When Kirsten first wrote me about the vow renewal at the Icehotel on new year’s eve I was sure it will be one awesome experience. No two Icehotel designs are the same – the whole place melts down on the ground every spring. And when the cold arrives they start to build up the whole thing from the scratch. Around 150 couples are getting married every year in Icehotel and its Ice Church sets the scene for truly unforgettable weddings made in frozen heaven. The Ice Church only exists between December and April.
The cold bites indeed! In fact we were lucky as the weather was quite mild but just a week after the temperature fell to -30-40 and it makes almost impossible to have the photosession outside with this kind of cold. This is the real temperature there and we were lucky enough with the weather and we spend almost the whole daylight outside. Daylight? There’s a bit but the sun never rises above the horizon around the christmas time. That’s why I think it has been also one of the most difficult environments I’ve ever photographed. I was worried about the cold first but -10C is piece of cake for me and thank god it was not -40C or even colder.
For those couples who wants to get married there or are just renewing the vows it will be an awesome experience. The unique experience of the place, the ice, the heavy snow and the almost unreal surroundings leave no one indifferent. And, in fact, I think it all looks much better on live than on photos and I just found myself taking a lot of memory photos than shooting non-stop. I hope I managed to capture the real vibe of this beautiful place.
Kirsten and John flew there from Australia. They got married at the Icehotel already 5 years ago and now they were renewing their vows. We started off with a small snowy photosession in the morning, then preparations for the ceremony, beautiful ceremony in the Ice Church after the midday, the photo session inside the Icehotel, super tasty dinner in the evening, drinks in the Icebar before the midnight and new year’s day countdown on the frozen river at midnight. One perfect day and I’m happy I was able the spend it with Kirsten, John and their family.
The Icehotel returns to the river in spring but the love is eternal.
Music credit: Sofia Talvik – Snowy white river
Ceremony Venue: Ice Church at ICEHOTEL- Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Reception Venues: ICEHOTEL Restaurant & ICEBAR – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Wedding Coordinator: Eva Lundquist at ICEHOTEL
Bride’s Gown: Vintage Oscar de la Renta
Flower Girls’ Tutus: Hippy Hoot Notions
The ICEHOTEL is a unique art project made of ice and snow, constructed each year by artists from around the globe. The following artists were responsible for the rooms featured here;
Main Hall: “SECRET GARDEN” by Alessandro Falca & Anna-Sofia Mååg
Ice Church: “130 ARCTIC SUNSETS” by Elin Julin, Marjolein Vonk & Marinus Vroom
ICEBAR: “LOST AND FOUND” by Jens Thoms Ivarsson, Tjåsa Gusfors & Maurizio Perron
Art Suite: “FROZTY FLOWER” by Natsuki Saito & Shingo Saito