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The Most Precious Iceland Elopement You’ve Seen

May 22, 2017 | gabby

Iceland is typically known for its natural, dramatic landscapes, but this Iceland elopement gives us a peek into the charmingly colorful town of Reykjavík as well! Eva and Kyle knew they wanted intimacy and exploration for their secret elopement, so they chose to have a destination city hall ceremony in Reykjavík and to read their vows in Iceland’s wilderness. Eva and Kyle didn’t shy away from color in their styles: Eva beautifully paired a vibrant red kimono as well as a denim jacket with her bridal separates, and Kyle wore a cool floral shirt. We are completely captivated with how Hello Tomorrow Films and Shari + Mike Photographers captured the couple’s playful elopement, including their breathtaking trek along Iceland’s mossy mountains.

The Couple:

Eva and Kyle

The Wedding:

Sýslumaðurinn í Reykjavík, Reykjavík, Iceland

We didn’t have a processional, a recessional or a first dance song because of how simple the day was. Instead we got ready together and our song that morning was Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) by Father John Misty.

Our elopement was all about making it legal, but we both thought that signing the papers to say we were officially married was an incredible once-in-a-lifetime adventure, so we wanted to make it as much fun as possible. We were inspired by vintage city hall weddings and the groom’s dream destination (he’s a meteorologist), Iceland. We wanted to have a simple City Hall wedding, so styled everything around that – a short skirt and a simple top for her, a brightly patterned shirt for him, pylsa (Icelandic hotdogs) for dinner, and a few simple accessories to catch the wind – a veil, and lots of ribbons.

We also added an old, borrowed and blue handkerchief, a few bottles of craft beer, a bouquet we picked up on the day, and a grey suede vow book. We wanted to laugh, and love and explore, to enjoy the brightly coloured city, the mossy mountains, to chase some sheep and pet some horse noses, find waterfalls, watch as the scenery changed over and over and as the sun set. We wanted to find magic in the loving of each other and the landscape, and that’s what we did.

We had a few close calls of almost letting it slip that we were running off to Iceland to get married because we were so excited and wanted to tell everyone! But, before we put anything into motion, we decided we wanted to skip the communal build-up. We thought it would be better to avoid the questions that come with the excitement of sharing in someone else’s wedding. We wanted it to just be about us, and this incredible journey we were going on (the literal journey around the world, and the journey of being legally bound to each other forever.)

However, we also knew we wanted to share all the joy and love with our community after the fact, so making sure we had someone there to document it was an infinitesimally close second. We have since shared the photos and video with our friends and family at home. Through that, we were able to relive and revel in our community’s love and support over and over again, while still keeping the elopement just about the two of us.

We both feel the most memorable moment was when our celebrant started to talk – the irony being that that’s also the most difficult part of the day to remember. We were both so overcome with emotion that neither of us can remember anything specific she said. We can, however, remember that she was perfect. 

Prior to arriving we hadn’t worried at all about what she was going to say as we knew that later in the day we were going to say our personal vows in a field. We expected that we were just going to get the standard speech without any personalization and we were OK with that. But, her address talked about responsibility to our love and our community. It covered all of the things we wanted to promise to each other, and it was beautiful. This was the moment that stuck with us most and also passed us by in a blur at the same time. It was deeply special and emotional.

When we wrote our vows we started by writing love letters to each other. When we read them we realized we had both used the word “fun” over and over, and in our personal vows we promised to have fun with each other as often as possible. We both think the other is just the most fun and interesting person, and we wanted our elopement to be a super awesome continuation of that. So, that’s our advice – have fun!

Some mandatory wedding things might be a bit tedious, like sending the correct paperwork off, but other than that, if it’s not fun, don’t do it. Wedding planning doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Instead, invest your time in what makes you happy, brings you joy, and is fun to do together. Having fun together is probably why you love each other anyway, may as well celebrate that!

Our photographers and videographers were the absolute best! They were everything to us that day: hair stylists, mirror holders, bouquet selectors, guests, and witnesses. They held our hands as we climbed over fences. One of them did parkour over a glacier stream. They laughed and cried with us.

We both love exploring the world and looking for beauty in the ordinary, and we got to explore an incredibly wild land with people who are professional beauty seekers. They had us explore cracks in mountains and moss covered houses and find waterfalls we never would have, had they not been there.

