“Hey Jim fancy flying up to the Arctic Circle to photograph an Ice Hotel Wedding?”
Erm yes, not the hardest question I’ve had to answer my wife.
16,882km as the crow flies, that’s how far it is to the Ice Hotel in the far North of Sweden from Queenstown, New Zealand. Nine flights and one overnight train ride later, and I tell you every step was worth it. Ali and Olof are the most amazing couple, yes an Ice Hotel Wedding is an enticement for any wedding photographer, but it’s people that make a wedding. Talking of which I was invited to spend a week before the actual wedding hanging with them, their incredible family and their crew of friends. This unfortunately meant having to go Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Ice Fishing, Ice Swimming and even a trip down a giant Copper Mine with them all – poor me.
About the Ice Hotel, it’s a incredible structure built each year using river ice and put together by a selection of international artists. And in case you’re wondering was it cold? Yes, it was an average -5c in the chapel.
Chilly in a wedding dress.
Venue: Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Planner: Louise Wallin
Dress: Reem Acra
Hair and Make Up: Eivor Matti
Videographer: Gione de Silva
Music: Kiruna Kickers