Luvattumaa Ice Chapel Levi, Lapland Wedding
Do tell us about the couple
I got to know James from our time together in the Army, especially when we served together back in 2009 in Afghanistan. During his tim in the forces he met a young girl called Becky and over the years decided to get married in spectacular and in an unusual location. Back in 2014 Becky & James messaged me to see if I was available for their wedding in January 2016, however they were also planning a small bit intimate affair with close family & friends in Lapland. They were also planning on making it a small holiday over the New Year period and asked if I might be interested in joining them for their Lapland Wedding and to celebrate New Year in style. Without hesitation, I said ‘Yes’ ad agreed to come to Lapland and shoot their wedding. See the holiday video here: https://vimeo.com/151225268
Please tell us a little bit about the day and how it went
The day went so fast, that if you blinked, you’d miss it! We started off with all the girls having their hair and make up prepared at a local salon in Levi Lapland that had been organised by the bride. Then it was a mad rush to catch a taxi from my hotel to the actual wedding venue of the LUVATTUMAA Ice Chapel. Bearing in mind we only get around 40 mins of natural daylight in Lapland, it was already pitch black outside and with the venue being remote, no natural light was available, so a good test for my gear along with the temperatures hitting up to -30c made for an interesting day. The ceremony itself was inside the chapel and was freezing for all the wedding party. But a short and sweet ceremony was followed by drinks before another taxi ride to the stunning Hotel Levi Panorama with its panoramic views of the ski slopes nab Levi town itself.eh evening followed by a meal for me and their guests and drinks, cigars for the men and endless conversation and drinks into the early hours. A truly epic, remote, challenging and beautifully romantic destination wedding for the most perfect bride and groom.
Do tell us a little bit about yourself
Well I am but just me, a humble wedding photographer that enjoys the the uniqueness that each wedding brings, whether that is in the UK or abroad.
How would you describe your photography style
I class my style as documentary and prefer to not to be seen and shot the day as it unfolds, however I like to ensure my couples enjoy a small break while shooting some romantic portraits of the bride & groom on the day of their wedding, whilst trying to create a WOW shot using creative off camera flash.
What did you love about the day
Everything, but not only the day itself, the whole week I spent with Becky & James and their family & friends was a moment to remember for the rest of my life and cannot thank them enough for everything from Snowmobiling, reindeer sledging, husky sledging, snow ball fights, horse riding at night, New Year eve itself and the chance to capture their romantic wedding.
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day
You only get one chance to capture your wedding day, you cannot go back and do it again. So when planning and paying for a wedding photographer, trust them, let them do their job and plan for giving them the most amount of time to capture beautiful portrait images in natural daylight. These images will last you a lifetime, so ensue you give the photographer the right tools to do their job.