Icehotel – one of the world’s coolest (literally) wedding destinations

Each year, many couples choose to get married amongst natural crystal clear Arctic ice at ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi – and recently, ICEHOTEL was named one of the world’s coolest wedding destinations by Brides Magazine UK.

Far above the Arctic Circle, in the north of Sweden, you’ll find ICEHOTEL. A destination that has attracted wedding couples from all over the world to exchange vows in sub-zero degrees – for almost 30 years.

– We are very pleased to be featured in Condé Nast’s wedding magazine Brides as one of the world’s coolest wedding destinations, and I agree that it is a cool experience to get married here, says Louise Wallin who is the in-house wedding coordinator at ICEHOTEL. She continues:
– Our Ceremony Hall is created by different artists every year and each ceremony is completely unique, not only because of each couple’s wishes but also because of the art that changes day by day.

Every winter, select artists create a new Ice Ceremony Hall. In addition to that, another 35 Art Suites are created for wedding couples and guests who like to spend a night on ice, some of them with a warm, private relax, bathroom, sauna and bathtub. There are warm chalets and hotel rooms at ICEHOTEL as well.

For those who are looking for a spring-, summer- or fall wedding with a winter theme, ICEHOTEL is now open year round. The hotel offers 20 Art Suites of ice and snow, an ice bar and an ice gallery, which is perfect for weddings, engagements and renewal of vows – and it is all cooled with help from the midnight sun that gives 24-hour daylight over the northern parts of Sweden during the summer months.

One of the wedding couples who got married in 2017 was artists Edith van de Wetering and Wilfred Stijger, who together with ICEHOTEL-veteran Tjåsa Gusfors created this year’s Ceremony Hall inside ICEHOTEL. The artist couple had been dreaming of a wedding and when the Ceremony Hall was inaugurated, the opportunity presented itself and they got married amongst their own ice art.

– It was like being in your own fairytale. The best memory from that day was when we walked in together, hand in hand, into the Ceremony Hall we had created together with Tjåsa and see all the people, says Wilfred.

Around 70 weddings are held at ICEHOTEL every year. The ephemeral surroundings create memories that are extra cherished when no architectural memento exists. Edith and Wilfred also chose temporary rings – out of ice!

– The ice rings were really cool and got colder after 10 minutes. They melted slowly on our hands, tells Wilfred.

Facts: Weddings at ICEHOTEL

  • About 70 wedding couples come to ICEHOTEL to get married – every year.
  • Choose between an intimate and secret ceremony to a grand three-day party with hundreds of guests. At ICEHOTEL, each wedding is tailored to the couple’s wishes. ICEHOTEL’s wedding specialist Louise Wallin helps the couples to tailor their perfect day.
  • ICEHOTEL offers wedding ceremonies and accommodation amongst ice and snow year-round. Each winter select artists create a new Ceremony Hall. The year-round part of ICEHOTEL is run with help from solar power.
  • Get lost in the northern lights that dance across the sky during the winter months and get fascinated by the bright nights during the summer when the midnight sun shines between May and July.
  • ICEHOTEL Restaurant serves local delicacies like Kalix Löjrom (bleak roe), reindeer, Arctic Char and cloudberries, composed by Michelin-trained Head Chef Alexander Meier and his team.
  • What’s more romantic than spending your first night as a married couple on a bed of crystal clear ice and soft reindeer hides? ICEHOTEL offers a number of different room categories from Deluxe Suites and more straightforward ice rooms and warm accommodation. As always, breakfast, sauna, loan of warm winter gear and free entrance to ICEHOTEL are included during your entire stay.

Photos by Asaf Kliger

Source: Ice Hotel


News from Tauck Australia - Under The Tuscan Sun

Tauck Australia has announced a fascinating new Under The Tuscan Sun event being hosted from 14 to 19 October 2019.

Guests will be taken on an immersive 6-day/5-night journey into Tuscany, celebrating the region’s cultural pleasures and hilltop treasures in depth, up close and authentically rich in every way, and including a keynote address from author Frances Mayes, whose best-selling book, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ later became a box office success in the movie of the same name.

This authentic view of Tuscany includes hosted accommodation at Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, born out of a medieval hamlet 800 years old and embraced by vineyards and olive groves. This beautiful property will host a cooking class for guests and conduct insider lectures on the history of Tuscan City States. There is plenty of time at leisure to perhaps immerse in the scenery, refresh and rejuvenate in an indoor pool, steam room and sauna and play a round of golf of 9 and 18-hole courses.

In-depth exploration awaits guests on daily sightseeing tracks including Etruscan Volterra, The Alabaster City and discovering a wealth of architectural treasures on a guided walking tour that showcases the temple walls of the Etruscan Acropolis, the Medici Fortress, and the artistry of alabaster craftsmen.

In Siena, guests will see the Duomo and Baptistery and learn the history behind the 17 colourful, flag-lined contrade (districts) that are so much a part of the fabric of life here during an exclusive presentation by Dario Castagna in his contrada.

