Summer Solstice Elopement: Chasing Waterfalls on Iceland’s Southern Coast

Summer Solstice Elopement: Chasing Waterfalls on Iceland’s Southern Coast

This Double Day elopement under the midnight sun was the epitome of magic! ✨ From a grand tour of 4 roaring waterfalls on day 1 to exploring glaciers, canyons, and lupine meadows on day 2, it’s safe to say we experienced some of the most epic landscapes on the entire island. Even with some wild weather (typical Iceland!), Chloe and Josh’s elopement was intimate, romantic, and authentic to the adventurers that they are ❤️ 

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ELOPING IN ICELAND IN JUNE

One of the BEST things about Iceland is its proximity to the arctic circle, which means it has insanely long days in the summer! On June 21st, the summer solstice, the sun barely goes down – it just says a quick “hello” to the glaciers before starting its ascent again. Because of this phenomenon, golden hour becomes even longer than usual, often lasting 3+ hours throughout the month of June! It’s a photographer’s dream, with hazy, dreamy light to play with all night long. While all of the other tourists are sleeping, we’re hitting up the country’s most famous waterfalls and viewpoints at midnight to see the sights with zero crowds! And the cherry on top of all this is it’s also peak wildflower season, with thousands of purple lupines blooming all across the countryside. That extra burst of color makes the island’s otherworldly scenery even more gorgeous for photos! WIN-WIN-WIN.

a grand waterfall tour of southern iceland

Because of all of these reasons, you can see why Chloe and Josh chose to elope in Iceland on the summer solstice! The epic glaciers, lush green mountains, and flowing hot springs were calling their names. Despite living in London, only a short flight away, they had never been there before and were so excited to experience a brand new country to say “I do”. For their 2-day elopement, our goal was to pack as much scenery as possible into 48 hours, starting with not one, but four different waterfalls!

Day one of our adventure began with checking out some of Iceland’s famed turf houses, perfectly preserved since the 1800s. Chloe’s pink tulle dress and Josh’s burgundy suit were the perfect attire choices to pop against the greenery. A local farm cat even joined us for a few pics before we headed off on a hike to the first waterfall of the day. Rain began to fall gently around us, making the mossy cliffs even more vibrant in color. Chloe and Josh cuddled for photos beneath the raging falls, then it was time for a quick drive over to waterfall #2! This particular spot is usually PACKED with tourists, but with it being around 10pm, we had it all to ourselves, which was so incredible. We were even able to squeeze in a third waterfall before ending the day with one last “foss” (“waterfall” in Icelandic) to get these two lovebirds hitched.

Want to learn more about eloping in Iceland? Check out our other Iceland blogs here!

midnight vows at a private waterfall

We saved the best location for last – a secret waterfall that Chloe and Josh had reserved for their midnight ceremony. We met their officiant, a local Icelander (shoutout to Pink Iceland for coordinating vendors and helping with allll the planning!) and walked across the meadow in complete awe of the scenery around us. Seabirds soared up above and the rushing waterfall added a soothing, ambient sound in the background.

Chloe and Josh could not stop smiling throughout the ceremony and their vows were filled with so much joy and love as they reminisced on their years of traveling together. In addition to exchanging rings, they also performed a handfasting ritual before sharing their first kiss as newlyweds. After munching on of their favorite cookies brought over from the UK, the two ended the day with a dance as the light finally began to fade. It could not have been a more magical and romantic way to get married!

day 2: icebergs, Glaciers, and canyons

After a few hours of sleep, it was time for part two of our Iceland adventure! The newlyweds couldn’t wait to see more of this incredible country, and our goal for the day was to see alllll the things – from iceberg lakes to glacial overlooks to rugged canyons to lush meadows bursting with wildflowers. With the Eurovision movie soundtrack on the stereo (if you know you know), we headed east to check out some ice. It is called ICEland, after all – and the island’s interior is packed with its namesake glittering, shimmering glaciers and icebergs. There’s just something about seeing ice formations in the middle of summer that makes you feel like you’re on another planet!

windswept portraits among the icebergs

Our first stop was the famous glacier lagoon, where jagged chunks of ice break off of Vatnajökull (Iceland’s largest glacier) and make their way out to the ocean. When I first traveled to Iceland as a teenager in 2014, it was this very place that captured my heart and inspired me to become a photographer! I couldn’t wait to see the look on Chloe and Josh’s faces as we crested the hill and were met by the expansive blue lagoon, brimming with icebergs of all shapes, sizes, and colors. We all stood awestruck for a few minutes, taking in the scene before venturing down for a closer look.

