When Victoria and Brad first told me about their wedding in an igloo at the top of the ski slopes in Austria, a hundred photo ideas ran through my head. We had never been skiing before and weren't sure what to expect, but knew it was going to be amazing. Even after our initial meet up it was very clear how much Victoria and Brad loved skiing and Mayrhofen, and their excitement rubbed off on us straight away.
We flew out a couple of days before the wedding, giving us time to have a look around and prepare for the wedding. The day before the wedding the skies were blue, the sun was shining and it was perfect. We spent the day checking out the venues, taking photos and talking through ideas for the day. The location was stunning and we couldn't wait for the next day.
Unfortunately the next day the weather decided to take a turn for the worse. A storm was closing in on the mountain and all the skiers were being sent to the Penken mountain as the Ahorn ski lifts had all been shut down. Brad had planned to go up the mountain early with his best man and friends to do some skiing before the wedding, but after heading up in the cable car they found they couldn't ski. Down in the valley everything was bright and calm - it was hard to believe there was a storm until I had a phone call from Ste up to the White Lounge who confirmed the storm was raging at the top of the Ahorn.
Victoria got ready with her bridesmaids at Gastof Brucke and then we took the cable car up the Ahorn. As the cable car reached the top we realised then how bad the storm was. Thankfully Ste had arranged for Josef from the White Lounge to take Victoria and her dad up at the cable car on a skidoo. They just had to wait a while for me and the bridesmaids to make the walk up there, which was hard going with the strong winds nearly blowing us off our feet.
Once we were inside the White Lounge the storm outside was forgotten. The igloo was beautifully lit and full of friends and family sitting on sheepskin rugs. Victoria and her dad entered to Bruno Mars "I think I want to marry you" and lots of cheers. The beautiful ceremony was followed by lots of music, dancing, drinking and celebrating. Then it was on to the cozy Freiraum Bistro for the reception meal, surrounded by stunning views of an unusually deserted mountain (the soup here is amazing!). The speeches were emotional, funny and involved lots of drink courtesy of the best man, Rikki, providing Jagermeister and a variety of other shots. The atmosphere for the return cable car journey was fantastic with everyone singing and ready for apres ski in the Bruck n Stadl lasting late into the evening.
Not one of the guest complained about the storm, or their struggles getting up and down the Ahorn. Victoria and Brad totally took it in their stride and didn't let it spoil their day at all. If anything it brought everyone together even more. The wedding might not have gone quite as planned but it was a truly amazing experience and we cannot thank Victoria and Brad enough for asking us to be their wedding photographers and for sharing with us their love of skiing and Mayrhofen. We have definitely now got the bug and can't wait to go back again soon.
A special shout out to Phil from Philip Smith Visuals who shared the journey with us as Victoria and Brad's videographer. You have to check out his stunning video from their wedding - we absolutely love it - check it out here.
All our thanks also to Josef and all the team at The White Lounge who helped everything run smoothly on the day.
Photography: Rachael Pereira Photography
Videography: Philip Smith Visuals
Ceremony Venue: The White Lounge, Mount Ahorn, Mayrhofen
Reception Venue: Freiraum Bistro, Mount Ahorn, Mayrhofen
Evening Venue: Bruck n Stadl, Mayrhofen
Registrar: Burgi Huber
UK Party Venue: Cliffs Pavilion Maritime Room, Southend on Sea
Here are a few of our favourites from this truly unique wedding - we hope you like them!