Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Wedding - Icelandic Style

Done with our touring, we were ready for family and friends and the big celebration! We stuck closer to home for the next few days, attending wedding festivities, touring the family fish factory, and spending time with the cousins. (Oh, and battling the pouring rain and cold!)

Took a tour of the family fishing factory.
Checking out Reykjavik
We had been told that it was an outdoor wedding, with a contingency plan of using the church if the weather didn't hold up. In Iceland the contingency plan was definitely a necessity. The weather seemed ok most of the morning on the big day, but it was cold and windy. When we met in the parking lot to head to the wedding, I still wasn't sure what was going to happen. As all the buses loaded up and pulled out, it started raining. We passed the church. It started raining harder and we drove about 25 minutes into the country, where it was still raining. We all stayed huddled in our vehicles, wondering how this was going to play out. We also wondered what Icelanders might consider bad enough weather to call on that contingency plan. But eventually, the rain let up, and everyone quickly rushed to the ceremony site, wondering why they had bothered with their hair or their nice new dress that covered by a rain jacket.

The bridesmaids in traditional Icelandic dresses, were not cold.

The whole family
The ceremony was short and perfect, with Oskar insisting on being a major part of this big day with his parents. The rest of the night was a big party full of loving speeches and videos and lots of dancing and singing. And just a little bit of drinking.
This pretty much sums it up.
I used my pregnancy as an excuse and bowed out of the festivities close to 3am. The party raged on for a few more hours. In the end, it was a huge success with friends and family coming from all over the world to celebrate Magnus and Olof. 

Then they were off to Hawaii for their honeymoon. Good call after a week in Iceland in the summer. Well played.

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