Like many of my weddings this story starts off with an email, too.
“We are in love with each other as well as with travelling the world. We got engaged in Antarctica last month.” These are the sentences which make me want to meet these two humans right away. Their story and their approach to life sounds wonderful and I connect right away. A few emails and a FaceTime call from Germany to Vancouver later we are all set: I will travel to Iceland with them to capture their wedding day.
The plans for the wedding sound amazing and like we could imagine our wedding: “Our vision is for it to be low-stress, intimate, intentional/minimalist, meaningful, romantic and in nature. Immediate family will be in attendance for the ceremony only; no reception will follow. We are trying for as environmentally friendly & zero-waste as possible by going plastic-free, borrowing or doing without, and buying second-hand. For example, all our attire is second-hand.”
Three months later Ingo and I board a plane to fly to Reykjavik and meet Wendy and Karl in person. We pick up a rental car and drive to Hella…after checking into our hotel we drive to the AirBnB where Wendy and Karl are staying with their families. They have already spent the day together and welcome us warmly into the house. Together we meet their celebrant and afterwards Wendy and Karl and their families invite us to a casual and lovely dinner…we get to meet them all and already feel like we’re part of the group and I am once again so glad to have such wonderful couples and families as my customers.
On the next morning we hop into our little white car and drive out to the AirBnB again to join the family and the couple for the getting ready to the wedding. Like it was planned everything is stress-less (well apart form the incident of the lost vows which had to be recovered with the technical help of Karl’s dad…) and intimate.
And around lunchtime it is finally wedding time. Wendy and Karl have a heartfelt first look which makes me cry once again and then they walk down the “isle” in the green grass of Iceland, through the middle of their families to be officially married. The ceremony is amazingly intimate and full of love and of course their vows make each other, the family and me too cry again…
After lots of hugs and some family time the couple and Ingo and myself hop into the car to explore Iceland…we chase waterfalls, climb mountains, fight wind and storm, nearly loose our drone, laugh, smile, hike and enjoy a wonderful evening together. The end of our journey is the famous Black Beach in Vik. And after it had been raining very intensely we get super lucky. The rain eases of into a slight drizzle (which still feels freezing cold because of the Arctic winds) and we manage a walk on the beach. The waves are crushing into the beach and we are speechless – this beauty is incredible. Protected by the dome at the Black Beach Wendy and Karl cuddle up and enjoy a few moments of silence on their wedding day before they run out into the winds to explore the beach…
I am not exaggerating when I say this was one of the best wedding days I was allowed to witness so far – we loved every second we got to spend with Wendy and Karl, thank you two so much for your trust into Ingo’s and my work!