It’s wedding season! I’m in London now and then heading straight to Italy. From mid June, I will be based in Sweden and Copenhagen, but I’m always happy to travel. I still have a few Saturdays available for weddings so don’t be a stranger.
6 June 2013, Värmdö Sweden
Caroline and Stuart got married at beautiful Villa Soludden, Värmdö. They live in Melbourne and many guests had travelled from Australia. The ceremony and reception was held at this international styled villa with breathtaking views of the Stockholm archipelago. Many guests stayed at Soludden for the night and the ground floor includes a spa area with a large sauna with sea view.
Caroline is a graphic designer and had naturally done all the stationary herself. The theme colours were white and peach/orange (shoes/stationary/flowers).
I asked Caroline about a special moment from the wedding day and she said: “My dad’s speech where he mentioned princess Madeleine’s upcoming wedding and said ‘to me the princess is getting married today’, referring to me. Perhaps a little cheesy, but the fact that he welled up and almost cried – something he never does – made it very special to me.”
Bride’s Dress: Thurley, Australia
Bride’s shoes: Touch-ups (white satin shoes dyed to coral)
Bride’s Jewellery: earrings, Snö of Sweden; bracelet, Åhlens; Sapphire gold ring that belonged to the bride’s grandmother
Groom’s Suit: J.Lindeberg, Swensk, Melbourne
Groom’s Shoes: Ted Baker
Hair stylist: Lisa, Björknässalongen
Makeup artist: Åsa, Björknässalongen
Flowers: Blomster Boo, Orminge centrum
Stationery & paper goods: The bride’s own design
Ceremony and reception venue: Villa Soludden, Värmdö
Caterers: Villa Soludden
Celebrant/Officiant: Birgitta Arneving
Ceremony Music: Kimbra – Two way street; Temper Trap – Sweet disposition
Wedding rings: Bride, her grandmothers gold wedding ring. Groom didn’t have one.
This wedding was featured on beautiful Style Me Pretty.
4 September 2015, Copenhagen
The bride is one of the most talented hair stylists in Sweden and she has trained other stylists around the country for years, overseen runway shows and I’ve met her at various fashion events and shoots. I was so happy when she asked me to photograph her and Niclas wedding.
They travelled to Copenhagen for an intimate wedding in the Swedish Gustaf Church in Copenhagen and combined it with an exclusive weekend for just the two of them. They stayed at chic Avenue Hotel, where they got ready before the ceremony. Being a hair stylist and makeup artist, Cilluf had brought the full kit and her sense of style was as flawless as always. Swedish fashion designer Linda Vasel made the couture dress.
It was one of those days when it was an intense thunderstorm an hour before the ceremony and then accidentally forgot the umbrellas at the hotel, but we never needed them. The sky suddenly cleared up before the ceremony. It was a really lovely day with lots of celebrations.
Bride’s dress and hairband: Vasel
Bride’s shoes: BOSS
Groom’s Suit: Pelote
Bride’s hair styling and make up: the bride!
Flowers: Blomsterpigan, Malmö
Bride’s wedding rings: Rivoir
Groom’s wedding ring: 3D Gold
Bride and groom’s preparation: Avenue Hotel, Copenhagen
Ceremony Venue: Svenska Gustafskyrkan/ Gustaf Church, Swedish Church Abroad
26 February 2013, Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, 200km north of the Arctic Circle
Australian couple Kylie and Simon got married at Icehotel, located almost as far away from Sydney as you can go. It’s quite a contrast from Australian summer to the Artic winter. In fact, the sun doesn’t rise at all for two weeks in winter but the sun shine both day and night during summer.
I’m so excited to share this wedding with you as I greatly enjoyed photographing this small and relaxed wedding. The place is fantastic, and so is this couple.
Kylie says “The venue and location were very special to us. We knew we wanted to get married overseas and we wanted to have a small wedding so we could relax and enjoy the day. In 2009 we had a great time visiting friends and travelling through northern Sweden and we had always wanted to go back in winter to visit the Icehotel. We thought the Icehotel was the ultimate setting for a winter wedding!
People travelled a long way to come to our wedding, with the bride’s father, the groom’s brother and sister in law and two friends travelling from Sydney, Australia and three friends travelling from Luleå in northern Sweden. We are so lucky that our family and friends were able to join us. We had 8 guests so it was a very small wedding. It was special that my father was able to be at the wedding to walk me down the aisle. ”
Kylie wore a pale blue tulle and silk floor length dress, she had designed herself. The skirt was created using lots of layers of different colours of blue and ivory tulle. It was the perfect colour for the Icehotel and the blue stood out against the white of the snow. “With thermals underneath, snow boots, a cape and wrap I felt surprisingly warm”, Kylie said.
