Two geologists bury their vows in an Iceland glacier

October 15 | mswolfgang  
Photos by: Photos by Miss Ann
Hugs on a glacier
Photos by Photos by Miss Ann

When two Canadian geologists elope to Iceland, you may rest assured that the photographs will be mind-blowing. BUT. Photographer Ann Peters had so much cool info to share on the details, that Imma sprinkle a few more words than usual in between the pics.

Tara and Landon began their wedding day at a geothermal hotel in the hot springs town of Hveragerði in southern Iceland. Getting to their ceremony site on the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier involved a base camp, a Super JEEP, an hours-long drive, and a 40-minute climb. Side note: apparently the glacier is near a volcano that's overdue for eruption. Marriage is an adventure, y'all.

Iceland wedding itinerary

Bride and groom getting ready

Super JEEP to the glacier

Putting on lipstick

Drive to the glacier

Despite the altitude and the ice, the warmth (60 degrees F) was enough for Tara to feel comfortable in her strapless, tea-length dress. Tara and Landon exchanged vow books, which they read silently, and then adapted their unity ceremony from an Australian stone ceremony. The couple buried gemstone hearts (Tara's was rose quartz, Landon's was jade) in the glacier, symbolizing the bond of their marriage lasting through the ebb and flow of time.

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Wedding on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Wedding by a Super JEEP

With this glacier I thee wed

Silently reading vows

Groom reads vows

Jade and rose quartz gemstones

Stone unity ceremony

First kiss

Glacier chilled champagne

Champagne and treats on a glacier

Paper poppies and a GPS

Groom on a glacier

Smiling bride in Iceland

Icelandic cuddles

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier scenery

After a bit of glacier-chilled champagne (I mean, WHY NOT?), Tara and Landon headed for Reynisfjara Cave & Black Sand Beach. A quick hotdog for lunch, and then it was on to Dyrhólaey Cliffs and Lighthouse. Iceland makes for some breathtakingly eerie scenery, and the couple came across the fuselage of a US Navy plane from 1973.

Reynisfjara Cave & Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara Cave & Black Sand Beach II

Reynisfjara Cave & Black Sand Beach III

Walking on the beach at Reynisfjara Cave

Hotdog lunch in a wedding dress

Dyrhólaey Cliffs and Lighthouse I

Dyrhólaey Cliffs and Lighthouse II

Abandoned plane at Dyrhólaey Cliffs and Lighthouse

A few photos at Skogafoss Waterfall, and then Tara and Landon capped off their 14-hour wedding adventure with a private five-course meal at Hotel Rangá. People — they got to keep the tablecloth. It was a wool blanket made in their wedding colors. And as a special nod to the couple's profession, the napkin rings were made from lava rocks and the place card holders were basalt rocks.

Skogafoss Waterfall I

Skogafoss Waterfall II

Hotel Rangá dinner

Iceland centerpiece

Plaque made from old atlas

Wool blanket tablecloth

IS THAT NOT ENOUGH INFO FOR YOU? Fine, fine, it's cool. Check out their wedding video if you can't get enough.


Bird cage veil: Gilded Shadows • Champagne glasses: Bronze On Saffron • Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss • Hair: Beth Golden • Hotel: Frost & Fire Guesthouse • Photographer: Photos by Miss Ann • Reception: Hotel Ranga • Transportation: Arcanum • Videography: Beth Golden & Dan Golden • Vow books: BHLDN • Wedding planner: Iceland Wedding Planner

  1. Oh my god! This is SO AMAZING. I'm getting my PhD in an earth science, too (oceanography!) and I get weak in the knees for references to academic fields in weddings. But it's especially awesome that even though some of the details may take five years of graduate school to understand, the overall aesthetic is SO BREATHTAKINGLY SPLENDID that even the non-academics get swept off their feet. It's stuff like this that keeps young scientists going 🙂

    Amazing wedding, and super badass couple.

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  2. How appropriate that you guys share this absolutely fantastic wedding during Earth Science Week!

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  3. THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. I just did not think it could possibly get better, but then FUTURE ISLANDS wedding video?!!

    *slow clap*

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  4. This was so awesome! It makes me really want to go back to Iceland – just an eerie, breathtaking country!

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