So, not only does this year mark a return to ‘me’ and the blogging I’ve enjoyed for years, it also marks the year I get married.
During the festive season, all I could think about was this being my last spent as a ‘Collins’. This year, I’ll be a ‘Whitfield’ for the first time. It’s hard to describe how I felt about it; a mix of sadness for losing the name I’ve had since I was born but more happiness for adopting Green Ranger’s surname and what comes with that.
I only realised earlier today that I haven’t mentioned the wedding on here at all, so I wanted to fill you in as it may crop up over the next few months. Just warning you 😉
So, Green Ranger and I will be getting married in Iceland on 10 July, exactly a day before our 4 year anniversary. I know compared to other people, this isn’t a vast amount of time but this relationship has been so easy.
When I used to hear people say this, I always associated it with a negative but it’s not. To date, it’s been one of the most positive things about the relationship. We’ve had maybe a handful of arguments since we got together, we know how each other works and we have fairly similar interests, it’s just how it is but most importantly, it works and both of us have never been happier.
In Iceland, we’ll be flying over a couple of days before to make sure the Icelandic cake and restaurant arrangements are good to go, then we’ll be travelling in bright green minibuses, with our guests, to Seljalandsfoss to be pronounced man and wife. We fully anticipate getting sprayed by the actual waterfall and probably not being able to hear a word but it’s all in the fun of it. Green Ranger and I wanted something different, we didn’t want a church wedding as neither of us are religious and we wanted something to remember. This was it.
Afterwards, we’re going to celebrate with our friends and family who are flying over, then we’ll head off on our honeymoon to explore the rest of the island. We’ll be driving from Reykjavik to Freysnes and then back to Hvalfjordur, rather exciting to say the least!
Many people stumble when I say Iceland to them, then they ask why. It’s because of a film we saw not so long ago called “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. It was set largely in Iceland and it just blew us both away, it was one of the most beautiful places we’d ever seen and along with the sentiment of the film – ‘make the most of life’ – we just couldn’t resist.
All we have left to do now is get a few bits and bobs, including our wedding rings!
Have you been to Iceland before? Have you got any tips and tricks for marrying abroad?