Iceland, a Nordic nation away from everything. It’s capital Reykjavik (Ray-ka-vik) runs on geothermal power and its home to one of Europe’s largest glaciers Vatnajökull. (Don’t ask me how to pronounce that one.)  Iceland also has gorgeous waterfalls around every corner, natural hot tubs overlooking a lagoon, puffin nesting grounds on cliffsides, and a Viking culture rich with whimsical stories of fairies and unicorns. Looking back at my photos makes me want to hop on Wow airlines and go eat some fermented shark.

My first wedding in Iceland brought me to the west side of the country. Lorra and John had their wedding at the famous Hotel Budir. The event was planned beautifully by their planner Karen from Love Iceland. (Side note: I highly recommend using a wedding planner if you are getting ready for a destination wedding.) The Hotel Budir is one of the most picturesque locations you could choose for your Iceland wedding. It’s on the Snaefellsness Peninsula (one of the easiest to pronounce Iceland names I have come across in my travels around the country). The hotel is secluded along an ocean and has magnificent views of moss covered lava fields. The nearby glacier Snaefellsjokull made a beautiful backdrop. Many people choose to get married at this cute little black church next to Hotel Budir, but Lorra and John planned for an outdoor ceremony near a waterfall. Sweet!

The morning of the wedding I scouted out Kirkjufellfoss, a waterfall about an hour drive from Hotel Budir over a large mountain range. It snowed a little that morning and then began to rain. Luckily it started to clear up before the ceremony. Lorra and John arrived at the ceremony site at the base of Kirkjufellfoss. It was there that we met their pastor, Pall. All of the guests stood at the base of the fall right next to Kirkjufell Mountain. What a beautiful ceremony. It was simple and elegant. Afterwards, I captured some portraits with Lorra and John around the waterfall. Then things got a little chilly, so we headed back to Hotel Budir for the reception. The dinner at Hotel Budir was exquisite. Actually, I’m not used to eating so good. After toasts and dessert, Lorra, John, and I went to the lava fields to capture some beautiful portraits as the sun fell behind the mountains. We shot until dusk in the meadow. I just love these photos. Thank you so much Lorra and John for including me on your special day.

Josh Hartman – Travel Wedding Photographer

I will be sharing lots more photos from my adventures on my instagram at instagram.com/joshhartmanphotography/

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