Nordica Photography

Iceland Wedding Photography // Annika & Doug

July 25, 2011

We’ve put brides and grooms in a lot of odd spots for portraits.

Allies that smelled like dead bodies, precarious cliffs, glaciers, the middle of deserts, pot fields, and on and on. When we took Annika and Doug away for their portraits at 1AM during a rainstorm in Iceland, that situation really took the cake.

Their wedding was at Hotel Budir, Iceland, located in the western region of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. It’s an isolated place about two hours north of Reykjavik. To have a destination wedding in Iceland is rare as it is, but adding this location to the story made this wedding that much more unique.

All in all, we photographed Annika and Doug’s wedding non-stop for about 16 hours. If it would have been 30 hours, we would have had no problems. We didn’t want it to end.

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Annika and Doug’s wedding in Iceland was featured in Style Me Pretty, Mr Wolf Magazine, and Brides Without Borders.

By Cole & Jakob  

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  1. benj haisch

    unreal. such gorgeous scenery, venues, photos, and people. amazing.

  2. Rhys

    Spectacular. Well done guys.

  3. Anna

    Badaboom! Amazing work guys, just amazing!

  4. Johanna

    Legen... wair for it... DARY!

  5. Kip Beelman

    You guys are so good it makes my brain cry.

  6. Andreas Holm

    Amazing guys!!!

  7. Tyler


  8. Tanja

    My new favourite wedding! WOW!

  9. Poser

    There are some absolutely spectacular images in here guys. SO well done.

  10. Josh Tilton

    There is something surreal and very special about this wedding. Amazing work guys!

  11. Thanos

    Great work guys, I love the way you think ! Clean images, creative and structured at the same time, solid till the end, you have my respect !

  12. David MacVicar

    After spending my time in Iceland, it is a dream to shoot a wedding there. These are fantastic !

  13. kmh

    amazing work guys. Its so cool to see Budir from other photographer's eyes.

  14. jeff ambrose

    well covered. bravo.

  15. gabe aceves

    amazing. you guys killed it my friends.

  16. magnus

    really, i mean really, great work!

  17. masey

    Incredible fellas! What an experience for them AND for you!!

  18. jessi

    there r no words u guys.. amazing isn´t even close enough nor any swedish word. i hope u enjoyed it and im pretty sure there will be loads of destination wedding to come. keep up the awesome work!! :)

  19. Jakub Majewski

    Jacob / Cole you are a great inspiration! Amazing photos! Well done guys!

  20. Fabio Lugaro

    You may have just outdone yourselves with this one. What an incredible set!

  21. Caroline Ghetes

    Prolly my favorite wedding photos of all time. You guys killed it. Like whoah.

  22. Ryan MacDonald love love this. Super job.

  23. todd hunter mcgaw

    yesssssssss! beautiful to watch :)

  24. alyda

    I want to marry these photos and live happily ever after.

  25. ryan flynn

    absolutely insane. i love ... everything.

  26. Natalie Champa Jennings

    You guys are amazing. Completely elegant, creative and inspirational. I look forward to your posts, but this takes the cake so far. Cheers :)

  27. Ryan Brenizer

    Really intensely good.

  28. David Robertson

    flippin incredible guys. those portraits are AMAZING

  29. Girish

    One word - Stunning. What a beautiful place to be. Love the shots in the beginning giving us the layout of such an amazing place. The shots when they get ready, too good. Nicely done. Love the shots of the bridal party having fun. Crazy fun over all I guess looking at the pictures. Like it all. So very inspiring. You have a great style. Well done.

  30. Sachin

    Awesome! Love the shot of the heel on the dance floor.. Super cool!

  31. Jessica Lund

    My favourite wedding of yours! Awesome! I Love it!!!! Good work!

  32. Mimmi Bergenstam

    Wow! Georgeous pictures! You took my breath away ;)

  33. Tobiah

    Wow, it's insane how amazing these photos are! So inspirational

  34. David Schreiner

    Very classy. Dig your minimalistic shooting style. Really nice job and very well covered.

  35. Sonia Jansson

    oh! this just made my day, (and it's my birthday). You guys are so talented!

  36. Matilda Christensen

    Wow there are no more words...than stunning and amazing!

  37. john benavente

    you guys rock!

  38. Camilla

    Så. Jäkla. Snyggt.

  39. Fer Juaristi

    Another league mi friends.

  40. Nirav

    Dudes... you kill me. Amazing work yet again.

  41. Eric Yerke

    Seriously incredible.

  42. Michael Wachniak

    dudes....I am blown away.... very well done

  43. Blake Burton

    now that looks like a celebration!

  44. Korinna

    Me and DH also got married at that church, by the same priest. Our reception was at lovely Langaholt ( but we spent our wedding night at Hótel Búðir. We have been married for a little more than 3 years now and these pictures did make me feel those butterflies again. Wow. What an amazing place. An amazing day. An amazing husband i have. I wish you all the best. Love and Peace.