The early morning sun peeked out from behind a cloud and bathed everything in light as we roamed and danced along the shoreline. It was a welcome sight after several days of rain! The afternoon crowds hadn’t arrived yet, and the only sounds we could hear were the cracking of icebergs and the breeze moving across the water. In between portraits, Chloe and Josh bundled up in puffy jackets and cuddled to keep warm like little penguins. Even under the summer sun, the wind nipped our cheeks and noses, and we decided to head off to our next spot before turning into icebergs ourselves. Little did we know this was only a precursor to some of the wildest weather any of us had ever experienced!

CANYON ADVENTURE IN A HAIL STORM!

Our next adventure led us to a lush, deep canyon in the Icelandic highlands. As we trekked up the trail, a massive thunderhead formed over our heads, blocking out the sun. The wind picked up, changing from a light breeze to a howling gale! As soon as we reached the top of the canyon, the skies opened up and hail began pouring down, with wind gusts so strong we could barely stand up. Ice shards pelted our eyeballs and we went totally numb in a matter of minutes. It was the epitome of “type 2 fun”, and we couldn’t help but laugh as the wind buffeted us around during our vain attempts to snap some photos.

We ended up hunkering behind a rock for a while, sopping wet and questioning our life choices 🤣 The second the ice storm let up, we dashed out for photos before the next onslaught arrived. We finally bailed after a few waves of rain and hail, hightailing it for the car to warm up before hitting up a few final viewpoints. It was by far the worst weather I had ever experienced in my elopement career, but will forever be one of my favorite memories! Chloe and Josh had such amazing attitudes about it and we actually got some epic photos out of the experience, so it was worth it in the end 😉

one last glacier view and a field of lupines

After driving a bit and thawing our fingers and toes, we decided to brave the wind again for a closer look of the glacier. The wind whipped Chloe’s dress as the newlyweds gazed out at the massive wall of ice. It’s moments like this that make you feel so small against such awe-inspiring, towering mountains.

To wrap up our time together, we just had to grab a few photos among Iceland’s iconic lupine flowers. Unlike in the US national parks, these flowers are considered “weeds” by locals, so it’s ok to stand/sit on them for photos. We found a massive field of them on the side of the road, and by that time the clouds had nearly disappeared and it was sunny again! Who would have guessed it was a complete ice storm only a couple hours prior? Typical Iceland, giving us 4 seasons in a day 😅

As we said our goodbyes with hot cocoas in hand, we reflected on where our epic 2-day journey had taken us. All in all, we had explored 8(!!!) different locations for the adventure of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to get back to Iceland again to experience even more!

iceland waterfall elopement vendors:

Planning + Officiating: Pink Iceland

The Foxes are Brandon and Gabi Fox, an adventurous husband and wife elopement photography team living and traveling in their DIY renovated 1972 Airstream. They are loosely based in the Pacific Northwest, but travel for work and play throughout the western states and beyond. Their elopement photography is award winning and is described as candid photography that captures couples as they are, where they are, blending images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors. 

CUSTOM PHOTO ALBUM AGREEMENT

THE FOXES PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

These Terms and Conditions are a legally binding agreement is between you (“Client”) The Foxes Photography, LLC (“Photographer”) (collectively the “Parties”, or in the singular “Party”), for the purpose of Client purchasing a custom photography album from Photographer. This Agreement shall become effective upon the date you complete the checkout process.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. Fees & Retainer

Client shall commit to a custom album package by signing and returning this Agreement along with the initial payment for album service. Photographer will not begin its custom album services until the Agreement is signed and the album design fee is received. No final album will be printed until the full payment is made. In the event Client fails to remit payment as specified, Photographer shall have the right to immediately terminate this Agreement with no further obligation and retain any monies already paid as liquidated damages. Full payment must be completed by Client within 60 days of this Agreement’s date.

The fees in this Agreement are based on Photographer’s current album pricing at the time of booking. The price list is adjusted periodically, and any changes to custom albums will be charged at the prices in effect at the time.

  1. Album Design Procedure

The following outline indicates the general procedure of a custom album design. Client understands and agrees to this procedure.

  1. Photographer will use photos and album specifications to create their first custom album design.
  2. Photographer will send Client first draft of album design.
  3. Client will approve or send in revisions to album design.
  4. Photographer will make edits to album design. Only two rounds of edits are allowed.
  5. Client will approve final album design.
  6. Photographer will send in album for printing.
  7. Album is printed and shipped.
  8. Client receives final printed album.
  1. Album Spreads

Albums will include 35 spreads and no less. The definition of a “page” is one side of a spread in an album (for example, a 70-page album contains 35 spreads). If Client requests more than 35 spreads, additional spreads are $50.00 each. 

