Get wanderlust from Trinity & Justin's scenic Iceland wedding #Real Weddings: Global#beach#bearded groom#couples of color#destination wedding#iceland#outdoor#small wedding Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jul 10 2015) Offbeat Editors Photos by: Nick Fancher Thanks to our sponsor Unity in Glass for presenting this week's posts on Offbeat Bride. We love 'em, and think you will too… Photos by Nick Fancher The Offbeat Bride: Trinity Her offbeat partner: Justin Date and location of wedding: Akranes and Vik, Iceland — May 12, 2015 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We wanted our wedding to be minimalist and set in a natural and beautiful place. Justin and I have been dating for 10 years, so we wanted our closest friends to be there and wanted it to be a very small and intimate ceremony. We initially looked at venues in Los Angeles (where we currently live), but prices were high and nothing seemed right. We decided to look for unique destinations. We've always wanted to go to Iceland, so the decision was made: we were off to the land of ice and fire! Tell us about the ceremony: We had a two-day wedding, with the legal/civil ceremony on May 12, 2015. We originally scheduled it to be performed in Reykjavik, but a strike forced us to go north to the seaside city of Akranes. The ceremony was performed in sunny, beautiful Akranes in front of the lighthouse. We didn't do our own vows on that day because it was too windy and difficult to hear (we wanted to save them for the symbolic ceremony the following day). After the civil ceremony, we shot some photos at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. On May 13, we traveled to the southern town of Vik, famous for their black sand beaches. We had the symbolic ceremony at Reynisfjara beach, in a cave right under the massive natural basalt columns. It was a magical place. We said our vows to each other, and it was very intimate, witnessed by our eight guests and a few tourists from afar. We put some volcanic black sand into glass vials as keepsakes. It was an amazing experience. We were a bit cold, but it was all worth it. The landscape and setting are truly awe-inspiring. After the beach we went for more photos at the Sólheimasandur plane crash site and Seljalandsfoss. What was your most important lesson learned? It was difficult to find the ideal venue in Los Angeles, which is why we went to Iceland. Other than paperwork and scheduling the legal/civil ceremony, all of our other locations were free. We just picked places that looked beautiful and went there. It's very liberating and easy. We hired a trusted photographer from the U.S. to travel with us. I think if you're willing to be adventurous and nontraditional, you can have a truly unique and memorable wedding. I'm so glad we had our wedding this way. Vendors Photography: Nick Fancher Thanks again to Unity in Glass for sponsoring Offbeat Bride this week! PREVIOUS Til Death Do Us Ink: 12 wedding dresses to show off your tattoos NEXT DIY boutonniere miracle: magnetic boutonniere backs Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] Simply beautiful! Reply Absolutely stunning. What a gorgeous set of photos! I hope Trinity and Justin treasure these forever, I know I would. I have to say I am in love with the whole thing, especially the outdoor setting. My partner and I are looking into getting married in Norway, as our first holiday together as a couple was in Tromsø, and there are so many restrictions on outdoor ceremonies in the UK. If anyone has any tips for us I'd be incredibly grateful. x Reply Simply beautiful! Iceland is at the top of my list of places to visit some day! Reply Yeah wow, these photos are amazing… SO CINEMATIC! Reply The brides shoes are awesome, such a cool look! Reply Thanks! They are the FRYE Women's Phoebe Oxford Pumps! Reply Those shoes are adorable. And terrain appropriate! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.