There are few places more mystical and entrancing than Iceland. This tiny country, which harbours less than 500,000 residents, and more than 39 mountain ranges (including 2 very active volcanoes!), has gone relatively unexplored by the rest of the world, and is renowned for both its eccentric customs and its incredible scenery. Before anything else, Iceland is completely unique – making it the ideal location for a private and intimate elopement.
Ben and Helena’s elopement wedding had just two “guests” in attendance – their registrar, and their photographer Winston Sanders, who we have to thank for his wondrous photographs. The ceremony took place in the front of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a magnificent 60 foot feature in south of Iceland that will make your jaw drop in the following photos – so we can see why the couple chose it as a magical place to celebrate their marriage!
Helena wore an elegant A-line gown from Venus Bridal, with a long train that spilled out behind her as she and Ben exchanged their vows. She looked every inch the bride, with a charming floral hairpiece and a very fashionable 60s-style pea coat that complemented her vintage look. And Ben brought it too, with a two-piece slate suit and a traditional boutonnière that made them appear perfectly matched for one another.
Without a big reception to go to following their outdoor ceremony, Ben and Helena’s afternoon consisted of one of the most ambitious photoshoots we have seen, travelling to several different destinations around Iceland to capture their big day in a memorable and emotional way. Some of these locations included the Skógarfoss waterfall, the Reynisfjara pebble beach, and the Sólheimajökull glacier – and none of it would have been possible without the excellent Winston Sanders. Consistently brilliant, and taking an unobtrusive approach to ensure his photographs are honest, profound and very striking, Winston’s photography is something to be admired – so take the opportunity to have a closer look now…
Credits: Photographer – Winston Sanders Photography; Wedding dress – Venus; Bridal jacket – Ted Baker; Hairpiece – Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe; Bridal shoes – ASOS; Hiking boots – Berghaus (Groom), Scarpa (Bride); Groom’s suit – Ben Sherman; Groom’s shoes – Kurt Geiger; Tie – Swagger and Swoon; General assistance and planning – Pink Iceland.