  45. Ã…smund Holien Mo

    Duuudes! Fantastisk bra!

  46. Daniel

    Awesome, congrats

  47. ed peers

    Frickin' unreal. This is nuts. Nuts. Storytelling is second to none... Nuts.

  48. Brian Davis

    Really guys have a gift.

  49. Brian Kraft

    Unreal. UNREAL!!

  50. Lisa

    GORGEOUS!!! This may be the first collection of wedding photos I've seen that I liked as much as (or maybe even more than???) mine. I'm still in love with ours though... :) Thanks again guys!!

  51. Lyn Ismael-Bennett

    I'd like to visit Iceland one day. You've captured the landscape and the atmosphere so beautifully. Well done!

  52. gabe aceves

    holy hell guys. i cant even remember if i commented on this already or not. amazing, ridiculous, bananas. too good.

  53. Cassie Rose

    This? Is incredible. I love everything about it. What a church! Beautiful, beautiful work.

  54. Becca Dilley

    Seriously, how did you get the sheep to cooperate for this photo? It is like everything just came together to make this set of images amazing.

  55. Albert Palmer

    One of the best weddings I've seen this year. I understand the gravity of that statement, but this is you guys on top form.

  56. ALMA

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOW..and what everyone said!

  57. Mary Sylvia

    Knock it off. Seriously. If every wedding keeps getting better you guys are going to be covered in stardust soon.

  58. Daniel

    Holy smokes, guys! This is crazy good. The reception shots are sooo killer!

  59. James Christianson

    Killer! I love the tones in your black and whites. How do you do that!?

  60. ayesha

    jeez... how the hell do you guys DO this??? you blow me away. that might be the coolest dress shot ever. but this is also one of the coolest weddings ever. trash the... groomsmen? AWESOME. the sense of place is so powerful - the bride and groom portraits, out by the mountain and in the little chapel - are absolutely breathtaking. i want to go to iceland :(

  61. Nessa K

    Every wedding looks like a beautiful, amazing, wonderful, love-filled party. I can't express how much I love these.

  62. Dustin Hall

    These photos are so amazingly beautiful that it feels like this whole wedding was a staged photoshoot. You did an amazing job capturing all of these moments in a single day, I will be looking back at this post many times I'm sure. WOW!!!

  63. Dan

    OMG. I just keep scrolling and squealing with delight. These are phenomenal!

  64. mark carey

    These are indeed amazing. I love your gentle processing and framing. Jealous of your talen! Sheep and everything!

  65. Jerry

    Great wife and I just returned from a two week visit to friends in Hafnarfjordur and we traveled in the same area where the wedding was located. It was incredibly beautiful, as were the many other areas we visited. The diversity and the beauty of the country is captivating and it as geologically active as any place you will visit. Deland, FL, USA

  66. Anton Chia

    Very nice black and whites and elegant tones. I love every picture. Thumbs up!

  67. fran

    unbelievably beautiful wedding yet again ... your work is beyond stunning with it's storytelling

  68. Matt Heyn

    Very beautiful ceremony and well documented. Very vivid.

  69. Ári Árasson

    These pictures are simply outstanding... so much love and hope in the air. Epic landscapes, simply the best. Congrats.

  70. daniel chesnut

    you guys take really good photography's

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  72. Matthew Evans

    Another jaw dropping performance! What an amazing part of the world.

  73. Rik Pennington

    Superbly captured! Having just photographed a Hindu wedding I can vouch for how much fun they are (as well as a hell of a lot of work!). Well done guys, great stuff.... again...

  74. Anja

    Woah, your work is awesome! I can't believe I never came across your website before (found you through SWPB)... I'm a little jealous you got to photograph a wedding in iceland. You really did an amazing job here!

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  76. Fotograf Skierniewice

    Amazing !!!

  77. Fotograf Skierniewice

    Amazing photo !!!

  78. Christopher

    Special pictures in a beautiful atmosphere, I love this ... ;)

  79. PJ

    wow...this is ;-))

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    Cole and Jacob:) We love your photos - they have so much emotions. Stunning!

  81. Lars Virdeby

    Jag ryser när jag ser bilderna, fantastiskt bra !!!

  82. David Nash

    Fantastic work! The fun of this one has really been captured well.

  83. AdonyeJaja

    Woe, you guys are awesome.

  84. gemma

    amazing. and touching.

  85. Jerzy Modrak

    Nice piece of work! Very Scandinavian!

  86. Dan O'Day

    Hold your heads high.. You knocked this one out of the park!

  87. Fotografia Slubna, Reportaz

    Awesome, brilliant and very taste :) good job.

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    simple and beatiful!

  90. Nani H

    I love it beyond words. So good.

  91. Martins Kikulis

    Simply brilliant!

  92. Brett Symes

    I honestly don't quite know where to begin. I think these are amongst the best wedding photographs I have ever seen. I'm almost speechless. That long shot of the dress and the shot of the window with the condensation on it blow me away

  93. ken kienow

    epic. and pretend that people don't overuse that word and it hasn't been cheapened. seriously - epic.

