Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Iceland Engagement Photography

Today's post is all about Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik with images courtesy of Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography. This Greece-based photographer describes this couple and their shoot in broken English, but hey, that's much better than we could write in Greek, so many thanks to Sotiris for sharing his images with our mountain wedding blog. We have dreamed of going to Iceland to explore the mountains, and this post only makes us want to go even more. This dramatic landscape is surreal and definitely belongs on this blog, as we are sure that a few of our couples have the same wanderlust for mountains around the world like we do. That's why you're seeing a series of posts of mountain weddings and mountain love from around the country and around the world.

Destination Mountain Engagements and Elopements

Breckenridge and Summit County are our specialty, but we hope you contact us if you like what you see here, because Sotiris would be happy to join you on any mountain adventures in Iceland, or Greece for that matter. After a brief email exchange, we discovered that he is based in a town that's nearby to where Dina's father is from. He fled his homeland many years ago, when it was a war torn area. We can understand his wanting to escape conflict and make a better life for his family in the United States, which he did. So, if you are dreaming of an engagement or elopement in Breck, or in the mountains of Greece, we know of a brilliant photographer who can take outstanding photos of you and your love. Please contact us for more information about destination elopements. Thanks for stopping by!

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

What took me to Reykjavik in the first place was of course ... Love ! Svala and Johanh are a young couple of Icelanders who had me shoot their engagement. Johanh, who has this composed air of regal austerity, is a bit camera shy at first, but it's an Nordic thing as I can tell; Icelanders will graciously allow you into their space, will be excellent hosts and fascinating conversationalists, but when it comes to posing, or standing in front of the camera they do not appear overly excited even if they are. Then Svala, with her milky white complexion and fairy-like, girly beauty approaches, whispering something to his ear, and everything changes; I guess it's no mystery that your woman's ways of making this world a milder place for you are phenomenal. They unwind, they embrace and I am sincerely at a loss for words because their intimacy reminds me of an arcadian ballad, the simple, innocent contentement one finds in fairytales of the North. Their gestures, spotless and effortless have me follow them around as they stroll, it's sort of like a gentle hunt.

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Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Svala + Johanh: Iceland Engagement Photography in Reykjavik | Image: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Adventure Travel and Destination Wedding Inspiration

Today's post is about Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa, with  images courtesy of M&J Studios. This is a continuation of M&J Studios submissions via Two Bright Lights that had me day dreaming about wandering the beaches of Iceland. Please click here to see another set of dramatic photos from this beautiful land. Mountain people are pretty much done with winter about now, but are still stuck with a few more weeks of snow and graupel while the temps get higher and the rivers fill with snowmelt. Lots of the mountain tribes migrate west to Moab, Glen Canyon / Lake Powell or Zion. You might've heard of Bryce Canyon, and those places are right around six hours (maybe a little more for some of these) of driving away from Breckenridge. So, it's actually plausible to think of a mountain wedding in Colorado and then escape to the desert for a honeymoon. Ask us about where we've been and we can steer you in the right place to explore and enjoy.

Waterfalls, Beaches and Icebergs

The icebergs on the beach and terrain in this blog reminded me of some time I spent on a NOLS course in Patagonia, wandering the beaches near the Campo del Hielo Sur, or southern ice field. We paddled away from the glacier we were dropped near, and ice bergs calved from the main sheet of ice drifted with the ebb and flow of the tide through the Chilean archipelago. Iceland looks intriguing and I even know of a college buddy who rode his fat bike through Iceland recently. Whatever mountains you choose, we hope you have a wonderful day full of love. If you're considering an adventure in the Breckenridge area and don't know where to start, please contact us to learn more how we can help you plan an elopement, wedding or vow renewal in our mountainous terrain. There are no ice bergs, but we do have waterfalls and beaches. Kind of, on the beach part. At a few lakes anyway. Thanks for reading!

