The iconic Iceland plane wreck on the haunting black sands of Sólheimasandur was the backdrop for this pilot couple’s pre-wedding shoot

It was love at first sight for Barkha when she spotted Kaustubh, who was her senior, at the flight academy. It took a lot of wooing, dropping hints, and flirting for her to finally have him fall for her. Their stereotypical ‘senior-junior’ romance blossomed further, leading them towards matrimony now that they were both professional commercial pilots.

Barkha and Kaustubh

Their mesmerizing pre-wedding photoshoot by WeddingSutra Favorite – Divine Mantra, highlighted the couple’s love for their profession and each other in an alluring way.

Recalling the thought put into planning their pre-wedding shoot, Barkha says, “Kaustubh and I are not just into flying professionally, but also extremely passionate about the aviation industry, planes and travelling. We wanted our pre-wedding shoot to be an ode to these shared passions of ours and our decade-long courtship that commenced through our love for flying!”

Barkha and Kaustubh
Barkha and Kaustubh
Barkha and Kaustubh

“We always had the abandoned DC plane in the Sólheimasandur black sand desert in Iceland on our minds for our pre-wedding shoot. However, we were unsure as we assumed it would be impossible to shoot there because of Iceland’s extreme weather conditions and difficult terrain. The aeroplane wreck spot is an iconic place for those in the aviation industry. The plane crash-landed in the middle of the desert in 1973, but fortunately, all the passengers survived and so it is considered to be a good omen. After doing a lot of research, we figured that it was possible to shoot there and then there was no looking back.”

The abandoned plane wrecked on the black volcanic ash sand with white gravel made for a perfect backdrop for the couple’s pre-wedding shoot. However, the shoot was not as smooth as the photos suggest.

Barkha and Kaustubh
Barkha and Kaustubh
Barkha and Kaustubh

Barkha recalls, “On the day we landed in Iceland, the temperature was minus seven degrees and dipping lower, and it was snowing heavily. The weather was so cold that it was extremely difficult for us to stand unshaken. However, we made it nevertheless. The photoshoot was executed over a span of ten days in extremely cold weather but it was our zeal which kept us warm and going!”

Barkha and Kaustubh
Barkha and Kaustubh
Barkha and Kaustubh
Barkha and Kaustubh
Barkha and Kaustubh

Location: Iceland

Photography: Divine Mantra

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