An intimate winter wedding in Iceland
28 May 2021
Canadian couple Christopher and Kristen Klassen flew to Thorsmork, Iceland, for a private ceremony with 13 guests
Photography: Iceland Wedding Photo - Bragi Thor
Wedding planner Vigdís Segatta of Lux Wedding tells us about the couple's big day which took place in September 2019:
Tell us about the wedding proposal:
"Christopher proposed on Dec 23rd while we were trimming the Christmas tree", says Kristen. "The ring was disguised as an antique ornament and Christopher was so flustered he forgot to get down on one knee."
How did they choose the place to get married?
Iceland was the first place they travelled to internationally as a couple. Having been to Iceland before, they both knew they wanted to get married outside in the natural beauty, off the beaten path. "We wanted to share with our guests our experience of Iceland since it was the first time for all of them", says Kristen. "We chose Thorsmork as that could truly offer an experience like no other. Our wedding was a three-day event, with hiking over lava fields and watersheds, treks behind waterfalls, and visits to lava museums and the Secret Lagoon. The experience culminated in a short Viking ceremony on top of a hill overlooking volcanoes, glaciers, and mountain streams."
Did the couple have any special request for their wedding?
Christopher and Kristen like to hike and be active outdoors so they requested an outdoor location with solitude and away from tourists. They wanted a small hotel that would cater and allow guests to be together in one location with as many local dishes and cuisine as possible alongside s’mores and an outdoor campfire.
How did you come up with the concept of this wedding?
Christopher and Kristen wanted a simple ceremony outdoors in the beautiful nature of Iceland. Thorsmork is the perfect location for those who want to get away from the tourist crowds and just enjoy nature completely privately. The Icelandic nature took care of the colors with the fall colors all around the wedding location and photoshoot places.
How did this wedding change your career as a wedding planner?
Remote weddings like these are my favourite - I love it when people are up for doing such an adventure; crossing rivers, passing mountains, canyons, waterfalls and glaciers in a superjeep to get to your ceremony location is really something.
Were there any challenges for this wedding?
There are always challenges in Icelandic weddings like the weather and conditions. There were a lot of components that were important to the couple, such as a backup plan in the case of inclement weather, spending time with all the guests and creating an Icelandic experience you could not get in Canada.
Tell us a little bit about this destination – what differentiates it from other places?
Thorsmork is phenomenal and must be experienced, there are no words. From getting married on the side of a volcano under the shadow of a glacier, hiking canyons and ravines and five-star Icelandic meals.
What was the most heart-touching moment?
There are many moments that are heart-touching but one that stands out distinctly is the moment in the ceremony when the officiant, Haukur placed both their hands on the iron ring and said a prayer to the Gods. In that moment, surrounded by friends and family, Christopher and Kristen felt truly in a sacred space. Some favourite moments include teaching the Icelanders to roast marshmallows, watching the family enjoy their surroundings and returning each night to the hotel to enjoy food, drinks and good company.
Steal Their Style
Wedding planner: Lux Wedding - Vigdís Segatta
Photographer: Iceland Wedding Photo - Bragi Thor
Ceremony venue: Thorsmork
Reception venue: Volcano Huts
Dress: Custom dress by Anna Lang Bridal
Hair and makeup: Herdís Sigurðardóttir
Groom’s attire: Custom bespoke suit by Harry Rosen
Wedding rings: Custom pieces by John Watson at Roger Watson Jewellers