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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