Icelandic Elopement: Dean & Lindsay

With all the detail and theme obsessions that come with the wedding blogging territory,  sometimes it’s just really awesome to get a super simple and fuss-free wedding in my inbox. So when Dean & Lindsay’s Icelandic elopement was sent my way, I couldn’t wait to feature it. I’ve said it before and undoubtedly I’ll say it again, but honestly, this is what it’s all about people –  two people in love saying “I will love you forever”.

Spending just $1200, Dean & Lindsay flew to Iceland from the US and were married at Solfar (Sun Voyager) a sculpture located by Sæbraut, by the sea in the centre of Reykjavík.

“We knew we didn’t want the traditional wedding but wanted it to be very special”, explained Lindsay. “We had already planned the trip to Iceland for the Airwaves music festival and were having very pragmatic conversations about getting married. I half-jokingly suggested that we should elope while in Iceland, and the idea grew legs very quickly. In the two months remaining before the adventure we found an amazing photographer, wrote our vows, found a dress and the perfect handmade jewelry & accessories, and suddenly the plans were in place to elope while in Iceland. We only told a few friends and managed to keep the secret until after we exchanged vows. Getting married as part of a wonderful trip to a beautiful island for a music festival was completely awesome.”

“After a lovely elopement we celebrated our ‘reception’ at the Of Monsters and Men concert and the drummer, Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson, was kind enough to congratulate us and dedicate the last song of the show to us. This is a shot of him congratulating us!”

“We wouldn’t change a damn thing!” the bride concluded, “I would highly recommend eloping (or getting married) in Iceland. However, despite going through all of the paperwork to make it legal, our state did not recognize the documents from Iceland so we had to have another legal ceremony when we got home. Just a tip for anyone considering it!”

Utterly awesome. Thank you to Dean & Lindsay and their wedding photographer Åsmund Holien Mo of Fotograf Holien Mo for sharing with us today.

Supporting Cast

Photography Credit: Fotograf Holien Mo
Ceremony: Solfar, Iceland
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal 
Bride’s Shoes: DSW
Bride’s Headpiece: Brydferth
Bride’s Jewellery: Vintage, Todd Reed & House of Telsa
Groom’s Outfit: Calvin Klein
Make Up: Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir
Band: Of Monsters and Men (courtesy of Iceland Airwaves)
Caterers: Grill Market (Grillmarkudurinn)


  1. Lindsay

    beautiful scenery and what an amazing idea for music lovers. One of my “bucket list” items is to attend a music festival overseas so I can see where the impulse to elope was natural and organic. And what a reception! Congratulations on following your hearts…

  2. Lindsay L

    I probably should have been more clear – the $1200 was a rough estimate of what it cost to add the elopement to our existing trip (photographer, dress, accessories, etc.) Iceland is absolutely amazing and we already bought our tickets to return to Airwaves in 2013. It’s a little over $1200 for the two of us to fly to Iceland including the Airwaves festival pass. Hope to see some of you in Reykjavik!

  3. Gunnhildur Birna

    Love the photos and thank you so much for trusting me to help with your special day 🙂

  4. Lisa H.

    Hi Lindsay,

    We are from Toronto Canada and would like to do an elopement wedding in May 2015. $1200 is approximately our budget. Could you tell me how you arranged the paperwork and wedding?

    Also, Gunnhildur would you be available for makeup? How do I contact you?


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