Iceland Black Sand Beach Elopement: Rosmery + Nate

Iceland elopement

If you missed Rosmery + Nate’s idyllic Iceland engagement photos we shared a bit earlier today, you’ll definitely want to take minute to check those out! They’re, naturally, the perfect precursor to their insanely gorgeous private elopement on the black sand beach of Dyrholaey in Iceland. While we often gush about our love for elopements, this one really is something else! From R + N’s impeccably perfect personal style to the breathtakingly unique backdrops + captures by their photographer Pat Furey, every ounce of this stunning vow exchange is completely original + incredibly stunning…

Rosmery says, We wanted an intimate ceremony where we could exchange vows privately to each other and we did just that. We chose a secluded spot on the beach with a lovely cave as a backdrop. The roaring sound of the waves crashing against the shore made it such that we could only hear ourselves, which added to the intimacy of the moment.

vow book

getting ready iceland

dotted lace robe

bridal hair comb

As far as first look locations go, it really doesn’t get better than this!

iceland first look

iceland first look

two piece wedding dress

lace top wedding dress

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iceland

gorgeous long veil

gorgeous long veil

It rained on our wedding day, and it was absolutely amazing! Rain in Iceland is beautiful to watch and we thoroughly enjoyed the light shower as we exchanged vows.

iceland elopement ceremony

iceland elopement ceremony

iceland elopement ceremony

iceland elopement ceremony

iceland black sand beach

iceland black sand beach

white garden rose bouquet

iceland black sand beach

iceland black sand beach

two piece wedding dress

veil

lace top

And there really are no words to describe our utter obsession with Rosmery’s two-piece Emily Riggs dress + veil…

tulle skirt wedding dress

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iceland elopement

iceland elopement

white garden rose bouquet

Emily Riggs wedding dress

two piece wedding dress

After seeing these images, Iceland is totally at the top of our list of places to visit.

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Emily Riggs wedding dress

iceland elopement

iceland elopement

iceland elopement

iceland elopement

iceland horses

iceland downed plane

Emily Riggs wedding dress

iceland downed plane

iceland downed plane

iceland downed plane

Aren’t these plane wreckage photos rad? According to Instagram’s blog, While there’s extremely limited historical information regarding what exactly happened to the fuselage, legend has it that in 1973, during particularly unsavory weather conditions, an airplane ran out of fuel and was forced to make a crash-landing on a beach just west of a small town called Vík. Everyone on board survived, and the wreckage was abandoned in the black sand.

iceland downed plane

iceland downed plane

iceland downed plane

iceland downed plane

bridal hair comb

Emily Riggs dress

iceland waterfall

Pat, Rosmery + Nate ended their adventurous day with a couple of shots in front of an Icelandic waterfall. Just gorgeous!

iceland waterfall

iceland waterfall

iceland waterfall

Elopements are beautiful because of their simplicity, so my advice is to keep it simple. Pick a location, book a fantastic photographer, and go!

photography: Pat Furey Photography // location: Dyrholaey, Iceland // florals: Reykjavikur Blom // wedding dress + veil: Emily Riggs // hair + makeup: Gunnhildur Birna Gunnarsdóttir //  groom suit: Tommy Hilfiger

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Idyllic Iceland Engagement Session: Rosmery + Nate

iceland engagement

We’re pretty excited about today’s two part Icelandic feature by the super talented Pat Furey Photography. First, we’ll be sharing Rosmery + Nate’s stunning engagement photos, set amongst the breathtaking hills + terrain of Dryolahey. But the main event, their amazing black sand beach elopement, will be coming up in just a bit so don’t forget to check back soon!

For their pre-wedding session, Rosmery chose the prettiest Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt paired with a simple gray top from ASOS. We love how her look showed off her spot-on style, but didn’t compete with the wildly gorgeous surroundings, or more importantly, upstage what these images are really about: her + Nate’s love for each other!

