January 7, 2019
Sara-Irene and Alex did what most of us often only dream about, they eloped to Iceland! So many couples dream about eloping when the wedding planning gets overwhelming, but only a small number couples take action and choose the less traveled path of eloping. For their waterfall Iceland elopement, they flew in their wedding photographer, Maura from Maura Jane Photography.
Like most couples, Sara-Irene and Alex were planning a bigger wedding in their hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. But it became overwhelming trying to keep everyone happy and still have the day feeling like them. They hated the idea of having to wait all day to see each other, and we wanted to get married somewhere truly beautiful. Since one of their favorite movies is the “Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” they decided to elope to Iceland. They were amazed by the scenery in the movie. There were so many beautiful locations and weren’t sure how to choose just one. So they decided to do little bit of everything.
A friend of Maura, their photographer, mentioned a small hidden waterfall nearby Iceland’s largest tourist attraction, the Skogafoss waterfall, and they decided that tucked away was best for their wedding ceremony. They said I do in front of the Kvernufoss waterfall. Afterward, they traveled all over for their adventurous Iceland elopement. They went to the small town of Vik where they explored the black sand beaches and the basalt columns.
The following day next day they got dressed up again and drove to Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s glacier that runs into the ocean. Since they were in the land of fire and Ice, the Basalt columns, which are cooled lava, and the glacier matched.
Sara-Irene and Alex absolutely loved their adventurous Iceland elopement. They particularly loved being able to spend their entire wedding day together doing the things THEY love. They woke up in the same house, ate breakfast together, ran down the road to a bakery to buy a wedding dessert (a slice of a wonderful strawberry cake), watched a movie together, and then got ready together. After the quiet morning, they got to marry each other that afternoon. The first thing they did as a married couple was to explore, laugh and adventure. The perfect representation of the life they wanted to live together forever.
Honestly can’t pick one. The whole day was the highlight! Getting to explore the beautiful country, marrying your best friend, not having to focus on anyone else and getting to be with just that person. The whole day was amazing.
LAYERS! Iceland is freezing. Even the summers are cold. Leggings under the dress, super warm socks. And long sleeves under the groom’s shirt. Our waterfall was inside a canyon, so the wind was much more intense than anywhere else (that’s why we wore the veil the next day) and the spray of water was like ice. Same thing for the beaches, the wind is strong along the coast!
Find locations through Airbnb or Instagram to find less populated places. Kvernufoss was right down the road from the most popular waterfall and a 10-minute hike, but there was no one there. Ask about popularity before deciding on a location.
Do what you want. There will be family who will be upset with your choice. They will take it personally and be hurt, but it’s important to remember that your wedding is about you two. No one else. And when you do exactly what you want, and what makes you happy, you’ll have no bad memories and no regrets. Find ways to include your family in small ways. Since my father wouldn’t be there to walk me down the aisle, he bought me shoes to walk in. We called Alex’s parents right away. Write letters for family to open during your ceremony. But do what you love and what you want.
Many vendors had been chosen before we decided to elope. Our photographer was our first choice for our original wedding, and knowing that she traveled, we knew we wanted her to go with us. The dress had been purchased and was sitting at home. We already had someone making stationary and just asked them to make something else (an elopement announcement). Our officiant was recommended by Iceland’s registrar’s office, we found a flower shop in the city that would be open when we landed and just walked in asking for flowers. Basically, anything in Iceland, we just found a shop or restaurant and walked in.
Dress by A Dressy Occasion
Dress designed by Mon Cheri
Veil by Bridal Elegance by Darlene
Ring by Heidi Gibson
Ribbons by Table and Vase
Desserts by Alchemy Confections
Invitations by Funky Olive
Officiant: Tryggvi Gunnarsson of Sidmennt
Photography by Maura Jane Photography
Getting to travel to unique locations and captures couple’s love stories makes my job the best job in the world. For Sara and Alex’s wedding being the only “guest” in attendance meant that I really got to be a part of the day. I helped Sara find her bouquet the day before and helped her do her hair the morning of. The ride in the car to the glaciers was 3 hours and I truly got to know them better. I’m so lucky to have such amazing couples and getting to see the world with them is such a highlight in my career.
Maura Casados is a photographer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she loves traveling, animals, macarons and coffee.