I am delighted to share Kym & James and their intimate Iceland Destination Wedding. Being able to document beautiful love stories is what makes this job amazing and above all more special when the story is of wonderful friends.
I met James online many years ago through our mutual love of film photography. Even though we live in different states, we have always made the effort to catch up whenever we can. Rose and I absolutely love road tripping down to Gippsland to spend time in their wonderful home. During one of these trips Kym & James started talking about their wedding ambitions and how they could tie the knot.
Kym & James were sold on an Iceland Destination Wedding after hearing the stories and seeing my photos from last year. I suggested a few potential locations in Iceland, as well places for us to explore together. After some research, they decided they loved the Black Church in Budir, on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Snaefellsnes proved to be the perfect dramatic backdrop for their story.
To start the trip we spent a week together in London. Exploring old haunts, checking out the wonderful food and enjoying the London summer. The Iceland Destination Wedding was set to happen at the end of June, with a week of exploring Iceland altogether afterwards. We landed first in Reykjavik and I showed them my favourite spots around the city. The day after we made a day trip to Stykkishólmur to do the official paperwork for the wedding. After a big day of exploring, it was time to venture out to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. We booked a beautiful log cabin in Arnarstapi for our accommodation for the wedding.
The wedding day itself was dramatic, a winter storm in summer. Sideways rain and a howling wind made for conditions which suited a country named Iceland. We spent the morning in our wooden cabin accommodation, listening to tunes and getting ready for the ceremony. The church was quaint, warm and very homely. It worked as the perfect location for the ceremony, hidden out of the elements. The ceremony was very intimate, with Rose and I as witnesses and the priest having a wonderfully dry sense of humor. He sang in Icelandic and gave some wonderful words of wisdom for a happy life.
After the church we dashed for the car and explored around the peninsula. We made the most of a break in the weather and shot in some lupin fields before retiring to the cabin to celebrate. After checking the forecast we decided to take it easy for the rest of the day, and head out again the next morning to shoot.
The day after it was beautiful and calm. Exploring the Arnarstapi coastline, we found dramatic landscapes and basalt columns framing the landscape.Near Snæfellsjökull we explored a F-Road which was picturesque and quiet. The fog would roll through with the breeze, and we could not see another soul in sight. Lava fields on the mountain merged into the rolling hills, it was simply spectacular. We then finished our shoot by hiking high into the valley above Budir to the foot of Bjarnarfoss (a waterfall) which looked back over towards the coast where Kym & James tied the knot.
It was such an incredible trip and Iceland Destination Wedding. Thank you Kym & James for having Rose and I along to share this with you both.
Please enjoy the story of Kym & James below.
Iceland Destination Wedding on the Snaefellsnes Penninsula
I love being able to travel and document wedding stories around the world. Having visited and documented Keith & Eva’s beautiful elopement in Iceland in 2017; it was a delight to return. I gave Kym & James a variety of locations for them to choose for their Iceland Destination Wedding and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula had everything they wanted.
Kym wanted to include her love of all things vintage in the wedding, and did so with her beautiful 1930’s dress and handmade headpiece. The details weren’t over the top, they were just perfect for who Kym & James are. I love their beautiful wedding rings. I have included all of the vendors involved below.
Wedding Location: The Budir Black Church & the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Ceremony Location; Budir Church
Bride Prep: Arnarstapi, Iceland
Hair & Makeup: Gudrun from Silfur Har og Fordun
Brides Dress: Trove Vintage Boutique (Etsy)
Brides Veil/Headpiece: Eleanor Marguerite
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Wynelle
Brides Jewelry: Family Heirlooms
Brides Shawl: Vintage Caf (Etsy)
Grooms Suit: Peter Jackson
Shooting Location: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland