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What Have We Won?: The Wedding Planner (Iceland Edition)

What Have We Won?: The Wedding Planner (Iceland Edition)

Published August 24, 2018

Hannah Jane Cohen
Main photo by
Bragi Þór

Wedding planning may not require burpees, but it certainly involves sweat, tears and potentially even blood—especially if you have a terrible MIL involved. Seriously, the fact that any wedding at all goes off without a noticeable hitch is a testament not only to God, but also to the fabulous wedding planners worldwide that make it their job to deal with sketchy caterers, unpredictable weather, and, above all, bridezillas. Good Samaritans? Masochists? Aliens? Who knows.

A chilly ceremony

Wedding planner extraordinaire Vigdís Björk Segatta then should be celebrated nationwide for her incredible organisational and creative matrimonial skills, which recently landed her a Belief Award—an international prize for wedding planners. Congrats Vigdís! If any of us at the Grapevine office ever falls in love—which is doubtful because we’re all horrible—we will call you.

 More importantly, the glacial location of the wedding was a complete surprise to guests. Talk about memorable, right? 

The award-winning wedding took place within the Langjökull ice cave. The couple, Miranda and Ari, hailed from Australia, so really, they were probably just stoked not to be surrounded by animals that could kill them. We’re joking. No, we’re not. Australia sucks.

Vigdís planned a nine-day trip around Iceland for them where the wedding party got to hike up a volcano, go snowmobiling, see the Northern Lights, exchange vows in the ice cave, and so much more. More importantly, the glacial location of the wedding was a complete surprise to guests. Talk about memorable, right?

Love actually

But now it’s time to gush on Miranda and Ari’s romance so you, the reader, can live vicariously through them. The two met in 2008, when Miranda attended a Biomedical Science Camp, where Ari was the camp’s designated driver. Says the couple: “We met, danced, and rest, as they say, is history!”

After eight years together, they bought a house, and after getting the key to the house, Miranda explains, “[Ari] went down on both(!) knees and proposed as we were sitting on the veranda, drinking ciders, about to start another new chapter of our lives!” And look at them, now they are featured in an obscure Icelandic newspaper.

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