people involved because Linsey was pregnant!
They found that eloping gave them the freedom to have their day their way, and to leave out any traditions that they didn’t like. “As we weren’t telling anyone about the wedding, we obviously didn’t have any guests,” began Linsey. “As a result of this we didn’t feel like we had to do anything to please anyone else so we didn’t have to do anything traditional. Instead we could focus on making the day our own. We feel the location and photographs also made the wedding unique. We spent two days travelling around Iceland to find the best places to take pictures. It became an experience more than a typical event.”