Fresh flowers don’t last in the cold of the Icehotel so Kylie had a gorgeous crystal snowflake bouquet instead.
Kylie and Simon were very lucky with the weather. The week before the wedding the weather report predicted -20°C (-4F) and gale force winds. On the day it actually reached 2°C (36F), which is unusually warm for Jukkasjärvi and it was actually colder inside the Icehotel (-5°C/23F) than outside.
The ceremony was held in the Icehotel Ice Church. The Ice Church is completely made of ice and is re-built every year with a new design. This year the church is a modern cathedral style, with a high ceiling. Guests sit on ice pews covered in reindeer skins for insulation.
Different artists make the Icehotel each year and the artists are credited throughout the text.
Artwork credit: Ice Church by Javier Opazo, Ethan Friedman & Rob Harding
The Icehotel is built of huge ice blocks from the Torne River. The river is naturally frozen in winter and the portraits below are taken on the river.
After the ceremony we went to the Icebar to celebrate. You are given gloves to wear so your hands don’t stick to the ice glass.
Artwork credit: Icebar – Unique by Sofi Ruotsalainen, Mikael “Nille” Nilsson & Viktor Tsarski
Artwork credit: Nest by Maurizio Perron
Artwork credit: Main Hall – Navigating the Unknown by Marjolein Vonk, Marinus Vroom & Jens Thoms Ivarsson
The reception was held at the restaurant at the Icehotel.
“We’re having a wedding reception back in Sydney so we can celebrate with family and friends who weren’t at the wedding. We’re having modern Scandinavian canapés and desserts and we’ll have a slideshow of photos of the wedding so our guests can experience a bit of Sweden!”
There are so many amazing ice shuits at the Icehotel. Simon and Kylie had booked the Dragon Residence for their wedding night.
Artwork credit – Dragon Residence by Bayarsaikhah Bazarsad
Bride’s Dress: Monique Martinez-Sandoval, (Ouma)
Bride’s Cape: Cape & Crown Creations
Bride’s Shrug: Wrapor
Bride’s Jewellery: Georg Jensen
Groom’s Suit: Montagio
Groom’s Shoes: Julius Marlow
Wedding rings: Hardy Brothers (bride), father’s wedding ring (groom)
Hair stylist and makeup artist: Nina Alariesto, Salong Vinter Kiruna
Flowers: Acrylic snowflake bouquet, Bridal Bouquets by Ky
Stationery & paper goods: Cleartouch
Ceremony Venue- Ice Church, Icehotel
Reception Venue- Icehotel Restaurant
Wedding planner: Eva Lundquist, Icehotel
Ceremony Music – Warm by Sofia Jannok
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1 August 2015, Copenhagen Denmark
Madeleine and Per had arranged a super secret elopement wedding in Copenhagen. They had travelled far and the ceremony was held at city hall on a sunny and happy summer day. It’s always very special to be invited in and photograph an intimate wedding and it was a joyful day.
Ida Sjöstedt is probably the most sought after wedding dress designer in Sweden right now. I had the pleasure to see, and photograph, her spring summer collection at Fashion Week a few days ago. She keeps giving us those dreamy silhuettes that we love. This is my personal favourite.
More photos here.
I’m so glad that the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States. I’m feeling quite emotional about it. Although same-sex marriage is legal in many European countries, this was such an important step forward and hopefully many more countries will follow. Love always wins.
I have photographed weddings for years and it’s always a blessing to be invited and be a part of the wedding day, a day full of love and joy. I’m yet to photograph a same-sex marriage, so if you are thinking of marriage, please keep me in mind. I would love to photograph your special day. We are all connected, gay, straight, and there is nothing more powerful than love.
1 April 2015, Copenhagen Denmark
Small intimate elopement weddings can be so romantic and so was American Lizzet and Aaron’s wedding at beautiful Copenhagen City Hall earlier this month. It was a day for just the two of them and their love shone through in every glance and in every step across central Copenhagen.
Boudoir photography is so much fun and it makes a wonderful, and popular, gift as a print box or an album to give to your husband to be.
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Hair and makeup: Cilluf Winkvist
Last year I photographed Kylie and Simon’s wedding at Icehotel. This lovely Australian couple had travelled around the world to get married in this very special place. It was a small intimate wedding with only the nearest and dearest. Their wedding is published in the largest bridal magazine in Sweden, Allt om bröllop. The winter issue. It’s so wonderful to see in print.
Artwork credit Icehotel: Main Hall – Navigating the Unknown by Marjolein Vonk, Marinus Vroom & Jens Thoms Ivarsson