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

First thing what comes up in my mind when thinking about Maja and Patrick are they were just so brave! Iceland is a magical natural wonder out of this world, it can take your breath away in every corner but will put you in a test as well. We agreed right away if in case it’s rainy and too windy we will keep the second day as a back-up. The wedding day was so fiercely windy, like nothing I have felt before and when looking back to those photos I truly think Maja and Patrick are one of the bravest couples I’ve ever had. We really fought with the weather, my lenses were constantly full of black sand and it was hard to move on the beach. But, it was so rewarding to see the most happy faces when we ended up on the iceberg fields so called “ice lagoon” in the end of our first day.We drove more than 800km in two days in southern part of Iceland.

After every corner the veil of dreams was lifted and we thought this is the mother of core beauty of all. Raw, clean, pure, you feel so small in it that it must be one of the most magical places to get married on earth. Mostly we were just improvising, exploring new places and places I’ve been before, not in a hurry, just enjoying it all despite the weather. Memorable days to remember forever. I’m so happy that I was able to be there with you, Maja and Patrick.Words from the couple:“We fell in love with Iceland for its romantic melancholy scenery – and its neutrality: with our families being spread all over the world (in China, Germany and the UK) it was impossible to include everybody, so a private wedding followed by receptions seemed the fairest way. Plus, this way we got to follow the wedding with the honeymoon right away!

Iceland turned out to be the perfect destination – so much more breathtaking in person, every turn of the road brought us to new, spectacular views. In fact we were so enamoured we drove 800km over the two wedding days ever in search of new vistas (which Mait so beautifully captured!) and we already can’t wait to go back.”

We did have a lovely florist, who was recommended to us by our lovely AirBnb hosts - she was so friendly and enthusiastic, I e-mailed her a photo of the dress and she made the bouquet to match, and made a hair clip and boutonniere as a gift.

My shoes (both the heels and the booties) were Vivienne Westwood x Melissa. The vintage coat was from my mother in law. Patrick's whole outfit (not that anyone ever cares about the poor groom haha) was Hugo Boss with shoes from Ted Baker.And we chose Iceland because we just loved the unearthly, dramatic landscapes, and because being multi-racial, our families are spread all over the globe... and we decided to have the wedding private, with local receptions to follow as a way to not exclude anyone.

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Engagement Photography in Iceland

Today's special feature is all about Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland with images courtesy of M&J Studios. If you're a regular to this blog, we're all about the weddings and mountain love stories here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. We're based in Breckenridge, but our blog here shows love stories from around the world. From time to time we get a jaw-dropping session submitted via Two Bright Lights and just have to accept it to share the eye candy. We hope you enjoy this set of images that will help inspire you for a fun day taking photos somewhere in the mountains.

Adventure Weddings and Engagement Photo Sessions

While we'd love to go to Iceland to take some pics ourselves, if you want the help and don't know where to start, we can help you put together a romantic getaway to the Summit County area to take your engagement photos in any of the nearby mountain towns. Each one has its own charm. Keystone, Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne are close by, while Vail and Beaver Creek are just a hop, skip and a jump over Vail Pass. We put together a custom package that will include a professional photographer, lodging and any other vendors or services you might need. Please contact us to learn more about small weddings and elopements too. For full-service planning needs and larger, destination events with a traditional venue, we can recommend a local Breckenridge wedding planner to work with you for Day-Of, and Coordinating Services. Thanks for reading!

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Some years ago when I had my studies in Reykjavik, we drove around the Iceland in three days. Awesome ride! I remember dreaming about coming back in one day and photographing on those places we passed. We drove more than 1400 km with Sarah and Lauri in few days without the rush. We stopped where we wanted, we took our time to see around. We passed all those places, starting from Reykjavik, heading to Vik, passing the Ice Lagoon in Jökulsárlón, all the way through eastern-fjords, to the planet mars type of terrains up in the north, spending the nights in Skaftarhreppur and Myvatn, coming back through Akureyri.I promised to capture the weddings photos of Sarah and Lauri when they get married and Iceland perfectly matched my vision of their wedding shots. On the road we were with the Asgeir’s music playing in our speaker all the way.

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios