Adventure Wedding Shoes and Boots

A question we often get asked is:

What type of shoes are most appropriate to wear to an Adventure Wedding Day?

Our Answer: Large Waterproof Boots AND Hiking Boots AND Comfy Pair or Pretty Heels.

Yes, I said 3 pairs!  It’s been our experience throughout these 5+ amazing years of planning adventure weddings in Iceland, Patagonia and beyond that packing all of them allows your day to be comfortable no matter if it rains or is blue skies all day.

You might start with the hiking boots for the ceremony, transition to the tall waterproof gum/rain boots for some waterfall hiking fun and then end the night in your comfy Toms or fabulous girly stilettos.  Believe me, it’s nice to have options available throughout the day (along with extra socks for you and your groom).

We also suggest this same rule of thumb to your Adventure Wedding guests as well.  It’s good to clue them in that waterproof hiking boots are best because it is likely they will be walking on uneven terrain, lava rocks, moss, or muddy trails for 10 minutes up to 120 minutes one way, depending on your fabulous Adventure Wedding Schedule.  Regular tennis/running shoes are not going to be durable enough to last and keep people comfortable through the entire day.

Your next question is probably where do you buy the best Adventure Wedding Shoes and Boots for brides, grooms, and guests?  Don’t worry, I will share my favorite list:

Merrell

REI

Sorel

Hunter

Joules

DSW

Badgley Mischka

Zappos

Heels

Toms

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Tips for getting the most out of your Adventure Wedding Shoes / Boots:

  1. If you do not usually wear heels and want to for your wedding day, start ASAP.  Start out wearing them while doing household chores (1-2 hours a day) and build up until you can stand an entire day.  I know this may sound silly, but the more time your toes and the balls of your feet have to get a little callused, the longer you’ll be able to stand, walk, and run around in those fancy stilettos with no complaints (Serious advice from a 15+ year stiletto veteran- believe me it works!).
  2. Invest $13 USD to purchase a pair of Heel Savers by Solemates you’ll be glad you did later!
  3. If you are worried about your shoes slipping there are shoe grips you can purchase that go on the bottom of your shoes and also inside to add comfort and prevent slippage.
  4.  Do your research before buying!  Many shoe sites now have shoe reviews which you may find helpful before buying online.  If also buying online make sure you check out Retail Me Not for a possible coupon code!  That site rocks.
  5. Remember to take your Adventure Wedding Shoes or Boots to your dress fittings to ensure a perfect bottom hem (and bring your other shoes if you’re considering a change at your reception to gauge length difference).
  6. Wrangle your fiancé into dancing with you on a hardwood floor to give your destination wedding shoes a test run.  Make sure you can move, spin, be dipped and regain your balance in them easily.
  7. Lay your shoes out the night before your wedding (together with any other accessories too) so your awesome Adventure Wedding Photographer, can snap some super sweet detail shots.
  8. Clean your shoes once you get back from your Adventurous Destination Wedding.  I know my heels were stained with mud by the end of our Adventure Wedding ceremony.  It took me a bucket of water, Simple Green, Dove soap, and 40 minutes to restore them back to their original glam status but I am so glad I did!
  9. Wear them again, again, and again they’ll make you smile and transform you back to your newly wedded bliss =)

 

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Iceland Wedding Photographers + Planners)

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© 2016, Your Adventure Wedding, All Rights Reserved.

Adventure Wedding Planners Exciting Announcement!

 

Once upon a time… Or to my extreme sports enthusiasts out there: “Oh shit there I was…”

 

I was the Iceland Wedding Planner and Photographer for a super cool couple from Chicago, Illinois.  It was raining that day in Iceland, so we executed our “Plan B” ceremony location, my favorite cave.  However, when we arrived we were greeted by a 200 person film crew for a upcoming Bollywood movie.  They were there with the famed actor’s, food trucks, gear trucks,  and tons of porta potties.

 

I’ll be honest, seeing that many people there, I panicked slightly.  Not because I wouldn’t be able to use the location (which never happens because we always get private permission and permits) but rather, I was thinking how off schedule this could potentially make our day (excuse the OCD part of me, lol)!  The couple had no idea that anything was out of the ordinary as I jumped out of the jeep and darted to the group to have a chat.  An easy 5 minutes later the entire crew was gone😉

 

Fast forward 12 hours and I was back at the hotel finishing up the table styling for the couples dreamy reception for two.  I grabbed a glass of wine and my computer to catch up on emails and sat down in the hotel lobby…  Completely enamored in my work I do not look up when I hear a man’s voice say, “Are you that 5 foot 3 inch wedding planner that kicked our entire crew out of the cave earlier today?”  I laughed and leaned around my computer to see who was so witty.  To my pleasant surprise, a 6 foot 7 inch  Icelandic Adonis was speaking to me.  My jaw dropped and that giddy smile still hasn’t left my face!

 

That night, I met a man who lives and breathes adventure just as I do (maybe even more) personally and professionally.  Allow me to introduce you to Davíð… He creates special effects for all of the big movies that come here to Iceland (you know like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Interstellar, Noah, the list is endless) and has the incredible hobby of being on Iceland’s SAR team (Search and Rescue). ….yeah swoon swoon, right?!  From that moment on, we found ourselves inseparable.

Our third date was a 7 day adventure to Isle of Skye, where we went coasteering, hiked epic cliff lines, dined at small little cafes, and discovered super secret locales!

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He didn’t even bat an eyelash when I suggested we spend a month in South America! Where we ventured through Chilean wine country, Rainforests, through epic fjords, and made our way down to the famed awe inspiring region of Patagonia!

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Since Davíð and I met at the “top of the world” we thought it would be fun for us to ring in the New Year together at the bottom of the world in Ushuaia Argentina!

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We spent several days camping (um yeah the only man on the planet that can get me to camp in a tent) and hiking the famed “W Trek” in the Torres Del Paine National Park.  Complete with glaciers, granite towers, and moments of mountaineering!

One of the most magical set of days we spent together was within the Los Glaciares National Parkwhere we explored the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Fitz Roy Mountains!

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One of my favorite hikes we have done together was in Norway doing the hike to Trolltunga. Have you ever been to Norway?

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Back to the exciting news…

After exploring 7 countries; 40 cities; and over 30,000 miles together, I proposed! …and he said Yes!

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…and we are planning a wedding in the Lofoten Islands for September 14-19th!

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But that’s not all of the exciting news we have to share with you… There’s more!  We are also extremely happy to announce that we will be adding a new items to our menu of services… Drone Photography and Video for your amazing Iceland Weddings + Adventure Weddings beyond!

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Are you excited?!  We are too!

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Iceland Wedding Photographers + Planners)

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Isle of Skye Wedding Locations

 

If you’re a lover of the outdoors, positive energy, and lands that feel enchanted… Your Scotland Destination Wedding should be in the magical area of Isle of Skye!

 

There you will find rock formations that will leave you in complete and utter “Awe,” castles that have rich amazing history, winding roads, sweet little waterfalls that will take your breath away, and fabulous short hikes that will get you off the of mainstream path!  Serious romance awaits you, I promise!

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This is an area I not only fell in LOVE with, but Davíð (us above) and I actually fell literally in LOVE here =)  It’s a place we spent many days hiking, coasteering, driving around, and exploring endlessly so we know the isle like the back of our hand and have access to some super secret spots!

 

We would love to design unique full day journey for you to experience on your Isle of Skye destination wedding or Isle of Skye elopement, please contact us to get that awesome conversation started!

With a smile, Ann Peters (Isle of Skye Wedding Planner + Isle of Skye Wedding Photographer)

© 2016, Your Adventure Wedding, All Rights Reserved

Bergen Norway Wedding Planning

 

Being the second largest city in Norway, one would go in with pretty high expectations for food, sites, and service, right?  Don’t worry, this fabulous city does not disappoint!  …and it needs to go on your Norway wedding planning bucket list in 3, 2, 1!

 

From the moment I flew into the Bergen Airport (BGO) I was greeted by endless smiles and duty free choices upon arrival.  The ease of the rental car are was easy and I was on my way in less than 30 minutes after landing.  Within 20 minutes I was exploring the famous downtown warf area.  It was busy, lively, colorful, and crazy beautiful.  I had a tough time figuring out what amazing restaurant would be my choice for the evening.  So instead, I found my way to several and delighted in 4 courses throughout.  Everything that went past my lips was insanely fresh and delicious!

 

One of the reasons why I believe Bergen Norway is one an amazing location to hold your destination wedding is because it is surrounded by seven mountains, how magical, right?  I’m not kidding folks, seven stunning mountains which makes this an ideal base for exploring the western region of Norway.  The Norway mountains you can explore during your destination wedding are as follows:

 

 

How epic would it be to hike all 7 mountains during your Norway adventure wedding week?  Pretty awesome and something screams, “Hello Wedding of the Year!”

 

This specific Western region of Norway is a heavenly area of the world that just screams, “Have your Norway destination Wedding here!”  Some may even dare to say it is a place where heaven and earth meet!

 

I mean really, What better place to hold an enticing elopement or intimate wedding adventure than on the top of a mountain with stunning fjords behind?!  Or how about holding your ceremony in a historical”stave” wooden church?  Awe-inspiring views all around!

 

So now I have you on the edge of your seat, right?  Your mind is reeling as to how do you signup for this fabulous Norway wedding?!  Oh oh don’t worry, we can help you, contact us!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters (Norway Wedding Planner + Norway Wedding Photographer)

© 2016, Your Adventure Wedding, All Rights Reserved

Iceland Weddings

 

Deciding to blissfully elope or hold your destination wedding in Iceland, is an unforgettable decision for you and all involved!  In choosing Iceland, you have signed up for the biggest adventure of your lives!  Seriously!  BEST. DECISION. EVER.
Nowhere else can you see an endless list of natural wonders all in the same day like…

  • Glacier Lagoons
  • Fairy-tale Waterfalls
  • Moss Covered Lava Fields
  • Basalt rocks protruding from the Sea
  • Grass Covered Houses
  • Romantic Seaside Churches
  • Glaciers
  • Volcanoes
  • Super Secret Caves
  • Majestic Fjords
  • Views that go for miles
  • Enchanted Islands

 

Frankly, the natural sights list for Iceland wedding locations is out of control and this tiny little list barely taps the surface!  Contact us for more information on planning and photographing your epically awesome Iceland wedding day adventure!  

 

Remember that, hiring us ensures a stress-free, adventure-focused experience for each and every couple. No matter the logistics, ever-changing weather, or difficult details, we are able to be prepared and professional every step of the way.  With endless smiles and enthusiasm, Your Adventure Wedding will take your wedding and make it a true adventure of a lifetime.

 

So!  If the idea of having an out-of-this-world, unforgettable wedding experience is a personal dream, there are no Iceland wedding planners more adept to help make that dream a reality than Your Adventure Wedding!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters (Iceland Wedding Planner + Iceland Wedding Photographer)

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Svalbard Wedding Photographer + Planner

 

What better place to hold your destination wedding or whimsical elopement than in between Norway and the North Pole?

 

There you will find a series of Archipelago Arctic islands called Svalbard (formally owned by Norway).

 

If you’re a lover of mysterious adventure, colder temperatures, unique wildlife, colorful villages, and rugged natural beauty- This unforgettable location may be just what you’re after for your adventure wedding location!

 

It’s an island that is home to 2,000 polar bears and only 3,000 people.  Temperatures are typically between 7°F (winter) to 40°F (summer).  Can you picture yourself arriving to your ceremony location on dog sleigh or on snow mobile?  Or saying “I do” under the magical breathtaking Northern Lights?  Or on a boat in front of a glacier  #yesplease! #mostuniqueweddingphotosever

 

Your Svalbard destination wedding or elopement may not only be an adventure filled day, but it very well may be an unforgettable expedition!  Feel free to contact us for information on getting married in this practically unheard of Norway adventure wedding location!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters (Svalbard Wedding Planner + Adventure Wedding Photographer)

© 2016, Your Adventure Wedding, All Rights Reserved

Greenland Wedding Photographer (Greenland Elopement)

Greenland… one of my personal Nordic destination wedding loves!

This fabulous icy country doesn’t get enough love and attention from the destination wedding industry and frankly it should for many reasons!

 

Planning a Greenland Wedding, is for couples who are truly fearless explorers at heart, cold weather lovers, and have an unquenchable curiosity!  Is this you?  If so, you can look forward to having a destination wedding or romantic elopement in one of the most mysterious places in the world (it’s been said to be in the top 10)!

 

​Having a Wedding in Greenland means you are snuggled within the Arctic Circle and between several bodies of water such as Baffin Bay, Labrador Sea, Greenland Sea, and the Davis Strait… Who can say that they were married between all that?  Very few people in the world, I assure you!

 

Plus what adventurous wedding couple wouldn’t want to arrive to their Greenland wedding ceremony by dogsled?  Then partake in Greenland wedding adventures (or honeymoon) such as mountaineering, heliskiing, iceberg hunting, scuba diving, whale watching, and even flight seeing over the vast tundras!

 

The list is seriously endless!  I can just see your Greenland wedding invitation now… “Save-the-Date: We’re getting married in the Arctic Circle!”  Heck yes!  Let’s make it happen people… contact us!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters (Greenland Wedding Planner and Adventure Wedding Photographer)

© 2016, Your Adventure Wedding, All Rights Reserved

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