  94. Lu

    Magical, fairytale ... Wonderful!!!

  95. zdjęcia ślubne wrocław

    Fabulous images.


    Great job!!! Oustanding images and clarity.

  97. Romain NEGRE

    Amazing wedding! Really! So, your style is really nice, it's the same as the famous Jonas i think... I will see all your work! :) It's pleasure for my eyes! Please too meet you! Romain

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  99. James Taunton

    My favourite is the reflection of the bride in the picture mounted on the wall - beautiful :)

  100. Benn Brown

    Well, there really is not anything that I can add that has not already been said! Amazing work mate, very well done!

  101. Oana

    Gorgeous atmosphere so well captured. The compositions are simply amazing. Love your work.

  102. james frost

    ohh my goodness ........

  103. Bröllopsfotograf Stockholm

    Very clean, very minimalistic, very sharp...Very good!

  104. Bartlett Pair Photography

    Those American flag pants are so cool haha

  105. Jen R

    love the location - great set

  106. alvaro arriagada

    me encantaron las fotografias, buenos momentos y edición, saludos!!

  107. Mike Swiegot

    Holy Crap these are good!!! Fantastic job :)

  108. Chris

    Wow! What a stunning location! And your images are amazing!

  109. xian alexander

    Crazy good. Magic!

  110. Aeppli Renato

    I have never seen thus a nice photo album. Really made. Bravo!

  111. Dusan

    Best weedding photos ever....It´s really good job :-)

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  113. Ioan

    Gorgeous pictures! Love the atmosphere in them! We always wanted to visit Iceland..dreamt of it almost 10 years ago for our honeymoon. Maybe one day. :)

  114. Sarah Falugo

    This is SERIOUSLY GOOD photography - well done ... loved all of it.

  115. London wedding photographer

    Awesome work and stunning location!

  116. Gautam Narayanan Wedding Photography

    Gorgeously done images. Looks like these guys could party !!

  117. York Place Studios

    This is a special set of images. I love the story and the drama of the day, you prove that you don't need a sunny day to make the best images, I love the drama, I love the people... Superb.

  118. Luke

    hi guys, absolutely amazing photographs! Great scenery and the way you have put the whole story together makes all so magical and very special! I love your work!!! The whole story and views remind me a movie set. Great to watch!

  119. Erran Stewart Photography

    Superb! Amazing shots and photography keep it up!

  120. Annemari Ruthven

    Wow, so awesome and inspirational!

  121. David Burke

    Stunning location, couple, light and photography! What a party!!!!

  122. Britney

    Such a great shoot! I really like how the scenics interweave with the people and action shots to provide a complete view of what was happening throughout the wedding.

  123. temecula wedding photographer

    amazing photographs!

  124. Rich Howman

    Absolutely stunning - I love it! Great work guys :-)

  125. Joseph Hall

    Too good. Not only is every shot a winner but it's such lovely storytelling. A1!

  126. Lightworks photography

    Those light trails are amazing! (as is the rest of it as well!)Fantastic story telling, really makes you feel involved and as if you were there!

  127. Marije

    Your images blow me away. I hope I will get married soon ;)

  128. Barney Walters

    Awesome Groups. Wicked location.

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  130. Cindy

    Love the work. Listening to your interview on PhotoBizX right now.

  131. labodadelola

    Awesome photographs. Very inspiring!

  132. Alex McClelland

    This is inspiring!! You have such raw creative talent. What camera did you use for annika and doug's wedding? The image quality is stunning.

  133. Richard

    A beautiful atmospheric set of wedding photos - great light, wonderful natural scenery with plenty of intimacy.

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  135. Marcin

    breathtaking job ... love it

  136. roland

    wow, stunning! great photos - and i need to visit iceland!

  137. Richard

    Superb storytelling and great scene setting...I can feel the cold and am also warmed by the spirits - though I thought the bridesmaids could have smiled...maybe they were cold?

  138. Loke Roos

    Unreal. Wonderful venues, photos, and people. amazing!

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  141. Matt Badenoch

    Looking at these just reinforces my desire to visit this stunning country.......great images, well captured!

  142. Moritz

    I love the contrast of the rough landscape and the heartwarming ceremony!

  143. свадебный фотограф Минск

    I had a great time watching the story you'd captured!

  144. IMG Creativos

    Maravilloso, un reportaje de boda excelente.

  145. Johanna Hanning

    Damn! Wonderful story.

  146. Adam Ledzinski

    Wow. I adore these clean shots and well captured moments. The story draws me in. Masterpiece!

  147. Hacker

    Super strong set of shots it's hard not to go wrong when you're in Iceland!

  148. Mehdi

    Just gorgeous!!

  149. Sally

    Your work is amazing. The mood in those pictures!!

  150. Fotografia Produktowa Wrocław

    Great photos! Amazing story :)

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