Earlier this year I went on the adventure of a lifetime, I had the pleasure of visiting Iceland a couple of years back but I never dreamed I would return to photograph a wedding there. But here’s a couple of preview images of the gorgeous Jen & David and their Iceland elopement, more after the jump…
Okay so here we go! You all know already how much I love elopements, the intimacy and the adventure of it all. This Iceland elopement wasn’t a true elopement however as Jen & David brought two dear friends along for the ride too which made it all the more special.
Jen & David hail from Christchurch in my home turf of New Zealand, the irony of living somewhere incredibly scenic yet travelling thousands of miles to marry elsewhere was not lost on them. These two are the kinds of souls who would spend every waking moment hiking or trekking or exploring this amazing earth of ours – so Iceland seemed the perfect fit. I couldn’t have been more privileged to hear from them as Jen is a photographer herself – always flattering. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – the best part of this job is the connections and friendships I get to make and these two were no different.
Jen had done so much research for this trip she could (and probably should) write a book on getting married in Iceland, and it all paid off. From the perfect remote waterfall spot for these two shy lovebirds to have their ceremony, to an amazing celebrant, glacier trip and evening meal for everyone. The format was a little unusual from my everyday wedding. We started bright and early with hair and makeup at the cute airbnb home we were all staying in before driving out in absolutely pouring rain to our location. We had a small hike to the waterfall from the car so in some amazing human feat Jen managed to get that entire amazing Louise Anderson wedding dress on underneath and inside her leggings and jacket. It was quite a site to behold (I would know I was the one in fits of laughter as we tried to make it work behind closed doors).
Initially these two had planned a ceremony in front of the waterfall when we went to scout it out (which of course was a perfect summers day) however in the pouring rain they actually ended up marrying underneath it as it was the most sheltered spot! A hugely emotional ceremony whizzed by and we had a whole day to play and take portraits until the evening! (A photographers dream come true).
This wedding is also featured in the latest issue of together journal if you’d like to see it in print and also pick up a beautiful publication.
Jen hand painted the invitations on wood!This is a natural hot spring (Jen’s not crazy…in that way)David is an avid lego collector and a friend bought him a little Lego bride and groom wedding gift, I love the grooms face below!