I still smile from ear to ear every time I look back through the photos from Keith & Eva’s’ Iceland Elopement. It is not everyday that you get asked to travel across the world to document something so special. Yet here I am writing the first instalment about our epic adventure around the land of fire and ice.
Having found me through my landscape and film photography, I relished in the message Keith & Eva sent me one afternoon to chat about my photography and their adventurous plans. With both Keith & Eva being die hard travellers and lovers of photography, I felt we had already connected through our shared photos before we even sat down to speak. The message wasn’t even so much about photographing an elopement, it was asking me if I was keen to join them on one mighty adventure.
The plan? For Keith & Eva to elope in the south after exploring around the whole of Iceland. Being summer time with pretty much 24 hours of light each day, our days were jam packed with hikes, waterfalls, landscapes and exploring whilst we road tripped. The whole adventure started in London, where I flew in from Australia and spent time with Keith & Eva in their wonderful apartment. We spent a few days hanging out and planning out the finer details of what we all wanted to see. We were ambitious in our plans but it paid off as we were able to do so much in a short period of time and we never felt rushed.
The elopement was something special. Keith & Eva had picked a beautiful little guesthouse about 30 mins drive east of the town of Vik. The location was amazing, over looking the vast landscape south towards the coast. It gave us access to many wonderful locations easy and west of Vik, including their favourite Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. The day started with a communal breakfast at the guesthouse with other travellers (something we enjoyed all the way around Iceland). Eva had her hair and makeup done, whilst Keith read photography books and played records. After getting ready, it was a quick stop to meet the celebrant. We then headed down to the black sand beach in Vik for the ceremony. It was only us on the beach (which was funny when Keith forgot the rings and had to run back for them), a lovely contrast to many of the other tourist heavy spots all over Iceland. With the Reynisdrangar basalt stacks in the distance, Keith & Eva made their vows to each other.
It was intimate, it was sweet and exactly what they wanted.
After a little shooting on the beach and the back streets of Vik, we ventured over to Reynisfjara Beach. The ultra popular spot was busy, but thankfully we had all the space we needed to shoot along the dramatic coastline. The towering basalt columns and caves are a sight to see. I absolutely love the lines, textures and shapes created by the caves and sheer sides of the Reynisfjall Mountain.
Like they say, time flies when you’re having fun. The day was starting to quickly fading away, so we literally ran up the hill to Cape Dyrhólaey. The coastline stretching north for as far as the eye could see. There was simply so much to see, so many compositions and so many beautiful ideas. I tried to capture it all in the time we had, but it is never ever enough. We ran back down the hill and cruised back to the guesthouse for a prepared communal supper (with a slight detour when I spotted some amazing light). Supper was the perfect time to warm up, refuel and chat with the other guests about the day that had unfolded. Keith & Eva had some time to gather their thoughts and think about their time together past and present. A beautiful love story formed over many years together. We enjoyed a feast of local delicacies and food cooked by the amazing chef Hadda who runs the Hrifunes Guesthouse with her husband Haukur (who happens to be a photographer).
After supper, we ventured out again into the night (which is really like day). To a destination that Keith & Eva had spoken along about, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. You may recognize this epic location from Game of Thrones. We stopped along the way, taking some photos along the crazy moss covered lava fields before arriving at the canyon.
When we arrived my jaw dropped. Which is saying a lot after two weeks of picking my jaw off the ground every time we turned a new corner. I was mesmerised by the canyon that unravelled as you climbed higher above it. We ventured along the high points of the canyon, hopping out to vantage points that let us see further into the abyss. What a sight to see, this definitely has to be one of the most amazing spots in all of Iceland. The way the canyon has formed through the glacier retreating and the thousands of years of erosion is just incredible.
We explored the edges of the canyon for what felt like hours and took photos until blue hour set in around midnight. Calling it a day on an elopement that was simply, sublime.
An Adventurous Iceland Elopement
This is Part One of a series of blogs about Iceland that I will be sharing. I wanted to start with the Iceland elopement as that is the opportunity that afforded me such a trip. I am very thankful for amazing people like Keith & Eva who love my work and trust me to document their stories like this.
Planning an Iceland elopement is no easy feat. Keith & Eva did an incredible job of lining up all the necessary people to make this all happen. Below I have included a number of the wonderful vendors involved from both locals in Iceland, to others in England and elsewhere.
Wedding Location: Iceland
Photography: Jack Chauvel
Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse
Locations: Vik // Cape Dyrhólaey // Fjaðrárgljúfur
Celebrant: Kristín Þórðardóttir
Hair & Makeup: Sandra Maria
Brides Dress: Galina Signature
Grooms Suit: Cad & The Dandy
I absolutely loved shooting this beautiful Iceland elopement and I cant wait to shoot there again. In fact Destination Weddings, Elopements and Engagements are something I hold dear to myself. The opportunities and couples I get to meet from around the world are simply awesome. It ties in my love of travel, capturing dramatic landscapes and documenting love stories all into one. If you have an inkling to marry, elope or get engaged anywhere in the world; then get in touch as I would love to be there to document it for you.