Our Icelandic Elopement // Part Two

// Wedding Day

If you missed part one of this mini series, you can catch up here. All photographs by Iris and Light

Like most brides, I have been pinning my dream wedding on Pinterest for years. Always with the thought that I'd find a similar dress I'd seen when the time came, or maybe I could commission a jeweller to make a ring I'd fallen in love with that wasn't available anymore.

Donald and I made a trip down to London spring 2016 and spent a morning wandering along Hatton Garden looking in the windows and trying on rings. We've been engaged for over a decade and when I got my original engagement ring, I wasn't really sure what I liked, so I went for a modest ring and decided that when the time came to get married, I'd know what I wanted and could get something that suited my style.

We were almost finished looking when I spotted an engagement ring sitting in a window. A cushion cut morganite stone set in a halo of white diamonds on a rose gold band. My Pinterest ring. Sitting next to it, was a matching eternity ring, studded with the same white diamonds. Exactly what I wanted as my wedding band. If you've followed me on Instagram for a while, you might have spotted them.

We bought the set there and then, much to the amusement of the shop assistant, who couldn't believe I'd made a decision so quickly. Donald opted for a simple rose gold flat court band.

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

I started wearing my new engagement ring straight away but we decided to keep our elopement a secret, save for Donald's parents, my Dad and 4 friends. 

Those 4 friends came with me to Eleganza Sposa in Glasgow where I got to try on a Suzanne Neville dress that I had pinned so long ago. The Camellia, which as soon as I put it on, I couldn't really see past.

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

I didn't see the need for a handbag and chose not to wear a necklace. I wore my Mum's engagement ring on my right middle finger, which had been my Granny's before her. My shoes were from Ted Baker.

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

Donald made an appointment with Howie Nicholsby of 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh to have a bespoke kilt, jacket and waistcoat made. We loved the blue tweed and Donald chose some eccentric skull fabric to line his jacket and the back of his waistcoat. His Mum made the ring cushion from samples of the fabric that Howie gave us to take away.

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

His leather sporran was hand made by Jennifer of Sporran Nation. Boots were from Steve Madden. We found the cufflinks on Etsy and had them engraved with the co-ordinates of the church.

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

We stayed in a lovely house at Kolkuós which sits right on the water of Skagafjörður. We arrived the day before the wedding and our host, Valgeir, gave us the entire house to ourselves and made us feel so welcome with a bottle of wine while we chatted. The day of the wedding, he even cooked us a wonderful breakfast. I did my own hair and makeup which made for a really relaxed morning.

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

The little turf roofed church at Hofsós was amazing and so unique. We were married by Bryndís, the 'local' officiant who covers a vast area. She could not have been more brilliant and worked with us to create a totally tailored service, which included reading A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton. 

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

Donald and Lesley Icelandic Elopement May 2017

We walked into the church to Grow Old with Me by Tom Odell and walked out to You Got the Love by Candi Staton

We couldn't have been more lucky with the weather. It was cold, but beautiful and we topped off our day with an incredible meal at Hótel Sigló in Siglufjörður.

I'm sharing more images over on my Pinterest board Mr + Mrs Gray | Our Icelandic Elopement

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