Iceland Elopement Adventure Wedding

 

Weddings in Iceland have always had a special place in my heart.  Endless reasons, but the main one being that I actually met my husband during an elopement in Iceland years ago.  Check out Iceland Wedding Planner for more specific details!

 

We are always extremely honored when a couple chooses us to plan and photograph their adventurous elopement in Iceland!  Today I’m excited to share with you one of our favorite adventure weddings from this year: Marlene and Alan.  They spent the day chasing waterfalls during their Iceland elopement.  Enjoy getting lost in their Iceland wedding photo dreaminess!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Iceland Wedding Photography and Planning)

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Adventure Wedding Shoes and Boots

A question we often get asked is:

What type of shoes are most appropriate to wear to an Adventure Wedding Day?

Our Answer: Large Waterproof Boots AND Hiking Boots AND Comfy Pair or Pretty Heels.

Yes, I said 3 pairs!  It’s been our experience throughout these 5+ amazing years of planning adventure weddings in Iceland, Patagonia and beyond that packing all of them allows your day to be comfortable no matter if it rains or is blue skies all day.

You might start with the hiking boots for the ceremony, transition to the tall waterproof gum/rain boots for some waterfall hiking fun and then end the night in your comfy Toms or fabulous girly stilettos.  Believe me, it’s nice to have options available throughout the day (along with extra socks for you and your groom).

We also suggest this same rule of thumb to your Adventure Wedding guests as well.  It’s good to clue them in that waterproof hiking boots are best because it is likely they will be walking on uneven terrain, lava rocks, moss, or muddy trails for 10 minutes up to 120 minutes one way, depending on your fabulous Adventure Wedding Schedule.  Regular tennis/running shoes are not going to be durable enough to last and keep people comfortable through the entire day.

Your next question is probably where do you buy the best Adventure Wedding Shoes and Boots for brides, grooms, and guests?  Don’t worry, I will share my favorite list:

Merrell

REI

Sorel

Hunter

Joules

DSW

Badgley Mischka

Zappos

Heels

Toms

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Tips for getting the most out of your Adventure Wedding Shoes / Boots:

  1. If you do not usually wear heels and want to for your wedding day, start ASAP.  Start out wearing them while doing household chores (1-2 hours a day) and build up until you can stand an entire day.  I know this may sound silly, but the more time your toes and the balls of your feet have to get a little callused, the longer you’ll be able to stand, walk, and run around in those fancy stilettos with no complaints (Serious advice from a 15+ year stiletto veteran- believe me it works!).
  2. Invest $13 USD to purchase a pair of Heel Savers by Solemates you’ll be glad you did later!
  3. If you are worried about your shoes slipping there are shoe grips you can purchase that go on the bottom of your shoes and also inside to add comfort and prevent slippage.
  4.  Do your research before buying!  Many shoe sites now have shoe reviews which you may find helpful before buying online.  If also buying online make sure you check out Retail Me Not for a possible coupon code!  That site rocks.
  5. Remember to take your Adventure Wedding Shoes or Boots to your dress fittings to ensure a perfect bottom hem (and bring your other shoes if you’re considering a change at your reception to gauge length difference).
  6. Wrangle your fiancé into dancing with you on a hardwood floor to give your destination wedding shoes a test run.  Make sure you can move, spin, be dipped and regain your balance in them easily.
  7. Lay your shoes out the night before your wedding (together with any other accessories too) so your awesome Adventure Wedding Photographer, can snap some super sweet detail shots.
  8. Clean your shoes once you get back from your Adventurous Destination Wedding.  I know my heels were stained with mud by the end of our Adventure Wedding ceremony.  It took me a bucket of water, Simple Green, Dove soap, and 40 minutes to restore them back to their original glam status but I am so glad I did!
  9. Wear them again, again, and again they’ll make you smile and transform you back to your newly wedded bliss =)

 

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Iceland Wedding Photographers + Planners)

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Iceland Weddings

 

Deciding to blissfully elope or hold your destination wedding in Iceland, is an unforgettable decision for you and all involved!  In choosing Iceland, you have signed up for the biggest adventure of your lives!  Seriously!  BEST. DECISION. EVER.
Nowhere else can you see an endless list of natural wonders all in the same day like…

  • Glacier Lagoons
  • Fairy-tale Waterfalls
  • Moss Covered Lava Fields
  • Basalt rocks protruding from the Sea
  • Grass Covered Houses
  • Romantic Seaside Churches
  • Glaciers
  • Volcanoes
  • Super Secret Caves
  • Majestic Fjords
  • Views that go for miles
  • Enchanted Islands

 

Frankly, the natural sights list for Iceland wedding locations is out of control and this tiny little list barely taps the surface!  Contact us for more information on planning and photographing your epically awesome Iceland wedding day adventure!  

