When Brandy emailed me last year asking me to document her elopement in Iceland, I thought a friend was playing a cruel joke on me. Everything about their wedding seemed too good to be true, but luckily it wasn’t, and soon all of the details fell into place. Their plan was to elope at Hotel Budir, nestled amongst a lava field, in the remote Snaefellsnes peninsula.
Ever since then, I’ve been really excited to visit Iceland, and more importantly, trying to truthfully convey the love and respect that Brandy and Justin have for one another.
“Thirteen years ago I went to Paris with a friend, and when we got back his friend, Justin, saw a picture of me from the trip. According to him, he fell in love with me from that photograph and declared he would marry me someday. A year later Justin and I met, I (quite unexpectedly) fell in love with him at first sight, a few months later we got engaged and a few months after that, young and overwhelmed by the most intense love, we fell apart. Time went by, we tried to move on, we both met, married and divorced other people, and twelve years later here we are back to where we should have always been.”
Claire and I spent the week in Iceland and shared an apartment with Brandy and Justin. I can say with no hyperbole that after many great conversations riddled with highly inappropriate jokes, lots of Icelandic Vodka, and sitting down to share a meal at their wedding reception, these two remarkable humans have quickly become great friends.
Here’s a very small portion of what I was so lucky to be apart of in Iceland. I’m already plotting my trip back.
You can read more about Brandy and Justin’s romantic Icelandic elopement on Green Wedding Shoes.
Búðir, Staðarsveit, Snaefellsnes peninsula. The westernmost tip of Iceland.
Many thanks as always to my partner-in-crime Claire for documenting the above with me. Some of her work is mixed in.