Our New Year’s Eve Vow Renewal at the Icehotel
Today’s post is a very personal one; our Vow Renewal at the Icehotel on New Year’s Eve.
It was completely surreal to be back there five years on from our wedding, this time as a family of four. We always knew it was going to be pretty special to take our girls all the way back to the place where we married, but I think we both underestimated just how amazing it would be. Visiting the Icehotel is such a unique experience, and one that blows you away the first time you do it. I never expected it to blow me away a second time. It did.
As you’re about to see, we had the most incredible photographer, Mait Jüriado, who travelled from Estonia to join us for the entire 3 days. Mait, I just don’t have the words to tell you how much these pictures mean to us. All I can say is “thank you”, not only for shooting our vow renewal, but for actually being part of this whole adventure. You clicked instantly with each of us, and you felt more like one of our guests, than simply our photographer.
I haven’t been able to stop looking at these pictures since we first got them, and every time I do, it reminds me of a beautiful quote . . .
“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.”
When I was a little girl I never dreamt that Prince Charming was going to come along and whisk me off to the Icehotel to marry me. TWICE. But now I have the pictures to prove to my own little girls, that fairy tales are real.
And once in a while, the ending is better than you could ever imagine.
Photography: Mait Jüriado of M&J Studios
Ceremony Venue: Ice Church at ICEHOTEL- Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Reception Venues: ICEHOTEL Restaurant & ICEBAR – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Wedding Coordinator: Eva Lundquist at ICEHOTEL
Bride’s Gown: Oscar de la Renta
Flower Girls’ Tutus: Hippy Hoot Notions
The ICEHOTEL is a unique art project made of ice and snow, constructed each year by artists from around the globe. The following artists were responsible for the rooms featured here;
Main Hall: “SECRET GARDEN” by Alessandro Falca & Anna-Sofia Mååg
Ice Church: “130 ARCTIC SUNSETS” by Elin Julin, Marjolein Vonk & Marinus Vroom
ICEBAR: “LOST AND FOUND” by Jens Thoms Ivarsson, Tjåsa Gusfors & Maurizio Perron
Art Suite: “FROZTY FLOWER” by Natsuki Saito & Shingo Saito