They meet. They fall in love. He presents a ring. She says yes. And then the wedding plans begin. The couple sends our team, Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons, an inquiry in September of 2019. One week later, on October 1st they commit to working with our team; they are ready to take the leap and start their planning process with us.
This month’s blog is dedicated to the charming couple Becky and Calum, from the United Kingdom, who decided to have their wedding in Iceland. Instead of a guest filled celebration, the couple wanted to have an intimate elopement; no guests – just the two of them. And on February 10th, 2020; their wedding dreams came true.
In Iceland, February can be a very tricky month weather wise. You can expect any kind of weather: sun, rain, snow, hail, gale-forced winds, overcast skies – all at the same time; or a mixture that changes every few minutes. February is known to be Iceland’s most stormy month. Regardless of the questionable weather, it is also the month that brings hope and promise. February can be a month with lots of road closures so leaving buffer time/day and having a planner who can change things quickly for you is beneficial to keeping your stress level down. In the winter months, Iceland has minimal daylight; you blink, and you may miss the sun. In February, the sun starts to stick around a little bit longer every day to remind Icelanders the coming of spring: warmer temperatures and endless daylight. On February 10th of this year the sun rose at 9:41 am and set at 5:43 pm. The air was crisp and cool, with bouts of wind; but lucky for Becky and Calum the sky was lit with beautiful sunshine. They cherished every single minute of it.
The couple chose to have their wedding ceremony at Iceland’s famous Skógafoss waterfall, located in the south of Iceland. The majestic waterfall is 60 m high, which is almost 197 feet tall, with a width of 25 meters (82 feet). The glacier waters of Skógá River collapse over the cliff, a border separating the coastal lowlands and the mountainous highlands, to create this stunning attraction. Ever wonder how to have a waterfall wedding in Iceland?
Becky and Calum were legally married in Iceland by one of our Iceland Wedding Celebrants. Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons helped the couple with all the required legal documents and proceedings, including booking them an appointment with the District Commissioner in the Southern Region of Iceland.
Calum is of Scottish decent, so it was important for the couple to find a celebrant who was familiar with the handfasting ceremony. A Handfasting ceremony is a Celtic tradition symbolizing the binding of two together or “tying the knot” by physically binding the hands of the betrothed together. The couple stands side by side holding each other’s hands or facing each other with both their hands intertwined with one another. The celebrant recites a series of vows, and with each vow a layer of the string or cord is wrapped around the hands of the couple. Couples may also choose to write their own vows, which they profess during the handfasting and then proceed directly to the exchange of the rings.
After their intimate ceremony the couple ventured out along the south of Iceland with their Iceland photographer Lezek. Iceland Wedding and Honeymoons would like to thank him for sharing his photographs with us, seen in this blog.
Has this month’s inspired you to get married at one of Iceland’s hundreds of waterfalls? Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons has a long list of breathtaking locations; any of which could be exactly the one you have been looking for. Whether it be an elopement, a family filled celebration, or a wedding with your closest friends; we are certain we have the perfect location suited for you and your group. Contact us today and we can start the planning of your special day!