New Zealand Adventure Wedding

 

When I caught the travel bug, one of the first countries I spent an extended amount of time in was in Southern New Zealand.  For a thrill seeker like me, it was the mecca of adventure.

 

Specifically, in the South Island, I found to be a place that I could do a skydive at sunrise, be bungee jumping into a canyon before lunch, ice climbing or heli-skiing on a glacier in the afternoon, and then choose to either go on a hike or wine tasting at night.  It had everything, I ever wished for.  Throw in some cool caves, waterfalls, pristine beaches, unforgettable lush hikes, and landscapes that went on for days and I was in the epitome of happiness!

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When you think dynamic landscape and endless adventure options for your destination wedding adventures, I sure hope New Zealand is on that list!

 

One of my obsessions to it has always been that the landscape is so diverse no matter the season.  This fun fact makes New Zealand an ideal destination wedding adventure location!  Can you imagine yourself getting married in New Zealand in one of the following locations?

  • Abel Tasman
  • Fox Glacier
  • Mount Aspiring National Park Wedding
  • Milford Sound
  • Lake Taupo
  • Lake Matheson
  • Mount Ngauruhoe
  • Golden Sand Beaches
  • Incredible Caves
  • New Zealand Wine Country Weddings!
  • Motuoapa
  • The 90 Mile Beach
  • Cute Coves
  • Putangirua Pinnacles
  • Fabulous Falls
  • Thermal Pools
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • The Shire (yes… remember Lord of the Rings was filmed here)!

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Having a New Zealand adventure wedding or elopement will have everyone back home swooning in jealousy!  We would love to help customize some EPIC NZ adventure wedding options for you throughout the North and South Island of New Zealand.  Please contact us for more information on how to get started!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (New Zealand Wedding Planner + Photographers)

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Getting Married in Morocco

 

Bordering in between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean in North Africa is a colorful country called Morocco.  The textures and tones you will find throughout this historical country are rich and full of flare.  From the vibrant markets, the mysterious blue city, to famed Sahara Desert you will have countless photo ops during your destination wedding in Morocco or Moroccan elopement!

 

Morocco is one of my favorite countries in the world 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 that unforgettable Morocco elopement or wedding!

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Your Moroccan wedding adventure could be in some of the following places or our secret locations within:

  • Mediterranean Coast
  • Ouzoud Waterfall
  • Legzira Beach
  • Ouarzazate
  • Fez
  • Glamping in Sahara Desert in berber tents!
  • Blue City of Chefchaouen
  • Draa Valley
  • Rif Mountains
  • High Atlas Mountains
  • Golden Sand Beaches
  • Our favorite off the beaten path locations for weddings in Morocco!

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We would love to design unique full day journey for you to experience on your Morocco wedding adventure day, please contact us to get that awesome conversation started!

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Morocco Wedding Planner + Photographers)

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Peru Weddings and Elopement Ideas

 

Have you ever heard of the word, “mega-diverse?” A place that is chockful of epic amounts of flora, fauna, animals of all kinds, and magical landscapes… Sounds like a dream, right?

It’s not, it’s real life in Peru!

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Having a destination adventure wedding in Peru could mean your day could be spent exploring textured landscapes such as the following:

  • Rainbow Mountains.
  • Cathedral Rock Formations.
  • Salt extraction pans in the Sacred Valley of Incas.
  • Paracas National Reserve.
  • Ancient Ruins of the Inca Empire (Machu Picchu).
  • Amazon River.
  • Riding on Lamas.
  • Lakeside.
  • Spending the night in a Treehouse.
  • Sand Skiing/Boarding.
  • Venturing around a Glacial Lake.
  • Basking Beachside.
  • Hiking the famed Andes Mountains.
  • Enveloping yourself in the rich Peruvian Culture.

 

Doesn’t that sound like so much fun?!  If you’re up the the daring adventure, contact us for more information in regards to your destination wedding or elopement in Peru!

 

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

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Norway Wedding Geirangerfjord | Liz + Mike

 

Thanks for joining us for Part 2 of Liz and Mike’s magical Norway wedding in the Geirangerfjord!  If you missed Part 1 of their Norway wedding at Hotel Alexandra, head back HERE to see.  I’m going to go minimal on my commentary today because the photos will blow you out of the water!

 

One of my all time favorites from Mike and Liz’s Norway destination wedding day is below.  Magical, just magical, right?!  The Geiranger area is full of secret spots like these!

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Our second stop on our Norway adventure wedding schedule was this fabulous point.  Mike and Liz did a little fun hike to get to the top of this rock formation and the rest was beautiful history!

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A summer wedding in Norway in this Geirangerfjord area will still carry a snow in the mountains.  Driving through this valley area from Loen, is one of my favorite drives in Norway.  How perfect for your Norway wedding, right?!

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After a small sketchy hike, Mike and Liz found their way to this amazing spot overlooking the Geirangerfjord in all of it’s glory.I assure you the spot was 100% safe and I was probably in more danger than they were because of my angle =)

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These two were the perfect combo for this incredible Norway wedding photo stop!

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Total magazine cover, right?!  Leaves me breathless.

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This couple and this view! The heavens opened for this amazing Norway wedding in the Geirangerfjord!

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There amazing group of 16 guests travelled from California for this surprise Norway wedding adventure! …and they were in total awe all day!

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As we made our way through the Geirangerfjord and down to the docks, we stopped for a few minutes for a sweet champagne toast!

I found myself addicted to sooo many spots throughout this Geirangerfjord area!  The character and the charm were off the charts!

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When we were Norway wedding planning with Liz and Mike, they wanted to take their guests not just on a experience, but a super fun activity to do together during the day.  Their favorite option we proposed was a 90 minute boat ride through the inspiring Geirangerfjord.

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Norway Wedding Photos with the famed Seven Sisters Waterfall in the background! Swoon!

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After the Geirangerfjord wedding boat adventure concluded, we were off to one of our final stops which included a beautiful mountain view on one side and sweet little Norwegian waterfall on the other!

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Nothing better than a bride and groom being super adventurous on their wedding day skipping over rocks and water!  Mike and Liz were willing to go whereever for the best Norway wedding photos!

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I’m totally OBSESSED with this waterfall in the Geirangerfjord!  How perfect for a destination wedding in Norway, right?!

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Mike + Liz, We know Norway will forever be a part of your love story and souls.  But we challenge you to come back to this intoxicating country each year on your Norway wedding anniversary to explore a new part of the country as your love grows!

 

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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Isle of Skye Wedding Locations

 

If you’re a lover of the outdoors, positive energy, and lands that feel enchanted… Your Scotland Destination Wedding should be in the magical area of Isle of Skye!

 

There you will find rock formations that will leave you in complete and utter “Awe,” castles that have rich amazing history, winding roads, sweet little waterfalls that will take your breath away, and fabulous short hikes that will get you off the of mainstream path!  Serious romance awaits you, I promise!

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This is an area I not only fell in LOVE with, but Davíð (us above) and I actually fell literally in LOVE here =)  It’s a place we spent many days hiking, coasteering, driving around, and exploring endlessly so we know the isle like the back of our hand and have access to some super secret spots!

 

We would love to design unique full day journey for you to experience on your Isle of Skye destination wedding or Isle of Skye elopement, please contact us to get that awesome conversation started!

With a smile, Ann Peters (Isle of Skye Wedding Planner + Isle of Skye Wedding Photographer)

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