Today we take a moment to wish you a very heartfelt Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 2013 has been a really wonderful year for Iceland Wedding Planner and Photos by Miss Ann and we are so thankful to have shared it with you! Thank you for choosing our blog to explore everything Iceland and everything weddings! We very much look forward to an even more exciting 2014!
Earlier this month we found ourselves in Iceland photographing for our Christmas card. We encountered just about every type of weather during our stay, which really set the scene for some gorgeous and dramatic Iceland couples portraits. The land of fire and ice has never disappointed and always leaves us inspired no matter the weather. One of our favorites we share with you below, was taken at the stunning Dyrhólahey Cliffs (Dyrholahey Cape, nearby Vik Beach), enjoy!
Want to know a fun fact? This season, I (Ann) also found myself slightly obsessed with the Icelandic Yule Lads. The tradition starts with writing a letter to the Icelandic Santa by the first week of December. The legend says for children to leave their shoes by the window each night. Then 13 days before Christmas Eve the anticipation continues with the arrival of the 13 quirkily named mountain men who appear each day bringing presents. If you’re good, you get a nice surprise, and if you were bad the Yule Lads bring you a rotting vegetable. The Yule Lads have very fun unique names like: Sheep Cote Clod, Gully Gawk, Stubby, Spoon Licker, Pot Scraper, Bowl Licker, Door Slammer, Skyr Gobbler, Sausage Swiper, Window Peeper, Doorway Sniffer, Meat Hooker, and Candle Stealer. Each Yule Lad has a bit of mischief inside them reflected by their name. Can you guess what Door Slammer does? 🙂
In honor of the holidays, Chris and I hosted a small dinner this past Sunday that was rich in Icelandic and Hungarian traditional foods (lots of lamb, Björk Birch, and Dobes Torte)! We also created the CUTEST party gifts for each of our guests… DIY hot chocolate favors! These would be so perfect for an Iceland winter wedding too!
How to Create Hot Chocolate Wedding Favors:
Purchase 16.9oz clear glass canning jars with metal lids (we found ours at our local Dollar Tree store). Find your favorite brand of coco, buy enough to put 1 cup in each jar, and tip the jar as you fill it so it creates a layered slant. Add in 3/4 cup of mini marshmallows, milk chocolate chips or pieces. Make sure jar is filled to the top to prevent movement of your design within. For the finishing touches tie a bow with raffia ribbon. We were holding an adult only Christmas party so we added a fancy tag, a fun paper straw and a mini bottle of Bailey’s. It was a hit!
Next week, we’ll be back to share with you another Iceland wedding hotel that made our favorite list for 2013, so stay tuned! In the meantime, are you considering an Iceland destination wedding or Iceland elopement? Dying to have your wedding day be one epic adventure and have dynamite Iceland wedding photos to remember it all by? If so, we’d love to chat with you more about your dream wedding in Iceland, feel free to keep the excitement going and contact us. Until next time, have a spectacular holiday folks!
With a smile, Ann & Chris Peters (Experts in Iceland Destination Weddings)
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