10 Year Ceremony in Iceland

It's a thought we often forget that you can create your own meanings in life.

When I met Jarret 10 years ago, we knew we were indelibly bound.
And it would be devastating to imagine living life with any other. As 10 years crept up, we surely felt the pressure of doing what is expected. But we were never the type to do what was expected of us and forcing legalities on our bond didn't feel quite right. We knew that while a legal document didn't matter to us as much, that quality time in magical places with our loved ones sure did.

So for our 10 years together, we surprised our friends and family with books we created inviting them on a 5 day adventure to Iceland with a day celebrating our time together and the future. I'm in complete disbelief and awe this trip even happened. It was such a dream come true. Without these images and video, I would think I imagined it all.

Accompanied by Jarret's parents Max and Lynne, his brother Cole, my mother Maria, and our good friends Andrea, TJ, Alyssa, Kelsey and Katherine.

The day and all these photos were photographed by Gabe McClintock who is my favorite wedding photographer. He was the only choice to photograph this day and we are still so honored and in love with the images he gave us. He captured these in some of the harshest wind I've ever been in and that's coming from a Wyoming girl. His presence and art in itself was another dream come true for us.

Friday, April 13th began in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland at 10:30am...

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 We enjoyed a family dinner in our cute Airbnb the night before and Katherine and I stayed up late unable to sleep picking off petals for the ceremony and last minute prep. 

We enjoyed a family dinner in our cute Airbnb the night before and Katherine and I stayed up late unable to sleep picking off petals for the ceremony and last minute prep. 

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 Waiting around for the departure for the ceremony. 

Waiting around for the departure for the ceremony. 

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 i fell in love with this Berta gown a year and a half ago. After realizing I couldn’t afford their $10,000 couture gown - I bought two more dresses in my attempt to find one. Then fate happened two months before the trip when Saks had the dress in a major discount with one left in my size only. It was a dream come true to own a couture gown and I’m so happy I made the investment. 

i fell in love with this Berta gown a year and a half ago. After realizing I couldn’t afford their $10,000 couture gown - I bought two more dresses in my attempt to find one. Then fate happened two months before the trip when Saks had the dress in a major discount with one left in my size only. It was a dream come true to own a couture gown and I’m so happy I made the investment. 

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 My mom getting antsy about the windy weather.  

My mom getting antsy about the windy weather.  

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 Far too many “that’s what she said” jokes happening in one min.  

Far too many “that’s what she said” jokes happening in one min.  

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 I love these two so much and I’m so happy to share these moments with them. 

I love these two so much and I’m so happy to share these moments with them. 

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 Debating if I should wear my Trixie Mattel drag queen pin...  

Debating if I should wear my Trixie Mattel drag queen pin...  

 My gown tore on a lava rock the moment I stepped outside. And that’s OKAY. If your dress didn’t get a little scruffed, I don’t think you did it right.  

My gown tore on a lava rock the moment I stepped outside. And that’s OKAY. If your dress didn’t get a little scruffed, I don’t think you did it right.  

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 First look with Jarret and giving him the ten year book I made him with over 900 photos from the last 10 years.  A favorite memory was his sweet reaction and kind words about first seeing me and how he felt.

First look with Jarret and giving him the ten year book I made him with over 900 photos from the last 10 years.  A favorite memory was his sweet reaction and kind words about first seeing me and how he felt.

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 Quick look at the decade book. 

Quick look at the decade book. 

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 TJ trying to play “Walking in Memphis” which the song haunted them around Iceland. 

TJ trying to play “Walking in Memphis” which the song haunted them around Iceland. 

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 We are at the end trail of Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon where the ceremony was suppose to take place but melting made the roads closed. So we found this stunning spot the night before where there was 0 wind but there was plenty of wind this morning.

We are at the end trail of Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon where the ceremony was suppose to take place but melting made the roads closed. So we found this stunning spot the night before where there was 0 wind but there was plenty of wind this morning.

 Gabe laughed at my comment of “it looks like a funeral procession, I love it!”  

Gabe laughed at my comment of “it looks like a funeral procession, I love it!”  

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 We wrote letters for each of our loved ones because we wanted to give them love while celebrating ours.  

We wrote letters for each of our loved ones because we wanted to give them love while celebrating ours.  

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 Jarret and I wrote our letters in small books for each other to read.  

Jarret and I wrote our letters in small books for each other to read.  

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 Jarret’s book was so detailed and filled with scans of past drawings, notes and photos from the past ten years. ❤️ 

Jarret’s book was so detailed and filled with scans of past drawings, notes and photos from the past ten years. ❤️ 

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 The day we arrived in Iceland, we asked everyone to collect sand from the spot you had a special moment at and we combined them all together.  

The day we arrived in Iceland, we asked everyone to collect sand from the spot you had a special moment at and we combined them all together.  

 Then Cole announced the release of the dove.  

Then Cole announced the release of the dove.  

 Spoiler alert: the dove is dead. (Arrested Development reference/joke) 

Spoiler alert: the dove is dead. (Arrested Development reference/joke) 

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 Instant tears after a lot of “I love you’s”. 

Instant tears after a lot of “I love you’s”. 

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 70mph wind got me giggling.  

70mph wind got me giggling.  

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 My favorite place in the world: Reynisfjara.  

My favorite place in the world: Reynisfjara.  

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 Drentched, freezing and so completely happy. I was so wet at this point, that walking barefoot in the waterfall Creek was nothing. 

Drentched, freezing and so completely happy. I was so wet at this point, that walking barefoot in the waterfall Creek was nothing. 

 Then we went off to Hotel Rangá for dinner where they were extremely lovely and accommodating even making some items vegan for our friends.  

Then we went off to Hotel Rangá for dinner where they were extremely lovely and accommodating even making some items vegan for our friends.  

 Love them so much.  

Love them so much.  

 About to get down on the yummiest mushroom soup in all the land that jarret and I can’t stop thinking about.  

About to get down on the yummiest mushroom soup in all the land that jarret and I can’t stop thinking about.  

 dress dirty = did it right.   It all shook off later that night and surprisingly I don’t even need to dry clean it because it dried off.  

dress dirty = did it right. 

It all shook off later that night and surprisingly I don’t even need to dry clean it because it dried off.  

 Love that Andrea and Alyssa surprised us with champagne. 🙌 

Love that Andrea and Alyssa surprised us with champagne. 🙌 

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 A sweet toast from Katherine.  

A sweet toast from Katherine.  

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 What a perfect day that I’ll daydream about forever. ❤️ 

What a perfect day that I’ll daydream about forever. ❤️ 


Here is our film too made by the incredible Seth Dunlap of Ivory and Iron.