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Don’t Panic!: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Meets Icelandic Elopement Adventure

Cat and Tom’s elopement was all about the detail – but the right kind of detail! They eloped in Iceland in October.

Cat told us, “We had a loose Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy theme (my favourite book, growing up), with travel and adventure at the heart of the day. The bouquet and buttonholes were all made from a copy of the book, along with Tom’s pocket square being the front cover. We had a small line from the book in our vows, and of course, the mantra of planning an elopement during a pandemic being ‘DON’T PANIC!’”. 

Cat realised that the more traditional details didn’t matter, telling us, “There were so many little things that I’d rushed out and bought to ensure the day was ‘perfect’, and when it came down to it, most of them were forgotten and it had zero effect on the day. I forgot I’d packed pearl hair clips and false eyelashes or that I’d planned to paint my nails, because those were the things I thought ‘brides had to do’. It made no difference to the day, as we were too busy enjoying ourselves, and it definitely won’t be something we’ll look back on and sulk over!)”

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Icelandic Cave Destination Wedding with an Ikea Reception!

Molly and Jackson knew soon after they started dating that they didn’t want a ‘regular’ wedding. Attending a bunch of friends’ weddings together in 2014 (before they were engaged!) solidified in their minds what they did and didn’t want. They decided then and there that when it came to their turn to get hitched, they didn’t want to pick out tablecloths or plan a seating chart. Instead, they wanted an adventure!

They both love travelling, and at the time there were some crazy good deals flying to Iceland, so they made a decision that that was it – when it was their turn they were going to have a destination wedding in Iceland, the most beautiful place they’d never been to.

They told their friends and families their plans in the same year. They wanted everyone to understand how serious they were, and give them the heads up with years in advance. When they eventually got engaged in October 2017, people still asked what their plans were! “We were surprised and reminded them that we had brought up Iceland, and we had been serious about that for all these years, so people better go pick out some hiking boots and jackets!” laughed Molly.

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Bright & Beautiful Fire and Ice-Themed Iceland Wedding Shoot

This shoot takes place in one of my favourite places in the world, Iceland, the home to some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ve ever seen. They don’t call it the Land of Ice and Fire for nothing, do they? In fact, the über-creative photography duo Lina + Tom looked to this nickname as inspiration for this styled shoot.

“We’ve visited Iceland a number of times,” Lina and Tom explain, “and even got engaged under the northern lights there! So we wanted to celebrate the beauty of the country our way. We know it’s become very fashionable to shoot in Iceland in the last few years, yet every time we see a wedding or elopement shoot there, they all seem to have that muted, dark tone to them, and many look the same. There’s nothing wrong with that look, but this isn’t our Iceland: in our Iceland, the sky is so blue on a crisp winter’s day, the snow is so bright, an the sun so warm on your face. We wanted to create a shoot in Iceland that reflected the vibrancy we see, combined with our love for alternative wedding style.”

To showcase the best of the gorgeous country, Lina and Tom styled three different ‘looks’ over two days in Southern Iceland, including Kleifarvatn, Stokkseyri, Skogafoss and Vik, with Vigdís at Lux Weddings Iceland helping to ensure they weren’t encroaching anywhere that they shouldn’t be.

Their first look, inspired by ice, featured gorgeous Bowen-Dryden separates (including a DIVINE violet skirt which required its own suitcase – and rightly so) and a suit from The Vintage Suit Hire Co. Leah Stocker and Abbi Beaumont from Belles Beauty highlighted this icy feel with a kickass white eyeliner (I will be trying this immediately) and a messy ponytail, accessorised with a gorgeous Love From Becky headpiece.

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Private Elopement in Iceland Chasing Aurora Borealis!

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!”

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Moody & Dramatic Icelandic Elopement

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.”

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Camper Van Road Trip with a Vow Renewal in Iceland

You are just going to die with excitement over Lyndi and Rob’s amazing vow renewal in Iceland! Their theme was literally ‘let’s runaway to Iceland in a camper van and get re-married on an iceberg.’ And the photographs are epic!

“We love to see the world together, we love to adventure, and this was the perfect destination for our next chapter to begin”, explained Lyndi. “It was literally four people in a camper van in the winter in ICELAND! It was freezing and magical and we got to snuggle under the Northern Lights and soak in the tiny-ness of being humans in this big, beautiful world.”

They’d had their big gorgeous wedding six years ago and now work as wedding photographers themselves. “Now that we photograph weddings together, we always talk about wanting to renew our vows and do it all alone somewhere beautiful in the world. Having just the two of us there let us TREASURE every second, and having Sean there to photograph how we are with each other in SUCH a gorgeous place was incredible. Seriously the most treasured possession is having professional, INCREDIBLE photographs of ourselves in such a perfect moment in such a perfect place.”

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Game of Thrones Inspired Wedding in Iceland

Italian Monica and British Ben absolutely adore Game of Thrones so when they came to marry there was only one place they wanted to do it – Iceland! Their ceremony was held in Thingvellir National Park, at the Silfra (the rift between two continental tectonic plates) which is actually the entrance to the Eyrie in the show.

“We are both fans of Game of Thrones and very much into fantasy”, Monica explained. “In fact we are so much into Game of Thrones that 1) Our two cats are called Tyrion and Shae 2)  Our first trip to Iceland was a GoT tour in the northern part of the country and 3) Ben proposed to me there, near a frozen lake surrounded by ravens. This made Iceland very special to us and the perfect setting for our wedding. We also appreciate the liberal nature of Icelanders, and their open-minded view of love and marriage.”

