Anastasia and Felix had me document their wedding photos in Iceland... just three years after they were married. Their story moved me so much.
They are a Ukrainian couple who had to flee their city just two days after their wedding because a war broke out. Their photographer had decided to leave the city a week earlier, so there were no official images on their wedding day. In circumstances like that, photos seem a bit trivial.
So, it was my honor to document their love on a very special trip to Iceland after years of not thinking of professional wedding photos. My favorite part of the trip was just spending days and endless hours with them in the car, enjoying ourselves and the views.
We made a favorite stop along our route for soup, hot dogs and coffee, and I now definitely want to learn how to speak Russian. I learned that we peel potatoes differently, ha, and I also learned we share a love for games.
We ended up extending our stay with them at an Airbnb in Reykjavik on our last night (after a hilarious balloon-animal-making, taco-eating, and local-cat-stalking adventure) playing this game called "keep talking and nobody explodes". It's an online game and everyone should definitely go play it with some friends today.
All of this to say, the images below are beautiful moments from the trip, but nothing is more beautiful than truly enjoying the company you are in, in person and not in front of a camera.
I've learned that my favorite moments with the ones I love from the last few years have not been documented, because I'm too busy enjoying them in person, and I love how special that is between the individuals that are there in those moments.
Cheers to many more beautiful adventures together, Anastasia + Felix!