  1. Revision Rounds

The first draft will include photos selected by the photographer and will be sent to Client for approval. Client may request modifications to be made. Photographer shall complete modifications and send the second draft of album design to Client. Client may then accept the design or request one more round of modifications. Photographer will complete this second modification request and send the final draft of album to Client. After these two rounds of revisions to the album design, no further revisions are allowed. Any additional revisions are invoiced at a rate of $75.00 per round. All additional revision rounds must be paid before the revision is made by the Photographer. Photographer requires up to 10 days to complete a revision request. Client has 50 days to send Photographer any and all revision requests. Any revisions requested by Client more than 50 days after this Agreement’s date will not be accepted by Photographer.

  1. Final Approval

Photographer will not place an album order with the album Manufacturer until Client approves the design draft, and the balance is paid on any upgrades or additional spreads. Client agrees to check the final album design very carefully before giving final approval. Once final approval is given, Photographer is not responsible for typos, image defects, duplicate images, or other errors that may have been missed. 

  1. Parent/Duplicate Albums

Parent/duplicate albums cannot be altered from the original designs. All parent/duplicate albums shall be ordered at the time of final approval of the original album design and will be invoiced and must be paid prior to Photographer sending in album for printing. No parent/duplicate albums are available after the original album ordering phase is complete.

  1. Album Delivery

Client understands and agrees that Photographer’s album manufacturer (“Manufacturer”) generally takes 6-8 weeks to print and manufacture the album. While every possible precaution is taken and Manufacturer has been selected by Photographer for its superb quality, Photographer assumes no liability for the loss or damage of album while in possession of Manufacturer. 

  1. Ordering Date

Client shall agree to final album design within 60 days of this Agreement’s date. Any delay by Client in approving final album design will result in termination of this Agreement and no further obligation by Photographer.

  1. Retouching and Edits

Photographer will use the final edited images delivered to Client to make the album design. Photographer will not re-edit or retouch any images.

  1. Returns

Client understands and agrees that once final approval of album design has been given to Photographer, no returns or refunds are allowed whatsoever. In the event Client receives the printed album and sees any manufacturer defects or dislikes the album quality, Photographer will work with Manufacturer to the best of their ability to remedy the situation. Client is responsible for any additional fees associated with returning or reprinting the album.

  1. Album Archiving

Photographer shall keep a copy of final approved album design for 90 days but does not permanently archive the final album design. Client understands that after 90 days the album design will not be available to order additional copies and a new agreement must be signed to start the process over.

  1. Photographer Copyright

The final album design by The Foxes Photography, LLC is their property, will remain their property, and are protected by United States Copyright Laws (USC Title 17). Client hereby waives any claims for ownership, income, editorial control, and use of the images and album design. Violations of this federal law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties.

  1. Reproduction

Client and Client’s agents agree to acquire the album design and product directly from Photographer through their professional album company. Client and Client’s agents agree not to scan, copy or reproduce the album design in any manner without written permission, including using the custom album design to create other albums. Photographer may seek damages for any illegal reproduction. Client and Client’s agents further agree not to supply the album to any third-parties.

  1. Communication

Photographer’s office hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm PST Monday through Friday. Photographer’s primary source of communication is through their email [email protected]. Photographer will respond to Client’s emails within those office hours.

  1. Indemnification

Client shall indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless Photographer, its heirs, legal representatives, assigns, employees, contractors, or any persons or corporations acting under permission or authority of the Photographer from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, and expenses and costs, including reasonable legal expenses and attorneys’ fees, to which Photographer may become subject as a result of any claim, demand, action or other legal proceeding by any third-party to the extent such losses arise directly or indirectly out of activities performed by Photographer pursuant to this Agreement, except to the extent such losses result from the gross negligence, willful misconduct, or intentional acts of Photographer.

  1. Maximum Damages

The sole remedy for any actions or claims by Client shall be limited to a refund, the maximum amount not to exceed the total monies paid by Client under this Agreement.

  1. Limitation of Liability

If, during the production and/or before the album(s) are delivered to Client, the media has been lost, stolen, or is unusable because of defect, damage, equipment/platform malfunction, processing, or other technical error caused by Photographer or by forces outside the control of Photographer, Client agrees to relieve and hold Photographer harmless and will not impose any additional liability.

