Inspired by the dark and beautiful aesthetics of Iceland, American couple Lexy and Neil who had never been to Iceland before chose to have their dream destination wedding amongst all Iceland’s natural beauty and elements.
They incorporated their interests in paganism into their unique outdoor Asatrú ceremony on a mountain top, and it was every bit as mysterious and atmospheric as they had hoped. Even with the heavens opening they embraced every minute and kept everything simple and pure and true to them.
Everything looks so peaceful, serine and utterly romantic *swoon*. The images captured by Nordica Photography are breathtaking! Such a feast for the eyes
Lexy The Bride: I normally wear all black all the time, but I wanted something different and atypical for the wedding without hiding any of my tattoos or piercings. I also wanted the wedding dress to have the same emotive and visual appeal of what our wedding was about and where it was located, Iceland. I spent a day with my Mother and easily found the perfect dress for me at Ceremony Boston. It has a clean and elegant silhouette, and an amazing lace and beaded slip that goes over a simple satin dress. I felt light and ethereal in the dress and knew it was perfect.
Neil wanted something simple and clean cut for the wedding day, he wore a simple black suit that was slim cut by Express.
We stayed at and got married at the Budir Hotel in Snaefellsnes, Iceland.
There was no real color scheme or crazy theme to the wedding. Neil and I both wanted to embrace all the natural colours and sights in the Icelandic landscape. We both fell in love with the beauty that Iceland had to offer, so we kept the whole inspiration of the wedding to be nature and the location itself.
All of the flowers at the wedding were provided by Agnes Lind at the Budir Hotel. I asked Agnes to decorate our wedding dinner table and reception room with any wild flowers and ivy that were right outside along with several candles for a nicely dim and intimate setting. She did an absolutely amazing job and brought in the autumnal colours of October to the table setting with lots of reds and oranges.
The Wedding Party Fashion
All of our wedding party were asked to simply dress comfortably and warm. Neil and I wanted to keep the entire day very comfortable and relaxing for everyone.
Neil and I wanted an Asatrú style wedding and ceremony because it was a very natural and honest start to our lives together. We are both very close to what Asatrú stands for.
Before the wedding ceremony, it became very clear that Iceland had some wonderfully unpredictable weather in store for us. The past few days that we were there, Iceland was experiencing some extremely heavy winds, dark looming clouds, and rain storms.
Our Godi (priestess) was Jóhanna Harðardóttir, an absolutely kind and friendly woman. Johanna felt like family the very first time we met in her house, the day before the wedding.
Jóhanna arrived early on the wedding day to change into her ceremonial clothing and set up the outdoor fire pit.
With dark clouds and strong wind gusts quickly approaching and the fire outside lit, we heard from Jóhanna outside that we should begin the ceremony. I hurriedly finished my makeup and threw on my shoes to run outside before the impending rain arrived. My mother, Ellenie, walked me from the hotel to the ceremony site outside and stood to my right, holding our ceremonial drinking horn.
Neil and his best friend (and Best Man) arrived together and walked to the ceremony site where we first saw each other in all our wedding attire. Neil and I stood side by side while Jóhanna began.
Jóhanna opened the Asatrú ceremony by inviting the Nordic gods Freyja, Frigg and Vár as protectors of the marriage. She then began a chant of the Völuspá about the three great Norns, three female beings who rule the destiny and fate of gods and men.
Jóhanna began to tell us all a story about the Norns, how they weave together the fates and destiny of every man.
The clouds finally arrive over us and it began to rain during the ceremony, soaking everyone but the fire stayed lit. No one went for an umbrella, but instead we all stood in place and embraced the rain. Jóhanna began to talk about the elements themselves; how water contains the creative and artistic energy, how wind represents our emotions and how you must let them flow free, earth is our land to keep good care of it in order to grow something beautiful and fruitful, and fire is what brought Neil and I both together.
Neil and I took hold of the Ring of Oaths and said our vows to each other and then placed our own ring on each others’ finger.
To end the ceremony, Jóhanna drank from the drinking horn to the newly wedded couple and to the future. She then passed the horn to Neil and I to drink from to complete our vows to each other. We then passed around the horn to every one in the wedding party to say anything they would like and drink from the horn as well.
Since the entire wedding was very small and intimate, the day was the really about the enjoyment of everyone’s company in a beautiful setting. After the wedding ceremony itself, we all went inside the hotel for a quick champagne toast and conversation with the family and our priestess. We enjoyed some coffee and tea before everyone explored the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on their own for the rest of the day until dinner.
All of the food and desserts were provided by Budir Hotel. The food was absolutely amazing and I can not say enough good things about it. We had a small selected menu provided by the hotel that each of the guests got to choose their courses. Dessert was a delicious chocolate cake from the hotel that Neil and I shared first.
Our photographer’s almost need no introduction, Nordica Photography are one of the most talented photographers I have ever seen. Jakob and Cole were absolutely brilliant and so warm toward Neil and I. They were very familiar with Iceland and Snaefellsness and had already scouted out locations to take Neil and I for our photos. Before the ceremony, Cole and Jakob brought us to a cave for some pre-wedding photos, which really set the tone for the whole adventure of the day.
After the ceremony, Nordica Photography brought us all over the Peninsula for some truly breathtaking scenery. We got to walk over lava beds covered in moss, pet some wonderful local horses, hike over rocky beach cliffs, and climb to the top of a waterfall.
Neil and I even had a moment where we got completely drenched by an ocean wave crashing through the cliff edge, and all they did was laugh. Everything was absolutely perfect. Iceland really welcomed us with all its incredible landscapes AND weather.
Neil and I opted not to have any video taken at the wedding. We wanted our memories and the pictures to truly capture the day for us.
My only advice I have to future couples is to really remember that the wedding is about you and the one you love, not about any pressure to invite everyone that you know. Keep everything simple and pure and just be true to the two of you.
Photography by Nordica Photography
- Dress Designer Rosa Clara – Ubeda
- Bridal Boutique Ceremony Boston
- Headpiece Twigs & Honey
- Bridal Shoes Irregular Choice – Abigails Party
- Second Shoes Dr Martens
- Earrings Etsy – Joanna Szkiel
- Grooms Suit Express
- Venue Budir Hotel in Snaefellsnes, Iceland
- Flowers Agnes Lind from Budir Hotel
- Godi (priestess) Jóhanna Harðardóttir