Location, location, location.
The one thing that, more than anything else, made our wedding as close to perfection as you're gonna find in this wonderful world, was the absolutely wild, majestic, untouched backdrop that is Budir.
It didn't hurt, sure, that the weather was better than we could have dreamed in October, but even if the torrential rain the previous day had continued to rush from the skies indefinitely, it still would be the spot we would choose again and again.
There is something about this place that makes a person feel very much alive, filled to the very brim with contentment, wide-eyed at the raw beauty that still exists in the world. It is expansive. Breathtaking. Panoramic. It makes you feel all the feels you'd hope to experience as you marry your love.
Stand on the black sand beach overlooking the sea, turn 360 degrees, turn again, and you can't see a single thing that's been made by man aside from the white walls that make up Hotel Budir and the little black tar church nearby to the west. (The road leading there is hidden by hills.) It's exquisitely unmarred, vast. As though you'd been plunked down from the skies into a newly discovered planet that looks kind of like earth...but maybe a tiny bit better.
Situated to the south of the hotel is a branching, churning estuary; wide to narrow and wide again, the water is blue and grey and cold and filled year-round with harbor seals. They are darling.
To the north, walking straight up from the black sandy beach, are the lava fields. The rocks rip from the earth jaggedly; you don't know quite how deeply the crevices reach or how massive the rising rocks are until you're suddenly in the middle of them and think, wow. Just wow. In all of Iceland, we saw many lava fields. These were our favorite, the most expansive, covered in spongy neon moss and covered in the tall fellow grasses that mislead you into thinking that the mounds and rolls are solid earth. In the distance, the Snaefellsjokull glacier looms. If it's rained recently, which it will have, one million (numbers are approximate) waterfalls freefall and overflow from the top of the mountains.
If you're looking for an incredibly remote spot as magical as any Iceland has to offer, but less than two hours northwest of Reykjavik, you've found our winner.