Kevin and Wesley and their very non classic wedding in Iceland.
In 1978, Wesley was born in Charleston, West Virginia. Less than a year later, Kevin was born on the other side of the world in Penang, Malaysia. At age 4, Kevin moved to Vancouver, Canada. He left at the age of 17 to study in Philadelphia, beginning his life in the United States. At age 8, Wesley moved to Mystic, Connecticut. He left at the age of 17 to study in London, but returned to the United States after graduating.
Their lives eventually brought them to Boston at the same time in 2003, and then to New York City three years later. They were living in the same cities, but oddly, their paths hadn’t yet crossed.
Their paths finally converged in February of 2012, but their first date didn’t happen until a few months later; there was a lot going on in their lives at that time. They met at a little tiki bar in SoHo that’s now no longer there. Neither of them walked in with any expectations beyond tasty tropical cocktails and casual conversation, but they both walked out knowing that they wanted to see each other again.
As Spring turned into Summer, cocktails turned into adventures. They explored the city together — concerts, jazz nights, art galleries, outdoor dance parties. It turned out they loved a lot of the same things. Some of them were obvious, like their taste in clothes, music, and food. But others were more unexpected, like their mutual passion for aviation.
It eventually lead to their first plane-spotting date at JFK. It was early September. They rented a car and drove out to a park near JFK Airport to spend an afternoon watching planes take off and land. A few weeks later, they stumbled upon an interesting experience: a 5K race that would take place on a runway at La Guardia Airport. They knew they had to go. And when they went, it was simply amazing. They didn’t even care about running — they barely ran the race. Instead, they posed and Instagrammed each other on the runway while everyone else ran ahead. They came in nearly last, but it didn’t matter to them. From that point on, they knew they had both found something rare in each other.
October came to a chaotic end with Hurricane Sandy striking the Eastern Seaboard. It paralyzed the New York City. With no easy way to get around the city, they decided to camp out at Kevin’s place until things settled down. The chaos outside gave them plenty of time to focus on their Halloween costumes at home — they were going to be Mr. and Mrs. Fox (from Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox).
When the weather finally settled down, they ended up going to some random Halloween parties around Brooklyn. Not even a hurricane could stop them. Eventually, they ended up at a small bar in Williamsburg that was empty except for a few brave, costumed adventurers. A new song from Grimes came on, and it was just the two of them dancing dreamily together in an empty bar, in papier mâché fox masks.
Ready for Takeoff
Kevin and Wesley’s relationship was now measured by their travels, marked by take-offs and landings at JFK Airport. When they stumbled on the opportunity to take part in a 5K run on one of JFK’s spectacular runways, they immediately signed up. They brought their sensibilities from the La Guardia Runway Run to JFK, Instagramming their way to last place across the finish line. This became an annual rite. And last year, it became hallowed ground when Kevin kneeled down on the tarmac and proposed to Wesley as over 1000 runners ran past. Wesley said “yes!”
It was one of the most unexpected, memorable, and meaningful moments in their relationship. It was a turning point — a time when they decided to commit to their relationship built on shared passions for aviation, travel, odd animals, and adventure. It simply made sense.
In 2015, Kevin and Wesley took their first trip to Iceland (on their way to the Paris Air Show). As they drove around the Ring Road, they were awestruck by the landscape’s raw, rugged beauty. It held so many possibilities for adventure. They vowed to return.
Shortly after their engagement, they decided that having a destination wedding would be the best way to honor their love of travel. Iceland quickly rose to the top of their list, as they wanted to share their amazing adventures here with their closest friends and family.
Into the Unknown
So here we are today, as Kevin and Wesley vow to share a life committed to adventure together. As they continue exploring this vast world, they will feed their curiosity to further nourish and strengthen their relationship.
Venue: Hótel Búðir
Photography: Rafał Bojar
Camera and lenses: Nikon D750 +Sigma Art 35mm +85mm
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