Earlier this year we excitedly flew to Iceland for one of the most dramatic styled destination wedding shoots we’ve ever done. We’re no strangers to this amazing country, we even got engaged under the Northern Lights there, and we are excited to show you our photos from the Rock and Roll Bride featured styled shoot! This dramatic landscape of ice, black sands and mountains demands a unique approach and we’ve always been so inspired by it, we came up with a crazy plan to get out there and shoot – in the middle of winter!
Gone are the normal wedding rules, we’re here to show you how to make the most of Iceland for your wedding, and especially how to have an out of this world elopement! This shoot was also recently featured on Magpie Wedding recently too – we’re so grateful to both blogs for featuring it.
We’ve seen so many fabulous destination weddings in Iceland, with incredible photographs of couples. However, we have noticed that the photography is usually quite muted and dark, and we wanted to bring our signature bright, fun style to the party too. A fresh approach in Iceland – how we see it – in all it’s vibrant glory.
With the help of the lovely Vigids at Lux Weddings Iceland when looking at suitable locations in southern Iceland, and a team of amazing wedding suppliers we planned our shoot. We chose three different looks – fire, ice and a third that was somewhere in between with a ‘wonderland’ edge. We shot in Kleifarvatn, Stokkseyri, Skogafoss and Vik over two days.
This country is out of this world, and we wanted to bring that feeling to our couple too. We ditched the white dress, the nude make up and all ‘normal’ wedding traditions for the shoot.
For the first look, ice, we had separates from Bowen Dryden – an utterly fabulous violet skirt which required its own suitcase (!) accompanied by a simple white lace cameo top. Lina’s vintage faux feathered jacket from Biba completed the outfit. This look is not traditional, but a look any bride would look fabulous in – especially in Iceland (or for a winter wedding). Instead of a formal lounge suit or tails, the groom kept it more casual with a blue tweed waistcoat from Vintage Suit Hire Co. Later we threw in a bit of traditional Icelandic knitwear too!
Our next look, fire, exudes passion! A red embellished Chotronette wedding dress and a deep red floral headpiece for the bride styled with a vintage tailored purple jacket. We wanted our groom to have much less formal styling again too – a simple grey tweed jacket and red braces with a black shirt kept things simple but ultra stylish and, when we lost the jacket, very Rock ‘n’ Roll! This look would be absolutely perfect for a vintage-inspired or alternative winter wedding – but why not have an Icelandic destination wedding instead?!
Our final look, a quirky outfits to contrast against the black sands of Iceland, would be perfect for a post-wedding shoot or elopement. The ‘bride’ wore a colourful embroidered Chotronette coat and silver Mustang shoes. Don’t they look amazing next to the black rocks and sand?
It was so fun to throw out the rule book for this shoot and really strive for something different. There were no boundaries and traditions, everyone on the team embraced the unique quality that Iceland has – they absolutely smashed it.
We hope we’ve given you inspiration for your wedding – whether you’re getting married in Iceland or planning a winter wedding. Why not change the rules and be unique?
We shoot destination weddings all over the world, and we LOVE Iceland. If you’re looking for an Iceland wedding photographer, please get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you – especially if you are looking for an elopement photographer.
Photography: Lina and Tom
Bridal wear: Bowen Dryden and Chotronette unless stated
White Boots: Mustang
Iceland wedding planner: Lux Weddings Iceland
Headpieces and flowers: Love from Becky
Hair and make-up: Belles Beauty
Groom’s clothing and accessories (blue): The Vintage Suit Hire Co.
Groom’s green waistcoat: Chimney Formal Hire
Models/Real Couple: Mani + Irena from 101 Model Agency Reykjavik