 

Remember that, hiring us ensures a stress-free, adventure-focused experience for each and every couple. No matter the logistics, ever-changing weather, or difficult details, we are able to be prepared and professional every step of the way.  With endless smiles and enthusiasm, Your Adventure Wedding will take your wedding and make it a true adventure of a lifetime.

 

So!  If the idea of having an out-of-this-world, unforgettable wedding experience is a personal dream, there are no Iceland wedding planners more adept to help make that dream a reality than Your Adventure Wedding!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters (Iceland Wedding Planner + Iceland Wedding Photographer)

© 2016, Your Adventure Wedding, All Rights Reserved

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Adventure Wedding Video | Patagonia + Iceland

 

Are you an adventurous couple who is in search of a wedding day EXPERIENCE versus just having a wedding “day?”  Do you hold travel + adventure as core fundamentals of your relationship?  If so, planning an adventure wedding might be right up your alley…  You should watch this video and contact us for more information!

 

 © 2016, Your Adventure Wedding and Photos by Miss Ann, All Rights Reserved

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Top 10 Destination Wedding Locations for Avid Travelers & Adventure Seekers

 

When you’re a couple who holds Travel and Adventure as a core piece of your relationship, where in the world do you turn to get married?  I often get asked this question, by couples worldwide hoping to step up their game on their wedding day.  My fellow avid travelers and adventure seekers, fear not!  This is exactly why Your Adventure Wedding‘s mission began and is in full force.

 

So where are the most offbeat and unique destination wedding locations hiding?

 

My direct answer varies depending on your adventure level. …and by adventure level I mean like a scale of 1 to 10, where are you on your wedding day and in your wedding day attire?

  • 1 = If it rains keep me inside, please!
  • 5 = If the super jeep or heli can get us within a 15 minute hike to the location, perfect!
  • 10 = 2+ hour hike rain or shine, heck yea!  Let’s do it! …the wedding dress is going in the backpack ❤

 

Today, we’d like to call out specifically for 2016, the Top 10 Destination Wedding Locations for Avid Travelers & Adventure Seekers!  Because after all, some might say, your wedding day or elopement should be the kickoff off chapter to your biggest adventures yet to come so let’s find that ideal location for you!  Enjoy the location highlights and feel free to contact us for more information.

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Adventure Wedding Planners/Adventure Photographers)

 

1.) Patagonia – Torres del Paine National Park (Chile)

Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, is where the mysterious and intriguing “W” trek of the Andes mountains live and breathe.  This area also has numerous lakes, glaciers, granite towers, caves, wildlife (Guanacos, Ostriches, Flamingos, Pumas, Foxes, Armadillo, and Condors flying around) endless mountain views, and so many unique experiences to be had!

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2.) Vestmannaeyjar Islands (Iceland)

As I’m sure you’ve seen, Iceland is an amazing location to hold your destination wedding, but have you ever considered the islands off of Iceland?  The Vestmannaeyjar Islands are comprised of 15 Archipelago Islands that were all born from eruptions.  Which means the islands feature sharp and interesting cliff-lines, basalt rock formations, the famed “elephant rock,” quaint fishing villages, and a gorgeous Stave (wooden) Church!

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3.) Faroe Islands (Denmark)

What other place has more grass covered houses than anywhere in the world, more sheep than people, jagged cliff edges that will get your heart pumping, hikes that are self-finding, a serenity that you thought only exists in your mind, majestic waterfalls, and a place that still offers a deep and rich culture that mixes the best of the best Nordic worlds of Denmark and Iceland?!  Nowhere, Natta, No place but the magnificent… Faroe Islands!  I might even dare to say parts of it made me feel like I was exploring Narnia!

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4.) Lofton Islands (Norway)

The Lofoten Islands is a place where heaven and earth meet!  What better place to hold an enticing elopement or intimate Norway wedding adventure than on the top of a mountain with stunning fjords behind?!  During your wedding day in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, (once you pick up your jaw off the ground) you’ll become one with the sea and the mountains!

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5.) Ushuaia, Argentina (the most Southern city in the world)

For you adventure seekers that love to hike and explore, there are endless options for you in Ushuaia!  There are short 30 minute to longer 2+ hour hikes within the Tierra del Fuego National Park that will allow you to experience the most Southern tip of the Andes Mountains and the famed Beagle Channel. …plus several stunning secret spots!

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6.) Madagascar (Africa)

Madagascar is a magical island off of the coast of Africa. There you’ll find the famed Isalo National Park, unforgettable mountains, wild adventures, hikes, waterfalls, crystal clear blue-green water, unique tree’s, plants and animals you have never seen before.  It’s the essence of an adventure wedding location, undiscovered!  Be one of the first couples to hold your unforgettable destination wedding in Madagascar, I dare you!

