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Wedding photographs capture one of the most fun and unforgettable days of a person’s life. That’s why it is essential to make sure you have a good wedding photographer on your special day. Below, we are sharing some of our favorite photos from winter weddings at Hotel Rangá in south Iceland.
Amazing Winter Wedding Photos in Iceland
Finding a good photographer is especially important for winter weddings in Iceland. Weather can be unpredictable, so it is necessary that your photographer is familiar with the Icelandic elements. Hopefully, they also know a few secret spots in south Iceland.
Photographing winter weddings: Bragi Þór Jósefsson
Photographer Bragi Þór Jósefsson won’t share his favorite spot. After all, it’s a secret.
“When I mention it to tourists I tell them it’s a secret waterfall, but I never tell them what it’s called,” he says.
Wedding photography in Iceland
How far Bragi goes, depends on what the couple wants. He can go as far as the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon but there are also plenty of picturesque scenes closer to Hotel Rangá.
“Everyone is always really happy, smiling and laughing,” he says when asked what he likes about wedding photography.
Bad weather is good for photos
“Even in bad weather,” he continues. “People often worry a bit but I don’t mind it – many of my best photographs happen when there is bad weather. If it rains, we just get wet and laugh about it.”
Bragi always brings along a large winter coat that he claims has saved many a bride’s life. Depending on the season, he says a bride might want to be wearing something warm underneath her dress. The couple should also bring a different set of shoes to walk in; a pair of white heals might look stunning in a photograph but it certainly isn’t built for trekking through an Icelandic field in winter.
Bragi stresses that couples marrying in Iceland should be open to anything. He remembers one wedding in the middle of winter where the wedding party was essentially snowed in. The roads to the city were closed due to a snowstorm. However, they managed to get everyone through the weather and to the ceremony in Oddakirkja. This is a lovely little church in the countryside close to Hotel Rangá.
“We took most of the pictures in the church and then went straight back to the hotel, but I really wanted to get some pictures outside and they were up for it,” Bragi says.
He shot for 10 to 15 seconds at a time as the storm raged around them and dressed the bride in the big winter coat in between shots.
A wedding dress in the wind
“It was incredibly fun, and the pictures were great! I got one photo that was just incredible, of her dress twirling up behind her in the wind.” Such moments add character to the photographs and to the occasion itself, Bragi says.
“If people marry in extreme weather I always say: Now THIS is a day to remember!”
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