It takes a lot for me to “drop my jaw” from a simple email. But I did when I received an Iceland elopement inquiry from Katie + Joe. Never have I ever heard a more exciting and serendipitous meeting and whirlwind love story than these two!
So now that I have you on the edge of your seat, the story goes like this… Katie and Joe boarded a plane leaving Istanbul going to Dushanbe and were surprisingly plane seat mates. After several amazing moments talking through the overnight flight they decided they needed to have an official “first date” upon landing. Both having a deep desire for adventure, outdoors, and hiking, they found themselves bonding while on a 4,000 feet hike up the Laylakul Pass.
Can much even top that first meeting and first date? Um, yeah somehow Joe + Katie topped it. When Katie’s plans to go to Kyrgyzstan didn’t pan out, they met in Cappadocia and Joe surprised her with an all-day adventure and an unforgettable hot air balloon ride! Swoon! Swoon! Swoon!!
So happily ever after begins then, right? Wrong! After countless adventures in the following years, they settled on having an incredible elopement in Iceland! So how where they going to top their daily lives and previous adventures with an elopement? By hiring us of course! We are the one and only skillful and experienced providers of Iceland adventure weddings in secret offbeat locations. ….oh oh and we came up with an EPIC Iceland wedding adventure for these two! I invite you to come along with me today as I share with you their unforgettable Iceland elopement.
When a bride asks me, “Ann, is it a good idea for me to have two wedding dresses and a cute coat?” My response is always YES! I love having options and I love that a bride is fearless too, to run around in her wedding dress with no inhibitions.
Hello waterproof boots! You are a bride’s best friend during an adventure wedding in Iceland! Did you know Hunter Boots make all kind of crazy cute colors too?
Katie and Joe, chose to have a “first look” and exchange sweet little cards with each other at the hotel before beginning their Iceland wedding adventure!
More often than not, our adventure weddings in Iceland require a hike or a fun river crossing like this! Katie made it look easy!
The river crossing and the hike was worth it to get to this amazing ice cave spot for the Iceland wedding ceremony!
A little after the sun started peaking over the mountains is when we began the Iceland elopement ceremony. It was beautiful spiritual ceremony led by my favorite Iceland wedding pastor in front of a huge ice cave wall.
Once the Iceland wedding ceremony was complete, it was time to begin the exploration adventure around this amazing area! Oh oh and of course take amazing Iceland wedding portraits too 😉
During summer in Iceland, ice caves are not typically stable enough to go into safely. No worries, there are tons of other amazing Iceland wedding portrait spots around! The magnitude and the power in this area always leaves me in awe, hope you see why!
After we left the glacier area, we ventured on to one of my new favorite secret spots!
Lunch time came quick! We decided to stop at a gorgeous private black sand beach to have an Icelandic hot dog BBQ! Yum!
We leave the beach and go to another amazing glacier area?! Hell yes! On with the Iceland elopement adventure for more awesome discoveries!
One of the really special things about having a wedding in Iceland is the fact that you can encounter so many natural wonders in one day. Which allows your awesome Iceland wedding photographer to capture really dynamic images of you near them!
An Iceland elopement would not be complete without having a beautiful cliff view and a cuddle.
We are constantly on the hunt for new secret spots for our Iceland weddings and this is one of our latest faves. I mean come on, look at those pretty mountains!
I love love love caves and am a constant seeker of them. Katie and Joe humored me with a quick stop to this gorgeous one for an Iceland wedding portrait!
After all of those epic spots, we didn’t have one waterfall! …unless you count the mini waterfalls coming off the holes in the glacier?! Anyhow, we did for sure have to include one! These two had this waterfall to themselves on their Iceland wedding day!
Dinner at one of my favorite restaurants concluded their epic Iceland wedding adventure, but not before some sweet sunset photos!
Katie + Joe,
Wow-wee! Now that day rocked! Eloping in Iceland was the right decision for the two of you. So much love and so much adventure and these Iceland wedding photos exude it in each one! I welcome you back to Iceland anytime for more secret adventures! ?
With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Iceland Wedding Photographers + Planners)
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Perfection!!! Shooting a wedding like this is my dream. <3