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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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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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

 

 

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