November 14, 2011
We’ve told this story before. About how we SEO-ed our way to Iceland. Twice.
What we found – especially before going to Iceland – was that the story of how we got there was overwhelming conversations and, unfortunately, blinding ourselves to the real centre of it all: Rebecca and Ymir.
When we arrived at Keflavik airport in Iceland, this quickly changed, and blogs and strategies stopped mattering. As did most other things. Because from the moment we got off of the plane until we returned four days later, we were consumed but a colossal amount of energy and effort that was totally drive by Rebecca, Ymir, and their families.
For example, minutes after we shook hands with Rebecca for the first time, we were in an old London taxi driven by a man named Axel. Axel was a friend of Ymir’s father, and they worked together in an electronics store. Axel drove the three of us towards Reykjavik where we would meet the rest of the group and start driving east. We arrived, and Axel morphed from old London taxi driver mode to old German bus driver mode.
Axel drove that bus with its 50 passengers four days straight. And to cap it off, he was the bass player in the band that played at the wedding.
This is one example of the remarkable efforts that we saw every day.
Ymir’s sister, Embla, was the marriage officiant on the wedding day. She also made all of the stationary and the website for the wedding.
Ymir’s father, Vigfús, played guitar beside the glacial lagoon when Rebecca walked down the beach to her wedding. Then he played in the band at the reception. In between he made almost all of the food along with Hilda, Rebecca’s sister.
Ymir’s mother, Sigurlaug, was driving, being a tour guide, orchestrating food, and arranging accommodations throughout the entire trip.
The examples could go on and on. The non-stop effort and care to make this wedding perfect was astounding.
Back to the centre of it all were the two people who mattered most, and the two who did not stop putting forth an effort for days on end.
Rebecca and Ymir took every single guests experience straight to heart, and it showed. They were making sandwiches, providing information, administrating rooms, dealing with vendors – and on, and on, and on. At times it would have been easy to forget that it was, after all, their wedding that we were there for.
It’s safe to say Rebecca and Ymir’s 15 – 20 hour days of remarkably hard work paid memorable dividends to every guest who was in Iceland for their wedding. We are very thankful to have been there and see first hand two of the most determined people we’ve ever met make their wedding a killer success.
Becky and Ymir’s Iceland wedding was feature on Green Wedding Shoes and Brides Without Borders.