Michelle and Wayne first came to Austria 18 years ago. Tired of beach holidays, they decided to look for something different and stumbled across a lakes and mountains brochure. Wayne told Michelle she could choose where they went, and Westendorf in Tirol was her pick. From their first visit, they fell in love with Austria and the mountains, and they’ve been coming back every year since then. So they decided there was no better place to get married than in an igloo wedding on the mountain.

When Michelle and Wayne started planning their wedding, they discussed a few different locations. One thing that they were certain of was that they wanted their wedding to be an unforgettable experience for everyone that attended. Finally, they decided that Westendorf would be most perfect location. It was already like a second home for them, and finally, they could share their love of the mountains with their friends and family.

An Igloo Wedding In Austria

On the day before their mountain wedding, heavy rain and gale force winds raged through the valley. But on the morning of the wedding day, the clouds parted ways to let the sunshine through.

Their intimate mountain ceremony took place in a rustic wooden cabin away from the hustle and bustle of the ski slopes of the Hochbrixen ski area. After a champagne reception, everyone changed on to their warm winter clothing for Michelle and Wayne’s winter wonderland experience.

Guests were welcomed to the igloo village with cocktails were served in ice glasses. After a quick introduction to the igloo, the whole wedding party got to try their ice carving skills in the Alpeniglu Village. Their icy artworks included masterpieces such as love hearts, a mini igloo, the Scottish flag and even a diplodocus dinosaur!

After admiring their finished creations, guests were welcomed into the ice banquet hall for a igloo wedding reception with a difference.

