This brings the term white wedding to a whole new level, with 40cm of snow covering the beautiful Austrian Alps and making the most magical wedding and backdrop for portraits captured by Bloom Weddings. With an après ski theme in an intimate lodge full of candle light, traditional mulled wine, hot pastries and an adorable ski car table plan. Not to mention the ski arch after the wedding ceremony. I think we also need to take a moment to appreciate bride Alex's Ian Stuart gown. The appliqué neck & sleeve detail is divine and the image of the moment she enters the church with it flowing behind her is truly incredible. Such detail. I am also very much in love with he deep burgundy colour scheme. The bridesmaids Warehouse dresses and deep blooms pop against the crisp snowy background. Some serious Winter wedding goals to feast your eyes upon this afternoon. Shall we get stuck in?
Alex the Bride: Most of our friends and family stayed at The Arlberg Hospiz Hotel. The fantastic events coordinator Bernhard Niggler from the hotel helped us put together our unique day. As well as help organise our entire stay over the wedding period. We also employed an Austrian wedding planner, Christianne Rinner to help with all the legal aspects of the marriage, the sourcing of foreign suppliers, and translations.


Our outstanding photographers were Anni and Chris from Bloom Photography who made the journey from the UK to Austria to shoot our Big Day. They seemed to adapt to the snowy climate with ease and captured the weekend fantastically.


Phil White was our videographer, again he travelled from the UK for us and produced a tear-jerking masterpiece of the day for us to treasure.


My dress was by Ian Stuart as were the lace bolero and veil. I also had Ian Stuart customise me a high-necked lace jacket to wear over my dress due to the chilly weather and modesty of the church ceremony. It was more than I could have ever imagined! The boutique that helped me find my perfect outfit was The Bridal Collection, Harrogate. Arnya and the fitter Jo were wonderful and made me feel incredible! My shoes were by Valentino.


Florist was a wonderful Austrian lady called Lisi Wolf who was recommended by my wedding planner. She is based in Landeck, Austria and her shop is called Blumen Lisi.


My fantastically talented mum, Tina and her friend Julie made our wedding cake and we drove it the 900 miles to Austria for a taste of home on our wedding day.


The Hospiz Alm is a very well known and highly acclaimed Tyrolean restaurant located just on the side of the ski slope leading down in to St Chirstoph. They provided all the catering for the day featuring a traditional Tyrolean duck and red cabbage main course and T bone steak grilled on the open fire with their famous kaiserschmarren for dessert.

Bridesmaid Dresses

The bridesmaid’s dresses were chosen for their colour, we loved the deep burgundy against the white of the snow and my wedding dress, they were from Warehouse, embellished maxi dress in Berry. The shoes were Moda in Pella, Cavello Champagne for added glitz!


The groom and his usher wore matching tweed waistcaosts and jackets made from Moon fabric, to keep the chill off, and were sourced through Clarkson’s men’s wear shop on Petergate in York. Andrew wore Grenson shoes and Remus overcoat purchased from Riley’s in Beverley.


All our wedding stationery and signage was created and designed by Sarah Hathway founder of Love My Wedding Invites. Her designs are so unique and creative she has been used by loads of our friends.


The entertainment was provided by The Guilty Pleasures, an extremely talented party band that drove over from London to perform for us. And a local Austrian band that have a seasonal residency in the Senn Hutte, St Anton, The Arlberg Buam that gave us a true taste of Austria with their beautiful trumpet melody followed by some good old knees up during the meal that had the guest dancing on the tables.


Due to the weather on the day which was a total ‘white out’ the hotel provided us with a surprise mode of transportation from the ceremony to the reception in the form of a snow plough. We were raised up in the bucket itself and delivered to our guest for a jaw dropping entrance. We also must mention our wonderful friend and vicar, the Reverend and Rural Dean, Mike Proctor of South Cave, East Yorkshire. Not only did he travel with us to perform the ceremony he supported us throughout the whole journey and meant we could have the traditional Anglican service we wanted in the snowy Alps!


We always wanted to do something different for our wedding day and something that embody us as a couple. A true white wedding in the stunning Austrian Alps made our dreams come true, our love of skiing, fine food and wine in the beautiful outdoors. 65 special guest shared our day, some who had never skied or even seen the alps, and others that shared our passion. It was truly awesome! Can we do it all again please??
Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

Dress Designer: Ian Stuart | Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Collection | Bridal Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Warehouse | Bridesmaid Shoes: Moda in Pelle | Groomsmen Suit: Clarkson's | GroomsShoes: Riley's | Wedding Planner: Tiroler Hochzeitsplaner | Catering: The Hospiz Alm | Stationery: Lovely Wedding Invites | Entertainment: The Guilty Pleasures | Venue: The Arlberg Hospiz Hote | Videographer: Philip White Weddings
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