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iceland

iceland engagement

blue tulle engagement skirt

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

blue tulle engagement skirt

blue tulle engagement skirt

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

We love this sweet, happy shot!

blue tulle engagement skirt

blue tulle engagement skirt

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

iceland engagement

Pretty amazing, right? Wait until you see their elopement photos, coming up in just a bit!

photography: Pat Furey Photography // location: Dyrholaey, Iceland // hair + makeup: Gunnhildur Birna Gunnarsdóttir // skirt: Alexandra Grecco // top: ASOS

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Lush, Organic New Jersey Wedding: Virginia + Brad

organic bouquet bride and groom

For Virginia + Brad, who met during their freshman year at Princeton, incorporating sentimental nods to their past, combined with their current passions (organic food + sustainable agriculture topping the list!) ended up providing the perfect inspiration for their sweet New Jersey wedding. Details like gorgeous centerpieces composed of fresh florals, moss + seasonal vegetables, favors that included honey, garden seeds + tea leaves, and a delicious-looking vegan fruit cake, brought their vision to life in such a unique way! Since we’re loving this theme + think you will, too, let’s hear more about the inspiration behind it from the beautiful bride:

We met on a backpacking trip and spending time in the woods has been an important theme throughout our relationship. We wanted to have an eco-minded celebration that reflected both of our personalities, passions, and backgrounds. We ended up deciding that A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a the unifying theme for the aesthetic that we had in mind- a magical summer night in the forest. This proved to be helpful to bring all of our vendors onto the same page. In the end, with the help of many incredible people (including our planner Shelley Ryan), we planned the ideal party that we would want to be guests at, not something that checked off the boxes of what a wedding is supposed to be.

Big thanks to Katch Silva for the super pretty photos and congrats to Virginia + Brad on a beautifully executed day!

green bridesmaids

grooms in khakis

church ceremony

I wanted to process to a ballet march, since I am a dancer, but was having a hard time finding the right piece. At the very last minute, we turned to Simon Morrison, professor of music at Princeton, who is a world authority on Sergey Prokofiev, the composer of my absolute favorite ballet music (Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella). He recommended a piece from an obscure ballet, The Stone Flower, the last one that the composer ever wrote. We combed the stacks of the Princeton music library for the old, cloth bound Russian piano score and sent it to our organist to look over. He agreed, and the rest is history!

church ceremony

church ceremony

church ceremony

ceremony exit

old car exit

Love seeing the bridesmaids rocking different shades of green. The perfect color for this organic-inspired affair!

green and navy wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

lush organic bouquet

braided bridal hair

That bouquet is totally gorge! Virginia shares, When we first got engaged, a close friend of ours half-jokingly suggested that I carry a kale bouquet, and although we didn’t go quite that far, we loved the idea and our florist/farmer extraordinaire, Jenny from Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, took that concept and ran with it for the gorgeous, nutritious centerpieces + I did end up with a semi-edible bouquet that included several varieties of herbs.

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braided bridal hair

old car exit

bride and groom

tiger beer dispenser

tiger beer dispenser

organic reception

garland chair decor

organic centerpieces

organic centerpieces

We have nothing but love for these farm stand-inspired centerpieces. The blooms + produce look so incredibly lovely when paired together!

organic centerpieces

organic veggie centerpiece

organic veggie centerpiece

organic veggie centerpiece

purple napkins

hanging lanterns

And this cake? Wow.

naked cake with purple floral accent

first dance

first dance

veggie favors

veggie favors

sparkler exit

Choose your vendors and planner wisely. In all the choices, consider making more about yourself and what will be memorable to you instead of trying to fulfill societal norms… Choose your priorities (music, food, etc…) and make sure those reflect your personal style and principles design the ideal party that you would want to attend rather than checking boxes on a list of what a wedding is supposed to be.

photography: Katch Silva // venue + catering: The Cap and Gown Club Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey // event planning + coordination: Shelley Ryan // dress: Cortana // groom’s attire: Alton Lane // florals: Love ‘n Fresh Flowers // band: The Lonely Heart Strings Band // cake: Vegan Treats

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