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7.) Morocco (Africa)

Morocco is one of my favorite countries because it houses the highest peak in Africa named, Toubakal which stands higher than 13,000 feet!  Would you dare to wed at the top?  We’d be right there with you photographing!  Oh so, many options to choose from like the Mediterranean Coast, the Sahara Desert. Draa Valley, the Rif & Atlas Mountains, and our endless secret locations!

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8.) The Baltic Countries

There are 3 gorgeous hidden gems of states tucked within the beautiful Baltic Sea. Estonia!  Latvia!  Lithuania!  All should be on your adventure wedding list, because they are full of rich culture, eco-friendly, one of the world’s greenest countries, has an endless list of romantic adventures for couples, beautiful pristine beaches, it’s also a country filled with art, wooden architecture, castles and manor houses!

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9.) Peru (South America)

The Peruvian culture is vivid, rich in tradition, and one of the friendliest I have encountered throughout my  worldwide travels.  The country is full of ancient ruins, the Amazon River, marvelous Andes mountains, and countless adrenaline junkie sports just waiting for you to partake in!

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10.) Illulisat, Greenland (Denmark)

This Nordic wedding location is for couples who are truly fearless explorers at heart, cold weather lovers, and have an unquenchable curiosity!  Is this you?  If so, you can look forward to having a destination wedding or romantic elopement in one of the most mysterious places in the world (it’s been said to be in the top 10)!  Plus what adventurous wedding couple wouldn’t want to arrive to their Greenland wedding ceremony by dogsled?  Then partake in Greenland wedding adventures (or honeymoon) such as mountaineering, heliskiing, iceberg hunting, scuba diving, whale watching, and even flight seeing over the vast tundras!

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 © 2016, Your Adventure Wedding and Photos by Miss Ann, All Rights Reserved

Adventure Weddings: What are they?

So, I get this question a lot, “What is an adventure wedding?”

My Answer: A once in a lifetime experience with all you love on one of the most unforgettable days of your life!  Combining a unique intimate adventure, one the most exciting days of your life, in the midst of a new country and culture!

It just makes sense!  Your next question: Who should consider an adventure wedding?

  • You’re a couple who is not traditional or follows “the token rules.”
  • You have an unquenchable thirst for curiosity and discovering!
  • You are seekers of experiences, not things.
  • You yearn for the unusual, exhilarating experiences and love to laugh.
  • Your Fearless and live life Limitless.
  • You’re not afraid to get your wedding attire dirty.
  • You can handle 12+ hours of wedding day escapades!
  • You Love and appreciate distinctive wedding portraits in dynamic landscapes –You want to be wedding day ART!

 

It’s been my personal and professional mission to change the way the world thinks about and looks at destination weddings.  Our world is transitioning to being seekers of experiences and not things. So weddings are no longer in hometowns and destination weddings no longer equal an all-inclusive resort. Destination weddings, now equal a 16 hour full day adventures in unforgettable locations!

We want every couple who plans a destination wedding or elopement to consider an obscure offbeat location for their wedding day.  This may mean your renting super jeeps for your 40+ person guest list and spending the day sightseeing AWAY from typical tourist locations, around super-secret waterfalls, rain forests, caves, glacier lagoons or may mean you go on a 2 hour hike, dog sledding, or ice climbing!  It all depends on the adventure level =)

Here at Your Adventure Weddings, we thrive on adventure and love, and have for decades.  We take the time to get to know you as a couple, understand your wedding day goals and adventure level, to create personalized unforgettable adventure wedding options throughout the world. So whether you’re planning to elope or bring 50 of your closest friends and family we are excited to help you wed in places like Patagonia, Iceland, Estonia, Antarctica, Morocco, Madagascar, the list is endless and so are the adventures, so come join us!  We dare you!

I mean… Wouldn’t you want to say “I do” here?

  • Glacier Lagoons
  • Fairy-tale Waterfalls
  • In a magical Desert
  • On a Safari
  • Moss Covered Lava Fields
  • Basalt rocks protruding from the Sea
  • Grass Covered Houses
  • Romantic Seaside Churches
  • Glaciers
  • Volcanoes
  • Super Secret Caves
  • Majestic Fjords
  • Inside enchanted woods
  • A fortified fortress
  • An ornate stave cathedral
  • Under the Northern Lights in an igloo village

 

Sound fun?  If so, you can look forward to having an epic destination wedding or romantic elopement in some of the most mysterious places in the world!

I can just see Your Adventure Wedding invitation now… Let’s be unforgettable together, contact us today to learn more!

