Adventure Wedding Planners Exciting Announcement!

 

Once upon a time… Or to my extreme sports enthusiasts out there: “Oh shit there I was…”

 

I was the Iceland Wedding Planner and Photographer for a super cool couple from Chicago, Illinois.  It was raining that day in Iceland, so we executed our “Plan B” ceremony location, my favorite cave.  However, when we arrived we were greeted by a 200 person film crew for a upcoming Bollywood movie.  They were there with the famed actor’s, food trucks, gear trucks,  and tons of porta potties.

 

I’ll be honest, seeing that many people there, I panicked slightly.  Not because I wouldn’t be able to use the location (which never happens because we always get private permission and permits) but rather, I was thinking how off schedule this could potentially make our day (excuse the OCD part of me, lol)!  The couple had no idea that anything was out of the ordinary as I jumped out of the jeep and darted to the group to have a chat.  An easy 5 minutes later the entire crew was gone😉

 

Fast forward 12 hours and I was back at the hotel finishing up the table styling for the couples dreamy reception for two.  I grabbed a glass of wine and my computer to catch up on emails and sat down in the hotel lobby…  Completely enamored in my work I do not look up when I hear a man’s voice say, “Are you that 5 foot 3 inch wedding planner that kicked our entire crew out of the cave earlier today?”  I laughed and leaned around my computer to see who was so witty.  To my pleasant surprise, a 6 foot 7 inch  Icelandic Adonis was speaking to me.  My jaw dropped and that giddy smile still hasn’t left my face!

 

That night, I met a man who lives and breathes adventure just as I do (maybe even more) personally and professionally.  Allow me to introduce you to Davíð… He creates special effects for all of the big movies that come here to Iceland (you know like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Interstellar, Noah, the list is endless) and has the incredible hobby of being on Iceland’s SAR team (Search and Rescue). ….yeah swoon swoon, right?!  From that moment on, we found ourselves inseparable.

Our third date was a 7 day adventure to Isle of Skye, where we went coasteering, hiked epic cliff lines, dined at small little cafes, and discovered super secret locales!

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He didn’t even bat an eyelash when I suggested we spend a month in South America! Where we ventured through Chilean wine country, Rainforests, through epic fjords, and made our way down to the famed awe inspiring region of Patagonia!

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Since Davíð and I met at the “top of the world” we thought it would be fun for us to ring in the New Year together at the bottom of the world in Ushuaia Argentina!

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We spent several days camping (um yeah the only man on the planet that can get me to camp in a tent) and hiking the famed “W Trek” in the Torres Del Paine National Park.  Complete with glaciers, granite towers, and moments of mountaineering!

One of the most magical set of days we spent together was within the Los Glaciares National Parkwhere we explored the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Fitz Roy Mountains!

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One of my favorite hikes we have done together was in Norway doing the hike to Trolltunga. Have you ever been to Norway?

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Back to the exciting news…

After exploring 7 countries; 40 cities; and over 30,000 miles together, I proposed! …and he said Yes!

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…and we are planning a wedding in the Lofoten Islands for September 14-19th!

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But that’s not all of the exciting news we have to share with you… There’s more!  We are also extremely happy to announce that we will be adding a new items to our menu of services… Drone Photography and Video for your amazing Iceland Weddings + Adventure Weddings beyond!

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Are you excited?!  We are too!

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

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© 2016, Your Adventure Wedding, All Rights Reserved.

Los Glaciares Park Argentina | Patagonia Wedding Photographer

 

I found myself intoxicated by Los Glaciares National Park, long before I spent time exploring it.  There is just something so curious about those granite Fitz Roy towers emerging into the air, the way the light falls on them, and the sharp textures of the Perito Moreno Glacier!

 

The Los Glaciares National Park can be found on the Argentinean side of Patagonia.  It is one of the largest national parks in the country spanning over 2,800 square miles.  It’s not a park you can easily sightsee through in one day.  …and please don’t!  Spend the time to savor it through a few days!  After all, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site so it’s gotta be good, right?!

