Adventure Weddings: 2016 Year End Review

 

To have an adventure wedding, you have to be a certain kind of couple… Comes with them are usually endless amounts of curiosity, lots of love, good stories, and vibe that resonates with me the entire year.  My soul feeds off of their love, their moments, and their adventure keeps me high on adrenaline for days.  I love what I do and I’m passionate about planning and photographing adventure weddings.

 

We’re lucky to always seem to connect with those kind of adventurous folks and 2016 was a year full of them!  Huge “Thank You” to those clients who trusted us, created magic with us, and adventured rain or shine.  It was an EPIC year, so today I’d like to share with you a super fun “highlight reel” of those unforgettable adventure wedding moments!  Enjoy!

 

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

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Your Adventure Wedding, is based in Iceland so we’re very lucky to be surrounded by landscapes like these during Iceland adventure weddings and elopements!

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Did you know there is a GREEN that exists only Iceland?  A green that is so amazing and vibrant, perfect for your adventure wedding photos!

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Many couples come to Iceland to elope in our beautiful ice caves!  Best time of year for this is between January-March!

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Do you remember that stunning Norway elopement at the historic Dalen Hotel?

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A rainy wedding never looked so GOOD! The moodiness of an Iceland wedding creates such mystery!

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Will you come with guests or without for your Iceland Wedding Day?

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The Lofoten Islands are such a MAGICAL place to have a Norway Wedding or Elopement?

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Iceland is full of secret waterfalls just waiting for you to explore on your wedding day!

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Meeru Island in the Maldives is SUCH a gorgeous location to have a wedding or elopement!

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Eloping in Iceland is a stunning location decision!

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Iceland, Patagonia, and Alaska are filled with lupines during their summers!  Imagine running around in a field of them during your adventure wedding or elopement!

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A Norway wedding in front of a fjord?! #yesplease

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Or what about a fun activity like waterfall hunting on a fjord boat?!  You can do that on your wedding in Norway!

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Imagine yourself holding your private adventure wedding in a lava tube that was made 1,500+ years ago!

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Exploring glaciers during your Iceland wedding is the ultimate adventure wedding day experience!

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Having a wedding in Iceland is like having an adventure on 6 different planets!

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Our adventure wedding brides always bring a pair of boots!

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Having a wedding in Patagonia is like a dream come true!

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True Adventure Wedding Style… Jumping over rivers during your Iceland elopement!

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Your Adventure Wedding Featured in Mozi Magazine | Adventure Wedding 101

 

Hitting the newsstands today is Mozi Magazines fantastic Travel Issue and we are honored to be a part!  It’s packed full of lots of information on amazing locations and endless amounts of inspiration!  Our 4 page topic is: Adventure Weddings 101.  The magazine is available by digital download or print.  Feel free to go HERE to read the synopsis and purchase!

 

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

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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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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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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!

 

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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!

Morocco Wedding Locations-Your Adventure Wedding

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!

Peru Destination Wedding Locations-Your Adventure Wedding

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!

Illulisat Greenland Wedding-Your Adventure Wedding

 © 2016, Your Adventure Wedding and Photos by Miss Ann, 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?!

Mount Fitz Roy and Laguna Torre Los Glaciares National Park Patagonia Argentina Wedding

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