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A Ceremony in Iceland & A Grand Budapest Hotel Inspired Reception: Part Two

If you missed part one of this wedding, their incredible ceremony in Iceland, be sure to check it out over here.

After their ceremony in Iceland, they hosted their reception at the wedding venue that they own, Takk House in Troy, New York. Their decor and theme was inspired by the Wes Anderson film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The couple did a lot of DIY projects of their wedding day. “My absolutely favourite project was the giant bright pink key mailbox that our friend Eric helped us make”, Heidi said. “It held cards that told our guests where to sit. We also built walls out of huge pieces of cardboard and vintage wallpaper. Frank and I re-purposed an old check-in looking desk we found in the basement. We had a lot of fun with the details!”

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A Ceremony in Iceland & A Grand Budapest Hotel Inspired Reception: Part One

Today’s real wedding is super special. So much so that we’re sharing it in two parts! The reason being that Heidi and Frank had two wedding days and both were completely different in style. The first was an intimate ceremony in Iceland with only close family and friends present.

“Neither of us wanted a big ceremony, we just wanted to keep it intimate and special,” explained Heidi. “Frank’s Mother was born and raised in Iceland and moved to the US in 1978, but all of that side of the family still live in Iceland. We knew we wanted to have a celebration with our Icelandic family too! In order to share the ceremony with everyone in the states we made a really special video. At our reception back in New York we played the ceremony on the big screen. When it ended we got introduced and went into our first dance. We really loved the way everything came together. We were able to have the best of both worlds and still include everyone!”

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Icelandic Elopement Planned in a Month

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No country seems to lend itself more to dramatic wedding photographs than Iceland. That landscape is just begging for moody and beautiful couple shots. So when Lauren proposed to Gareth just a month before the date, she asked him specifically if he’d like to elope there.

“Only a month before actually getting married in Iceland, I sat Gareth down at a local cafe, and asked him if he would like to act on our high soaring love for each other”, Lauren explained. “I asked if he would like to marry me in Iceland, a place that we had both dreamed about visiting. Just the two of us and some of mother nature’s finest creations. To my great relief, he said yes.”

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“I took it upon myself to do some research about getting married in Iceland. Gareth and I had decided that we wanted to get married in the striking, yet simple, Budir Church on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It seemed the perfect place for us to exchange our vows. Tucked away behind broken crevices in the earth and surrounded by knee length grass dancing in the wind and a backdrop of sea, mountains and a dramatic sky.”

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Incredible Icelandic Elopement

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Wedding photographers Brooke and Tavis wanted to do their own wedding differently. So they took eight of their closest friends to Iceland where they eloped overlooking the ocean. Their friend Ryan officiated the ceremony, Samm Blake capture the magic and Luke Lindgren filmed the day.

“Like all good modern day love stories, Facebook played its role in how we met”, Brooke told me. “We are both photographers and ran in the same circles. I have to admit, I lied and said I was in desperate need of new headshots… all so I could get to know him better. We became best friends first and then lovers. I have never felt luckier to have both a lover and best friend as my husband.”

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“We chose Iceland because in 2007 I saw a documentary by Sigur Ros called Heima, which is Icelandic for ‘home’,” she continued. “I always said if I was ever to marry again… we would go get lost in that magical place and start our journey as husband and wife there. We had just a handful of our closest friends with us and spent a amazing week together exploring the countryside. We didn’t have a theme at all. There was a lot of personal symbolism for us though – the contrast of fire and ice and extremes in nature.”

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Stunning Icelandic Pagan Wedding with Lots and Lots of Balloons: Hrefna & Björn

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Is there any landscape more beautiful than Iceland? I’ve never been but Hrefna & Björn’s amazing wedding is really making me want to! Their stunning wedding photographs by Nordica Photography and Fer Juaristi might just be some of the most breathtaking I’ve ever seen. And don’t even get me started on all those balloons. Epic!

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“We didn’t want a traditional wedding”, they began. “We just wanted to have a big party for all our friends and closest family. We got GUS GUS, the most popular dance music band here in Iceland, as a surprise for our guests at the wedding. After the band, the DJs played until morning. We also had light bacon and egg brunch for everybody the day after, before they have to drive back to Reykjavík.”

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Intimate Icelandic Elopement: Sophia & James

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There’s something so incredibly romantic about eloping. Running off, declaring your undying forever love and completely forgoing tradition to do something just for the two of you. Well, as soon as I laid eyes on Sophia & James’ wedding, posted in a private photographer’s group that I’m a member of with the caption “I wish I shot this wedding. I think this is just so beautiful. In fact it’s probably one of the most stunning weddings I’ve seen in a while…” I just knew I had to feature it. Thankfully wedding photographers Nordica Photography had the same idea because as soon as I asked for it they said they were literally about to submit it! Oh when the heavens collide…

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Wedding bloggers love a quirky detail. We love to showcase new, creative, inventive and unique wedding styling ideas… but sometimes, even more than that, I just really love to share weddings like this. It’s simple, it’s raw, it’s unapologetically honest. It’s real love and real life… The picturesque Icelandic landscapes undoubtedly make these images sing, but really, when you’ve got a backdrop like this at your disposal what more could you possibly want?

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