With a smile, Ann Peters (International Wedding Planner & Photographer)

 © 2016, Your Adventure Wedding, All Rights Reserved

2015 List of Top Adventure Wedding Hotels: Iceland Honeymoon House

Clients, Friends, and Fans, Happy Holidays!

I hope the last several weeks have been fun for you exploring the 2015 list of our Top 5 Adventure Wedding Hotels and they have inspired you to push your travel boundaries!  In case you missed them, they were in order as follows:

Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa (Estonia)

Ammende Villa (Estonia)

Baltic Beach Hotel & Spa (Latvia)

Nordic Hotel Forum (Estonia)

Hotel Føroyar (Faroe Islands)

Today, I am bringing you a brilliant bonus feature!  Like hands down the most ideal private cabin I have ever stayed in!  …and guess where that cabin is located?  ICELAND!  If you’re in the market to book the most romantic location for your honeymoon or an Iceland elopement location, I would urge you to consider Kristinn Arnason’s homes in Hafnarskogur (cabin/house) and Akureyri (apartment).

Barely a 1 hour drive from the bustling city of Reykjavik sits a quite secluded cabin I had the pleasure of staying in for 3 nights.  It felt like “home” as soon as I pulled in and looked down the hill at the house.  Falling in line with the traditional Icelandic wooden house design, you’ll find the house exterior is black (in the old days tar was used), a vibrant red door, and landscape accented by sod elements.  Beautiful, just beautiful and 100% connected to nature being only a few steps away.  Then it snowed and somehow made the outside of the house even MORE stunning as you’ll find from my photos below!

Your car stays up at the top of the hill and you have a fun little walk of excitement down a slight hill to the house.  The area feels private and very secure.  As you look around you’ll notice you have a 360 view of the colorful fjord, town of Borganes across the fjord, and a tall mountain across the street.  Pretty perfect if you ask me!  Ah, but perfection continues and increases as you enter into the house!  The décor has been professionally designed by the owner’s fabulous wife Rut Karadottir. It shows, as none of us could eloquently design such a dazzling design that belongs in an issue of Town & Country Magazine.  It boasts warmth, every room is inviting and beckons you to sit and stay a while, and conveys endless amounts of country sophistication.  You’ll leave wanting this same setup in your own home, or at least I did!  But, you be your own judge as you book a few nights here!

So why am I boasting this location as a sweet little spot to elope in Iceland too?  The deck outside offers a perfect spot to exchange vows with the fjords behind and you are then minutes from some of Iceland’s adventure spots such as the following:

  • Glymur Waterfall (30 minutes)
  • Iceland’s Western Highlands (30 minutes)
  • Borganes (5 minutes away – Grocery Store, one of my favorite bakeries, and fuel stations)
  • Langjokull Glacier (30 minutes) –Inside the Glacier Experience (open year round as of 2015).
  • Whale Fjords (30 minutes)
  • Hot Springs (Fontana / Fludir: 30-90 minutes)
  • Downtown Reykjavik (1 hour)
  • Snaefellsness Penninsula (1 hour)
  • Iceland’s famed Golden Circle (90 minutes)

As you tour the country, also keep in mind Kristinn’s other location in Northern Iceland in the awesome city of Akureyri.  The photos of the Akureyri apartment are intermingled in this post as well for your enjoyment!  What I adored the most about the locations is that they were made for couples by a couple!  They have taken the utmost consideration into the amenities to ensure whether you’ve come for your… Iceland wedding, Iceland Elopement, Iceland Anniversary, Iceland Honeymoon, planning to propose in Iceland, or just a romantic getaway in Iceland they have your needs met by ensuring their locations have the following available for you:

  • Perfectly placed locations.
  • Wifi throughout the homes.
  • Parking onsite.
  • All linens (sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, slippers, and even robes)
  • Fully equipped kitchens to cook whatever your heart desires (fridge, oven, dishwasher, pots/pans, utensils, plates, glasses, basic cooking needs like seasonings and more).
  • Exquisite bathrooms that even have a tub big enough for 2!
  • Toiletries (all the basics plus a full size hairdryer, yeah!)
  • Stunning master bedroom with a queen bed.
  • Dinning and sitting areas.

If staying in the cabin as we did, you’ll find a fun little upstairs that features an open air sitting and/or entertainment area where you can watch the TV or read a book with a fabulous view to the fjord or to the below living and dining room.  Next to this space is a bonus bedroom that has 2 twin beds so this space would be perfect if you are a family of 4 or have a friend or two joining you on your Iceland wedding adventure!

For these dreamy romantic accommodations, please contact:

Stay tuned next week for our final post for 2015!  We’ll be doing a year in review and you won’t want to miss it as we have super exciting news!

With a smile, Ann Peters (Iceland Adventure Wedding Photographer and Planner)

2015, Photos by Miss Ann / Your Adventure Wedding, All Rights Reserved