In no event shall Photographer be liable under this Agreement to Client or any other third-party for consequential, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, punitive, or enhanced damages, arising out of, relating to, or in connection with any breach of this Agreement, regardless of (a) whether such damages were foreseeable, (b) whether or not Client was advised of such damages, and (c) the legal or equitable theory (contract, tort, or otherwise) upon which the claim is based.

  1. Force Majeure 

No Party shall be liable or responsible to the other Party, nor be deemed to have defaulted under or breached this Agreement, for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any term of this Agreement (except for any obligations to make payments to the other Party hereunder), when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by or results from acts beyond the impacted party’s (“Impacted Party”) control that are unforeseen and unpredictable at the time of contracting, including, but not limited to, the following force majeure 

events (“Force Majeure Events”): (a) acts of God; (b) a natural disaster (fires, explosions, earthquakes, hurricane, flooding, storms, explosions, infestations), epidemic, or pandemic; (c) war, invasion, hostilities (whether war is declared or not), terrorist threats or acts, riot or other civil unrest; (d) government order or law; (e) actions, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Agreement; (f) action by any governmental authority; (g) national or regional emergency; (h) strikes, labor stoppages or slowdowns or other industrial disturbances; and (i) shortage of adequate power or transportation facilities. The Impacted Party shall give Notice (as defined in Section 27) within 10 days of the Force Majeure Event to the other Party, stating the period of time the occurrence is expected to continue. The Impacted Party shall use diligent efforts to end the failure or delay and ensure the effects of such Force Majeure Event are minimized. The Impacted Party shall resume the performance of its obligations as soon as reasonably practicable after the removal of the cause. In the event that the Impacted Party’s failure or delay remains uncured for a period of 15 days following Notice given by it, the other Party may thereafter terminate this Agreement upon Notice. The Retainer and all other payments made by Client up to the date of Notice of a Force Majeure Event are non-refundable.

  1. Cancellation of Album Services by Photographer

In the event Photographer determines, in its sole discretion, that it cannot or will not perform its obligations under this Agreement due to circumstances including, but not limited to, injury, illness, death of family member, pregnancy, military orders, religious obligations, other personal emergencies, or total breakdown of communication with Client, it will:

  1. Immediately give notice to Client;
  2. Issue a refund or credit based on a reasonably accurate percentage of custom album services rendered; and
  3. Excuse Client of any further performance and/or payment obligations under this Agreement.
  1. Sales Tax

Should any sale and/or use tax be imposed on any part of this Agreement, such tax shall be collected from Client and remitted by Photographer. All sales tax will be included on invoices.

  1. Entire Agreement

This is a binding Agreement that incorporates the entire understanding of the Parties, supersedes any other written or oral agreements between the Parties, and any modifications must be in writing, signed by all Parties, and physically attached to the original agreement.


22. Venue and Jurisdiction

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington including all matters of construction, validity, performance, and enforcement and without giving effect to the principles of conflict of laws. The Parties agree that any dispute or lawsuit arising out of, or concerning, this Agreement that is not first resolved by arbitration shall be resolved exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction located in Whatcom County, Washington. The Parties assume responsibility for their own collection costs and legal fees incurred should enforcement of this Agreement become necessary.

  1. Arbitration

Any and all disputes or disagreements rising between the Parties out of this Agreement upon which an amicable understanding cannot be reached, shall be decided by arbitration in accordance with the procedural rules of the American Arbitration Association. The Parties agree to be bound by the decision of the arbitrator(s). The arbitration proceeding shall take place in Whatcom County, Washington, unless another location is mutually agreed to by the Parties. The cost and expenses of the arbitrators shall be shared equally by the Parties. Each Party shall be responsible for its own costs and expenses in presenting the dispute for arbitration.

  1. Severability & No Waiver

In the event that any part of this Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain valid and enforceable. Any failure by one or both Parties to enforce a provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of any other portion or provision of this Agreement.

  1. Transfer

This Agreement cannot be transferred or assigned to any third-party by either the Photographer or Client without written consent of all Parties. 

  1. Headings

Headings and titles are provided in this Agreement for convenience only and will not be construed as part of this Agreement.

  1. Notice

Parties shall provide effective notice (“Notice”) to each other via email at the date and time which the Notice is sent: Photographer’s Email: [email protected]

  1. Counterparts; Facsimile Signatures 

The Parties agree that a facsimile copy (electronic copy) of this Agreement, which contains the Parties’ signatures, may be used as the original.

Signatures

By checking the box on this order form and upon completion of purchase, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.