Hotel Post Westendorf hotel information folderKitzbuhel Westendorf piste mapBottle of sparkling wine, a bottle of water and a swarovski bracelet sitting on a tableHotel Post Westendorf hotel slippers and bridesmaids shoesBridesmaid helps bride Michelle lace up her wedding dress by the hotel room windowBride Michelle stands by the window as her wedding dress is laced upClose up of Michelle's wedding dress being laced upClose up of the hands tying the laces on Michelle's wedding dressClose up of the hand of bride Michelle as she puts on her swarovski braceletIrregular Choice Wedding Shoes hanging on a canvas picture of mountains in a hotel roomIrregular Choice Wedding Shoes lying on the bathroom floor. Shoes showing colourful soles.A can of red bull by the bed in the Groom's hotel roomThe groom Wayne's suit hanging on the wardrobe door in his hotel roomClose up of the buttons on the sleeve of Wayne, the groom's suitThe groom Wayne's brown leather shoes on a tartan fabric stoolThe groom Wayne helps his son getting dressed for the weddingWayne, bending down, reassures his son who is nervous about the weddingWayne getting his son ready, with a toy car in the foregroundWayne helping his son Ethan with the final touchesAn artificial flower bouquet in red and white with lots of broochesThe brother of the bride arrives to check on progressThe mother of the bride models her snow boots for the weddingThe bride Michelle's white snow boots lie on the floorA pint of Austrian larger Kaiser on a barThe groom Wayne waits on the hotel bar and drinks a beerThe groom Wayne drinking a beer in the hotel bar before the weddingThe wedding rings sit on a old wooden log used for a traditional Austrian nail and hammer gameWayne and his son Ethan walking down a corridor as they prepare to depart for the weddingThe bride Michelle walking down a corridor as she prepares to leave for her weddingThe bridal party sitting in their taxiThe bride Michelle smiling during the taxi ride to her ceremonyA close up of the bride Michelle holding her bouquet and a ticket for the ski lift in BrixenThe bride Michelle with wedding planner Stephanie walking to the ski lift in BrixenThe bride enters the ski lift area along with a skierMichelle disembarks from the cable car at the top of the mountainThe groom Wayne patiently waits for his bride at the top of the ski lift in BrixenWedding Ski-Doo takes Wayne and Michelle to their ceremony on a trailerGuests wait outside the Seminaralm in Brixen for the arrival of the bride and groomThe wedding guests at the seminaralm film the arrival of the bride and groom on their phonesThe wooden door of the ceremony venue with a sign saying please do not disturb.The bridesmaid and Ethan arrive to the ceremonyThe groom Wayne waits nervously on MichelleMichelle is walked down their aisle by her brotherMichelle and Wayne are seated at their ceremony holding handsMichelle and Wayne smile as their registrar says something amusingThe ceremony notes of the registrarWayne and Michelle holding hands under the tableA photo from the back of the ceremony at the seminaralm with the bride and groom sitting at the frontThe bride Michelle wipes away a tearWayne and Michelle stand to make their vowsWayne looks at Michelle lovingly as she looks thoughtfully down at the tableTheir son Ethan watches carefully as his parents get marriedEthan gives his mum the wedding ringsWayne places the ring on Michelle's fingerMichelle places Wayne's wedding ring on his fingerMichelle signs the marriage registerWayne signs the marriage registerEthan is invited to sign the marriage registerWayne and Michelle smile as their son Ethan signs the registerWayne and Michelle walk back down the aisle in the mountain hut as husband and wifeMountain Lodge Wedding at the seminaralm as Wayne & Michelle walk down the wooden staircase after their ceremonyWedding guests stand outside the mountain cabin with drinks and look out towards the mountainsTwo wedding guests wearing kilts, and one wearing snowboard bootsThe groom Wayne stands outside the cabin with some guests laughingConfetti petals trapped in Michelle's wedding dressTraditional Austrian bread for sandwiches at the weddingOpen bottles of Schlumberger sparkling wineThe brother of the bride checks his phone while his nephew sits next to him playing with toy carsA guests collects some bottles of beer which were being kept cool in the snowA snowboard rests against the wall of the cabin as the wedding guests stand outside chattingA group picture of the whole wedding party outside the seminaralm mountain hut in Brixen im ThaleThe bride and groom take a selfie outside the SeminaralmWayne escorts Michelle around the outside of the seminaralmWayne standing behind Michelle leaning against the wooden hut wall looking across to the mountainsA picture of Wayne & Michelle embracing against the side of the hut, taken through the branches of a pine treeThe bride and groom embracing outside the seminaralm with mountains in the backgroundWayne and Michelle throw snow up in to the airWayne and Michelle embrace whilst standing on the top of the mountain with snow covered mountains behind them in the distanceWayne and Michelle stand facing each other in the snow with snow covered mountains in the backgroundWayne and Michelle walking hand in hand through the snow with a ski lift in the backgroundIndividual portraits of Wayne and MichelleThe bride's shoes and bouquet lie on a wooden table with an empty champagne glass and juice carton.The guests are welcomed to the Alpeniglu by the managerA blue cocktail in an ice glassA close up picture of the bar made out of iceClose up of a bowl made of ice on the ice bar in the iglooWayne, Michelle and Ethan enjoy a drink in an ice booth sitting at an ice table in the iglooIce blocks are placed on plinths outside the iglooThe ice blocks fixed and ready for carvingA smiling female wedding guests wearing a coat with a fur-trimmed hoodTwo male wedding guests with chisels begin carving their block of iceWayne and Michelle discuss to to carve their block of iceIce flies off as couple starts chipping away at their ice block during ice sculptingClose up of a couple sculpting their ice block with chisels as ice chips fly offTwo ladies laughing as they chip away at their ice blockthe girls laugh as their ice sculpture starts to take shapeClose up of ice flakes flying off as a chisel hits the iceThe groom holds up a heart carved out of iceA heart carved in to the iceAn ice sculpture of an IglooA block of ice carved with a Scottish flagTwo ladies carve an animal out of iceEthan shows off the heart they carved out of the iceThe guests gather outside the IglooLizards carved in to the walls of the IglooA Igloo wedding chapel in the Igloo Alpeniglu in Brixen by Wild Connections PhotographyIce sculptures in the igloo in BrixenIce sculpture of tadpoles in a lakeIgloo Wedding breakfast fondue in the Igloo at a giant ice table by Wild Connections PhotographyAnimals carved from ice as a centre piece in the middle of the ice tableIgloo wedding dinner - Bread, meat and cheese in bowls ready for the fondue dinner by Wild Connections PhotographyBlue table decorations for the igloo wedding breakfastThe fondue pots are prepared for the wedding breakfast in the iglooThe guests gather around the ice table before dinnerGuests take their seats at the ice table in the iglooThe brother of the bride makes a speech in the Igloo at dinnerMichelle and Wayne laugh at the best man's speechThe best man stands up to make a speech after dinner in the igloo and Michelle get's emotionalWayne and Michelle laugh at the speechesThe best man reads his speech wearing a thermal ponchoThe guests gather back at the ice barA traditional Austrian musician with an accordion starts to play in the igloo batMichelle and Wayne do the traditional Austrian folk wedding danceA Jägermeister box sits on the ice bar in the AlpenigluThe guests stand around the ice bar as the accordion player plays traditional Austrian folk music

Credits:

Wedding Planning & Coordination: Dreamotions Weddings & Events – Stephanie Rügner
Ceremony Location: Seminaralm Filzalmsee Hochbrixen
Reception Location: Alpeniglu Hochbrixen
Ski Area: SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Post Westendorf
Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice

 

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