Our photographers and videographers made us feel comfortable to take moments just the two of us, and they captured them. There was a sweet moment when the sun was setting and we were in a field and we kissed. It felt like we were the only two people in the whole world, and yet, somehow, it ended up in our photos. At the same time they were so excited for us and ready to share in every moment. They made us feel as though we were surrounded by a massive community of love even though it was just four of them.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Shari + Mike Photographers
Ceremony Venue – Sýslumaðurinn í Reykjavík
Floral Design – Upplifun
Videography – Hello Tomorrow Films
Bridal Look – BHLDN, Club Monaco, Aritzia
Bridal Accessories – Rain People, True Value Vintage, Joanna Delaney, Jennifer Behr, Mociun, J. Crew, Dolce Vita
Groom’s Apparel – J. Crew, Club Monaco
Groom’s Accessories – Beaux TiesJ. Crew, Daniel Wellington
Vow Books – Mule Mother Books
Ribbons – Silk & Willow
Beverages – Borg Brugghús

 

Congratulations to Eva and Kyle, and a special thanks to Junebug members Hello Tomorrow Films and Shari + Mike Photographers for sharing their wedding with us. Love this wedding’s vibes? Then you’ve got to see this delightful lakefront wedding in Whistler, BC that will give you butterflies, also shot by Shari + Mike!

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Romantic Mexican Wedding Overlooking Lake Avándaro

May 21, 2017 | juliette

Michelle and Pablo’s wedding at a private family home near Lake Avándaro combined laid-back vibes, elegant style, and gorgeous views! The couple had both a civil ceremony and a church ceremony before ending the night at a fabulous lakeside reception. The civil ceremony took place on the back patio of the home, which offered a relaxed setting and a perfect view of the lake. Then they made their way to the intimate community church where the couple exchanged vows and received blessings from their loved ones. The bride’s custom Angeles Godoy gown was a true work of art, especially after she added long lace gloves for the church ceremony and reception. Jaime Art Photography captured every moment of this romantic wedding beautifully, including the couple’s dreamy portraits on the pier!

The Couple:

Michelle and Pablo

The Wedding:

Private Residence, Valle de Bravo, Mexico

We chose to get married and have our reception at Pablo´s mothers weekend house. It’s a very special place for us because Avandaro was the first trip we made as a couple, and also the place is spectacular. It is a hidden place in the woods, with a lake at the front surrounded by trees. Up from that you have an amazing view of the sunset and sunrise. It that was a very special place to share and made us feel peace and total happiness because we were disconnected from everything except the people we love.

We had two ceremonies. We had a civil ceremony at the house with the view of the lake, which gave it a special and unique vibe. We also had a church ceremony. At the end of that one, the guests threw rosemary, which is a symbol of luck and everlasting love, and rang a stick with a bunch of bells and ribbons attached to it to symbolize a rain of good wishes from the altar to the door, wishing us forever happiness.

We really liked working with our photographer, Jaime. He is an excellent person and photographer. He have a special sensitivity to capture the essence of what’s happening in the moment and the feelings. He was one of our best vendors; he arrived on time, he was always around us, and he was very helpful with everything.

The detail I love the most of my dress was color because it makes seems vintage while, at the same time, the style makes it trendy. The long train was something I really wanted to have, and the lace details make it beautiful.

Processional – “Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner
Recessional – “Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn
First Dance – “Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jaime Art Photography
Event Planning – Alfonso Zarazua
Floral Design – Ambientación de Espacios
Catering – Zumu
DJ – Pablo Borchi
Makeup Artist – Estefania Keil
Wedding Dress – Angeles Godoy
Bridal Accessories – Mariana Sariñana
Groom’s Apparel – Hugo Boss
Rings – Mariana Sanchez Navarro
Transportation – Las Orquídeas Florería

 

A heartfelt congratulations to Michelle and Pablo, and a special thanks to Jaime Art Photography for sharing these beautiful wedding photos with Junebug! Love the laid-back vibe of a private home wedding? Then you’re going to love this emotional Portland wedding that took place at the bride’s childhood home!

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Cozy Cute Florida Wedding at Bramble Tree Estate

May 21, 2017 | juliette

We’ve got your daily dose of sweetness right here with Kristin and Marcus’ wedding at Bramble Tree Estate! Using a palette of soft pink and ivory, the couple created a naturally elegant vibe accented with rustic details, such as handmade signs, antique wooden frames, and burlap tablecloths. The couple said “I do” in an intimate outdoor ceremony under a large shade tree, then danced (and sang!) the night away under a canopy of cafe lights in the open-air pavilion. Even sweeter than the details, though, were the candid moments captured by Noelle Johnson. You could feel the sisterly love between Kristin and her bridesmaids as they got ready, exchanged gifts, and prayed together before the ceremony. Then the magical moments between the bride and groom, which included bursts of laughter and intimate cuddles, completely stole our hearts!

The Couple:

Kirstin and Marcus

The Wedding:

Bramble Tree Estate, Sorrento, Florida

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Noelle Johnson
Event Planning and Floral Design – Andi Mans
Venue – Bramble Tree Estate
Cake – Merci Bakery
Live Music – Johnny Dee and the Starlights
Videography – White and Revery

 

Congratulations to Kristin and Marcus, and a huge thanks to Noelle Johnson for sharing this super sweet wedding with Junebug! If rustic vibes are your thing, you don’t want to miss this modern rustic Northern California wedding at Honey Run Covered Bridge!

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