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Dying to know how to get here?  The nearest international airports to get to these fabulous areas are as follows:

  • Rio Gallegos, Argentina (RGL) which is approximately 155 miles to the start of the Los Glaciares National Park in the larger known city, El Calafate.
  • Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ) which is approximately 300 miles to El Calafate.

El Calafate is a fantastic vibing town, one of my favorites in fact!  The people, the food, and the fact that it is a pretty central locale to discover all there is in the Los Glaciares National Park, helps too.  Minutes from here, you’ll find yourself among the glory of the Perito Moreno Glacier!Patagonia Wedding Photographer-Los Glaciares National Park-Your Adventure Wedding-1

The options for discovering the Perito Moreno Glacier are many!  First, there is an 1 hour boat ride that gets you super close to to admire the glacier falls at eye level.  Then if you’re an extreme sports enthusiast or adrenaline junkie, there are guided tours you can take hiking or ice climbing on the Perito Moreno Glacier.  And for those of you that wish to admire from afar or at a birds eye view, then you’ll love the boardwalk that allows you to walk from end to end.

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Three hours north of El Calafate, past Lago Argentino and Lago Viedma, but still within the Los Glaciares National Park you’ll find the grand Fitz Roy Mountains.  The towers of Mount Fitz Roy are nestled in the small town of El Chalten, which I like to refer to in its current day situation of being a “pop-up-town” because everything in this town looks less than 1-5 years old (as of when this Patagonia Wedding Planning post was published).

 

It’s so new that at the time we visited, the entire town shared one internet connection… I’m not kidding.  For the 4 days we spent here exploring I could barely get any emails sent and even had to reschedule Skype calls because there was not a strong enough connection available.  The gas station was not even a stationary place (it was a trailer).  But the fabulous trade off, is that you’re able to stay so close to the beauty and peace that lies within those majestic mountains behind that little town!

 

El Chalten is a mecca for those who are looking to hold a romantic elopement or adventure wedding in the Argentinean side of Patagonia.  There are 30 minute hikes to 4 hour hikes that will forever imprint you soul.  What an unforgettable way to not only celebrate your wedding in Patagonia but to continue on with your honeymoon throughout the stunning Los Glaciares National Park!

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The Los Glaciares National Park and the Fitz Roy Mountains in El Chaltén, present some unique challenges as far as routes, fuel options, internet speed, etc.  But the views you’ll encounter are out of this world amazing so please find your way there!

 

We’d love to help you plan your epic Patagonia adventure wedding, so please contact us for more information to ensure your Argentina destination wedding or elopement in Los Glaciares National Park or at the Fitz Roy Mountains will be a flawless time!  In the meantime, today we share with you a few of our favorites from a Los Glaciares elopement! ❤ Enjoy ❤

 

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

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

Ushuaia Argentina Wedding Locations | Patagonia Wedding Planner

 

Have you ever had a very vivid (almost lucid) dream about a place you’ve never been and one that you’re not even sure exists as a real life location?  But you explore it in your dreams and are convinced you will and must find it?!  Ushuaia, Argentina was this uncanny place for me.

 

I’ve always been a seeker of offbeat, unheard of, and sometimes all it takes is seeing an image of a location and suddenly I have an undying urge to investigate the location.  Call it intuition or call it fate, I often find my way to these locations and I am never disappointed in the secret adventure wedding locations I stumble upon!  It’s incredibly exciting!

 

Since I spend most of my time at the token “top of the world” planning adventure weddings in Iceland and throughout the other amazing Nordic countries, I thought it might be a brilliant change to start off 2016 at the bottom of the world, in the most southern city in the world: Ushuaia, Argentina.  You’ve probably never heard of it so please allow me today to introduce you to this unspoken beauty!

 

 

First question… How do you get to the end of the world city, Ushuaia?  There are direct flights into Ushuaia, Argentina (airport code: USH) and then it is best to rent a car.  But!  If you’re looking for a driving adventure you can fly into the main airport in Patagonia in Punta Arenas (airport code: PUQ), rent a car (Tip: Ensure it has the correct border crossing paper work before leaving) and then start a 1 hour trek to the border between Chile and Argentina.

 

You’ll need to take a cargo ferry in between (which you just show up and pay once you’ve boarded the ferry).  Once off you’ll have another 2.5 hour drive to the the Chilean/Argentina border (make sure you stamp out of Chile before you head to the Argentinean border).  We found an amazing amount of gorgeous secret locations and tons of guanacos along the way which made it such a fun drive!

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When we arrived in Ushuaia, I was overwhelmed by the beauty, charm, and the amount of this amazing Patagonia wedding locations in and around this little town tucked in in mountains!  I. Was. In. Heaven.

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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.

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The landscape in Ushuaia is unique full of interesting textures and tones.  There are unforgettable mountain views, earthy swamps, bridges made from wood planks, waterfalls,  jungles, emerald lagoons, incredible cliffs, and beaches!

There are also two of the most amazing hotels I’ve ever stayed also in this area of Ushuaia, Argentina!  They can easily accommodate a dreamy Patagonia elopement or a large 100+ wedding in Ushuaia with all of the North American 4-5 star hotel amenities we know and love.

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So whether you plan on coming to the bottom of the world for a romantic getaway, to elope or hold your wedding in Patagonia,  I would love to show you the amazing locations we have in our portfolio!  Please contact us for more information!  In the meantime, enjoy the gorgeous images below and explore Ushuaia, Argentina a little bit with us!

 

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

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

Torres del Paine National Park | Patagonia Wedding Photographer + Planner

Adventure was born and lives in Patagonia, no joke folks!  Specifically, it resides in the Torres del Paine National Park.  Have no idea where that is?  Picture: South America, then find your way to Chile, and then down the Andes Mountains to the most southern section of Chile and Argentina… Then you’ll find yourself in the formal region of Chilean Patagonia in the midst of the Torres del Paine Park!

Once in the Torres del Paine National Park, you’ll find something totally intoxicating and borderline addicting about seeing the different angles of those famed granite “W” mountain peaks, the mysterious Grey Glacier, and the wild feeling of freedom that fills this park.  Not to mention the endless amounts of wildlife like, Guanacos (alpacas), Ostriches, Flamingos, Pumas, Foxes, Armadillo, and Condors flying around which all help add to the enchantment.

The moment we arrived at one of the park entrances, we were greeted by a gorgeous guanaco and boy was he playful as you’ll see below!

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The entire park is weaved together by gravel roads which adds to the charm as the wind blows the dust around.  Adventure junkies from around the world come to cross off their bucket lists the the challenging 3, 7, or 10 day trek around the Torres del Paine National Park.

The main areas that make up the “W” mountain hiking trip are as follows: Glacier Grey, The French Valley, and the Base of the Torres (the 3 towers) overlooking the stunning Torres Lagoon.

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So but of course adventurous couples from around the world should also find their way here, to hold an incredible Patagonian Destination Wedding, Whimsical Elopement in Patagonia, or have their unforgettable Honeymoon in Patagonia!  I mean because how fun would it be to get married atop of the ridges with these famed Chilean Patagonia mountains as your backdrop?

Patagonia Weddings are ideal for you extreme sports enthusiasts or avid travelers!  You can camp your way through it or go the luxury route and stay in hotels and/or refugios and we are thrilled to help you decide which would be ideal for you, please contact us for more information!

I’m a glacier lover personally, so give me some crampons, ice, and gorgeous view and I’ll be set for the day =)  One of my favorite things about Patagonia’s Torres del Paine Grey Glacier is the opportunities to experience the glacier on many levels.  You have the glorious option of taking a boat ride to skim the edges (for you lower intensity adventure seekers), if you’re a middle of the road adventure seeker than there is a fantastic hike you can do to get to the viewing point you’ll see below.  There you will see the glacier, beautiful mountains, and the glacier lagoon with pieces of ice that have broken off from the glacier.  For you high intensity adventure wedding seekers, there is two more opportunities for you… Kayaking around and then climbing onto the Grey Glacier.  Exciting stuff, right?!

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Further into the park you’ll find a few secret waterfalls with incredible 360 views attached to them!  Incredible dynamic area… One of my favorites to hold your epic wedding in Patagonia!

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Patagonia Wedding Locations can actually come with some really amazing historical elements too believe it or not!  Like holding your Patagonia destination wedding or elopement in a cave where the incredible creature once lived 10,000 years ago!  Dreamy!

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The list of Patagonia wedding locations within the Torres del Paine are endless for you adventure seekers.  So I invite you to enjoy the rest of these stunning Patagonia Wedding location images!  They are just a few we are publicly sharing, we have many more stunning secret wedding locations.  So please contact us if you’re interested in planning a Patagonian Destination Wedding or running away to elope in Patagonia!  We’d love to hear from you, contact us!

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

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

 

 

Patagonian Rainforest | Patagonia Wedding Photographer

 

Tucked away less than 2 hours off of the Pan-American Highway is the brilliant area of the Chilean Lake District.  Over 16 lakes can be found in this area and several with unforgettable volcano views!  There you will also find several of the countries national parks to endlessly explore such as the following:

 

  • Parque Nacional Conguillio
  • Reserva Nacional Lago Gualletue
  • Reserva Nacional Villarrica
  • Parque Nacional Huerquehue

 

Slightly further south within this incredible picturesque area you’ll also find the Patagonian Rainforest!  …Yes seriously, just when you thought Patagonia could not get any more amazing, it does somehow.

 

Exploring and scouting wedding locations the rainforest in Chilean Patagonia has been one of my favorite all time adventures!   Do you dare to ask me why? ….Please do!

 

Frankly, there were several moments I had to pinch myself walking and hiking through it because I had never ever seen anything like it before.  I mean come on, how many times in your life do you get to wade your way through a bambo tunnel to get to a waterfall or how many nights have you spent in a Tree House Hotel?  Pretty sure, I can count on one hand how many times I had before this point!

 

There are many hidden gems within the amazing national parks that make up the Patagonian Rainforest in the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve and the Reserva Nacional Mocho-Choshuenco.  Think: Waterfalls, cliffs, magical trees, enchanted wildlife, and lush (almost tropical looking and feeling) spots throughout this epic are of Patagonia!

 

So whether you see yourself holding a Patagonia destination wedding in the famed Lake District or the within the fairytale Patagonian Rainforest, we would love to chat with you more about making that dream wedding or elopement come true!  Please contact us for more information.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Patagonia Wedding Locations

Attention: My Fellow Adventure Seekers!

You have found the Mecca of outdoors and adventure in this amazing location called Patagonia.

Patagonia sits within the Andes mountain range in Southern sections of Chile and Argentina.  This is also where the mysterious and most intriguing “W” trek and the infamous Fitz Roy mountains live and breathe.  There are volcanoes, lakes, rain forests, glaciers, fjords, caves, penguins, bird watching, endless mountain views, and so many unique experiences to be had, you will not be able to sit patiently still!

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If you are the definition of an adventurous couple, you should really consider it!  Why?  …just a few fabulous reasons follow below:

  • Steep, edgy, dramatic landscapes… EPIC for your wedding photos in Patagonia!
  • Laguna San Rafael National Park
  • Los Glaciares National Park
  • Nahuel Huapi National Park
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Alberto de Agostini National Park
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • The floral and fauna is intoxicating!
  • The mesh of the Chilean and Argentinean cultures!
  • The lakes, rivers, hikes, and glaciers! Oh my!
  • Ahem, did someone say the “W” mountains?!
  • Eco-friendly housing/hotels.
  • Ushuaia, Argentina (the token “bottom of the world” city)!
  • The energy of the land and the people is unforgettable in itself!

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We would love to chat more with you about this location being your unforgettable destination wedding location, please contact us for more information and if you’re up to the challenge of being the first to have a Patagonia Adventure Wedding!

With a smile, Ann Peters (Patagonia Wedding Planner / Patagonia Wedding Photographer)

© 2016, Your Adventure Wedding, 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