When I first received Vikki's email about her and Anthony's plans for the Ice Hotel, Sweden, I couldn't believe my luck. As much as I adore going overseas and photographing destination weddings in gorgeous, sunny climates, there was something so special and unique about the prospect of heading north, deep into the Arctic Circle.
The Ice Hotel is situated in Kiruna, Sweden - a 2-hour flight north of Stockholm. Amazingly, it is rebuilt every winter as in the spring time it melts into the nearby river. The level of effort that goes into creating the hotel and its surrounding buildings is absolutely incredible. The ice church has insanely detailed 'windows' carved deep into the ice blocks; the seats are large blocks of ice with reindeer hide, with the whole place 'cooled' to around minus 6 to ensure that the structure stays.
The morning of the wedding saw Vikki and Anthony get ready in nearby cabins before walking down to the ice church. There were so many challenges to face for me that day - not least photographing in minus 23 outdoor temperatures with no gloves on (!), as well as praying that my equipment was up to the challenge of freezing conditions and limited light. Thankfully, everything went swimmingly and, as well as the gorgeous white and blue hues from the ice church and surrounding snow fields, we were lucky enough to be treated to a beautiful sunset.
Take a look at some of the highlights from the wedding below and, if like Vikki and Anthony, you're tempted to head to colder climes then please do drop me a message! [email protected]
Venue - Ice Hotel Kiruna