Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sara-Irene and Alex | An Elopement in Iceland




Just 2 short weeks ago I was in the amazing country of Iceland photographing Sara-Irene and Alex's elopement. I never would of dreamed I would have the opportunity to travel to such an exquisite place for a wedding, let alone be traveling alone across the world to somewhere I had never been. What a journey it was. 
Sara-Irene and Alex had originally planned a large local wedding here in Albuquerque.  After a month of planning, they realized that the upcoming wedding didn't portray the two of them very well.   It didn't feel like they thought their wedding should. They both like to shy away from being the center of attention, and do everything in their power to avoid attending large parties they were invited to.
It didn't take long for them to flirt with the idea of an elopement. After all, Sara-Irene already had her dress and none of the invites had been sent. After scouring Pinterest for ideas, they fell in love with and settled on Iceland. One quick phone call and they changed their plans and dates to head to the land of fire and ice.
They found a place to make a bouquet of wildflowers the day before the wedding, and hiked along the mountains to find the perfect hidden waterfall for their ceremony.  With just me as their photographer and the wedding officiant in tow, they had the most intimate wedding one ever could have imagined.  It may have been cold but the wind blew Sara's bouquet ribbons in the most beautiful fashion adding to the ethereal look of all their photos. It also made it so only they themselves could hear each other say their vows, adding to the intimacy of the day. Afterwards we traveled around the island to some of the most picturesque locations for photos that you have ever seen. From the black sand beaches in Vik to the icy glaciers on the south side of the Island, we were all completely awestruck
by its beauty. 
Sara-Irene and Alex could not have picked a more ideal place to say I do. With their adventurous hearts and  desire to keep their wedding intimate, it all fell together perfectly. Congrats lovebirds!

Venue: Reynisfjara, and Jökulsárlón
Dress Store: A Dressy Occasion
Dress Designer: Mon Cheri
Veil: Bridal Elegance by Darlene
Ring: Heidi Gibson
Ribbons: Table and Vase
Flowers: Upplifun, Be Inspired - bækur, blóm og gjafavara
Desserts: Alchemy Confections
Invitations: Funky Olive 
Officiant: Tryggvi Gunnarsson of  Sidmennt