It's most photographers dream to go to Iceland and shoot a couple, under the magnificent waterfalls and incredible landscape, the black beaches and the glaciers.
My dream came true last April when I had the absolute privilege of accompanying Gudbjorg and Dan to Iceland to photograph their traditional Icelandic viking ceremony in front of their family and friends. I didn't quite know what to expect, only that it was going to be so far removed from a normal british wedding that I was used to.
There was no bridal prep, no bridesmaids or groomsmen... but instead there was a traditional Icelandic fire pit ceremony. I can't begin to stress enough just how cold their wedding day was. We awoke to the most beautiful blue skies but holy moly the temperature! I see other photographers work with beautifully staged couples and think, gosh, did I do enough for Gudbjorg and Dan?
The truth is, when you're shooting a real wedding in Iceland, staging the perfect photo goes out the window, it was probably minus ten and we had approximately 15 minutes to whizz around the venue in the car, jump out, snap a few photos and get back to the venue before poor Gudbjorg actually froze to death.
The nearest waterfall was an hours drive away and so yes, we could have got the typical shots that an Icelandic elopement shoot tends to get, but instead, we went for the reality....
We stayed (my husband, sister and three friends) in a lodge about an hour away from Reykjavik, in a little place called Ingolfsskali. Spending two days exploring before the wedding day, snapping the scenery which is just incredibly mind-blowing. The whole experience was simply out of this world and one that I certainly will never ever forget.
Gudbjorg and Dan got married in a traditional turf roofed viking hut, amazing to see, a challenge to photograph... not a window or patch of natural light anywhere inside, but my oh my, stunning.
I could talk about Iceland forever, I want to return so badly it hurts, a week doesn't go by when I don't think about what has become, to me, one of the most beautiful countries I have ever had the pleasure to visit. Wild horses, long stretching roads, architecture, landscape, mountains, glaciers and every thing in between....
A huge privilege to be a part of this day and work alongside my beautiful and talented designer friend Anna who created all of Gudbjorgs flowers and stationery.