Welcome to the land of Fire and Ice. When our Rebellious Brides team planned for our Europe trip/shoot projects, we included a 5-day side trip to Iceland. Little did we know that we would all fall in love with this country. So much so that we decided to shoot here instead of shooting in London.
Iceland shook us to our very core and knocked us off of our feet. We literally still can't stop thinking about Iceland at this very moment. And we are already planning to go back...at this very moment.
Is Iceland for you and your groom/husband? If you guys want a place where:
a) you can see the Northern Lights
b) you can pamper yourself with the ultimate beauty/spa getaway
c) you can quench your thirst for adventure that combines the city night life and natural wonders all rolled into one
d) you can fulfill a Scandinavian trip at the most affordable way possible
e) you can enjoy the cold, cozy, sweater weather
f) you can experience a one-of-kind epic trip that's less crowded
g) all of the above
Then Iceland is definitely a place you'll also fall in love with.
Now keep in mind that when we did this shoot, we weren't even planning on shooting here at all. We weren't prepared, we didn't have any outfits to use, and we also did not have any wedding photographers with us. Imagine having all of those at your disposal? I mean our photos are already showing Iceland at its most beautiful self. What more if we had all the bells and whistles to make this shoot even better?
This is a place that we highly recommend for you. And planning, saving, and making this trip happen would be so simple. If Iceland is a place that you are seriously considering, here are some of the things that we did for this trip that might help you:
1. Wait for a good promo to fly to London. But if money is not even an issue, then by all means, go for it! If you coming from the U.S., you can also check direct flights via Iceland Air.
2. From London, you can purchase your tickets going to Iceland via Wow Air (Iceland's budget airlines) or Iceland Air (again if money is a non-issue)
3. The best time to go if you want to see the Northern Lights would be during Winter (December-February). However if you can't take the extremely brutal cold weather, you can opt to go during fall season instead. You can do this between the 4th week of October to 3rd week of November because the Northern Lights start to be visible by October (but not as bright). If you don't want to feel too cold you can also book during Iceland's summer season but note that the chances of you seeing the Northern Lights are very, very, slim. You might not even see it at all.
4. Iceland is a big country and going to and from various areas would be quite the journey. The best way to go around at your own pace would be to get a car rental
5. We booked a house in Southern Iceland through AirBnB. It was an overt decision on our part to book a place in the "middle of nowhere" because we wanted to see the Northern Lights. We also wanted to stay in a place where we would be closer to nature and the sightseeing options. But for your own trip, you can plan it in such a way wherein half of your time you'll stay in the main city of Reykjavik and half of the time you can stay in Southern (or Northern) Iceland.
6. Visiting the Blue Lagoon is a MUST. The Blue Lagoon is one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World according to National Geographic. It is a geothermal spa where the natural healing properties of sulfur, algae, and Iceland's freshest waters all work together to make your skin feeling refreshed and make you feel oh so beautiful. This was one of the highlights of our trip! If you are on a honeymoon, get the package with your own private lounge for the ultimate romantic and exclusive Blue Lagoon experience.
7. Other places that we went to during our trip: we got to see the Seljalandfoss (this was literally 5 minutes away from our house), we also got to see geysers, the Hallgrimskirkja church, and the Pingvellier National Park. But you don't need to go very far to enjoy Iceland's unique and varied backdrops. Just driving around Iceland and every angle you will see will make your jaws drop and make you wonder if you are still on Earth.
There's still so much to see and do, though. The operative word being "Ice,"
Iceland has a lot of this and we didn't even get to see it. Reykjavik also has a thriving foodie and party scene which we weren't able to experience. So those are just some of the things that we are looking forward to experiencing on our next visit.
This concludes our 3-part editorial series from Europe. We hope you enjoyed the unique stories that we shared with you. As you will see, there's a common thread in all of these features. And that is, showcasing different kinds of wedding ideas (and destinations) that don't necessarily conform to the usual template of a grand celebration. Times are a changing folks. When we started this blog, wedding celebrations were leaning towards DIYs, colored gowns, and personalized weddings. But now we see a new point-of-view from couples who prefer to use their wedding funds to travel around the world, who prefer the more minimalist/sartorial looks, couples who find meaning in celebrating their own union with guests handpicked to as little as ten..or none at all. And these features celebrate those kinds of brides and grooms. As we always say in the blog--there are all kinds of brides, and there are all kinds of weddings. And we choose to honor all those differences that all lead to love in the end.
Photography by @marxcyrus (IG)
RB Kai's silver skirt by Religioso/Styled by Miss Kayce
Travel Arrangements by @palgentravel (IG)