In Chianti Country, guests will spend the day with the Corsini family (whose legacy as one of the oldest families in Florence includes ties to the Vatican) at their Villa Le Corti estate, to sample their wine and olive oil, tour their private villa, listen to stories about the family business, and dine al fresco amidst stunning views of the Chianti Classico region.

There is a guided walking tour of hilltop San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site encircled by 13th-century walls and its iconic towers plus truffle hunting, pasta making, wine pairing and olive oil tasting, and many more optional activities including golf, bicycling and yoga classes.

Tauck’s exclusive welcome reception and dinner will be hosted in a medieval castle showcasing the finest of Tuscan cuisine and wines whilst the farewell dinner on the final evening will be held at the Piaggio Museum.

Tauck Australia’s 6-day/5-night Under The Tuscan Sun is priced from $6490 per person twin share. Bookings are to be directed to your travel agent or Tauck Australia on 1300 732 300 or reservations@tauck.com.au

Source: Tauck


Cate Blanchett Awards Australian Woolgrowers At The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia 2018

Internationally acclaimed actor and Australian native, Cate Blanchett, surprised four Australian woolgrowers by awarding them with the Eco Stewardship Award at this year’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia, on behalf of the tens of thousands of passionate wool producers across Australia.

Cate Blanchett said, “It gives me particular pleasure to present tonight’s Eco Stewardship award to a group of people from my native Australia who are genuinely leading the sustainability charge. And in an aspect of the fashion industry that is foundational – the production of Merino wool. An ambitious programme of reform has seen the best Australian woolgrowers set new benchmarks for producing this most precious natural fibre. Of course, nobody tells this tale better than those working to progress this critical movement”.

Australian woolgrowers, Matt and Vanessa Dunbabin, ‘Bangor’ farm, alongside Richard and Jenny Weatherly, ‘Connewarran’ farm – who have each displayed sustainable farming and conservation practices – travelled from Australia to Milan to accept the award.

Matt and Vanessa explain, “It is an honour to be awarded the Eco Stewardship Award. This award not only recognises our work at ‘Bangor’, but also shines a light more broadly on world-leading sustainable wool production happening right across Australia. Every day, woolgrowers across the country are caring for their animals and the land in a passionate and sustainable way, ensuring that when you are wearing wool, you are also caring for the environment. Woolgrowers have always known this is the case – and it is fantastic that this has been recognised by the fashion industry.”

Richard and Jenny, explain: “We are very honoured and very proud. I feel that we are representing other woolgrowers, who have shown remarkable stewardship of their country, as well as representing Australia and to some degree, representing Livia Firth’s innovative and brilliant work as well as the Woolmark Company commitment on this regard and the work of Italian fashion industry.”

Despite being a new addition to the fashion calendar, the awards have established themselves as one of the world’s foremost sustainability and fashion events. This year’s event attracted the biggest names in fashion and entertainment. Attendees included Alessandra Ambrosio, Alison Brie, Carlo Capasa, Cindy Crawford, Livia Firth and Colin Firth, Elle Macpherson, Jeremy Irvine, Julianne Moore, Olivia Palermo and Sinead Burke.

The Woolmark Company, the global authority on wool, is proud to celebrate this Award, a great recognition for Australian Merino wool. “Our support of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards is a natural fit, celebrating the best in sustainability in the luxury fashion chain,” says The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. To find out more about Australian woolgrowers and their commitment to the environment, visit: https://www.woolmark.com/spotlight

Source: The Woolmark Company


Giorgio Armani Womenswear Spring Summer 2019 Fashion Show

Emotions that turn into colours. Colours that become shapes. A fluid, fickle, changing journey in which being and appearing are one: an expression of linear, quintessentially armani elegance.

Shapes are simple, light, elongated: they create a slender and intangible silhouette, enveloping the body in delicate halos of metallic greys, silky pastels, multi-coloured reflections and soft blues with touches of bright pink and green.

The shifting shades, reminiscent of a pool of water hit by light, permeate a rich wardrobe of fluid jackets and trousers, elongated gowns crossed with pleats and embroideries, as well as ankle boots and small mesh bags, and large shoppers.

It is the firm yet weightless look of the materials that defines the spirit of the collection: delicate yet full of strength, for authentic women who express themselves by being themselves, in total and complete freedom.

Source: Armani 


Presenting Gucci’s Cruise 2019 Campaign: #GucciGothic

For Cruise 2019, Gucci has created its own, surreal take on the legend of Noah’s Ark.

Building on Gucci’s signature fascination with the natural world, the campaign pictures a rural community where animals and people co-exist in harmony. With a nod to the idea of a fantastical petting zoo, the images show the Gucci tribe feeding and interacting with their animal companions. A dramatic rainfall then requires the construction of a giant wooden ark, into which the animals are led. The story ends with a color-drenched horizon.

The tale is a familiar one, but Gucci’s young farmer-punks bring a new perspective to it. A film that accompanies the photography invites the viewer deep into a surreal, mythological world, where an agricultural landscape and the changing weather emphasise the power of nature.

The campaign breaks in October across all media.

Source: Gucci