Getting Married in Iceland
After 10 years together, Canadian couple Lauren Calvert and David Merron got engaged in January 2015. A month later they had made one arrangement for their wedding: to get married in Iceland.
It was a single picture of a little black church in dramatic landscape that led to this adventurous decision and on September 3rd the following year they had a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony in that very setting on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. To say that Lauren and David were lucky with the weather would be an understatement. Then again, they do seem like very lucky people.
Luck be a Lady...
Apart from the obvious luck of finding love and happiness in each other, Lauren and David participated in a WOW air Facebook game and won a package prize consisting of tickets to Iceland, access to the Blue Lagoon, dinner at the Lava Restaurant and the Into the Glacier experience.
Meet me in the Middle
Neither of them had been to Iceland before but they were both big fans of Icelandic music, particularly Sigurrós. They had always wanted to go and see the northern lights and the idea of sharing the experience with friends and family was an instant hit. It didn’t hurt that while Dave and Lauren live in Canada, Dave has extended family in England, so Iceland, as is so often the case, was convenient middle-ground. Just ask Reagan and Gorbachev.
Planning an event like this in a different continent in a country you’ve never been to is no small task but with the help of the wedding planners at Pink Iceland they had every minute detail taken care of beforehand and were able to have a relaxed and wonderful experience on their special day. They arrived a week before the wedding along with a group of friends and family, rented a big van and drove Route 1 around the country. “It was perfect,” says Dave when asked about their time in Iceland. “We just wanted to move there.” They highly recommend a road trip although next time they want to spend more than a week on the road: “The roads were easy and everyone was really friendly.” Were there any surprises or unexpected experiences? “The scenery just changes so frequently that there are surprises at every turn,” says Lauren. “You have to stop the car every few minutes to take in new breathtaking scenery.” A “problem” Icelanders are all too familiar with. There is no speeding past some places.
The wedding ceremony took place in the field next to the little black church at Búðir in Snæfellsnes with Lauren’s uncle as the officiant. To keep this international union legal they had an intimate, official paper-signing ceremony two days before the wedding. It took place on the roof of the National Theatre in Reykjavík, an event venue unheard of in Iceland but apparently there’s nothing Pink Iceland can’t do. “It was a nice moment, intimate and grand at the same time.”
The night before the wedding Lauren, Dave and their guests had a bonfire and BBQ on the beach by their venue. "We all got to experience the northern lights together that night!" The wedding party was held at Hótel Búðir and their restaurant did the catering. “The food was amazing and the service was great,” says Lauren. The menu was inspired by the locale and included Icelandic favorite skyr and freshly caught fish from the area but no fermented shark, oddly enough. Perhaps it’s not the most romantic of delicatessens. We understand.
All the Romance
But is Iceland with its extremes a romantic destination? “If you’re adventurous at heart and you’re there with someone you love then yes, it’s very romantic because you’re sharing this unbelievable and unique experience with your loved one, and, in our case, our friends and family.”
Aside from the romance and the wedding obviously, what really stands out from this trip?
“We did get to see the northern lights which was a dream come true,” says Lauren. “The horses. They were just so cute and friendly,” says Dave and gets extra points for not calling them ponies. “And the town of Seyðisfjörður. We drove into town after dark one night and when we woke up, we were in this beautiful town in a narrow fjord surrounded by the tall mountains. It’s such a happy memory. Oh, and the Icelandic hot dogs were excellent!”
And the Sequel...This romantic story is only just beginning as the happy couple is expecting a baby girl in a few weeks and if all goes to plan, she’ll be visiting Iceland in her very first year. “We have big plans for our maternity leave and really want to come back to Iceland and see more of the country.”
Header photo by Iris and Light