July 20, 2011
“Meet us at 9.30PM in front of Hallgrímskirkja. Show up and we’ll take care of everything from there.”
That was how we planned to meet them for the first time. We had heard their voice over Skype, friended them on Facebook, and exchanged a lot of emails, but meeting the couple who’s wedding we’d photograph a few days later for the first time this way – in Iceland a few days before their wedding – was…different.
So, they arrived on time and we got right at it. Their engagement session in Reykjavik.
The plan was straightforward, and we had read the Reykjavik Grapevine enough times to know the route we would do. Starting at Hallgrímskirkja, we would weave our way down Laugavegur and finish by the bay in front of the Solfar Viking Ship. Simple.
After finishing the session, we were fully aware of how lucky we were to be there. It was an awesome feeling to be in Iceland alone, but to be working there was just silly.
And we had been reminded that day of just how awesome it was.
A few hours earlier while checking into our hotel in downtown Reykjavik, a married couple from Montreal were shocked that wedding photographers from Vancouver were hired by an American couple to come to Iceland.
“That’s incredible. Do you have any idea how lucky you are?”
Before the session, we got some Skyr and water from a store and chatted briefly with the store worker. After explaining to the Icelander why we were there, the reaction from the worker was the same as from the Montreal couple.
“That’s incredible. All this way for a wedding?”
From when we left Vancouver until we returned home again, the reaction we consistently received from people who we shared our story with was always the same: Incredible.
So there we were in downtown Reykjavik, having just finished taking pictures. It was around 11PM and we were standing in front of the harbour, and miles away the sun was blazing over the mountains on the other side of the massive bay. The couple was absolutely beaming, and hadn’t stopped since we met them a short while earlier. They were genuinely happy like nobody we’d ever seen.
It all felt incredible.