Wish You Could Quit Wedding Planning and Elope? This Icelandic Adventure Might Force Your Hand

Sometimes just two is enough


Cindy, Teacher & Pok, Teacher

SUM-UP OF THE WEDDING VIBE: Simple and emotion driven, surrounded by a beautiful natural setting

SOUNDTRACK FOR READING: “Atlas Song” by Jonsi and Alex

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We met in university nine years ago. We were both fine art students. Pok was shy, but when he smiled he had two charming dimples. We both love hiking and natural landscapes. Being from Hong Kong, we wanted to escape the crowd and summer heat. We loved the idea of visiting Iceland and spending time together in a beautiful location but didn’t like the idea of saving money, and not touching it, to use it for only one special wedding day.

Traveling and seeing the world was more of a priority for us, so having an intimate celebration with just us two in Iceland seemed like the perfect fit. We tried to be honest with ourselves, and simplify the unnecessary.


I think the meeting of all of us in Iceland is a crazy twist of fate. We saw through Instagram that Jess of Daring Wanderer Photography would be in Iceland at the exact time we planned on heading there from Hong Kong. Naturally we got in touch to ask if she and Matt would document our elopement.

Another favorite moment would be when Pok and Matt were playing football (soccer) after the shoot in a remote town in northern Iceland. What a coincidence that they both have such a passion and love for the sport. It was amazing to watch the one you love, doing his favorite thing with a new friend from the other side of the world.


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  • KM

    I just…want.

    • ditto.

      • Jess Craven

        Do it! I’ll photograph :)

    • Jess Craven

      You can have and I can come along and document it for you :)

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  • Emily

    the photo on the cliff in the mist? Whoa.

    • Jess Craven

      That was my thought when I saw the fog rolling over the mountain. Lesson: always trust your gut. We followed a windy gravel road up the side of the mountain to the top and those images are some of my favourite!

  • Anna

    this was just breathtaking! <3

    • Jess Craven

      Thank you! We were so fortunate to be able to photograph such an intimate celebration in our favourite part of Iceland, the West Fjords!

  • Yes yes YES to Iceland! So lovely!

  • Lizzie

    How stunning. I can’t get enough of these photos.

    • Jess Craven

      Thank you so much! It was an amazing day to be a part of!

  • Eenie

    This is the wedding I dreamed about that I won’t be having. Gorgeous. All the jealous feels – in a good way.

    • Jess Craven

      Thank you so much for the kind words!~ Jess of Daring Wanderer :)

  • Peekayla

    We honeymooned in Iceland this past May and it was the BEST decision we ever made! We’re dying to go back! Maybe sometime in mid/late October to hopefully see the Northern Lights. We used the hosteling system there and loved it. We even got our rental car through them and it all worked out beautifully!

    I’m super-jealous that you eloped there! Such a hauntingly beautiful country! Congratulations!

  • Viv

    Waaaahh! I don’t have a wedding to plan, can I just move to Iceland and shoot weddings there full time? I want to go back so badly.

  • eating words

    These are SO gorgeous. Meltingly gorgeous. Now I want to go back to Iceland — and bring our wedding dresses so we can walk around and take photos in them.

  • This is a fantastic shoot. I’d love to elope here. <3 Thanks for the temptation!

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  • StephBercht

    Hey! Lovely post, thanks for sharing! My partner and I are eloping in Iceland as well, and wondering about paperwork. Did you guys manage the paperwork yourselves, or did you hire a planner to help with that?