December 10, 2019
Elopements are about sharing an adventure together. This Swedish IceHotel elopement was made all the more special because the bride of all people, was my very own sister, Sarah.
My sister and her (now) husband Rory wanted to have an experience and adventure, rather than a traditional wedding filled with nerves and showy displays. They’re huge lovers of the snow, and I can’t even count the number of skiing holidays that I’ve shared with Sarah.
Sarah and Rory wanted to have an icy adventure, and so decided that an IceHotel elopement, complete with warm and cosy outfits to battle the cold, and exciting experiences and activities to celebrate them tying the knot, would be perfect.
The days before and after their IceHotel elopement were filled with dog sledge rides, horseback riding under the Northern lights, and lots of excellent Swedish food.
It’s tough to describe how emotional elopements on their own can make me, but this one was up there considering it was my own sister.
The big day started with Sarah and Rory getting ready in one of their warm lodges at IceHotel. One thing that strikes me about Sarah and Rory is how much chemistry they have in the way they interact. The small stuff and the quips they’d have with each other. Those moments though are accentuated with the little moments like Rory helping Sarah with her necklace, and them both working out how many layers is enough to battle -23 degree cold.
Talking of cold, for the entire time we were there, I basically lived in a ski suit, and one of the fantastic thermal suits that the IceHotel provide. This thing is like a walking sleeping bag and keeps you nice and cosy.
Once they were ready and geared up, we headed out for some fun couples images, where we explored the whole of the ice hotel area, including finding some kick-stand skates, so that Sarah could sit down and Rory push her about in style.
The IceHotel in Sweden has an incredible setup; an entire hotel which is carved entirely out of ice, with a new design each year.
The uniqueness of this made the ice chapel that they got married in, even more, special for them. The officiant, Eva, also presented Sarah and Rory with a wooden Snow Grouse, which they affectionately called Klaus.
To finish off the day, we were treated to a digger station, and to top it off, we finally got to see the Northern Lights, after 3 days of waiting.
I hope you enjoy my sister’s magical icehotel elopement!
This was even featured in Polka Dot Bride.
Venue: Ice Hotel / Celebrant: Eva Lundquist / Florist: InterFlora Kiruna / Hair and Makeup Artist: Nina Alariesto / Groom’s Suit: MJ Bale / Bride’s Dress: Mywony / Bride’s Hair Accessories: Tania Maras / Bride’s Jewellery: Georg Jensen / Travel Agent: Magnetic North Travel / Rings: Stags Head Design